Civil Service Exam 2020 Schedule | Requirements

The Civil Service Exam, formally known as the Career Service Exam- Pencil and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) is conducted by the Civil Service Commission twice a year. The purpose of the exam is to establish a Register of Eligibles (RoE) from which certification and appointment to first and second level positions in the government service. There are two types of Civil Service Exam, the CSE-Professional and Sub-professional level. The former will grant you the 2nd-Level Eligibility which qualifies you for a second-level position while the latter qualifies you for clerical and custodial service positions in the government.

If you are planning to take the civil service exam, either the professional or the sub-professional level, please see the schedule below including the requirements needed in filing your application.

Civil Service Exam Schedule for 2020

The Civil Service Commission through the Examination Announcement No. 7 Series of 2019, announced the 2020 schedule of the Civil Service Exam- Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT). Here are the schedules of Career Service Examination, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and SubProfessional Levels for CY 2020:

MARCH 15, 2020DECEMBER 16, 2019JANUARY 15, 2020
AUGUST 9, 2020MAY 11, 2020JUne 10, 2020

As you can see from the table above, the Commission conducts the Civil Service Examinations twice a year to give chances to those who are not able to take the exam on the first batch. Please be reminded that the application for the exam will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the CSC reaches the target number of applicants even before the deadline, the Commission may close the acceptance of applications earlier than expected.

You may also read: Civil Service Exam Reviewer

Testing Centers

The CSC shall issue an examination announcement containing detailed information about the testing centers one week before the start of the application period. Please stay tuned for more updates.

CSE-PPT Application Qualifications

The civil service examination in the Philippines is administered by the Civil Service Commission for those who are working or planning to work as non-elected public servants. Passing the examination means getting the eligibility to have the chances of promotion, regularization or getting a position in the government. Just like any other examination conducted by the government, there are some requirements and qualifications to fulfill to qualify for the examination. If you want to know if you are qualified, check the details below:

  • You must be a Filipino citizen, at least 18 years of age at the time of filing of the application.
  • You must be of good moral character, no criminal record or has not been convicted on an offense involving moral turpitude.
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military, police, fire or jail service or even dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government.
  • Must not have taken the same level of career service examination either through PPT or CSC Computerized Examination (CSC COMEX) within three (3) months from the last examination taken.

You can apply regardless of your educational attainment as long as you meet the qualifications above.


Pursuant to Republic Act No. 1080, The Commission grants the second-level civil service eligibility to Bar and PRC Board Passers even without taking the examination. Also, the following individuals may opt not to take the corresponding examination anymore:

  • Passers of Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer as the resulting Career Foreign Service Officer Eligibility is comparable to the Career Service Professional Eligibility;
  • Grantees of the following eligibilities under special laws and CSC issuances, which are comparable to the Career Service Professional Eligibility:
    • Honor Graduate Eligibility under P.D. 907
    • Scientific and Technological Specialist Eligibility under P.D. 997
    • Sanggunian Member Eligibility (2nd Level) under RA No. 10156
    • Foreign School Honor Graduate Eligibility under CSC Resolution No. 1302714
    • Veteran Preference Rating Eligibility (Professional) under EO No. 132, s. 1948 and EO No. 790, s. 1982
  • Grantees of the following eligibilities under special laws and CSC issuances, which are comparable to the Career Service SubProfessional Eligibility:
    • Barangay Official Eligibility under RA No. 7160
    • Barangay Health Worker Eligibility under RA No. 7883
    • Sanggunian Member Eligibility (1st Level) under RA No. 10156
    • Veteran Preference Rating Eligibility (SubProfessional) under EO No. 132, s. 1948 and EO No. 790, s. 1982

Application Requirements

Below are the specific documentary requirements you must submit when filing your exam application:

