CSC relaxes rule on taking Career Service exams

THERE SHALL be no limit to the number of times one can take the Career Service Examination (CSE), both for Professional and Sub-Professional levels, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced.

The CSC recently amended its policy on the frequency of taking the CSE in light of numerous requests from the public. Previously, individuals can only take the said examination – whether the Professional or Sub-Professional level, and whether via the paper and pencil test (PPT) or computer-assisted test (CAT) modes – only once in three months and up to four times only. An examinee failing the same level of examination for the fourth time can only apply for that level after two years from the date of the fourth failed examination.
With the amended policy, the CSC said that an individual may continuously take the examination, regardless of the number of times failed and even without the previously imposed two-year rest period.
The CSC clarified, though, that an examinee is still limited to taking the same level of examination once in every three months. For instance, one who has taken the Professional level in September 1 can only apply for that examination level after December 1, but he/she can still apply for the Sub-Professional level within such three-month period.
The amended policy on the frequency of taking the CSE takes effect beginning with the conduct of the CSE-PPT on May 22, 2011 and of the CSE-CAT in April 2011. This means that applicants for the CSE-PPT should not have taken the same level of examination since February 22, 2011, while applicants for the CSE-CAT should not have taken the same examination level since January 1, 2011.
The CSE-PPT will be conducted nationwide twice this year: May 22, 2011 and October 16, 2011. On the other hand, the CSE-CAT is administered at least three times a week at the CSC Central Office, and six times a month at the CSC-Cordillera Administrative Region.
Meanwhile, the CSC reiterated that applications for the May 22, 2011 CSE-PPT may be filed at the CSC Regional and Field Offices until April 7. For the CSE-CAT at the CSC Central Office, there will be an online registration through the CSC website on March 21, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Said online registration, with limited slots, only lasts for about less than half of an hour.
For application requirements and procedure, including directory of CSC Regional and Field Offices, log on to the CSC website at


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