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CSS Exam 2024 in Pakistan-FAQ

 Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) About Central Superior Services (CSS)

Read 10 frequently asked questions about Central Superior Services, which cover almost every thing about CSS. You are also welcome to ask any question.
What is CSS?
ANSWER -CSS stands for Central Superior Services . Federal Public Service Commission conducts this exam every year for induction of civil servant s(grade 17)


What is the required age limit for appearing in CSS exams
ANSWER-Lower age limit is 21 years while upper age limit is 28 years. Upper age limit relaxation is granted  by two years up to 30 years for the candidates of backward  areas as defined by the government.


What is fee for written examination?
ANSWER-Currently fee for written CSS examination is 2200 PKR.


Who is eligible to appear in css exams?
ANSWER-Every pakistani citizen with bachelors degree at least in second division (from HEC recognized university) is eligible for appearing in css exams.


What are the compulsory subjects in CSS exams?

1-Essay 100 marks
2-English (Precise and Composition)100 marks
3-General Knowledge.1 (Everyday Science)100 marks
4-General Knowledge .2 (Pakistan Affairs)100 marks
5.General Knowledge . 3 (Current Affairs)100 marks
6.Islamic Studies.100 marks

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What are the optional subjects?
Optional Subjects
Code       Subjects                        Marks
11     Accountancy and Auditing—200    .
12     Economics—200
13     Business Administration—100
14     Public Administration—100
You can not choose business administration with public can not opt subjects carrying  more than 200 marks from Code No11 to
15     Political Science—200
16     Agricultural—100
17     Forestry—100
18     Sociology—100
19     Journalism—100
You can not choose subjects carrying more than 200 marks from code no 15 to code no 19.
20     Pure Mathematics—200    .
21     Applied Mathematics—200
22     Computer Science—100
23     Statistics—100
You can select subjects up to 200 marks from code no 20 to code no 23.
24     Physics—200
25     Geology—200
26     Geography—200
27     Chemistry—200
28     Botany—200
29     Zoology—200
A candidate can select maximum one subject of science from code no 24 to code no 29
31     Indo Pak History—200
32     British History—200
33     European History—200
34     USA History—100
35     Law—200    .
Note : International Law can not be opted in combination with International Relations.In History subjects a candidate can select subjects up to 200 marks from code no 30 to code no 34.
36     Constitutional Law—100
37     Mercantile Law—100
38     Muslim Law and Jurisprudence— 100
39     International Law—100
40     International Relations—100
You can choose law subjects up to 200 marks from code no 36 to code no 40.
41     Philosophy—200    .
42     Psychology—200
You can choose only one paper from code no 41 to code no 42.
43     Sindhi—100
44     Pushto—100
45     Punjabi—100
46     Balochi—100
You can choose only one regional language from code no 43 to code no 46.
47     English Literature—200
48     Urdu—200
49     Persian—200
50     Arabic—200
Note : Urdu can not be opted in combination with regional languages. A candidate select one language from code no 47 to code no 50.

NOTE: The candidates will select from the optional subjects carrying a total of 600 marks.



What is the structure of CSS exams?

Written test is consist of total 1200 marks. Compulsory subjects carry 600 marks and optional subjects too carry 600 marks. To pass the written exams a candidate must get 40% marks in compulsory subjects and 33% marks in optional subjects. Over all aggregate marks should not be below 50 %.

All candidates except disabled must be in good  mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect. Candidates who qualify in the written examination will be medically examined by special medical boards constituted for the purpose. If a candidate remains absent twice in his medical test he will automatically stand rejected and no appeal in this regard will be accepted. He will also lose his one chance. So it is highly recommended that candidates should get themselves examined by by MO of government hospital before applying for CSS.

Candidates called for viva voce will be required to undergo psychological test, comprising paper pencil test and group tasks. Separate marks are not awarded for psychological test ,however, 300 marks assigned to viva voce also reflect the performance in psychological test.

Viva voce consists of 300 marks and 100 are the passing marks. Each candidate will be interviewed by the viva voce board. Candidates will be asked questions on Islam, Pakistan, current affairs and general knowledge.



How many times a candidate can appear in CSS exams?
Answer-A candidate can appear maximum for three times in CSS exams.



Q.NO.9.What sort of recruitment policy is followed for CSS?
ANSWER – FPSC follows the following recruitment policy under the advice of Federal Government
Open merit                                                                                        7.5%
Punjab including federal capital Islamabad                      50%
Sindh                                                                                                  19%
Urban Sindh (Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkar)7.6%, Rural Sindh 11.4%
KPK                                                                                                   11.5%
Baluchistan                                                                                      6%
Northern Area and FATA                                                          4%
Azad Jammu and Kashmir                                                         2%
10% quota is reserved for women, except Merit quota
5% quota is reserved for Minorities, except Merit Quota.



Which occupational groups are included in CSS Examination?
Following occupational groups are included in CSS Exams.
1.Commerce & Trade Group
2.District Management Group (DMG)
3.Foreign Service of Pakistan
4.Information Group
5.Inland Revenue Service
6.Military Land & Cantonments Group
7.Office Management Group
8.Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service (PAAS)
9.Pakistan Customs Service
10.Police Service of Pakistan
11.Postal Service Group
12.Pakistan Railways
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