  1. A duly-accomplished application form (CS FORM No. 100 Revised September 2016). Leave the signature and right thumb mark spaces blank as these will be accomplished in the presence of a CSC representative/ processor during the filing of the application.
  2. Four (4) pcs. Philippine Passport size pictures with a dimension of 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.78 x 1.38 inches. Submit pictures that are taken within the last 3 months prior to the filing of the application. The picture must be colored in a white background and printed in good quality photo paper. Additionally, it must be in the bare face with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features (facial features not computer enhanced). Please refer to the images below for a more detailed explanation of this matter.CSE-PPT application picture samplesample pictures in filing your cse-ppt application
  3. Present a valid identification card and submit a photocopy of it. Please refer to our guide: CSE List of Accepted ID.
  4. If your only available ID does not contain your birth date, submit a copy of your NSO or PSA Birth Certificate.
  5. Prepare a non-refundable examination fee of Php 500.00
  6. If you have dual citizenship under RA 9225, submit a copy of a Certificate of Retention/ Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration.

Filing of Application

You must personally file the Civil Service Exam application at the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO), or at any of the CSC RO’s Field Offices where you intend to take the examination. Check the Civil Service Commission Office Directory to find the CSC Office near your area.

Only applications with a COMPLETE set of documentary requirements mentioned above must be submitted to the CSC Regional/Field Office. Please be reminded that proper attire should be worn during the filing of the application. SLEEVELESS SHIRT/BLOUSE, SHORTS/SHORT PANTS, and SLIPPERS are NOT allowed.

Submit the accomplished application form without affixing signature and thumbprint. After reviewing and evaluating your application form, the CSC officer will require you to affix your signature and thumbprint. He/she will verify your examination records through their E-Retaker/ DIBAR System to check if you are really qualified to take the exam. If qualified, he/she will advise you to pay the examination fee to the cashier. Upon examination fee, the CSC personnel will issue an official receipt and examination slip.

What’s Next After Filing the Application?

Now that you have already filed your application for the Civil Service Examination, maybe you’re wondering what to do next? Here are some tips:

1. Prepare your documents

Organize all the needed documents needed during the examination day, e.g., valid IDs, examination slip and receipt. They will come in handy when your CSC Regional or Field Office requires them from you. Do not lose them!

2. Review, review and review

Do not rely solely on your stock knowledge. Know the scope of the exam and gather review materials. You can also use our free online civil service reviewer with mock examinations to give you the needed exposure to the actual tests you will take. Remember that by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

3. Wait for the ONSA

The ONSA or the Online Notice of School Assignments will be posted on the CSC website around two weeks before the date of your exam. This is where you will get details on the exact venue of the examination. DO NOT wait until the last minute to check the ONSA. Coordinate with your Regional or Field Office early if you have questions about your venue preventing you from getting lost on the exam day. Take note that the CSC will not be able to address your queries during weekends (the exam is on a Sunday).

For exam-specific concerns, please email your questions to the CSC Examination, Recruitment and Placement Office at and You may also call them at Tel. # (02) 951-2578 or (02) 931-8163.

Release of Results

The Civil Service Exam result will be available on the official website of the Civil Service Commission within sixty (60) working days after the examination. However, the results may come out earlier or later than the expected released date without prior notice from the CSC.

404 thoughts on “Civil Service Exam 2020 Schedule | Requirements”

  1. Hello po,

    I’m planning to take the exam this coming march 2020, may i know po if where is the best review center here in manila?

    Thank you po,

  2. I’m a Board passer and already working in a government office holding a permanent/regular position. If I take the CSE exam, what benefit will it be for me in terms of promotion?

  3. Who will take po ng exam? pwede po ba na kahit Tesda Grad. kalang? o para lang sa government employee lang?
    paano po ba mag apply ng civil service ?

  4. Kapag po ba PRC BOARD PASSER JUST like ECT Board Exam or Electronics Technician Board Exam exempted parin po ba magtake ng Civil Service?

  5. Good morning!

    Helping a friend po.

    May I ask po if there is still an available slot in Davao City for CSC examination scheduled on August 4, 2019? If meron pa po, could it still be possible for a transfer of exam venue from Leyte to Davao? Work conflict po kasi because of unexpected reassignment.

