August 2024 Civil Service Exam: Requirements & Application

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What is the Civil Service Exam?

The Career Service Examination – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT), also known as Civil Service Exam, is an important requirement for Filipinos who want to work in government agencies. It is a standardized test that measures an individual’s knowledge and skills in different areas, including general cognitive abilities, as well as specific knowledge in English, Filipino, and Mathematics. The exam is conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), which is an independent government agency tasked with ensuring the efficiency, integrity, and responsiveness of the civil service.

One of the main objectives of the CSE is to promote meritocracy in the Philippine civil service. The exam aims to assess an individual’s qualifications and aptitude, rather than their connections or affiliations. This helps ensure that government positions are filled by competent and qualified individuals who can deliver efficient and effective public service. Moreover, the CSE helps promote transparency and accountability in the hiring process, as it provides a level playing field for all applicants.

Passing the CSE is a pre-requisite for many government positions, including administrative, technical, and professional positions. It is an important step towards a career in the Philippine civil service, which offers job security, benefits, and opportunities for professional growth and development. In addition, passing the CSE also opens up opportunities for Filipinos who want to work in government agencies abroad, as the exam is recognized by many foreign employers and immigration authorities.

2024 Civil Service Exam Schedule

Title of Examination Date of Examination Application Period Target Release of Results
From To
CSE-FSO January 28, 2024 September 18, 2028 October 20, 2023 March 10, 2024
CSE-PPT March 3, 2024 November 20, 2023 January 3, 2024 May 12, 2024
FOE June 2, 2024 March 4, 2024 April 3, 2024 July 14, 2024
POE June 2, 2024 March 4, 2024 April 3, 2024 July 14, 2024
BCTLE June 2, 2024 March 4, 2024 April 3, 2024 July 14, 2024
CSE-PPT August 11, 2024 May 13, 2024 June 13, 2024 October 20, 2024

Modes of Taking the Civil Service Exam

There are two options for taking the CSE:

  • Pen-And-Paper Test (PPT) is the traditional way of taking the test, in which you have to shade circles using a black ballpoint pen. This test costs ₱500, and the results come out 60 days after the exam.
  • Computerized Examination (COMEX) lets you take the exam on a computer at your registered CSC testing center. While this option is on the pricier side compared to the PPT (requiring a ₱680 fee), the exam results can be expected a week after taking the examination.

What are the Qualifications?

Who are allowed to apply?

  • Filipino Citizen, at least 18 years old, and of good moral character.
  • Has no criminal record, or has not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude.
  • Has not been dishonorably discharged from military service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government.
  • Has not taken the same level of career service examination within three (3) months from the last examination taken.

Important Note:

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

What are the Requirements?

1. Application Form

  • A duly-accomplished application form (CS Form No. 100, Revised 2016).
  • The Signature and the Right Thumb mark as per CSC shall be left blank as this will be accomplished in the presence of CSC representative/ processor.

2. ID Pictures

  • Four (4) pieces of ID photos printed on high-quality photo paper
  • Passport size, colored with a white background
  • With a handwritten name tag showing the signature over the printed full name format.
  • Simply tell the photo studio that the shot is for a Civil Service application, and they will already know the standards.

Specifications are as follows:

  • Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
  • Colored, with white background
  • Taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application
  • Printed on good quality photo paper
  • In standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin)
  • In bare face (with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features; facial features not computer enhanced)
  • Showing left and right ears
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open
  • With HANDWRITTEN (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED FULL NAME in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any

3. Valid ID

  • With a clear picture
  • Date of Birth and Signature
  • Original and Photocopy of the following documents
  • Driver’s license, PRC License ID, SSS ID, GSIS ID, Voter’s ID, BIR ID, Philhealth ID, Postal ID, Current company ID, Current School ID, Police Clearance, Barangay ID.

List of Accepted Valid IDs:

  • Driver’s License/Temporary Driver’s License (LTO O.R. must be presented together with old Driver’s License; O.R. alone is not allowed)/Student Driver’s Permit (card type with photo);
  • Passport;
  • PRC License;
  • SSS I.D.;
  • GSIS I.D. (UMID);
  • Voter’s I.D./Voter’s Certification;
  • BIR/Taxpayer’s I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
  • PhilHealth I.D. (must have the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
  • Company/Office I.D.;
  • School I.D.;
  • Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate (with picture);
  • Postal I.D.;
  • Barangay I.D.;
  • NBI Clearance;
  • Seaman’s Book;
  • HDMF Transaction I.D.;
  • PWD I.D.;
  • Solo Parent I.D.;
  • Senior Citizen’s I.D.;
  • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-CARD); and
  • CSC Eligibility Card (note: Implemented only beginning with the May 3, 2015 CSE-PPT).

