How to Apply for Civil Service Exam in the Philippines

The civil service exam application is the first step that you need to take to land a job in the Philippine government. The second step is you need to pass it.

First, Let us focus on the exam application process as it may take you some time to accomplish it. The step includes downloading and filling up the CSC form 100, preparing the requirements, and submitting it to the regional office where you will take the test.

What is a Civil Service Examination in the Philippines

The civil service exam is a type of test in the Philippines that will determine if a Filipino citizen has the capacity to hold a government position. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is the government institution conducting the Civil Service Exam. The CSC test has two levels which are Professional and Subprofessional.

The CSC exam covers basic general information about the Philippine constitution, human rights concepts, environmental management, and a code of conduct for public officials. In addition, it will also test an individual for their verbal, numerical, clerical (for subprofessionals), and analytical abilities.

The exam comes in two versions: the paper and pencil, and the computerized (COMEX). The paper and pencil test versions are held twice a year normally during the months of March and August for its Professional and Subprofessional levels. Meanwhile, the schedule for the COMEX version varies as it depends on the available slots in the testing center.

Who are Eligible to Take the Civil Service PPT and COMEX Examination

Interested applicants who want to take the CSC examination whether paper and pencil test or computerized examination must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A Filipino citizen who is at least 18 years old during the filing of his/her csc exam application
  • Should have a good moral character and no criminal record involving moral turpitude
  • Has not been dismissed from a government position or dishonorably discharged from military service
  • Must not take the same Civil Service Exam level in the last 3 months prior to the scheduled exam date

Now, that you have an idea about the test and admission requirements, let’s proceed to the process of applying for the civil service exam.

How to Apply for the Civil Service Exam Paper and Pencil Test (PPT)

Step 1: Download and Fill Up the Civil Service Exam Form No. 100

The CS form no. 100 is available at the “Downloads” link located on the navigation bar of the CSC website.

Step 2: Prepare all the requirements

The requirements that you need to prepare are 4 pcs recent and identical ID pictures, valid IDs, birth certificate (if the IDs do not show your date of birth), certificate of retention (for dual citizenship), and funds for payment of your exam.

Step 3: Submit the CS 100 form and the requirements to the CSC regional office

You can find the list of regional offices and field offices at the “Regional Offices” link located at the navigation bar of the CSC website.

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Step 4: Pay the examination fee of PHP500

Pay the 500 pesos testing fee at the regional office or field office where you apply for your civil service exam.

Step 5: Receive the Notice of School Assignment (NOSA) thru text or email

You can access the CSC website to verify your Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA). If you still haven’t gotten your ONSA one week before your exam, visit the CSC regional office or field offices and inquire about it.

Step 6: Arrive at the testing center on your scheduled examination date

Visit the location of the testing center (school assignment) 1 day before the exam to become familiar with its location. If you failed to show up on your school assignment on your scheduled exam day, your fee and slot will be forfeited.

Note: you are not allowed to reschedule your exam date.

How to Apply for the CSC COMEX Online

Step 1: Register for an Account on the CSC COMEX Website

Visit www.comex.csc.gov.ph then go to “Sign Up Now” to register for a CSC account. In the given spaces, provide a valid username, password, and email address. Select your date of birth in terms of month, day, and year. Afterward, tick yes or no if you are Filipino.

Provide also in the given space your personal information, educational attainment, employment status, eligibility, and other information being asked.

step 1 register for csc comex account

Step 2: Reserve an Examination Slot Online

Log in to your COMEX account. The drop-down menu will show up, go to “My Exam Schedule.” Visit the “Examination Schedules” tab located in the upper left portion of the website to view the exam types and schedules.

View the details such as the examination date, testing centers, and personal appearance date. Verify if the schedule is good for you. Afterward, hit the “Reserve a Slot” button.

Step 3: Confirm your Slot at the CSC Testing Center

Go to the testing center based on the indicated “Personal Appearance Date.” The staff in the testing center will verify your identity in accordance to the information that you provide on your comex account. Moreover, the staff will also take your photo, biometrics, and your digital signature. In this part, you also have to pay your examination fee of 680 pesos.

Bring at least 2 valid identification cards containing your complete name, date of birth, and contact numbers.

Step 4: Take the Actual Computerized CSC Exam

This is the part where you need to go to the testing center on the scheduled date of your examination to take the actual CSC computerized test.

Note: rescheduling your exam is not allowed

Step 5: Access the Exam Results Online

After a week, the results for the COMEX will be released. You can view your score online at the www.comex.csc.gov.ph

Read also: Civil Service Exam Coverage for Professional and Subprofessional

How to Download the Civil Service Exam Form CS Form Number 100

If you will apply for CS examination, the form that you need to get is the CS Form number 100 (revised September 2016)

Step 1: Visit the Civil Service Commission Philippines Website

The official website of Civil Service Commission is csc.gov.ph. Type the said URL on the search bar of your favorite browser. Or you can search the said url using your favorite search engine.

Step 2: Go to the Downloads link then forms

In the black navigation bar located in the top-middle portion of the page, hover your mouse on the “Downloads” link to see the drop-down menu. In the latter, go to “Forms” to view the list of CSC forms.

