Should you take the exam for the Professional level right away or opt for the SubProfessional level first? Most people would go for the CSE-SubProfessional level first before they take the CSE-Professional level. However, there is really no need to take both or to take one after the other. You can simply take the Professional level right away if you are aiming for second-level positions – and if you’re prepared for it.
A professional level eligibility naturally has more benefits than the subprofessional eligibility. If you pass the SubProfessional level exam, you’ll get the Career Service SubProfessional Eligibility appropriate for first level positions in the government. That means you can apply for clerical, trades, crafts, and custodial service positions.
On the other hand, passing the Professional level exam gives you the Career Service Professional Eligibility appropriate for appointment to both first level and second level positions in the government. Aside from the clerical positions, you can go for jobs relating to professional, technical and scientific work – up to division chief. The professional level eligibility is appropriate for executive/managerial positions in the second level, which are not appointed by the President.
Since passing the professional level of the civil service exam offers more benefits, the test is also generally more challenging than the subprofessional level. If you want to know the coverage of the exam for both levels, head on to this page: Scope of the CSE-PPT for Professional and SubProfessional Levels.