Important Note:

  • Photocopy only of I.D. card, or cellphone photo of I.D., shall not be accepted.
  • All other I.D. cards not included in the above list shall not be accepted.
  • As a last resort, expired I.D. card may be presented/submitted during filing of examination application, provided that, the expiry date of the I.D. card is within the preceding months of the year reckoning the date of filing of application (or from January 1, 2019 to the date before application filing).

4. NSO/PSA Birth Certificate

  • If the applicant’s ID does not include his or her birth date, he or she must bring an authenticated birth certificate.

5. Examination Fee:

  • ₱500.00 examination fee shall be paid during the filing of application at any CSC Regional or Field Offices nationwide.

Step-by-step Application Procedure

Due to a huge number of applicants every year, the Civil Service Commission and its regional and field offices nationwide may have different application procedures, depending on the office concerned. Some CSC Regional and Field Offices may accept WALK-IN APPLICANTS while other offices only accept ONLINE APPLICATIONS. Kindly check the step-by-step application procedures below: 

A. Online Application via OCSEAS

1. Sign-up for an account at https://ocseas.csc.gov.ph/. After a successful registration, an activation link will be sent to your registered email.

2. Access your email and click on the activation link. Account must be activated within one (1) hour after it was created.

3. Once activated, go to https://ocseas.csc.gov.ph/ and log in to your account using your login credentials and immediately update your profile. Please take note that you can only update this once. As such, you are advised to double check what you have entered before clicking the Save/Update button. Your personal information, specifically your full name, date of birth, and place of birth, must be accurate and exactly the same as what is reflected in your PSA-issued birth certificate.

Commencing at exactly 8:00 a.m. of 2 June 2022, interested examination applicants are advised to do the following:

4. Carefully select your preferred Type of Exam (Professional/Subprofessional), and Test Center.

Be advised that you can no longer transfer to another test center and/or type of exam after successfully submitting your application.

5. Read carefully and comply with the Admission and Application Requirements and click “Proceed”.

6. Read and comply with the important reminders before clicking “Apply Now”.

7. Properly, completely, and accurately fill out the additional personal data, then click “Submit Application”.

8. Review the details you encoded (any discrepancy on your full name, date of birth and place of birth will be a ground for disapproval of your application).

9. Click “Save and Proceed”.

10. Select from the dropdown list the CSC Field Office (CSC FO) where you could submit your application. The list varies depending on the Test Center you selected in Item 4.

11. Upload all the documentary requirements to supplement your application:

a. Passport size ID picture with nametag and signature (refer to https://bit.ly/PictureSpecs for the specifications);
b. Valid I.D. card (front and back);
c. Duly accomplished Certificate of Consent (may be downloaded through this download link);
d. Proof of Full Vaccination (only if applicable);
e. Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority, or the Local Civil Registry (only for applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card/s);

12. Once complete, click “Upload Documents”.
Please be advised that the application process (items 4-11) must be completed within one (1) hour, otherwise the system will automatically cancel your application and you will have to repeat the process starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots.13. After successfully submitting your online application, constantly check the status of your application through your OCSEAS account’s system dashboard.

Please be informed, however, that a successfully submitted application does not automatically confirm your slot for the said examination.

14. In the event that your application is disapproved, the applicant must comply with the reason for disapproval and reapply or resubmit the application (starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots).

15. Once your application has been reviewed and verified, you must immediately set an appointment schedule and select your preferred date of Personal Appearance for you to pay the examination fee and submit the hard copies of all the documentary requirements by clicking on the calendar icon, then click “Submit”.

Your online application will be cancelled if you fail to select an appointment schedule within 48 hours reckoning from the date it was verified/evaluated. In this case, you need to reapply (starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots).

Likewise, ensure of your availability on the chosen date for your personal appearance. Transfer of venue for the personal appearance is strictly not allowed. Further, the system will automatically cancel your online application if you fail to personally appear before 5:00 p.m. of your chosen date. In this case, you need to reapply (starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots).

16. Download and print your Application Form. The name of the CSC Evaluating Officer must be reflected on the system-generated application form.

The system-generated Application Form must be printed back-to-back in a Legal-size bond paper.

