Civil Service Exam 2023 to 2024 | How to Apply

Civil Service Exam helps Filipinos to get a Government Job in the Philippines. Many Filipinos aspire to work for the government full-time and permanently. Working in the government as a permanent employee provides job stability, a strong retirement plan, and a competitive income when compared to other public-sector jobs.

Civil Service Exams 2023 CSE Ultimate Guide
Civil Service Exam 2023

Joining the public sector is one thing, being a regular employee is quite another. To become a regular government employee, you must first pass the dreaded Civil Service Exam.

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What is Philippines Civil Service Exam?

The Civil Service Exam is a Qualification for Filipinos who want to work for the Philippines government. Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced the schedule for the Civil Service Exam – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for 2023.

Un-refunded examinees of the cancelled March 15, 2022, CSE-PPT will have a particular application period from December 14- December 21, 2022, to take the March 26, 2023, CSE.

CSE Application Timeline and Exam Schedule:

Following is the Civil Service Exam application timeline and Examination dates.

For March 26, 2023 (CSE-PPT) Exam

  • Application Period: December 22, 2022 – January 25, 2023

For August 19, 2023 (CSE-PPT) Exam

  • Application Period: May 15, 2023 – June 14, 2023

Qualifications for CSE

The Civil Service Examination is open to all Filipinos who fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must be a Filipino citizen
  • Should have a good moral character
  • Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drinking, or drug addiction
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service or fired for cause from any civilian government employment

Documentary Requirements

Following are the documents required to apply for Civil Service Exam:

  1. Application Form
    • A properly completed 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.
  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.
  4. NSO 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 Fees
    • The candidate must pay an Examination fee of 500 Pesos for CSE.

Exam Coverage

Professional Level (Prof)

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

Sub-Professional Level (SubProf)

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

Within 60 days of the exams, CSC will release the official list of passers for all regions in the 2023 Civil Service Exam (CSC-PPT).

How to Apply

All interested and eligible candidates can apply for the Civil Service Exam by visiting the respective CSC Regional Office where they wish to take the exam in person.

Checkout the Civil Service Commission Office Directory to find nearest Civil Service Commission office in your area.

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Civil Service Exam Passing Rate

The Philippine Civil Service Exam is one of the lowest passing rates across professional exams. This is dependent on the complexity of the exam, the diversity of the background of the examinees, and the sheer number of examinees that take the exam every year.

Only 12,179 of the 70,833 test takers passed the CSE in March 2022. This shows that the March 2022 exam had a passing rate of 17.19%.

This is a lower passing rate than the previous LET and Bar exams. The exam passing rate for both levels is 80%.

Civil Service Exam deadline

The Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT), which includes the Professional and Subprofessional Levels, will draw the most examinees and will be held on March 26 and August 13, 2023.

The application period for the 26 March CSE-PPT will be from 22 December 2022 to 25 January 2023.