CSS Exam 2022: Complete Guide for Beginners for CSS 2022

This is a CSS Exam Guide for beginners for CSS 2022. Central Superior Service (CSS) is the biggest exam held in Pakistan. Perhaps if we say that it is presumed to be the most difficult examination that Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) conducts every year. CSS is held to select the candidate for different occupational groups for the Federal Government. The selected candidates were initially posted in BPS-17 under various departments of Pakistan. So, here is a complete CSS Exam Guide for beginners for CSS 2022 that every beginner should read before appearing in the CSS Examination.

The FPSC also announced to held Screening Test from CSS 2022 to onwards to scrutinize the candidates. You can view the syllabus for Screening test here.

This CSS Exam Guide is for beginners for CSS 2022. This guide will clear the following concepts:

Date, Time, and Place to Conduct Examination and Interview
Different Occupational Groups
Method to Apply
Parts of CSS Examination
Eligibility Criteria
Age
Age Relaxation Procedure
Common Mistakes you should avoid

Date, Time, and Place to Conduct CSS Exam & Interview

The FPSC gives an advertisement for the CSS examination year at the end of September every year.

The Cut-off dates to applying for CSS Examination are from 05 October to 03 November.

The CSS Exam is held every year between 10 to 25 February.

FPSC will conduct CSS written Examination in these 23 cities of Pakistan:

  • Karachi
  • Lahore
  • Islamabad
  • Peshawar
  • Abbottabad
  • Bahawalpur
  • D. I. Khan
  • Okara
  • Rawalpindi
  • Sargodha
  • D. G. Khan
  • Faisalabad
  • Gujranwala
  • Sialkot
  • Multan
  • Gilgit
  • Khuzdar
  • Skardu
  • Muzaffarabad
  • Quetta
  • Larkana
  • Sukkur
  • Hyderabad

The FPSC conducts interviews for CSS in these 05 major cities of Pakistan:

  • Lahore
  • Karachi
  • Peshawar
  • Islamabad
  • Quetta

Different Occupational Groups

The recruitment through CSS Exam will be for these 12 Federal Government departments:

  • Pakistan Administrative Services
  • Foreign Service of Pakistan
  • Police Service of Pakistan
  • Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
  • Commerce and Trade Services
  • Customs and Excise Services
  • Office Management Group
  • Income Tax Group
  • Information Group
  • Military Lands and Cantonments Groups
  • Postal Services Group
  • Railways Group

Those candidates who are selected in CSS Examination are posted in these groups according to their marks and merit number. The group selection which is made by the candidate himself will also be considered during posting. But merit number is always considered more than the candidate’s personal occupational group selection.

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Method to Apply for CSS

The advertisement for CSS Exam, reflecting dates, is published in all newspapers in September each year.

If you want to apply then you must deposit the exam fee of Rs. 2200/-  in the nearest Govt. Treasury / State Bank of Pakistan / National Bank of Pakistan under the account head C02101-Organs of State Exam fee on the given challan paper which can be downloaded by clicking here or from the FPSC official website.

After depositing the Fee you must Fill in the Online Application Form on the official website of FPSC and take a print-out (hard-copy) of the same online form.

After that, you must dispatch this hard copy of the online form which is generated when you submit your application online, along with copies of your documents and Fee Challan to the FPSC headquarter, Islamabad within 10 days after submitting the application online.

Parts of CSS Exam

The CSS Examination is divided into the following 4 parts:

  • Written Examination (1200 Marks)
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Test
  • Viva Voce (300 Marks)

The CSS Written examination has 12 subjects. Out of these 12 subjects, 6 subjects are compulsory which are English, Grammar, General Science & Ability, Pakistan Study, Pakistan Current Affairs, and Islamic Study. The other 6 subjects are optional which you can choose from this Revised CSS Examination Syllabus.

You have to get a minimum of 40 percent marks in compulsory and 33 percent marks in optional subjects and 50% aggregate marks to qualify in the written part of the CSS Examination.

