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26,307 examinees passed the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) held nationwide on August 7, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced Friday.

The passers represent 18.97 percent of the 138,703 examinees. (112,391 FAILED)

The Professional Level logged 22,241 passers out of 117,938 examinees or a passing rate of 18.86 percent, while 4,066 out of 20,765 examinees or 19.58 percent passed the Subprofessional Level.

The Professional Level passers shall be conferred the Career Service Professional Eligibility, which is appropriate for appointment to first and second-level positions in the government service.

On the other hand, Subprofessional Level passers shall be appropriate for appointment to first-level positions only.

These do not include positions requiring passing professional licensure examinations (Bar/board) or those requiring eligibilities covered by special laws and issuances.

The first level includes clerical, trades, crafts, and custodial service positions requiring less than four years of college studies; while the second level covers professional, technical, scientific, and managerial positions requiring at least four years of college studies. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1185648


Civil Service Exam Schedule

The Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT), which includes the Professional and Subprofessional Levels, will be conducted on 26 March and 13 August 2023. For the 26 March CSE-PPT, the application period will be on 22 December 2022 to 25 January 2023.

𝐂𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 | 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐛-𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥

𝐂𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥

For the Professional Category, questions will be both in English and Filipino languages

•Numerical Ability (Such as Basic Operations, and Word Problems)

•Analytical Ability (Such as Word Association, Identifying Assumptions and Conclusions, Logic, and Data Interpretation)

•Verbal Ability (Such as Grammar and Correct Usage, Vocabulary, Paragraph Organization, and Reading Comprehension)

•General Information items on the following:

 •Philippine Constitution

 •Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (RA 6713)

 •Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts

 •Environmental Management and Protection

𝐂𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐮𝐛-𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥

•Numerical Ability (Such as Basic Operations, and Word Problems)

•Clerical Ability (Such as Filing, and Spelling)

•Verbal Ability (Such as Grammar and Correct Usage, Vocabulary, Paragraph Organization, and Reading Comprehension)

•General Information items on the following:

 •Philippine Constitution

 •Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (RA 6713)

 •Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts

 •Environmental Management and Protection

𝐍𝐨. 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐈𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬

•170 items for CSE Professional

•165 items for CSE Sub-Professional

𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫

•3 hours and 10 minutes (8 AM to 11:10 AM) for CSE Professional

•2 hours and 40 minutes (8 AM to 10:40 AM) for CSE Sub-Professional

Both the Professional and Sub-Professional CSE have questions in English and Filipino. The time required for pre and post-examination activities is approximately one hour before and one hour after the test proper. Gates of testing venues shall be closed at 7:30 AM. Examinees who will arrive later than 7:30 AM shall not be admitted to the testing venue

𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐞

All CSC exams including Professional and Sub-Professional for both PPT and COMEX require a passing rate of 80%.

4 Strategies to Help You Pass Math in Civil Service Exams

Most test takers would agree that the Math portion of the Civil Service Exams was the most challenging. That may be the case, but it does not entail that you should just quit and let things happen as they will. There are some pointers to help you pass math more easily.

1. Practice simple math.

Math in the Civil Service Exams only covers the fundamentals, however, there are problems with analogy, reasoning, sequence or series, and some geometry. Calculus, advanced geometry, and other higher-level Math are not offered. Instead, a large portion of the questions will deal with real-world issues including loans, purchase and sell, and business.

Make an effort to practice basic math, and practice it quickly.

2. Be prompt

There is a time limit regardless of the Civil Service Exam type you are taking. This indicates that there is a deadline; you must turn in your exam materials by that date and time. Actually, you have three minutes to respond to each question. So move swiftly!

3. Avoid Focusing Too Much Time on One Question

Remember that the exam has a time limit at all times. Avoid focusing too much time on a single challenging question. Answer as many questions as you can. Avoid overthinking the questions.

Skip the first thing if you're struggling with it. When you're finished with the task at hand, you can make a note of that item so you can return it.

4. Trust Your Gut Feelings

Trust your gut if you feel there are too many challenging questions on the test. Choose the solution you believe to be the best. Speed-read the questions and choose a letter if there are still a lot of blanks when the time is almost up.

An unsure answer to a question is better than leaving it blank. Maybe your guess answer was the right one after all. You wouldn't have a chance to get a point if you left the item blank!

Failure to prepare equates to a failure to prepare. Reviewing beforehand will help you pass the test. Click here to sign up for our online review.


