Who are exempted to take the Civil Service Exam?

Who are exempted to take the Civil Service Exam in the Philippines? You can acquire civil service eligibility even without taking the CS exam if you are on the following lists.

A lot of readers have been asking this question, so I decided to make a post about it and include here the list of exempted Civil Service exam takers.

According to the Civil Service Commission, there are eight different eligibility under special laws. You may not need to take the CS exam anymore if you have been granted any of the following entitlements:

Note that some categories are not the same or equivalent as the Professional and Sub-professional eligibility. Also, note that different eligibility has appropriate government position levels because every specific job in the government has different eligibility requirements.

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The Following are Exempted to Take the Civil Service Exam in the Philippines

Bar and Board Exam passers:

  • Bar Exam Passers – if you passed the Bar exam conducted by the Supreme Court
  • Board Exam – if you passed the board exam or licensure exam given by the PRC

Under this list, you should be required for appointment to positions practicing your profession, have completion of bachelor’s degree and have professional license. Read more at RA 1080.

Honor Graduates:

Under PD No. 907, these are college honor graduates such as:

  • Summa cum laude
  • Magna cum laude
  • Cum laude

Electronic Data Processing Specialists:

Under CSC resolution 90-083, these are those who passed the proficiency test or training course given by the National Computer Center for Computer Programming, System Analysis and Design, Java, MS Access and Visual Basic.

This eligibility is suitable for computer related job positions in the government such as IT/Management Information System Group,Data Encoder, Data Machine Operator, Auxiliary Machine Operator, Data Encoder-Controller, Computer Programmer, Information Systems Analyst, and to other positions determined by the CSC.

Scientific and Technological Specialists:

Under PD 997, these are persons with highly technical education recognized by CHED with specializations in any of the following scientific and mathematical fields:

  1. Natural Sciences
    • Astronomy
    • Astrophysics
    • Biological Sciences
    • Biology (S & T)
    • Microbiology
    • Botany
    • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
    • Ecology
    • Physical Anthropology
    • Marine Biology
    • Zoology
    • Geological Sciences
    • Archeology
    • Geophysics
    • Paleontology
    • Seismology
    • Meteorology
    • Oceanography
    • `Physics/Applied Physics
  2. Engineering Sciences
    • Biological Engineering
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Ceramic Engineering
    • Materials Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Mechatronics Engineering
    • Food Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Geothermal Engineering
    • Railway Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Textile Engineering
    • Nuclear Engineering
  3. Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Information Technology
    • Pure Mathematics
    • Statistics
  4. Other Disciplines
    • Environmental Science
    • Food Science

Skills Eligibility – Categories I & II:

Under CSC MC 11, section 1996, as amended, these people may be granted skills eligibility:

Note that skills eligibility are not equivalent/comparable to Career Service Sub-Professional and Sub-Professional eligibility.

  • Category I includes TESDA skills test passers
  • Category II includes completion of 1 year very satisfactory actual work performance under temporary status of appointment

Veteran Preference Rating:

Under Executive Order 790, 10 points may be added to the failed exam of a veteran, or his/her spouse, or any of their children. Failed exam such as:

  • Career Service Professional or Sub-professional
  • Fire Officer
  • Penology Officer

Barangay Officials:

Under RA No. 7160, this includes:

  • Elective Barangay Officials: Barangay Captain, regular Sangguniang Barangay Members, and Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen
  • Appointive Barangay Officials: Barangay Treasurers, and Barangay Secretaries who were appointed by the duly elected Punong Barangay.

These persons must be considered suitable for appointment to first level positions in the career service including those in the Fire and Jail Bureaus, except positions determined by the Commission.

Barangay Health Workers Eligibility:

Under RA 7883, these people are local health workers of the barangay and has completed at least 2 years of college degree and 5 years of continuous and satisfactory service as an accredited BHW. The BWH is suitable for first level positions in the government service except for categories classified by the Commission.

Barangay Nutrition Scholars:

Under PD 1569, this is granted for barangay-based volunteer workers who have at least 2 years of continuous satisfactory nutrition services and related activities required by the commission.

This is suitable for first level first level eligibility and may be considered for appointment to positions which do not require written examination, provided the appointee meets the education, training, experience, and other requirements of the position.

In order to have the certificate of eligibility, you must file your application to claim it at the CSC office by submitting the requirements.

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  1. Thank you 1taker.com ilang beses na ako nagfailed sa Civil Service exam finally nakapasa ako napakalaking tulong ang reviewer ninyo…thank you so much and i hope na mas marami pa kayong matulungan…God bless…

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  2. Hi Po mam, pwd po ba magtanong? I’m a Cum Laude po at nkuha ko na yong Honor Graduate Eligibility (HGE) Certificate ko. Tanong ko lang kong anong level po ba kung HGE ka? Secon Level, First Level, Professional, or Sub- Pro?
    Thank You and God Bless?

