Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a residency requirement in order to take the exam?
- candidates must be legal residents of Oswego County or one of the
contiguous counties (Cayuga, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Lewis or
Jefferson) for at least one month immediately preceding the date of the
Is there a fee to take the exam?
Yes - A non-refundable fee of $25 is required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.
What are the minimum qualifications?
must be a high school graduate or possess your GED at time of
appointment. You must be a United States citizen and possess a valid New
York driver license at time of appointment.
What are the age requirements?
must be at least 19 years of age on or before the date of the
examination in order to take the exam. Eligibility for appointment as a
police officer begins when the candidate reaches age 20. Candidates who
reach their 35th birthday on or before the date of written examination
are not qualified except as follows: Candidates may have a period or
military duty or terminal leave, up to six years as defined in Section
243(10-a) of the Military Law, deducted from their age for purposes of
determining whether they meet the age requirement.
What about fitness standards?
are three elements measured in the qualifying physical fitness test -
they are muscular endurance, absolute strength and cardiovascular
capacity. Details are available with the formal examination
announcement. Copies of the physical fitness and medical standards are
available upon request at the Personnel/Civil Service Office.
What is cross filing?
you have applied for any other civil service examination to be given on
the same test date for employment with New York State or any other
local government jurisdiction excluding New York City, you can make
arrangements to take all the examinations at one test site. This allows
you take the test once in one location and have the results be received
by multiple agencies.
How can I better prepare to take this test?
Guide to Taking the Examination for Entry-Level Police Officer Series"
is available at the NYS Department of Civil Service website: