SYLLABUS OF CENTRAL SUPERIOR SERVICE-CSS EXAM

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Central Superior Service commonly known as CSS is highest level civil service in Pakistan and Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) is authorized institution by the state of Pakistan under the provision of Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, to conduct CSS examination in Pakistan for induction of candidates in Civil Service of Pakistan.

The CSS exam consists of 1500 marks; the breakup of the written and (Psychological assessment and Interview) viva voce is as under:-

Total                    = 1500 Marks.

Written Part        =1200 Marks.

Viva Voce           =300 Marks.

 

The examination (1200 marks) is conducted annually in Feb-March followed by Psychological assessment and Interview (300 marks) known as Viva Voce, by panel of FPSC.

 

Here we shall discuss both portions one by one:-

 

WRITTEN PART (WRITTEN EXAM)

 

Examination (written part) consists of 12 papers (1200 marks); 06 compulsory and 06 elective from the prescribed groups. The minimum level of papers is Graduation and no specific syllabus is prescribed, however, broad guidelines are given which are available on website of FPSC. Books and Notes are available in the market covering most of the subject. There are academies and coaching centers in big cities. Minimum passing marks in each paper is 40 and overall 600 marks are threshold for declaring the candidate as qualified for next phase i.e (Psychological assessment and Interview) Viva Voce.

  1. COMPULSORY PAPERS 600 MARKS:-

Following 06 compulsory papers have been prescribed by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) consisting of 600 Marks. Marks of papers at Sr. No. 4,5&6 are counted collectively meaning thereby that 120 out of 300 in these papers make a candidate pass whereas Papers at Sr. No. 1,2 & 3 are required to be passed by minimum 40 marks in each:-

  1. English Essay.           (100 marks)
  2. English composition. (100 marks)
  3. Islamiat                        (100 marks)
  4. Everyday Science. (100 marks)
  5. Pakistan Affairs. (100 marks)
  6. Current Affairs. (100 marks)

 

  1. ELECTIVE / SELECTIVE PAPERS 600 MARKS

 

Elective papers may be selected from the groups given by FPSC and not more than 200 marks are allowed for selection from one group. The selection of elective papers is based upon interest of candidate and the degree he has achieved during studies. Selection of elective papers is very important and is a base towards the marks. For details website of FPSC may be visited. The revision of groups by FPSC in the recent years has made it little difficult for candidates having background in Arts & Humanities subjects as compared with Sciences.

Total eight groups are available for selection of selective papers. The groups have been revised by FPSC in 2016. The groups for selection of papers are as under:-

 

Group-I: (To select one subject of (200 marks) only)

Code No. Subject Marks

  1. Accountancy & Auditing 200
  2. Economics 200
  3. Computer Science 200
  4. Political Science 200
  5. International Relations 200

Group-II: (To select subject(s) of 200 marks only)

Code No. Subject Marks

  1. Physics 200
  2. Chemistry 200
  3. Applied Mathematics 100
  4. Pure Mathematics 100
  5. Statistics 100
  6. Geology 100

Group-III: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Code No. Subject Marks

  1. Business Administration 100
  2. Public Administration 100
  3. Governance & Public Policies 100
  4. Town Planning & Urban Management 100

Group-IV: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Code No. Subject Marks

  1. History of Pakistan & India 100
  2. Islamic History & Culture 100
  3. British History 100
  4. European History 100
  5. History of USA 100

Group-V: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Code No. Subject Marks

  1. Gender Studies 100
  2. Environmental Sciences 100
  3. Agriculture & Forestry 100
  4. Botany 100
  5. Zoology 100
  6. English Literature 100
  7. Urdu Literature 100

Group-VI: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Code No. Subject Marks

  1. Law 100
  2. Constitutional Law 100
  3. International Law 100
  4. Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100
  5. Mercantile Law 100
  6. Criminology 100
  7. Philosophy 100

Group-VII: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Code No. Subject Marks

  1. Journalism & Mass Communication 100
  2. Psychology 100
  3. Geography 100
  4. Sociology 100
  5. Anthropology 100
  6. Punjabi 100
  7. Sindhi 100
  8. Pashto 100
  9. Balochi 100
  10. Persian 100
  11. Arabic 100

The codes are assigned by FPSC and same have been repeated here for ready reference.

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