What is CSS?
CSS stands for Central Superior Services, it consists of competitive examinations to sort out the suitable individuals for certain jobs, positions, professions, and fields. Federal Public Services Commission of Pakistan and Provincial commissions take examinations of individuals who wish to join them. They chose the most suitable individuals among desirous candidates. Keeping into the perspective of an increased number of graduates these examinations are being updated gradually from tougher and more difficult content to know the grasp and potential of an individual who wishes to join them.
Importance of CSS
To choose among the talented and intellectually or academically advanced individuals for posts or positions designated to administer governmental daily works with efficiency and productivity. F.P.S.C relies on individuals having leadership qualities, academic excellence, and unquestionable obedience. This examination is divided into three phases.
- Written Examination
This is the first phase of CSS examination. Generally, exams are started in February, in 2019 it was 14 Feb, (yeah you are right man, the valentine’s day. That’s why most of the youth were regarding F.P.S.C as heartless.. you know what I mean).
What they will decide for 2020 no one can say anything. However, this year advertisement says a lot about them we were imagining they will not do this cruelty this time however they did it again ah.., which proves them as I have mentioned earlier.
It consists of 12 papers having 100 marks each. Which will be discussed in detail later.
- Medical Examination
Candidates who pass written examinations are further instructed to examine themselves medically for chronic diseases like, AIDS, HIV, HEP B, AND C, etc or other abnormalities. After clearing, medical examinations candidates are invited for Interview.
- Interview plus Psychological assessment.
Panel members will interview a candidate for checking the suitability of a person for the position. After that or before that psychological assessment is taken into account to know about individual qualities and lacking in personality and intellectual domain.
After being successful in the above phases confirmation letter knocks your door and it says, My friend! we are waiting for you in CSS training academy you can join us there on dated………..
So you are hired and enjoy bureaucratic journey ahead.
Table of Content
PROCEDURE OF CSS APPLICATION
Guidance for aspirants
Group wise optional Subjects
Every year FPSC advertise CSS in all major national newspapers and on their website. It generally states:
FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Aga Khan Road Sector F-5/1, Islamabad
Phone No.051-9205075, Fax: 051-9213386, 051-9203410
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.fpsc.gov.pk
CSS COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION-20–
(Apply online on or before day/month/20– and send hard copy of online application along with documents so as to reach FPSC Headquarters within 10 days of online submission date, otherwise, the candidature will be rejected).
The Federal Public Service Commission will hold the CSS Competitive Examination-20– with effect from Day, Date, Month and year 20– for recruitment to posts in BS-17 under the Federal Government in following
Commerce & Trade Group
Foreign Service of Pakistan
Inland Revenue Service
Military Lands & Cantonments Group
Office Management Group
Pakistan Administrative Service
Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
Pakistan Customs Service
Police Service of Pakistan
Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group
The number of vacancies to be filled on the basis of CSS Competitive Examination-20– will be announced later.
The examination is likely to be held at following centers depending upon the number of candidates:
(3) D.G. Khan
Both male and female including special persons having at least 2nd Division Bachelor’s degree between the ages of 21 to 30 years as on 31.12.20– are eligible.
The upper age limit may be relaxed by two years in categories mentioned in Rule 6 of CSS Competitive Examination Rules-20–, subject to fulfillment of documentary requirements. The cut-off date for determining the eligibility of the candidate in terms of age, qualification, domicile, etc, is 31st December 20–.
Advertised by Director General of FPSC in all major newspapers.
In recent years advertisement is given by FPSC in all major newspapers in October or November.
All aspirants may apply online for CSS examination during the period Date, month to date, month, 20.., followed by submission of hard copy of online form along with all attested documents and original Treasury Receipt of Rs.2200/-, so as to reach the FPSC Headquarters, Islamabad within 10 days of the closing date, as per procedure stipulated in Rule-11 of CSS Competitive Examination Rules-2019.
Online Application facility, Challan Form, Rules & Syllabus for CSS Competitive Examination-2019 are available on FPSC Website www.fpsc.gov.pk
CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF ONLINE APPLICATION IS date, month, 20–.
CANDIDATES ARE ADVISED TO:
- Carefully fill the online form and check it before online submission. Take a printout and dispatch hard copy to FPSC on or before the closing date. Any correction in the printed hard copy of the online form may be made by hand and initialed, before dispatch/submission to FPSC. Thereafter, no request for a change in any entry of online application or its hard copy would be accepted.
