CSS Exam in Pakistan | General Information

Last update: February 01, 2020

What is CSS Exam in Pakistan: CSS stands for Central Superior Service. Its an Examination. The exam is conducted annually by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), Islamabad on the requisition of Establishment Division, Government of Pakistan to recruit new officers in basic scale 17 against vacant seats. The aspirants from all over Pakistan can appear in CSS Exam and only those, who reflect with Excellent Result in the test, are recruited and assigned key posts of the state. While their induction into government service the successful candidates are allotted one of following Service Groups according to the assessment of the authority. After their induction, the candidates are assigned posts corresponding to their allotted service group:

  1. Pakistan Customs Services
  2. Commerce & Trade Group
  3. Foreign Service of Pakistan
  4. Inland Revenue Service of Pakistan
  5. Information Services of Pakistan
  6. Military Lands & Cantonment Group
  7. Office Management and Secretariat Group
  8. Pakistan Administrative Service
  9. Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
  10. Police Service of Pakistan
  11. Postal Group
  12. Railways (Commercial & Transport) Group

Introduction of CSS Service: The Sub-Continent remained under British Rule for 90 years (1857 to 1947) and the British Government introduced the civil service on the analogy of civil service of United Kingdom. The Indian Civil Service (initially known as Imperial Civil Service) was taken over the administrative control of Sub-Continent in 1858 for implementation of the policies of the Imperial Rule and service of general public. Initially, locals were not allowed to compete against the officer level posts; with the passage of time they were also allowed to compete for the Civil Service Exam.

Pakistan came into being on 14th August, 1947 and its own civil service was established from the available officers who opted for Pakistan, resulting in formation of Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP). It was re-framed and re-established in 1971 under "Chapter I: Part-XII, Article 240" of the Constitution of Pakistan which gave it foundation and constitutional status.

Parts of CSS Exam

CSS Exam consists of the following parts with 1500 marks in toto:

  1. Written Examination - 1200 marks
  2. Medical Test
  3. Psychological Test / Assessment & Interview and Viva Voce - 300 marks

Eligibility Criteria

To appear in CSS Exam, the applicant must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

Gender: Both male and female including special persons are eligible.
Nationality Criteria: Candidate must be citizen of Pakistan or permanent resident of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Qualification for CSS:

  • Must have a Bachelor Degree with atleast 2nd Division from a recognized university of Pakistan or equivalent qualification from foreign university recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC).
  • Candidates having 3rd Division in their Bachelor Degree can only apply for the exam if they have secured higher division in the Master Degree

Age Limit Criteria:

  • The age limit for CSS is 21 to 30 years
  • The age limit is relaxed by two years (making 32 years as maximum age) of candidates currently serving as government employee or belonging to recognized tribes and areas.
  • The upper age limit may be relaxed by two years in categories mentioned in Rule 6 of CSS Competitive Examination Rules - 2019 and onwards, subject to fulfillment of documentary requirements. The cutoff date for determining the eligibility of the candidate in terms of age, qualification, domicile etc, is 31st December, 2019.

CSS Exam Schedule

CSS Exam is conducted every year in February-March for which registration is made in October of previous year. FPSC has invited applications for CSS Exam 2020.

  • Closing Date for Submission of Online-Application: 31st October, 2019
  • Exam Date: Wednesday, 12th February, 2020.