    1. The HGE shall be considered appropriate for first and second level positions in the government that do not involve practice of profession and are not covered by Bar/board/other special laws.


    2. Good afternoon, ms. shella!

      madali lang po ba yung pagkuha ng HGE Certificate? ano po yung needed na requirements ? at ilang days po bago makuha yun? thanks po 🙂

  3. if someone pass the National Career like NCI or NCII, can he/she may convert it to CSC eligibility??


  4. Hello, I successfully passed the criminology board examination last April of 2012, but I really wanted to try taking the civil service exam. Would I still be allowed to take the exam even if i am exempted? How does that work?

    please reply thank you

    1. Pwede mong subukan ang CSC exam tapos yon ang gamitin mo pag mag apply ka sa government maganda yon kasi di kana kailangang mag renew ng license gaya ng sa PRC ganon din kasi ginawa ng kasama ko Board passer na sya tapos kumuha din ng CSC Professional. trip lang daw nya di ba Zy.

    2. gud day po.. graduate po ako ng AB Public ADministration..then SK Chairman po ako last 2010 up to 2014..exempted po b ako for CSC?..apaano po mag file ng BOE?..at saan po pweding mag file.??gusto ko po mag apply s government..
      I hope na sna po masagot ung tanong ko..
      thank you po..

  5. Hello po Mam, IT graduate po ako then I took up the cs exam last oct 2014 but unfortunately I didn’t pass the exam. Ask ko lang po kung pwede pa rin ako mag-apply sa Gov. Esp sa BIR. since nag-OJT po ako dun before. Please reply po. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Requirements nila may eligibility e baka mahirapan ka makapasok kung kulang ka ng requirements gaya ng CSC eligibility

  6. hi good day,tulad ko na computer science grad,exempted na ba ako sa csc exam?ibig sabihin pwede ako mg trabaho ng government at makakakuha ako ng csc certificate without taking an exam?thanks godbless.

  7. Hi! May mga nagsabi na sa akin nito dati. I am an RN, pasok ba sya kaya dito as board passer? I am very much interested in applying for this.

  8. Good eve Ma’am ang LET passer po ba pwd makakuha ng CSC eligibility W/o taking CSC exam?
    LET Passer po ako,and magtetake po ako ng CSC exam sa May 3.
    Ngayon ko lng po nabasa yung info,Pero dun po sa CSC guidelines d po nkalista ang board passer for CSC eligibility under special law.
    Kindly reply Ma’am.

    Thank you very much..

  9. I am a bshm graduate, And now i am currently hire at dswd field office vii, as community welfare assistant, and my status is project base or contractual. My question is, what if my render service there, is one year or more. Can i get the civil service certificate under skills eligibility-category 1 &2? Pls reply through my email add

  10. good day, I just want to know , i am graduated as cum laude, My course is bachelor in Elementary education, i graduated last march 28 2015, im not yet taking the let, because it was scheduled this coming september, I want to know if i am qualified For the Civil service commision eligibility although im not yet passing the let. Im now reviewing for the exam and i read about this information.

    please reply

    thank you

  11. tapos napo akong mag bayad nang examination fee and this may 3 po ang exam pero nalaman ko na kasali pala kami sa list nang exempted sa pag take nang CS .. mayroon po bang refund? kung mayroon, ano po ang proceso? thank u.

  12. Hello po. .
    ask ko lang po if as of now, exempted p rin ung graduate cum laude in a 4 year course with level 2 accredited by ched. ?
    I graduated cum laude last 2013 and i thought i am automatically exempted for csc exam but when i went to csc office, may list cla ng mga chosen courses for exemption. .na disappoint ako kac wla dun ang course ko and when i asked bakit wla, they said, hindi approve ng ched. . me ganon ba tlaga.?? kelangan p ng accreditation?? nakakasama ng loob kac, sa batch 2013 lang nahinto ung exemption. . .

    thank you po.

      1. Pano po i avail ung exempted sa exam ? pano po mag file ng application with exemption ng CSC? may Job offer po dto samin ng SSS pls reply po

  13. paano po if magtatake plng ako ng LET exam this coming september puede puba akong mag test ng civil service while waiting for the result of LET ?

