STRUCTURE

These exams are based on four main types of tests in order to quantify knowledge, skills and mental abilities of the candidate.

  • Theory Test
  • Medical Test
  • Psychological Test
  • Viva Voce

Let’s get to know a little more about these tests.

THEORY TEST

The series of theory tests in CSS Exams are based on 12 papers, out of which 6 papers are compulsory and the remaining ones are optional. To qualify in compulsory papers you need 40% marks and for optional exams, you need 33%. You can pick from the list of optional papers specified by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) according to your preferred educational discipline. The names of compulsory and optional subjects has been listed below

Compulsory Subjects in CSS Syllabus (600 Marks)

SubjectMarks
English (Precis and Composition)100
English Essay100
General Science and Ability100
Current Affairs100
Pakistan Affairs100
Islamic Studies Or Alternative Subject for Non-Muslims100
Total Marks600

Optional Subjects in CSS Syllabus (600 Marks)

Note: The optional subjects in CSS Syllabus have been categorised into seven different groups for uniform distribution of marks

Group 1: Here you have to select one subject only

SubjectMarks
Accountancy & Auditing200
Economics200
Computer Science200
Political Science200
International Relations200

Group 2: Here you can select one or more than one subjects carrying equivalent to 200 marks

SubjectMarks
Chemistry200
Pure Mathematics100
Applied Mathematics100
Physics200
Geology100
Statistics100

Group 3: Here you have to select one subject only

SubjectMarks
Public Administration100
Business Administration100
Government & Public Policies100
Town Planning & Urban Management100

Group 4: Here you have to select one subject only

SubjectMarks
Islamic History and Culture100
History of Pakistan and India100
British History100
European History100
History of USA100

Group 5: Here you have to select one subject only

SubjectMarks
Gender Studies100
Agriculture and Forestry100
Environmental Sciences100
Zoology100
Botany100
English Literature100
Urdu Literature100

Group 6: Here you have to select one subject only

SubjectMarks
Law100
International Law100
Constitutional Law100
Criminology100
Mercantile Law100
Philosophy100
Muslim Law and Jurisprudence100

Group 7: Here you have to select one subject only

SubjectMarks
Journalism and Mass Communication100
Psychology100
Geography100
Anthropology100
Sociology100
Punjabi100
Pashto100
Balochi100
Sindhi100
Arabic100
Persian100

Note: Any exam carrying 100 marks has one paper. Similarly, exams with 200 marks are split into two papers.

MEDICAL TEST

Once you get done with your writing test, the next for you as a CSS student is to undergo a medical test. The purpose of medical test is to check the physical health of the candidate. Candidates who fail to fulfil medical requirements will not be chosen.

In case of a disabled candidate, the disability certificates, which should be issued by a recognized authority, must be submitted beforehand. Physically challenged people are allowed to give CSS Examination in four disciplines: Pakistan Audit and Account, Postal Service, Commerce and Trade and Information Services. Upon special request, physically impaired candidates can also be provided with a helper who can assist them during exams.

Pro Tip: It is suggested for candidates to have a thorough medical examination by a well-reputed medical institution before appearing in the CSS Exam.

PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST AND VIVA VOCE

The psychological test in CSS Examination is designed to judge the mental aptness, attitudinal aspects and behavioural traits of the candidates with regards to their competency to undergo civil services. Both Psychological Test and Viva Voce carry 300 marks together. To pass Viva Voce, which is basically an interview to assess the intelligence and readiness of mind of a CSS candidate, you must possess good general knowledge and communication skills.