03 August 2018

{TIPS} Become a Successful Passer in Civil Service Exam - CSC Reviewer 2019 (UPDATED)

You might wonder why you should PASS the Civil Service Exam (CSE), of course, spearheaded, supported, and held by the CSC Agency? What are the privileges and benefits of being one of the CSE passers? Does it mandatory to take an exam to be eligible?

First things first:

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What does CSC abbreviation mean? What its functions and administers? Why do we(especially government employees) NEED to pass CSC Exam? Is it really 'that' important? 

Check your room and school assignment: 

Other questions may look like these:

How to pass the civil service exam then? These are a few common questions. We will answer that later on. 
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Passing Civil Service Examination (CSE from CSC) has never been easier. Every examination has different approaches (you should not expect the same set of patterns the next exam schedule). A high passing rate of 80% is considered to be quite an 'Inspiring Yet Feared' and relatively "difficult" to pass. As merely why Civil Service Test/Exam noted to be a prestigious test/exam in the country.


Statistically computed

Now, an average passing rate is at least 20%; it is arguably and mathematically LOW. But it does not necessarily mean that you lose hope with that figure. Don't worry it is only my simple calculation, but I solely based it on the five (5) options that need to shade with one(1) correct answer.

The chance to get a correct answer is 1 out of 5, that's 1/5, and it makes 0.2 when divided by 100, and multiply it to 100 that would make a 20% (though, MATH -_-). 

Oh, wait, but this calculation is applicable only if you don't know five options. But what if you are just confused about three choices or 2 choice options? There is a greater chance of hope and higher passing percentage..surely, it gives you more chances to get a correct answer. So, if I put it in a range, it will be of 20% to 30% chances.

Disclaimer:  Many people messaged me that I am from the CSC Agency. Actually, it is FALSE. I don't work from CSC. Moreover, I did consolidate useful reviewer files, and it is not leakage, though. 


What Is CSC then?
CSC or Civil Service Commission is a government body-owned agency which has the sole purpose is to administer those qualified members of the PUBLIC/government service.

CSC Mandates the following:
The Civil Service Commission was conferred the status of a department by Republic Act No. 2260 as amended and elevated to a constitutional body by the 1973 Constitution. It was reorganized under PD No. 181 dated September 24, 1972, and again reorganized under Executive Order no. 181 dated November 21, 1986. With the new Administrative Code of 1987 (EO 292), the Commission is constitutionally mandated to promote morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, progressiveness, and courtesy in the Civil Service.
One of the mandates of CSC (Civil Service Commission - http://csc.gov.ph/ ) is to formulate, administer, and evaluate system/program in the development of a qualified workforce in the public service.

To fully qualified to work or become a REGULAR Permanent (Plantilla Item/Position) staff in any Government offices/agencies/GOCCs/LGUs, you need to take and pass the civil service exam especially the CS Professional one held twice in a year. The good thing is, it has the available exam on computer-based, but it is roughly available. Thus, you need to check every day to check the updates.
Take note: If you are already passed in  BAR(Lawyers), CPA(Accountants), and other professional board exams, then you are already highly qualified to work in the public offices.
However, if you graduated on non-board exams (like me, an IT graduate), you need to take and pass the CSC exam,  by crook or by hook still, it depends on you.
Furthermore, CSC offers examination in two(2) tests: Sub-Prof and Professional exam every twice a year. (Usually, will take in October or April/May month unless otherwise, it will change with notification on its official website)
Pass for Future Work in Government Agencies
Passing Civil Service Test/Exam is not just for self-success, self-attainment, self-achievement( which proves that you are keen to pass it, or to test your IQ), self-dignity, and self-pride, but for your career path to take, it gives you a chance to be employed in the Government agencies here in the Philippines.
The benefits of being a passer of Philippine Civil Service Examination (CSE)
If you are currently employed as a job order/contractual/casual/special project work in a Government establishment, there is a higher chance to get a permanent JOB or become a regular employee in that office and thus gaining a promising privileges and benefits like salary increases, employee leaves, bonuses, gifts and incentives, and promotions. Sounds great right!?
However, it is sad to note that in our government system, being a PASSER does not necessarily guaranteed to be immediately hired or appointed. *sigh* Unless you have relatives in that office, or you know someone that will help you (BACKER). As Ramon Bautista quoted, "KEYS To become successful: Keys to success: sipag, tiyaga, at kakilala (BACKER). Funny but it's sad damn accurate!


