Everything You Need to Know About the Civil Service Exam On July 2021
May 25, 2021   •   Kyzia Maramara
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May 25, 2021   •   Kyzia Maramara
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has confirmed that the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT a.k.a. Civil Service Exam) will push through this year. Last year, the Commission had to cancel the written service exams due to the pandemic. This makes the July 2021 exam the first since the COVID-19 crisis hit.
What is the Civil Service Exam anyway and why should you consider taking it? For starters, if you’re looking for a job opportunity in the government sector, you need to pass this exam first. There are two types of exams you can take: the Professional Level and the Subprofessional Level.
The Professional Level is the second level eligibility that lets you work for first level (clerical) and second level (technical, managerial) positions in the government. On the other hand, the Subprofessional Level is first-level eligibility that lets you work for first-level (clerical, administrative) positions in the government.
If you’re still confused, don’t worry! This article will help you out. Here’s everything you need to know about the Civil Service Exam for 2021.
If you’re looking to take the CSE this year, the application period is from May 14, 2021 to June 3, 2021. Slots are on a first-come-first-served basis. Hurry up and file yours since CSE can close a regional office once it’s reached the targeted number of applicants.
The exam itself will be held on July 18, 2021.
After that, you have to wait for two months or 45 days before the test results are released. For 2021, the target date for results is on September 1, 2021.
According to the CSC, the CSE-PPT will be held in Regions VI (Western Visayas), VII (Central Visayas), XII (SOCCSKSARGEN), and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The testing centers are mostly in Visayas and Mindanao and are “subject to change in light of the emerging/evolving COVID-19 situation.”
Here are the testing centers per region:
Region VI – Western Visayas
Region VII – Central Visayas
Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula
Since the CSC is strict when it comes to the Civil Service Exam takers, you have to make sure you meet all the qualifications below. You must be:
Once you’ve ticked all the boxes for qualifications, you can begin gathering the requirements for application.
According to the official CSE website, here are the requirements you need to submit in order to qualify for the exam:
1. Fully accomplished application CS Form No. 100.
2. Four (4) copies of identical pictures with specifications as follows:
3. Original and photocopy of any valid ID containing your clear picture, date of birth, signature, and signature of the authorized head of the issuing agency. You can choose from these IDs below:
The Commission is strict with IDs so any other card not included in that list will not be accepted.
If your ID is on the list but it lacks the information needed, you can support it by bringing your Birth Certificate authenticated by the National Statistics Office of Local Civil Registrar.
Now that you know you’re qualified and you’ve got the requirements you need to bring, let’s talk about the step-by-step CSE application.
According to the Commission, the actual procedure should only take you under 30 minutes to accomplish. But since we’re in the middle of the pandemic and full capacity can’t be exercised, expect that it could get longer.
You can file yours in two ways:
Personal filing: Register and schedule an appointment with your e CSC Regional Office (CSC RO) or with any CSC RO’s Field Offices. You can find a complete directory of CSC Regional and Field Offices nationwide here.
Courier filing: Submit your application via courier and pay the exam fee through designated payment facilities. Again, you can reach out to your CSC Regional and Field Offices nationwide to double-check the procedure.
If both aren’t feasible for your situation, you can contact your CSC RO and consult them for alternative modes of application.
For personal filing, here’s an easy step-by-step guide:
Remember that the CSE-PPT has a fee of P500 so be prepared to pay at the cashier.
Not sure what you should brush up on? The Commission has released the scope of examination for the Professional and Subprofessional levels. Both require you to have a general knowledge of the following:
To pass the test, you need to have a general rating of at least 80.00.
On exam day, make sure to bring these things with you:
As for food, you can bring water or other beverages in a clear container as well as candies, biscuits, and small snacks.
Since we’re in the middle of a pandemic, the Commission has enhanced procedures and consulted with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for better health protocols. There are a couple of new rules applicants should observe such as:
You can expect a Health Monitoring Team to be present on the day of your exam. They’re in charge of implementing health and safety protocols and handling examinees who manifest COVID-19 symptoms.
Come September 2021, you can access your examination rating through the Online Civil Service Examination Result Generation System found on the CSC website.
And that’s it!
That’s everything you need to know about how to apply for the civil service exam in the Philippines for 2021. Remember that submission for applications ends on June 3 which is less than 2 weeks from now. Don’t miss out on submitting yours.
Kyzia spends most of her time capturing the world around her through photos, paragraphs, and playlists. She is constantly on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and a great paperback thriller to pair with it.
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