The Civil Service Examination is one of the most taken government examinations in the Philippines. In fact, in March 2020 CSE-PPT alone, more than 279,000 examinees took the examination in different testing centers nationwide. It is also one of the most difficult, especially the professional level examination that only 10-12% of the total numbers of examinees pass the examinations.

Therefore, we created this Civil Service Exam reviewer to help you prepare for the first-level and second-level Career Service Eligibility Exam. We hope that this civil service exam online reviewer will give you the needed exposure to the actual tests you will take, preparing you psychologically and removes the mental block and nervousness which are deterrent factors in passing the examination.

The Career Service Exam, popularly known as the civil service exam, is administered by the Civil Service Commission for those who are working or planning to work in the government. The exam is conducted multiple times a year through Paper and Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) or Computerized Examination (CSC-COMEX). There are two types of Civil Service Exam, the CSE-Professional and Sub-professional level.

The former will grant you the 2nd-Level Eligibility which qualifies you for a second-level position while the latter qualifies you for clerical and custodial service positions in the government.

Civil Service Exam Reviewer and Coverage

The first thing you have to do to pass the examination is to know the examination coverage. It will familiarize you to the actual exam questions and will let you know what you are getting into. If you are taking either the professional or sub-professional level, both have almost the same scope and coverage. The difference is that the sub-professional level has questions on clerical operations to test the person’s knowledge on filing, alphabetizing, and the likes. The professional level exam, on the other hand, includes logic, data interpretation and abstract reasoning.

The Philippine Civil Service Examination covers the following subjects written in either English or Filipino.:

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  • General Information
    • 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
  • Numerical Ability
  • Analytical Ability – Professional Level
    • Word association
    • Identifying assumptions and conclusion
    • Logic
    • Data interpretation
  • Verbal Ability
  • Clerical Ability – Sub-Professional Level

Apparently, the professional level is harder than the sub-professional level. It has more items but has a longer time allotment than the latter.

CSC Civil Service Exam Reviewer Passing Rate

The Civil Service Examination- Professional and Sub-Professional Levels (CSE-PPT and COMEX) require a passing rate of 80%. You have to get at least 136 correct answers to pass the professional level and 132 correct answers to pass the sub-professional exam.

Review Techniques to Pass the Civil Service Exam

Here are some techniques to prepare yourself for the examination and ensure your success:

  1. Condition yourself that you have to sufficiently and effectively prepare for the examination through a comprehensive review. It is the first step to boost your chances of passing the exam.
  2. Obtain the official objective list or coverage of the examination you are taking. This CSE-PPT online reviewer should outline the major topics and issues that will be covered. Gather review materials and use the practice tests above to maximize your potential to pass.
  3. Divide review materials to be studied into reasonable-sized study blocks that can be completed in a single-study session setting. Two to three-hour study session is the most effective way to review. This time frame maximizes your attention span without pushing you towards mental exhaustion or fatigue. According to some studies, an average human brain can only have a maximum of 3 to 4 hours of absorption. Beyond that, your brain may experience mental fatigue. Limit the number of study sessions to two (morning and another one in the afternoon or evening with breaks in between).
  4. A month of review is highly recommended. Stop the review a few days before the examination day to give yourself the time to relax.
  5. Reserve some of your study block time periods for self-assessment using the practice tests above to test and evaluate your knowledge and preparedness.
  6. Take time to review more on verbal, numerical and analytical skills for these subjects form a substantial 80% of the Civil Service Exams.
  7. Eat nutritious and brain-boosting food to have a good memory retention.
  8. Have a good night sleep before the examination and you’re likely to do better. Cramming the night before the exam is a bad idea, for many reasons.
  9. Do not forget to pray and implore for divine guidance, assistance and strength as you go through your review and preparations.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.- Benjamin Franklin

Civil Service Exam Schedule 2020 | Requirements

The Civil Service Commission through the Examination Announcement No. 8 Series of 2020, announced the 2020 schedule of the Civil Service Exam- Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT). If you are planning to take the civil service exam, either the professional or the sub-professional level, please see the schedule below including the requirements needed in filing your application.

CSE-PPT 2020 Schedule

Here are the schedules of Career Service Examination, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and SubProfessional Levels for CY 2020:

August 4, 2020CSE-PPT Professional LevelMay 6, 2020June 5, 2020
CSE-PPT Sub-Professional Level

As you can see from the table above, the Commission conducts the Civil Service Examinations twice a year to give chances to those who are not able to take the exam on the first batch. Please be reminded that the application for the exam will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the CSC reaches the target number of applicants even before the deadline, the Commission may close the acceptance of applications earlier than expected.

Testing Centers

Here are the examination centers where you will take your respective exam. These are the testing centers from the last CSE-PPT, so we expect that the exam locations for the Civil Service Exam 2020 will be the same. Please be reminded that the list below may change without prior notice. Please stay tuned.

1San Fernando City, La Union; Dagupan City; Urdaneta City; Vigan City; Laoag City
2Tuguegarao City; Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; Basco, Batanes; Cauayan City, Isabela
3City of San Fernando, Pampanga; Malolos City, Guiguinto, Bulacan; Cabanatuan City; Balanga City; Baler, Aurora
4Dasmarinas City; Batangas City; Cainta, Rizal; Lucena City; Calapan City; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Boac, Marinduque; Odiongan, Romblon; Puerto Princesa City
5Legazpi City, Naga City, Masbate City
6Bacolod City; Iloilo City; Roxas City, San Jose, Antique
7Cebu City; Dumaguete City; Tagbilaran City; Bogo City
8Tacloban City; Borongan City; Catbalogan City; Ormoc City
9Zamboanga City; Pagadian City; Dipolog City
10Cagayan de Oro City
11Davao City; Tagum City
12Cotabato City; Kidapawan City; Koronadal City; General Santos City
NCRQuezon City; Marikina City; makati City; Manila
CARBaguio City; Tabuk City; Bangued, Abra; Bontoc, Mt. Province
CARAGAButuan City; San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; Surigao City; Tandag City
ARMMCotabato City; Iligan City; Bongao, Tawi-tawi