How to Apply for CSS Exam 2020

Here are Application Guidelines to apply for CSS Exam 2020

  1. Apply online at www.fpsc.gov.pk during the period 1st October to 31st October, 2019
  2. Carefully fill the online form and check it before online submission. Take printout and dispatch hardcopy to FPSC on or before closing date. Any correction in the printed hardcopy of online form may be made by hand and initialed, before dispatch/submission to FPSC. Thereafter, no request for change in any entry of online application or its hardcopy would be accepted.
  3. Deposit, before the closing date, Rs.2200/- as examination fee in the nearest Govt. Treasury/ State Bank of Pakistan/National Bank of Pakistan under the account head "CO2101-Organs of State Exam fee (FPSC Receipt)
  4. Ensure that attested copies of all required documents, photographs & original treasury receipt of Rs.2200/- are attached with the hardcopy of online application form, before dispatching to Secretary FPSC, Islamabad.
  5. Choose the optional subjects correctly in accordance with Appendix-I of the Rules for CSS Competitive Examination.
  6. Optional subjects & examination centre once selected shall not be changed. No request in this regard shall be entertained after receipt of hardcopy.
  7. Correctly enter CNIC No. & date of birth in online form and in its hardcopy. Wrong entry shall lead to rejection of candidature.
  8. Download computer generated Admission Certificates from FPSC website
    Strictly comply with the Rules of CSS Competitive Examination otherwise their candidature shall lead to rejection.
  9. Hardcopy of the online application must be dispatched in a separate envelope. Two or more applications in one envelope are not acceptable.
  10. Candidates are responsible for provision of correct & complete information.
  11. Strict policy/ Zero tolerance against cheating is followed by FPSC and candidates are required to be aware of it.
  12. Contact at the following numbers for further information or queries; UAN 051-111-000-248 OR 051-9223282, 051-9210702

CSS Exam Centres

Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Faisalabad, Gilgit, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Khuzdar, Lahore, Larkana, Multan, Muzaffarabad, Okara, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Sialkot, Skardu and Sukkur.

Interview Centres: Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.

Basic Information about CSS Exam

  • CSS stands for Central Superior Service. Its a government job which is got by passing CSS Exam.
  • CSS Exam is conducted every year in February-March for which registration is made in October of previous year.
  • A candidate cannot appear in CSS exam more than three times.
  • The age of the applicant for CSS exam calculated on the 31st December of the year of applying. This means for applying for CSS 2020, your age on 31st December 2019 must not be more than 30 years or less than 21 years.
  • Candidate has to appear in the four parts of CSS Exam i.e. written, medical, psychological test and Viva-voce.
  • Written exam has six compulsory paper and six optional papers (to be selected from the list).
  • The minimum mark for qualifying compulsory paper is 40% and for optional paper is 33%.
  • The candidate qualifying the written test will be shortlisted for further parts medical, psychological test and Viva-voce.
  • Candidate can apply for rechecking of his or her paper. Rechecking fee is Rs.500 per paper.


CSS stands for Central Superior Service
PAS stands for Pakistan Administrative Service
DMG stands for District Management Group
CSP stands for Civil Service of Pakistan
PSP stands for Police Service of Pakistan

Writer is a Punjab Government servant (Pakistan). He writes voluntarily


Posted by Muhammad Ayyaz

Hi there!
I have a question about my degree! I'm studying at western Sydney University in Australia at the moment. My bachelor degree is not completed yet but I want to appear in CSS exam next year. Is that possible to get admission before completing my bachelor degree?

Posted by A HABIB

Dear Ayyaz, Only candidates, who have done their graduation, can apply for CSS Exam so you need to complete your bachelor degree first.

Posted by Muskan Badshah

Can a US citizen fitting the criteria apply for the CSS exam?

Posted by A HABIB

No, must be citizen of Pakistan

Posted by Zain

Can a dual citizen appear?

Posted by Haris Khalil

Asalam o alaikum
Hope so you all fine can a mechanical engineer will appear in CSS Exam. Really thankful to your response. Stay blessed

Posted by A HABIB

Dear Haris Khalil, Yes, Bachelor in engineering is eligible to apply.

Posted by Zeeshan khan

Assalaam o alaikum Dear Habib sir thanks for information to me about css . Allah ap ko khubsurat umar de Ameen Ameen Ameen ..

Posted by Amun adil

Hi, what percentage is considered as second division?

Posted by Shagufta Rani

Hi.sir recently I,m doing my job as legal adviser at directorate of education. My date of birth is 01/04/1986. Can I apply for this examination. Kindly respond me in case I,m eligible for it.

