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Screening Test for CSS Competitive

Examination
CSS governing authority Federal Public Service Commission has announced that there will be screening test for
the future CSS Exams.Candidates have to get best marks in it first and then appear in the CSS Exams.

Note: Currently there is no such test but it can be in future. The pattern will be such as

Number of Questions: 200 (MCQs)


Total Marks: 200 (1 mark per question)
Time Allowed: 3 hours

Part-I: English (Number of MCQs = 40)


Vocabulary, Grammar usage, Comprehension

Part-II: General Abilities (Number of MCQs = 40)


(a) Basic Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry, (SSC Level)
(b) Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
(c) General Mental Ability

Part-III: General Knowledge (Number of MCQs = 90)


(a) Everyday Science (30 MCQs)
(b) Current Affairs (30 MCQs)
(c) Pakistan Affairs (30 MCQs)

Part-IV: Islamiat (Number of MCQs = 30)

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What is CSS?
The Public Service Commission was set up for the first time in British India in
1926. After independence, the Commission was established in Pakistan in
1947 under the provision of Government of India Act, 1935. At present, the
commission is functioning under article 242of the constitution of Islamic
Republic of Pakistan. It has been provided autonomy under the Rules of
Business, 1973 and FPSC Regulations, 1978 in its working. The Commission
has also been given administrative as well as, to some extent, financial
autonomy to perform its functions independently.
How many attempts can I make?
You can make not more than three (03) attempts for the CSS exam.
Would my subject combination affect my choice of any occupational
group?
No, your subject combination does not affect your choice for any specific
occupational group. You can chose any subjects and be considered for any
group according to your marks and merit.

How should I select the subject?


For subject selection, keep in mind the following points:

 Try to have the subjects that you have studied before.


 Don’t ever go for “that easy subject”, try to find out its scoring value.
 Previous statistics show that subjects with 100 marks give more score
than subjects with 200 marks.
 Science subjects are more scoring than their arts counterparts.
 People even have scored 2 marks in some subjects like Constitutional
Law because they thought it was too easy.
 Languages are usually high scoring subjects.
 Indo-Pak History does not usually result in a high score--avoiding it as
generally helpful.
 However, other history subjects have better scoring averages.

What are the compulsory and optional subjects?

Compulsory Subjects Marks


1) Essay 100
2) English (precise and composition) 100
3) General Knowledge - 1 (everyday
100
science)
General Knowledge - 2 (current
100
affairs)
General Knowledge - 3 (Pakistan
100
Affairs)
4) Islamiat (optional for only non-
100
Muslims)

Subject
Optional Subjects Marks Rules
Code
Accountancy and Subject(s) carrying not
11 200
Auditing more than 200 marks
12 Economics 200 (Code No. 11- 14) can be
Business choosed.
13 100
Administration Note : Business
14 Public Administration 100 Administration can not be
opted in combination with
Public Administration.
15 Political Science 200
Subject(s) carrying not
16 Agricultural 100
more than 200 marks
17 Forestry 100
(Code No. 15- 19) can be
18 Sociology 100
choosed.
19 Journalism 100
20 Pure Mathematics 200 Subject(s) carrying not
21 Applied Mathematics 200 more than 200 marks
22 Computer Science 100 (Code No. 20-23) can be
23 Statistics 100 choosed.
24 Physics 200
25 Geology 200 Science subject(s)
26 Geography 200 carrying not more than
27 Chemistry 200 200 marks (Code No. 24-
28 Botany 200 29) can be choosed.
29 Zoology 200
Islamic history and
30 200
culture History subject(s)
31 Indo Pak History 200 carrying not more than
32 British History 200 200 marks (Code No. 30-
33 European History 200 34) can be choosed.
34 USA History 100
35v Law 200 Law subject(s) carrying
36 Constitutional Law 100 not more than 200 marks
37 Mercantile Law 100 (Code No. 35-40) can be
Muslim Law and opted.
38 100
Jurisprudence Note : International Law
39 International Law 100 can not be opted in
combination with
40 International Relations 100
International Relations.
41 Philosophy 200 Philosophy/Psychology
subject(s) carrying not
more than 200 marks
42 Psychology 200 (Code No.41-42 ) can be
opted.
43 Sindhi 100 Regional languages not
44 Pushto 100 more than one of the 04
45 Punjabi 100 subjects (Code No. 43-
46 Balochi 100 46) can be opted.
47 English Literature 200 National/Foreign/Classical
languages not more than
48 Urdu 200
one of 04 subjects (Code
49 Persian 200 No. 47-50)can be opted.
Note : Urdu can not be
opted in combination with
50 Arabic 200 regional languages (Code
No. 43-Sindhi, 46-
Balochi)
NOTE: The candidates must select from the optional subjects
carrying a total of 600 marks.

