Civil Service Exam Pen & Paper Test (CSE-PPT) March 2024

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The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced the schedule of the Civil Service Exam – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for the Year 2024 at Regions I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, XII, NCR, CAR, Caraga, and BARMM through Examination Announcement No. 05 series of 2023. The 2024 CSE for these regions will be held on March 3, 2024.

When is the Exam?

Here is the detailed schedule and deadline of application for March 2024 Civil Service Exam (Professional and Subprofessional levels), courtesy of CSC.

Date of
Application PeriodTarget Release
Date of Test
March 03, 2024November 20, 2023 January 3, 2024May 12, 2024

with limited acceptance of applications for the period 16-27 December 2023 to be managed by the CSC Regional/Field Offices to give way to the preparation and submission of year-end reports and project/program evaluation reports, and other year-end official activities.


The application will be on First Come, First Serve basis. Civil Service Commission (CSC) said that applications may close earlier than the deadline if the Regional Offices or the Field Offices have already reached the target number of applicants.

Testing Centers

ISan Fernando City (La Union)
Vigan City (Ilocos Sur)
Laoag City (Ilocos Norte)
Urdaneta City (Pangasinan)
Lingayen, Pangasinan
IITuguegarao City (Cagayan)
Cauayan City (Isabela)
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
Diffun, Quirino
Basco, Batanes
Divilacan, Isabela
IIICity of San Fernando (Pampanga)
Malolos City (Bulacan)
Cabanatuan City (Nueva Ecija)
Balanga City (Bataan)
Baler, Aurora
Tarlac City (Tarlac)
Olongapo City (Zambales)
IVDasmariñas City (Cavite)
Santa Cruz, Laguna
Batangas City (Batangas)
Cainta, Rizal
Lucena City (Quezon)
Pagbilao, Quezon

Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro
Calapan City (Oriental Mindoro)
Boac, Marinduque
Romblon, Romblon
Puerto Princesa City (Palawan)
Brooke’s Point, Palawan
VLegazpi City (Albay)
Daet, Camarines Norte Naga City (Camarines Sur)
Pili, Camarines Sur
Sorsogon City (Sorsogon)
Masbate City (Masbate)
Virac, Catanduanes
VIIloilo City (Iloilo)
Bacolod City (Negros Occ)
Roxas City (Capiz)
Kalibo, Aklan
San Jose, Antique
Jordan, Guimaras
VIICebu City (Cebu)
Bogo City (Cebu)
Toledo City (Cebu)
Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental)
Tagbilaran City (Bohol)
Larena, Siquijor
VIIITacloban City (Leyte)
Ormoc City (Leyte)
Maasin City (So Leyte)
Catbalogan City (Samar)
Borongan City (Eastern Samar)
Catarman, Northern Samar
IXZamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur)
Pagadian City (Zamboanga del Sur)
Dipolog City (Zamboanga del Norte)
XCagayan de Oro City (Misamis Oriental)
Oroquieta City (Misamis Occidental)
Iligan City (Lanao del Norte)
Valencia City (Bukidnon)
Mambajao, Camiguin
XIDavao City (Davao del Sur)
Digos City (Davao del Sur)
Tagum City (Davao del Norte)
Mati City (Davao Oriental)
XIIKoronadal City (So Cotabato)
General Santos City (So Cotabato)
Kidapawan City (North Cotabato)
Tacurong City (Sultan Kudarat)
Alabel, Sarangani
NCRQuezon City
CARBaguio City (Benguet)
La Trinidad, Benguet
Bangued, Abra
Tabuk City (Kalinga)
Bontoc, Mountain Province
CaragaButuan City (Agusan del Norte)
Buenavista, Agusan del Norte
San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
Surigao City (Surigao del Norte)
Dapa, Surigao del Norte
Tandag City (Surigao del Sur)
BARMMCotabato City (Maguindanao)
Iligan City (Lanao del Norte)
Bongao, Tawi-tawi
Jolo, Sulu

Qualifications for Getting CSE?

The Civil Service Examination is open to all Filipinos who want to be eligible and work at local government positions.

CSE-PPT for both professional and subprofessional levels is an eligibility test to gauge the examinees’ preparedness in working with the government.

