2017 is nearing its end and 2018 is about to start; this is good news for people who are planning to take the Philippine Civil Service examination! Why? Because every year, the Civil Service Commission places examinations for people who yearn to work for the government. It’s being hold twice a year; they did it this way to assist students who plan on taking the exam and were not able to do so for the first batch. In addition, some locations are also new in terms of new batches; different testing centers, different provinces, etc.

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In the coming year, the first batch of the Civil Service Examination will be held on the 18th of March, 2018. Both the CSE-PPT (Pencil and Paper Test) and the CSC-COMEX (Computerized Examination) will be held on the day. Application period will start November 16, 2017 to January 31, 2018.

Read: How to Know the Schedule of the Civil Service Exams

What are the requirements in taking the 2018 Civil Service Examination?

We’d just like to reiterate that every year, little to no changes are made in terms of requirements and procedure. Although that’s the case, it’s still best that we get updates every now and then, right? This is to ensure that when you apply, you won’t be going back and forth if you miss to submit certain requirements, documentation, etc.

The requirements for the 2018 Civil Service Exam are:

1. Duly accomplished application form.

2. Original and photocopy of any of the following cards; must be valid meaning, not expired on the date of application.

  • Passport
  • PRC ID
  • Driver’s License
  • SSS ID
  • GSIS ID
  • UMID
  • PhilHealth ID (must contain a clear picture, signature, and PhilHealth number)
  • BIR ID
  • Current Company ID
  • Current School ID (validated on the current school year)
  • Barangay ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance ID
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Postal ID

NOTE: Bring at least two (2) of any of the listed IDs to ensure your identity. And, if in the event that the ID you present will get rejected, you have a back-up. Just take note that the ID must contain clear prints of the information that will be needed which are: Full name, signature, ID number/s, validation date, and picture. 

Also, ALL OTHER ID CARDS NOT IN THIS LIST WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Four (4) pieces of pictures with identifications:

  • Taken within the last three (3) months before filing the application;
  • Colored with white background and printed on good quality photo paper;
  • Philippine Passport-sized photo (1.78” x 1.38”);
  • Standard close up shot – must occupy at least 80% of the photo (shoulder-length photo);
  • Taken in full-front view with clear name tag included in the photo; Complete Name (First Name; Middle Initial; Last Name; Extension (if any), Signature

**For applicants who won’t be submitting ID cards without their date of birth, a copy of their original and photocopy of their birth certificates issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or the Local Civil Registry printed on Security Paper (SecPa) must be presented.

**For citizens holding dual citizenship statuses; under R.A. 9225, they need to submit an original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration.

Examination fees:

  • Php500.00 for the CSE-PPT;
  • Php680.00 for the CSC-COMEX

Although not a lot have changed over the past few years in terms of requirements and procedure in taking the Civil Service Examination, it’s still better to have a refresher on the things that are relevant in order to avoid miscommunication and anomalies in taking the examination.

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