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CSS Introduction:

Pakistan is in dire need of intelligent, academically sound and knowledgeable leaders, and political representatives, who can take decisions on behalf of the people, in light of their commendable qualities. As a result the providers of civil services in the country are selected via an examination, now formally known as the Central Superior Services of Pakistan (CSS) which was made binding by the government in the year 1973, under Article 240. The examination tests students on a diverse number of courses, which vary in their content and difficulty level.

Due to the ever increasing scope and popularity of the CSS examination, students belonging to the provinces of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan are travelling to the bigger cities to prepare for the cut-throat examinations taking place .

CSS Screening Test:

Candidate will be eligible for CSS Competitive Examination if he will take a part in Screening Test for CSS Competitive Examination and qualify this test. FPSC will allow candidates to get online register on FPSC official site for Screening Test for CSS Competitive Examination.

Screening Test for CSS Competitive Examination will be of 180 Minutes and 200 Marks. Screening Test for CSS Competitive Examination will consists of four (4) Parts.

Part 1: English

English part contain 20% weightage of Test

Syllabus of English test contains Vocabulary, Grammar usage, Synonyms, Antonyms and Comprehension.

Part 2: General Ability

General Ability part contain 20% weightage of Test

Syllabus of General Ability test contains Basic Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Logical Reasoning, Analytical ability and general mental ability.

Part 3: General Knowledge

General Knowledge test contain 45% weightage of Test

Syllabus of General knowledge test contains Everyday Science, Current Affairs and Pakistan Affairs.

Part 4: Islamiat

Islamiat test contain 15% weightage of Test

Syllabus of Islamiat contains Islamic studies.

Candidates are allowed to get register on FPSC official website for Screening Test for CSS Competitive Examination from 15th July to 15th August and Test will be held on 15th September.

CSS Application Process:

Candidates, who fall into the eligibility requirements stated above, can apply for the CSS examinations. CSS exam applications will be invited all over Pakistan in the month of November or December every year. Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan (FPSC) mostly conduct the CSS Exams in month of February every year.

Government employees who fulfill the requirement laid down for appearing in CSS exams are eligible to appear in exams if permitted by the competent authority in their departments or offices. No Government employee shall be competent to apply without the prior permission in writing from his/her department/office as the case may be, and such permissions must accompany the application. Candidates who join Government service after submitting their applications for admission to the examination should also submit the Departmental permission immediately thereafter.

A candidate, who after submitting such Departmental permission, joins Civil Service Academy or is transferred to another Department, should also obtain the permission of that Department and submit the same to the Commission as soon as possible.

A candidate who has left Government service should submit with his/her application the original as well as a copy of his/her discharge/service certificate.

A candidate who has been dismissed from Government or semi Government Service will not be eligible for admission to the examination. If a great number of candidates apply for the CSS so the decision of the authority would be final about the limitation of the candidates to appear in the CSS exams.

If the Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan (FPSC) imposed a limit and the number of applied candidates exceeds that limit, the commission will select from applicants. This selection will be based on the accurate representation of provinces/areas of Pakistan as well as the various age concessions.

Eligibility Criteria:

All candidates must be between the ages of 21 to 28 years of age to take the CSS examination. In January 2011, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani rejected an appeal by the Establishment Division to increase the upper age limit of eligibility on grounds of the fact that the examination must only be taken by the country’s youth, with eager and fresh minds. As a result the age limit could not be increased and the same will be applicable for the CSS examinations.

The upper age limit can be relaxed to 30 years only in case of those candidates falling in the following groups;

  • Candidates belonging to the Buddhist Community or a Scheduled Caste
  • Candidates who are permanent residents of Balochistan, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar inclusive of the Frontier States of Chitral, Dir, Swat and Amb
  • Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts, Mardan and Hazara Divisions, and lastly, the Upper Tanawal area of Hazara Division
  • Permanent residents of Azad Kashmir, who are currently residing in Pakistan, and residents of certain northern areas of Gilgit, Diamir, Baltistan, Ghizar and Ghanche
  • For candidates who are currently government servants inclusive of the government servants in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, who have rendered not less than two years of continuous government service.

Note: The age limit shall only be relaxed for the mentioned candidates upon the submission of a certificate (Annexure-B of Application) which must be government issued.

A candidates’ age can only be verified via one of the following documents:

  • Matriculation Certificate
  • School Leaving Certificate
  • An Attested Birth Certificate

Once a year of birth has been verified by the FPSC, no changes will be allowed in any subsequent examination.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  1. All candidates must hold a Grade C bachelors’ degree issued by an HEC registered university of Pakistan. For overseas students, an equivalent degree of the same qualification can be accepted however, the final decision lies with the Pakistani Commission.
  2. Holders of a Third Division Bachelors’ Degree can only sit for the examination if they are joint holders of a higher division Master’s Degree.

NATIONALITY REQUIREMENTS

Only residents of Pakistan or nationals of the state of Jammu and Kashmir can qualify for the examination upon the submission of a copy of his/her national identity card, issued by their respective states. Seats allocated for prescribed provincial/ regional quotas shall be allocated to candidates on the basis of the domicile certificate issued by the competent authority in accordance with the law and the rules.

Residents of Azad Jammu and Kashmir will only be allocated a seat in the examination upon submissions of a domicile certificate and a state issued NIC. The domicile once claimed and accepted by the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed at a subsequent examination or selection. The domicile claimed by a candidate and accepted by the Government at the time of entry into Government service shall be treated as final throughout his/her service career and no subsequent change in his/ her domicile will be recognized for the purpose of terms and conditions of his/her service including his/her allocation and liability to transfer.

A candidate who has married a person who is not a citizen of Pakistan shall not be eligible for appointment provided that a person who marries an Indian national with the prior permission of Government may be regarded as eligible for appointment.

A candidate having dual Nationality must Surrender his/her Foreign Nationality and inform the Government before joining Civil Services Academy.

Number of attempts available for CSS exams

There are only three chances for candidates to appear in the CSS exams. No candidate can appear in the CSS exams more than three times. If candidates apply for the CSS exams but not appear in any one paper of the CSS exams then he/she will not be considered as one time attempted. A candidate will be considered to have attempted in the CSS exams only if she/he appears in any one or more papers of CSS exams.

Exam Preparation:

In Pakistan, an increasing number of academies have opened up to prepare students for the most difficult examination in the country. Most of these academies are situated in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad though a few have also recently situated in Hyderabad and Sukkur

For students, who intend to prepare without the help of academies, studying at a library can be of benefit due to the availability of reference material, books, and national and international journals. Also, the chances of distraction are quite low in this case and the environment makes the library a sound place to study.

A few weeks before the examination, students tend to study for at least 5 hours a day though some can average 8 hours per day. Group study can also be of benefit for friends who intend to take the examination together.

Students must identify their weaknesses. Those from villages or cult sacks, tend to be weak in English and a generous amount of time must be devoted to mastering their English abilities. Since the compulsory courses must be taken, students must master those compulsory courses which they have had trouble understand previously as well. Most students, from well establish schools tend to lag at general knowledge and current affairs courses and must gain tutorial help from teachers or books to remove such hindrances. Most students who have taken the exam in the past have recommended the Doggar’s ISSB Guide and Dogar’s AD or SI Guide.

WHEN TO START PREPARING FOR CSS EXAMINATIONS

It may be a fair strategy to begin preparation for the compulsory courses first. Sometimes, the lesser the time available for preparation of the exam the better the chance of success, the reason being the to-the-point study, accessing only the relevant topics and syllabus thus concentrating on the most important and likely questions when the time frame is short and limited. Also, as previously mentioned, the exam can be given thrice by an individual. Hence, if he/she feels that the time frame is short for preparation, they can always give it again, the next time more equipped with the necessary details of the exam, its format and proper allocation of time

Subjects

Only the payment has been made, the next step is preparation for the exam courses. The six compulsory subjects which comprise 100 marks each are namely Essay, English (Précis & Composition), Everyday Science, Current Affairs, Pakistan Affairs, and Islamiyat.

