2019 civil service exams schedule out

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 05:32 PM October 18, 2018

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) released Thursday the schedule of its 2019 pen and paper examinations for people aspiring to work in government.

The calendar for civil service eligibility examinations are as follows:


January 21 – Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer (CSE-FSO)

March 17 – Career Service Examination, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and Subprofessional levels


June 23 – Basic Competency on Local Treasury Examination (BCLTE)

August 4 – Career Service Examination, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and Subprofessional levels

Also, the CSC said it will administer non-eligibility exams in 2019 on the following dates:

June 23 – Pre-Employment Test and Ethics Oriented Personality Test (EOPT)

October 13 – Immediate Competency on Local Treasury Examination (LCTE) and Pre-Employment Test and Ethics Oriented Personality Test (EOPT)

Application for CSE-FSO is now open and can be filed at the Department of Foreign Affairs-Board of Foreign Service Examinations in Pasay City until December 6, the CSC said.

It can also be filed at Consular Offices within and outside Metro Manila or at Philippine Embassies and Consulates or Missions abroad until November 29, it added.


The CSC noted that the CSE-FSO, which is an eligibility exam for government service and a qualifying exam for the five-part Foreign Service Officer Examination (FSOE), will also be administered by the DFA.

Interested applicants are advised to read the examination announcement through the DFA website for details on testing centers, qualifications, application requirements, and procedure.

Meanwhile, the CSC said the CSE-PPT for Professional and Subprofessional levels are available to Filipino citizens, regardless of educational attainment, who are at least 18 years old at the time of filing of application, and have not taken the same level of examination within three months before the date of examination.

The CSC noted that for those taking the scheduled CSE-PPT on March 17, 2019, applicants must not take the same level of exams from December 17 this year to March 16, 2019.

It then clarified that the rule does not apply to applicants who will be taking another level of exams different from the examination last taken.

The CSC said there is no limit on taking career service exams, noting that an individual may continuously take the exams regardless of the number of times he or she failed.

Interested parties may file applications for the March 17 CSE-PPT starting December 17, 2018 until January 16, 2019 at the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO) or any of the concerned CSC RO’s Field Offices where the applicant intends to take the exam. The CSE-PPT examination fee is P500.

The career service exams would allow the conferment of either Professional or Subprofessional eligibility appropriate for appointment to corresponding positions in government.

The BCLTE and ICLTE are part of the Standardized Examination and Assessment for Local Treasury Service (SEAL) Program of the Department of Finance (DOF), the CSC said.

The BCLTE is intended to establish a Register of Eligibles for Local Treasurer and Assistant Local Treasurer and positions under the Financial Services in the civil service except for those requiring practice of profession and are not covered by the Bar and Board and special laws.

The ICLTE, on the other hand, is part of the assessment of DOF in the selection, appointment, designation and promotion to higher positions in the local treasury service which also do not require practice of profession and covered by Bar/Board exams and special laws.

Applicants passing the BCLTE would allow conferment of the Local Treasurer Eligibility, which is a pre-requisite to take the ICLTE, the CSC noted.

As for the Pre-Employment Test, Promotional Test, and EOPT, the CSC explained these are institutionalized examinations that serve as human resource tools or mechanisms that government agencies may choose to adopt as part of their internal rules on recruitment and placement.

In particular, these tests intend to initially filter applicants for employment and promotion, it added.

Except for the CSE-FSO, the CSC said it will soon issue a statement about individual examination announcements for the eligibility and non-eligibility tests. /kga

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