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How to Select Optional Subjects in CSS Exam

October 23, 2018

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The Central Superior Service (CSS) exam consists of 1500 marks; the breakup of the written and (Psychological Assessment and Interview) viva voce is as under:

Written Part = 1200 Marks.
Viva Voce = 300 Marks.
Total = 1500 Marks.

Written Part 1200 Marks:

  1. 600 Marks 6 Compulsory Subjects
  2. 600 Marks 6 Optional Subjects

Groups of Subjects:

Selection of papers from seven groups prescribed by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) for CSS Exam is the most important aspect of CSS attempt by a candidate. No doubt that a candidate holds one degree or two degrees in his educational career but he / she has to select 600 marks selective papers from the following groups. Not more than 200 marks (2 papers) may be selected from Group No. 1&2 whereas 100 marks (1 paper) may be selected from Group No.3-7. Before reading next, view CSS Syllabus in detail to know about its syllabus-groups:

Group-I: Select one subject of 200 marks only
Group-II: Select one or two subjects of 200 marks only
Group-III: Select one subject of 100 marks only
Group-IV: Select one subject of 100 marks only
Group-V: Select one subject of 100 marks only
Group-VI: Select one subject of 100 marks only
Group-VII: Select one subject of 100 marks only

If we go through these groups, it may be seen that some subjects have 200 marks and other have 100 marks; meaning thereby that a candidate may select 200 marks subject and he has to take two papers in that subject one each of 100 marks otherwise he may select 100 marks each paper making it 200 marks per group and 600 marks selective papers overall.

Tip: No subject is low scoring or high scoring; it is the material which we present in the papers and the level of preparedness.

Syllabus Revision Impact

The revision of groups by FPSC in the recent years has made it little difficult for candidates having background in Arts & Humanities subjects as compared with Sciences but it does not make it impossible for the arts backgrounds student. The most important aspect is the interest and keenness to select a paper.

In the year 2016, FPSC revised the syllabus and groups for written papers. Some subjects previously having 200 marks (2 papers) were reduced to 100 marks (1 paper) such as Geography, Punjabi and Indopak History etc. Previously, these papers were the most selective by the candidates as they were considered high scoring papers and material on them was/ is easily available. Every second candidate used to select IndoPak History or Punjabi or Geography. These subjects were more attractive for those who had Arts & Humanities background. Candidates with Science or Engineering background also selected them.

How to Select Optional Subjects

Here we assume that different candidates with different degrees such as Sciences, Commerce and Arts & Humanities are trying to select subjects for their CSS Exam. Let us discuss one by one with different combinations.

Candidate with Degrees in Science Subjects

A candidate with degree of sciences such as MSc Chemistry is intending to select 600 marks 06 papers so the different combinations which are workable may be as under:

  • Political Science 200 (Group-I)
  • Chemistry 200 (Group-II)
  • Environmental Sciences 100 (Group-V)
  • Geography India 100 (Group-VII)

Similarly, some different selection combination may be made.

 Candidate with Degrees in Arts Subjects

A candidate with degree of Arts such as MA Urdu is intending to select 600 marks 06 papers so the different combinations which are workable may be as under:

  • International Relations 200 (Group-I)
  • Urdu Literature 100 (Group-V)
  • Public Administration 100 (Group-III)
  • Punjabi 100 (Group-VII)
  • Islamic History & Culture 100 (Group-IV)

Similarly, some different selection combination may be made.

 Candidate with Degrees in Commerce Subjects

A candidate with degree of Arts such as M.Com is intending to select 600 marks 06 papers so the different combinations which are workable may be as under:

  • Accountancy & Auditing 200 (Group-I)
  • Urdu Literature 100 (Group-V)
  • Punjabi 100 (Group-VII)
  • International Law 100 (Group-VI)
  • Islamic History & Culture 100 (Group-IV)

Similarly, some different selection combination may be made.

 Candidate with Law Degrees

A candidate with degree of Arts such as LLB is intending to select 600 marks 06 papers so the different combinations which are workable may be as under:

  • Political Science 200 (Group-I)
  • Environmental Sciences 100 (Group-V)
  • History of Pakistan & India 100 (Group-IV)
  • Punjabi 100 (Group-VII)
  • Public Administration 100 (Group-III)
  • Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100 (Group-VI)

Similarly, one candidate may opt/ select subjects of his interest.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A HABIB
Writer is a Punjab Government servant (Pakistan). He writes voluntarily




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