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The Central Superior Services (CSS) is a competitive exam conducted by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) of Pakistan, Islamabad. This high competitive exam is held every year in October/November for recruitment to posts in Basic Pay Scale 17 under Federal Government.

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

This is one of the most popular and tough category exam in Pakistan. CSS exam is held in the month of November or December once a year. FPSC sets the dates of examinations in begin of the year. Applicant must fulfill the following eligibilty criteria for appearing in CSS Exam.

Age Limit

The age limit for admission in CSS examination is 21-30 years(for the General category candidate). There is relaxation up to 2 years for those who are already in Government Service and have completed 2 years service. So their age limit is 32 years. This relaxation is also available to candidates belonging to certain remote areas as defined by Government.

Education Limit

The minimum education to appear in CSS examination is Bachelor's degree. The candidate should also have Second Division ("C" Grade) in Bachelor degree by any HEC registered university of Pakistan or an equivalent degree or comparable educational qualifications of a foreign University.

If the candidate has obtained a Third Division ("D" Grade) in Bachelor 's Degree will be eligible for the CSS Examination if he/she has obtained a higher Division in Master's Degree.

If the candidate has foreign degrees which is equivalent to corresponding Pakistani degree will be eligible for the CSS Examination.

Nationality Limit

The candidate must be citizen of Pakistan or permanent resident of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Application Submission

Application fee of competitive examination is Rs.2200. Application submission Period 1st October to 31st October. And Examination Date is held in mid of February

Recheck fee of a paper

If a candidate wants to recheck his/her paper, the rechecking fee per paper is Rs.500. The candidates have to submit dues to the Federal Commission Service Commission.

Number of Chances :

There are only three chances for candidates to appear in the CSS exams and no candidate can appear in the CSS exams more than three times.


To pass the CSS exam candidates has to pass following four multiple stages.

  • A) CSS Written Exam
  • B) Medical Test
  • C) Psychological Test

The CSS written examination is the first stage of CSS Exam. According to the FPSC announcement, the written exam is conducted in more than 20 cities of Pakistan.

  • Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana and Sukkur
  • Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sialkot
  • Multan, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan
  • Islamabad, Rawalpindi,
  • Peshawar, Abbotabad, Dera Ismail Khan, Gilgit, Khuzdar,
  • Muzaffarabad, Quetta, Skardu

This written exam is conducted in 6 compulsory subjects and 6 optional subjects (to be selected from the list) with a total of 1200 marks.

1. English Essay (100 Marks)
- An Essay On One Of The Several Specified Topics. (Subjective Exam)
2. English Composition (100 Marks)
- This Paper Is Intended To Test The Ability Of The Candidates In Functional English Comprising Precise Writing, Translation From Urdu Into English, Composition And Usage Of Idioms. (Subjective Exam)
3. General Knowledge - 1 (100 Marks)
- Everyday Science
4. General Knowledge - 2 (100 Marks)
- Current Affairs
5. General Knowledge - 3 (100 Marks)
- Pakistan Affairs (Subjective & Objective Exam)
6. Islamiat/ Ethics (100 Marks)
- Islamic Studies is for Muslim Candidates and Ethics is for Non Muslim Candidates (Subjective & Objective Exam)


Group I:
Code:Subjects:Total Marks:
11Accountancy & Auditing 200
12Economics 200
13Computer Science 200
14Political Science 200
15International Relations 200
Group II:
Code:Subjects:Total Marks:
16Physics 200
17Chemistry 200
18Applied Mathematics 100
19Pure Mathematics 100
20Statistics 100
21Geology 100
Group III:
Code:Subjects:Total Marks:
22Business Administration 100
23Public Administration 100
23Governance & Public Policies 100
24Pure Mathematics 100
25Town Planning & Urban Management 100
Group IV:
Code:Subjects:Total Marks:
26History of Pakistan & India 100
27Islamic History & Culture 100
28British History 100
29European History 100
30History of USA 100
Group V:
Code:Subjects:Total Marks:
31Gender Studies 100
32Environmental Sciences 100
33Agriculture & Forestry 100
35Zoology 100
36English Literature 100
37Urdu Literature 100
Group VI:
Code:Subjects:Total Marks:
38Law 100
39Constitutional Law 100
40Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100
41International Law 100
42Mercantile Law 100
43Criminology 100
44Philosophy 100
Group VII:
Code:Subjects:Total Marks:
45Journalism & Mass Communication 100
46Psychology 100
47Geography 100
48Sociology 100
49Anthropology 100
50Punjabi 100
51Sindhi 100
52Pashto 100
53Balochi 100
54Persian 100
55Arabic 100

Note: The subjects which has 200 total marks there will be two paper and the subjects which has 100 total marks there will be one paper. Each paper will be of 3 hours duration and the candidates should expect some objective type question (MCQ's) in compulsory and optional papers. ( for Complete details of syllabus visit this page)

The qualification marks in CSS written examination are as under:

a) Compulsory Subjects (40% in each subjects)

b) Optional Subjects (33% in each subjects)

c) Aggregate Marks (50%)


The Candidates, who passed in the written examination as above criteria, have to appear for their medical Test before central Medical Board, according to the schedule prescribed by the Ministry of Health.


The medically qualified candidates are given psychological Tests, in individual as well as in Groups, to access their aptitude and personality traits for different Groups/Services. This test is held before viva voce.


The viva voce is conducted by a larger board with four to five members. The Candidates, who passed in the written examination, Medical Test and Psychological Test is call for Viva Voice. The viva voce test is consists of 300 marks and minimum marks required 100 for become a successful candidate.