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If you are here, I guess you acknowledge that being a CS Passer is an important requirement. But for those who have no idea about it may ask something like this:

What are the privileges and benefits of being one of the CSE passers

If you are passionately wanted to work in the government and a non-board passer, Civil Service eligibility is mandatory.

Disclaimer:  Some people messaged and asked me if I am working with the CSC Agency.  Probably they will question this because I give some pointers. Actually, I just give tips and resources. I don't work for CSC but with another government agency. Thus, I only give tips and tricks and consolidate useful reviewer files (not leakage cuz against the law).


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

How to pass the civil service exam then? These are a few common questions. We will answer that later on. 
Passing Civil Service Examination (CSE from CSC) has never been easier for the time being. Expect to see some modifications of examination style patterns, and one should not expect exact similarities from the previous exam.

Every examination has different approaches, though (Different patterns in the next exam schedule)

The passing rate of 80% of the exam is quite high and is difficult to pass. This is merely why Civil Service Test/Exam is tagged as a prestigious test/exam in the Philippines.

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Chances are high if you have good analytical skills and vast general knowledge. You will pass the exam are based on your knowledge.

If you don't know the answer, you will get 20%. The chance to get a correct answer is 1 out of 5.

But what if you are just confused about three choices or two options? Then, there is a greater chance of getting the correct answer. Either way, the point is, you study smart.

What Is CSC?

Civil Service Commission (CSC) is a government body-owned agency whose sole purpose is to administer those qualified members to 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) is to formulate, administer, and evaluate systems/programs to develop a qualified workforce in the public service.

To fully qualified to become a REGULAR/Permanent (Plantilla Item/Position) staff in any Government offices, you need to take and pass the civil service exam either CS sub-prof or CS Professional (CS Prof is recommended but harder as compare to sub-proof) held twice in a year. You can check the computer-based exams too. Just check every once in a while.

Take note: If you are already passed BAR(Lawyers), CPA(Accountants), and other professional board exams, then you are already highly qualified to work in public offices.

However, if you are graduated on non-board exams (like me, an IT graduate), you need to take and pass the CSC exam, by crook or by hook!

Furthermore, CSC offers examinations in two(2) tests: the Sub-Prof and Professional exam twice a year. (Usually, it will take in October or April/May month unless otherwise, it will update on its social media outlets).

Passed for Future Work in Government Agencies
Passing the Civil Service Test/Exam is not just for your self-achievement( which proves that you are keen to pass it or test your IQ) and your career path to take. It will give you a chance to be employed in the Government agencies here in the Philippines.

The benefits of being a passer of the Philippine Civil Service Examination (CSE)
If you are currently employed as a job order/contractual/casual status in a Government agency, there is a higher chance to get you a permanent plantilla position. Thus, you will enjoy 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 being a PASSER does not necessarily guarantee to be immediately hired or be appointed in our government system. *sigh* Unless you have a network of people or relatives in that office, or you know someone that will help you (so-called BACKER).

As Ramon Bautista quipped something like:, 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 when filing 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 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 the 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 a 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 lacking information, particularly the applicant’s date of birth, should be supported by an 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, correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning.
  • Subprofessional Level
In English and Filipino: vocabulary, grammar, correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, clerical operations, and numerical reasoning.

Both the examination levels will have general information questions on the Philippine Constitution, Code of Conduct, 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
Those who passed the examination must personally claim their Certificates of Eligibility at the CSC Regional Office/Field Office upon presenting required documents. On the other hand, those who failed the examination may secure a copy of their Rating Report through the CSC website. 
No Report of Rating shall be mailed to those who failed. To ensure a copy of the Rating Report, an examinee must key in his/her name, date of birth, examinee number, examination date, and examination type. Thus, examinees are advised to keep or remember their examinee number until the examination results are received.
  • 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 Rating Report. 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 covers vocabulary, grammar, correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning. At the same time, SUB-PROF has spelling and clerical operations and HAS NO ANALOGY and LOGIC.
You can try to register online using COMEX: CSC Computer Examination.


