How to Apply for Civil Service Examination (CSE)

If you are planning to work for the Philippine Government, one of the requirements is to pass the Civil Service Examination.

In this article, I’ll share with you the requirements, application process and other valuable information about the Civil Service Examination.

Application Period

Please note the application for CSE is on a First-Come, First-Served basis. Make sure to apply early to get a chance to be included on their official list of examiners.

For August 6, 2017 Exam: Application period is April 3, 2017 until June 2, 2017

These are the requirements and qualifications an individual needs for them to be appointed and given certification for civil service of his or her level.

Qualification / Admission Requirements

  • Filipino citizen;
  • At least 18 years old on the date of filing of application;
  • Of good moral character;
  • Has 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;
  • Has not been dishonorably discharged from military service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government; and
  • Has not taken the same level of Career Service Examination, regardless of mode, within the last three months before the date of examination:

Testing Centers can be found in the Civil Service Commission website.

Application Requirements

1. Fully accomplished Application Form (CS Form No. 100, Revised September 2016).

Note: The spaces for “Signature of Applicant” and “Right Thumbmark” on the Application Form should be left blank. These shall be accomplished in the presence of the CSC processor.

2. Four (4) pieces of identical I.D. pictures


  • Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
  • Colored, with white background
  • Taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application
  • Printed on good quality photo paper
  • In standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin)
  • In bare face (with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features; facial features not computer enhanced)
  • Showing left and right ears
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open
  • With HANDWRITTEN (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED FULL NAME in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any civil-service-examination

3. Original and photocopy of any of the following I.D. cards, which must be valid (not expired upon filing of application), and contains the complete name [i.e. first name, middle name/initial (if applicable), last name, and extension name (if any], clear picture, date of birth (if any) and signature of the holder, and the name and signature of the issuing agency’s head/authorized representative (if any):

  • Driver’s License;
  • Passport;
  • PRC License;
  • SSS I.D.;
  • GSIS I.D. (UMID);
  • Voter’s I.D.;
  • BIR I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
  • PhilHealth I.D. (must, at the least, contain the holder’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
  • Current Company/Office I.D.;
  • Current School I.D. (validated for the current school year/semester/trimester);
  • Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate;
  • Postal I.D.;
  • Barangay I.D.; or NBI Clearance.

Note: All other I.D. cards not included in the above list shall NOT be accepted.

4. For applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card/s, original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA, formerly National Statistics Office), or the Local Civil Registry (LCR) printed on Security Paper (SecPa)

5. For applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225, original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration

You may acquire the application form from any CSC Regional/Field Office, or download from the CSC website, then file in said office where they intend to take the examination. Proper attire is mandatory when filing. No sleeveless shirt, short pants, or slippers allowed.

Examination Fee: P500


Examination Venue

Examinees will be notified of the exam venue through the Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA), available in the approximately two weeks before exam day. ONSA can be accessed through

They are advised to print their Notice of School Assignment using ONSA.

Should they not have access to ONSA or still do not know their school assignment one week before exam day, the examinee should inquire in the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned.

Examinees are advised to familiarize with the school location before the day of examination.

Examination Day

Testing Venues: Open starting 6 am, closes at 7:30 am (no exceptions).

Required items:

  1.   I.D. card – preferably the same card presented during the application filing even if it is expired by the time of examination. Other cards are accepted if it is listed in item D(3) above, as long as it is still valid. (No I.D., No Exam)
  2.   Original of PSA/LCR issued Birth Certificate printed on Security Paper (if I.D. card has no date of birth);
  3. Application Receipt with CSC Official Receipt (if available);
  4.   Notice of School Assignment generated through ONSA (as applicable);
  5. Black Ball Pen/s;
  6.   Water, or preferred beverage (except alcoholic beverage) placed in clear/transparent container, and/or candies/biscuits, which shall be subject to inspection by  the Room Examiner/Proctor.

Failure to take the exam results in forfeiture of exam fee and slot, with no re-scheduling. Again, proper attire must be worn.

Scope of Examination

Scope of Examination:

  • Philippine Constitution
  • Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713)
  • Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts
  • Environment Management and Protection.

For Professional Level (170 Items) (8 am to 11:10 am):

Time limit: 3 hours, 10 minutes

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar and Correct Usage
  • Paragraph Organization
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Analogy
  • Logic
  • Numerical Reasoning

For Sub-Professional Level (165 Items) (8 am to 10:40 am):

Time limit: 2 hours, 40 minutes

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar and Correct Usage
  • Paragraph Organization
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Clerical Operations
  • Numerical Reasoning

One of hour before and after test for documentation.

Passing Grade: 80.00

Release of Test Results

List of Passers will be posted in the CSC website within 41 days after examination.

Examinees, through the CSC website can generate their examination rating with the Online Civil Service Examination Result Generation System (OCSERGS), available approximately 15 days after the posting of List of Passers.

Passers must verify with the designated CSC Regional Office the availability of their Certification of Eligibility (CoE), which will be available approximately 30 days after the posting of List of Passers. No representatives allowed to claim the CoE.

Claiming Requirements:

I.D. Card – preferably the same card presented during the application filing even if it is expired by the time of claiming. Other cards are accepted if it is listed in item D (3) above, as long as it is still valid.

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