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Civil Service Exam 2024 Schedule: Dates, Requirements, and How to Apply

Civil Service Exam 2024 Schedule: Dates, Requirements, and How to Apply

Learn about the Civil Service Exam 2024 schedule, dates, requirements, and how to apply. Get tips on how to prepare and pass the exam.

(UPDATED) If you want to work for the government, you must pass the Civil Service Exam. It's a prerequisite for most government positions. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) conducts the exam twice yearly to establish a pool of eligible candidates for various government jobs.

The Civil Service Exam is a challenging test covering various topics such as verbal and numerical reasoning, general information, and clerical ability. The exam has different levels of difficulty, depending on the type of position you're applying for, and you must score at least 80% to pass the exam and be eligible for a government job.

However, passing the Civil Service Exam isn't impossible. With proper preparation and practice, you can ace the exam and achieve your dream of working for the government. Many resources are available online and offline to help you study for the exam, such as review materials, mock tests, online courses, and coaching centers. You can also join online communities and forums to interact with other exam takers and share your experiences and insights.

Here, you'll learn everything about the Civil Service Exam's 2024 schedule, dates, requirements, and how to apply. You'll also get tips on preparing for the exam and increasing your chances of passing it.

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What is the Civil Service Exam?

The Civil Service Exam, formally known as the Career Service Exam-Pencil and Paper Test (CSE-PPT), is a general ability test that measures your verbal, analytical, numerical, and clerical skills. The exam has two levels: Professional and Sub-Professional. 

The Professional level grants you second-level eligibility, which qualifies you for professional, technical, and supervisory positions in the government. The Sub-Professional level gives you first-level eligibility, which allows you for clerical and custodial positions in the government.

The Civil Service Exam is not the only way to get civil service eligibility. You can also acquire it through other means, such as passing the bar or board exams, completing a bachelor's degree, or having relevant work experience. However, the Civil Service Exam is the most common and accessible way to get civil service eligibility.

Who is qualified for the Civil Service Exam?

To be qualified for the Civil Service Exam, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a Filipino citizen.
  • You must be at least 18 years old on the application filing date.
  • You must be of good moral character and have no criminal record or pending administrative case.
  • You must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed from any civilian position in the government.
  • You must have taken a different exam level within three months before the examination date.

When should you apply for the Civil Service Exam 2024?

The CSC has announced the tentative schedule of the Civil Service Exam 2024 as follows:

Date of Examination Title of Examination Application Period
March 3, 2024 CSE Professional and Sub-Professional levels November 20, 2023 to January 3, 2024
August 11, 2024 CSE Professional and Sub-Professional levels May 13, 2024 to June 13, 2024

Please note that the application period may close earlier than the deadline if the CSC reaches the maximum number of applicants. Therefore, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible to secure your slot.

How to apply for the Civil Service Exam 2024?

To apply for the Civil Service Exam 2024, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1 – Obtain and fill out the application form

Visit the CSC website to download the CS Form No. 100 (revised September 2016). Complete the form accurately and legibly. Print it on long bond paper.

Step 2 – Prepare ID pictures

Photo ID sample.

Ready four copies of your passport-sized (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches) ID pictures with handwritten name tags legibly showing your signature over printed full name. The pictures must be taken within three months before the date of filing of the application and must have a white background and good quality.

Step 3 – Gather Required Identification Documents

Prepare the original and photocopy of any valid ID cards accepted for the civil service exam, such as driver's license, passport, SSS ID, GSIS ID, voter's ID, etc. The ID card must bear your name, picture, signature, and date of birth.

If your date of birth is not indicated on your ID card, you must prepare the original and photocopy of your birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or the Local Civil Registry (LCR).

Step 4 – Pay Examination Fee

Pay the examination fee of PHP 500.00 at any CSC Regional or Field Office or at any authorized payment center, such as Land Bank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines, or Bayad Center. Get the official receipt and keep it for future reference.

Step 5 -  Submit Application Documents

Submit your completed application form, ID pictures, ID card, birth certificate (if applicable), and the official receipt of payment to the CSC Regional or Field Office where you intend to take the exam.

You'll receive an examination slip containing crucial details like your name, date, time, and venue of the exam. Verify the accuracy of the information on the slip and report any discrepancies to CSC personnel.

How to prepare for the Civil Service Exam 2024?

To prepare for the Civil Service Exam 2024, you need to do the following:

Review the scope and coverage of the exam

The Professional level consists of 170 items on vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, numerical reasoning, and general information.

The Sub-Professional level consists of 165 items on the same topics, except for analogy and logic, with an additional topic on clerical operations. You have three hours and ten minutes to finish the Professional level and two hours and forty minutes to finish the Sub-Professional level.

Study the topics and practice answering sample questions

To adequately prepare, focus on the identified topics and practice extensively with sample questions. Utilize various study materials such as comprehensive books, interactive online courses, mock exams, and well-structured reviewers. Additionally, consider joining review centers or study groups to gain insights, exchange knowledge, and bolster your understanding of the exam content.

Develop your test-taking skills and strategies

Enhance your test-taking strategies to maximize your performance. This involves mastering time management techniques, eliminating incorrect choices through reasoning, making informed guesses when necessary, and avoiding careless errors. Familiarize yourself thoroughly with the exam format, instructions, and nuances of the answer sheet, which can significantly boost your efficiency during the actual test.

Relax and be confident

You need to have a positive mindset and believe in your abilities. You also need to take care of your physical and mental health. You can do some relaxation techniques, such as meditation, breathing exercises, or listening to music. You can also reward yourself for your hard work and achievements.


The Civil Service Exam in 2024 is an opportunity for you to pursue your dream of working for the government. However, it is not an easy exam to pass. You need to prepare well and apply early. You must also review the topics, practice the questions, and develop the skills and strategies. Most importantly, you need to relax and be confident. With these tips, you can increase your chances of passing the Civil Service Exam 2024 and getting your civil service eligibility. Good luck! —iTacloban

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