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Friday, November 29, 2013

15,000 Examinees Pass the Civil Service Exam

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) released the results of the Career Service Examination for Professional and Sub-Professional levels held on October 13, 2013. You can visit the CSC website ( to view the results.

For Professional level examinees, 13,958 passed out of the 118,896 who took the exam translating to 11.74% passing rate. On the other hand, 11.64% is the passing rate for Sub-Professional level with 2,361 passing out of the 20,278 takers.

According to the Commission, 139,174 examinees took the CSE-PPT (Career Service Examination-Paper and Pencil Test) out of the 160,860 registered for a percentage of 86.52. The exam was administered in 143 testing sites across the country.

The new eligibilities will be conferred the Career Service Professional or Sub Professional eligibility, one of basic requirements for permanent appointment to technical and clerical positions in government, respectively. 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.

Passers will receive a congratulations letter from the CSC and the letter also contain the requirements needed in order to get the Certificate of Eligibility. Some Regional Offices conduct an awarding ceremony.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Logical Reasoning Exam Reviewer

Logic is the science and art of correct thinking and reasoning. It comes from the Greek word "LOGIKE" which means "Thought" or "To Think". Try answering the Logical Reasoning Civil Service Reviewer for CSE-Professional.

Directions: Analyze each of the following carefully.
1. Based on the conversation between Heidi and Mavic, which of the following choices can be inferred?

   Heidi: I have just heard that Rico failed the bar exams.
   Mavic: Impossible, Rico was very witty.

2. At Civil Service Reviewer Academy, Rochelle holds a position senior to Ruthe, and Kai holds a junior post to Ruthe.    Who holds the junior-most position?

3. It is either one of ours or one of yours. It is not one of ours. Therefore,________.

4. Caloy is an artist. This conclusion can be logically deduced from which of the following statements?

5. All democrats are politicians. Some lawyers are democrats. Therefore,________.

6. All lovers are believers. Some non-givers are lovers. Therefore,________.

7. Kay is shorter than Nina but not so short as Tina. Rizza is taller than Nina, while Josie is shorter than Tina.
   Who is the shortest among the five people mentioned?

8. No elephant can fly. Dumbo is an elephant. Therefore,________.

9. Either Andrei will go to the mall of he’ll play basketball. Andrei did not go to the mall. Therefore,________.

10. A foreigner read the writing SERA MERA CARA DARA on one of the famous establishments in the city.
    He learned from a restaurant that CARA SERA means hot water.
    He also learned from a Linguistics class that SERA DARA means water fountain.
    He learned from the market that MERA DARA means drinking fountain.
    Which of the following gives the meaning of MERA?

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Friday, November 8, 2013

What to Review for Civil Service Examination in 2014?

Civil Service Examination is conducted twice or thrice a year by the Civil Service Commission in the Philippines. The last examination was conducted on October 13, 2013. The new schedule is still not available but you can start preparing for the test after you filed your application for the year 2014. Knowing the scopes of the examination for both Professional and Sub-Professional exam will definitely give you the chance to review and refresh your knowledge in these subjects.

These are the scopes that civil service examinees should review:

Vocabulary – This is in English and Filipino. In the actual exam, you will encounter questions about synonyms and antonyms in the English part while kasingkahulugan and kasalungat na salita in Filipino. It is very important to improve your vocabulary by reading a lot in order to know the exact and opposite meaning of a certain word.

Grammar and Correct Usage – You can prepare for this part by answering sentence completion test, error identification and sentence correction. These practice tests are available in a civil service reviewer book that you can bought in National Bookstore or download it online.

Paragraph Organization – is a test in which you will read a group of sentences. There will be a question like asking you to arrange the group of sentences in order. Knowing which sentences should come first or last is very important to get a high score in this part.

Reading Comprehension – is the level of understanding of a text or message. You need to develop your ability to recognize words quickly and effortlessly. In this part of the test, you will come across some passages and questions’ asking you to identify what is the best title for the paragraph, which statement is true and so on.

Analogy - a comparison between one thing and another, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification. For example, Kitchen is to cooking as bedroom is to sleeping. Another example is, HAND : PALM : : FOOT : ____.