1. READ as much as you can whenever you can. Be sure to read everything with text on it, whether it be a short story or a magazine. You will learn more when you are exposed to more words. Look up a word's definition if you don't know what it means, then note it down.

2. NEW WORDS SHOULD BE NOTED. Writing down the new word and its definition will aid with memory retention. Keep a notepad so you can simply review a list of all the new words you learn.

3. Practice new words VOCALLY. Choose a new term for the "word of the day" and use it frequently throughout the day to help you remember it and learn how to utilize it in situations.

4. Remembering words visually is quite beneficial. In order for you to connect new words with their accurate imagery, write the words on small sticky notes and stick them to objects around the house.

5. Play word games online or with your pals, and as you come across new terms, look them up to learn their definitions. Scrabble is a good game to play for this, as an illustration.

6. Regularly using new terms will prevent you from forgetting them. Start a blog about something that interests you, or write paragraphs or a short tale that people would love reading.

7. WRITE TO A FRIEND WHO SPEAKS AND WRITES ENGLISH. The easiest approach to improving your confidence in any language is to converse with a native speaker.
Work hard, learn a lot, and have fun!

Published: 16 May 2023

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that the applications for the 20 August 2023 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and Subprofessional Levels will be from 22 May to 21 June 2023.

In an official statement, CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles said the Commission has already made extensive preparations in anticipation of a significant number of applicants who wish to become part of the country's civil service.

“Ang CSC ay nagkasa ng 97 testing centers sa 16 na rehiyon sa buong bansa bilang paghahanda sa inaasahang dami ng mga aplikante at upang gawing mas accessible ang pag-a-apply para sa CSE-PPT para sa mga interesadong maging bahagi ng serbisyo sibil ng bansa,” he said.

Interested applicants must meet several qualification requirements to be eligible for the application process. First, they must be Filipino citizens. Secondly, they should at least be 18 years old on the date of filing of the application. Additionally, having good moral character is an essential criterion. It is likewise imperative that applicants have not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness, or addiction to drugs. Furthermore, they must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government.

Moreover, applicants should not have taken the same level of Career Service Examination, either through PPT or CSC Computerized Examination, within three months from the date of the exam or from 20 May to 19 August 2023.

The CSC said that individuals who meet these qualifications are welcome to apply for and take the CSE-PPT regardless of their educational attainment.

If qualified, they must submit the following requirements to the CSC offices:

Fully accomplished application form (CS Form No. 100, revised September 2016);
Four (4) copies of passport-sized I.D. pictures with handwritten name tag legibly showing signature over printed full name (read the examination announcement for the complete list of specifications);
Original and photocopy of any of the valid ID cards accepted for the civil service exam;
Duly accomplished Certificate of Consent/Release/Waiver relating to the Corona Virus Disease; and
Examination fee of PHP500.
The application form is available in various CSC Regional or Field Offices, or it can be downloaded from the CSC website and printed on a legal-size bond paper. Interested applicants are advised to access CSC Examination Announcement No. 02, s. 2023 posted on the CSC website for complete and detailed information on the specifications of the I.D. pictures, the list of accepted I.D. cards, and other information such as the list of testing centers by region.

The CSC added that applicants should communicate with the CSC Regional Office or CSC Field Office where they intend to take the examination for details regarding the mode/s of filing an application and the corresponding procedures. A complete directory of CSC Regional and Field Offices nationwide is also available on the CSC Website for reference.

The Career Service Professional and Subprofessional examinations are general ability tests designed to measure verbal, analytical, numerical, and clerical skills. They include questions about the Philippine Constitution, government work ethics (Republic Act No. 6713), peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection.

The CSC stressed that it neither holds any review class nor publishes and distributes any review material for the career service examinations. Furthermore, it has not accredited or currently accredits any individual, group, or review center involved in the production, publication, distribution, marketing, or sale of review materials. The CSC also does not endorse any entity offering review sessions or classes to prospective civil service examinees. Availing of any such product or service shall be one’s personal option and accountability, the CSC cautions.

Passing the Career Service examinations results in the conferment of either Career Service Professional Eligibility or Career Service Subprofessional Eligibility, which is needed, together with education, experience, training, and other competency requirements, for a permanent appointment to corresponding positions in the government career service that do not involve the practice of profession and are not covered by the Bar, board, and other special laws.