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For those who want to know about CSS from start..

we are going to discuss the Subjects of CSS. Firstly, we need to know what CSS is. Pakistan is a
developing country which needs some intelligent and wise-minded leaders or political
representatives, having a sound sense of judgement, power and talent of mak ing decisions in favor
and for betterment of people. Thus, under the benefactors of civil services, an exam is conducted for
recruitment to posts, known as Central Supervisor Services, or simply CSS exam.
Subjects Of CSS Post Contains
CSS Posts
CSS Subjects
CSS Compulsory Subjects
CSS Elective Subjects
Important Points
Eligibility Criteria for CSS
Age Limit
Academies to Prepare CSS Exams
Fee Details
CSS Exams Centers
Contact Information
It was initiated in 1973, by the government of Pakistan, under the article 240. The exam is getting
popular with time, and now many inhabitants from smaller cities and under -developed areas are
moving to bigger cities just for the preparation of these exams, that are conducted every year by the
Federal Public Service Commission.
Candidates appearing in CSS exams need to be fully prepared for the test in order to get their
desired post. Regarding CSS exams preparation, a lot of misunderstandings take place, therefore a
good direction is needed in this regard. Which subjects to choose from the list of CSS Subjects is the
main thing, so you should be careful while choosing.
Posts targeted by CSS
The posts that are offered during this recruitment test include:
Postal Group
Foreign Service of Pakistan
Commerce & Trade Group
Information Group
Military Lands & Cantonments Group
Inland Revenue Service
Office Management Group
Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
Pakistan Administrative Service
Police Service of Pakistan
Customs Service
Railways Group
Subjects of CSS Compulsory & Elective
After submitting the exam fee, a candidate should start preparing for the exam, and choose a good
institute to help in the preparation. There are six compulsory subjects containing 100 marks each,
which include Essay, English, Everyday Science, Current Affairs, Islamiat and Pakistan Affairs.
Optional courses are divided into groups A to I and each ach optional course carries either 100 or
200 marks. The courses chosen from each group should not exceed 200 marks. A candidate should
select total 600 marks subjects of optional subjects. Each CSS exam comprises of the following four
Written Exam
Medical Test
Psychological Test
Viva Voice
The written exam has total 1200 marks. It consists of 12 papers of 100 marks each. Out of which, six
papers are compulsory and remaining six papers are optional. All question papers include
descriptive questions and MCQs also. MCQs should be solved on a separate computerized sheet .
Descriptive question are to be attempted on the Answer-book. Blue and black ink is allowed for
writing the papers, any other color of ink is not acceptable. Passing criteria for compulsory subjects
40% and for optional subjects is at least 33%.
List of Compulsory CSS Subjects
English Precis and Composition
Everyday Science
Current Affairs
Pakistan Affairs
Each of these subjects hold 100 marks, so total marks of compulsory subjects are 600 .
List of Elective Subjects
Subjects carrying less than 200 marks can be chosen from this list, and one thing to keep in mind is,
that Business Administration cannot be chosen in combination with Public Administration. The
optional subjects are sub-divided into groups A to I. discussing these groups below:
Group A
Accountancy and Auditing-200 Marks
Economics-200 Marks
Business Administration-100 Marks
Public Administration-100 Marks
Group B
Political Science-200 Marks
Agriculture-100 Marks
Forestry-100 Marks
Sociology-100 Marks
Journalism-100 Marks
Group C
Pure Mathematics-200 Marks
Applied Mathematics-200 Marks
Computer Science-100 Marks
Statistics-100 Marks
Group D
Phsycis-200 Marks
Geology-200 Marks
Geography-200 Marks
Chemistry-200 Marks
Botany-200 Marks
Zoology-200 Marks
Group E
Islamic History & Culture-200 Marks
Indo-Pak History-200 Marks
British History-200 Marks
European History-200 Marks
History of the USA-100 Marks
Group F
Law-200 Marks
Constitutional Law-100 Marks
Mercantile Law-100 Marks
Muslim Law & Jurisprudence-100 Marks
International Law-100 Marks
International Relations-100 Marks
One thing to note here is that International Law cannot be opted with International Relations .
Group G
Philosophy-200 Marks
Psychology including Experimental Psychology-200 Marks
Group H
Each of these carries 100 Marks.
Group I
English literature
Each of these subjects carries 200 Marks. Moreover Urdu cannot be opted with Regional
Important points to consider
The subjects that carry 200 marks will be having 2 papers of hundred marks each, whereas other
subject will have one paper each. Question Papers in Urdu or other Pakistani regional languages
should be answered in the respective languages as directed in the question paper .
The question paper in Islamiat can be answered in English or Urdu only. All other papers need to be
answered in English, otherwise as directed in the Question Paper. The candidates are required to
select optional subjects carrying a total of 600 marks, but not more than 200 marks from any
There will be 20 MCQs in each compulsory paper except essay. There will be 20 MCQs in each
optional paper expect Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.
Eligibility criteria
Individuals that want to appear in this exam should fit on the following criteria of selection:
Their age should be between 21 to 30 years. A lot of discussion has been made on increasing the
age limit. An application was presented to Yousaf Raza Gillani, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, in
which the raise in age limit was demanded. This application was rejected because of the reason that
this test must be taken to bring the talented youngsters out of the lot. This reason led to the rejection
of application, as the decision was right enough to appreciate the you ngsters to come forward and
take this exam.
