It's import to understand its syllabus before attempting an exam. The syllabus of Central Superior Service (CSS) Exam differs from other exams being conducted by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC). It consists of two main parts i.e. written-examination and viva-voce. The written part comprises of two parts further i.e. compulsory papers and selective (optional) papers 600 marks each. The minimum level of papers is Graduation and no specific syllabus is prescribed, however, broad guidelines are available on website of FPSC.
Firstly, the written-examination is conducted. Secondly, after result, the successful candidates are called for Psychological Assessment & Interview known as Viva-Voce, by panel of FPSC. The CSS exam consists of 1500 marks; the breakup of the written and Viva-Voce is as under:
Written Part = 1200 Marks.
Viva Voce = 300 Marks.
Total = 1500 Marks.
Written Part (Written Exam)
Examination (written part) consists of 12 papers (1200 marks); 06 Compulsory Subjects and 06 Elective (Optional) Subjects from the prescribed Groups of Optional Papers being explained in coming paras.
Syllabus of Compulsory Papers
Following 06 compulsory papers have been prescribed by FPSC consisting of 600 Marks. Marks of papers at Sr. No. 4, 5 & 6 are counted collectively meaning thereby that 120 out of 300 in these papers make a candidate pass whereas Papers at Sr. No. 1, 2 & 3 are required to be passed by minimum 40 marks in each:
|2.||English (Precis and Composition)||100|
|3.||General Science & Ability||100|
|6.||Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of||100|
| ||Major Religions (For Non Muslims)|| |
Syllabus of Optional Papers
Optional papers (600 Marks) may be selected from the groups given by FPSC and not more than 200 marks are allowed for selection from one group. The selection of elective papers is based upon interest of candidate and the degree he has achieved during studies. Selection of elective papers is very important and is a base towards the marks. 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.
Groups of Optional Papers
Total seven groups are available for selection of selective papers. The groups have been revised by FPSC in 2016. The groups for selection of papers are as under:-
Group-I: Select one subject of 200 marks only
|11||Accountancy & Auditing||200|
|15||International Relations (IR)||200|
Group-II: Select subject(s) of 200 marks only
Group-III: Select one subject of 100 marks only
|24.||Governance & Public Policies||100|
|25.||Town Planning & Urban Management||100|
Group-IV: Select one subject of 100 marks only
|26.||History of Pakistan & India||100|
|27.||Islamic History & Culture||100|
|30.||History of USA||100|
Group-V: Select one subject of 100 marks only
|33.||Agriculture & Forestry||100|
Group-VI: Select one subject of 100 marks only
|41.||Muslim Law & Jurisprudence||100|
Group-VII: Select one subject of 100 marks only
|45.||Journalism & Mass Communication||100|
Passing Marks of CSS Exam
Minimum passing marks in each paper is 40 and overall 600 marks are threshold for declaring the candidate as qualified for next phase i.e. Viva-Voce.
- Broad guidelines are available on FPSC website: http://www.fpsc.gov.pk/
- Books and Notes are available in the market covering most of the syllabus.
- There are academies and coaching centers in big cities giving lectures on syllabus of CSS.