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CIR Alumnus Passes the 2018 FSO Examination


Recognized for its mark of excellence as one of the country’s prominent educational institutions for Foreign Service, the College of International Relations of the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila produced another Foreign Service Officer.

Mr.  Karlo Ray I. Tanodra, a 2011 Bachelor of Science in International Relations major in Diplomacy, passed the year-long examination administered from 28 January to 23 November 2018 by the Department of Foreign Affairs Board of Foreign Service Examinations (BFSE) to 691 examinees, of whom 17  passed.

Considered one of the toughest examinations in the country for aspiring civil servants, the Foreign Service examination is composed of five stages in the following  sequence: first, the Civil Service Examination for Foreign Service Officers (CSE-FSO), which is a qualifying test; second, the preliminary interview; third, the written test composed of subject areas in English, Filipino, Philippine Conditions, International Affairs, World History, and Foreign Languages; fourth, a psychological assessment; and last, the oral examination of the examinees, which is composed of an interview, group debate, and dinner with an impromptu speech.