Here are the specific qualifications posted by CSC:

  1. Must be Filipino citizen;
  2. Must be of good moral character;
  3. Must have 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;
  4. Must have not been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian positions in the government;
  5. Must be at least 18 years of age on the date of filing of application.
  6. Must have not taken the same level of Career Service Examination, regardless of mode, within the last three (3) months before the date of examination.
Date of Examination3-month Prohibition Period on Taking the Same Level of
Examination (PPT, or CSC COMEX)
From To
March 3, 2024December 3, 2023March 2, 2024

Take note of the following additional reminders:

  • Approval of applications may be recalled any time upon discovery of applicant’s disqualification, for which the examination fees paid shall be forfeited.
  • Applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 may apply for and take the examination upon presentation of original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship from the Bureau of Immigration, and meeting of all the other admission and application requirements for the examination.
  • 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.
  • 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 as set forth in CSC Resolution No. 90-1212, Bar and Board examinations passers are automatically considered as civil service eligibles. Along this line, based on RA No. 10635, passers of the examination for marine deck and engine officers given by the Maritime Industry Authority are considered as falling under the contemplation of RA No. 1080. Thus, they may opt not to take the Career Service examination anymore.
  • Also, the following individuals may opt not to take the Career Service examination anymore:
    • > Passers of Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer as the resulting Career Foreign Service Officer Eligibility is comparable to the Career Service Professional Eligibility
    • > Grantees of the following eligibilities under special laws and CSC issuances, which are comparable to the Career Service Professional Eligibility:
      • Honor Graduate Eligibility under P.D. 907
      • Scientific and Technological Specialist Eligibility under P.D. 997
      • Sanggunian Member Eligibility (2nd Level) under RA No. 10156
      • Foreign School Honor Graduate Eligibility under CSC Resolution No. 1302714
      • Veteran Preference Rating Eligibility (Professional) under EO No. 132, s. 1948 and EO No. 790, s. 1982; and/or
  • Grantees of the following eligibilities under special laws and CSC issuances, which are comparable to the Career Service SubProfessional Eligibility:
    • Barangay Official Eligibility under RA No. 7160
    • Barangay Health Worker Eligibility under RA No. 7883
    • Barangay Nutrition Scholar Eligibility under P.D. 1569
    • Sanggunian Member Eligibility (1st Level) under RA No. 10156
    • Veteran Preference Rating Eligibility (Sub-Professional) under EO No. 132, s. 1948 and EO No. 790, s. 1982

Application Requirements

  1. APPLICATION FORM: Fully accomplished application form (CS Form No. 100, Revised 2016). Download the form here. The ‘Signature’ and the ‘Right Thumb mark’ as per CSC shall be left blank as this will be accomplished in the presence of CSC representative/ processor.
  2. ID PICTURES: Four (4) pieces of ID photos printed in good quality photo paper, Passport size, colored with white background, with handwritten name tag showing the signature over printed full name format. In the photo studio, just tell that the photo is to be used for Civil Service application, they already know the specifications.

Meanwhile, here are the detailed specifications:

  • Taken within the last three (3) months before the filing of an application
  • Philippine passport picture size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.78” x 1.38”)
  • Coloured, with white background and printed on good quality photo paper
  • Must be in a 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)
  • Must be in the bare face (with no eyeglasses, coloured contact lenses, or any accessories that may cover the facial features (facial features not computer enhanced)
  • Must show the left and right ears
  • Must be taken in full-face view, directly facing the camera, with neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Must have 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.
  1. VALID ID with clear picture and Date of Birth and signature:
    Original and photocopy of any of the following accepted I.D. cards for civil service exams:
    • a. Driver’s License Card/Temporary Driver’s License (LTO O.R. must be presented together with old Driver’s License; O.R. alone is not allowed)/Student Driver’s Permit;
    • b. Passport;
    • c. PRC License Card;
    • d. SSS I.D. Card;
    • e. GSIS I.D. Card (UMID);
    • f. Voter’s I.D. Card /Voter’s Certification;
    • g. BIR/Taxpayer’s I.D. Card (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
    • h. PhilHealth I.D. Card (must have the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
    • i. Company/Office I.D. Card;
    • j. School I.D. Card;
    • k. Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate (with picture);
    • I. Postal I.D. Card;
    • m. Barangay I.D. Card;
    • n. NBI Clearance;
    • o. Seaman’s Book;
    • p. HDMF Transaction I.D. Card;
    • q. PWD I.D. Card;
    • r. Solo Parent I.D. Card;
    • s. Senior Citizen’s I.D. Card;
    • t. CSC Eligibility Card; or
    • u. Philippine Identification (PhillD1) Card.

