CSS Optional and Compulsory Subjects for Written Examination (Updates)

Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), Islamabad – Revised Syllabus Scheme of CSS Competitive Examination for 2023:  The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) in Islamabad administers the Central Superior Service (CSS) Exam, which is a recruitment test for bureaucrats. The Federal Government of Pakistan appoints the successful candidates as gazetted government servants holding BPS-17. Therefore, if you’re considering applying for the CSS Exam in Pakistan, we’ve gathered all the necessary details in this blog, from the syllabus to the application procedure.

Note: A candidate is limited to three attempts at the CSS Examination in their lifetime.

CSS Quick Links:

CSS MCQ Based Preliminary Test (MPT)


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  • To view/download Syllabi for MPT (Urdu and Civics & Ethics), Click here
  • To view/download CSS CE Syllabi, 2016 and onwards, Click here

Practice Papers & Answer Keys:

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Occupational Groups in CSS Pakistan

The list of federal government services that you can join after passing your examinations and viva is provided below. Please be aware that these groups will be offered to you based on your educational specialty.

  1. Commerce and Trade Services
  2. Custom and Excise Service
  3. District Management Group
  4. Foreign Service of Pakistan
  5. Income Tax Group
  6. Information Group
  7. Military Lands and Cantonments Group
  8. Office Management Group
  9. Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
  10. Police Service of Pakistan
  11. Postal Service Group
  12. Railways or Commercial and Transportation Group

Must read: FPSC CSS Exams Schedule 2023


  • Essay 100
  • English (Precis and Composition) 100
  • General Knowledge :
  • Paper – I General Science & Ability 100
  • General Science: (MCQs = 20 marks, subjective = 40 marks)
    • Ability: subjective = 40 marks)
    • Paper – II Current Affairs 100
    • Paper – III Pakistan Affairs 100
  • Islamic Studies or Comparative Study of Major  Religions (For Non-Muslims) 100

Total Marks: 600 *MCQs are to be attempted on the computerized OMR Answer sheet, whereas subjective questions are to be attempted on Answer Book.


The Pakistani university honors degree will meet the minimum requirement for optional topics. The following groups comprise the optional subjects that applicants must choose from in accordance with the guidelines listed in column 1 below, totaling 600 marks:

Must Download: CSS Syllabus 2022 Pdf (Update) Files

Group-1 One subject carrying 200 marks

Accountancy & Auditing 200
Economics 200
Computer Science 200
Political Science 200
International Relations 200


Group-2 One subject carrying 200 marks or 2 Subjects carrying 100 Marks

Physics 200
Chemistry 200
Applied Mathematics 100
Pure Mathematics 100
Statistics 100
Geology 100 100


Group-3 One subject carrying 100 marks

Business Administration 100
Public Administration 100
Governance & Public Policies 100
Town Planning & Urban Management 100


Group-4 One subject carrying 100 marks

History of Pakistan & India 100
Islamic History & Culture 100
British History 100
European History 100
History of USA100


Group-5 One subject carrying 100 marks

Gender Studies 100
Environmental Sciences 100
Agriculture & Forestry 100
Botany 100
English Literature 100
Urdu Literature100


Group-6 One subject carrying 100 marks

Law 100
Constitutional Law 100
International Law 100
Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100
Mercantile Law100
Criminology 100


Group-7 One subject carrying 100 marks

Journalism & Mass Communication 100
Psychology 100
Geography 100
Sociology 100
Punjabi 100
Pashto 100
Balochi 100
Persian 100
Arabic 100


Required Documents For CSS Application

The following documents must be presented with your paper copy of your online CSS application:

  • Bank receiving of examination fee
  • Attested copy of credentials and educational certificates
  • Experience certificates
  • Photographs

Note: Applicants may be subject to different requirements. It is advisable to carefully read the newspaper ad for CSS before submitting an application.

Fee Structure for CSS Examination

This fee structure for CSS applications is declared by FPSC:

  1. Exam Application Fee: PKR 2,200
  2. Paper Rechecking Fee: PKR 500