How to Become Assistant Commissioner in Pakistan

Last update: January 02, 2020

The post of Assistant Commissioner is known to general public; particularly in rural area, as a very powerful post. It was, and still is, the impression that most powerful of the governmental post is the post of Assistant Commissioner. It was the main tier of British Government and still has the pivotal role in district management set up in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and other sub-continental country. The post of Assistant Commissioner may not be confused with the post of Assistant Commissioner (Income Tax) which is a post of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in Pakistan.

The post of Assistant Commissioner in Pakistan is filled from two service cadres i.e. Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and Provincial Management Service (PMS) previously known as PCS. PAS is a federal level service whereas PMS is a provincial level service.

The Central Superior Service commonly known as CSS and PMS are two main pillars of the civil service which is responsible for running the civilian bureaucratic operations and government secretariats and directorates. The civil service defined itself as "key wheels on which the entire engine of the state has to move." Assistant commissioner selection is made after passing an exam.

How to Become an Assistant Commissioner

Candidate with graduation qualification is eligible for this post. As per eligibility criteria, there are three ways an aspirant can win to be an Assistant Commissioner in Pakistan:

  1. Pass out CSS Exam. The candidate must fall in PAS Group of CSS Or
  2. Pass out PMS Exam Or
  3. Ministerial staff of Civil Secretariat has share for promotion as PMS Officer (Scale-17); this make them also eligible for posting as Assistant Commissioner. The incumbent preferably with law degree and minimum 02 years' service in Scale-17 is eligible.

Training of Assistant Commissioner

After passing out CSS or PMS Exam or selection through promotion, the new appointees are sent on training. Thereafter, they are posted as Assistant Commissioner to head Tehsil level administration.

  • 09 months for CSS qualifiers + PAS training.
  • 06 months training for PMS Exam qualifiers + two years service at Secretariat for general know how of the Job.
  • 06 weeks training for Superintendent prior to promotion as PMS Officer and 3 months training after induction in PMS makes the promotees eligible for posting as Assistant Commissioner.

Job Description of Assistant Commissioner

In Pakistan, Assistant Commissioner is responsible for maintenance of peace, harmony, rule of law, situation of Law & Order under check, price controlling, wheat procurement, disaster management, overall monitoring of Educational Institutes, Hospitals & Health Units, development work in concerned Tehsil, liaison with the law enforcing agencies, Land transfer approval/ deeds and other departments. It is a broader understanding that all the powers vested in Commissioner at Division level are entrusted upon Assistant Commissioner at Tehsil Level. Assistant Commissioner reports to Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner on official business.

Career/ Promotion Scope of Assistant Commissioner

The Assistant Commissioner is eligible for promotion in Scale-18 as Deputy Commissioner / Deputy Secretary after five years of service and completion of training prescribed by the Government. Assistant Commissioner is eligible for promotion in Scale-19 as Deputy Commissioner/ Additional Secretary upon completion of 12 years service as Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. In general after 20 years of Service, Assistant Commissioner gets promotion in Scale-20 as Commissioner/ Secretary. Further service enables for promotion as Additional Chief Secretary, Chief Secretary and Federal Secretary in Scale-22.

Assistant Commissioner Salary / Benefits

The salary of Assistant Commissioner is very good for a beginner. Salary and other benefits are as under:

  1. Salary of Basic Scale-17 + allowances as admissible to government employees.
  2. Government residence
  3. Official vehicle
  4. Security staff & employees at residence.

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


Posted by Moiz ali

I want to become a CSS officer what steps should i take to succeed
Please reply

Posted by A HABIB

Just pass CSS Exam. First, read procedure and requirements and steps of CSS.

Posted by Fari

Nice.... want to know more about pms....

Posted by Abdussalam

As PMS and css are similar....means same methods and syllabus

Posted by Muhammad Javaid

Please tell me qualification to pass the CSS exam?

Posted by Nisar Ahmed

Which subject or books we read that we will be a AC.

Posted by M Talha Ghouri

Plzz tell me eyesight weakness can effect for css exams?

Posted by Hina

Kindly suggests us books for AC posts

Posted by Tariq Mehmood

Aslam o alaikam
I want to apply in public service comission and provincial public service comission jobs.what is max.age limit.

Posted by A HABIB

Dear Tariq Mehmood, To know age limit and other requirements for AC Exam through PPSC or FPSC, read the following articles:

PMS Exam in Pakistan
An Introduction to CSS Exam

Posted by M.hammad

Which optinlonal subjects should we opt in CSS for ac post

Posted by Nusrat Fatima

I wish I could be an Assistant Comissioner as I am B.ed doing Med from Sarhad University. I have an experience of Government Teaching of 10 years and 7 years in private sector. I think now I can handle this post. Proud Mother of 4 children Eldest daughter is in Pre Medical first year.

Posted by M Waseem Akhtar

Aoa! Plz tell me the easiest way to pass CSS exam and initial step to start it...

Posted by Muhammad Abrar

Kindly suggest us books for AC post

Posted by Raja ahsan ali

In physical test how much heights is required for assistant commissioner?
If u know, please replay me .

Posted by A Habib

Dear Raja ahsan ali There is no Height restrictions for this post.

Posted by Hira Noor

Is there any age ristriction for this post??

Posted by thegreatking

who enjoys more perks ac or asp nowadays!??

