Subjects of CSS Compulsory & Elective To Pass In First Attempt

Subjects of CSS Compulsory & Elective To Pass In First Attempt

In this post, we are going to discuss the Subjects of CSS. Firstly we need to know what CSS is.

Pakistan is a developing country which needs some intelligent and wise-minded leaders or political representatives, having a sound sense of judgement, power and talent of making decisions in favor and for betterment of people. Thus, under the benefactors of civil services, an exam is conducted for recruitment to posts, known as Central Supervisor Services, or simply CSS exam.

It was initiated in 1973, by the government of Pakistan, under the article 240. The exam is getting popular with time, and now many inhabitants from smaller cities and under-developed areas are moving to bigger cities just for the preparation of these exams, that are conducted every year by the Federal Public Service Commission.

Candidates appearing in CSS exams need to be fully prepared for the test in order to get their desired post. Regarding CSS exams preparation, a lot of misunderstandings take place, therefore a good direction is needed in this regard. Which subjects to choose from the list of Subjects of CSS is the main thing, so you should be careful while choosing.

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Posts targeted by CSS

The posts that are offered during this recruitment test include:

  • Postal Group
  • Foreign Service of Pakistan
  • Commerce & Trade Group
  • Information Group
  • Military Lands & Cantonments Group
  • Inland Revenue Service
  • Office Management Group
  • Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
  • Pakistan Administrative Service
  • Police Service of Pakistan
  • Customs Service
  • Railways Group

Subjects of CSS Compulsory & Elective

After submitting the exam fee, a candidate should start preparing for the exam, and choose a good institute to help in the preparation. There are six compulsory subjects containing 100 marks each, which include Essay, English, Everyday Science, Current Affairs, Islamiat and Pakistan Affairs.

Optional courses are divided into groups A to I and each ach optional course carries either 100 or 200 marks. The courses chosen from each group should not exceed 200 marks. A candidate should select total 600 marks subjects of optional subjects. Each CSS exam comprises of the following four parts:

  • Written Exam
  • Medical Test
  • Psychological Test
  • Viva Voice

The written exam has total 1200 marks. It consists of 12 papers of 100 marks each. Out of which, six papers are compulsory and remaining six papers are optional. All question papers include descriptive questions and MCQs also. MCQs should be solved on a separate computerized sheet.

Descriptive question are to be attempted on the Answer-book. Blue and black ink is allowed for writing the papers, any other color of ink is not acceptable. Passing criteria for compulsory subjects 40% and for optional subjects is at least 33%.

List of Compulsory Subjects of CSS

  • Essay
  • English Precis and Composition
  • Everyday Science
  • Current Affairs
  • Pakistan Affairs
  • Islamiat

Each of these subjects hold 100 marks, so total marks of compulsory subjects are 600.

List of Elective Subjects

Subjects carrying less than 200 marks can be chosen from this list, and one thing to keep in mind is, that Business Administration cannot be chosen in combination with Public Administration. The optional subjects are sub-divided into groups A to I. discussing these groups below:

Group A

  • Accountancy and Auditing-200 Marks
  • Economics-200 Marks
  • Business Administration-100 Marks
  • Public Administration-100 Marks

Group B

  • Political Science-200 Marks
  • Agriculture-100 Marks
  • Forestry-100 Marks
  • Sociology-100 Marks
  • Journalism-100 Marks

Group C

  • Pure Mathematics-200 Marks
  • Applied Mathematics-200 Marks
  • Computer Science-100 Marks
  • Statistics-100 Marks

Group D

  • Phsycis-200 Marks
  • Geology-200 Marks
  • Geography-200 Marks
  • Chemistry-200 Marks
  • Botany-200 Marks
  • Zoology-200 Marks

Group E

  • Islamic History & Culture-200 Marks
  • Indo-Pak History-200 Marks
  • British History-200 Marks
  • European History-200 Marks
  • History of the USA-100 Marks

Group F

  • Law-200 Marks
  • Constitutional Law-100 Marks
  • Mercantile Law-100 Marks
  • Muslim Law & Jurisprudence-100 Marks
  • International Law-100 Marks
  • International Relations-100 Marks

One thing to note here is that International Law cannot be opted with International Relations.

