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Saturday, October 12, 2013

150,000 take Career Service written exams on Oct. 13

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) advises the 153,387 registered examinees who will take the Career Service written examination on Sunday, October 13 to begin checking their school and room assignments via the Online Notice of School Assignment which can be accessed at the CSC website They are reminded to print said notice of school assignment and bring it, together with a valid I.D. card as these are required to be presented for verification on the day of the exam.

Moreover, the CSC also encourages examinees to conduct ocular visit of their school testing site a day or two before the actual examination to familiarize themselves. The CSC reminds examinees of the “No ID, No Exam” rule and that they should come in proper attire. 

The CSC disclosed that the examination will be administered in 143 testing sites across the country with 86% taking the Professional level with the rest taking the Subprofessional level.

Southern Tagalog posted the biggest number of examinees at 24,233, grabbing 15.80% of the total number of registered examinees covering both Professional and SubProfessional levels. The National Capital Region (NCR) came in second with 17,628 examinees or 11.49% of the total examinees. Central Luzon (Region III) and Western Visayas (Region VI) also posted large number of examinees at 13,194 and 11,509 comprising 8.60% and 7.50% of the total examinees, respectively.

The CSC reported, though, that the figure excludes 5,889 examinees scheduled supposedly to take the examinations in Zamboanga City but which has been postponed to Nov. 10 due to the still unstable situation there. The same goes for 1,575 examinees in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and Lamitan City.

Meanwhile, the CSC will be accepting applications until Oct. 11 for a special Career Service Professional and SubProfessional written examinations to be conducted nationwide on November 10, 2013.

The November 10 examinations are open only to affected employees of national government agencies that have approved rationalization plan. This is to give them the chance to obtain civil service eligibility and, consequently, be considered for employment under the rationalized structure of the agencies. Affected employees may also include casual and contractual staff as well as those under job order and contract of service. Applications may be filed at any CSC Regional or Field Office.

The career service examination is a general ability test designed to measure an individual's preparedness to enter government service. A three-hour test, the Career Service Professional examination covers 150 questions in English and Filipino on the following subject areas: vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning.

The 2.5-hour SubProfessional examination, on the other hand, covers 145 questions also on the same subject areas except analogy and logic which are replaced by spelling and clerical operations. Additional 10 minutes is given to examinees of both the Professional and SubProfessional levels to answer Examinee Descriptive Questionnaire which is not scored but reference purposes only.

Questions for both examination levels include general information on the Philippine Constitution, the 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 rate is 80. 

Passing the Professional level will result in the conferment of corresponding Career Service Professional eligibility, one of basic requirements for permanent appointment to second level (technical) positions in the government, explained the CSC ERPO. Conversely, the Career Service SubProfessional eligibility which results from passing the SubProfessional exam shall be appropriate for first level (clerical) government positions. The CSC stressed, though, that both eligibilities shall not apply to positions involving practice of profession that require an appropriate license, and those positions covered by special laws.

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