Posted by sajida parveen

which subject will read and age limit???

Posted by Jahanzaib Kiyani

I am just 14 years and I from this time of my age want to become an assistant Commissioner and help the public of Pakistan.

Posted by Saqlain Shah

Which book i should read to become Assistant Commissioner.

Posted by Amir Kamran

Holding BPS 15 employee of Punjab government can apply on the post AC.

Posted by Rizwan

What is basic difference between AC appointed by CSS or either through PMS?

Posted by A HABIB

Dear Rizwan, Assistant Commissioners (AC) appointed through CSS are posted all over Pakistan whereas PMS Officers are posted only in their respective Province.

Posted by Maria

I need a guideline regarding selection of css subjects for AC post , it would really help in my career thanks .

Posted by Asad Abbas

I want to become an Assistant Comisioner How I can become a assistant comisioner. What I can did after my Intermediate Result please suggest me

Posted by Sher zaman sumalani

Please, tell me how many subject are there in css for the post of Assistant commissioner?

Posted by Muhammad Asim

I want to become Assistant Commissioner. Plz help me and guide lines. My wish

Posted by Mahnoor zafar

I am a student o levels grade 10 form The city school
I want to become a assistant commissioner after my a levels which university should I join .
Please tell

Posted by awais niaz

Sir there is any height range

Posted by Abrash Sarwar

which subject is better for ac in css

Posted by gohar ayub

i am confused about the selection of subjects which subject i should select to become assistant commissioner after passing css

Posted by Hazrat younas

I am the student of mathematics BS 6th i want become DC what step i can follow

Posted by Rana Awais

Are all can candidates appointed as assistant commissioner after completing their training in PAS group? Or are there some other ranks?

Posted by Zohra


I am a student and currently pass fsc. I want to about the whole process. How to become an assistant commissioner?
The subject studied and all related thing. Can u plz guide me about this?

Posted by Sangeen khan

I am currently studying civil engg in UET peshawar but my desire and wish is to become an CSP officer and enters to the PSP fraternity ...please keep posting helpfull materials about competetive exames CSS and PMS...

Posted by Monica

Sir plz tell me how much qualification is required to become AC

Posted by mahrow jamil

sir i wanted to became css officer tell me kiya girls assistant commissinar ban sakti hain or unhan kon kon sa subjects chose karna chihia

Posted by Shah ahmad

I want to become an officer in foreign office .How can I become?

Posted by Fahad

Which field should be best to become assistant commissioner.
Please reply

Posted by Fahad

Dear sir which field should be best after FSC to become an assistant commissioner?
Please reply

Posted by Hamza khan

Tell me I am under 16 I am agree to the CSS exam

Posted by Sadia

I am student of BS Islamic studies how i start my prepration of css at home.

Posted by Rubab khan

What is the duration of training for CSPs? can we complete training in karachi?

Posted by Zainab

I am a student of Bs chemistry.At which stage should I start my CSS exam preparation??? Plz guide...

Posted by Samina Afzal

Aoa sir. sir i want to apply in public service comission and want to do a job in provincial level. My qualification is Msc Economics. I am confused in selecting subjects. I am interested in Statistics, Economics. kindly help me sir in subjct selection and i need syllabus for statistics, economics and for compulsory subject.

Posted by Iqra Aslam

Please tell me about the subjects which selected for AC

Posted by Iqra tabassum

Please tell me that which books i read for clearing the CSS Exams i am doing BS English 1st semister i want that i read from today so that i give my best in CSS

Posted by Nadia sial

I am performing my duty in BPS 16 as a health care professional selected through Punjab public service commission and has a more than 5 years of expierence in government job and also passed BSC from Punjab univeristy of can 1 prepared myself for CSS

Posted by Faiza shoaib

Kya assistant commissioner k lya b koi certain height require hoti hai

Posted by Amina

Is eyesight effect in PMS test .....??

Posted by daniyal Nasir

i want to be an AC, when shall i give CSS exam and i have BUSINESS, ECON,and COMP in my A levels can i give CSS exam??and right after A level??plz answe

Posted by Rizwan ul haq

Nice. Any academy for CSS guideline?

Posted by Arfa Abbasi

Do we need to pass both PMS and CSS both to get the assistant commissioner post?

Posted by Urooj Siyal

Assalam o Aleikum Sir Assistant Commissioner banne k liye FSc mein Engineering kerna Lazmi hai?

Posted by Tehreem Amjad

I passed my BA in Government i can apply for this job .i like assistant commission jobs.can you guide me for this job please

Posted by Atiq Dehraj

Assalam o alaikm sir,
sir me CSS ka exam pass karke PSP me Superintendent of Police (SP) banna chahta hn, abhi m 10th class ka student hoon. Mere liye kya hidayaat hain or barah e mehrbaani mujhe guide karein.

Posted by Almas

Can you send the link for css syllabus.

Posted by Taiba

I am pre medical student. can I apply in CSS exam.

Posted by Asad Ali

Can you send me CSS exam books name

Posted by Neha iqbal

Am student of undergraduate and i wishes to become a Assistant commissione

Posted by Meheryar

Kindly tell me can i apply for the AC post which is now announced through Balochistan PSC on basis of BA (2 year)
and both AC commissioner and section officer paper are held in one exam or separately

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