  • Career Service Professional and Sub-professional examinations are open to applicants regardless of educational attainment.
The CSE-PPT for Professional and SubProfessional levels are open to Filipino citizens who are at least 18 years old at the time of filing of an application, regardless of educational attainment.
Take note: CSC has given info that any FILIPINO Citizen can file the application if he/she is already 18 years old even if you are not in college or any educational attainment.
  • Applicants for both levels must:
    • Be Filipino citizens, at least 18 years old, and of good moral character;
    • Have no criminal record or have not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude;
    • Have not been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government; and
    • Have not taken the same level of career service examination within three (3) months from the last examination taken.
The CSC clarifies that there is NO MORE limit in taking the Career Service Examinations. An individual may continuously take the exams regardless of the number of times failed, provided that the examinee takes the same level of examination once every three months.

1. Fully accomplished Application Form (CS Form No. 100 (Revised September 2016)). The spaces for “Signature of Applicant” and “Right Thumbmark” on the form should be left blank. These shall be accomplished in the presence of the CSC processor.
2. Four (4) copies of identical I.D. pictures with specifications, as follows:
  • a. Philippine Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
  • b. Colored, with white background
  • c. Taken within three (3) months before a filing of application
  • d. Printed on high-quality photo paper
  • e. 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)
  • f. In bare face (with no eyeglasses or any accessories that may cover the facial features)
  • g. Showing left and right ear
  • h. Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • i. With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open
  • j. With full and handwritten (not computer-generated) name tag in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name (if any), and signature over printed name

3. Original and photocopy of any valid ID containing applicant’s clear picture, date of birth, signature, and signature of the authorized head of the issuing agency such as Driver’s License, SSS ID, GSIS ID, Philhealth ID, current Company/Office ID, current School ID, Postal ID, BIR ID, Barangay ID, Voter’s ID, Valid Passport, or Police Clearance (Note: Any other ID not included in the list shall NOT be accepted)
- IDs with lacking information, particularly the applicant’s date of birth, should be supported by NSO-issued Birth Certificate or Birth Certificate authenticated/issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR).
4. Copy of Appointment letter received by the applicant through email (for Computer Assisted Test)
5. Examination fee of Php 500.00 for the Paper and Pencil Test (PPT), or Php 600.00 for Computer-Assisted Test (CAT).”

  • Professional Level
In English and Filipino: vocabulary, grammar, and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning.
  • Subprofessional Level
In English and Filipino: vocabulary, grammar, and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, clerical operations, and numerical reasoning.
Both levels of the examination will have general information questions on Philippine Constitution; Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R. A. 6713); peace and human rights issues and concepts; and environment management and protection.

  • 1. CSE-PPT
Results of the CSE-PPT are usually released forty-five (45) days after the examination. The names of passers will be posted on the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph.
Those who passed the examination must personally claim their Certificates of Eligibility at the CSC Regional Office/Field Office upon presentation of required documents. On the other hand, those who failed the examination may secure a copy of their Report of Rating through the CSC website. 
No Report of Rating shall be mailed to those who failed. To ensure a copy of the Report of Rating, an examinee must key in his/her name, date of birth, examinee number, examination date, and examination type. Thus, examinees are advised to safe keep or remember their examinee number until receipt of the examination result.
  • 2. CSE-CAT
Results of the CSE-CAT are usually released within two to three hours after the examination. Examinees are strongly advised to wait for the testing results. Those who passed shall receive their Certificate of Eligibility while those who failed shall receive their Report of Rating. Should an examiner fail to claim/receive his/her examination result on the test day, he/she has to return personally at a later date to claim either his/her Certificate of Eligibility or Report of Rating.
The names of passers of the CSE-CAT examinees are posted at the CSC website by clicking the following link: Online CSE-CAT Result Generation System. A copy of the Notice of Rating (for passers) may also be secured online. However, the Notice of Rating does not in any way replace the Certificate of Eligibility.
Meanwhile, a copy of the Report of Rating of examinees who failed the examinations may also be secured through the CSC website. To obtain a copy of the Report of Rating, an examinee must key in his/her name, date of birth, examinee number, examination date, and test type.