CSE-PPT Application Qualifications

The civil service examination in the Philippines is administered by the Civil Service Commission for those who are working or planning to work in the government. Passing the examination means getting the eligibility to have the chances of promotion, regularization or getting a position in the government. Just like any other examination conducted by the government, there are some requirements and qualifications to fulfill to qualify for the examination. If you want to know if you are qualified, check the details below:

  • You must be a Filipino citizen, at least 18 years of age at the time of filing of the application.
  • You must be of good moral character, no criminal record or has not been convicted on an offense involving moral turpitude.
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military, police, fire or jail service or even dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government.
  • Must not have taken the same level of career service examination either through PPT or CSC Computerized Examination (CSC COMEX) within three (3) months from the last examination taken.

You can apply regardless of your educational attainment as long as you meet the qualifications above.


Pursuant to Republic Act No. 1080, The Commission grants the second-level civil service eligibility to Bar and PRC Board Passers even without taking the examination. Also, the following individuals may opt not to take the corresponding examination anymore:

  • Passers of Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer as the resulting Career Foreign Service Officer Eligibility is comparable to the Career Service Professional Eligibility;
  • Grantees of the following eligibilities under special laws and CSC issuances, which are comparable to the Career Service Professional Eligibility:
    • Honor Graduate Eligibility under P.D. 907
    • Scientific and Technological Specialist Eligibility under P.D. 997
    • Sanggunian Member Eligibility (2nd Level) under RA No. 10156
    • Foreign School Honor Graduate Eligibility under CSC Resolution No. 1302714
    • Veteran Preference Rating Eligibility (Professional) under EO No. 132, s. 1948 and EO No. 790, s. 1982
  • Grantees of the following eligibilities under special laws and CSC issuances, which are comparable to the Career Service SubProfessional Eligibility:
    • Barangay Official Eligibility under RA No. 7160
    • Barangay Health Worker Eligibility under RA No. 7883
    • Sanggunian Member Eligibility (1st Level) under RA No. 10156
    • Veteran Preference Rating Eligibility (SubProfessional) under EO No. 132, s. 1948 and EO No. 790, s. 1982

Application Requirements

Below are the specific documentary requirements you must submit when filing your exam application:

  1. A duly-accomplished application form (CS FORM No. 100 Revised September 2016). Leave the signature and right thumb mark spaces blank as these will be accomplished in the presence of a CSC representative/ processor during the filing of the application.
  2. Four (4) pcs. Philippine Passport size pictures with a dimension of 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.78 x 1.38 inches. Submit pictures that are taken within the last 3 months prior to the filing of the application. The picture must be colored in a white background and printed in good quality photo paper. Additionally, it must be in the bare face with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features (facial features not computer enhanced). Please refer to the images below for a more detailed explanation of this matter.
Civil Service Exam
  1. Present a valid identification card and submit a photocopy of it. Please refer to our guide: CSE List of Accepted ID.
  2. If your only available ID does not contain your birth date, submit a copy of your NSO or PSA Birth Certificate.
  3. Prepare a non-refundable examination fee of Php 500.00
  4. If you have dual citizenship under RA 9225, submit a copy of a Certificate of Retention/ Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration.

Filing of Application

You must personally file the Civil Service Exam application at the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO), or at any of the CSC RO’s Field Offices where you intend to take the examination. Check the Civil Service Commission Office Directory to find the CSC Office near your area.

Only applications with a COMPLETE set of documentary requirements mentioned above must be submitted to the CSC Regional/Field Office. Please be reminded that proper attire should be worn during the filing of the application. SLEEVELESS SHIRT/BLOUSE, SHORTS/SHORT PANTS, and SLIPPERS are NOT allowed.

Submit the accomplished application form without affixing signature and thumbprint. After reviewing and evaluating your application form, the CSC officer will require you to affix your signature and thumbprint. He/she will verify your examination records through their E-Retaker/ DIBAR System to check if you are really qualified to take the exam. If qualified, he/she will advise you to pay the examination fee to the cashier. Upon examination fee, the CSC personnel will issue an official receipt and examination slip.

What’s Next After Filing the Application?

Now that you have already filed your application for the March 17 Civil Service Examinations, maybe you’re wondering what to do next? Here are some tips:

1. Be organized

Organize all the needed documents needed during the examination day, e.g., valid IDs, examination slip and receipt. They will come in handy when your CSC Regional or Field Office requires them of you. Do not lose them!

2. Review, review, and review

Do not rely solely on your stock knowledge. Know the scope of the exam and gather review materials. You can also use our free online civil service reviewer with mock examinations to give you the needed exposure to the actual tests you will take. Remember that by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

3. Wait for the ONSA

The ONSA or the Online Notice of School Assignments will be posted on the CSC website around two weeks before the date of your exam. This is where you will get details on the exact venue of your exam. DO NOT wait until the last minute to check the ONSA. Coordinate with your Regional or Field Office early if you have questions about your venue preventing you from getting lost on exam day. Take note that the CSC will not be able to address your queries during weekends (the exam is on a Sunday).

For exam-specific concerns, please email your questions to the CSC Examination, Recruitment and Placement Office at [email protected] and [email protected] You may also call them at Tel. # (02) 951-2578 or (02) 931-8163.

Release of Results

The Civil Service Exam result will be available on the official website of the Civil Service Commission within sixty (60) working days after the examination. However, the results may come out earlier or later than the expected released date without prior notice from the CSC.


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