How to apply for Civil Service Exam (CSE-PPT / COMEX)?

Did you know that there are two modes of Career Service Examinations (CSE) via: (1) written and (2) computerized.

You may choose to take the exam through any of these modes, test forms used in these modes are equivalent in terms of level of difficulty. Also, both modes contained the same number of test questions and have the same time limit, but please take note that there are differences in the application process and fees involved, as well as the releasing of results.

(1) The Pen and Paper Test (PPT) is usually offered twice a year. Requirements for application should be submitted to any CSC Regional or Field Office within the period of application that is announced at the CSC website, This is on a first come, first served basis, and you need to coordinate with the CSC office where you plan to apply to inquire about available slots. 

With regard to manner of taking the test, examinees in PPT read the test questions from a test booklet and record their responses on an answer sheet.

Results of the PPT are released within sixty (60) days after the exam. Fifteen days after the release of passers, the ratings will be made available through the OCSERGS. To get the certificates of eligibility, passers should coordinate with the Regional Office where they applied.

(2) The schedule for the CSC Computerized Examination or COMEX, on the other hand, is announced through the COMEX website, . Those who are interested to take the COMEX may create/register an account through this website. The COMEX is administered in sixteen (16) Testing Centers across the country. All CSC Regional Offices (CSCROs) and the Central Office serve as Testing Centers. You can take the COMEX in your preferred Testing Center. Requirements for application should be submitted on the day of the exam itself. 

With regard to manner of taking the test, examinees in COMEX read the test questions from computer screen and record their answers on the computer through the keyboard.

Results and certificates of eligibility of the COMEX are released within one (1) week after the exam unless an extension is announced due to technical problems.

Qualification / Admission Requirements (for CSE-PPT and COMEX)

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.


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)


1. At least one (1) valid ID and the printed application. The application is created during account registration.

2. Applicants need not submit passport-size ID pictures since photo capture is done electronically on the day of personal appearance.

3.  COMEX Fee

Service fee for digital information     -          80.00 (photo, signature and biometric fingerprints
Examination fee                                 -           PhP600.00
                                   TOTAL           -          PhP680.00   


Note: Application form must be filed PERSONALLY  by the applicant
Schedule of Availability of Service: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. without noon break 
Duration:  20 minutes
A. Secure Application Form 
There are two ways of obtaining application form:
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 and 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 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.


1. Register an account in the COMEX website: Then the system will ask you to provide your personal and other pertinent information. You must have an active email account where the confirmation email will be sent for the activation of your COMEX account. 

2. COMEX will send you an email notification of examination offerings including the type of examination, number of slots, date and time of personal appearance, date and time of examination, and examination venue. You can choose from any of the available examination and reserve an examination slot.

3. On the day of your personal appearance, you have to present yourself at the CSC Testing Center for the verification of your identity, payment of examination fee, and capturing of your photo, fingerprints, and digital signature.


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james abram said...

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

Sab Avenido said...

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.

Jennica Aragon said...

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

Unknown said...

same question here

eyen_29 said...

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

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Unknown said...

Piano po kung nawala hung receipt?

Unknown said...

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

chocolatechips:) said...

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?

Unknown said...

ask po kung san pwde magfile dito sa pasay?

BadDire Wolf20 said...

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

Neshel Arcenas said...

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almond Cabrera said...

Hi upon the registration p ba kelanan na mag subit ng 4 copis of id photo at examination form?

Unknown said...

Saan po magttetake ng exam sa qc at san po banda magpapasa ng form?

Unknown said...

Very very helpful this site. Any age limit in taking the exam?

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