Take This 12-Item Quiz to Know If You Can Work for the Government

Ironically, elected officials are not required to pass the Civil Service Exam.

The Civil Service Examination is one of the most difficult examinations in the country. Every year, only around 10 percent of those who take it pass. For the Professional Level, the Civil Service Exam covers the following areas:

  • Grammar and Correct Usage
  • Logic and Abstract Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Organization of Ideas
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Data Interpretation
  • General Information 
  • Analysis and Synthesis

We know a few elected officials who could brush up on their logic and analogy. In March 2018, out of the 279,787 examinees, only 30,175 passed, or 10.78 percent.

If you are planning to take the Civil Service Exam, first try to take this simple 12-item quiz (many people underestimate it) and see if you can answer all items under five minutes. The quiz is a mock test that is used as a benchmarking tool to gauge your current knowledge level and see the areas in which you need to improve.

After the quiz, you will be given a report based on your performance. A detailed explanation of correct answers is also provided. To pass the exam, you need to answer 10 out of 12 questions correctly or 80 percent of the items correctly—the same passing score used in the Civil Service Exam.

Who Are Exempted from Taking the Civil Service Exam?

Passing the Civil Service Exam is usually required before anyone can work as a non-elected government employee, but not many people know that there are other ways in which you can become eligible for government service. The following Filipinos are exempted from taking the Civil Service Exam:


Board Exam and Bar Exam Passers

These exams are already administered by the Professional Regulation Commission and the Supreme Court. If you pass these exams, you are already deemed by government as highly competent and capable, considering how you passed the rigorous nature of these exams.

Barangay Health Workers

If you have a college degree and have completed two years of college education, and have been accredited by the Local Health Board and have rendered service to the community for at least five years, then you are also exempted from taking the Civil Service Exam.

Graduates with Laude Honors

If you graduated with Laude honors, you could be exempted from taking the Civil Service Exam, but only if the government thinks that you graduated from a reputable educational institution. Some people might think that this is a form of discrimination, but it is actually about being fair—some schools give higher marks to students, causing grade inflation or grading leniency.

Science and Technology Specialists

If you have a bachelor’s degree in any field of specialization and have earned a master’s degree or a doctorate degree or have at least three years of experience of continuous research or teaching in the same field, then you are eligible for civil service. Many university professors are recruited by the government because of their expertise. They do not need to take the Civil Service Exam.

How to Apply for the Civil Service Exam

You can apply for the Civil Service Exam online. Simply register at the Comex website by providing your personal information. You must have an active e-mail address. Once you’re done filling out the online application form, pay the examination fee of P680.

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If that doesn’t work out for you, you can always go to the CSC field office or CSC Regional Office where you plan to take your exam in person. Fill out the form and submit this to the office. Prepare to pay a fee of P500.

Civil Service Exam Schedule

For 2019, the remaining dates for the Civil Service Exam are the following:

August 29, 2019 (For Professional Level) – Reserve Online on August 22, 8:30 a.m.

September 5, 2019 (For Professional Level) – Reserve Online on August 28, 8:30 a.m.

October 24, 2019 (For Sub-professional Level) – Reserve Online on October 17, 8:30 a.m.

November 14, 2019 (For Professional Level) – Reserve Online on November 7, 8:30 a.m.

December 5, 2019 (For Professional Level) – Reserve Online on November 28, 8:30 a.m.

These schedules are subject to change without prior notice, and may result in rescheduling, according to the Civil Service Commission.

Civil Service Exam Requirements

You will need the following items when applying for the Civil Service Exam:

  • duly accomplished Application Form
  • original and photocopies of your valid ID
  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate (for female married applicants)
  • certificate of no conviction and no pending cases (download the form here)
  • three passport-size ID pictures with white background 

For those who want to apply for the Honor Graduate Eligibility (HGE) so you won't need to take the Civil Service Exam when you apply to government posts, you must accomplish this form and include necessary documents from your school. 

Your application for HGE will be evaluated, and then you will be provided a certificate of eligibility. Prepare P500 for the evaluation and processing cost. 

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