Philippine Army OCS Application Processing: Part 1

Are you interested to serve our country? Are you willing to give up your civilian life for strict military rules? Do you want an experience of a lifetime with the coveted title? And are you willing to give up your life to citizens that perhaps would never know your existence? If yes, then read on. This might help you on your upcoming processing.

Step 1: SUBMIT REQUIREMENTS.  

Source: http://www.army.mil.ph/Recruitment/commisionship.html
Source: http://www.army.mil.ph/Recruitment/commisionship.html

This is specific to Camp Lapu-Lapu Recruitment Center. It may vary from one center to another but you can have a glimpse on the process. You can call their hotline which is found on their website here for next schedules. I submitted the requirements two days prior the said date because I was advised to do so when I phoned the Army Recruitment Center in Cebu City. But if your place is far from Lahug, submitting the requirements on the examination date is totally fine. They would still accept it but just make sure you wouldn’t arrive later than 8 in the morning.

Step 2: TAKE THE EXAMINATION TEST. A. PAATB (Philippine Army Aptitude Battery Test) It comprises of three parts: Abstract Reasoning, Numerical Ability and Verbal Reasoning. I couldn’t remember the specific no. of items on each part but it was more or less 500 items all together. The exam was fair. Something that an average person could pass even without prior reviews. By the way, the passing rate for officership is above 100. We started at approximately 9AM and finished before 12NN. We were then advised to come back after 1PM for the next series of exams. That was the exam processing I experienced but based on my co-applicants, they took the PAATB first and advised to return at a later date once the result was in. It would be proctor’s discretion, I believe.

Sample of PAATB Result:
PAATB scores are not confidential but I prefer it to be unknown.
PAATB scores are not confidential but I prefer it to be unknown.

B. AQE (Army Qualifying Exam) This consists of several exam parts like Numerical Ability, Logic, and other types that I unfortunately couldn’t remember. The main twist of the test is solving the most no. of items you could for SEVEN MINUTES only. You could not go back to the previous test part once the time ended. So, I suggest not to stick to one difficult item that would probably take most of your time. I personally have not finished all of the math items so, I opted to do ninja moves. Hahaha! This is not advisable but desperate times call for desperate luck and measures. So, I shaded the letters I have the gut feeling would be the correct answers even without reading the questions. I made it after the proctor has announced the remaining time.

C. SWE (Special Written Exam) Essay writing. There was no time limit, but you needed to write legibly and non-cursive. Most of the topics would be, of course, about the military. The good thing, though, there was no right or wrong answer. They just wanted to check on your grammar, sentence constructions, vocabulary, and spelling. After that, there would be an additional multiple choice questions on Reading Comprehension and other topics.

WAITING TIME Probably around a month because all answer sheets are forwarded to main ARC(Army Recruitment Center) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. They would be checking the items there then would be reporting the results to the regional branches. I saw some of the results being posted on FB pages of authorized recruitment personnel or this certain blog of a high-ranking official, rangercabunzky.blogspot.com. But it would be best for you to call their hotline and inquire for updates.

Sample of Scorecard:
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TIP: I suggest you do good on your essay because it has the highest percentage on your total scoresheet for your ranking during the physical and medical exam.
Check out for the second part of this post tomorrow. Thank you.

83 thoughts on “Philippine Army OCS Application Processing: Part 1

  1. Hello po ma’am. May balak po akong kumuwa ng OCC. Open po ba ang Taguig, Manila for AFPSAT weekly? Or, may nakaset lang po silang date for exam?
    Tapos, do you recommend na magaral bago magexam or not necessary na po? haha.
    Thanks ma’am 🙂

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    1. Hello Joshua.

      It’s been a while since I wrote this post so if you want to check updates about AFPSAT, it’s always better to check with their website. As far as I know, they usually have schedules that they post on their sites for exams.

      I didn’t study prior to taking the exam in the past. I just brought my requirements and took the exams. That’s it. But if you feel that you need to review, go ahead. It’s always best to be prepared.

      Good luck, Future Officer! 🤗

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  2. Hi Ma’am, I really wanted to undergo OCS training. Will they allow me to take the exam? I’m a female with height of 4’11. Will they consider my height? Thank you so much.

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    1. Hello there. As per the criteria, it should be at least 5’0.

      In the past, there were candidates who were checked with the height requirement on the examination date. So just try. There’s no harm in trying. Who knows?

      God Bless!

