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:
|EXAM DATE||APPLICATION PERIOD|
|MARCH 15, 2020||DECEMBER 16, 2019||JANUARY 15, 2020|
|AUGUST 9, 2020||MAY 11, 2020||JUne 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.
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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
Below are the specific documentary requirements you must submit when filing your exam application:
- 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.
- 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.
- Present a valid identification card and submit a photocopy of it. Please refer to our guide: CSE List of Accepted ID.
- If your only available ID does not contain your birth date, submit a copy of your NSO or PSA Birth Certificate.
- Prepare a non-refundable examination fee of Php 500.00
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. 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.