CIVIL Service Commission (CSC) chose the Cordillera Region in conducting the Computer Assisted Test (CAT) for eligibility of civil servants.

CSC assistant commissioner Rogelio Limare said they chose the region due to its track record, integrity, and credibility of testing officers to undertake the testing service.

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CAT is a three-hour long examination for professional and two hours and 30 minutes examination for sub-professional undertaken by prospect civil servants who want to enter government service and gain eligibility.

“In the region, an examination room was constructed by the CSC-CAR to accommodate two batches of examinees everyday or a total of 240 examinees every month,” CSC- Cordillera Director Rafael Marco said.

Moreover, the agency also equipped the examination room with audiovisual equipment for instructional purposes and closed-circuit television cameras worth over P2 million to monitor the examinees.

Examinees who took the exam may get the results of their rating after an hour, after which they will be immediately issued certificates of eligibility.

Passing rating for the civil service professional and sub-professional exam is 80 percent.

Civil service examinees in the country both in the professional and sub-professional levels reach to almost 500,000 every year, Marco said.

However, Limare said because of constant changes in the content and the degree of difficulty of examination, only one out of 10 usually pass the examination.

CSC-CAR, aside from its usual two-paper and pencil test examinations held every year, will conduct an additional test in Sta. Marcela, Apayao on October 17 to cater to the region’s farthest province. (JM Agreda)