The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that the applications for the 20 August 2023 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and Subprofessional Levels will be from 22 May to 21 June 2023.

In an official statement, CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles said the Commission has already made extensive preparations in anticipation of a significant number of applicants who wish to become part of the country's civil service.

“Ang CSC ay nagkasa ng 97 testing centers sa 16 na rehiyon sa buong bansa bilang paghahanda sa inaasahang dami ng mga aplikante at upang gawing mas accessible ang pag-a-apply para sa CSE-PPT para sa mga interesadong maging bahagi ng serbisyo sibil ng bansa,” he said.

Interested applicants must meet several qualification requirements to be eligible for the application process. First, they must be Filipino citizens. Secondly, they should at least be 18 years old on the date of filing of application. Additionally, having good moral character is an essential criterion. It is likewise imperative that applicants have not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness, or addiction to drugs. Furthermore, they must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government.

Moreover, applicants should not have taken the same level of Career Service Examination, either through PPT or CSC Computerized Examination, within three months from the date of the exam or from 20 May to 19 August 2023.

The CSC said that individuals who meet these qualifications are welcome to apply for and take the CSE-PPT regardless of their educational attainment.

If qualified, they must submit the following requirements to the CSC offices:

  • Fully accomplished application form (CS Form No. 100, revised September 2016);
  • Four (4) copies of passport-sized I.D. pictures with handwritten name tag legibly showing signature over printed full name (read the examination announcement for the complete list of specifications);
  • Original and photocopy of any of the valid ID cards accepted for the civil service exam;
  • Duly accomplished Certificate of Consent/Release/Waiver relating to the Corona Virus Disease; and
  • Examination fee of PHP500.

The application form is available in various CSC Regional or Field Offices, or it can be downloaded from the CSC website and printed on a legal-size bond paper. Interested applicants are advised to access CSC Examination Announcement No. 02, s. 2023 posted on the CSC website for complete and detailed information on the specifications of the I.D. pictures, the list of accepted I.D. cards, and other information such as the list of testing centers by region.

The CSC added that applicants should communicate with the CSC Regional Office or CSC Field Office where they intend to take the examination for details regarding the mode/s of filing an application and the corresponding procedures. A complete directory of CSC Regional and Field Offices nationwide is also available on the CSC Website for reference.

The Career Service Professional and Subprofessional examinations are general ability tests designed to measure verbal, analytical, numerical, and clerical skills. They include questions about the Philippine Constitution, government work ethics (Republic Act No. 6713), peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection.

The CSC stressed that it neither holds any review class nor publishes and distributes any review material for the career service examinations. Furthermore, it has not accredited or currently accredits any individual, group, or review center involved in the production, publication, distribution, marketing, or sale of review materials. The CSC also does not endorse any entity offering review sessions or classes to prospective civil service examinees. Availing of any such product or service shall be one’s personal option and accountability, the CSC cautions.

Passing the Career Service examinations results in the conferment of either Career Service Professional Eligibility or Career Service Subprofessional Eligibility, which is needed, together with education, experience, training, and other competency requirements, for a permanent appointment to corresponding positions in the government career service that do not involve the practice of profession and are not covered by the Bar, board, and other special laws.