At which centres exams are held?


CSS exams are held by the FPSC simultaneously at Islamabad, Karachi,
Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. There used to be a centre in London as well
but it has been abolished.
When and for how many groups the exam is held?
Competitive Examination is held by the FPSC every year in
October/November for induction of officers in Basic Pay Scale 17 into the
Civil services of the Federation, for the following 10 Groups/Services under
the Federal Government.

 Accounts Group
 Commerce and Trade Group
 Customs and Excise Group
 District Management Group
 Foreign service of Pakistan
 Information Group
 Income Tax Group
 Police Service of Pakistan
 Postal Group
 Railways (Commercial and Transportation) Group

What is the format of the exam?


The Competitive Examination comprises of the following format;

 Written Examination
The Written Examination for CSS consists of 1200 marks (600 marks
for compulsory subjects and 600 marks for optional subjects). The
examination is normally held during the month of October/November
every year in 5 main cities of Pakistan.Qualification marks in written
Examination:

The qualification marks in CSS written examination are as under:


o a) Compulsory Subjects – 40% in each subjects
o b) Optional Subjects – 33% in each subjects
o c) Aggregate Marks – 50%

 Medical and Psychological Test


The Candidates, who qualify the written examination as per criteria,
have to appear for their medical Test before central Medical Board,
according to the schedule prescribed by the Ministry of Health. Then
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, before the Viva Voce.
 Viva Voce
The viva Voce tests consists of 300 marks and minimum qualification
marks are 100. No candidate is considered for appointment to any of
the Group/Service for which he/she is declared “not suitable” by the
Viva Voce Board. The viva voce is conducted by a larger board (mostly
five members) headed by the chairman at Islamabad and at all
Provincial headquarters.

What sort of preparation is required for Psychological and are there


any marks for Psychological Assessment?
No preparation is required for Psychological Tests. Express your true
feelings, opinions, and judgments as they are and respond to the questions
freely. There are NO MARKS for Psychological Assessment, however the
marks assigned to Viva Voce also reflect the performance on Psychological
test.
What is the Recruitment Policy?
The allocation of posts to merit and provincial / regional quota is made
according to the existing policy of the government as under:

 Merit 10%
 Punjab 50%
 Sindh 19% ( Urban 7.6%, Rural 11.4% )
Sindh (Urban) refers only to the city area of Karachi, Hyderabad and
Sukkur. Cantonment areas are counted as part of the city. The areas
under the Jurisdiction of the District Councils of these districts are the
rural areas.
 NWFP 11.5%
 Baluchistan 3.5%
 NAFATA 4%
 AJK 2%
 What is the further procedure After selection?
After selection there is 9-month basic training at the Civil Service
Academy, Lahore and after this departmental training starts. In total
this training period is of two years duration. After this period,
candidates are posted as grade-17 officers.
5-years are required for the first promotion i.e. to grade-18 provided
there are vacant posts available for it. Promotion to grade-19 further
requires 7 years while promotion to grade-20 requires compulsory
training at national Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) at
Lahore,Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta. Five month training is required
to be promoted to grade-21. This training is conducted at
AdministrativeStaffCollege,Lahore. Grade-22 is the last rung in this
ladder of grades.
optinal Subject Selection for PCS exam 2013

.OPTIONAL SUBJECT
S.No. Subject Maximum Marks 150 marks each
GROUP “A”
1. English Literature Period I, 1780-1832
2. English Literature Period II, 1832-1901
3. Arabic
4. Persian
5. French
6. Sanskirt
7. Latin
8. German
9. History of Urdu Literature/History of Sindhi Literature
10. Arabic Literature Period I
11. Arabic Literature Period II
12. Persian Literature Period I up to 1500 AD
13. Persian Literature Period II after 1500 AD

GROUP “B” 150 marks for each subject (You can choose only one subject from this
group)

14. Indian History, Period I


15. Indian History, Period II
16. English History, from 1714 AD
17. European History, from 1789 AD
18. Islamic History, Period I
19. Islamic History, Period II

GROUP “C” 150 marks for each subject (You can choose only one subject from this
group)