- Deposit, before the closing date, Rs.2200/- as examination fee in the nearest Govt. Treasury/State Bank of Pakistan/National Bank of Pakistan under the account head “C02101-Organs of State Exam Fee (FPSC Receipt).
- Ensure that attested copies of all required documents, photographs & original treasury receipt of Rs.2200/- are attached with the hard copy of online application form, before dispatching to Secretary FPSC, Islamabad.
- Choose the optional subjects correctly in accordance with Appendix-I of the Rules for CSS Competitive Examination-2019.
- Download computer generated Admission Certificates from FPSC website i.e. www.fpsc.gov.pk. In this regard, no intimation shall be sent through the post.
- Be informed that optional subjects & examination center once selected shall not be changed. No request in this regard shall be entertained after receipt of hard copy.
- Correctly enter CNIC No. & date of birth in the online form and in its hard copy. Wrong entry shall lead to rejection of candidature.
- Strictly comply with the rules of CSS Competitive Examination-2019 otherwise their candidature shall lead to rejection.
- A hard copy of the online application must be dispatched in a separate envelope. Two or more applications in one envelope are not acceptable.
- Be aware that detailed scrutiny of the applications will be carried out after conduct of written part of CSS Competitive Examination. If any candidate is found ineligible in any respect under rules for the examination, his/her candidature will be canceled/ rejected regardless of the fact whether he/she has appeared in the examination or qualified therein, however, his/her chance shall stand consumed. Therefore, to avoid inconvenience candidates are advised in their own interest to make sure before appearing in the examination that they fulfill all requirements of the rules, relating to the examination.
- Contact at the following numbers for further information or queries; 051-9223282, 051-9210296, 051-9219845, OR UAN 051-111-000-248
According to REVISED SYLLABUS FOR CSS COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION, CE-2016 FPSC, WHICH WAS Updated on, 7th July 2015. Following are compulsory subjects:
Candidates will be required to write one or more Essay in English. A wide choice of topics will be given. Candidates are expected to reflect comprehensive and research-based knowledge on a selected topic. Candidate’s articulation, expression and technical treatment of the style of English Essay writing will be examined.
The examination in this subject will be based upon a paper carrying 100 marks to Test the candidate’s abilities to handle Precis Writing, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Structuring, Translation, Grammar, and Vocabulary, etc.
I. Precis Writing (20 marks)
A carefully selected passage with an orientation of generic understanding and enough flexibility for compression shall be given for précising and suggesting an appropriate title.
Out of the total 20 marks allocated to this question, 15 shall go to précising the text and 5 to suggesting the title.
II. Reading Comprehension (20 marks)
A carefully selected passage that is rich in substance but not very technical or discipline-specific shall be given, followed by five questions, each carrying 4 marks.
III. Grammar and Vocabulary (20 marks)
Correct usage of Tense, Articles, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Punctuation, Phrasal Verbs, Synonyms, and Antonyms, etc.
IV. Sentence Correction (10 marks)
The sentences shall be given each having a clear structural flaw in terms of grammar or punctuation. The candidates shall be asked to rewrite them with really needed correction only, without making unnecessary alterations. No two or more sentences should have exactly the same problem, and 2-3 sentences shall be based on correction of punctuation
V. Grouping of Words (10 marks)
A random list of twenty words of moderate standard (neither very easy nor utterly unfamiliar) shall be given, be grouped by the candidates in pairs of those having similar or opposite meaning, as may be clearly directed in the question.
VI. Pairs of Words (10 marks)
Ten pairs shall be given of seemingly similar words with different meanings, generally confused in communication, for bringing out the difference in the meaning of any five of them by first explaining them in parenthesis and then using them in sentences.
VII. Translation (10 marks)
Ten short Urdu sentences involving structural composition, significant terms, and figurative/idiomatic expressions shall be given, be accurately translated into English.
Part-I (General Science) 60 Marks
I. Physical Sciences
Constituents and Structure:-Universe, Galaxy, Light Year, Solar System, Sun, Earth, Astronomical System of Units.
Process of Nature: – Solar and Lunar Eclipses, Rotation and Revolution, Weather Variables (Global Temperature, Pressure, Circulation, Precipitation, Humidity) and Weather Variations.