    Hope we can get a reply po.

    Thank you very much and God bless.

  6. Sana po may extension para sa filation ng civil service dto sa isabela region 2..naabutan po kc ako ng cut off sabi po kc ng municipal office nmen is until juky ang filling ng cs diko po alam na may cut off po pala.. Marami pa po kmeng gusto magfile for exam

  7. Hi po.wala na po bang ibang paraan at magpahabol para sa filling po kc naubusan po ako ng slot dto sa Ilagan Isabela region 2.gusto ko sana magtake ng examination this coming august peo naabutan po ako ng cut off for the filation po kc..sana may extension pa po para maka pag pass po.. From Ilagan Isabela

    • Good day admin! Im currently here in region IV-A po dahil sa work ko pero nung nakapagfile po ako CSC prof.exam, dun sa region VIII pa po ako nun nung May. My paraan pa po ba para dito nlang ako sa region IV mkapagtake ng exam sa aug.4 habang d pa po kayo ngrelease ng room assignment.
      Thank you!

      • Feedback po sana kayo maam/sir just incase na may posibility po na magkaroon ng slot dto sa region 2 isabela kailn lang po ngcut off nun june 4 po give chance po sana sa request po please po.

  8. Good day po! csc region 4 po ba extended din ang sched? at kung may slot pa poba? iknow na super late napo ako pero sana may sumagot sa tanong ko hehe thank you in advance.

  9. Hi gusto ko lang po malaman kung required po ba sa professional exam ang Transcript of records? dapat po ba BS college graduate bago makapag take ng professional civil service exam?

  10. Hi, possible po ba na magkaroon ng extension or magkaroon ng additional application for august 4? Full na po lahat. Ang daming applicant. Possibilities..

    • Good evening Sir/Maam,
      Ask ko Lang po Kung makakatake po ba ako ng exam if I am incoming SHS graduate and I am 17 years old but on September pa po ako mag 18years old?

    • Good evening Sir/Maam,
      Ask ko Lang po Kung makakatake po ba ako ng exam if I am incoming SHS graduate and I am 17 years old but on September pa po ako mag 18years old?

  11. Hello po! Tama po ba ang pagkakaintindi ko according to Republic Act # 1080 kapag PRC passer ka di na po kailangan magtake ng civil service exam?

  12. Hi I would like to ask po sana kasi po I have work po kaya di po ako makapagregister for exam and sa june 5 pa po and off ko. Nagaaccept pa po kayo ng applicant for CSE sa June 5 kahit po holiday? or kung pwede po ibang tao mag pasa ng form na fill-up ko po for registration.
    Suggestion ko lang po sana po may online application para po sa working na gustong mag take ng CSE.

  13. Hello po, pwede po ba na ibang tao magpasa ng requirements kung ndi available yung mismong tao na may ari ng requirements? thanks po

    • Hi po may slot na po ako para sa civil service exam this coming august 4. And mageexam then po ako sa LET this coming september. Ok lang po ba yun. Hindi po ba makakaapekto sa sa pagadmit sa akin Ng PRC kapag nakapasa ako sa LET and CIVIL SERVICE?

  14. I’m from calamba Laguna, and calamba municipality told me that I can register from sta Cruz laguna municipility, however they told me that they aren’t sure if there are available slots for examiners, so I just want to ask if there are still slots available??

  15. If pasa na po sa Fire Officer Examination ay hindi na po ba need magtake ng civil service exam and considered/ equivalent na din yun to CS professional eligibility?

    Thank you!

    • Considered/ equivalent as CS Prof pero pang BFP lang. Kailangan mo maipasa ang CSE- Professional kung plano mo mag-apply sa iba pang government positions.

  16. Hello, im a seafarer and graduate in bs marine transportation, prc passer ako last 2013 but my license is now under the maritime industry authority(marina). Just want to know if its still valid for the exemption on taking the exam. Im still holding a certificate that i passed the prc examination.

