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Passing Rate for Civil Service Exams might get lowered

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Most graduates would take the civil service exam in hopes of being a government worker. May it be a relative’s influence or not, it’s a goal many of our your graduates nowadays aim. However, reports show that the rate of passers for the civil service exam are alarmingly low for the past years. Could it be that the standard of being a government employee is quite high or is the education system in the country a bit lacking? Nevertheless, officials are now mulling over in lowering the passing rate of the exam.

The Civil Service Comission had admitted that they have been mulling over the issue for quite some time. Aileen Lizada, CSC Commissioner had shared that the subject of lowering the passing rate had been discussed in 1 or 2 meetings. She even recalled that the Supreme Court had lowered the passing rate of the Bar Exams in the past so the possibility of doing the same thing for the Civil Service Exam may just be doable.

In a Laging Handa briefing, she also addresses the possible concerns regarding the matter, “It does not mean that the quality of lawyers have diminished. If we go along that path, it does not mean that we have lesser qualified civil servants… We need to have more government officials and employees.”

Reports from last year’s Civil Service Exam in August shows that one 11.65 percent had passed the exam. That is not an encouraging news at all for those who are planning on taking the exam. This may reduce the number of people interested in becoming a government employee since statistics aren’t at all good.

Out of 255,778 examinees only 29,733 had passed the exam last year according to their website. Around 290,000 participants were supposed to take the exam, pen-and-paper style but due to lockdown and the global pandemic, officials had moved the date to 2021. Their advisory had stated that there will be no exams open this year. This news may bring additional prospects and renew the people’s hope of becoming a government employee if they go through with it. We can only hope for the best.

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