20. Pure Mathematics


21. Applied Mathematics
22. Statistics

GROUP “D” 150 marks for each subject (You can choose only one subject from this
group)
23. Physics
24. Chemistry
(a) Geology
25. Applied Chemistry
26. Botany
27. Zoology
28. Agriculture
(a) Forestry
29. Astronomy
30. Human Anatomy
31. Physiology 6

GROUP “E” 150 marks for each subject (You can choose only one subject from this
group)

32. Ethics and psychology


33. Logic and Elements of Philosophy
34. Islamiyaat
35. Economics
36. Political Science
37. Criminal Law
38. Civil Law
39. Geography
40. International Relations
41. Commerce Comprising
(a) Industrial and Commercial Organization
(b) Industrial Commercial Law and
(c) Statistics
42. Public Administration
43. Sociology
44. Journalism / Mass Communication

Note:- All papers except in easy, shall be of three hours duration. The time allowed for
the
essay shall be two hours in each case.

. If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible a deduction which may be considerable,


may be made on this account from the total marks secured by him/her.

. Credit will be given for good English including orderly, effective and exact expression
combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination and not only in
subjects which are specially devoted to English.

. Names of candidates who qualify shall be arranged in order of merit according to the
aggregate marks obtained at the examination.
Note:- In the event of a tie, the order of merit shall be determined in accordance with the
highest marks secured in the viva voce, Should the marks in the Viva voce of the
candidates be equal then the order of merit shall be decided in accordance with the
highest marks obtained by such candidates in the aggregate of the compulsory subjects.

Can I opt these subjects

Indian History, Period II


Islamic History, Period I
Islamiat

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1. Written Examination
The written test consists of 1200 marks in which, there are 12 papers and each paper carries 100 marks. A list of compulsory and
optional papers is provided to the candidates and thy have to prepare six compulsory subjects and also have to choose six optional
subjects to pass the Central Superior Services exam. These papers are based on descriptive section and objective section as well.

2. Medical Examination
After qualifying the written test, the candidates have to move the second step. This second step is the medical examination to make
sure that the candidates are having good physical and mental health because any defect can interfere to fulfil their duties. The medical
board in Pakistan takes the responsibility of medical checkup. The candidates who cannot pass this medical test cannot move further
except the disabled.
3. Psychological Assessment
The third step is the Psychological examination including written test and group tasks. With the help of this examination, the selection
of brilliant candidates is made in all over Pakistan.

4. Viva Voce
After completing all the steps, there comes a final step that is viva voce. In this step, the board interviews the candidates. This viva
voce examination basis on general interest area. This examination’s purpose is to assess the suitable candidates for the services in
Pakistan. The qualities such as ethics, intelligence of minds, leadership qualities and strength attract to the board.

For the selection, these qualities play an important role. The extra-curricular activities of candidates asked by the board. Candidates
must have the knowledge about Islam, Pakistan and current affairs of Pakistan as well.

Rules for admission test:

Age Limit

The age limit for CSS test is from 28 to 30 years and the qualification requirement is 14 years of education.

Education

For the CSS examination, candidates must have the C grade of bachelor degree or having 2nddivision in any field from any University
of Pakistan.

Nationality

The candidates who have the citizenship of Pakistan can apply for this exam. The married candidates who have not Pakistani
citizenship are illegible.

Subjects for CSS test are categories in compulsory and optional subjects. The total numbers are 1200 of written test of CSS, 600 marks
for compulsory subjects and 600 marks for optional subjects.

Compulsory subjects are


 English Essay
 English (Precis and Composition)
 General Science and Ability
 Current Affairs
 Pakistan Affairs

Islamic Studies or Comparative Studies (for non-Muslims)


Optional Subjects also contain 600 marks having VII groups of subjects and the candidates must have to select one subject in each
group. The fee structure for the CSS exams is Rs. 1000 only.

Objectives of Central Superior Services


The main purpose of Central is to improve the skills of government workers that how they can deliver the basic services to the residents
in an efficient manner. To motivate the civil servants in a professional way and to develop the high quality civil servants so that it can
improve the functions of government.

Tips to Pass
1. Make the strong preparation in which the candidate feels itself weak.
2. English is the major subject and candidate should focus on it.
3. Just read the topics and try to understand.
4. Provide correct information about yourself when apply for the exams otherwise the candidate will be rejected.
5. To prepare the exam by yourself is not possible. Candidates must have to take help from libraries, newspapers and internet as w.