CSE PPT Professional Level VS Sub-Prof Level EXAM
  • PROF has 170 items while SUB-PROF only 165 items
  • PROF lasted 3 hours while SUB PROF only two hours and thirty minutes
  • PROF examination covered vocabulary, grammar, and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning while SUB-PROF has spelling and clerical operations and HAS NO ANALOGY and LOGIC.
You can try to register online using COMEX: CSC Computer Examination


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February 27, 2017

  • Added Clerical procedures
  • Test question about clerical operation

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    • A Handbook of Essential Mathematical Formulae (PDF)
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    • Essential Mathematical Methods 1 (PDF)
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{old}  Now, this is the sample files I will give and share here. It's a quite outdated screenshot, but it works pretty well.

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November 28, 2013
  • I would like to congratulate those who passed the CSE-PPT exam last October 13, 2013. And for those who did not make it, there is still a lot of time and chance. Be prepared for the next exam. Lastly, I am overwhelmed the same time happy with the result, in which, I did help and contribute in my small ways. Some of them thank me. I feel warm-hearted. Congrats!
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Testimonial continuation
Good afternoon po!
...Too late already but I just want to thank you again, sir, for the reviewer that you gave me. I passed the April 2013 cs exam professional. May you continue to be a blessing to everyone especially for those who will take the Civil Service Exam. GOD BLESS YOU MORE SIR.
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The passer is not "guaranteed" to become a REGULAR Employee Too (sad but true)
Keep in mind also that a passer does not guarantee 100% to become one of the permanent employees in the government office. 
It is interesting to note that being one of the eligible passers will not guarantee you to be hired in the government units/agencies. There are many factors to consider too. The Less Expectation, the Better.
My Experience. Well, a Second Taker is pretty good after all

I took twice on Civil Service Exam, the second time; it took me a little surprised when I passed it last October 21, 2012. Oh, it's a miracle! Funny and shocking indeed, I can't still believe but it pays the effort in my studying sessions and sacrifices..anyway....and I am very thankful for passing the exam, and now I am an eligible one. At this point, I just want to share some of the tips you need to take extra effort to follow. Or if you are tired, then you still have extensive tests. Try and Try until you succeed.

Before that, you need to know some crucial facts to prepare yourself for the upcoming test and be a successful passer too. (ikanga, sabi nga nila, walang masasaktan kapag preparado ka at may alam ka. Diba?)
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Things you need to know
  • You need to pass 80% passing rate. High % right? 
  • Exam will take three(3) hours; that's 60 mins/hr x 3hrs = 180mins
  • Test questionnaire has 180 items, 10-15 free(personal information), ten blanks. So it makes a total of 160 total items. I calculated the total items over the total time of 180 mins.  Well, it's roughly 0.87 minutes per item, but some items do take time especially on reading comprehensions and Math problems. You MUST have 3-5mins to answer it.
  • Career Service Professional and Subprofessional have almost the same scope of examination from; English, Filipino, Reading comprehension, synonyms, antonyms, logic, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, spelling, analogy. Math: Word problems, interest, percent, sales, linear, algebra, graphs, and general information includes Philippine Constitution, (R.A. 6713) Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts, and Environment Management and Protection.
  • Exams will start at definitely at 8 AM, Sunday.
  • If you are taking on Computer Aided Test, it is synchronized nationwide, but need to answer quickly. ( No need to shade answers which make it faster and easier)
You need to prepare for it, calculate a time to answer items, and study on scopes of the exam.