        • Good morning sir/maam ask ko lng po kng anu susundin kng exam date.. Kasi po ung nakalagay dun sa binigay nila saakin na exam date po eh august 6 eh ung nakalagay naman po dito sa site nyu eh august 4.. Anu po ba ang susundin ko na exam date august 6 po ba o August 4… Salamat po..

          • Hi. baka mali naibigay sayo na date. Laging Sunday ang examination. August 6 falls on Tuesday. Wait na lang tayo ng announcement kung may changes sa date of exam.

          • Good day po mag 38yrs old napo ako tapos poko ng associate deegree sa college pwede pahoba ako mag apply for civil service exam kahit sa sub professional lvl ho

  17. Good Day! Ma’am/Sir. Yung Honor eligibility for graduates with latin honors, for frof level po ba yun o for sub-prof only?
    And confirm ko lang po kung unlimited ba sya magagamit if mag apply ako in any government agencies or may limitations po ba compared to those who actually taken the exam? I graduated with latin honor and i have applied for honor eligibility, need pa ba na mag take ako ng exam? Thank you for your immediate response.

    • Professional Eligibility ang equivalent nyan at unlimited/walang expiration yan. DI mo na kailangan mag exam.

  18. Hi Sir Draven,

    Ask ko lang po, alam kong exempted ang holder ng PRC license gaya Teacher, or Nurse. Pero ang tanong ko is, pwede parin ba take ng exam kahit may license ka na? Thanks

  19. What if nakapag file na po ng application prior to graduation tapos grumaduate with a latin honor po, mag eexam pa rin po ba?

  20. Good day po! I’d like to ask san po ba namin pede malaman kung meron pang slot for Aug exam? Loc: Cebu city. Thank you

  21. hi good morning po.. ask lang po ako kung pwedi po ba mag attach ng Certificate of Confirmation …?

  22. Good Day,

    yun po bang Fire Officer Examination and Jail Officer Examination is 2nd level equivalent din po ba sa LGUs?

    thanks po.

  23. good day sir, ask kulang po kong saan banda and filling ng application sa cubao quezon city and pwde po ba sabado?

  24. Hello Maam/Sir good day! I just wanted to ask the exact location dito sa bacolod kung saan pwede mag file ? Thank you and more power!

  25. Ask ko lang po kung ano po ung mga req. saka po pwede po a undergrad ? and ask ko lang din po ung sa schedule po kase po dun sa munisipyo po samen hndi po nila alam bngyan lang nila po ako ng site na ganto thankyou po sa sagot

  26. hi po maam/sir just wanna ask kung pwede na po ba mag file for examination this april 2019 sa manila city hall po thanks!

    • Klan po ang next exam po.. May especial exam po ba for the government employee gaya Dati?

      Thank u :’)

  27. Good day maam,
    Tanong ko lang kung san ka nag file maam so doon ka rin ba mag exam baka kasi pwede po kung nakapag file kana sa manila pwede ka rin ba mag take ng exam sa ibang lugar ?

  28. Good day Ma’am/Sir, ask lang po kailan po exam ng Civil Service ngayong taon po dito po sa San Fernando City, La Union po. And pwede po ba ako magtake ng Prof. kahit vocational course lang po kinuha ko? Thank you po.

  29. hi. what if po hindi nakapasa this march exam pede ba ulet kumuha sa august? eh ung pasahan kasi may to june. walang pang 3mos. eh ang exam date naman eh sa august

  30. Good day sir/maam., may ask if there’s an age limit in taking the exam??. and i already graduated 12 years ago! Can i still take it? Thank you!

  31. Hi poh d2 poh sa naga city saan poh mag submit ng requirmts para sa bacth 2 for civil service exam tnx poh hope you reply godbless poh.

  32. Is the Fire Officer Eligibility (FOE-a second level eligibility) could be converted into Professional Eligibility?

    Is the FOE eligibility can also be used as an eligibility for other government agencies for clerical and other positions in the government?