17. On the scheduled date of appointment, the applicant must immediately proceed to the CSC RO/FO concerned and submit the hard copies of the following documentary requirements:

a. System-generated application form (printed back-to-back in a legal-size bond paper);
b. Four (4) pieces of identical Passport size I.D. pictures (refer to https://bit.ly/PictureSpecs for the specifications);
c. Duly accomplished Certificate of Consent;
d. Original and photocopy of any valid I.D. card/s (refer to CSC MC No. 2, s. 2018 and/or Philippine Identification card pursuant to RA 11055);
e. Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Local Civil Registrar (LCR), if the valid I.D. card submitted lacks information, particularly the applicant’s date of birth;
f. Original and photocopy of Proof of Full Vaccination (only if applicable);
Only those with examination application appointment will be entertained on their scheduled date of appointment. Incomplete documentary requirements submitted on the scheduled date of Personal Appearance shall be a ground for disapproval of the application.The system will automatically cancel the applicant’s evaluated/verified application if they do not appear on their scheduled date of Personal Appearance. In this case, they need to reapply (starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots).

All exam applicants are reminded of the basic health and safety protocols including the mandatory wearing of face masks.

18. Pay the examination fee of Five Hundred Pesos (₱500.00).

19. After a successful transaction, the CSC Evaluating Officer will give you your application receipt and CSC Official Receipt.

This now confirms your slot for the said examination.

Approval of applications, however, may be recalled any time upon discovery of applicant’s disqualification, for which the examination fees paid shall be forfeited.

Exam applicants who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will be required to undergo COVID-19 Antigen Test and/or COVID-19 RTPCR Test a day before examination day, at their own cost.

For pregnant women, only those who are on their 6th month in August 2022 will be allowed to apply for the examination.

The online application system will no longer receive applications once slots are full. However, a slot may be made available again in the event of any disapproved or cancelled applications since the system will automatically adjust to any action taken, granting that it is still within the application period. Walk-in applicants will not be accepted.

B. Walk-in Application

Applicants must personally file their applications at the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO), or at any of the CSC RO’s Field Offices, where they intend to take the examination.

Important Note:

  • A complete directory of CSC Regional and Field Offices nationwide is available at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph for reference.
  • Only applications with a COMPLETE set of application documentary requirements must be submitted to the CSC Regional/Field Office.
  • Proper attire should be worn during filing of application. SLEEVELESS SHIRT/BLOUSE, SHORTS/SHORT PANTS, and SLIPPERS are NOT allowed.

We advise all applicants to bookmark and follow your respective regions/provinces’ official CSC Facebook Pages to be updated about the latest exam announcements:

Region 1 – Ilocos Region
Region 2 – Cagayan Valley
Region 3 – Central Luzon
Region 4 – CALABARZON & MIMAROPA
Region 5 – Bicol Region
Region 6 – Western Visayas
Region 7 – Central Visayas
Region 8 – Eastern Visayas
Region 9 – Northern Mindanao
Region 10 – Zamboanga Peninsula
Region 11 – Davao Region 
Region 12 – SOCCSKSARGEN
Region 13 – Caraga Administrative Region 
NCR – National Capital Region 
CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region
BARMM – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Examination Coverage

The following topics were covered in the March 2023 CSE-PPT for both Professional and Subprofessional levels:

1. Professional Level – In English and Filipino

  • Numerical Ability (Basic Operations; Word Problems)
  • Analytical Ability (Word Association – identifying assumptions and conclusions; Logic; Data Interpretation)
  • Verbal Ability (Grammar and Correct Usage; Vocabulary; Paragraph Organization; Reading Comprehension)

2. Subprofessional Level – In English and Filipino

  • Numerical Ability (Basic Operations; Word Problems)
  • Clerical Ability (Filing; Spelling)
  • Verbal Ability (Grammar and Correct Usage; Vocabulary; Paragraph Organization; Reading Comprehension)

The general information items on the following: Philippine Constitution; Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713); Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts; and Environment Management and Protection are also included for both professional and sub-professional exams. (Source: Civil Service Commission)

Number of Items

  • For Professional level, 170 items in a 3 hours and 10 minutes time will be given
  • For Sub-Professional level, 165 items in a 2 hours and 40 minutes time

The applicant is advised by the Commission to come at the examination center one hour before the test proper.

Passing Score

To pass the examination, the examinee must get an overall score of 80.00%.

CSE-PPT Exam Statistics & Passing Rate

Here is the summary of Civil Service Exam Results (Professional & Subprofessional Levels) in previous years:

Exam Date No. of Examinees No. of Passers Passing Rate
August 2023 345,194 64,635 18.72%
March 2023 381,607 64,420 16.88%
August 2022 138,671 26,307 18.97%
June 2022 129,117 20,996 16.26%
March 2022 70,833 12,179 17.19%
March 2019 264,473 27,944 10.57%
March 2018 279,787 30,175 10.78%
August 2017 228,917 25,127 10.98%
March 2017 219,679 25,090 11.42%
October 2016 203,339 22,978 11.30%
April 2016 229,463 25,276 11.00%
October 2015 119,333 13,152 11.02%

