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Civil Service Exam 2023: Schedule, Requirements, Coverage

Civil Service Exam (Schedule, Requirements, Coverage)

The Civil Service Exam is one of the most taken examinations in the Philippines. Well, no doubt about it because if you pass this test, you will obtain eligibility that you can use when you apply for a job. CSE takers are doing their best for this exam despite being a hard one. Some of them are taking reviews from review centers while some are doing a self-review.

Civil Service Exam

The Civil Service Exam is a general ability test designed to measure an individual’s preparedness to enter government service. Passing the CSE would result in the conferment of either Professional or Subprofessional eligibility that is needed, among others, for permanent appointment to corresponding career service positions in the government except those that involve the practice of a profession or are covered by special laws.

Below are some updates about the Civil Service Exam such as the Schedule, Qualifications and Requirements, Scope/Coverage, Passing Rate, etc.:

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2023 CSE Schedule

As per CSC Examination Announcement No. 20, S. 2022, The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announces the calendar of civil service examinations through Pen and Paper test (PPT) for CY 2023, as follows:

Date of ExamTitle of ExamApplication
Target Release of Result
February 05, 2023CSE-FSOOct 12, 2022Nov 27, 2022Mar 18, 2023
March 26, 2023CSE – Professional
Dec 14, 2022
Dec 22, 2022
Dec 21, 2022
Jan 25, 2023
May 25, 2023
June 11, 2023BCTLEMar 23, 2023April 12, 2023Jul 29, 2023
August 13, 2023CSE – Prof. and Sub-Prof.May 15, 2023Jun 14, 2023Oct 12, 2023

The CSE-PPT shall have a full public offering in 2023 such that said examination shall be open to the general public, including employees from various government agencies.

Unrefunded examinees of the cancelled March 12, 2020 CSE-PPT shall have a special application period from 14 to 21 December 2022 for purposes of taking the March 26, 2023 CSE-PPT.

Except for the CSE-FSO, the CSC shall issue separate examination announcements two (2) weeks before the start of each application period. The announcement shall contain detailed information on the following areas:

a. Scope of examination;
b. Passing grade;
c. Testing centers;
d. Qualification/Admission requirements;
e. Application/Documentary requirements;
f. were to get the application form and how to file the application;
g. Target release of test results; and
h. Resulting civil service eligibility.

Civil Service Exam Qualifications and Requirements

Below are the qualifications and requirements needed for the Civil Service Exam application process.


  • Filipino citizen
  • At least 18 years old on the date of filing of the application for the exam
  • Of a good moral character
  • Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government
  • Must not have taken the same level of CS Exam in less than three months (3 months Prohibition Period on taking the same level of the exam)


  • Application Form – You can get one from CSC
  • Application Fee of P500
  • 4 copies of Identical ID photos with name tag (first name, middle initial, and last name with signature over printed name)
  • Original and photocopy of any valid ID

2023 Coverage/Scopes

Knowing the coverage/scopes of the Civil Service Exam is essential, especially to those who are doing a self-review. This will serve as their guide in reviewing. Below is the list of the CSE Coverage for Professional and Sub-Professional level:

  • General Information
    • 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
  • Numerical Ability
    • Basic Operations
    • Worded Problems
    • Number Series and Sequence
  • Analytical Ability (Professional Level Only)
    • Word association (Single word and paired-analogy approach)
    • Identifying assumptions and conclusion
    • Logic
    • Data interpretation
  • Verbal Ability
    • Grammar and Correct Usage
    • Vocabulary
    • Paragraph Organization
    • Reading comprehension
  • Clerical Ability (Sub-Professional Level Only)
    • Filing/Clerical Operations/Alphabetizing
    • Spelling

CS Exam Passing Rate

The exam has two types: Professional and Sub-Professional levels. The Civil Service Commission administers both levels through the Paper and Pencil Test. The passing rate for both is also the same (80%). However, the professional level is harder than the sub-professional level. The former is a 170-item test with an allotted time of 3 hours and 10 minutes while the latter is composed of 165 multiple choice questions and you have to finish it in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

CSE Reviewers

We also compiled some CSE Reviewers for those who are doing a self-review. These CSE Reviewers are free and downloadable.

CSE Reviewers CompilationDownload

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  • good afternoon,

    what if I was invaccinated, but I would like to take the exam. I am against the idea of vaccination. Please, do have a response.

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