May 18, 2017
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February 27, 2017
  • Added Clerical procedures
  • Test question about the clerical operation
January 1/20/2017
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  • June 20, 2015 
 Added FILES
    • Vocabulary.pdf
    • Avocabulary.pdf
    • Value and Ethics of Public Responsibility. pptx
    • Analogies practice test.pdf
    • rulesimplementingthecodeofconductandethicalstandardsforpublicofficialsandemployees-ppt-110925074101-phpapp01.pptx
    • Three-Step Method for Solving Analogies Problems.pdf

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Added some Math PDF files for a complete review of Math formulae and more practice exercises.
    • A Handbook of Essential Mathematical Formulae (PDF)
    • Business Math for Dummies (PDF)
    • Essential Mathematical Methods 1 (PDF)
  • Google Drive updates its GUI
{old}  Now, this is the sample file I will give and share here. It's quite an outdated screenshot, but it works pretty well.

Once you are a passer, you can get CoE (Certificate of Eligibility) here: How to get a certificate of eligibility.

June 25, 2014
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  • It also posts exercises to improve your Math problem Skills, Vocabulary, general knowledge, and Grammar.
May 20, 2014
  • Congratulations to all CSC Passers who took the exam last April 06, 2014 :)
  • CSC Results for April 06, 2014, PPT: CSC EXAM Results in 2014 April

January 25, 2014
    • Added some related documents for CSC Reviewer 2014
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 at 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!
September 06, 2013:
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August 20, 2013
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    • Added English Grammar Ebook Collection
July 26, 2013
    • Added: FULL Texts SONA 2013 (PDF FILE - English and Tagalog version)
July 17, 2013
    • Added RA6713.pdf 
    • Added:  Oxford and necessary Synonyms pdf
June 2013
    • I added New MSA Pdf Files. 
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Testimonial continuation
Good afternoon po!
It...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 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 that a passer does not guarantee 100% to become one of the government office's permanent employees. 

It is interesting to note that being one of the eligible passers will not guarantee you to be hired in the government 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 the Civil Service Exam the second time; it took me a little surprise 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 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.  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.

Things you need to know

  • You need to pass an 80% passing rate. High %, right? 
  • Exam will take three(3) hours; that's 60 mins/hr x 3hrs = 180mins
  • The test questionnaire has 180 items, 10-15 free(personal information), ten blank. So it makes a total of 160 total items. I calculated the total items over the total time of 180 mins.  It's roughly 0.87 minutes per item, but some items do take time, especially reading comprehension 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 you 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 the exam's scopes.

