Frequently Asked Questions about Civil Service Exams

Since the PH Civil Service Reviewer Facebook Page (please Like it) is asked by the same set of questions repeatedly, I have decided to create a Frequently Asked Questions page about the Civil Service Examination. Note that all these information are summarized from the official page of the Civil Service Exam.

Warning: As the CSC may change any rule or information in the link above any time, the information below may not be always up-to-date. Make sure to go the to official web page given above if the data you need is crucial or important.

Frequently Asked Questions in Civil Service Exam

1.) What is the Philippine Civil Service Exam?

The Civil Service Exam or the Career Service Examination is a set of examinations for people who want to work as  government employee in the Philippines. Most positions in the government require Civil Service eligibility; that is, require persons who passed the CSE. 

2.) Who are allowed to take the Civil Service Exam?

Filipino citizen, at least 18 years old,  not a convicted criminal, has not been dismissed from a government position, and must have not taken the same level of Civil Service Exam three months from the last exam.

3.) What are the types of exams?

There are two types of exams: Professional Level and the Subprofessional level. Higher salary grades  in the government usually require CSE Professional Eligibility, so everyone is encouraged to take it instead of the Subprofessional exam. Of course, the Professional Level exam is relatively harder compared to the Subprofessional exam.

4.) What are the modes of taking the exam?

The Civil Service has two modes of examination: paper and pencil and computer assisted.

5.) How much is the fee for examinations?

As of this writing, the Paper and Pencil tests cost Php500 and the computerized exam costs Php600.

6.) What are the scope and coverage of the examinations?

Professional Level

In mainly English and a small percentage in Filipino: vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logical reasoning, and numerical reasoning.

The exam content is about 50% in English, 40% in mathematics, and the remaining 10% divided among other topics particularly Republic Act 6713.

Subprofessional Level

In mainly English and a small percentage in Filipino: vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, spelling, clerical operations, and numerical reasoning.

You can read more about the scope here.

8.) I did not graduate from college/university. Can I still take the Civil Service examinations?

Yes. Both exams are open to any participant regardless of educational attainment. That means that even those who have not finished college or university can take the Professional Civil Service Examination (reference, letter A, first bullet).

9.) When is the next examination?

According the CSC calendar, the next CSC paper and pencil test is on April 17, 2016.

10.) When is the deadline of application?

The deadline of application is on February 25, 2016.

11.) Where can I download the form?

You can download the form from this page and its direct link.

12.) Where can I get more information about the Civil Service Examination?

You can visit the official Civil Service Examination page.

13.) Where can I take the exam?

The examination will depend on where you are. Please contact the nearest office from your place. The links below contains the list of office addresses, emails, and phone numbers.

Last update: February 14, 2015.


  • loida abarca

    July 24, 2018

    Thank you very much of the tips and reminders

    • Civil Service Reviewer

      July 29, 2018

      You’re welcome ma’am.

  • Ma. Luisa ramos lagonera

    July 27, 2018

    I took the civil service exam last 1977 or 1978 for both professional and non professional.
    I lost the advice i received that i passed both exams. Where do i get a copy? I intend to apply with a government office. My maiden name was ma. Luisa ramos lagonera and married name is maria luisa alagde

  • victorya

    August 6, 2018

    how long (how many hours) ba ang civil service exam?

  • Maricris S. Damban

    June 9, 2019

    Are we Allowed to Re take The exam even if we already had the cert. Of eligibility for second level…


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