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 for your upcoming processing.



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 their hotline which was 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 fine. They would still accept it but just make sure you wouldn’t arrive later than 8 in the morning.


A. PAATB (Philippine Army Aptitude Battery Test)

It had 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 and other exams on different dates. It is 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 consisted 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. So, I shaded the letters I have the gut feeling would be the correct answers even without prior reading the questions. I made it after the proctor has announced the limited remaining time.

C. SWE (Special Written Exam)

The proctor would be giving me sheets of paper and, yes, there would be an essay writing with the topic they have chosen. 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.


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

Sample of Scorecard:

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.

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