      1. hi mam i am a prc board passer in midwifery.. iam working in medical records for 22 years now acting as OIC kailangan ko po ba kumuha ng eligibility para ma promote kahit may PRC license na Ako? Tahnks po

        1. your PRC license is equivalent to professional eligibility if you’re at least 4 years study in college while,if you have only less than 4 years study in college your PRC licence is only equivalent to subproof. (RA 1080,RA 1844)
          1. Subprof-meaning you could be promoted only to non-managerial positions.
          2. Prof.-meaning you are qualified to managerial positions (note: if you are a civil service CSE prof.passer you must be have a master’s degree,But if you are a PRC holder you are exempted for master’s degree but if you have a master’s degree w/PRC much better.) Ref.: CSC Resolution no.1300979 of MC No.14,s,2013

  14. hi ma’am,
    gusto ko lang po sanang malaman kung paano po ako makakakuha ng copy ng reviewer nyo aside from buying it in US dollars. is there any other possible way kasi im planning to take the CSE this coming march 26 and i think your reviewer will really going to help me in passing the exam. looking forward for your reply. thanks and godbless!

  15. sir/mam!
    ask ko lang po regarding sa exempted sa cs…under po ako sa Electronic data processing specialist…paano po ako mag apply don sa required niyo na national computer center training…tapos po ako ng 2 yr course n computer system design and programming….kailngan kopo ang kasagutan nyo sa inbox ko..salamat po!

  16. a blessed afternoon, graduate po ako ng bachelor of science in agriculture at nag sangguniang kabataan po ako as kagawad , tanong ko lang sana kung exemted po ako sa exam? please reply po. thanks.

  17. Sir/madam
    I am a sub-professional passer. And im begging for my prof exam to pass. For how many times i took the cs prof exam but it was not favorable on my side. For your info, I exerted effort enrolling in review centers for 3 different centers but until now i didn’t make it. Sometimes i doubt & i feel it’s not fair already. I’m really determined to pass as you can see in my records of application. I cannot count on my fingers now. I’m already 15 years serving the gov’t as permanent employee and i also need to advance or promoted because all these years i’m performing jobs above my level & my salary is only my plantilla of course.. The reason why i can’t get the item or promotion because of this prof exam. I already passed the specialized exam given to our agency but it’s just that my prof exam that hinders everything in me. What other thing can i do. As i have read all the exemption? Can you include also above 15 yrs of service as permanent employee to gov’t office can apply also for the conversion for automatic cs prof holder. Or if possible can you give special exams for 10 yrs above serving as permanent employee to the gov’t.

    Hope that, this can reach the higher ups or the president of the civil service.

    Thank you & expecting immediate reply on your side.

    SSS employee

    1. alam ko nyan pag cum laudi ka or magna cumlaudi automatic civil service eligible kana first level and second level nayan

    2. We almost have the same problem, sub-prof, permanent status in the government, Me? since 1997 months after my graduation working in the Government but cannot seek higher wages or higher position. I also tried Prof exam 3x but failed.
      With this post, I may try to apply at DOST using PD 997 as a Computer Engineering graduate…I don’t know if my experienced as to my item got as Clerk but mostly or in any case like PC maintenance & Networking in the office I did.
      I don’t know if I apply for the CSC Eligibilty using PD 997 and proved my capability in line to my profession. Government Service plus my outside experienced with an internet cafe, Electronic and computer services business in our place. I may try to comply the requirement soon…

    3. Long time ago ten years & above experience can be. but now we have our new resolution and memorandum from Civil Service about a qualification standards.(MC No.14,s,2018 of Resolution No.13009)

  18. hi po im kelvin from dasma, i graduated as a cum laude of our 2012 batch po, I took up BSIT, can i ask po if yung school ko po na STI- COLLEGE Dasma is eligible for having a HGE grant.

    dati po kasi nung pumunta ako sa office nung 2013 di pa daw po siya eligible.

    thank you posa reply

  19. Goodmorning ma’am, I’m a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education and a Board Passer. Although I Passed the board exam i still wanted to take an exam given by the Civil Service. Ma’am, can i take the exam even if I am one of those exempted? Thank you and God bless

  20. Ma’am , gud pm po. Graduate po ako ng BS Industrial Education,matagal na ako nagtuturo sa Kolehiyo, Ask ko lang po kung pwede po ba ako ma exempted sa pagtake ng civil service kc po meron na akong 5 NC II ng tesda ( National Certificate II) plus my Trainors Methodology 1 po ako. Kung sakali po exempted wat po requirements.W8 ko po response nyo. God Bless po.

    1. You must be a LET passer kc yung position mo is covered by Board under RA 1080. kahit CSE Prof.passer ka kung hindi ka LET passer pwede kang maglabag sa Teachers Professionalization Act of 1994 of RA 7836 Sec. 26 & 25. at merong kaukulang penalty sa Sec. 28.

  21. Hi there happy new year! This blog is really helpful and informative for us, so great i can pick up tips that are not easily found. Yes please do email me a copy of the free reviewer 🙂 peace out and more power! – franco sanpedro

    1. Just noticed! There are lots of comments posted and questions being unanswered!

      Should I need to post my questions, too? Maybe not! No, answers, though!

      Just saying.. hhahaha..