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  3. Zyleeka, what did the verbal reasoning test consist of? May Reading comprehension? What is the coverage of the verbal reasoning test? I am also planning to take OCC after I graduate college in 2019. Thanks!

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    1. Hello Malec. It was verbal reasoning, reading comprehension and abstract reasoning as far as I remember. It was in 2013 so they might have changed it. I do apologize but I don’t have updates regarding OCC application since 2015.

      Nonetheless, thank you for reading my blog posts. ☺

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    1. Hello mam zyleekalee, ask lng po, mahigpit po b cla sa medical exam? kc hnd ganun kalinaw mata ko pag malayo ,nearsighted po kc ako, kya cgurado pag pinabasa ako sa malayo eh hnd ko n mabasa, Im loosing hope! I really want to be part of an Army. Thanks po.

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    2. Hello mam zyleekalee, ask lng po, mahigpit po b cla sa medical exam? kc hnd ganun kalinaw mata ko pag malayo ,nearsighted po kc ako, kya cgurado pag pinabasa ako sa malayo eh hnd ko n mabasa, Im loosing hope! I really want to be part of an Army. Thanks po.

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  4. Hello!

    OFW po ako dito sa Saudi Arabia and I am planning after my contract apply ako ng OCC but I am not sure if I’m still qualified. I am already 23yrs.old and I will be 25 after my contract(April 2018).Do I still have a chance? Your response will be very appreciated. Thanks

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  5. Hello

    OFW po ako Dito sa Saudi Arabia and I’m planning after my contract(march 2018) I will try to apply in OCC but I’m not sure if it is still ok because I’m will be 25 years old that year. Is it still possible?? Thank you.

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  6. Hello! First off, your blog is very informative and thank you for sharing these information qith us. I recently passed the AFPSAT and I wanted to know whether AQE and SWE are conducted within the same day? Thank you zyleekalee!

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    1. That’s after the initial exam and first interview. If you passed both, you’ll proceed to PFT, that’s usually included in Physical and Medical Examination stage.

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  7. Hello maam..kmsta? Ai nasa training kana siguro .may tanong po ako .. pag PAATB lang ang naipasa ..tapos di naman OCC aaplyan?

    .army lng ..pwede nabang di mag exam ng AQE .SWE? DINAMAN po officer eh? Salamat godbless

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  8. Thank you. Maam, last na tanong na, Required ba yung pag take ng ROTC? kasi wala akong ganun e. tapos kasama sa requirements yung ROTC order of merit, ano po yun?

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  9. Hi maam. Good day. Tanong ko lang po. Pag nag apply po ba ako for occ kailangan ba civil service passer o okay lang po kahit hindi pa? thank you. Hoping for your response.

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  10. hellow po, i have some questions about sa exam. if hindi ba naka pasa sa written or qualifying exam hindi ba qualified sa officer candidate? then yung na take up ko lang po PAATB sa OCC. di ako naka take ng written at qualifying kasi may work pa ko sa hapon, pero naka pasa ako sa PAATB.. pwedi bang mag apply kahit paatb lng?

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      1. ok po maam, if ever i fail the AQE or SWE? pwedi pa po ba ako maka take ulit? tnx po sa rsponse maam.. godbless

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      2. Yeah, you can have retakes. 😄 One tip: Do good on your essay. Grammar, choice of words, paragraph construction and of course, coherence to the topic. Good luck and God bless! 😄

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      3. hellow maam good day, may tanong lang po ako. ahm, yung exam po ba sa AIRFORCE at PHIL.ARMY na PAATB the same lng po ba yun? pwedi ko bang e apply yung PAATB q sa ibang branch ng AFP? i`am expecting your valuable response.. thankyou maam… 🙂

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      4. As far as I know, no, it’s different. If you want to apply for the Airforce, you need to take another set of exams. But to be sure, please ask the personnel in charge. 😄

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      1. hello po again.. 🙂 ahm may kunting tanong lang po ako, pano po ba malalaman na naka pasa ka po sa qualifying at written exam? nung april 20..

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      2. Mam kapag nakapag exam na po ba sa Airfoce nung April tapos di pumasa…Tapos nito lang pong Tues…Nov 24 nagtake ako AFPSAT sa Army Headquarters nakapasa naman ako Thanks God…pwede pa ba magcontinue ng exam for AQE? Sbi po kasi automatic blocklist na e

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  11. Hi! Your blog is very informative especially to those who aspire to be part of ARMY.