Natural Hazards and Disasters: – Earth Quake, Volcanic Eruption, Tsunami, Floods, Avalanche, Travelling Cyclone (Tropical Cyclone, Middle-Latitude Cyclone, and Tornadoes), Drought, Wildfire, Urban Fire. Disaster Risk Management.
Energy Resources: – Sources of Energy (Renewable i.e. LED Energy, Solar
Energy, Wind Energy, and Non-Renewable Energy conservation and its sustainable use.
Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Electromagnetic Radiations.
Modern Materials/Chemicals: – Ceramics, Plastics, Semiconductors. Antibiotics, Vaccines, Fertilizers, Pesticides.
II. Biological Sciences
The Basis of Life: – Cell Structures and Functions (Subcellular Organelles such as Nucleus, Mitochondria, and Ribosomes).
Biomolecules: – Proteins, Lipids, Carbohydrates, and Enzymes.
Plant and Animal Kingdom: – A brief survey of plant and animal kingdom to pinpoint similarities and diversities in nature.
A Brief Account of Human Physiology.
Common Diseases and Epidemics: – Polio, Diarrhea, Malaria, Hepatitis, Dengue their Causes and Prevention.
New Model Concept of Producing BIO Fuel Method
III. Environmental Science
Environment: – The Atmosphere (Layered Structure and Composition), Hydrosphere (Water Cycle, Major Water Compartments), Biosphere (Major Biomes) and Lithosphere (Minerals and Rocks, Rock Types, Plate Tectonics).
Atmospheric Pollution: – Types, Sources, Causes and effects of major air
pollutants (Cox, Particulate Matter, NOx, SOx, Tropospheric Ozone, Volatile Organic Compounds, Dioxins). Regional and Global air pollution issues (Acid-rain, Ozone Depletion, Greenhouse Effect, and Global Warming). International agreements on air pollution control (Montreal Protocol and Kyoto Protocol).
Water Pollution:- Types, sources, causes and effects of major water pollutants (Synthetic Organic Chemicals, Oxygen Demanding Wastes, Plant Nutrients, Thermal Pollution, Infectious Agents, Sediments, Radioactivity, Heavy Metals, and Acids). Drinking water quality and standards.
Land Pollution: – Solid waste management and disposal.
Role of Remote Sensing and GIS in Environmental Science.
IV. Food Science
Concept of Balance Diet: – Vitamins, Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats, and oil,
Quality of Food:- Bio-availability of Nutrients, Appearance, Texture, Flavor, Quality of Packed and Frozen Food, Food Additives, Preservatives and Antioxidants
Food Deterioration and its Control: – Causes of Food Deterioration, Adulteration, Food Preservation.
V. Information Technology
Computer (Hardware & Software Fundamentals); I/O Processing and data
storage, Networking & Internet Standards, Application, and business Software, Social Media Websites. Information Systems. Fundamentals of artificial intelligence.
Telecommunications: – Basics of Wireless Communication (Mobile, Satellite, Surveillance, and GPS and Fiber Optic, etc.
Part-II (General Ability) 40 Marks
VI. Quantitative Ability/Reasoning
Basic Mathematical Skills.
Concepts and ability to reasons quantitatively and solve problems in a
Basic Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry (Average, Ratios, Rates, Percentage, Angles, Triangles, Sets, Remainders, Equations, Symbols, Rounding of Numbers
VII. Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning/Ability
Logical Reasoning includes the process of using a rational, systematic series of steps based on sound mathematical procedures and given statements to arrive at a conclusion
Analytical Reasoning/Ability includes visualizing, articulating and solving both complex and uncomplicated problems and concepts and making decisions that are sensible based on available information, including demonstration of the ability to apply logical thinking to gathering and analyzing information.
VIII. Mental Abilities
Mental Abilities Scales that measure specific constructs such as the verbal, mechanical, numerical and social ability.
Candidates will be expected to display such general knowledge of history, politics and International Affairs, as deemed necessary to interpret current affairs.
