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What is CSS Exam?

CSS stands for Central Superior Services. CSS is the name of the high class bureaucratic authority in Pakistan that works under the supervision of the institutes and offices of the Federal Government of Pakistan. CSS in Pakistan is assigned with the duties of regulating and operating the civilian bureaucratic operations in the country. It also performs operations in directorates, government secretaries and Cabinet of Pakistan as well.

When will the Applications for the Next CSS Exams be announced?

Tentative Schedule of CSS-2018 is as under:

Application Submission1st of October, 2017.
Closing date31.10.2017
Written ExamFebruary, 2018.

A candidate has to submit the Online Application Form during the month of October at http://www.FPSC.gov.pk

What is the required qualification for CSS Exam?

(A) 14 years of Formal education recognized by the HEC is required. There is much confusion that 16 years Formal education is necessary, but it is not True. You must possess at least 14 years education to be eligible.

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(B) A candidate can possess any Bachelors Degree (B.A, B.Com, BBA, B.Sc, LLB, MBBS etc.) from one of the Pakistani Universities or an equivalent degree or comparable educational qualifications of a foreign University recognized by Higher Education Commission, Islamabad.

Essential Requirement

The Bachelors degree must be passed with a minimum of 2nd Division i.e. C-Grade. Previous academic records (Matric/F.Sc etc.) do not matter in eligibility for CSS exams.


(i) A candidate who has obtained a Third Division (or `D’ grade) in his/her Bachelor’s Degree will be eligible for the Examination in cases where he/she has obtained a higher Division in Master’s Degree.

(ii) The decision as to which foreign degrees or comparable educational qualifications are equivalent to corresponding Pakistani degree rests solely with the Commission.

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What is the age limit for CSS Exam?

As per the latest rules of CE-2017 age limit for CSS Examination is 21 to 30 years. Upper age limit for CE-2018 shall be the same as 30 years and cut off date for age calculation will be 31.12.2017. This means that an applicant shall be considered ineligible if his/her age is 30 years on/or before 31.12.2017.

What is the cut off date to determine eligibility of candidates for CSS Exam?

It will be 31.12.2017 for CE-2017.

What is fee for CSS Exam?

Fee of written examination: Approx. Rs.2200/- to be deposited in the form of Bank Challan at the time of Registration (October 2017)

Usual time taken for declaration of results of CSS written exam?

6-7 months after the Written Exam.

How many Occupational Groups are included in CSS Exam?

Following occupational groups are included in CSS Examination.

1Commerce and Trade Group
2Former Name: District Management Group(DMG) / Now: Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS)
3Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP)
4Information Group (IG)
5Inland Revenue Service (IRS)
6Military Land & Cantonments Group (MLCG)
7Office Management Group (OMG)
8Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
9Pakistan Customs Service (PCS)
10Police Service of Pakistan (PSP)
11Postal Group
12Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group

What is percentage of Regional/Provincial quota for seats/posts filled up by CSS Exam?

Detail of regional quota is as under:

Sindh19% (Sindh (U)-7.6%, Sindh(R)-11.4%)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa11.5%,


  • 10% quota is reserved for women from the share of Provinces/Regions except Merit quota. Un-filled vacancies will be carried forward.
  • 5% quota is reserved for Minorities (Non-Muslims) from the share of Provinces/Regions except Merit Quota. Unfilled vacancies will be carried forward.
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No separate quota fixed for disabled candidates. Disabled candidates will compete in accordance with the Government recruitment policy.

How much time is required for final allocation of CSS qualified candidates?

After announcement of final result of CSS and receipt of quota wise seats from Establishment Division FPSC issue a Public Notice on website and leading newspapers and made allocations in due course of time.

What are the rules/criteria for age relaxation in CSS Exam?

The upper age limit will be relaxed by two years up to the age of 32 years in respect of :

(a) the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Buddhist Community subject to production of a certificate (Annex-A of Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/DCO/ District Magistrate in support of their claim.

(b) the candidates belonging to the recognized Tribes who are permanent residents of the areas mentioned-below and whose families have been living in these areas. Such candidates must attach a certificate (Annex-B of Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/ DCO/District Magistrate in support of their claim :

2Tribal Areas of D. I. Khan and Peshawar Divisions (including former Frontier States of Dir, Swat, Chitral and Amb).
3Former excluded (Baluch) area forming part of the Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts.
4Former Tribal Areas of Mardan and Hazara Divisions.
5Upper Tanawal Area of Hazara Division.

(c) The candidates who are permanent residents of Azad Kashmir Territory, subject to submission of a certificate (Annex-C of Application Form) to be issued by Kashmir Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad..

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(d) The candidates who are permanent residents of Gilgit – Baltistan including Gilgit, Diamir, Baltistan, Ghizar and Ghanche, subject to submission of a certificate (Annex-B of Application Form) to be issued by the Political Agent/DCO/ District Magistrate.

(e) The candidates who are disabled namely, physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired (deaf & dumb) and visually impaired (blind), subject to submission of certificate of disability issued by the competent authority designated for the purpose by the Federal/Provincial Government.

(f) In Service Government Servants, Armed Forces Personnel, Contract employees, including the Government servants of AJ&K, who possess a minimum of two years continuous Government service as on 31st December, 2013, subject to submission of Departmental Permission Certificate (Annex-E) from the competent authority. Employees of Nationalized Banks, State Bank of Pakistan, WAPDA, Regulatory Authorities, Autonomous bodies and other semi-autonomous bodies are not entitled to age relaxation.

What are the grounds of rejection of applications of CSS candidates?

Following are some basic reasons of rejections

  • Underage/Overage.
  • TR not paid.
  • Application received late after closing date.
  • Applied on wrong application form.
  • Educationally unqualified.
  • Application unsigned.
  • Already availed 3 attempts.

What are the standard / qualifying marks fixed for CSS Exam?

600 marks out of 1200 marks in the written examination and 101 marks in viva voce out of 300 marks.

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