What is CSS?|
The Public Service Commission was set up for the first time in British India in
1926. After independence, the Commission was established in Pakistan in 1947
under the provision of Government of India Act, 1935. At present, the commission
is functioning under article 242of the constitution of Islamic Republic of
Pakistan. It has been provided autonomy under the Rules of Business, 1973 and
FPSC Regulations, 1978 in its working. The Commission has also been given
administrative as well as, to some extent, financial autonomy to perform its
Who is eligible to appear for the exam?
To apply for CSS Examination, a candidate should be;
- A citizen of Pakistan.
Must hold at least a Bachelors Degree with the second division in any
Faculty/Discipline from one of the Pakistani Universities or an equivalent degree or comparable
educational qualifications of a foreign University.
- No candidate who has obtained a Third Division
(or ‘D’ grade where result is declared under Semester System) in his Bachelor’s Degree
will be eligible for the Examination except in cases where he/she has obtained a higher Division in Master’s Degree.
- The age limit for admission in CSS Examination is 21-28
years, which is relaxable upto 2 years for those who are already in Government
Service and have completed 2 years service. The relaxation is also available to
candidates belonging to certain remote areas as defined by Government.
How many attempts can I make?
Whether females are eligible for the posts announced by the Commission?
For CSS - they are eligible.
What is the fee for the exam?
The current fee is Rs. 1000/.
How many subjects do I need to choose?
Subjects carrying 600 marks
are compulsory while you have to choose subjects carrying 600 marks among
You can make not more than three (03)
attempts for the CSS exam.
Would my subject combination affect my choice of any occupational
No, your subject combination does not affect your choice for any
specific occupational group. You can chose any subjects and be considered for
any group according to your marks and merit.
How should I select the subject?
For subject selection, keep in mind the following points:
What are the compulsory and optional subjects?
- Try to have the subjects that you have studied before.
- Don’t ever go for “that easy subject”, try to find out its scoring
- Previous statistics show that subjects with 100 marks give more score
than subjects with 200 marks.
- Science subjects are more scoring than their arts counterparts.
- People even have scored 2 marks in some subjects like Constitutional Law
because they thought it was too easy.
- Languages are usually high scoring subjects.
- Indo-Pak History does not usually result in a high score--avoiding it as
- However, other history subjects have better scoring averages.
At which centres exams are held?
NOTE: The candidates must
select from the optional subjects carrying a total of 600 marks.
CSS exams are held by the FPSC
simultaneously at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. There used to
be a centre in London as well but it has been abolished.
When and for how many groups the exam is held?
Competitive Examination is held by the FPSC every year in October/November for
induction of officers in Basic Pay Scale 17 into the Civil services of the
Federation, for the following 10 Groups/Services under the Federal
What is the format of the exam?
- Accounts Group
- Commerce and Trade Group
- Customs and
- District Management Group
- Foreign service of
- Information Group
- Income Tax Group
- Police Service of
- Postal Group
- Railways (Commercial and Transportation) Group
The Competitive Examination comprises of the following format;
What sort of preparation is required for Psychological and are there any
marks for Psychological Assessment?
- Written Examination
The Written Examination for CSS consists of 1200
marks (600 marks for compulsory subjects and 600 marks for optional subjects).
The examination is normally held during the month of October/November every year
in 5 main cities of Pakistan.Qualification marks in written
The qualification marks in CSS written examination are as
- a) Compulsory Subjects – 40% in each subjects
- b) Optional
Subjects – 33% in each subjects
- c) Aggregate Marks –
- Medical and Psychological Test
The Candidates, who qualify
the written examination as per criteria, have to appear for their medical Test
before central Medical Board, according to the schedule prescribed by the
Ministry of Health. Then the medically qualified candidates are given
psychological Tests, in individual as well as in Groups, to access their
aptitude and personality traits for different Groups/Services, before the Viva
- Viva Voce
The viva Voce tests consists of 300 marks and
minimum qualification marks are 100. No candidate is considered for appointment
to any of the Group/Service for which he/she is declared “not suitable” by the
Viva Voce Board. The viva voce is conducted by a larger board (mostly five
members) headed by the chairman at Islamabad and at all Provincial
No preparation is required for Psychological
Tests. Express your true feelings, opinions, and judgments as they are and
respond to the questions freely. There are NO MARKS for Psychological Assessment, however the marks assigned to Viva Voce also reflect the performance on Psychological test.
What is the Recruitment Policy?
The allocation of posts to merit and provincial / regional quota is made
according to the existing policy of the government as under:
What is the further procedure After selection?
- Punjab 50%
- Sindh 19% ( Urban 7.6%, Rural 11.4% )
Sindh (Urban) refers only to the city area of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur. Cantonment areas are
counted as part of the city. The areas under the Jurisdiction of the District Councils of
these districts are the rural areas.
- NWFP 11.5%
- Baluchistan 3.5%
- NAFATA 4%
- AJK 2%
After selection there is 9-month basic training at the
Civil Service Academy, Lahore and after this departmental training starts. In
total this training period is of two years duration. After this period,
candidates are posted as grade-17 officers.
5-years are required for the
first promotion i.e. to grade-18 provided there are vacant posts available for
it. Promotion to grade-19 further requires 7 years while promotion to grade-20
requires compulsory training at national Institute of Public Administration
(NIPA) at Lahore,Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta. Five month training is required
to be promoted to grade-21. This training is conducted at
AdministrativeStaffCollege,Lahore. Grade-22 is the last rung in this ladder of
What are the address, phone numbers and email address of FPSC, it's regional
branch offices and Information centres?
FPSC Head Office
Address: S-5/1 Aga Khan road, Islamabad.
FPSC Regional Branch Offices:
Address: 321-upper Mall, Opposite gymkhana. Tel:
Address: H.M.2 Bath Island.
Address: H.No: 106, St. No: 6, Sector No: N-3, Phase-IV, Hayatabad.
Address: Sundaes Center, Opp. Haji Sangeen Khan Hospital, Airport
FPSC Information Centres:
University of Agriculture, Faislabad
Dr. Muhammad Abdullah, Assistant Professor, Deppt. of Livestock Management &
Bahuddin Zakariya University, Multan
Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Chaudhry, Department of Economics & Incharge.
Tel: +92-61-224371-4 ext. 220135
Islamia University, Bahawalpur
Mr. Rahim Yar Abbasi, Dy. Registrar (Public Relation) & Incharge.
Tel:+92-621-80131 , +92-621-875503
University of Sindh , Jamshoro
Mr. Allah Wasaya Rajar, Assistant Professor of Economics & Incharge.
Tel:+92-221-771248 , +92-221-771681-90
Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur (Sindh)
Syed Farzand Ali Shah, Head Department of English & Incharge.
Tel:+92-792-4693-4, +92-792-4603, +92-792-4808
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