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The Coverage and Passing Grade in the Civil Service Examination

The Civil Service Exam's coverage/scope and "passing rate" are discussed here. If you are going to take the Career Service Eligibility examination by this year, either on professional or sub-professional level, whether by means of Paper and Pencil (PPT) or Computerized Exam (COMEX), formerly known as Computer-Assisted Test (CAT), it is a must that you know the exam's coverage and passing rate so you can have a definite goal to set and achieve (or even exceed). Saying it in other terms, you can prepare a massive amount of ammunition to fire during the battle for your success.

Coverage and Passing Rate of the Civil Service Examination
Coverage / Scope of the Civil Service Exam
The Coverage/Scope of the Civil Service Exam

The Specific Competencies of the Civil Service Exam for Professional and Sub-professional Levels are as follow:

- English and Filipino Vocabulary
- Grammar and Correct Usage
- Paragraph Organization
- Reading Comprehension
- Analogy
- Logic
- Clerical Operations
- Numerical Reasoning
- General Information 

The specific competencies above are categorized under four major parts:

Part I
► Verbal abilities in English and Filipino Vocabulary
► Grammar and Correct Usage
► Paragraph Organization.
► Reading Comprehension

Part II
► Analogy (professional level only)
► Logic (professional level only)
► Clerical Operations (sub-professional level only)

Part III
► Numerical Reasoning

Part IV
► General Information
Comprised of test questions about:
A. Philippine Constitution
B. General Information, Current Events Enacted Laws and Environment Issues.
C. Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

So what's the difference between the Professional and Sub-Professional Levels? Well obviously, the latter has a "sub" while the former has none. But kidding aside, the major difference lies in their scope.

For the Professional level, all competencies above, except for the Clerical Operations, are found in the Civil Service Exam. On the other hand, the CSE for Sub-professional level has a similar scope, but, excludes Analogy and Logic then augments Clerical Operation test questions.

About 85%  of the examination is comprised of Verbal (Filipino is integrated in this portion), Analytical and Mathematical competencies while the remaining 15% is a test about how knowledgeable and informed you are when it comes to the topics mentioned under part 4 above.

Moreover, the first 20 items/questions will ask about your personal information and is likely not included in the computation of your rating. You will have to answer them accordingly and accurately.

The Passing Rate of the Civil Service Exam

For both the Professional and Sub-professional levels, whether by means of Paper and Pencil and Computerized Exam, the least percentage that you must acquire is 80%. lower than that, you are sure to fail, beyond that, you are sure to obtain a certificate of eligibility. This is how it works on the surface.

The civil service commission has a quota which they follows. In other words, there is a fixed percentage or number of examinees which will pass the exam. Only a certain number of examinees will pass, regardless whether everybody's raw score can be mathematically translated to a "80.00 passing rate and beyond". Let's safely assume that only about 9 - 13% of the exam takers, with the highest scores will pass (ranking system: for example, only 12% of the total examinees will get 80.00% and above). Also, a rating lower than 80.00% will be reflected in the exam results of those who were unfortunate, regardless of their raw scores.

Then why can't everybody pass? That's because there are only limited government job slots/positions. Every year only a certain number of applicants are hired, to fill in the vacancy left by retired government employees and/or due to new items being created. Moreover, it is imperative to choose only among the best performers.

Here are the data of previous civil service exams:
October 2010 - 97,099 examinees, a total of 12,290 passers (12.66%)
October 2011 - 94,251 examinees, a total of 10,866 passers (11.53%)
October 2012 - 113,168 examinees, a total of 13,412 passers (11.85%)
October 2013 - 139,174 examinees, a total of 16,319 passers (11.80%)
October 2014 - 163,240 examinees, a total of 19,344 passers (11.85%)

More about the Civil Service Exam

The exam is actually never difficult, it is just like remembering what you have learned since your elementary until your tertiary education, though you might actually nosebleed in the English and Filipino vocabulary portion of the exam, so it is best to have a wide array of vocabulary. If you are quite good in Math and Analysis, then you already have a good chance in the exam. But still, the best equipped and skilled soldier has the greatest chance of survival in the battle.

And here's one thing you must be very wary about...The Time. It is your most frightening enemy during the exam, do not spend too much time on one item, but never leave any item unanswered.

And for your information, no calculator is allowed, so you have to do the computations manually. Just focus on what you're answering and do not fret over anything.

For this matter, this website existed, to help you understand and pass the Civil Service Examination. You can emerged as a victor or as a failure. The key is in your hands! Take time to REVIEW.

Read the next article : Effective Tips in Taking the Civil Service Examination 2015.

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