How to Apply for the Civil Service Exam in the Philippines

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A. Paper and pencil test (CSC-PPT) or ballpen-based exam.

Step 1: Download the application form or CS Form No. 100 (see the previous section). Fill in all the requested information except your signature and thumbprint.


Step 2: Go to the nearest CSC Regional Office (CSCRO) or any of the CSCRO’s Field Offices and personally submit your application.

For every region, there are different field offices. From these field offices, you can pick one that is most accessible to you.

For example, I live in Bocaue, Bulacan which is part of Region III. Since the regional office is in Pampanga, I can submit my application to the nearest field office in Malolos, Bulacan.

To see the complete list of CSC Regional and Field Offices where you can file your application, check the CSC Office Directory.

civil service commission regional and field offices
A Civil Service Commission Field Office in Cebu.

Wear proper attire on the day of your application. Sleeveless shirt/blouse, slippers, and short pants aren’t allowed.

Again, each office has a quota for the number of examinees that they can accept. They receive and process applications on a first come first served basis.

Since applications are received as early as 4 months before the examination date, it will be of great advantage if you submit yours during this time so you can have a longer preparation period.


Step 3: Affix your signature and thumbprint on the application form in the presence of a CSC processor or Action Officer.


Step 4: Submit the application form for review.

If you’re qualified to take the civil service exam, the application form will be returned to you so you can proceed to the cashier to pay the examination fee (Php 500). Otherwise, you will be informed of the reason why you’re disqualified to take the test.


Step 5: Return to the Action Officer with the official receipt and your processed application form. You will then receive the examination receipt slip and important examination reminders.


B. Computerized examination (COMEX).

Step 1:  Access the CSC-COMEX website and click the “Sign Up Now!” button to create your own account.

civil service exam computerized examination or COMEX website


Note: Due to the website’s lack of SSL certificate (i.e., the “https” before the site URL), some users may encounter a privacy error page after clicking the sign-up button (see screenshot below).

To access the next page, click “Advanced” and then “Proceed to (unsafe).”

privacy error page when accessing COMEX website


Create a username and password and fill in all the requested information on the succeeding pages. These include your personal, educational, employment, eligibility, and other information.

civil service exam COMEX website account information


Note: When asked about your address, provide the full spelling instead of the abbreviation of the word “Barangay.” The abbreviated “Brgy.” will prompt an error message warning you not to use special characters.


Step 2: Read the “Terms and Conditions” and check the box below it once you’re done. You may also mark the subsequent box if you want to receive email updates regarding the examination schedules and newsletters.

Type in the captcha code to the designated box. Click “Submit” button to complete the registration.

COMEX account registration terms and conditions


Step 3: Click the verification link sent to your email to activate your COMEX account.

COMEX verification link


Step 4: Login to your account with your username and password.

COMEX login


Step 5: On the next page, click the “Reserve a Slot Now!” button to view the examination schedules.

COMEX reserve a slot


Step 6: Select your preferred testing center and examination date. You can also use the search filter above the page to limit the results to the specific examination date, testing center, examination type, and all available slots.

If your desired examination venue and schedule are available, click “Reserve a slot” or “View Details” to get more info about the selected item.

COMEX examination schedules


Step 8: Print the “slot reservation” confirmation sent to your email. Bring this on the day of the examination.


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