The Ultimate Civil Service Exam Guide for Filipinos: Tips, Procedures, and Requirements

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Would you rather work abroad or stay here and land a stable government job by passing the civil service exam?

Considering most Filipinos are family-oriented, it won’t surprise me if you choose the latter.

Just look at Jobstreet’s October 2017 survey: Almost 80% (or 8 out of 10) of the 16, 425 respondents expressed their desire to work in the government.

This proves that when given a chance, most Filipinos will rather work here than be away from their families. 

With all the benefits associated with a career in public service, it’s easy to see why Filipinos prefer it over your regular 9-to-5 office job.

On top of the fulfillment you derive from serving the Filipino people, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Job security.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Career growth.
  • Retirement plan.
  • Bonuses and salary increases.

Of course, everyone who has a desire to work for the government goes through a hiring process. 

Nope, I’m not talking about finding an influential person to provide you a shortcut; even the best “backer” can’t guarantee you a government position if you don’t have civil service eligibility.

Civil service eligibility means you’ve passed the civil service exam.

And if you think this exam is only done for formality, let its dismal passing rate prove to you how difficult it is.

In this definitive guide for Filipinos, you’ll learn everything you need to know to take and successfully pass the civil service exam.

What is a civil service exam?

Let’s discuss what is a civil service exam, it’s different types, and how it can help one land a job in the Philippine government.


Who can take the civil service exam?

Find out if you’re one of the qualified individuals who can take a civil service exam in the Philippines.


Who are exempted from the civil service exam?

There are Filipinos who are qualified for civil service exam exemption and can apply for a job in the government right away. Are you one of them?


What are the civil service exam schedules?

Know the civil service exam schedule so you can register and prepare for the exam weeks or even months in advance.


What are the civil service exam requirements?

Here’s a complete and updated list of civil service exam requirements which you need to provide when applying for the exam in the Philippines.


How can I apply for the civil service exam?

Learn how to apply for the civil service exam with this step-by-step guide for Filipinos.


What is the scope or coverage of the civil service exam?

Take note of the civil service exam scope or coverage so you’ll know what topics or subjects to brush up on during your review.


How can I pass the civil service exam in one take?

In this definitive no-nonsense guide, we’ll let you take a glimpse of the processes and study hacks that can help you pass the Philippine civil service exam in one try.


How can I take the civil service exam?

Read this essential guide on how to take a civil service exam to learn what to do and what not to do during the examination.


What is the civil service exam passing score?

Know the civil service exam passing score you need to target or even surpass in order to qualify for a government position.


How long does it take to get a civil service exam result?

Know when the civil service exam result is usually released and when you can get the Certificate of Eligibility in case you pass.

What happens next after passing the civil service exam?

Discover the opportunities that await you after passing the civil service exam in the Philippines.

17 thoughts on “The Ultimate Civil Service Exam Guide for Filipinos: Tips, Procedures, and Requirements

  1. Good day! I am a Registered Nurse and based on the policy I am one of the exempted from taking the CSC exam. Can I get a letter from CSC that I, as a board passer, is exempted feom taking the exam? Thanks

  2. Resident po ako ng Palawan, at nakabakasyon po kami sa Cavite ngayon, gusto ko po sana mag apply sa nearest CSC office for the exam, pero pwede po ba ako mag exam sa Palawan? pwede po ba yun in different Province or Region? pwede ko po ba magamit application ko?

    1. Kailangan po talaga magapply sa Regional or Field office na may sakop sa lugar na pageexaman mo. Pero magtanong pa rin po kayo sa CSC office dyan sa Cavite.

  3. Hi, we’re looking po for possible resource person to teach our employees in Logic for one day and probably English for 2 days. I’m wondering if anyone in your organization might be open to this?

  4. Good day!
    I am Jimelyn Pabellon, Undergraduate taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English. it was stated above that I’m exempted to take the CSC as long as I will pass the LPT. However, I’m planning to take the CSC because I was thinking to apply as an ESL teacher online. May I know if I will pass the exam will help me to apply in the company as an ESL teacher?

  5. ano po dapat gamitin kosa exam ng civil service professional po? lapis o ballpen po? sa part of shading of answer po. big thanks po.

    1. Hellow po. Based on what I have read. Ballpen po yung gagamitin, and should be black ink.

  6. what if highschool graduate who presently hired as a J.O and pass the professional career exam. what job does he be able to qualify?

    1. Check the requirements for taking the test. For Professional level, you can’t take the test when you are undergraduate. For subprofessional level, you need to be in the University or at least have finish 2 yrs in the University.

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