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Civil Service Exam - Scope, Passing Rate and Tips for 2019 #CSE-PPT

Wondering about the coverage, scope and the passing rate of the Civil Service Exam this year? Well, this article will talk about those things. If you are highly interested, stick around and read the remaining part of this article.

The Civil Service Commission offers two levels of Career Service Eligibility Examination, one is Professional level and the other is Sub-Professional level. You can take these exams with paper and pencil (PPT) or a through a computer-assisted test (CAT).

Let us start by defining the difference between Professional and Sub-Professional level. Most examinees are caught in confusion on what is the difference of the two, technically they are almost the same, the position you can apply for in a government office depends on the type of your eligibility. The coverage of the exams also differs for the two levels.

Coverage and Scope

According to the Civil Service Commission, if you opt to take the Professional level, the exam will cover the following:
  • English and Filipino:
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar and correct usage
  • Paragraph organization
  • Reading comprehension
  • Analogy
  • Logic
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Clerical Operations
  • General Information about – 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.

 If you opt to take an exam in Sub-professional level the coverage of the exam is almost similar to the Professional Level exam, the only difference is that Analogy and Logic are not included at this level but is replaced with Clerical Operations questions.

Passing Rate 

To be able to pass the exam, you will need to acquire at least 80% rating. This is applicable to both professional and sub-professional levels, whether you took the exam in Paper and Pencil or in Computer-Assisted Test.

Other relevant Facts: 

During the examination period, you are not allowed to use calculators but don’t be alarmed you don’t need to become a math wiz to be able to answer math questions in these exams, but you will need to study, review and practice before setting your foot in the assigned examination areas. And by the way not to pressure you or to add anxiousness, professional level examinees will only be given 3 hours and 10 minutes to answer 170 items, and for sub-professional examinees, they will be given 2 hours and 40 minutes to answer 165 items.So if you find one question difficult, do not dwell on it, move on to the next question and if you will have spare time you can always go back to the unanswered questions.

 Don’t stress yourself too much, there are a lot of institutions that offer reviews, and a lot of free Civil Service exam reviewers over the internet, you can also purchase one if you have extra money to spend.