The Civil Service Commission will conduct the qualifying test for the Foreign Service Officer Examination (FSOE) on May 21.
Applications must be submitted in person to any Regional Consular Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs or Philippine embassies and consulates abroad until March 29 or at the DFA-Board of Foreign Service Examinations in Pasay City until April 12.
The FSOE is a five-part examination administered by the DFA to recruit candidates for the Foreign Service Officer, Class IV position. The qualifying test, is conducted by the CSC. The succeeding parts – preliminary interview, written test, psychological test, and oral test – are conducted by the DFA.
To qualify, applicants must be natural-born Filipino citizens with permanent residency in the Philippines; not more than 35 years old at the time of the examination; at least a bachelor’s degree graduate; with at least two-year work experience or further studies or a combination of both after college graduation; knowledgeable on the Philippine economic, political, and social conditions; willing to accept assignment to any foreign service post; has oral and written communications facility; and possesses personality traits needed in a foreign service officer.
The age limit does not apply to employees of the DFA or Foreign Service Institute (FSI) who had been with the DFA or FSI for at least two years before the date of the qualifying test.
The qualifying test also serves as an eligibility examination titled Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer (CSE-FSO). Passers will simultaneously qualify for succeeding stages of the DFA’s FSOE and be conferred the CSC Career Foreign Service Officer eligibility. The eligibility is appropriate for first level (clerical) and second level (technical) positions in the government that do not involve practice of the profession and are not covered by special laws.
For inquiries, visit www.dfa.gov.ph or www.csc.gov.ph.