Workers in government who have been in the service for at least 10 years and have acquired relevant knowledge and skills but do not possess the appropriate civil service eligibility are encouraged to apply for the Grant of Career Service Eligibility – Preference Rating (CSE-PR).

Under Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 2301123 promulgated on 7 December 2023, a Preference Rating of a maximum of 10 points shall be added to the failed rating range (70.00 to 79.99) to achieve the passing rate of 80.00 for qualified applicants in Career Service Examinations (CSEs), thereby qualifying them for Career Service Professional or Subprofessional eligibility.

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles acknowledged the prevalent circumstance where numerous government employees, driven by a genuine commitment to public service, find themselves lacking the requisite civil service eligibility.

“In recognition of these government workers who have already contributed so much in our efforts to provide efficient public service, the CSC has resolved to grant them with CSE preference rating under specific conditions,” he added.

The Resolution covers workers collectively called JOCOSC6 in the government service. These include individuals under Job Order (JO), Contract of Service (COS), Casual, Contractual, Coterminous, employees holding Category III and Category IV positions as enumerated in CSC Memorandum Circular No. 10 dated 16 April 2013, and Career service employees with first level eligibility.

To qualify, applicants need to have accumulated a minimum of 10 years of service in the government as JOCOSC6, along with a performance rating of at least Very Satisfactory or its equivalent in the two (2) most recent rating periods before the application date for eligibility.

Moreover, JOCOSC6 individuals interested in availing the CSE-PR must have applied for and taken the scheduled CSE beginning with the 3 March 2024 CSE and thereafter, at either Professional or Subprofessional levels, and obtained a failing general rating not lower than 70.00.

Lastly, the application for the grant of CSE-PR must be filed using the appropriate application form with complete requirements within six (6) months from the date of release of the results of the CSE taken.

Chairperson Nograles clarified that individuals can only avail themselves of the CSE-PR grant once.

"The grant of the preference rating is an exceptional privilege extended only to those who have already demonstrated their ability to satisfy the demands of the job despite not having the required civil service eligibility. Through this initiative, we acknowledge that actual job experience is given due consideration in measuring one’s aptitude to perform the duties of a public servant. We are mindful, however, of the need to uphold meritocracy in the hiring process and to ensure that the quality of government service will not be compromised. Therefore, the conferment of CSE-PR will go through a meticulous process so that only those who are truly qualified may avail of this privilege,” explained Chairperson Nograles.

CSC Resolution No. 2301123 will take effect fifteen (15) days from the date of publication in a newspaper of general circulation. Complete guidelines regarding the grant of CSE-PR can be accessed on the CSC website at