Preparation is key to passing civil service exam – CSC

March 5, 2010 12:58 pm 

MANILA, March 5 – Good preparation is the key to passing the civil service examinations, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said Friday.

“Just like for any other exam, you have to prepare well in order to pass,” said CSC chair Francisco T. Duque III in response to issues on the low passing rate in the career service examinations.

Duque said it is the mandate of the CSC to ensure that entrance into the career service is based on merit and fitness.

“We need to get the most qualified to enter government because these are the people implementing vital programs and services for the public. This is why we administer competitive examinations. We’re setting a standard here,” Duque said in an email to the Philippines News Agency (PNA).

Recently, the CSC released the results of its November 15 career service examination-paper and pencil test where 6,334, or 10.15 percent of 62,389 examinees, passed. The passing grade is 80.

Historical data from the CSC show that career service examinations since April 2005 have yielded an average of 4,417 passers per schedule for the professional level of examination, and 1,498 passers per schedule for the sub-professional level, or a 9.14 percent and 13.4 percent average passing rate, respectively.

The area of the test that examinees find most difficult is analytical ability for the professional level, and numerical ability for the sub-professional level.

The professional examination covers vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning.

The sub-professional examination tests for vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, clerical operations, and numerical reasoning.

Both levels of the examination have general information questions on the Philippine Constitution, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713), peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection.

Filipino citizens who are at least 18 years old and of good moral character, regardless of educational attainment, may apply for the career service examinations.

Those who pass the civil service exams are conferred a civil service eligibility –a basic requirement for entrance to government service. (PNA)

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