TOPNOTCHERS: March 2023 Civil Service Exam (Professional Level)




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A total of 64,420 examinees passed the Career Service Examination – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) held nationwide on 26 March 2023, representing a 16.88% passing rate.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that 54,478 examinees, constituting 16.42% of the total candidates, have successfully passed the CSE Professional Level. Furthermore, 9,942 individuals, accounting for 19.97% of the examinees, passed the Subprofessional Level.

The National Capital Region posted the highest number of successful examinees with 16,682 passers for both levels. Regions IV and III followed the ranking with 7,730 and 5,072 total passers, respectively.

The Official List of Topnotchers are out!

Held on March 26, 2023
Released on July 6, 2023

Rank Name Region Rating (%)
1 Glenn C. Gonzales NCR 92.63
2 Elijah Denelle E. Manuel NCR 91.74
3 Gerardo A. Golong NCR 91.39
4 Duane Jasper S. Tenorio Southern Tagalog 91.12
5 Samantha Lorraine S. Jose CAR 91.10
6 Bennyvic Joyce J. Esguerra Cagayan Valley 91.07
8 Julian Carlos A. Aliston NCR 90.98
8 Kaye Berenice G. Barriga Central Visayas 90.98
8 Theo Victor A. Cavite Eastern Visayas 90.78
10 Fatimah Lane P. Fungo NCR 90.69

The CSC reported that the National Capital Region (NCR) got the highest passing rate in terms of regional performance both for Professional level at 21.39% or 13,544 out of 63,313 examinees, and SubProfessional level at 23.34% or 3,138 out of 13,442

examinees. Other regions of the country with notable passing rates include: for the Professional level

– Central Luzon (19.61% ), CAR or Cordillera Administrative Region (18.52%), Central Visayas (18.18%), and Southem Tagalog (18.07%); and for the SubProfessional level – Ilocos Region (21.82% ), Central Luzon (21.45% ), CAR (21.10% ), Bicol Region (20.76%), and Southern Tagalog (20.69%).

Glenn C. Gonzales from NCR topped the Professional level with a rating of 92.63, while LM Tricia T. De La Cruz from Western Visayas topped the SubProfessional level with 90.24 rating.

Completing the list of top examinees are, as follows: For the Professional level – Elijah Denelle E. Manuel-91.74 (NCR), Gerardo A. Golong-91.39 (NCR), Duane Jasper S. Tenorio-91.12 (Southern Tagalog), Samantha Lorraine S. Jose-91.10 (CAR), Bennyvic Joyce J. Esguerra-91.07 (Cagayan Valley), Julian Carlos A. Aliston-90.98 (NCR), Kaye Berenice G. Barriga-90.98 (Central Visayas), Theo Victor A. Cavite-90.78 (Eastern Visayas), and Fatimah Lane P. Fungo-90.69 (NCR).

For the SubProfessional level – Gwen L. Ambrona-90.17 (Davao Region), Nelson T. Lim- 90.14 (NCR), Joelle Dianne F. Venegas-90.04 (NCR), Louise Marie B. Pardilla-89.88 (NCR), Krystelle Joy T. Zipagan-Soriano-89.86 (Cagayan Valley), Jude Dominic Y. Erestain-89.70 (NCR), Azlemere Kate V. Olegario-89.60 (CAR), Reniel C. Cuña-89.55 (NCR), Joyce Ann N. Tagunicar-89.40 (NCR), and Dominic C. Arandela-89.40 (Souther Tagalog).

Verification of Rating (OCSERGS)

The March 2023 Civil Service Exam Verification of Rating, is available through the Online Civil Service Exam Result Generation System (OCSERGS) of the Civil Service Commission’s official website. The said verification will be available on 24 June 2023, around fifteen (15) days after the official results are posted.

Examinees (both passed and failed) can generate their individual examination rating through 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.

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%.


Here is the summary of Civil Service Exams in previous years:

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2023 CSE-PPT Schedule

The CSE-PPT will take place on the following dates in 2023:

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Related Article: AUGUST 2023 CIVIL SERVICE EXAM: Schedule, Requirements and Filing Process

CSC 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.s.

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.


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