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About the NYC Civil Service System

Being one of the most populated cities in the world requires an expansive civil service system, so it’s no wonder why New York City employs 325,000 civil service employees throughout 80 government agencies. A staggering number considering that NYC alone employs more government employees than most states hire in total. Learn more below about how to prepare for your NYC civil service exam.


New York City Civil Service Exams

While there may be a great number of positions within NYC’s government, attaining a civil service job is no small task. Preparing for your civil service exam is highly necessary and will give you the highest chance of receiving a job offer. Most civil service jobs are part of the "competitive class" in which you are required to take and pass a civil service examination as part of the hiring process.

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services provides civil service exams for NYC agencies. The DCAS exams test skills needed for specific job titles. Each job title has a corresponding exam. For example, a clerical associate and a sanitation worker will both need to take an exam before being hired by the City, but they will each take a different test. All individuals that pass an exam are placed on an eligible list, which is ranked by test score. Visit our civil service homepage to read more about civil service jobs.


Applying for a NYC Civil Service Job

The first step in applying for a civil service job is signing up for the exam. You can create an online account through the NYC government site using their Online Application System (OASys) which will allow you to browse open positions and apply for a civil service exam. Once you have found a position that interests you and applied for the exam, an admission notice will be sent to you a week before the exam alerting you to the time and location of your civil service exam.


NYC Exam Schedule

Stay up to date on the most current positions being offered in NYC with the table below. Learn more about the upcoming exam dates and view JobTestPrep’s online practice solutions.

  
Exam Title Exam# Examination Dates
Environmental Police Officer 8301 July 26th, 2017 - August 31st, 2017
Correction Officer 8308 August 1st, 2017 - August 31st, 2017
School Safety Agent 8305 July 26th, 2017 - August 31st, 2017
Traffic Enforcement Agent 8306 July 26th, 2017 - August 31st, 2017

New York Civil Service Exams by Location

New York City hires its own civil service employees to ensure efficient operations. Below you will find a table with links to a selection of NYS counties, select your county to learn more about the civil service system and upcoming civil service exams.New York City administers their civil service exams at the Computerized Testing & Application Centers (CTAC’s) listed below.

  • 2 Lafayette St., 17th Floor in lower Manhattan
  • 210 Joralemon St., 4th Floor in downtown Brooklyn

Common NYC Civil Service Exam Test Types

There is no singular civil service exam for New York City, instead exam content is determined by the skills, knowledge, and experience required for the position. Generally speaking, there are four types of Civil Service Exams administered within New York City.

Multiple-Choice Tests: This type of a test usually consists of 60 to 100 multiple-choice questions which offer a number of response options. The multiple-choice tests are timed and are administered either on a computer or by hand with a No. 2 pencil and Scantron.

Education and Experience (E&E) Tests: This type of a test may be used to rank or to determine if you meet the minimum requirements to be qualified for a particular title. Education & experience tests are used to fill positions in which specific experience and education are needed to perform a specific job.

Online Education and Experience Test (OLEE): This test allows you to apply for an education and experience test online, take the test, and receive immediate feedback about your test results. The OLEE tests have also resulted in establishing civil service lists from these exams more quickly.

Practical/Physical Tests: This test requires you to demonstrate skill or fitness in performing specific a task. Examples include typing tests for clerical positions and physical ability tests for Firefighters and Sanitation Workers. An expert examiner will rate your ability to perform the tasks.

Candidates who pass their New York civil service exam have their names placed on the eligibility list for that job title. Positions are then filled from this pool of eligible candidates based on exam score.

New York Civil Service Exams by County
Albany Buffalo Cattaraugus County
Chemung County Delaware County Dutchess County
Erie County Monroe County Nassau County
New York City Oneida County Onondaga County
Orange County Rochester Rockland County
Suffolk County Westchester County Yonkers
View the Full NY Exam Schedule Here  

 


NYC Public Safety Civil Service Practice Packages

JobTestPrep has developed a range of New York specific public safety civil service exams suited to help prepare you for your upcoming exam. View the links below and start preparing today.

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