TIPS to HELP you PASS the Civil Service Examinations
Before EXAM
  • Review, review, and review. You need to take it seriously. Your future is at stake here. To pass the exam, better review, and study smartly. You can try without reviewing too, just focuses on the stored stock knowledge.
Good News! I will share with you some soft copies here. Click it => CSC Reviewer 2017.  
  • Study Resource Materials. As much as possible, you need to collect more resources here. Like newspapers, hard copies, books, reviewers, photocopies, magazines, soft copies, and internet information. In my case, I do have resources too, namely, newspapers, reviewers, internet freedom information, books, and photocopies. I did not pass in my first take, and I got a low rating of 66%. Whoa! It was devastating, morally degrading, but I was encouraged by my colleagues not to lose hope here. Like anyone else, they failed too. Tip: If you did not pass, try to make it an inspiration to study and review more.
  • Pray but don't just rely on it. As many religious people would say, God, will help you if you help yourself first. Do your best, and God does the rest. You need to be realistic too here. If you are not serious about reviewing, you will have a small chance of passing the exam. Remember, it is one of the good 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 more, and it will be PERFECT. Mostly, some of us really hate MATHEMATICS, right? Start to love it.  Just like anything else, it will go with the flow. For the sake of your future, you need to sacrifice. Practice every day. Solve problems at least 5-10 word problems daily. When you do all these things, you will be familiar with the examination day's problems and situations. Heck, don't memorize at all. Just familiarize the concepts and principles of Math like PEMDAS( parentheses, Exponent, multiply, divide, add, subtract in order), solve word problems, explain the unknown, formulas, percent, etc. Sometimes, the first instinct is the correct answer. Trust your instinct. Indeed, the first impression lasts. Yes, if you have the first impression of the specific option, then select it. Your mind (subconscious) thinks it is correct because, at some point, you already encountered it in the past(to your practice) without even solving it. In case you have lots of time, better review it. But time duration is fast and feels short, and hence, you need to answer as quickly as possible. 
  • Exercise your body and mind. A study shows that exercise will make you 10% smarter. Of course, scientifically, your blood flows well in circulation, which gives your brain more oxygen and can improve the ability to store information, retrieve fast, and analyze better. Like me, I did gym exercises: it boosts mental alertness.
  • Use the Internet effectively. Instead of sitting there at almost 20/7 hours just doing nothing. Read online news on, did play there and found it more useful and enjoyable),, and math problem sample, tips, and tricks, English grammar usage, etc.)
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  • Use Android/iOS Apps Effectively. Install useful apps like a dictionary. I do recommend, English-Tagalog app, Merriam-Webster Dictionary; you can search in the play store. 
  • Eat breakfast(Don't skip it). If you are fasting, it's a good thing, but you don't need to skip a meal, especially breakfast as a taker. 
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  • Eat chocolate instead of Junk food. Chocolate(esp. dark chocolate) has been known to boost mind power and alertness. Eating chocolates also help to sharpen thinking skills. Thus, Chocolate is good for the heart and soul, studies say.
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  • Drink Coffee. If you are not a coffee lover, well, try eating chocolate. Studies have shown that coffee improves memory capability and speeds up reaction time. At least three times daily of drinking coffee will boost your mood and cognitive function in some research. Be sure not to overdrink; you will experience a sleep disorder.
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  • Ask previous examiners.  Do not be afraid to ask those previous examiners. They will give tips and points too. Here is the good news; I will share some soft copies if you like. For an offline e-book, CSC reviewer.
  • Beauty Sleep. Don't sleep too LATE at night or early dawn morning. Not getting enough sleep makes your body weak.
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  • Take Vitamins. If you do not have time to exercise, just eat a balanced diet meal and take vitamins and minerals.
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  • Relax before the day of an exam. Do not overextend your studying session. You do not need a 24hrs review before the exam. Just don't overdo it; your body and brainpower will get tired and exhausted.
  • Prepare things. Prepare your ballpen, mineral water, candy, and yourself too. Take a good night's sleep and a hot shower in the morning.
  • Relax and stay calm. While on your test, just relax and stay calm; panicking will contribute to bad results. 
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  • Be ON TIME The examination starts at 8 am exactly; ideally, you need to check the room number earlier. However, if you don't know your seat number and room number, be early as 7 am to look for those numbers. When I went at 6 am, yes too early, I wasted time and was exhausted to wait for 2 hrs standing. So be just in time(JIT in Japanese), don't be late or too early, or else you will be exhausted.
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  • Time is Gold; You need more time. Love takes time but not on taking exams; it is a quickie one, though. I experienced that when I am focused, I forgot the time. Just check your watch once in a while and prioritized questions with less difficulty. 
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  • Skip harder questions. This is a crucial technique. When you skip questions and plan to answer back, you need to double up time as possible. The advantage is there are hints in the next questions.
  • Just don't leave blank answers. Ideally, you should not miss any shades(since it is a computerized system, ideally, you must shade all questions)
  • Be happy and enjoy the exam. The future is at stake here, but don't take life seriously, remember if you fail first. There is always a better place for you. :)
  • Be thankful. Thank God and yourself for your hardships and exerted efforts. Just do not talk to yourself and some researches show it is highly suggested because it will improve your thinking skills. (nerd)
  • Be optimistic. There is nothing more calming when you think positively. (BUT Nah, I am a pessimist ) 
  • Less expectation. Yes, don't really expect the final result.
  • Relax and enjoy it!
I wouldn't mind if you did these things. But one thing is true, I took twice the exam.

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

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