General Exam Information

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Be certain that you meet the minimum qualifications stated on the examination announcement before applying as a $40 non-refundable application fee is required with each application.

Please note that uniform positions require a $100 application fee. 

Fee Waiver

A waiver of applications fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if your are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency. All Claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Examination Announcement. 

Types of Exams

The two most common types of examinations are open competitive and promotional. For promotional exams, applications will be accepted only from current City employees who meet certain criteria. When an exam is announced as open competitive, applications will be accepted from anyone, either members of the public or City employees. 

Applying for a Civil Service Exam

The first step to taking a Civil Service Examination is to check the announcements for examinations. The next step is filling out an application/s for exams you think match your interests and qualifications. Applications are available at the Civil Service Office, One Larkin Center, 2nd Fl., Yonkers, NY 10701 or by downloading the form.

As you complete the application make sure that you pay close attention to the minimum qualifications for the position. Describe the areas of your experience or education that show you meet those requirements. When reviewing your application, analysts will match the experience and training on your application with the requirements stated on the announcement to determine if you qualify for the exam. The application fee is not refundable if you don’t qualify for the exam.

You must also be aware of the residency requirements for each exam. The residency requirement differs for each exam. Some exams require that you are a resident of the City of Yonkers for one (1) year and some exams have the residency requirement waived. If you do not meet the residency requirement, your application will be denied.

Applications must be submitted on or before the last date for filing as stated on each examination announcement.

You must complete a separate application for each exam you are considering.

If you require special testing arrangements because of a disability, or an alternate test date because of religious reasons, you must indicate this on your application.

Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged in accordance with established guidelines. This includes special test arrangements for active military members. Your request and verifiable documentation must be submitted to the Civil Service Office prior to the test date or in the case of an emergency not later than 4:30 p.m. on the next business day following the test. The requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for compliance with our alternate test date guidelines. A copy of these guidelines is available upon request in the Civil Service office.

Admittance letters are sent out one to two weeks before the exam date. If you have not received your admittance letter by the Wednesday before the exam date, you can call the Civil Service office at 914-377-6092. 

Study Guides 

Examination study guides are now available directly from the New York State Civil Service Commission website (scroll down after linking to this page to see the list of study guides available)  The guides provide a cursory view of format and content to help applicants prepare for the indicated exam.  Please refer to the NYSCSC's website above to access the most current version of study guides offered.

Testing Results 

In approximately 3 to 4 months you will receive written notification of your test results. Every candidate who passes a civil service exam is placed on a list of people eligible to be hired for that title. It is called an eligible list. Candidates are listed in the order of their rank on the list which is determined by their final score. Civil Service lists can be in existence anywhere from one year to four years. The eligible lists are open to the public to view. You can come to the office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m to view an eligible list. When a list expires and the exam is offered again, each applicant can re-apply and take the exam again. A new list will be established after a new exam. 

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