Testing Centers

Region Testing Center
1 San Fernando City, La Union
1 Vigan City
1 Laoag City
1 Urdaneta City
1 Lingayen, Pangasinan
2 Tuguegarao City
2 Cauayan City
2 Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
2 Diffun, Quirino
2 Basco, Batanes
2 Calayan, Cagayan
3 City of San Fernando, Pampanga
3 Malolos City
3 Cabanatuan City
3 Balanga City
3 Baler, Aurora
3 Tarlac City
3 Botolan, Zambales
4 Imus City
4 Sta. Rosa City
4 Batangas City
4 Cainta, Rizal
4 Lucena City
4 Pagbilao, Quezon
4 Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro
4 Calapan City
4 Boac, Marinduque
4 Romblon, Romblon
4 Puerto Princesa City
4 Brooke's Point, Palawan
5 Legazpi City
5 Naga City
5 Masbasbate City
5 Virac, Catanduanes
5 Daet, Camarines Norte
5 Nabua, Camarines Sur
5 Sorsogon City
6 Iloilo Cily
6 Bacolod City
6 Roxas City
6 Kalibo, Aklan
6 San Jose, Antique
6 Jordan, Guimaras
7 Cebu City
7 Dumaguete City
7 Tagbilaran City
7 Bogo City
7 Larena, Siquijor
8 Tacloban City
8 Ormoc City
8 Maasin City
8 Catbalogan City
8 Borongan City
8 Catarman, Northern Samar
9 Zamboanga City
9 Dipolog City
9 Pagadian City
10 Cagayan de Oro City
10 Oroquiela City
10 lligan City
10 Valencia City
11 Davao City
11 Tagum City
11 Mati City
11 Digos City
12 Koronadal Cilty
12 General Santos City
12 Kindapawan City
12 Tacurong City
12 AlabeI, Sarangani
NCR Quezon City
NCR Manila
CAR Baguio City
CAR La Trinidad, Benguet
CAR Bangued, Abra
CAR Tabuk City
CAR Bontoc, Mt. Province
CARAGA Butuan City
CARAGA Buenafista, Agusan del Norte
CARAGA San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
CARAGA Surigao City
CARAGA Tandag City
BARMM Cotabato City
BARMM lligan City
BARMM Bongao, Tawi-tawi
BARMM Jolo, Sulu

Release of Results

The August 2024 Civil Service Exam (CSE) results are expected to be released by the Civil Service Commission on October 20, 2024. The scheduled date of announcement is just a target date and may change without further notice.

The List of Passers shall be posted on the CSC website, www.csc.gov.ph, on the target date with no specific time. CSC encourages examinees to directly coordinate with the CSC Regional Office for other concerns like verification of examinee number and further examination result-related matters.

Verification of Rating (OCSERGS)

Examinees can generate their individual examination rating through the OCSERGS or the Online Civil Service Examination Result Generation System, which can also be accessed through the CSC Website around 15 days after the exam, or as indicated in the corresponding issuance/advisory. 

Examinees (both passed and failed) can generate their individual examination rating through https://erpo.csc.gov.ph/ocsergs/. Those who pass the tests should check with the CSC Regional Office to see if Certification of Eligibility is available (CoE). The CoE cannot be claimed by representatives. Certification claims will be accessible approximately thirty (30) days after the results are posted.

Civil Service Eligibility

The scheduled Career Service Examination Pen and Paper Tests are for applicants who aren’t eligible yet and want to apply for permanent position or a promotion. The eligibility exams also give opportunities to employees under job order and contract of service.

As per CSC, The professional eligibility is needed for appointment to second level (technical) positions in the government, requiring at least a bachelor’s degree for education. The Subprofessional eligibility is applicable to first level (clerical) government positions that require less than four years of college studies. The Professional eligibility may also be used for clerical positions. Both eligibilities, though, cannot be used for positions involving practice of profession and those covered by special laws.

CSC’s regular conduct of the Career Service Exam, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT), both for Prof and Subprof levels are scheduled twice a year to cater the growing number of examinees.

The CSE-PPT examination aims to establish a Register of Eligibles (RoE) from which certification and appointment to first and second-level positions in the civil service, except those involving the practice of the profession and are covered by special laws, shall be made, provided the eligibles meet the qualifications and other requirements of the positions.

Exam Updates

To keep updated on the official results and other updates regarding the conduct of the August 2024 Civil Service Exam CSE-PPT, we advise our visitors to bookmark this page, visit CSC’s official website, follow us on our social media pages:

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  • Christine Fate Ballen Tañan
    March 3, 2024 7:52 pm

    Goods

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  • Minda Lopot
    April 6, 2024 6:49 am

    Why your link for exam application displays a seconds. So the applicant cannot register anymore. Can you display your link even in an hour. Please improve it.
    Thank you.

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