  22. pwede po ba makahingi ng copy ng civil service reviewer exam..because i need to pass the exam in 1 take…im a graduate of bachelor applied science

  23. hello good morning maam marifel I just want to ask if I would be exempted for the CSC exam since i was graduated as Cum Laude, with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. If I am exempted, how to file in order to get the certificate of eligibility. Maam Marifel is it credited to all schools for the exemption of the CSC Exam if you are graduated Cum Laude even your school is a private institution?
    Thank you so much for your reply….


  24. hello I just want to ask if the NC III passer in bookkeeping is also Exempted? please response as soon as possible? thankyou

  25. Good afternoon ma’am and sir I am very much willing to take the CSC exam. But first of all I would like ask poydi po ba na personal nalang po akung puponta sa civil service para mag inquire po kung kailan ang exam ulit ngayung 2015, kc dito sa putting kahoy silang cavity mahina po talaga ang sinal kaya nahirapan aking mag search . tnx po.

  26. mam fel. good day, . tanung lng ako mam kung SK kagawad exempted po ba sa CSC exam? at grad na po ako sa CRIM. exemted ba ako or hindi? waiting your response, thank you

  27. hello!
    I am a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science from the University of Cebu, batch 1995. and presently working in a private firm for 19 years with multitasking job ;such as purchasing, HR and even maintenance is included.

    I have plan to apply for work in any government agency for a change; do I need to take the exam?

    Thank you so much for the reply.

  28. Hi, Nagtake po ako ng exam ngaun Oct. 26, 2014. Klan po kaya ng possible result nun?

    Thanks and regards,
    Ram Jay Mendoza

  29. Hello!

    I would like to ask If I am exempted to take the Civil Service Examination? I am a BS Computer Science Graduate in one of the University in Cebu. I’ve been working now for almost 7 years as a Receptionist at the same time Secretary in one of the Hotel.
    I have plans to serve in the public(GOVERNMENT), If I have chance. I would like to to ask If they require a Civil Service Passers? or Do I need to take the Exam?

    Thank you and GOD BLESS US!


  30. Hello, I am a graduate of BS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY so am I exempted with that?
    So what will I do next if I am exempted? so meaning I am already professional?

    please reply me,



  31. Exempted pla ang summa cum laude, nkpgregister pa q, hehe.. anu pong documents ang need ipasa na summa ka? Tnx po..

  32. pwede po ba ako kumuha ng proffesional eligibility kahit nakapasa na po ako ng CHS NC II gusto ko parin po kasi mag take ng exam. ?

  33. nagtry na aq mgexam but I failed gusto ko sana mgkaron ng reviewer para mkapasa at kelan b un sunod na schedule ng exam

  34. try 2x lang ako ng CSE kahit board passer . Feeling ko kasi iba parijn pag CSE passer ka rin. God is with us. 🙂

  35. gusto ko po malaman if galing k military ti civilian life po exeeding 5 yrs in the service kng exemted po sa CSE kasi po pagkakaalam ko ngpasa si sen trillanes ng act naka first session na po sixteenth congress of the RP SENATE ACT S. no 1830 nung oct 7 2013 may balita po b kau doon

  36. hi mam pwd po ako pa imael sa iyong reviewer .gusto po ako magreview sa iyong reviewer mam tulongan po n’yo ako.papasa po ako sa iyong reviewer..THNKS

  37. kuha po ako exam this october, gusto ko po sana ng reviewer nyo po, pano ko po ba kau contakin para po mkapuha ng reviewer? tnx po

  38. HOW I WISH POLITICAL SCIENCE Course IS ALSO EXEMPTED IN THIS EXAM. Since its all bout giving service to people. *im a 2nd yr pol sci student and i want to take the exam also* PLS REPLY

  39. Hello, I am a graduate of BS Biology major in Marine Biology so am I exempted with that?
    So what will I do next if I am exempted? so meaning I am already professional? thanks for the reply thank you

  40. hello ms. marifel! i would like to ask if im exempted to take the cse because i have passed the assessment in computer hardware servicing given by TESDA , i have my national certificate II.

    1. Good day mam/sir and to your good office.

      My name is ARIEL R. DAYUCOS a CUM LAUDE graduate of BACHELOR IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION- GEN,ED. at Negros College SY 2015-2016. I just want to ask if PD 907 is still effective this year because I really want to work at NEGROS ORIENTAL PROVICIAL CAPITOL. And how can I get the certification as a proof?

      I am hoping for a favourable response to this comment. Thank You and GOD Bless !

      1. Tanong ko lang po. Nakapasa po ako sa National Certificate II ng Computer Hardware Servicing. Exempted na po ba un sa pagtake ng Civil Service Exam? Thank you po.

        1. magandang araw poh ma’am sir tanung Lang poh may baranggay egibility poh ako and 4 years grad NG crim pwede na poh bang I apply sa bfp un.

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