The Civil Service System The City fills many of its positions through the Civil Service Examination Process -- a process guided by the New York State Civil Service Law. The law is in place to help ensure that the hiring process is competitive and fair.
What's Open for Filing Look at the Upcoming Civil Service Exams Schedule and the Exams Open for Applications Schedule (on OASys) to see the exams that are currently accepting applications and the exams that are currently being offered at the Computerized Testing Centers. The dates for applying for or taking exams are on the schedule and on the Notice of Examination for titles currently being offered. For titles not currently being offered, visit the Exam Notice Archive (see links below) to get information regarding qualification requirements and test areas for the last exam for the title. New civil service exams generally open for filing on the first Wednesday of each month.
How to Apply For Computerized Testing Center Exams Apply for Computerized Testing Center (CTC) exams at the CTC site when you take the exam. Pay by credit, debit, or bank card (with $5.00 discount) or by money order.
For Non-Computerized Testing Center Exams Apply online for non-computerized testing center exams using our Online Application System (OASys). OASys accepts credit card, debit card, or bank card payments, or a public assistance ID number. Online applicants receive a $5 discount.
Additional InformationForeign Education In order to receive credit in the examination for your foreign education, you must have your foreign education evaluated by one of the approved services. View the list of acceptable foreign education evaluation services.
Special Circumstances Learn how to request alternate test dates for Religious Observance, Special Accommodations for persons with disabilities, Veterans' Credits, Parent and Sibling Legacy Credit, and Change of Address.
At the CTCs, all payment types, except cash, and all fee waiver types are accepted. If you want to pay by money order or submit documentation to have the fee waived, you must have your money order or documentation with you when you apply at a CTC.
Review Answer Keys DCAS generally releases Proposed Key Answers for civil service exams five weeks after the date of the paper-and-pencil multiple-choice test. The release date is printed on the "Candidate's Record of Answers," which is distributed to each candidate at the test site.
Protest Procedure Candidates who take a multiple-choice test have an opportunity to protest the test’s Proposed Key Answers. Please follow the links below for the procedures associated with computer-based or paper-and-pencil multiple-choice tests: