4 August 2012

CSS Examination in Pakistan

CSS is the most attractive dream of the majority of Pakistani students.  Almost every Pakistani student want to be an officer.  CSS examination is participated by thousand of candidates every year.  The Competitive Examination is held by the Federal Public Service Commission for recruitment to posts in BS-17

for the following Groups/Services under the Federal Government:

  • CSS Groups/Services
  • Commerce & Trade Group
  • Customs & Excise Group
  • District Management Group
  • Foreign Service of Pakistan
  • Income Tax Group
  • Information Group
  • Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service
  • Police Service of Pakistan
  • Postal Group
  • Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group
  • Military Lands & Cantonment Group

The Competitive Examination comprises the Following:

  • Written Examination
  • Medical Test
  • Psychological Test
  • Viva Voce

CSS Examiniation Rules

The examination is conducted by the Federal Public Service Commission in accordance with the following Rules.



A candidate for admission to the examination must have attained the age of 21years

Age Relaxation

The upper age limit will be relaxed by two years up to the age of 30 years in respect of :—
The candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Buddhist  Community  
In the case of in Service Government Servants the upper age limit is relaxable by two Years.

Academic Qualification 

A candidate must hold at least a Second Class or Grade “C” bachelor’s degree in any faculty of one of the Pakistani Universities or an equivalent degree or comparable educational qualifications of a foreign University recognized by Higher Education Commission, Islamabad.


The candidate must be a citizen of Pakistan or a person deriving his/her nationality from the State of Jammu and Kashmir.


All candidates except disabled must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect

Disabled candidates in the categories of physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired (deaf & dumb) and visually impaired (blind) are allowed to compete for Competitive Examination against four Occupational Groups/ Services viz:
  • Commerce & Trade Group
  • Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service
  • Information Group
  • Postal Group 

Disabled candidates viz visually impaired (Blind), physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired (Deaf & Dumb) will be provided helper such as Writer, if so requested by them in their application forms.

Extra time viz 15 minutes per hour will be allowed to the visually impaired (Blind) candidates. Request of Computer literate candidates for provision of computer equipment etc. to attempt question papers will be entertained. Examination for such candidates will be held at Islamabad only. However, no TA/DA etc. will be admissible.


The approximate number of vacancies in BS-17 to be filled on the results of this examination will be announced later. The Government, however, reserves the right to fill a smaller or larger number of vacancies than that announced.


Candidates securing the highest places on the combined results of the written Examination, Psychological assessment and Viva Voce Tests and eligible for appointment will be appointed up to the number of vacancies available.


The examination will include the following subjects and each subject will carry the marks shown against it.

There will be two papers of 100 marks each of the subjects which carry 200 marks. In other subjects there will be one paper. Each Paper will be of 3 hours duration.

The candidates should expect some objective type questions (MCQ’s) in compulsory and optional papers.

The Non-Muslim candidates have the option either to take Islamiat as one of the compulsory subject or otherwise Pakistan Affairs (G.K. Paper-III) will be treated of 200 marks in their case and half of the total marks obtained by them in the paper on Pakistan Affairs (G.K. Paper-III) will be counted in lieu of Islamiat.


The minimum standard of optional subjects will be that of an honours degree of a university in Pakistan. The candidates are required to select optional subjects carrying a total of 600 marks, but not more than 200 marks from any box/columns. The groupings of optional subjects are as under:—
Psychological Test
All candidates called for Viva Voce will be required to undergo Psychological Test, comprising written tests and group tasks. Such tests are designed to assess abilities, attitude and personality characteristics of the candidates with special regard to their aptitude for the Civil Services.

Viva Voce (300 Marks)

each candidate who qualifies the written part of the exam will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career, both academic and extra-mural. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess his/her suitability for the services for which he/she is entered and in framing their assessment the Board will attach particular importance to the moral and ethical qualities of the candidates, his/her intelligence and alertness of mind, his/her vigor and strength of character and his/her potential qualities of leadership. The Board will take into consideration his/her extra-mural activities such as sports, debates, hobbies, etc., and their effect on his/her physique and character, in assessing his/her merit.

All candidates are expected to have basic knowledge regarding Islam and Pakistan. Questions will be asked in the Interview on these subjects. Persons securing less than pass marks in these subjects will not be considered for appointment to Government jobs, irrespective of their proficiency in other fields. However, the Non-Muslim candidates will not be asked any question regarding Islam.


The following merit and provincial/regional quotas shall be observed in filling vacancies



Punjab  (including Federal Area of Islamabad








Northern Areas and Federally Administered Tribal Areas




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