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CSS Exam - Detail of Written Exam

A candidate has to appear in the following four parts of CSS Exam:

  1. Written Exam
  2. Medical Test
  3. Psychological Test
  4. Viva Voce

Written Exam

  1. The written exam consists of twelve (12) papers. Out of which six (6) are compulsory papers and the remaining six (6) are optional papers. Each paper has 100 marks.
  2. The written exam carries 1200 marks in total. Out of which 600 marks are for compulsory papers and 600 marks are for optional papers.
  3. Time allowed for each paper is 3 Hours.
  4. Each paper has Part-I (Objective part) and Part-II (Subjective part). Part-I is attempted on a separate sheet which collected back after 30 minutes.
  5. Qualifying marks for compulsory paper is 40% and for optional paper is 33%.
  6. Optional papers are to be selected from the groups of subjects in the list according to the rules specified for them by FPSC.
  7. The list of compulsory and optional paper is as follows:

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS (600 MARKS)

Code No. Subjects Marks
1. English Essay 100
2. English (Precis and Composition) 100
3. General Science & Ability 100
4. Current Affairs 100
5. Pakistan Affairs 100
6. Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of 100
  Major Religions (For Non Muslims)  
Total Marks 600

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS (600 MARKS)

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

Code No. Subjects Marks
11. Accountancy & Auditing 200
12. Economics 200
13. Computer Science 200
14. Political Science 200
15. International Relations 200

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

Code No. Subjects Marks
16. Physics 200
17. Chemistry 200
18. Applied Mathematics 100
19. Pure Mathematics 100
20. Statistics 100
21. Geology 100

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

Code No. Subjects Marks
22. Business Administration 100
23. Public Administration 100
24. Governance & Public Policies 100
25. Town Planning & Urban Management 100

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

Code No. Subjects Marks
26. History of Pakistan & India 100
27. Islamic History & Culture 100
28. British History 100
29. European History 100
30. History of USA 100

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

Code No. Subjects Marks
31. Gender Studies 100
32. Environmental Sciences 100
33. Agriculture & Forestry 100
34. Botany 100
35. Zoology 100
36. English Literature 100
37. Urdu Literature 100

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

Code No. Subjects Marks
38. Law 100
39. Constitutional Law 100
40. International Law 100
41. Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100
42. Mercantile Law 100
43. Criminology 100
44. Philosophy 100

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

Code No. Subjects Marks
45. Journalism & Mass Communication 100
46. Psychology 100
47. Geography 100
48. Sociology 100
49. Anthropology 100
50. Punjabi 100
51. Sindhi 100
52. Pashto 100
53. Balochi 100
54. Persian 100
55. Arabic 100
Note:

  1. A subject carrying 100 marks has one paper. On the other hand, subject carrying 200 marks has two papers.
  2. Question papers in Urdu or other regional languages (i.e. Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, or Balochi), Arabic and Persian must be answered in the respective languages. However translation question (from respective language to English) in the same papers must be answered as directed in the question.
  3. There will be 20 MCQs in all compulsory papers except the paper of Essay. There will be 20 MCQs in all optional paper except paper of Applied Mathematics and Pure Mathematics.