TIPS to HELP you PASS the Civil Service Examinations
Before EXAM
  • Review, review, and review. You need to take seriously for the test/exam. Your future at stake here. Though, it does not depend on your future of being a passer. But for the sake to pass it, better review and do more reviews. Well, if you do have stored stock knowledge and very confident to pass the exam without any reviews, then go on. (I remembered my friends here, I must admit they are pretty smarter indeed). However, if you are just an average type of person just like me, you need to focus and review more.
Good News! I will share with you some soft copies here. Click it => CSC Reviewer 2017.  
  • Study and Review Materials. You need to gather more resources here. Like newspapers, hard copies, books, reviewers, photocopies, magazines, soft copies, internet information, and lots of more. I have resources too, namely, newspapers, reviewers, internet freedom information, books, and photocopies. In my first take, I did not pass, and it gave me low rating... 66% whoa! It could somehow damage your moral, but you don't need to lose hope here. Like anyone else, they failed too. Tip: If you did not pass, try to make it as an inspiration to study and review more.
  • Pray but don't just rely on it. As many people would say, God, will help you if you will help yourself first. Do your best and God does the rest. You need to be realistic too if you are not keen and being hard working on studying and reviewing then you will not make it. Remember, it is a REAL TEST. One of the factors to have a better future. If you are just relying on faith without hard work, it is useless. It must be FAITH and HARD WORK.
  • Practice, practice, and practice. Mostly, we hate MATH, right? Now, it is time to love it. I am sure; you will love it too. Just like anything else, you will develop to like/love it. For the sake of your future, you need to sacrifice. Practice every day, solve problems at least 5-10 word problems. When you do that, you seem familiar with the problems and situations. Heck, don't memorize the question or answer. Just familiar the concepts and principles like PEMDAS( parentheses, Exponent, multiply, divide, add, subtract in order), solving your X, I mean, explaining the unknown, formulas, percent, etc. Sometimes, you feel paranoid about solving problems but remember to point out to choose that is closer to your instinct. They said the first impression lasts. Yes, if you have your first impression of the specific option then select it. Your mind (subconscious) thinks it is a correct because, at some point, you already encountered it in the past, without even solving it but for the sake of clarity and correctness you NEED to review and resolve it. Well, if you have more time remaining then you can evaluate its validity, but I tell you that based on my twice experiences, time is scarce, and you need to answer as quick as possible. Indeed, it's a marathon of time. Of course, one reason why you are in that race is to pass. (Thus, you need to answer all questions). If you are best in math problem solving, this is your time to shine! (But the exam questionnaires are changing every test).
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  • Exercise, exercise, and exercise. A study shows that exercise will make you 10% smarter. Well of course, scientifically, your blood flows which give your brain more oxygen that could improve the ability to store information, to retrieve fast, and to analyze better. Like me, I did some gym exercises; it boosts my body structure and mental alertness.
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  • Use the Internet Effectively. While you are sitting there in 20/7 hours just doing Facebook or playing games. Take serious, and use it effectively to learn instead. I recommend to read news on ph.yahoo.com, vocabulary.com(I did play there and found it more useful and enjoyable), dictionary.com and Google.com(search math problem sample, tips, and tricks, English grammar usage, etc.)
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  • Use Android/iOS Apps Effectively. I'm pretty sure, you almost use your smartphone to edit pictures, visit Facebook, check on Foursquare, etc. Now, why not install apps which are useful like the dictionary. I do recommend, English-Tagalog app, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, you can search in play store. play.google.com. Same with other OS, iOS, BB, Symbian, or Windows Phone. Use it.
  • Eat breakfast(Don't skip it). If you are planning to be sexier and fitter, you don't need to skip meal especially breakfast. Remember, if you will sleep at 9 pm and wake up 6 pm, how long hours would it be? And yet you still skipping breakfast? Your body will be weakened, and brain thinking ability will be slowed too. You can eat a balanced diet if you are into shape.
