ROOM ASSIGNMENTS: June 2024 Penology Officer Examination (POE)




The Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA) is a documentation or notice that specifies the testing venue or school assignment of an examinee who is scheduled to take the Civil Service Examination.

Our website has compiled an organized list of all the room assignments for all the registered June 2024 Penology Officer Exam (POE) examinees in all regions who will take the upcoming exam nationwide (check the table below). Meanwhile, examinees can also access their individual ONSA through the official website of the Civil Service Commission (CSC). It is important for examinees to check their assigned testing venue and be present on the examination day to avoid any inconvenience or issues.

Please be reminded that ONSA is released a few weeks before the scheduled examination date. It contains information such as the name of the examinee, the school or venue where the exam will be held, and the room number and seat number assigned to the examinee.

Testing Centers/School Assignments

Examinees’ testing venue or school assignment for the June 2024 Penology Officer Examination (POE) may be generated using ONSA or the Online Notice of School Assignment. The CSC Regional Offices (ROs) though may also initiate/utilize individual approaches in disseminating information on school assignments of their respective examinees. Examinees may check the availability of ONSA, through the CSC Website at, a week before the exam.

To use ONSA, examinees should encode/fill in the required data in the corresponding data fields accurately, following the indicated format. Examinees may opt to have a print-out of their Notice of School Assignment using ONSA for their personal reference, but, this is not mandatory and is not a requirement.

If examinees cannot access the ONSA and/or still do not know their school assignment one week before the examination day, they should INQUIRE DIRECTLY with the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned. A complete directory of CSC regional/field offices nationwide is available at the CSC Website.

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Important Reminders

1. Wearing of FACE MASKS shall be OPTIONALNOLUNTARY. However, as a matter of prerogative, there may be CSC Regional Offices that may require the wearing of face masks.
On the other hand, the following individuals are still recommended1 to wear face mask: (i) elderly; (ii) individuals with comorbidities; (iii) immunocompromised individuals; (iv) pregnant women; (v) unvaccinated individuals; and (vi) symptomatic individuals.


3.  Be at the testing venue not later than 6:30 a.m., or as required by the CSC Regional/Field Offices concerned.

4.  GATES OF TESTING VENUES SHALL BE CLOSED TO EXAMINEES AT EXACTLY 7:45 A.M. Examinees who arrive later than 7:45 a.m. shall NOT be admitted to take the exam.

5.  If feasible, VISIT AND CONDUCT AN OCULAR INSPECTION of the assigned school/testing venue at least one day before the examination day to be familiar with the school location and its route/direction, the available means of public transport, and the time and motion requirement of travelling from point of origin to the school/testing venue. DO NOT SOLELY RELY ON GPS NAVIGATION/ROUTE/DIRECTION APP TO LEAD YOU TO YOUR TESTING VENUE ON EXAMINATION DAY

6.  Wear proper attire on examination day, preferably plain white shirt/tops. Examinees wearing SLEEVELESS SHIRT/BLOUSE, SHORTS/SHORT PANTS, TOKONG PANTS, RIPPED JEANS, and SLIPPERS will NOT be ALLOWED to enter the exam venue. Also, long hair must be tied.

7.  Bringing of cellular phones, including smart phones/watches and pens/eyeglasses with built-in camera, and any other gadgets/electronic devices, including those that may facilitate video/audio recording of any test material/form, or part/portion/phase of the conduct of the exam, and all other similar items, IN EXAMINEE’S SEAT IS NOT ALLOWED. Prior to occupying the assigned seat, examinees shall be required to deposit said items and all other personal belongings in the designated area. Examinees are encouraged to use transparent bag.

8.  Use of any aid in answering the test (such as calculators; watch calculators; tablets; books, dictionaries and other forms of printed materials; and any other similar materials/items/gadgets) is NOT allowed.

9.  Bringing of the test booklet outside of the testing room/venue is strictly prohibited. The examination or test results of those found violating this rule shall be cancelled.

Important Note: All examinees may print a copy of their individual school, room assignment including Examinees Guide that will serve as their orientation/briefing material by visiting the ONSA or Online Notice of School Assignment ( ) two weeks prior to the date of examination.

Examinees’ Guide

A link to the Examinee’s Guide in Taking June 2024 Penology Officer Examination (POE) is also available through the ONSA. Examinees are strongly advised to access this link, read thoroughly, and understand fully the examinee’s guide to be familiar with the examination process.

Serving as the orientation/briefing material of examinees, the Examinee’s Guide contains comprehensive information on the conduct of the examination to include guidelines and procedures to be observed before and during exam day,among other concerns.

The Examinee’s Guide is intended for the exclusive use of examinees. Thus, examinees are advised NOT to re-distribute their copy of the guide on their Facebook Page, or any other communication platforms.

Things to Bring on Exam Day

1. I.D. CARD (Original) – preferably the same I.D. card presented during the filing of exam application. In case of loss or unavailability, the examinee must present any of the other accepted I.D. cards for civil service exam (see Annex A), which is preferably valid, i.e., not expired on exam day.

  • 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 list of accepted I.D. cards/documents for civil service exam shall not be accepted.
  • As a last resort, expired I.D. card may be presented for admission on examination day, provided that, the expiry date of the I. D card is within the preceding months of the year reckoning the date of examination (or from 01 January 2023 to 25 March 2023).
  • If I.D. card has no date of birth, examinees should also bring their original Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority, or the Local Civil Registry.

2. CERTIFICATE OF CONSENT/RELEASE/WAIVER (only if not submitted during the filing of exam application), see Annex B


  • Examinees must bring their own ball pen/s.
  • Borrowing of ball pen/s shall not be allowed to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Only black ball pen shall be used in the examination.
  • Pencils and any other kinds of pen such as gel pen, sign pen, fountain pen, friction pen, etc. including other colors of ball pen are not allowed.

Also, examinees may opt to bring water in clear/transparent container, and/or candies/biscuits, which shall be inspected by the Room Examiner/Proctor. However, drinking/eating may only be done outside the testing room, one at a time, and only upon the approval of the Room Examiner. Hence, water containers should be placed inside examinees’ bag and brought out only when drinking/eating.

Examination Coverage

The June 2024 Penology Officer Examination (POE) covered the following topics:

  • General Ability (50%): Verbal, Analytical, Numerical
  • 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 Score

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.

Exam Statistics & Passing Rate

Here is the summary of Penology Officer Examination Results in previous years:

Exam Date No. of Examinees No. of Passers Passing Rate
October 2022 9,711 1,574 16.21%
June 2018. 6,455 1,089 16.87%
March 2016 1,241 207 16.68 %
March 2014 969 278 30.05 %
March 2011 2,439 831 34.07%

Release of Results

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is releasing the official list of passers for all regions in the Penology Officer Examination (POE) on July 14, 2024.

You can request the Certificate of Eligibility one month after the list of passers is issued, or as stated in the corresponding advisory/issuance. Nonetheless, before visiting the CSC Regional Office/Field Office, you can check with the CSC-Regional Office or Field Office to see if your credential is already valid.

Penology Officer Exam 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.

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Exam Updates

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