345K hopefuls take Aug. 20 civil service eligibility exams

By Jose Cielito Reganit

August 23, 2023, 7:11 pm

MANILA – A total of 345,293 examinees took the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) Professional and Subprofessional levels conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Aug. 20.

Out of the 373,638 individuals who registered for the exam, 92.41 percent showed up in 95 testing centers nationwide, comprised of 304,247 examinees for the CSE-Professional Level, and 41,046 examinees for the Subprofessional Level.

“We are delighted to share that we have just reached another milestone for the CSC with the remarkable increase in participants taking the CSE-PPT in just one calendar year. In 2023 alone, the CSC successfully conducted the CSE-PPT for a total of 726,900 participants. This number includes both the 381,607 candidates who took the exam in March and our exam takers this August," CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles said in a statement.

According to the CSC, only 75,540 examinees took the March 13, 2022 CSE-PPT, while 138,703 examinees took the August 7, 2022 exams. The examinations were conducted in 77 testing centers nationwide.

The March 26, 2023 examinations were conducted in 94 testing centers nationwide.

“Ito ay patunay na napakalaki ng demand sa pagkuha ng career service examination at ipinapakita nito na talagang marami sa ating mga kababayan ang nagnanais na makapasok sa government service (This proves the large demand for career service exams, and this also shows that many of our countrymen really want to enter government service),” the CSC chief said.

Among the regions, the National Capital Region reported the biggest turnout of examinees at 48,200, followed by Region 4 and Region 3 with 39,355 and 24,227 aspirants, respectively.

Nograles also commended the people involved in ensuring the smooth conduct of the exams nationwide, as examinees diligently adhered to the examination advisory and health protocols released by the CSC.

“The success of today’s exam owes much to our proctors, teachers, and volunteers who commit to providing a seamless and secure testing environment. Hindi po kakayanin ng CSC ang humawak ng 727,000 examinees kung wala ang inyong dedikasyon at pagmamahal sa serbisyo publiko, kaya maraming salamat po sa inyo (The CSC will not be able to handle 727 thousand examinees without your dedication and love for public service, so, thank you very much),” he said. (PNA)