      1. All other I.D. cards not included in the above list shall not be accepted.
      2. As a last resort, expired I.D. card may be presented/submitted during filing of examination application, provided that the expiry date of the I.D. card is within CY 2024.
  2. NSO BIRTH CERTIFICATE: if the ID of the applicant doesn’t contain the birth date, he/she shall bring the authenticated birth certificate.
  • For applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card/s, original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly National Statistics Office) or the Local Civil Registry printed on Security Paper (SecPa).
  • 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.
  1. EXAMINATION FEE: 500 pesos

Where to Get Application Form and How to File Application?

Step 1: Where to get the Application Form

You can find the application form, which is called CS Form No. 100, in a few different ways. It’s designed to be easy to get, and you don’t need to be a genius to do it.

  • Option 1: You can get the application form at any CSC Regional or Field Office. They’re easy to find.
  • Option 2: If you’re good with technology, you can download the form from the official CSC website, www.csc.gov.ph. It’s easy to use, and you can print it on legal-size paper.

Step 2: How to File the Application

Once you have your application form, you need to know how to submit it. It’s important to understand this process, but don’t worry, it’s not complicated.

  • Step 2.1: Contact the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO) or CSC Field Office where you plan to take the exam. They will provide you with all the necessary details and instructions for submitting your application.
  • Step 2.2: Each office may have different methods for submitting applications, so you should reach out to them to find out the best option for you. They will guide you through the process.
  • Step 2.3: To make things easier, you can find a complete directory of CSC Regional and Field Offices all over the country on the CSC Website (www.csc.gov.ph). This way, you can easily find their contact information and locations.

Transfer of Testing Center

You can ask to change your testing center if you have a good reason, like moving to a new home or job.

The CSC RO/FO will decide if your reason is good enough.

You need to write a letter explaining why you want to change your testing center, and include proof of your reason and a copy of your application receipt.

You must send this letter to the CSC RO/FO where you applied for the exam, either by email or courier, within five working days after the application deadline or by January 10, 2024.

After this deadline, you cannot ask to change your testing center.

So, it’s important to choose the right testing center when you apply for the exam.

Examination Coverage

The March 2024 CSE-PPT, both for Professional and Subprofessional levels covered the following topics:

Professional LevelSubProfessional Level
In English and Filipino:

■ Numerical Ability
> Basic Operations
> Word Problems

■ Analytical Ability
> Word Association
> Identifying Assumptions and Conclusions
> Logic
> Data Interpretation

■ Verbal Ability
> Grammar and Correct Usage
> Vocabulary
> Paragraph Organization
> Reading Comprehension
In English and Filipino:

■ Numerical Ability
> Basic Operations
> Word Problems

■ Clerical Ability
> Filing
> Spelling

■ Verbal Ability
> Grammar and Correct Usage
> Vocabulary
> Paragraph Organization
> Reading Comprehension
General information items on the following:
◆ 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

Passing Grade for CSE

The examinee shall obtain an 80.00% general rating to pass the examination.

Target Release of Test Results

The List of Passers shall be posted on the CSC Website, www.csc.gov.ph, by 12 May 2024.


Only the List of Passers posted on the CSC Website is official. The CSC does not recognize and is not liable for any other postings on any other websites that are not affiliated with or are engaged in the unauthorized use of the name of the CSC.

Examinees can generate their examination rating through the OCSERGS or the Online Civil Service Examination Result Generation System, which can also be accessed through the CSC Website by 19 May 2024 or as indicated in the corresponding issuance/advisory.

Professional and Subprofessional Eligibility

The Career Service Professional Eligibility is the eligibility obtained by passing the CSE (Professional) exam.

This eligibility applies to both first-level (clerical) and second-level (technical) positions in the government, including executive/managerial positions in the second level, which do not involve the practice of a profession and are not covered by special or other laws.

On the other hand, the Career Service SubProfessional Eligibility is obtained by passing the CSE (SubProfessional) exam.

This type of eligibility is only appropriate for first-level (clerical) positions in the government that do not involve the practice of a profession and are not covered by particular/other laws.InsertRephrase

Below is the official memo for CSE 2021 to be conducted at the regions mentioned above, courtesy of CSC


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  1. CSC: When is the exam, Testing Centers, Qualifications for getting CSE, Application Requirements, Where to Get Application Form and how to File Application, Transfer of Testing Center, Examination Coverage, Passing Grade, and Target Release of Test Results (CSC Exam Announcement 05 s. 2023 _ Conduct-of-2024-0303-CSE-PPT ) Retrieved Date: October 16, 2023
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