    • No. You can’t convert it to professional eligibility. You can’t also use it when applying for other government agencies. It is exclusive for BFP only.

  33. Hi po pwede mag ask? Anong schedule at saang lugar ng pagpasa ng requirements sa cebu city? At kahit anong oras ka po ba magpasa ng requirements. Salamat! pakisagot po ang tanong ko.

  34. Hi po ask ko lang po. Kung pwdi ba mag registration sa iba tapoz sa iba ka magpapa assign ng lugar na pag eexaman.. Exp. (sa manila ako magpaparegister tapos gusto ko sa bicol-legazpi), pwdi po ba??

  35. Hello po. Sa tarlac po ba walang naka sched na civil service exam? Hindi po kasi nakasulat sa list e. Thank you po.

  36. goof afternoon, pwede po ba akong kmha ng Civil Service exam this coming August po? at magLET din po sa September? di kasi ako nakaabot sa filing ng registration for March takers ng Civil Service. Thank You po

  37. Hi po, I dont have any valid Id Right now I am a Fresh graduate is there any options that I can use aside from valid ID

  38. Hi sir. san po ba pwede magpasa ng CSE form sa Q.C ? taga tandang sora palengke lng po ako, mag take din po kasi ako ng exam, salmat po sa sagot and Godblessed.

  39. Hi. Ask ko lang po kung yung application form sariling print o hihingin po yun sa centers na pagsusubmittan ng requirements? Thank you.

  40. Hi Sir Gud pm, ask ko lang kasi nag take nako sub-pro civil year 1995 kaso di ako nakakuha ng certificate of eligibility,pwede pa bo ba ako makakuha

  41. Yung sa 4 PCS I.D picture passport size pwede po ba yung walang kamay na nakalabas pero may name tag naman po sya na handwritten?

  42. Good PM po, ask ko lang po ilang oras kadalasang tinatagal pag nag parehistro lang po para sa Civil Service Exam? At ano po yung mga specific requirements? Maraming Salamat po

    • Depende sa dami ng nag-aaply for the exam. Sa experience ko sandali lang, wala pa 30 minutes. Sa requirements, please see the above post. Nakaindicate naman dyan kung ano mga requirements.

  43. Need pa po ba ng appointment bago mag file ng application? Or pwede naman walk in pag magpaparegister na? Thankyou so much po

  44. Hello , taga Olongapo city po ako, pwede po ba na magfile ako ng application sa Pampanga? At need po ba na Sub pro muna bago mag Pro ? Or pwede h direct pro na po agad itake ko? THANKS.

  45. Hi. Dati po akong SK Chairman pero hindi ko pa po inaayos yung eligibility ko for sub pro. Allowed ba ko mag take ng CSC exam for pro level? Thank you 🙂


  47. Hello. Pwede ba ako mag file ng CSC and LET at the same time? Same month kasi yung exam pero different dates. But am I allowed to do that?

  48. Hi, Goodafternoon po. Meron pa po bang availble slot kung sa january 10 pa ko magpasa ng requirements? And, pwede po ba magpasa and magbayad ng fee sa Quezon City Hall dito sa East Ave. Q.C kasi ako malapit.


  49. I’ve heard meron pong mga professionals na na exempted sa Civil Service exam, ano pong mga course or sino pong mga professionals and di na kelangan mgtake ng exam? Thanks!

    • If I’m not mistaken, basta Bachelor’s degree with licensure examination, automatic na may professional eligibility na pursuant to Republic Act No. 1080.

  50. Hi Admin! May I seek for clarification regarding Examinee Descriptive Questionnaire (EDQ)? Ayon po sa CSC, ang Test Items ay nahahati sa 2 pangkat: Test Proper (145/150 Items) at EDQ (20 Items). Counted na po ba sa Time Limit ng exam ang pag-shade ko ng aking personal information sa EDQ part (Items # 1-20) o may nakalaang ibang Time po para doon? Thank you po in advance!