Group G

  • Philosophy-200 Marks
  • Psychology including Experimental Psychology-200 Marks

Group H

  • Sindhi
  • Pushto
  • Punjabi
  • Balochi

Each of these carries 100 Marks.

Group I

  • English literature
  • Urdu
  • Persian
  • Arabic

Each of these subjects carries 200 Marks. Moreover Urdu cannot be opted with Regional Languages.

Important points to consider

The subjects that carry 200 marks will be having 2 papers of hundred marks each, whereas other subject will have one paper each. Question Papers in Urdu or other Pakistani regional languages should be answered in the respective languages as directed in the question paper.

The question paper in Islamiat can be answered in English or Urdu only. All other papers need to be answered in English, otherwise as directed in the Question Paper. The candidates are required to select optional subjects carrying a total of 600 marks, but not more than 200 marks from any box/columns.

There will be 20 MCQs in each compulsory paper except essay. There will be 20 MCQs in each optional paper expect Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

Eligibility criteria

Individuals that want to appear in this exam should fit on the following criteria of selection:

  • Their age should be between 21 to 28 years. A lot of discussion has been made on increasing the age limit. An application was presented to Yousaf Raza Gillani, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, in which the raise in age limit was demanded. This application was rejected because of the reason that this test must be taken to bring the talented youngsters out of the lot. This reason led to the rejection of application, as the decision was right enough to appreciate the youngsters to come forward and take this exam.
  • Age of the applicant is confirmed by the matriculation. School-leaving and an attested birth certificate.
  • All candidates must have a degree of bachelors with grade C at least, issued by an HEC-affiliated institute. Foreign candidates can appear with equivalent degree holding same qualification, with assent of Pakistan Commission. However Bachelor’s degree candidates with grade C can sit only in case if they jointly have a higher Master Degree division.
  • Those candidates are eligible for this exam, who are residents of Pakistan or Jammu and Azad Kashmir, after submitting their National Identity Card.
  • In accordance to rules and regulations, the seats reserved for approved areas candidates shall be assigned to those applicants who have a residence certificate issued by an institute holding authority.
  • A candidate who is married is not eligible for the exam in case if the person he/she married is not the citizen of Pakistan.
  • The candidates holding a dual Nationality need to submit their both nationalities and inform the government before joining the Civil Services academy.
  • Each candidate is given three chances to appear in the exam, and after 3 times no one can appear in the exam again. So, it is necessary to pass the exam in minimum third time. Moreover, if an applicant has applied for exam, but has not made appearance in any of the exams, then his attempt will not be counted. The attempt is counted only if a candidate appears in more than one exam of CSS.

Relaxation of Two Years in Upper Age Limit

An age relaxation of 2 years in upper limit i.e. 30 years of age is given to any of the candidates who fit on the given criteria:

  • The candidate belongs to the Scheduled Caste or Buddhist Community subject to production of a certificate, or belongs to the Tribes who are permanent residents of the areas that are allowed for CSS exams. These include Baluchistan, Tribal Areas of Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar Divisions, Former excluded (Baluch) area forming part of the Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts, Former Tribal Areas of Mardan and Hazara Divisions and Upper Tanawal Area of Hazara Division.
  • Candidates who live permanently in Azad Kashmir Territory and Gilgit Baltistan, subject to submission of a certificate.
  • Those who are physically impaired or disabled, deaf, dumb or blind, subject to submission of a disability certificate.