Posted by Adil Rehman

Sir can a student who has a degree of Botany can apply for CSS exams?

Posted by Asif Raza

Salam dear sir My qualification bachelor of arts in sociology . Can I have apply for css examination . Please sir response me

Posted by Talha Khalil

Assalam o alaikom .
I am student of 10th class .
What should i do after matric for css exam
Explain me in details I will be very Thankfull
Expain me also that what I should do after matric for example what field i choose
Science or arts .

Posted by EJAZ AHMED

Aslam o alikum sir , my daughter is study in BS BIO Chemistry her last semester is going to end in June 2021 , Can She apply in CSS examination . 2022 befour result ?

Posted by Muhammad Tamoor

Aslam o alikum, Can a dual citizen appear?

Posted by zakaullah

sir can MBBS doctor apply for it and also is it possible to be selected as a deputy commissioner or only assistant commissioner. Waiting for your reply. Thank you

Posted by Shaheryar Khan

Sir my son is studying now in manjanbazam cadet collage in 1st year field ICS can he appear in CSS exam and when please give me details .

thanks and regards

Shaheryar Khan

Posted by Hayat afridi

Assalam o alaikum
Sir my age is 31 and i m graduated in urdu
Can i appear in css exam?

Posted by Fahad

Which field should be best after FSC to become an assistant commissioner.

Posted by advisor

Any field but hard work is important dear Farhad.Only hard wok can help u out.

Posted by Meher

When will the next CSS exams be conducted? And how to prepare for it?

Posted by Inaya

Respected sir I am doing B.S doctor of optometry (5 year degree program) I want to confirm can I give CSS exam?? Or with English or without English as usually mbbs doctors give

Posted by Ali

Can NESCOM employees or the employees serving in SPS(Special pay scales) apply for CSS.As these employees have signed bond of 5 years for service. and if DPC is applicable to them or not.

Posted by Amlish Hayat

Assalam o alaikom .
I am student of 10th class .
What should i do after matric for css exam.

Posted by Aiza

Assalam I Alaikum.
I complete my B.A study. Can I study css.

Posted by BABAR

Mujha ya samajh ni aa raha k assistant commissioner ki job k liya fpsc ki web site pa koi option hota ha aur a.c ki jobs har saal aati han octuber ma

Posted by Muhammad Zeeshan Qureshi

What they will check in medical test? my right arm was broken and now i have plate in my arm. i can do anything like going to gym and can lift up thing. can i pass the medical test?

Posted by zeeshan Ali

Can I appear in CSS exam after completion of BA as associate degree of AIOU ?
Your perfect response would be appreciated

Posted by Haider ali

I want to become assistant Comissioner through CSS. is it possible through css?
and i am 1 semester of bachelor.
i want to start preparation from now.

How can i start preparation?

Posted by Abdul Samad

please guide i have done bachlor degree in software can i apply for post Assistant Comissionor in police??

Posted by Ch sameer

AoA sir
I have a few questions

*CSS apply krny k lia kitni der phly iss ki prepration shuru kr deni chahea ?

*Date of apply 2020 ?

* Css ki prepration k lia kn sa institute behtr rhy ga

Posted by Maha

hi how much percentage required in bachlor degree? Which subject are easy for arts student which they understand easily and pick that subject for optional and which books are best for preps css exams to beginners!

Posted by Rida Awan

Can an individual with a Pass graduate degree ( 2 years degree ) in psychology apply for CSS ? Kindly answer my query it is very important ! Thank You !

Posted by Shehroz

Sir I am in 1st year at FG Quaideazam degree college Rawalpindi can I appear in this exams

Posted by AyeshaAbid

My Father Name in my degree is "Muhammad Abid Mehmood"
But in my Father ID card and in my other documents is "Abid Mehmood".
Is there any problem if I apply for CSS Screening Test?
Beacause My name in my Degree will be correct in 1 month after admission date.

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