I. Pakistan’s Domestic Affairs (20 marks)
II. Pakistan’s External Affairs (40 marks)
Pakistan’s relations with its Neighbors (India, China, Afghanistan, Russia)
Pakistan’s relations with the Muslim World (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Turkey)
Pakistan’s relations with the United States
Pakistan’s relations with Regional and International Organizations (UN, SAARC, ECO, OIC, WTO, GCC)
III. Global Issues (40 marks)
International Political Economy
Environment: Global Warming, Kyoto Protocol, Copenhagen Accord
Population: world population trends, world population policies
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
Global Energy Politics
Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Security
Nuclear Politics in South Asia
International Trade (Doha Development Round and Bali Package)
Cooperation and Competition in Arabian Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Millennium Development Goals, Current Status
Middle East Crisis
I. The ideology of Pakistan—–definition and elucidation, historical aspects: Muslim rule in the Sub-Continent, its downfall, and efforts for Renaissance. Movements for reforms– Shaikh Ahmad Sarhindi, Shah Waliullah, Sayyid Ahmad Shaheed, Aligarh, Deoband, Nadwah, and other educational institutions——-Sindh Madrassah and Islamia College Peshawar.
Ideology of Pakistan in the light of Speeches and statements of Allama Iqbal and Quaid- i Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
II. Land and people of Pakistan——- Geography, Society, Natural resources,
Agriculture, Industry, and education with reference to characteristics, trends, and problems.
III. Pakistan and Changing Regional Apparatus
IV. Nuclear Program of Pakistan, its Safety and Security; International Concerns
V. Regional Cooperation Organizations (SAARC, ECO, SCO) and the Role of Pakistan
VI. Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan
VII. Economic Challenges in Pakistan
VIII. Non-Traditional Security Threats in Pakistan: Role of Non-State Actors
IX. Pakistan’s Role in the Region
X. The Palestine Issue
XI. Changing Security Dynamics for Pakistan: Challenges to National Security of Pakistan
XII. Political Evolution Since 1971
XIII. Pakistan and US War on Terror
XIV. Foreign Policy of Pakistan Post 9/11
XV. Evolution of Democratic System in Pakistan
XVI. Ethnic Issues and National Integration
XVII. Hydro Politics; Water Issues in Domestic and Regional Context
XVIII. Pakistan’s National Interest
XIX. Challenges to Sovereignty
XX. Pakistan’s Energy Problems and their Effects
XXI. Pakistan’s Relations with Neighbors excluding India
XXII. Pakistan and India Relations Since 1947
XXIII. The Kashmir Issue
XXIV. The war in Afghanistan since 1979 and its impact on, and challenges to Pakistan in the Post 2014 era.
XXV. Proxy Wars: Role of External Elements
XXVI. Economic Conditions of Pakistan, the Most Recent Economic Survey, the Previous and Current Budgets, and the Problems and Performance of Major Sectors of Economy.
XXVII. The Recent Constitutional and Legal Debates, the Latest Constitutional Amendments and Important Legislation, Legal Cases and the Role of Higher Courts.
XXVIII. The Prevailing Social Problems of Pakistan and the Strategies to Deal with Them, Poverty, Education, Health and Sanitation.
I. Introduction to Islam.
Concept of Islam.
Importance of Din in Human Life.
Difference between Din and Religion.
Distinctive Aspects of Islam.
Islamic Beliefs & its Impact on Individual & Society and the Fundamental of Islam
Islamic Worships: Spiritual, Moral and Social Impact.
II. Study of Sirah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as Role Model for:-
III. Human Rights & Status of Woman in Islam.
Human Rights and Status of Woman in Islam
Dignity of Men and Women
IV. Islamic Civilization and Culture:
Meanings and the Vital Elements
Role of Civilization in Development of Human Personality and Community
Characteristicts of Islamic Civilization (Tawhid, Self-purification, Dignity of Man,
Equality, Social Justice, Moral Values, Tolerance, Rule of Law)
V. Islam and the World.
Impact of Islamic Civilization on the West and Vice Versa
The Role of Islam in the Modern World.
Muslim World and the Contemporary Challenges.
Rise of Extremism.
VI. Public Administration and Governance in Islam
Concept of Public Administration in Islam
Quranic Guidance on Good Governance
Concept of Governance and its Applications in the light of Qur’an, Sunnah and Fiqh.
Governance Structure in Islam (Shura, Legislation, Sources of Islamic Law)
Governance under Pious Khilafat
Particular letters of Hazrat Umar (R.A) and Hazrat Ali (R.A) to different Authority.