The written pass candidates will be then shortlisted for Medical, Psychology, and Viva-voce.

If you want to get your paper re-check then the rechecking fee is Rs. 500 per paper.

There is a maximum of 3 chances that you can avail yourself of in this CSS Examination.

Eligibility Criteria for CSS

You must fulfill the following eligibility criteria for appearing in CSS Examination.

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Nationality Criteria: You must be a citizen of Pakistan or a permanent resident of the state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Educational Criteria for CSS

According to CSS Rules and Regulations for CSS Examination 2022:

  • You must have a minimum Bachelor’s Degree with at least 2nd division from a university of Pakistan or equivalent qualification from a foreign university recognized by HEC.
  • If you have the 3rd division in your Bachelor’s degree then you can only apply if you have a higher division in your Master’s degree.

 Age for CSS Examination

The minimum age for appearing in the CSS Examination is 21 years and the maximum age is 30 years.

The age is calculated on 31 December of the year. Suppose you are applying in CSS 2022 then on 31 December 2021 you must not be more than 31 years or less than 21 years.

Age Relaxation Criteria

The age limit is relaxed by 2 years (32 years) if the candidate is currently serving as a Federal or Provincial government employee.

According to CSS Rules, the following candidates can also avail of age relaxation if:

  • Candidates currently serving as government employees and have remained in the same service for at least 2 years. This age relaxation will be accorded to a candidate on the provision of a Departmental Permission Certificate. Employees from Banks, WAPDA, Regulatory Authorities, and Autonomous bodies are not entitled to age relaxation.
  • Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Buddhist Community subject to provision of issued by DCO/Political Agent/District Magistrate.
  • Candidates belonging to recognized Tribes who are permanent residents of the areas – Baluchistan, Tribal Areas of D.I.Khan and Peshawar Divisions (including former Frontier States of Dir, Swat, Chitral, and Amb, Former excluded (Baluch) area forming part of the Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts, Former Tribal Areas of Mardan and Hazara Divisions, Upper Tanawal Area of Hazara Division. The student will have to provide a certificate issued by DCO/Political Agent/District Magistrate.
  • Candidates belonging to Azad Kashmir Territory subject to provision of a certificate issued by Kashmir Affairs Division; Gilgit- Baltistan including Gilgit, Diamir, Baltistan, Ghizar, and Ghanche; subject to the provision of a certificate issued by DCO/Political Agent/District Magistrate.
  • Candidates who are disabled namely, physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired (deaf &dumb), and visually impaired (blind), are subject to the submission of a certificate of disability issued by the competent authority designated for the purpose by the Federal/ Provincial Government.
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Common Mistakes you Should Avoid in CSS

 Some of the common mistakes that all the applicants should avoid in CSS are given below:

  • Waiting for the coming of the last date by saying “still a lot of time remaining in the last date”. You should apply as soon as possible.
  • Try to hide their availed chances which later on found out by the FPSC and your candidature will be canceled.
  • A very common problem is, not sending the Hard copy of the online submitted form within 10 days of your online application submission.
  • Take only 1 or 2 papers just to check your ability. You must note that if you appear in 1 paper of CSS Examination or if you render a black answer sheet then your chances will be considered as consumed. So, try to give all the papers if not then do not appear in any papers.
  • You must examine yourself medically before appearing in the CSS Examination.

Conclusion

CSS Examination is the most prestigious examination in Pakistan. You must prepare well before appearing in this competitive examination. As going without preparation will cost of a very precious attempt that you will not find again. Also, you should understand all the rules and regulations of this examination which will be helpful for you in this journey. I hope this CSS 2022 Guide will help you in understanding CSS Examination and its all procedures, rules, and regulations. If still, you have any questions then please ask your question in the comments section below.

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Amber Sattar
Amber Sattar

Pehly to just written test k Liye form fill hota tha ab screening k Liye form submit hoga kiya 2 bar application form submit karna prega ab..?