Logical Reasoning - is the process which uses arguments, statements, premises and axioms to define weather a statement is true or false, resulting in a logical or illogical reasoning. This part of the test will test your analytical thinking and reasoning skills.

Clerical Operations – you will be given a set of words that you need to arrange alphabetically. This is only for the Sub-Professional examinees.

Philippine Constitution – you need to be acquainted with laws and general information about our constitution. Read the articles and other essential facts. These things will be very useful in the actual examination.

Numerical Reasoning – it is hardest part especially for those who are not good in Math. You need to review and study mathematical problems. Memorizing some basic formulas will be an advantage.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Congratulation Letter from Civil Service Commission

Here is the letter that I got when I passed the Career Service Examination - Professional last year. I just changed the name and address for security and privacy purposes.
Republic of the Philippines
Regional Office No.3
City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Juan Dela Cruz
Provincial Capitol Compound, Sto. NiƱo
City of San Fernando, 2000 Pampanga

Dear Sir/Madam:
You have passed the CSE-Paper and Pencil Test Professional level held on May 27, 2012 at Pampanga High School, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Pursuant to CSC Office Memorandum No. 32 s. 1997 dated June 23, 1997, an awarding ceremony for CSE Passers will be undertaken by the CSCRO concerned.
As such, may we request you to be present on July 31, 2012 at 9:00 am at the event Center, SM City Pampanga, City of San Fernando, Pampanga for the awarding of your Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). You are required to bring two (2) valid ID’s and two (2) passport size pictures, taken within three (3) months with complete name tag and signature similar to the one submitted during the filing of application and the accomplished CSC Form-E6 attached. Digitally enhanced, scanned or photocopied picture is not allowed. Name tag should not be computer generated.
Hope to see you at the awarding ceremony. Thank you.
Very truly yours,
Karin Litz P. Zerna
Director IV

Monday, November 4, 2013

Problem Solving Civil Service Reviewer

Problem Solving is one of the scopes of Civil Service Examination. Use this reviewer to help you in your preparation for the exam.  