Responsibilities of Civil Servants
System of Accountability(hisbah) in Islam
VII. Islamic Code of Life.
Salient Features of Islamic System, Social System, Political System, Economic
System, Judicial System, Administrative System,
Procedure of Ijma and Ijtihad
Definition(s) of religion
Emergence of the study of religion as a discipline
Theological and academic study of religion
An overview of religious landscape of the World
Indus valley civilization, Aryan invasion theory, Vedic Dharma, Brahmanism
Sruti: Vedas, Upanishads, Smirti: Manu Smirti, Sutras, Puranas, Great epics: Ramayana,
Dharma, Vedanta, Karma, Transmigration of Souls, Moksha (Liberation)
Ways to Liberation:
Karma marga (Works/Rituals), Jnana marga (Wisdom), Bhakti marga (Devotion)
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Trimurti, other gods and divinities
Major Hindu Sects:
Vaishnavism (Manifestation avatars), Saivism (Supreme God & Phallic worship), Saktism(Goddess worship)
Caste System, Ashramas (Stages of life)
Hinduism in the Modern World
19th century reform and revival movements, Contemporary Hindu Tendencies and movements
Life of Gautama Buddha, Formation and spread of Buddhism, Rivalry between Brahmanism and Buddhism
Tripitaka: Sutta Pitaka, Vinaya Pitaka, Abhidhamma Pitaka
Teachings and Doctrines
Three Jewels of Buddhism: Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, The four noble truths, Eight fold Path
Theravadas (Hinayana), Mahayana, other schools and sects
Buddhism in the Modern world21
Revised Scheme and Syllabus for CSS Competitive Examination
A brief history of Jews and Judaism:
From Abraham to Moses, peace be upon them all, From Moses to establishment of Jewish rule, Destruction of Jerusalem and dispersion of Jews in the world,
Tanakh (The Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings), Mishnah and Talmud
Articles of faith and basic teachings:
Ten Commandments, The thirteen principles of faith propounded by Moses Maimonides (1138-1204)
Jewish holidays and festivals:
Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), Pesach (Passover), Sukkot (Tabernacles) Purim
Daily prayer, fasting, Sabbath
Jewish sects and movements
Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Reform Judaism, Zionism, Kabbalah, Hasidism
The Jewish background of Christianity, Life and of Jesus Christ (Through the Four Gospels), Life and the role of Paul (Through the Letters of Paul), Formation and spread of the Christian Church, Christianization of the Roman Empire, the Reform movement
The Holy Bible (Old Testament and New Testament)
Original Sin, Incarnation of God, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Atonement, Trinity
Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism
Sub-denominations: Lutherans, Reformed, and Presbyterians, Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Unitarians
Christian Festivals and Holidays:
Advent, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost
Christian worship and Sacraments
Baptism, Eucharist, Communion, Lord’s Supper, prayer, fasting, psalms, music,
Christianity in the Modern Times
Encounter with modernity, modern theological trends, Missionary movement, Dialogue and relationship with other religions
Introduction and Historical Background
The Islamic concept of religion, the universality of religion and diversity of shari’a, Sirah (Life) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, The era of rightly guided caliphs of Islam
The Holy Quran, Hadith
Basic Doctrines and Creed:
Tawhid (Oneness of God), Risalah (Belief in Prophets and finality of the prophet-hood with the Prophet Muhammad), Akhirah (Belief in Hereafter and the final reckoning by Allah the Almighty), Belief in angels, previous scriptures, predestination, and human responsibility before God, infallibility of the Quran
Five Pillars of Islam:
The utterance of Shahadatayn (To proclaim the Oneness of Allah and that Prophet Muhammad is his messenger, salah (five daily prayers), zakah (compulsory charity), sawm (fasting in the month of Ramadan) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah who can afford traveling to it)
Other Teachings of Islam
Equality of mankind, simplicity, spiritual purity and bodily hygiene, patience, contentment, moderation, social justice, Jihad, tolerance towards other religions,
Sects and Schools
Sunnis (mainstream Muslims), Shi‘ahs (Special devotion for Hazrat Ali and Family of the Prophet), Khawarij (literalists), Mu‘tazilah (rationalists)
Contemporary Islamic movements and tendencies:
Ikwan al Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood), Jama‘at-i-Islami, Tablighi Jama‘at, Salafi movement, Fethullah Gulen movement in Turkey, the Iranian revolution, extremist groups.
Group-I: (To select one subject of (200 marks) only)
Group-II: (To select subject(s) of 200 marks only last 4 subjects have 100 marks each)
Group-III: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)
Group-IV: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)
Group-V: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)
Group-VI: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)