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 Essay
 English (Precis & Composition)
 General Science & Ability
 Current Affairs
 Pakistan Affairs
 Islamiat / Comparative Study of Major Religions

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

GROUP – I

 Accountancy & Auditing – I


 Accountancy & Auditing – II
 Economics – I
 Economics – II
 Computer Science – I
 Computer Science – II
 Political Science – I
 Political Science – II
 International Relations – I | Notes
 International Relations – II

GROUP – II

 Physics-I
 Physics-II
 Chemistry-I
 Chemistry-II
 Applied Mathematics
 Pure Mathematics
 Statistics
 Geology

GROUP – III

 Business Administration
 Public Administration
 Governance & Public Policies
 Town Planning & Urban Management

GROUP – IV

 History of Pakistan & India


 Islamic History & Culture
 British History
 European History
 History of the U.S.A.

GROUP – V

 Gender Studies
 Environmental Sciences
 Agriculture & Forestry
 Botany
 Zoology
 English Literature
 Urdu Literature

GROUP – VI

 Law
 Constitutional Law
 International Law | Notes
 Muslim Law & Jurisprudence
 Mercantile Law | Notes
 Criminology
 Philosophy

GROUP – VII

 Journalism & Mass Communication


 Psychology
 Geography
 Sociology | Notes
 Anthropology
 Punjabi
 Sindhi
 Pashto
 Balochi
 Persian
 Arabic

CSS 2009
COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 Essay
 English (Precis & Composition)
 Islamiat
 Everyday Science
 Pakistan Affairs
 Current Affairs

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

GROUP-A

 Accountancy & Auditing – I


 Accountancy & Auditing – II
 Economics – I
 Economics – II
 Business Administration
 Public Administration

GROUP-B

 Political Science – I
 Political Science – II
 Agriculture
 Forestry
 Sociology
 Journalism

GROUP-C
 Pure Mathematics – I
 Pure Mathematics – II
 Applied Mathematics – I
 Applied Mathematics – II
 Computer Science
 Statistics

GROUP-D

 Physics-I
 Physics-II
 Geology-I
 Geology-II
 Geography-I
 Geography-II
 Chemistry-I
 Chemistry-II
 Botany-I
 Botany-II
 Zoology-I
 Zoology-II

GROUP-E

 Islamic History & Culture -I


 Islamic History & Culture -II
 History of Pakistan & India -I
 History of Pakistan & India -II
 British History-I
 British History-II
 European History-I
 European History-II
 History of the U.S.A.

GROUP-F

 Law-I
 Law-II
 Constitutional Law
 Mercantile Law
 Muslim Law & Jurisprudence
 International Law
 International Relations

GROUP-G

 Philosophy-I
 Philosophy-II
 Psychology including Experimental Psychology-I
 Psychology including Experimental Psychology-II

GROUP-H

 Sindhi
 Pushto
 Punjabi
 Balochi

GROUP-I

 English Literature-I
 English Literature-II
 Urdu-I
 Urdu-II
 Persian-I
 Persian-II
 Arabic-I
 Arabic-II

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COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 Essay
 English (Precis & Composition)
 Islamiat
 Everyday Science
 Pakistan Affairs
 Current Affairs

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

GROUP-A

 Accountancy & Auditing – I


 Accountancy & Auditing – II
 Economics – I
 Economics – II
 Business Administration
 Public Administration

GROUP-B

 Political Science – I
 Political Science – II
 Agriculture
 Forestry
 Sociology
 Journalism

GROUP-C

 Pure Mathematics – I
 Pure Mathematics – II
 Applied Mathematics – I
 Applied Mathematics – II
 Computer Science
 Statistics

GROUP-D

 Physics-I
 Physics-II
 Geology-I
 Geology-II
 Geography-I
 Geography-II
 Chemistry-I
 Chemistry-II
 Botany-I
 Botany-II
 Zoology-I
 Zoology-II
GROUP-E

 Islamic History & Culture -I


 Islamic History & Culture -II
 History of Pakistan & India -I
 History of Pakistan & India -II
 British History-I
 British History-II
 European History-I
 European History-II
 History of the U.S.A.

GROUP-F

 Law-I
 Law-II
 Constitutional Law
 Mercantile Law
 Muslim Law & Jurisprudence
 International Law
 International Relations

GROUP-G

 Philosophy-I
 Philosophy-II
 Psychology including Experimental Psychology-I
 Psychology including Experimental Psychology-II

GROUP-H

 Sindhi
 Pushto
 Punjabi
 Balochi

GROUP-I

 English Literature-I
 English Literature-II
 Urdu-I
 Urdu-II
 Persian-I
 Persian-II
 Arabic-I
 Arabic-II

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