2024 Penology Officer Exam (POE): Requirements and Application




What is the Penology Officer Exam?

The Penology Officer Exam (POE) is a civil service examination conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in collaboration with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to screen and select qualified applicants for the position of Jail Officer 1 in the BJMP.

Penology Officer 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

Official Announcement


All applicants must STRICTLY meet the following qualification requirements:

  • Must be a Filipino citizen;
  • Must be 21 to 35 years old at the date/time of filing of application;
  • Must be of good moral character;
  • Must be mentally and physically fit;
  • Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or of disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs;
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian positions in the government; and
  • Must possess a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of learning.

Important Note:

a) The above stated qualifications only pertain to taking the examination and do not necessarily cover appointment to related positions, which require completion of a bachelor’s degree.

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

c) Applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 (Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003) may apply for and take the examination upon presentation of original, and submission of a copy of, Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship from
the Bureau of Immigration, and meeting of all the other admission and application requirements for the examination.

d) Applicants with pending administrative and/or criminal cases may take the examination and shall be conferred the eligibility if they successfully pass the same. However, this is without prejudice to the outcome of their pending cases. If they are found guilty, their eligibility shall be forfeited based on the penalties stated in the decision and on Section 57 (a) of the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service.

e) The Bar examination given by the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Board examinations (requiring completion of at least a bachelor’s degree) given by the Professional Regulation Commission are declared civil service examinations under Republic Act (RA) No. 1080. Accordingly, and under CSC Resolution No. 90-1212, the passers are automatically considered as civil service eligibles. Thus, they may opt not to take the corresponding examination anymore.

Also, the following individuals may opt not to take the examination anymore:

  • Passers of civil service eligibility examinations, as follows:
    – Career Service Examination (Professional level)
    – Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer (CSE-FSO)
  • Grantees of eligibilities under special laws and CSC issuances, as follows:
    – Honor Graduate Eligibility under P.D. 907
    – Scientific and Technological Specialist Eligibility under P.D. 997
    – Sanggunian Member Eligibility (Second level) under RA No. 10156

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:

  • ₱700.00 examination fee shall be paid during the filing of application at any CSC Regional or Field Offices nationwide.

Additional Requirements (if applicable)

  • Original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority, or the Local Civil Registry printed on security paper (for applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card/s)
  • Original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration (for applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225)

Coverage of Exam

a.) General Ability (50%): Verbal, Analytical, Numerical

b.) Specialized Area (50%): (comprises of the following)

1. Jail Management Concepts & Applications (15%) 

  • Commitment and Classifications of Inmates/Prisoners/Detainees

– Courts & other Entities Authorized to Commit a Person to Jail
– Categories of Inmates
– Classification of Prisoners
– Classification of Detainees
– Inmates Security Classification
– Requirements for Commitment

2. The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) and Custodial Concepts (45%)

  • The Nelson Mandela Rules (30%)

– Guiding Principles of the Nelson Mandela Rules
– Respect for the Inherent Dignity of Persons Deprived of Liberty
– Medical and Health Services
– Disciplinary Measures and Sanctions
– Investigations of Deaths and Torture in Custody
– Protection of Vulnerable Groups
– Access to Legal Representation
– Complaints and Independent Inspection
– Training of Staff

  • Rights and Privileges of Persons Deprived of Liberty (POL) (10%)
– Rights and Privileges of POL
– BJMP Welfare and Development Programs
• Therapeutic Community Modality Program
• Modes and Guidelines of Release of POL
• Paralegal Services
  • Bill of Rights, Article Ill of the Constitution & Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 (5%)

3. Special Laws and Other Related Laws (40%)

  • Salient Features of R.A. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees)
  • Salient Features of R.A. 9263 (An Act Providing Professionalization of the BFP and BJMP, Amending Certain Provision of R.A. 6975)
  • Salient Features of R.A. 9729 (Climate Change Act of 2009)

Passing Grade

Applicants who managed to obtain a general rating of at least 80.00% will pass the exam. He or she will be given the  Penology Officer Eligibility equivalent to the Civil Service Commission Second-Level Eligibility. The Penology Officer Eligibility is one of the primary requirements to join the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology as a Jail Officer 1.

Application Procedure

You must submit all the required documents personally in the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO), or at any of the CSC RO’s Field Offices, where they intend to take the examination. You can visit the CSC website for more information.

