Competitive Examination (CSS) – 2022
THE STRUCTURE OF THE CSS EXAM IN PAKISTAN
These exams are based on 4 main types of tests, to quantify the knowledge, skills, and mental abilities of the candidate.
The series of theory tests in CSS Exams are constructed on 12 papers, out of which 6 papers are compulsory and the remaining ones are optional. To qualify for compulsory papers you need 40% marks and for optional exams, you need 33%. You can pick from the list of optional papers specified by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) according to your preferred educational discipline. The names of compulsory and optional subjects have been listed.
Compulsory Subjects in CSS Syllabus
|English (Precis and Composition)||100|
|General Science and Ability||100|
|Islamic Studies Or Alternative Subject for Non-Muslims||100|
Optional Subjects in CSS Syllabus (600 Marks)
Note: The optional subjects in CSS Syllabus have been categorized into seven different groups for uniform distribution of marks
Group 1: Here you have to select one subject only
|Accountancy & Auditing||200|
Group 2: Here you can select one or more than one subjects carrying equivalent to 200 marks
Group 3: Here you have to select one subject only
|Government & Public Policies||100|
|Town Planning & Urban Management||100|
Group 4: Here you have to select one subject only
|Islamic History and Culture||100|
|History of Pakistan and India||100|
|History of USA||100|
Group 5: Here you have to select one subject only
|Agriculture and Forestry||100|
Group 6: Here you have to select one subject only
|Muslim Law and Jurisprudence||100|
Group 7: Here you have to select one subject only
|Journalism and Mass Communication||100|
Note: Any exam carrying 100 marks has one paper. Similarly, exams with 200 marks are split into two papers.
Once you get done with your writing test, the next for you as a CSS student is to undergo a medical test. The purpose of a medical test is to check the physical health of the candidate. Candidates who fail to fulfill medical requirements will not be chosen.
In the case of a disabled candidate, the disability certificates, which should be issued by a recognized authority, must be submitted beforehand. Physically challenged people are allowed to give CSS Examinations in four disciplines: Pakistan Audit and Account, Postal Service, Commerce and Trade, and Information Services. Upon special request, physically impaired candidates can also be provided with a helper who can assist them during exams.
Pro Tip: It is suggested for candidates to have a thorough medical examination by a well-reputed medical institution before appearing in the CSS Exam.
PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST AND VIVA-VOCE
The psychological test in CSS Examination is designed to judge the mental aptness, attitudinal aspects, and behavioral traits of the candidates with regards to their competency to undergo civil services. Both Psychological Test and Viva Voce carry 300 marks together. To pass Viva Voce, which is basically an interview to assess the intelligence and readiness of mind of a CSS candidate, you must possess good general knowledge and communication skills.
In order to apply for a CSS Exam in Pakistan, you must fulfill the following eligibility criteria.
Nationality Criterion: The candidate must be Pakistani National
Educational Criterion: CSS applicants needs to have completed their Bachelor’s Degree with at least 2nd division from any university in Pakistan or outside Pakistan, which is recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).Age Criterion: Candidates ranging between 21 and 30 years of age can appear in CSS Exam in Pakistan.
WHERE IS THE CSS EXAMINATION CONDUCTED IN PAKISTAN?
CSS Exam is conducted in multiple cities across Pakistan like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Abbottabad, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, D.I. Khan, Gilgit, Hyderabad, Gujranwala, Khuzdar, Larkana, Multan, Okara, Muzaffarabad, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Skardu, Sialkot and Sukkur.
However, interviewing sessions for CSS Examination is only held in five major cities namely Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE CSS EXAM IN PAKISTAN?
CSS Exam is conducted during February and March each year. Advertisements regarding the announcement of these exams usually appear in the newspaper in the month of September. Below is the schedule of application submission dates and commencement of the Central Superior Service Exam.
Submission of Online Application: 1st to 31st October 2019
Last Date For Receipt Of Hard Copy Of Online Application: 11th November 2019
Cut-Off Date For Determining Eligibility Criteria: 31st December 2019
Commencement of CSS Examination: 12th February 2020
HOW TO APPLY FOR CSS EXAM ONLINE?
The submission of an online application is a must. If you are also a CSS applicant, then you need to take care of the following requirements
Information like CNIC Number, Bank Details, Mention of Optional Subjects, educational and professional experience details of the applicant.
All of the information must be carefully and correctly punched online as the information provided in the online application form can’t be edited later.
Once you submit your online application, you will get a confirmation email, which will also contain the tracking ID for your online CSS application.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ALONG WITH THE HARD COPY OF ONLINE CSS APPLICATION
The hard copy of your online CSS application needs to be submitted along with the following documents
Copy of Educational Certificates
Bank Receipt of Exam Fee
Experience Certificates, if required
Pro Tip: Document requirements may vary from applicant to applicant so read the CSS advertisement in the newspaper thoroughly before applying.
FEE STRUCTURE FOR CSS EXAMINATION DECLARED BY FPSC
Exam Application Fee: PKR 2,200
Paper Rechecking Fee: PKR 500
Note: A candidate can only appear in CSS Examination for three times.