Civil Service Exam 2020: Tips on how to apply and pass, schedule

Civil Service Exam 2020: Tips on how to apply and pass, schedule

Nothing is as lovely as living and working in your country. You can choose to slog in the local corporates, in the government, or even in non-governmental organizations so that you can serve your fellow countrymen. To achieve this in the Philippines, then you should apply, do, and pass the Civil Service Exam.

Civil Service Exam 2020
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If you are among the job seekers in the country who love serving the Philippines government, then you are in the right place. Whether you just completed your diploma, degree, or even masters, here is everything you need to know about the Civil Service Exam 2020 schedule of filling and much more.

What is Civil Service Exam?

Civil Service Exam (CSE) is a yearly eligibility examination that is taken by individuals who need to pursue a career in the Philippines government.

The test is conducted and managed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), which is a constitutional agency responsible for overseeing the screening of prospective civil employees. Passing CSE is mandatory for anyone who wishes to secure a government job.

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What is the difference between professional and subprofessional in Civil Service Exam?

Before taking CSE, you should first know which type of examination is suitable for you. There are two levels, namely, professional and subprofessional. Both of these are so different and should be done under unique circumstances.

The subprofessional level will only allow you to take first-level government jobs such as administrative work, clerical, and so forth. The test is taken by examinees who spend less than four years in college.

On the other hand, the professional level will qualify you for both second-level and first-level government jobs. You have a wide range of opportunities, from clerical to technical and other managerial positions. You should be a graduate of a four-year course to qualify.

Civil Service Exam coverage

CSE is an aptitude examination. Just like the college entrance test, CSE also has multiple-choice questions in English, Filipino, General information, and even Mathematics. This is meant to ascertain if you are fit to hold a public office. The test will major on:

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  • Ethical standards and code of conduct
  • Human rights and peace concepts
  • The country’s constitution
  • Environment protection and management

Here is a more detailed and in-depth look at the exam’s coverage under various levels:


  • Grammar as well as correct usage
  • Analogy
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Logic
  • Paragraph organization
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension
  • Done in 3 hours 10 minutes

Subprofessional level

  • Grammar as well as proper usage
  • Clerical operations
  • Paragraph organization
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Done in 2 hours and 40 minutes

Civil Service Exam modes

You can take CSE in two ways, namely:

1. Pen-and-paper test (PPT): This is a traditional method where candidates use opens to circle shades on a paper.

2. Computerized examination (COMEX): No use of pen or shading circles on the answers

Both of the above have different application processes, schedules, and fees. However, they have the same difficulty level, set of questions, and time limit. Hence, there isn’t one mode which is more advantageous over the other in terms of probability of passing.

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Civil Service Exam requirements

There are no grade limitations in this test; all you need to fulfill are the following:

  • Be a Filipino citizen
  • You should be over 18 years at the time of application
  • Applicants must have a clean criminal record. You should not have taken part in CSE irregularity, smuggling illegal dr*gs, drunkenness, dishonesty, and so forth.
  • Additionally, you shouldn’t have taken the same CSE level within the last three months to the exam date
  • You should not have a dismissal record from the Filipino military or government.

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Note that some people do not need to take the test to become qualified to hold public offices. They include:

  • Bar test passers
  • Board exam candidates in the pass list
  • Honor graduates from state universities and other institutions

The above people should obtain a Certificate of Eligibility in their respective regional CSC or Field offices. There are still some criteria that they have to meet to be awarded the certification.

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Civil Service Exam application requirements

If you have fulfilled the above prerequisites, then the next step should be preparing the following documents for ease in the application:

1. Recent passport-sized photos: You will need 4 ID pictures clear and taken within three months to the date of application. Your name should be handwritten at the picture’s white background. COMEX candidates do not require passports.

2. Civil Service Exam form: Download it from the CSC website, print it, and fill in all the relevant fields. You can alternatively get it from any regional CSC office.

Tips on how to apply and pass
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3. A valid ID card: Photocopy your ID and attach it to the forms. Below is a list of the acceptable identity cards:

  • Driver’s license.
  • Philippine Passport.
  • BIR I.D. (either the TIN card or the ATM type with picture).
  • PRC License.
  • Voter’s I.D.
  • Philhealth I.D.
  • NBI Clearance.
  • Police Clearance or Police Clearance Certificate.
  • Postal I.D.
  • Barangay I.D.
  • Current Company I.D. for employees and school I.D. for students
  • Seaman’s Book
  • HDMF Transaction I.D.
  • PWD I.D.
  • Solo Parent I.D.
  • Senior Citizen’s I.D., and
  • CSC Eligibility Card

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Any other Identity card is not acceptable. If your ID doesn’t show your date of birth, then attach a Birth Certificate.

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How to apply for Civil Service Exam

You can apply CSE via the traditional Walk-in or their online portal as discussed below:

1. Pen-and-paper test

Visit any CSC office to do the whole process personally. You will need to submit a complete CSE form to any CSC or Field office where you intend to take the test from. Finally, pay an examination fee of Php 500.


You can decide to apply through the COMEX portal. Register a new account and follow the prompts.

Make sure you choose and reserve your exam slot via the COMEX reservation portal. Here you will pay Php. 680.

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Civil Service Exam schedule 2020 Philippines

PPT Exams will take place on 15th March 2020. According to the Schedule of Civil Service Exams, COMEX exams will take place as shown:

  • For SubProfessional who booked before February 7, 2020, 8:30 a.m - February 12, 2020
  • For professions who will reserve by March 19, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. - March 26, 2020
  • For professional examinees who book by April 16, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. - April 23, 2020
  • Professional candidates with reservations by May 7, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. - May 14, 2020
  • Professional test students who reserve by May 28, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. - June 4, 2020

What to bring during Civil Service Exam

So, how many items in the Civil Service Exam should you carry?

  • Blackball pen(s)
  • CSC Receipt
  • Notice of school assignment copy: Only applicable if you can access ONSA
  • Original and photocopy of ID card
  • Water or any other beverage

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Do not bring:

  • Alcohol
  • Mobile phones
  • Calculators
  • Dictionaries
  • Smartwatches and so forth

How to pass Civil Service Exam

Below are some tips that you should master to pass the test.

1. Know the coverage: Before even beginning preparations, it is mandatory to understand what your level will cover, and what types of questions are likely to be asked.

2. Never rely on luck: Do not enter the exam room without studying correctly. Passing this test requires a lot of discipline and also hard work.

3. Do not cram, understand: Build your stock knowledge. Do not use the wrong approach of memorizing most of the details as questions change every year.

4. Enroll in a refresher course: This will give you a chance to understand the difficult concepts.

5. Listen to the examiner: Make sure you understand all the rules. Sign the Civil Service Exam room assignment picture-seat plan and the attendance sheet.

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6.Pray: Prayer combined with hard work yields success.

7. Do not leave blank spaces.

You should follow the Civil Service Exam steps listed in the above guide to register and make a reservation. You also need to master your schedule to prepare adequately and show on time for the examination.

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