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 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 13 – Caraga Administrative Region 
NCR – National Capital Region 
CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region
BARMM – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Transfer of Testing Center

Requests for transfer of testing center shall be accommodated within the application period, or not later than five (5) working days after the deadline of filing of application. Strictly, no request for transfer of testing center shall be accepted beyond this period. Hence, applicants are advised to be circumspect and certain in determining the testing center where they intend to take the examination.

The applicant should submit a written request to the CSC Regional/Field Office where the application was filed, which shall be subject to evaluation by the CSC RO/FO concerned . The written request must indicate the reason for the transfer of testing center, and must be accompanied by supporting evidence as well as a copy of the Application Receipt. The written request shall be sent to the CSC Regional / Field Office concerned through email or through courier (e.g., LBC, Lalamove, Mr. Speedy, 2Go Express, Grab Express, JRS Express, DHL Express, J&T Express, etc.).

Examination Venue

The CSC shall issue an Examination Advisory on the examination venue/school assignment and other important reminders, including what to bring on examination day. The advisory shall be posted on the main CSC website www.csc.gov.ph; individual websites of the CSC ROs, as
applicable; CSC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/civilservicegovph and CSC RO-managed Facebook pages; and other means of publication. Related inquiries should be coordinated directly with the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned.

Note: Examinees are strongly advised to visit and conduct an ocular inspection of their assigned school/testing venue, as much as feasible, at least one day before the examination day. This is for examinee to be familiar with the school location and its route/direction, the available means of public transport, and particularly the time and motion requirement of travelling from point of origin to the school/testing venue considering the traffic situation. DO NOT SOLELY RELY ON GPS NAVIGATION APPLICATIONS, SUCH AS WAZE AND GOOGLE MAPS, ON EXAMINATION DAY.

Testing Centers

The 2024 Fire Officer Exams are expected to be held at the following testing centers:

  • Region 1 – San Fernando City, La Union
  • Region 2 – Tuguegarao City
  • Region 3 – San Fernando City, Pampanga
  • Region 4 – Batangas City
  • Region 5 – Legazpi City
  • Region 6 – Iloilo City
  • Region 7 – Cebu City
  • Region 8 – Tacloban City
  • Region 9 – Zamboanga City
  • Region 10 – Cagayan de Oro City
  • Region 11 – Davao City
  • Region 12 – Koronadal City/ General Santos City
  • National Capital Region (NCR) – Quezon City
  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – Baguio City
  • CARAGA – Butuan City
  • BARMM – Cotabato City

Examinee’s Guide/Audio Visual Presentation (AVP)

An Examinee’s Guide/AVP shall be sent via email to examinees approximately one week before exam day. It shall serve as the orientation/briefing material of examinees on the conduct of the examination.

It shall contain comprehensive information on the conduct of the examination, including guidelines and procedures to be observed before exam day, on exam day, after exam day, and other concerns, as well as the health and safety protocols in light of the COVID-19 situation.

Release of Test Results

The List of Passers shall be uploaded/posted on the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph within 41 days after the examination.

Note: Only the List of Passers posted on the CSC website is official. The CSC does not recognize and is not liable for any other postings on any other websites that are not affiliated with, or are engaged in the unauthorized use of the name of, the CSC. Examinees can generate their examination rating through OCSERGS or Online Civil Service Examination Result Generation System which can also be accessed through the CSC website. Generation of examination rating through OCSERGS shall be available approximately 15 days after the posting of the List of Passers, or as indicated in the corresponding issuance/advisory.

Issuance of Certificate or Certification, or Eligibility Card To Passers

A Post Examination Advisory shall be released, and posted on the CSC website, containing guidelines, procedures, requirements, schedule, and other information on the issuance of Certificate of Eligibility, or Certification of Eligibility, or Civil Service Eligibility Card, to examination passers.

Resulting Civil Service Eligibility

The civil service eligibility resulting from passing the Penology Officer Examination shall be called Penology Officer Eligibility. It is a second level eligibility, which is specific and appropriate for appointment to second level ranks under the uniformed service in the jail management and penology, and functionally related services only, except for ranks under the Philippine National Police. The Penology Officer Eligibility is NOT comparable to the Career Service Professional of Subprofessional Eligibility.

Exam Updates

To keep updated on the official results and other updates regarding the conduct of the 2024 Fire Officer Exam (FOE), we advise our visitors to bookmark this page, visit CSC’s official website, follow us on our social media pages:

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