CSS Exams – A brief Introduction to Competitive Exams

CSS Exams - A brief Introduction

CSS exams are known as Central Superior Services Competitive Examination. Qualifying CSS exams is the dream of every talented student. 

Most of the students often asked and search on the internet that “what is CSS exams”. Even though candidates have many other questions like

  • what is the CSS Exams 
  • how to prepare for CSS exams 
  • who is eligible for CSS examinations
  • how to pass CSS papers
  • which subjects are best for CSS

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And many more questions. in this article we tried to explain all these questions.

The CSS examinations are held annually by the Pakistani Federal Public Service Commission. Thousands of aspirants want to enter Pakistan’s government service after clearing the CSS test.

However, these tests are among the most difficult for pupils, and substantial study is essential to ace them.

Introduction to CSS exams

From 1858 until 1947, the Sub-Continent was ruled by the British, who established a civil service model.

The Indian Civil Service (formerly known as the Imperial Civil Service) was established in 1858 to administer Imperial Rule policies and serve the common population.

Locals were first barred from competing for officer positions but were later permitted to qualify for the Civil Service Exam.

After getting independence the civil services of Pakistan were formed later on in 1971 it was reformed.

CSS exams Age limit?

  • Candidates must not be under 21 and the above the limit is 30 years.

Age relaxation:

  • yes, two years of age relaxation on the upper limit will be given to candidates belonging to scheduled caste, tribes from the following areas: Baluchistan, tribal areas, DG khan, Tribal areas of Mardan, Tribal areas of Mansehra, upper Tanawal Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan. (terms and conditions apply)

Educational qualification of the candidate for CSS exams

  • The candidate must hold a master’s or bachelor’s degree in any subject recognized by HEC.

Civil services Groups 

After qualifying for the CSS competitive examination, qualified candidates can join following departments 

  1. Military Land and Cantonment
  2. Police Service of Pakistan
  3. Pakistan Customs Service
  4. Information Group
  5. Commerce and Trade Group
  6. Internal Revenue Service
  7. Pakistan Audit and Account Service
  8. Postal Group
  9. Foreign Service of Pakistan
  10. Office Management Group
  11. Railway Group
  12. District Administrative Service

Eligibility criteria for CSS exams

  • applicant must be under 30 year 
  • applicant must have a bachelor or masters degree 
  • must be a Pakistani national  

CSS exams Compulsory Subjects for written examinations.

total marks of the CSS competitive exams is 1200, in which 600 marks are allocated for compulsory subjects and 600 for optional subjects.

the list of CSS compulsory Subjects are as under

  • Islamic studies 100 marks
  •  general science: 100 marks
  • English ( precis and composition) 100 marks
  • Essay 100 marks
  • current affairs 100 marks
  • Pakistan Affairs 100 marks

CSS exams optional Subjects for written examinations.

as per rules, the optional subjects of the CSS exams are divided into 7 groups. applicants are advised to Total of 600 marks from the group

Groups are as under

  1. Group 1
    • International Relations: 200 marks
    • Computer Science: 200 marks
    • Accountancy & Auditing : 200 marks
    • Political Science: 200 marks
    • Economics: 200 marks
  2. Group 2
    • Geology: 100 Marks
    • Pure maths: 100 Marks
    • Chemistry: 200 Marks
    • Physics: 200 Marks
    • statistics: 100 Marks
    • Applied Maths: 100 Marks
  3. Group 3
    • Business Administration:100 marks
    • Governance & Public Policies: 100 marks
    • Public Administration:100 marks
    • Town Planning & Urban Management:100 marks
  4. Group 4
    • History of USA:100 marks
    • British History:100 marks
    • History of Pakistan & India:100 marks
    • Islamic History & Culture:100 marks
    • European History:100 marks
  5. Group 5
    • English Literature:100 marks
    • Gender Studies:100 marks
    • Botany:100 marks
    • Environmental Sciences:100 marks
    • Urdu Literature:100 marks
    • Zoology:100 marks
    • Agriculture & Forestry :100 marks
  6. Group 6
    • Philosophy:100 marks
    • Mercantile Law :100 marks
    • International Law :100 marks
    • Law :100 marks
    • Criminology :100 marks
    • Muslim Law & Jurisprudence:100 marks
    • Constitutional Law:100 marks
  7. Group 7
    • Arabic:100 marks
    • Journalism & Mass Communication:100 marks
    • Persian:100 marks
    • Psychology:100 marks
    • Balochi:100 marks
    • Geography:100 marks
    • Pashto:100 marks
    • Anthropology:100 marks
    • Sindhi:100 marks
    • Punjabi:100 marks

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