Central Superior Service (CSS) is the highest level competitive examination for seeking job on regular basis i.e. Grade-17 in Government Departments at Federal level in Pakistan. For more detail, read An Introduction to CSS Exam.
This is a diversified examination requiring a candidate to prepare different subjects such as English Essays, Islamiat, Current Affairs, Pakistan Affairs, Everyday Science and optional subjects of 600 Marks as per choice of candidate. To know about syllabus in detail, read CSS Syllabus.
Importance of Study Plan
Comprehensive and practicable study plan is basic ingredient towards successful result in CSS Examination. Written Examination is the first step, so it is the jump-off to prepare this part in efficient manner to proceed further. 60% marks in written examination is the minimum benchmark set by the successful candidates. 60% marks 720 out of 1200 of written part of CSS Examination. Every aspirant candidate should set the benchmark in written examination.
5-6 months time is considered a good period of time for preparation of CSS Examination. Even though there are few exceptions that succeeded in getting through the CSS Examination in three months preparation. Sheer hard work has no substitute but well directed hard work is required.
How to Make Study Plan
Different people learn things differently as per their attitude, interest and plan. Many successful CSS Qualifiers have narrated about their study plan. Here we discuss some of them in brief.
Study Plan No.1
We are well aware with the fact that 12 papers of 1200 marks constitute written-part of CSS Examination. So, one has to prepare them first. These 12 papers may be prepared as per routine of one aspirant who is willing to qualify the CSS Examination. 12 papers may be studied on 6 days a week; 2 papers on each day.
Monday: Essay + Islamiat.
Tuesday: Current Affairs + Pakistan Affairs.
Wednesday: Everyday Science + English Composition.
Thursday: 2 Optional Subjects (let's suppose Chemistry)
Friday: 2 Optional Subjects (let's suppose Political Science)
Saturday: 2 Optional Subjects (let's suppose Environmental Science + Punjabi).
Two hours per day to one paper is a good time for its preparation. Alongside these, read one English and one Urdu newspaper to remain up to date with current knowledge.
Study Plan No. 2
Study the compulsory papers on alternate days such as Monday, Wednesday & Friday whereas optional subjects may be studies on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. This will require 4-5 hours study per day.
Study Plan No. 3
Depute one week each to optional subjects in order to cover them and then concentrate on compulsory subjects. If we depute one week each to every paper, it will take 3 months time to complete the cycle of all papers.
Study Plan No. 4
Fix 6 hours per day and give 30 minutes each to every subject. This plan is for who prepare CSS in a year's time.