FSO Exam Schedule, Requirements 2023 Philippines

The Civil Service Commission announces the schedule of the Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Examination CY 2023 as well as the CSE PPT and BCLTE. If you are interested to be a Diplomat, this is your chance. For the requirements, schedule and other details, please read on.

The Foreign Service Officer Exam or FSO is a test to recruit qualified candidates for appointment to the Foreign Service Officer, Class IV position.

What is an FSO?

FSO stands for Foreign Service Officer IV. They serve as Principal Assistant/Assistant Director in the Department of Foreign Affairs – Home Office, as Third Secretary in Philippine Embassies/Missions, or as Vice Consul in Philippine Consulates.

As Principal Assistant/Assistant Director, the FSO IV supervises entry-level and second-level staff involved in research, analytical, and clerical work.

The FSO IV also drafts reports, correspondences, position papers, talking points, legal opinions or agreements, attends local and international meetings and conferences, and coordinates with government agencies and diplomatic missions on matters pertaining to the mandate of his/her Division.

As Third Secretary, the FSO IV may assume either the role of Economic or Political Officer or both.

As Vice Consul, the FSO IV supervises entry-level and second-level consular staff in carrying out the functions of the Consular Section serves as the Principal Officer tasked to handle assistance-to-nationals cases, and supervises the Administrative Section.

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FSO Exam Schedule 2023

The FSOE is held annually. The examination date for the 2023 Foreign Service Officer Exam is set for February 05, 2023. The application period is on October 13, 2022, until November 27, 2022. For the complete details refer to the table below:

Date of ExamName of ExamApplication PeriodRelease of Results
February 05, 2023CSE-FSOOctober 13, 2022-November 27, 2022March 18, 2023

The CSE Foreign Service Officer Eligibility is valid for two years.

Foreign Service Officer Exam Qualifications

Who are eligible to take the FSO Exam?

To be able to take the FSO Exam, You must possess the following qualifications:

  • Citizen and permanent resident of the Philippines
  • A graduate of any four-year Bachelor’s degree course
  • Two years’ work experience or further studies (or a combination of both)
  • No Age Limit

FSO Exam Requirements

If you are eligible to take the exam, prepare the following requirements:

  • Duly accomplished application form;
  • Civil Service Form No. 100;
  • Photocopy of transcript of records from the college or university from which the degree was obtained;
  • Photocopy of Diploma or Certificate of Graduation from the college or university from which the degree was obtained;
  • Proof of past or present employment or further studies;
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority;
  • Photocopy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable) and if married to a foreigner, authority to take the FSO Exams from the BFSE;
  • Seven pieces of photographs (4.5cm x 3.5cm) taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application; and
  • Copies of two valid IDs, with the original IDs to be presented upon submission.
  • Admission fee of PHP 500 
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How to become a Diplomat?

If you are qualified, you can start preparing your documents to apply for the FSO Exam. Submit the requirements along with the Application Form here:

Application Process

The Foreign Service Officer Exam has five distinct phases: (1) the Qualifying Test, (2) the Preliminary Interview, (3) the Written Test, (4) the Psychological Test and (5) the Oral Test.

Qualifying Test

The Qualifying Test is administered by the Civil Service Commission. It is designed to evaluate a candidate’s verbal, analytical, numerical, and managerial abilities. You need to score at least 80% in this test to move on to the next round of the exam.

Preliminary Interview

The Preliminary Interview is conducted by a panel of Foreign Service Officers, and is used to evaluate an applicant’s overall potential for becoming a Foreign Service Officer and future Ambassador of the Philippines.

Written Test

The Written Test aims to assess a candidate’s knowledge and skills on the following topics: English (20%); Filipino (5%); Philippine Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural Conditions (30%); International Affairs (30%); World History (10%); and a Foreign Language (5%). The Written Test is conducted over three consecutive days, and the passing score is 75%.

Psychological Test

The Psychological Test determines an examinee’s suitability for Foreign Service work. If you failed the Psychological Exam, you can re-take the FSO Exam after two years.

Oral Test

The Oral Test evaluates a candidate’s oral skills, logical thinking, values, and attitude. It has three components, namely the Individual Interview, Group Discussion, and Formal Dinner. The passing score is 80%.

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How much is the Salary of an FSO IV/ Diplomat?

How much is the salary of an FSO IV?

An FSO IV has a salary grade of 24. As per Executive Order No. 201, s. 2016, an FSO IV’s basic salary will amount to PHP 83,406, effective January 01, 2019. As for benefits, Section 63 of RA 7157 allows for provision of allowances and medical insurance to foreign service personnel.

For more details for the 2023 FSO Exam, refer to the PDF below:

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