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  • Eat chocolate instead of Junk Foods. Chocolate(esp. dark chocolate) has been known to boost mind power and alertness. Eating chocolates help to sharpen thinking skills. Furthermore, Chocolate is good for the heart and soul, the study reported.
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  • Drink Coffee. If you are not into drinking coffee, it's up to you, just eat chocolate. However, coffee improves memory capability and speeds up reaction time. In company research, at least three times of drinking coffee will boost your mood and cognitive function. Take note: if you are over drinking it, you will experience a sleep disorder.
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  • Ask previous examiners. Good news, I just share you some tips here. And I am willing to give some soft copies if you like. For an offline e-book, CSC reviewer, download here.
  • Beauty Sleep. Don't overdo things like over spending time. Don't sleep too LATE at night or early morning. In separate news, those who sleep late at night tend to have a higher IQ than to those who sleep, earlier. Now, you are excused. :D If you have insomnia problem, drink hot milk to relax your body and brain. Also, a study suggested, to try to blink your eyes more so it will get your eyes tired, you will fall asleep. :)
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  • Take Vitamins. If you don't like to exercise and eat some balanced diet meal, take vitamins from A-Z. Sounds familiar? But recent reports, that taking vitamins can damage a liver or other organs. So be careful.
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  • Relax before the day of an exam. Don't be desperate, just because the day of the exam will take the next day; you will study in 24 hours? Hell No! Don't overdo it; it will slow your thinking skill the other day. And your body becomes tired too.
  • Prepare things. Prepare a pencil, ball pen, receipt, sharpener, eraser and of course, yourself. Take a cold/hot bath and rest well.
  • Relax and stay calm. While on your test, just relax and stay calm, because panicking will lead you to despair and your mind will not cooperate in such cases.
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  • Be on time. The exam will start at 8 am, so you need to get in your chair earlier. However, if you don't know your seat number and room number, be early as 7 am to look for those number. I remembered when I went at 6 am, yes too soon. In which it resulted for me to stand for 2 hrs, and it is exhausting and tiring, though. So be just on time, don't be late or too early or else you ended same as me.
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  • Time is Gold; you need more time. Love takes time but not on taking exams; it is a quickie one. If you just rely on your Mobile to know the time, I'm afraid you will feel paranoid as me, when taking exams. Why? Because you don't know the time, you will tend to answer longer, and when a Proctor says the time: I'm sure you will panic. (of course, just like me, I don't even have a single watch, how poor)
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  • Skip harder questions. This is really crucial. But when you skip questions and be back later, you will have a hard time to cope up possibly because you are running out of time. But the advantage is, there's a hint in proceeding number items. 
  • Just don't leave blank questions, don't go no shades or else it might have a problem on the computer checking system. (since it is a computerized system, ideally, you must shade all questions)
  • Be happy and enjoy the exam. While it might depend on your future in that exam, don't take life seriously, remember if you don't succeed in passing it. There's a better place for you. :)
  • Be thankful. Thank God and yourself. Maybe talk to yourself. No, I mean NO! But highly suggested, because it will improve your thinking skills. (nerd)
  • Be optimist. There is nothing more calming when you think positively. (Nah, I am a pessimist ) 
  • Less expectation. Yes, don't really expect for your hard work, faith, prayers, and keen study. If you do that, you are debt by your actions. But if suddenly, make you passed the exam. Jump and celebrate!
  • Relax and enjoy!
Would you trust me? You SHOULD trust me, why? Because I did that crazy stuff :D and I took twice in the exam, so I have learned more crazy stuff yet useful tips again. Read my story here.

Now, I do hope to your success in passing the Civil Service Examinations. Also, I hope, you have learned something here.


Exam: October 23 (SUNDAY)
DATE of FILING:  May 9, 2016, to September 1, 2016.

Jun 20, 2015 (CSE Schedule EXAM)
  • Next Civil Service Exam is scheduled for October 18, 2015. Date of filing: May 25 to September 3.
Jan 25, 2014
  • Next Exam will be on April 6, 2014
 June 14, 2013
  • Next Exam will be in October 2013
By the way, the exams will be on April 14, 2013. Take it as your opportunity to pass, not only for work opportunity but also in your self-dignity. :)

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