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Career Advice

How to Work in the Government

Date Posted: Feb 13, 2009

Getting hired in a private owned company is quite hard because of the tight competition towards the applicants and the high qualification that most companies demand. Moreover, because of the increasing number of private companies that are facing financial downfall, only few entertain applicants. With this, one good option is to apply for a government position.


How to become a government employee?


The primary requirement to be a legitimate government employee is to take and pass the Civil or Career Service Exam (CSE) by the Civil Service Commission. After passing the exam, an interview will be conducted by the commission to know the department that you will be assigned to.


Who are qualified to take CSE?

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must be a Filipino citizen
  • All applicants are welcome to apply regarding of his/her educational attainment.
  • Must possess good moral character and must have no criminal records or get discharged of military or civilian position in the government.
  • Have not taken the same level of exam within three months from last examination taken. Nor for those who have repeatedly failed, have not failed the same level of examination for four times since October 2002.


What are the Requirements for CSE?

  • Must pass a CS Form 100, Revised 2008. The form is accessible online through www.csc.gov.ph or visit CSC Main Office or Regional Offices nationwide.
  • Applicants should pass 4 identical I.D pictures with identified specification as follows:
    • 1.5" x 2" (Passport size)
    • Colored or black-and-white
    • Printed on quality photo paper
    • Must show the subject applicant in standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up)
    • With full name tag. The complete name should be manually written and not computerized.
    • The picture should be taken with the last 3 months prior to the filing of application.
  • Must pass an original or photocopy of a valid I.D. with complete and detailed personal information of the applicant (School/Office I.D., Driver’s License, Postal I.D., SSS/GSIS I.D., Voter’s I.D. and BIR I.D.)
  • Examination fee of P350 for Pencil and Paper Test and P400 for Computerized Assisted Test.


What are the benefits of a government employee?

All government employees are entitled to have GSIS, Phil Health, Pag-Ibig, and other incentives offered by the government. They can get a pension after retirement of the service.



All requirements should be passed one month before the examination in CSC Main or Regional Office nationwide. An applicant should obtain a passing grade of 80% of the exam, the result are posted 3-4 months after the exam.


All applicants can retake exam up to 4 times if he/she failed. However, applicants who failed the 4th time can retake the exam after 2 years.
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