DIRECTIONS: For each of the problems below, choose the correct answer from the choices given. Choose your answer by clicking the round button on the left of your answer.
1. Miss Roxas bought 20 blouses for PHP1800 and marked them to sell at PHP110 each. After selling 16 pieces at this rate, she decided to sell the remaining blouses at a lower price. At what price may she sell each remaining blouse and still realize a gross profit of PHP360 on the 20 blouses?
2. The Philippines and 19 other Asian nations decide to cut their oil consumption by two million barrels a day. If this is 5% of their daily oil consumption, how many barrels are consumed by these countries in one day?
3. A development project which was financed by ecological organizations amounted to PHP3.6 million. If there had been two more contributors, and the expenses were shared equally, it would have cost each organization PHP300,000 less. How many organizations contributed to the project?
4. There are 36 reams of mimeographing paper in the drawer. If 1 1/4 dozens of reams of paper were to be used in printing, how many reams should be left in the drawer?
5. A group of men went on fishing trip, agreeing that each should pay the same amount. The total bill was PHP 168. If there had been two fewer men, each man would have had to pay 2 pesos more. How many men went fishing?
6. The ceiling of a building, 18 meters by 15 meters, is to be painted. How many gallons of paint are required for this ceiling if a gallon can cover 15 square meters?
7) A square and a rectangle have equal areas. If the rectangle is 36 by 16, what is a side of a square?
8. Ana gets a commission of 10% for each bottle of lotion she sells. If a bottle of lotion sells for PHP87.50, how many bottles will Ana have to sell to receive a commission of PHP 210?
9. What is the sum of series of arithmetic progression having a common difference of 3.5, if the first term is 0.5 and the last term is 25?
10. If the sum of 5 consecutive numbers is 95, what is the third number?
11. Two numbers are in the ratio of 3 to 5. The lesser number is 42. Find the greater number.
12. The total area of a cube is the sum of its lateral area and the area of its bases. If the edge of a cube is 4, find its total area.
13. If a can of paint will cover approximately 60 square yards, what length of the wall can be painted if the wall is 8 feet high?
14. One million is to be divided among the 3 children of a widower in the ratio of 10:12:18. By how much is the largest share greater than the smallest share?
15. Division and section heads of agency Y who come late during their monthly staff meetings are fined. The first latecomer pays PHP0.50, the second latecomer pays PHP1.00, the third pays PHP1.50, the fourth pays PHP2.00 and so forth. If 13 came late during their last meeting, how much money was collected from them?
16. In an illustration, one unit represents a line 85 centimeters long. How many meters long of a line will be represented by 150 units?
17) If the management of a parking lot charges its customer PHP10.00 for the first two hours and PHP5.00 for each additional hour or a part thereof; then the cost for parking for 4 hours and 45 miutes is __________.
18) A bureau director has an appointment at 9 A.M. in a nearby province. If he travels at 40 kph., he will arrive at 8 AM. If he drives at 30 kph., he will not arrive until 8:45 A.M. How far away is the province?
19. Which of the following has the greatest discounts?
20. Nena has applied for employment in the next three different countries namely: Hong Kong; Malaysia and Brunei. In Hong Kong the monthly salary in HK $500; Malaysia Ringgit 300 and Brunei $200 consider the following:
1 HK $ = PHP2.90
1 Br $ = PHP12.15
1 Mal RM = PHP8.40
Which country has the best offer?
21) Which of the following commodities has the least increase U.S. $ per pound from 1987 – 1990.
22. Which of the following is the biggest?
23. A family budget provides that the monthly outlaws for food and house is PHP 1,810.00. If the amount spent for food is three times that of the rent, how much is the monthly rental?
24. After driving 3 1/2 hours, a motorist covered 120 km. At this rate, how long will it take him to drive 360 km.?
25. Mrs. Renoso is planning to buy curtains for their new house. She will need 23 floor length pieces, each piece 2 meters and 50 cm. Long. How many meters should she buy.
26. An employee spends about PHP1,330.00 a month. This sum is 70% of his monthly salary. How much does he receives a month?
27. Which pair of numbers below has 120 as a product?
28) A certain number is doubled and then divided by 8. If after subtracting 4 from this result, one gets 16, the original number is:
29. The numerator of a fraction is 4 less than its denominator, if 3 is added both the numerator and denominator, the resulting number is 3/4. What is the original fraction?
30) Each box of ballpen contains 24 pieces. If an employee in an office given 3 ballpens. How many boxes will be needed for 168 employees?
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Civil Service Institute Course Offerings for November

Course on Career Pathing

Career pathing is an integral component of an employee’s life-long career management. To have a sense of direction and to access career progress, goals and milestones, a written plan should be laid down. This course provides participants fundamental steps and processes in Career Pathing and its application in crafting an individual career plan. It aims to assist managers become a career coach in honing employees’ skills and in exploring various career development interventions.

Course on Succession Management

Leadership does not happen by chance. It takes years to groom an effective leader. Filling the void of invaluable knowledge of a leader who exits an organization is an awesome task. Building a pool of potential successors, ensuring continuity of leadership functions and instilling mechanisms that support a high performing organization are the hallmarks of this two-day training course.

Course on Managing Workforce Diversity

The program aims to equip managers with strategies on how to deal effectively with a workforce that has varied experiences and perspective arising from differences in generation, race, culture, religion, gender, and other factors. It recognizes the value and benefits of having diverse workforces, and the challenges and approaches of managing them effectively. It shall also introduce workplace diversity management initiatives that agencies can adopt to foster workplace inclusiveness and harmony.

Leadership Program Module 1: Leading Change

The course builds on John P. Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model and provides participant’s cutting-edge methods that help the organization transform itself to successfully hurdle the complexities of change and to achieve its goals. The effective implementation of strategies that leverage the organization’s competitive advantage, relevance and sustainability features the working agenda of this three-day course.

Registration of participants is on a “first come, first served” basis.
For more information, please contact the Civil Service Institute at telephone numbers 9314182, 9317935 local 301-305 and telefax no. 931-8019 or visit:

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