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Civil Service

Exam Announcements Related to Upstate

Please read each announcement for specific exam date and application deadline information. *Please contact Bryant Tyler @ 464-4940 or Lindsay Enderle @ 464-4931 for more information regarding any Civil Service exam.

Decentralized Examination Process

*New exam process for Plant Utilities Assistant (PUA), and Plant Utilities Engineer 1 (PUE) - Please read the exam information below. Candidates interested in the PUA, PUE, as well as the Medical Office Assistant title must submit a New York State Examination Application (NYS-APP) to the Human Resources Dept at SUNY Upstate, for review.

New York State Examination Application (NYS-APP)

Open Competitive (open to all qualified individuals):

Promotional (open to all qualified State employees):


Civil Service Exams

Most State classified positions within SUNY Upstate Medical University require candidates to take an exam for that specific job title.

Some of the competitive class positions that require an exam at SUNY Upstate Medical University include the titles of:

  • Office Assistant 1 Titles
  • Office Assistant 2 Titles
  • Hospital Patient Services Clerk 1 & 2
  • Secretary 1 & 2
  • Nursing Station Clerk 1
  • Pharmacy Aide
  • Medical Assistant*
  • Recreation Therapist*

    *Contact Bryant Tyler at 315-464-4940 for information.

Why an Exam?

  • Per NYS Constitution, tests measure merit and fitness of candidates for positions
  • Examinations give qualified candidates an equal opportunity to compete for the position
  • Examinations allow an employee to advance or change careers
  • Examinations are based on the job title of the position
  • Candidates must meet minimum qualifications for examination
  • Test results are usually available in 90-120 days
  • Minimum passing score: 70
  • Candidates are then placed on an Eligible List for their selected geographic area

Please note: A small percentage of State jobs do not require a competitive Civil Service exam. Positions that do not require an exam include those such as Hospital Attendant 1, Nursing Assistant 2 & Laborer.