Should Computer Engineers take the Civil Service Eligibility Exam?

Congratulations on finishing the Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. So, what’s next for you? Would you like to share your knowledge with your students in the academe? Either, you want to practice your profession in companies? Or, you like to study a Master’s Degree in Engineering? Or, like my case, work under the Philippine Government.

After 5 and a half years, I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. Then, my aunt hired me to work as a contractual employee in the Local Government Unit. For four (4) months, I worked as a Data Encoder. Sounds great right? But what I did was open an excel and type the daily cash flow of the LGU.

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I was not able to renew my service due to the “Election Ban”. So, I returned back home and wait for the election to finish. Afterward, together with my friends, we went to Pampanga and find a job. Unfortunately, only one company has called me for an interview.

Unluckily, I failed to get the job for Network Analyst. I passed the interviews and exams, yet, I was lack of CCNA. Further, I went to Cavite for a job, and I also failed.

Before anything else, I have already passed the Civil Service Eligibility Exam during my 2nd year in the university. At first, my parents advised me to take only “Sub-Professional Exam”. They firmly believed that I wouldn’t pass the “Professional Exam” because, you know, it is for professional minds only. However, during our registration, we have been told that having 72 units completed can take “Professional Exam”, so we decided to take the “Professional Exam”.

What is the Civil Service Examination?

Civil Service Commission was created on September 19, 1900. It is the branch of the Philippine government which is responsible for the Career Service Examination commonly known as the Civil Service Exam. Moreover, it oversees the integrity of government actions and processes. Furthermore, it aims to determine those who are fit to work under the Philippine government.

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Civil Service Examination (CSE) is scheduled twice a year. Everybody is entitled for this exam. However, be mindful that it has requirements before taking the exam. You should be Filipino at least 18 years old during the filing of application. Further, you must be clear from any crime related to civil service examination. Lastly, the Commission has no education requirements for applicants.

Eventually, you can apply even if you’re a high school graduate or college undergraduate.

Categories of Career Service Examination

There are two (2) categories of Civil Service Examination (CSE). The Professional& Sub-Professional categories. If you passed the professional exam, you can now apply for first-level (Clerical / SG 1 – 10) and second-level (Managerial / SG 11- 25) positions. On the flipside, passing sub-professional exam only caters first-level position in the government.

Modes and Coverage of Examination

They also have an examination mode that can be chosen before taking the exam. The Pen-and-Paper Test (PPT) and the Computerized Examination (COMEX). The difference between the two is that the PPT requires filing of the application personally to the CSCRO, while COMEX reserves an examination slot and confirmed his/her reservation during a personal appearance at the Testing Center.

Taking the exam seem to be stressful, but knowing the examination coverage can help you lessen your burden. For your reference, you must see the list of CSE Exam Coverage.

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For Professionals Level:

  • Analogy – this is where they tested one’s ability to spot the relationship of a given word.
  • Grammar and correct usage  
  • Logic
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Paragraph organization
  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • General Information –  such as the Philippine Constitutional Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.  Also the peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection.

Though the Sub-professional level also has similar coverage but it doesn’t cover Analogy and Logic, instead, Clerical Operations questions in exchange.

For Non-Professionals Level:

  • Clerical operations
  • Grammar and correct usage 
  • Numerical reasoning – 
  • Paragraph organization – 
  • Reading comprehension – 
  • Spelling – 
  • Vocabulary – 
  • General Information –   such as the Philippine Constitutional Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. Also the peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection.

Today, plenty of Filipinos are aspiring to work under the Government. There are national offices like SSS, BIR, DPWH, DILG, etc. Also, it offers benefits for the employees such as 13th and 14th-month pay, COLA, Clothing allowance and others.

Recommendation

I strongly suggest and recommend that every computer engineers and other professions to take the civil service eligibility exam administered by the Civil Service Commission. This adds to your documents for applying under the Philippine Government.

For those who are scheduled for this coming Civil Service Exam, Good luck!

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