Rida Fatima
Rida Fatima

Asalam Alaekum…kindly guide me…can those students which failed during the exam and after they clear it…so,they can apply for CSS..l mean repeated clear are eligible or not…kindly response me

Rida Fatima
Rida Fatima

Asalam Alaekum…jin ke papers semester me rukjate hen or baad me clear hojayen or devision bhi 2 ho tou wo apply krsakte hen?…. please bhai is ka bataden

Usama hassan
Usama hassan

Aoa can i apply for css

Yaseen Ahmed
Yaseen Ahmed

Age limit 30 hai ya 31 till December 31??

Aroosa
Aroosa

sorry but it’s a bit confusing that till when I can apply for registration.

Sundas
Sundas

Aoa sir Meri date of birth gult likhi gai Hy 17.09.1992 ki jgha 17.1.1992 hogya Hy there is any issue

Muhammad Jibran
Muhammad Jibran

sir agar mai 1 ya 2 paper mai fail hojaon to mujhy phr sy 12 dobara deny hongy sary. or
agar medical ya interview mai fail hojaty hn to phr dobara chance mily ga?

Muhammad Mazhar
Muhammad Mazhar

Sir g mujh sy chalan number wrong lekha gy apply karty ho a jab print nekala to tab idea howa aur application edit b ni ho sakti aur applied successfully aa gya hy to koe mera apply ho gya yaa application yaa ni ??

Muhammad Mazhar
Muhammad Mazhar

Assalam-o-Alaikum respected sir
Sir it was error to me to write chalan number but i paid it its copy is available as a prove
Is there any solution for it
I put it as 2101 instead of 02101

Muhammad Mazhar
Muhammad Mazhar

I am finding difficulty to apply for css from my mobile. There is error that i try to solve but still not solved and I can’t register myself anyone who can help me

Abisha Rashid
Abisha Rashid

mujhe ye poochna tha k compulsory hai k ham ek saath hi 12 papers dein? i mean kiya possible hai k ham half half kar k papers de skte hain?

Fareeha
Fareeha

i wanna take this test..but how can i overcome my fear of failure?

Fareeha
Fareeha

what should i do to overcome my fear of failure

Aniqa iftikhar
Aniqa iftikhar

I want to apply for 2022 .when will i apply and when will i have to appear in exams

Hashir
Hashir

Can candidate do Css after private B.a clearance from allama iqbal open university. As it’s a private degree so i am confused, let me know if anyone has knowledge about subject.

habiba
habiba

CAN i apply for CSS as a graduate of B.A passed in 2021

Last edited 1 month ago by habiba
Saqib
Saqib

I am 33 years old and have a got govt can I register my self for CSS

Hira
Hira

Is 16 years of education must for css or 14 years ? Can i do b.a 2 years and then apply for css?

hussnain ali
hussnain ali

is stammer eligible for css?
agr mamoli stammer ho ya medium
agr eligible ha to isky liye medical certificate bnana parhy ga

Last edited 2 months ago by hussnain ali
maria
maria

sir plz tell me procedure css apply2022.

hira
hira

Hy, sir I want to know about a little bit of my confusion. Actually, I appeared in CSS 2020. Now I want to appear again in 2022 but my optional subjects in 2020 were different than I’d opted now in this attempt. I want to change my three optional subjects. But my optionals in the CSS 2020 attempt were different than these optional ones. Is it correct to change optional in the second attempt? Won’t there be any issue regarding the change in the subject?

A.Ghafoor
A.Ghafoor

Sir,I become aware recently to apply whatever the registration time has been terminated.so there is any relaxation for late aspirants?

Muhammad Jahangir
Muhammad Jahangir

when we will apply for css 2022? forms avalilable date plesae tell me.

Zeryab Sheikh
Zeryab Sheikh

I want to apply for css 2022 exams tell me the procedure

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