Optional courses can be selected from any group, ranging from A to I given below. Every optional course holds either 100 or 200 marks and the courses opted for from each group must not exceed a total of 200. The groups are diverse in their courses so that students from all educational backgrounds can apply and prepare for the examination. Candidates have to select total 600 marks subjects of optional subjects. For instance, group A includes humanities courses; group B includes courses pertaining to social sciences, group C for mathematics and statistics and Group H for languages. Below the groups information is given.

Compulsory Subjects
1.
Essay
100
2.
English
100
3.
Islamiat
100
General Knowledge
4.
Everyday Science
100
5.
Current Affairs
100
6.
Pakistan Affairs
100
Total Marks:
600

Optional Subjects:
(subjects carrying a total of 600 marks to be selected)

Group A
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted.
Note: Business Administration cannot be opted in combination with Public Administration
1.
Accounting & Auditing
200
2.
Economics
200
3.
Business Administration
100
4.
Public Administration
100

 

Group B
Subject/s carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted.
1.
Political Science
200
2.
Agriculture
100
3.
Forestry
100
4.
Sociology
100
5.
Journalism
100

 

Group C
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted.
1.
Pure Mathematics
200
2.
Applied Mathematics
200
3.
Computer Science
100
4.
Statistics
100

 

Group D ( Science Subjects )
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted.
1.
Physics
200
2.
Geology
200
3.
Geography
200
4.
Chemistry
200
5.
Botany
200
6.
Zoology
200

 

Group E ( History Subjects )
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted.
1.
Islamic History & Culture
200
2.
Indo Pak History
200
3.
British History
200
4.
European History
200
5.
History of the USA
100

 

Group F
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted.
Note: International Law CANNOT BE opted in combination withInternational Relations.
1.
Law
200
2.
Constitutional Law
100
3.
Mercantile Law
100
4.
Muslim Law & Jurisprudence
100
5.
International Law
100
6.
International Relations
100

 

Group G
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted.
1.
Philosophy
200
2.
Psychology including Exp. Psychology
200

 

Group H ( Regional Languages )
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted.
Regional Languages: Not more than one of the 4 subjects can be opted.
1.
Sindhi
100
2.
Pushto
100
3.
Punjabi
100
4.
Balochi
100

 

Group I ( National and Foreign Languages )
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted. National/Foreign/Classical Languages: Not more than one of 4 subjects can be opted. Note: Urdu can not be combined with Regional Languages.
1.
English Literature
200
2.
Urdu
200
3.
Persian
200
4.
Arabic
200

CSS Exam Centers

According to the public notice which was issued by the FPSC, the exams will be conducted in 21 cities of Pakistan. Aside from the major cities, the exams will also be conducted in D.G. Khan, Larkana as well as Sukkur.

Contact Information

Lahore:
Address: 321-upper Mall, opposite Gym Khana.
Tel: +92-42-5751284
Fax: +92-42-5759504

Karachi:
Address: H.M.2 Bath Island.
Tel: +92-21-9250926
Fax: +92-21-9250159

Peshawar:
Address: H.No: 106, St. No: 6, Sector No: N-3, Phase-IV, Hayatabad.
Tel: +92-91-9217337

Quetta:
Address: Sundaes Center, Opp. Haji Sangeen Khan Hospital, Airport Road.
Tel: +92-81-9202955

FPSC Information Centres:

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
Dr. Muhammad Abdullah, Assistant Professor, & Incharge, Department of Livestock Management
Tel: +92-51-9200161-69 Bahuddin Zakariya University, Multan

Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Chaudhry, Incharge Department of Economics
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 12.
Regional office Nawabshah

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