    Do you have any idea when is examination date for this year 2015? I’ll apreciate your response. TIA! 🙂

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  12. Hello,bukas na ako pinarereport sa apmc for physcl medcal examination maam..how long mag tatagal eto.at dirtso na ba hangganf final deliberation maam?

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  13. passed the exams. Went to the Army Recruitment Center this day to verify the results of SWE and my name is really included in the list of passers. Upon learning, I asked what to do, where to proceed. Then I was instructed to go to the front desk. I was inquiring for the documentary requirements so that I can start processing my papers while waiting for the next convening of the preliminary board. But I was asked: Bakit? Tinawagan ka na ba? So I said, not yet. Reasoned the same thing. But still no. He said I should wait for them to call me. OK.

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  14. Hi. Thank you for this post. Sobrang na-guide ako while preparing for my application. I just want to know how long should I wait for their call? Thank you in advance! God Bless! 😊

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  15. Good Evening Maam! I like reading your blog and it really rekindles my flame of desire since childhood of a dream of becoming a Philippine Army soldier.. Now I am an incoming 4th year Criminology Intern and also will undergo a Leadership Advancement Training this summer to become an Intern Officer and I would like to take the exam for the OCC program.. But there is one thing that may hinder me to do so.. I am a lightweight and rather slim for someone aged 22 years old.. Do the OCC have a weight waiver like the PNP? Or can you give me tips how to gain some density and weight? I have no problems with endurance because I can do a 50 reps push up or 60 reps sit ups despite my slim body status.. Thank you Maam and more power to this blog!

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    1. @jamiel david basta fit ang BMI count mo. height+weight medyo mahigpit sila in terms of weight kasi kung under weight ka iisipin nila di mo kaya magbuhat ng heavy loads pag over weight ganun din. madami pang time para mag gain 😀 take some carbs lang at wag kang masyadong gumalaw 😀

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  16. Wala pa po. Actually may kasabayan din po ako dito sa bayan namin. Taga mindanao po kami. Pareho po kaming nakapass. And we are actually waiting for a call. But never received any. Thanks to your blog at nagka idea po kami 😊 yes ma’am maybe on monday e follow up ko po.

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  17. I took the exam last July of this year po. I passed but didn’t received any calls. Nalaman ko lang through aromindanao. If ever, I’ll be going to process my papers asap, makakahabol pa po kaya ako this december po? Thanks to you ma’am ha..

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    1. No worries. You can try asking the local recruitment office there. But as far as I know, tapos na ang final interview for this year’s quota. Results na lang ang hinihintay. But you can apply for next year’s though.

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  18. just wanna share:) This past month I’ve been thinking in applying in Philippines Army pero nagdadalawang-isip ako kasi, 1st: baka pagtawanan lang ako ng mga officer eh kasi mukhang mahina ako, 2nd: ang layo ng Fort Boni eh taga Biliran ako, and lastly, yung gastos girl, mahirap.
    Nakita ko tong blog mo, ang ganda. Nabuhayan ulit loob ko. Determined ako ngayon dahil na rin sayo. Sana eh, pagkatapos ng training mo ay magshare ka pa sa mga naging experience mo para magka-idea ako sa mga gagawin ko pag mag-aapply na ako. Thank you sa blog mo girl. More power! 🙂

    P.S.
    anytime ba pwede lang pumunta sa Camp Lapu-lapu para mag-apply? hehe

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    1. Thank you so much for your words. 🙂 Godbless on your application, too. Yes, M-F 9AM-5PM. I’m not sure with the time range but just go during business hours and a personnel will entertain you. 🙂

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  19. Hello!
    I passed all the exams before but did not go to my interview shedule. Can i still take the exam now for ocs even if im 25 yrs old already.?? Pls reply. Gustong gusto ko po talaga mag sundalo. I made a wrong decision b4. Sana tinuloy q. 😦 please help me. Thanks.
    Mergie 😉

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    1. Hi there Mergie! As far as I know, may age limit ang OC. 24 years old. But you can try asking the nearest camp at your place if they can give you any consideration. Based on experience, I’ve had co-applicants who are already 25 years by the time we processed for physical and medical exam (PME) but still have been included in the quota. I hope you’ll be given chance. Goodluck!:)

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    1. You’re welcome. 🙂 Don’t worry, I’ve taken AQE recently because my first one’s expired and they’ve already changed the questionnaire. It was way easier than the previous one, I swear. And no hard math problems. Goodluck! 🙂

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