How to apply for Civil Service Exam?

Updated: August 2016

Some tips and steps on how to apply for Career Service Examination - Pen-and-Paper Test also known as Civil Service Exam.

Schedule of Availability of Service:

Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. without noon break

Duration:  20 minutes

Qualification/ Admission Requirements

All applicants must strictly meet the following qualification requirements:    

1. Filipino citizen;
2. At least 18 years old on the date of filing of application;
3. Of good moral character;
4. Has not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness, or addiction to drugs;
5. Has not been dishonorably discharged from military service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government; and
6. Has not taken the same level of Career Service Examination, regardless of mode, within the last three months before the date of examination.

a) Approval of applications may be recalled any time upon discovery of applicant’s disqualification, for which the examination fees paid shall be forfeited.

b) Applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 (Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003) may apply for and take the examination upon presentation of original, and submission of a copy of, Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship from the Bureau of Immigration, and meeting of all the other admission and application requirements for the examination.

c) Applicants with pending administrative and/or criminal cases may take the examination and shall be conferred the eligibility if they successfully pass the same. However, this is without prejudice to the outcome of their pending cases. If they are found guilty, their eligibility shall be forfeited based on the penalties stated in the decision and under existing Civil Service Law and rules.

d) The Bar examination given by the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Board examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission are declared civil service examinations under Republic Act (RA) No. 1080. Accordingly, and under CSC Resolution No. 90-1212, the passers are automatically considered as civil service eligibles. Thus, they may opt not to take the corresponding examination anymore. Also, individuals who were granted the Honor Graduate Eligibility under P.D. 907 may opt not to take the corresponding examination anymore.

Application Requirements:

1. Fully accomplished Application Form (CS Form No. 100, Revised September 2016).
Note:  The spaces for “Signature of Applicant” and “Right Thumbmark” on the Application Form should be left blank. These shall be accomplished in the presence of the CSC processor.

2. Four (4) pieces of identical I.D. pictures with specifications, as follows:   
    a. 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 prior to filing of application 
    d. Printed on good 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, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features; facial features not computer enhanced)
    g. Showing left and right ears 
    h. Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera 
    i. With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open 
    j. With HANDWRITTEN (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED FULL NAME in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any 

3. Original and photocopy of any of the following I.D. cards, which must be valid (not expired upon filing of application), and contains the complete name [i.e. first name, middle name/initial (if applicable), last name, and extension name (if any], clear picture, date of birth (if any) and signature of the holder, and the name and signature of the issuing agency’s head/authorized representative (if any):
a. Driver’s License;
b. Passport;
c. PRC License;
d. SSS I.D.;
e. GSIS I.D. (UMID);
f. Voter’s I.D.;
g. BIR I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
h. PhilHealth I.D. (must, at the least, contain the holder’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
i. Current Company/Office I.D.;
j. Current School I.D. (validated for the current school year/semester/trimester);
k. Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate;
l. Postal I.D.;
m. Barangay I.D.; or
n. NBI Clearance.
Note:  All other I.D. cards not included in the above list shall NOT be accepted.

4. For applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card/s, original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA, formerly National Statistics Office), or the Local Civil Registry (LCR) printed on Security Paper (SecPa)

5. For applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225, original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration

6. Examination fee of Five Hundred Pesos (Php 500.00)

Steps / Procedures:

A. Secure Application Form 
Note: Application form must be filed PERSONALLY  by the applicant

There are two ways of obtaining application form:
  1.  Go to your nearest Civil Service Commission Regional Office (CSCRO) or Civil Service Commission Field Office (CSCFO). Ask a copy of Civil Service Exam Form also known as CS Form No. 100, Revised September 2016. 
  2. You may download application form here or in this link form may be reproduced in legal size bond paper provided the same format is followed. 
B. Fill-out all necessary information in the application form without affixing signature and thumbprint.  (this is done in the presence of CSC processor) Use Black ink only. (Read instructions carefully)

C. Attach your 2 Passport size pictures

D. Prepare your requirements: P 500.00, Fully accomplished Application Form, Original and Photocopy of Valid ID and the other 2 Passport size pictures.

E. Submit accomplished application form without affixing signature and thumbprint to the nearest CSC Regional Office or CSC Field Office where you intended to take the examination. Once evaluated by the CSC processor, affix your signature and thumbprint in the presence of CSC processor

F. Pay P 500. Get your
examination receipt slip and other instructions/reminders given by the CSC processor.

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  1. Very helpful! Thanks because I'm planning to take my civil service examination soon.

  2. Hello. Good day! I am a resident of Mandaluyong City. Where can I file my application for CSE- PPT exam in Oct. 2015?

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you so much.

  3. Hi. Pwede pa po ba mag pasa ng application form for CSE-PPT exam kahit deadline na nung Sep. 3?

  4. pwede po bang magsubmit ng form sa imus kahit taga las piñas ako?

    1. Hi were in the same boat, I also like to know the answer for this. I'm from Quezon can I apply and submit civil form in Laguna?

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  6. Piano po kung nawala hung receipt?

  7. who are eligible to apply? Are undergraduates can take the Civil Service Exam?

  8. ask po kung san pwde magfile dito sa pasay?

  9. Can I also apply here in Baguio and take the exam in QC?