Complete Information of CSS (Central Superior Services) Exams
ELIGIBILITY FOR TAKING CSS EXAM
Male as well as female candidates can appear in CSS exam if they fulfill the
following eligibility criteria.
NATIONALITY FOR TAKING CSS EXAM
The candidate must be a citizen of Pakistan or permanent resident of state of
Jammu and Kashmir.
REQUIRED EDUCATION FOR CSS EXAM
a) 14 years of formal education recognized by the Higher Education Commission
(HEC) is required. Candidate must possess at least 14 years education to be
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 (HEC), Islamabad.
Essential Requirement: The Bachelors Degree must be passed with a minimum of
2nd Division (or grade C). Previous academic records do not matter in eligibility
for CSS Exam.
Note: (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
NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS FOR CSS EXAM
A candidate may attempt/avail three chances of the examination within
prescribed age limits.
AGE LIMIT FOR CSS EXAM
As per the latest rules of CE–2017, age limit for CSS Examination is 21 to 30
years. The upper age limit for CE–2018 is same as it was for CE–2017 i.e. 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–
AGE RELAXATION RULES FOR CSS EXAM
The upper age limit will be relaxed by two years up to the age of 32 years in
(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
2. Tribal Areas of D.I.Khan and Peshawar Divisions (including former Frontier
States of Dir, Swat, Chitral and Amb).
3. Former excluded (Baluch) area forming part of the Dera Ghazi Khan and
4. Former Tribal Areas of Mardan and Hazara Divisions.
5. Upper 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.
(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 Nationalised Banks, State Bank of Pakistan,
WAPDA, Regulatory Authorities, Autonomous bodies and other semi autonomous
bodies are not entitled to age relaxation.
PERCENTAGE OF REGIONAL/PROVINCIAL QUOTA FOR SEATS/POSTS FOR CSS EXAM
Detail of regional quota is as under: Merit = 7.5%, Punjab = 50%, Sindh = 19%
(Sindh U = 7.6%, Sindh R = 11.4%), Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa = 11.5%, Balochistan =
6%, GB & FATA = 4%, and AJK = 2%.
Note: 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. No separate quota fixed
for disabled candidates. Disabled candidates will compete in accordance with the
Government recruitment policy.
EXAMINATION PLACES FOR TAKING CSS EXAM
The examination is held simultaneously at Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, D.I.Khan,
Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Gilgit, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Karachi,
Khuzdar, Lahore, Larkana, Multan, Muzaffarabad, Okara, Peshawar, Quetta,
Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Sialkot, Skardu & Sukkur depending on the number of
applicants for each centre.
PLACES OF INTERVIEWS FOR CSS EXAM
The interviews will be held at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar &
HOW TO APPLY FOR CSS EXAM
Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), Islamabad publishes their
advertisement for CSS Exam in all daily newspapers every year. In which date
of Exam and last date for submitting application form is given. All applications
for CSS Competitive Examination must be submitted on line through FPSC website
www.fpsc.gov.pk. The closing date for submission of online Application Form to
the FPSC, Islamabad is 31st December, 2017. Candidate must pay Rs. 2200/ (PKR)
as application fee (exam fee) which is deposited in State Bank/National Bank of
Pakistan under the account head ―C02101–Organs of State Exam Fee (FPSC
Receipt). The application form must reach Commission on or before the closing
date. No extra time is allowed.
DECLARATION OF RESULTS OF THE WRITTEN EXAM OF CSS EXAM
The usual time taken for declaration of results of the written examination is 6 or
REQUIRED TIME FOR FINAL ALLOCATION OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR CSS EXAM
After announcement of final result of CSS Written Exam and receipt of quota
wise seats from Establishment Division FPSC issue a Public Notice on its website
and leading newspapers and made allocations in due course of time.
FIXED STANDARD (QUALIFYING) MARKS FOR CSS EXAM FOR CSS EXAM
Aspirants having at least 600 marks out of 1200 marks in the written
examination, and 101 marks in viva voce out of 300 marks will be considered
SCHEDULE OF CSS EXAM 2018
According to the tentative schedule of CSS Exam 2018 is as under:
Application Submission: 1st October, 2017
Deadline: 31st December, 2017
Written Exam: February, 2018
* A candidate has to submit the Online Application Form during the month of
October. These dates can be changed by FPSC Islamabad for every year.
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