  51. Hi po, ask ko lang po if pwedeng magregister pag sabado? Coz my work does not allow absences on weekdays so weekend lang po ako pwede. Thankss..

  52. Good day po. Saan po ba pwedi mag file nang CSC dito sa Surigao del Norte? I just want to make sure kung tama po yung place kung saan ako mag file.

  53. Hi po. San po ako magpapasa ng requirements? Nasa Aklan po ako. Kahit yung pinakamalapit lang po dito sa amin. Thank you po!

    • You don’t have to. The CSC does not issue a separate Certification of Eligibility for board/bar passers. Your proof of eligibility is the Certificate of Registration issued by the PRC.

  54. Where should one submit the application when the applicant is staying in UP Village QC? My son went to three field offices including the one in Diliman and he was told, they are not sure if they will be processing there ? Are there field offices that are allowed to accept applications and some not accepting ? Or are all field offices supposed to accept submitted applications ?

  55. I check online and there are quiet a few csc field offices na nakalista, so kahit san don ang pede kung bisitahin para magfile ng csc exam?

  56. Good evening po.. Colloge graduate po aku pwdi Pa po ba mag pasa ng requirements ?? Saan po ba magpapasa ng requirement?? NASA STA MESA po aku. Thanks po

  57. Good eve po ma’am and sir,I’m a graduating student this incoming april, can I take the civil service exam,else can I allowed to passed the requirements for this march 2019 exam, and if possible,that i allowed,where is the venue po ma’am and sir of submitting the requirements in tacloban city.

    • Yes, you can take the examination, YOu can submit your application to :

      CSC Field Office – Leyte
      2nd Floor Leyte Academic Center, Palo, Leyte 6501
      Tel.# (053) 323-4136

  58. If I will be applying for a napolcom laderized system as I am a college graduate. Should I take the sub pro or pro? Appreciate your help.

  59. Goodmorning po,pwede po ba akong magtake ng exam this coming march? Kakakuha ko lang po ng board exam nung dec.16,2018. Salamat.

    • Depende po yun if nakapasa po kayo hintayin nyo nalang muna yung result.
      Pursuant to Republic Act No. 1080, The Commission grants the second-level civil service eligibility to Bar and PRC Board Passers even without taking the examination. The exemption is likewise granted to Latin Honor graduates pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 907.

    • Wait nyo nalang po muna yung results if pasado kayo sa board exam exempted na kayo sa pag take ng civil service exam.
      Pursuant to Republic Act No. 1080, The Commission grants the second-level civil service eligibility to Bar and PRC Board Passers even without taking the examination. The exemption is likewise granted to Latin Honor graduates pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 907.

  60. Ask ko lang po if dito po sa Laguna magpa file ng application form for the examination, san po pupunta..I mean san po office ng CSC dito? Where po ang testing center dito?tnx..

    • I don’t think so. You have to affix your signature and thumbprint on the application form in the presence of the CSC processor.

  61. Hello, I wanted to take the exam on March 2019 but I’m currently an OFW and cannot be home until March. Does the embassy process this as well?

  62. Hello ask lng po nasabi ninyo po kasi regardless of educational attainment ibig pong sabihin kahit elementary lang na abot mo pwde kna dn kumuha ng sub prof na cse or make take nito tama po ba??

  63. Hi, what if my middle name that I’m using in ID’s is different from my PSA, can I still take Cs Exam for the Schedule of March 2019?

    for example: (in my PSA it’s Anecleto but im using Anacleto in my ID’s)

    • No, there’s no limit as long as you have not taken the same level of career service examination within three (3) months from the last examination taken.

    • If you are holding a sub-prof eligibility, you are qualified only to the first level (clerical) positions. On the other hand, if you got the professional level eligibility, you can be appointed to clerical and technical positions including executive/managerial posts, provided that you also meet the education, experience, training, and other requirements of the positions.

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