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Step 3: Check the CS Form Number 100

Under “Examination, Recruitment and Placement” check the Civil Service Examination Form – CS Form no. 100 (revised September 2016).

step 3 check csc forms

Step 4: Download the Civil Service Exam Application Form

Save a copy on your personal computer where you can access it quickly when you need to print it.

How to Fill Out the Civil Service Form 100

Now that you have the form, lets start filling it out. Here are the details that you need to write in the form. Take note of the parts that say “To be filled-out by applicant.” It means that you are the one who needs to write on them. On the other hand, leave the part that says “For CSC Processor Only” because the CSC staff will be the ones to write on them.

Write in the given spaces all the required information. If the information asked is not applicable to you, indicate “N/A” for Not Applicable.

At the top middle portion of the form, you have to check the examination applied for. Choose between “Pen and Paper Test (PPT)” and “Computerized Examination (COMEX).” The former means you want to take the exam manually, while the latter means you choose to take the exam via computer at the testing center.

As for the levels, you can take the CSE-Professional or the CSE-Subprofessional. Check the box based on your qualification.

If you previously took the Career Service Exam, check the box if it was for CSE Professional or for CSE subprofessional. Afterward, input the date of your previous examination.

There are 5 remaining parts (from letters A to E) that you need to fill out. Here are the information that you need to input:

Personal information and Highest educational attainment

  • Complete Name, Age, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, and Gender
  • Citizenship
  • Mother’s Maiden Name (or apelyido sa pagkadalaga)
  • Complete Permanent Mailing Address
  • Height in meters
  • Weight in Kilograms
  • Civil Status: single, married, or others
  • Other data: Pregnant, Person with a Disability
  • Mobile Number (required)
  • Telephone number (include area code)
  • Email address (required)

Highest Educational Attainment

  • Level of Education: Elementary, High School, College, Master’s, or Doctorate
  • Completion: Not Graduated, Graduated
  • If you did not graduate input your highest level earned. If you graduate input your graduation or completion date in this format mm/dd/yyyy.
  • Complete Title of Course/Degree and your major
  • Name of your School and Address where you take your education
  • Inclusive years (from-to) when you take your education

Information on Government Examinations Passed / Civil Service Eligibility

  • Title of Examination Passed / Title of Eligibility Granted
  • Rating Obtained
  • Date of Examination / Date Eligibility Granted
  • Place of Examination

Present Employment

  • Check the box if you are presently employed in either of the following: Government, Private, Non-government Organization, Self-Employed, or Unemployed
  • Agency / Office
  • Address
  • Position / Job Title
  • No. of Years in Present Position / Job
  • Status of Appointment / Employment (write if you are contractual or permanent position)

Additional Information

  • Check the box for Yes or No
  • Check Yes or No, if you are a member if Indigenous People then specify which indigenous group.
  • Declaration

Leave blank the “Signature over Printed Name of Applicant” and “Right Thumbmark.” You will fill them at the presence of the Civil Service Commission administering officer. This will happen when you submit the form at the CSC regional office.

Civil Service Exam Application Requirements List

1. One of the requirements in applying for a civil service test is a properly filled out CS form number 100. Aside from that you also need to prepare the following:

  • 4 pcs identical ID pictures that meet the indicated specifications:
  • Passport size 4.5cm x 3.5 cm (1.78 inches x 1.38 inches)
  • Colored with white background
  • recent and taken within the last 3 months prior to filing of your exam application
  • Standard close-up shot in bare face, your face should occupy 80 percent of the picture, you should not wear any eyeglasses, accessories, and makeup. The photo should show your left and right ears.
  • Your ID photo should have a handwritten nametag showing your signature above your complete name (First name, middle initial, surname, and extension name). The nametag should be located 1 inch below your chin.

2. Original and Photocopy of any of the following valid IDs: Passport, PRC ID, GSIS UMID ID/GSIS ID, Driver’ License, Philhealth ID, Office or Company ID, Postal ID, Barangay ID, Voter’s ID, Police Clearance / Police Clearance Certificate, NBI Clearance, current valid school ID, BIR ID (ATM type/ TIN card type with picture), and SSS ID. These IDs should contain the applicant’s name, signature, date of birth, and clear photo.

3. For applicants whose ID cards do not show their date of birth. They should bring the original and photocopy of their birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO) or local civil registry printed on security paper (secpa).

4. For applicants with dual citizenship in accordance with R.A. 9225. They should bring the original and photocopy of the certificate of retention/re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship from the Bureau of Immigration.

5. Bring funds for payment of exam fee which is 680.00 pesos for those taking the CSC COMEX, and 500.00 pesos for those taking the CSE paper and pencil test (PPT).

FAQ about Civil Service Exam Application

What is the Dress Code?

You should wear decent attire during the filing of your CSC exam application and during the testing day. Do not wear a sleeveless blouse or shirt, do not wear shorts, and do not come wearing slippers.

What to bring on the day of the examination?

The three things that you must bring during the testing day are the following:

  • copy your Notice of School Assignment and or your application receipt
  • the same valid ID that you presented to the regional center during the filing of your exam application. (No ID no exam policy)
  • Black ballpens

How many times can I take the Civil Service Exam?

The aspiring individual who wants to work in the government sector is allowed to take the exam once every 6 months for CSC professional level, and once every 3 months for CSC Subprofessional level.

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