List of Academies famous for preparation of the Subjects of CSS:

There are various academies holding a good reputation and fame in preparation of the Subjects of CSS exams, with skilled and professional staff members who guide students about every single detail of exam. Some of the famous names in this aspect include:

  • Forces Academy-Lahore
  • KIPS College-Lahore
  • KIPS College-Gujranwala
  • KIPS College-Faisalabad
  • KIPS College Sargodha
  • Officers Open Academy-Lahore

Procedure of applying for the exam

Mostly, the residents of Pakistan receive CSS Competitive Exams applications in November or December every year, and later on in the month of February (mostly), the exams of CSS are held, by the Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan. The candidates (government employees) after meeting the eligibility criteria and with written permission from his or her department or office, are allowed to sit in the exams after approval from competent authority. After looking at the advertisement for exam, following steps should be followed for applying:

  • The application form should be submitted online through the official website of FPSC.
  • A hardcopy of the Online Application Form should be taken, and after that, the required documents and certificates along with paid Treasury Receipt should be attached with it and sent to FPSC in order to reach the FPSC Headquarters within 10 days before the deadline.
  • Wrongly filled or incomplete application form, lacking of documents will straightforwardly lead to rejection of the form. Also, the delay of the application reaching the FPSC Headquarters will not be accepted.
  • After filling the form, attaching required documents and sending it to FPSC Headquarters, the candidate should pay PKR 2200 which is the fee for the examination, and it should be deposited in the nearest Government Treasury or in State Bank/National Bank of Pakistan.
  • Postal orders, bank drafts and cheques will not be accepted. Without the original treasury receipt, the application will be rejected.

Fee Details

The fee for rechecking of exams is PKR 200 for each paper. If a candidate wants to have his or her paper rechecked, then he need to pay the fee. Also there is a brochure attached with the application form for the applicants which need to be read carefully by the candidates.

All the candidates have to submit Rs50 in the account of Government Reserves or the State Bank of Pakistan and the challan copy should be handed over to the President of the Central Medical Board at the time of medical test.

Also, the candidate should submit PKR 300 before exams by a Medical Board in the case of the applicants who qualify in the written exams. All the candidates need to show their National Identity Cards (NIC) and the Admission Certificate to the Medical authorities apprehensive.

Places where the exams are conducted

The CSS exams are conducted in the below mentioned areas of Pakistan:

  • Abbottabad
  • Bahawalpur
  • Dera Ghazi Khan
  • I.Khan
  • Faisalabad
  • Gilgit
  • Gujranwala
  • Hyderabad
  • Islamabad
  • Karachi
  • Lahore
  • Larkana
  • Multan
  • Muzaffarabad
  • Peshawar
  • Quetta
  • Rawalpindi
  • Sargodha
  • Sukkur

Contact information for the CSS exam all over Pakistan

Below are mentioned all the details of areas conducting CSS exams and FPSC regional branch offices:

Lahore Address321-upper Mall, opposite Gym Khana

Telephone number: +92-42-35751284
Fax: +92-42-35759504

Karachi AddressH.M.2 Bath Island

Telephone number: +92-21-9250926
Fax: +92-21-9250159

Peshawar AddressH.No 106, St. No: 6, Sector No: N-3, Phase-IV, Hayatabad.

Telephone number: +92-91-9217337

Quetta AddressSundaes Center, Opp. Haji Sangeen Khan Hospital, Airport Road

Telephone number: +92-81-9202955

FPSC Information CentresUniversity of Agriculture, Faisalabad

Dr. Muhammad Abdullah, Assistant Professor, & Incharge, Department of Livestock Management

Telephone number: +92-51-9200161-69

Bahuddin Zakariya University, Multan
Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Chaudhry, Incharge Department of Economics

Telephone number: +92-61-224371-4 ext. 220135

Islamia University, Bahawalpur
Mr. Rahim Yar Abbasi, Dy. Registrar (Public Relation) & Incharge.

Telephone number: +92-621-80131 , +92-621-875503

University of Sindh , Jamshoro
Mr. Allah Wasaya Rajar, Assistant Professor of Economics & Incharge.

Telephone number: +92-221-771248 , +92-221-771681-90

Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur (Sindh)
Syed Farzand Ali Shah, Head Department of English & Incharge

Telephone number:

+92-792-4693-4, +92-792-4603, +92-792-4808 12.

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