Civil service exam in the Philippines is one of the most taken eligibility examinations locally. Passing any type of civil service exam can definitely give you an edge in your career.
If you’re working on government or planning to work in our government, being a civil service exam passer will ultimately give you the high chance of getting hired and/or promoted. Some or most of the government position in the Philippines require passing the civil service examination.
This short article will provide you a complete guide about all the things you need to know in taking civil service exam in the Philippines.
Types of Career Service Examination
In taking Civil Service Exam in the Philippines, we do have two levels as identified by the Civil Service Commission. The 2 levels are the professional and sub-professional levels.
Before there were different requirements for the two levels but right now according to the updates in CSC website, professional and sub-professional career service examination are open to applicants regardless of educational attainment.
Modes of career service Exam
1. Paper and Pencil Test(CSE PPT)
This is the classic and manual mode of career service examination. It happens twice or thrice a year depending on the schedule approved by the Civil Service Commission.
In this exam, you have to answer the exam questionnaire and put your answers in the answer sheet manually by shading the correct answer using a pencil. This exam can be filed and take in CSC regional and field offices. This was the exam I took and passed before.
2. Computerized Examination(CSC COMEX)
This is the new mode of exam introduced by the Civil Service Commision after suspending the Computer-Assisted Test(CAT) in 2013.
On this mode of exam, you have to register online on the official csc comex webiste, set a schedule and appear on the date of examination on the CSC Comex testing center.
Civil Service Exam Requirements
- Fully accomplished Application Form. Download here
- 4 copies of I.D picture(passport size, colored with a white background, taken within 3months prior to application, with name tag)
- Original and photocopy of valid ID(with signatures and personal information)
- Copy of appointment letter (CSC COMEX)
- Examination fee(P500 for CSE PPT and P600 for CSC COMEX)
Schedule of Civil Service Exam in the Philippines
As mentioned, civil service exam for professional and sub-professional level happens twice or thrice a year. CSC or Civil Service Commission released an announcement of the schedule.
Civil Service Exam schedule for 2018:
- March 18, 2018 (Application Period: November 2016 – January 31, 2018)
- August 12, 2018 (Application Period: April 10, 2018 – June 22, 2018)
Topics covered in Civil service exam
Professional and Sub-Professional
- Grammar and correct usage
- Paragraph organization
- Reading comprehension
- Logic and numerical reasoning
- General information questions on Philippine Constitution
- Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R. A. 6713)
- Peace and human rights issues and concepts
- Environment management and protection
How to apply for Civil service exam in the Philippines
1. Paper and Pencil Test(CSC PPT)
Filing of applications for the CSE-PPT is through the CSC Regional or Field Offices. You can check the list of CSC regional offices here. Bring all the requirements mentioned above and file the application at the CSC regional office near you.
2. Computerized Examination(CSC COMEX)
As mentioned above, you need to register on the official csc comex portal. After registration, you need to reserve an examination slot and then confirm the slot given, once confirmed you’ll receive the details of the exam like the time and date, testing center, slot number etc.
The COMEX is administered in sixteen (16) Testing Centers across the country. All CSC Regional Offices (CSCROs) and the Central Office serve as Testing Centers. You can take the COMEX in your preferred Testing Center.
How to check the results of Civil service exam
Results of the CSE-PPT are usually released forty-five (45) days after the examination. The names of passers shall be posted at the CSC website.
2. CSE COMEX
Results of the CSE-COMEX are usually released within two weeks after the examination. It shall be released officially through the posting of the list of passers in the CSC website.
I hope this short article provided the information you need to know about the civil service exam in the Philippines. After knowing the requirements and procedures, you can now go ahead and file the application.
Review the covered topics mentioned above ahead of time so you can pass if not perfect the exam.
To our success, cheers!