Age of the applicant is confirmed by the matriculation. School-leaving and an attested birth
All candidates must have a degree of bachelors with grade C at least, issued by an HEC -affiliated
institute. Foreign candidates can appear with equivalent degree holding same qualification, with
assent of Pakistan Commission. However Bachelors degree candidates with grade C can sit only in
case if they jointly have a higher Master Degree division.
Those candidates are eligible for this exam, who are residents of Pakistan or Jammu and Azad
Kashmir, after submitting their National Identity Card.
In accordance to rules and regulations, the seats reserved for approved areas candidates shall be
assigned to those applicants who have a residence certificate issued by an institute holding
A candidate who is married is not eligible for the exam in case if the person he/she married is not the
citizen of Pakistan.
The candidates holding a dual Nationality need to submit their both nationalities and inform the
government before joining the Civil Services academy.
Each candidate is given three chances to appear in the exam, and after 3 times no one can appear
in the exam again. So, it is necessary to pass the exam in minimum third time. Moreover, if an
applicant has applied for exam, but has not made appearance in any of the exams, then his attempt
will not be counted. The attempt is counted only if a candidate appears in more than one exam of
Relaxation of Two Years in Upper Age Limit
An age relaxation of 2 years in upper limit i.e. 30 years of age is given to any of the candidates who
fit on the given criteria:
The candidate belongs to the Scheduled Caste or Buddhist Community subject to production of a
certificate, or belongs to the Tribes who are permanent residents of the areas that are allowed for
CSS exams. These include Baluchistan, Tribal Areas of Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar Divisions,
Former excluded (Baluch) area forming part of the Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts, Former
Tribal Areas of Mardan and Hazara Divisions and Upper Tanawal Area of Hazara Division .
Candidates who live permanently in Azad Kashmir Territory and Gilgit Baltistan, subject to
submission of a certificate.
Those who are physically impaired or disabled, deaf, dumb or blind, subject to submission of a
disability certificate.
List of Academies famous for preparation of CSS:
There are various academies holding a good reputation and fame in preparation of the Subjects of
CSS exams, with skilled and professional staff members who guide students about every single
detail of exam. Some of the famous names in this aspect include:
Forces Academy-Lahore
KIPS College-Lahore
KIPS College-Gujranwala
KIPS College-Faisalabad
KIPS College Sargodha
Officers Open Academy-Lahore
Procedure of applying for the exam
Mostly, the residents of Pakistan receive CSS Competitive Exams applications in November or
December every year, and later on in the month of February (mostly), the exams of CSS are held, by
the Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan. The candidates (government employees) after
meeting the eligibility criteria and with written permission from his or her department or office, are
allowed to sit in the exams after approval from competent authority. After looking at the
advertisement for exam, following steps should be followed for applying:
The application form should be submitted online through the official website of FPSC .
A hardcopy of the Online Application Form should be taken, and after that, the required documents
and certificates along with paid Treasury Receipt should be attached with it and sent to FPSC in
order to reach the FPSC Headquarters within 10 days before the deadline .
Wrongly filled or incomplete application form, lacking of documents will straightforwardly lead to
rejection of the form. Also, the delay of the application reaching the FPSC Headquarters will not be
After filling the form, attaching required documents and sending it to FPSC Headquarters, the
candidate should pay PKR 2200 which is the fee for the examination, an d it should be deposited in
the nearest Government Treasury or in State Bank/National Bank of Pakistan .
Postal orders, bank drafts and chaques will not be accepted. Without the original treasury receipt,
the application will be rejected.
Fee Details
The fee for rechecking of exams is PKR 200 for each paper. If a candidate wants to have his or her
paper rechecked, then he need to pay the fee. Also there is a brochure attached with the application
form for the applicants which need to be read carefully by the candidates.
All the candidates have to submit Rs50 in the account of Government Reserves or the State Bank of
Pakistan and the challan copy should be handed over to the President of the Central Medical Board
at the time of medical test.
Also, the candidate should submit PKR 300 before exams by a Medical Board in the case of the
applicants who qualify in the written exams. All the candidates need to show their National Identity
Cards (NIC) and the Admission Certificate to the Medical authorities apprehensiv e.
The CSS exams are conducted in the below mentioned areas of Pakistan :
Dera Ghazi Khan
Contact information for the CSS exam all over Pakistan
Below are mentioned all the details of areas conducting CSS exams and FPSC regional branch
Lahore Address
321-upper Mall, opposite Gym Khana
Telephone number: +92-42-35751284
Karachi Address
H.M.2 Bath Island
Telephone number:
Peshawar Address
H.No 106, St. No: 6, Sector No: N-3, Phase-IV, Hayatabad.
Telephone number:
Quetta Address
Sundaes Center, Opp. Haji Sangeen Khan Hospital, Airport Road
Telephone number:
FPSC Information Centres
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
Dr. Muhammad Abdullah, Assistant Professor, & Incharge, Department of Livestock Managemen t
Telephone number:
+92-51-9200161-69 Bahuddin Zakariya University, Multan
Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Chaudhry, Incharge Department of Economics
Telephone number:
+92-61-224371-4 ext. 220135
Islamia University, Bahawalpur
Mr. Rahim Yar Abbasi, Dy. Registrar (Public Relation) & Incharge.
Telephone number:
+92-621-80131 , +92-621-875503
University of Sindh , Jamshoro
Mr. Allah Wasaya Rajar, Assistant Professor of Economics & Incharge.
Telephone number:
+92-221-771248 , +92-221-771681-90
Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur (Sindh)
Syed Farzand Ali Shah, Head Department of English & Incharge
Telephone number:
+92-792-4693-4, +92-792-4603, +92-792-4808 12.
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