CSS in Pakistan: Exam Structure, Subjects, and more

CSS in Pakistan and CSS Subjects

CSS in Pakistan is an acronym for Central Superior Services. The most well-known competitive tests in Pakistan are the CSS exams. Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) administers this test and releases the results each year. The goal of this examination is to fill twelve distinct federal government ministries with the most intelligent, most obedient, and most talented people from all across Pakistan. Bureaucrats are how CSS employees are referred to. Passing this test qualifies candidates for employment as designated government officers with a BPS-17 post. Government secretaries, civil bureaucracy activities, and cabinet offices are under the control of CSS, a permanent elite bureaucratic institution in Pakistan.

Occupational Groups

The list of federal government services that you can join after passing your written examinations as well as viva is provided below. Please be aware that these groups will be offered to you based on your educational field.

  • Commerce and Trade Services
  • District Management Group
  • Foreign Service of Pakistan
  • Custom and Excise Service
  • Information Group
  • Income Tax Group
  • Office Management Group
  • Military Lands and Cantonments Group
  • Police Service of Pakistan
  • Postal Service Group
  • Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
  • Railways (Commercial and Transportation Group)

Also read: General Science and Ability Topics for CSS 2023

Structure of CSS Exams

If you’re unsure of how to approach CSS exams, you should first become familiar with their format. There are four parts used to analyze the skills, IQ, and knowledge of applicants. Here is the list in chronological order:

◆ Written Examination
◆ Medical Test
◆ Psychological Examination
◆ Viva Voce
We will now examine these examinations in further depth and offer some basic advice for newcomers.

Written Examination 

css in pakistan written part

In Pakistan, the first segment of the Central Superior Services Exam is a theory/written exam that consists of 12 papers, 6 of which are compulsory while the other papers are optional. You should also be aware of the following extra information:

To advance to the following stage, you must receive a score of 40% in your compulsory papers and 33% in your optional papers. Candidates are able to select any subject they like from the detailed list provided by FPSC.
Depending on your academic background, there are optional subjects. For added convenience, we will compile a list of the groups and subjects that FPSC offers in the body of this blog.

Medical Test

The next step is to have a medical exam to confirm that you are physically fit for this employment after passing the written portion of the CSS exam. Physically handicapped people can, nevertheless, take the CSS Examination.

In four disciplines—Pakistan Audit and Account, Postal Service, Commerce and Trade, and Information Services—they can be shortlisted. If an applicant has a physical impairment, they must possess a “disability certificate” provided by a reputable organization. Prior to the examination, they should provide that certificate. Additionally, applicants who are physically disabled can request assistance during exams.

Psychological Examination

Psychological or mental fitness is also that much important for being a CSS officer as physical fitness is. In order to keep it in viewpoint candidates who passed written plus medical tests must undergo a psychological examination to qualify for viva voce. Viva voce and psychological examinations have 300 marks combined. In this test mental behavior is evaluated. Candidates must be competitive enough to pass this test. It is mandatory for civil services.

Viva Voce

On the other hand, a viva-voce interview is one that is used to assess a CSS applicant’s preparedness and intellect. To succeed in this phase, the applicant needs to have a solid combination of general knowledge and communication abilities.

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CSS Subjects

In the following section here is a complete list of all subjects, entailing compulsory as well as optional. Compulsory subjects and optional subjects carry 600 marks each. Thus, CSS written part has 1200 marks in total.
Here, you can read the detail that how can you cover the CSS syllabus quickly in three months. Furthermore, here you can download the CSS syllabus given by FPSC.

First, we will provide a list of compulsory subjects and then all groups of optional subjects from which you will choose, suitable for you.

Compulsory Subjects – CSS in Pakistan

Total Marks: 600
Here is the list of six c0mpulsry subjects:

Subjects Marks
English (Precis and Composition) 100
English Essay 100
General Science and Ability 100
Current Affairs 100
Pakistan Affairs 100
Islamic Studies Or Alternative Subject for Non-Muslims 100

Optional Subjects – CSS in Pakistan

Total Marks: 600
Here are all the seven different groups of optional subjects provided by FPSC. Uniformity has been maintained in these groups. You will have to make sure they add up to 600 marks while choosing the subjects.

Note: Every subject having 100 marks has a single paper. However, subjects with 200 marks are divided into two papers.

Group 1: You can choose only one subject.

Subjects Marks
Accountancy and Auditing 200
Computer Science 200
International Relations 200
Economics 200
Political Science 200

Group 2: Candidates will choose one or more subjects from this list. They need to guarantee that subject(s) are for 200 marks.

Subjects Marks
Applied Mathematics 100
Pure Mathematics 100
Physics 200
Chemistry 200
Geology 100

Group 3: You will have to select only one subject from the following list.

Subjects Marks
Business Administration 100
Government and Public Policies 100
Town Planning and Urban Management 100
Public Administration 100

Group 4: Candidates can choose only one subject from this list.

Subjects Marks
Islamic History and Culture  100
British History 100
History of Pakistan and India 100
European History 100
British History 100

Group 5: Select only one subject from this group.

Subjects Marks
Gender Studies  100
Agriculture and Forestry  100
Environmental Sciences 100
Botany 100
Zoology 100
English Literature 100
Urdu Literature 100

Group 6: Applicants will select one subject only.

Subjects Marks
Constitutional Law 100
Muslim Law and Jurisprudence 100
International Law 100
Criminology 100
Mercantile Law 100
Philosophy 100
Law 100

Group 7: Students can choose only one subject from this group.

Subjects Marks
Anthropology 100
Geography 100
Punjabi 100
Urdu 100
Pashto 100
Journalism and Mass Communication 100
Psychology 100
Persian 100
Balochi 100
Sindhi 100
Arabic 100

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