Almost 200,000 to take April 6 civil service exam

Almost two hundred thousand examinees are expected to flock to designated test centers on Sunday to take the Civil Service Exam.

Civil Service Exam

Here's the full details from the Civil Service Commission:

Close to 200,000 examinees will take the Career Service Examinations on April 6 in 52 schools designated as testing centers nationwide.

Metro Manila has the highest concentration of examinees with a total of 31,640.

Other regions with large numbers of examinees are Southern Luzon (Region 4) with 28,404; Central Luzon (Region 3) with 13,500; SOCCSKSARGEN (Region 12) with 12,734; and Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9) with 12,553.

86.49 percent or 171,684 will take the Professional level while the rest will take the Subprofessional level.

Examinees may inquire about their school assignments at the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional or Field Office.

CSC advises examinees to visit their assigned school at least a day before exam date.

School assignments of examinees are also posted at the CSC website


On exam day, examinees are required to bring the valid ID they presented during application, as well as the examination slip issued to them.

Failure to take the test will mean forfeiture of examination slot. No refund and no request for reschedule will be allowed.

Exam coverage

The Career Service Examination is a general ability test which covers the following subject areas: vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning for the Professional level.

On the other hand, the Subprofessional level covers vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, numerical reasoning, spelling, and clerical operations.

Both levels have general information questions on the Philippine Constitution, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713), peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection.

The Professional level is three hours and 10 minutes long with 170 items, while the Subprofessional level lasts two hours and 30 minutes with 165 items.

Examinees need to obtain a rating of 80 percent to pass the exams.

Eligible to enter the civil service

Passers of the Career Service Examinations will be conferred an eligibility needed for permanent appointment in government positions.

The civil service eligibility, however, does not apply to positions that involve practice of profession or are covered by special laws.

The second written Career Service Examination for the year is scheduled on Oct. 26. Application will be from April 7 to Sept. 11 at any CSC Regional or Field Office.

Qualification, application requirements, and other related information about the civil service exams are posted on the CSC website.

CSC reminds the public that it does not produce any review material nor does it conduct or accredit any review center for the Career Service Examinations.

The results are usually released after 45 to 60 days from the date of examination. We will be posting updates on the release of passers list from this day forward.