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What is CSS Exam, What Is 2016 Exam Date and Syllabus?

(Last Updated On: 08/04/2016)

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.

This article will cover the following topics:

  • Rules for Admission to Test – Age and Qualification for 2017
  • Subjects
  • Syllabus for Upcoming CSS 2017
  • Fee
  • CSS Groups
  • CSS 2017 Exam Date
  • Important Instructions

CSS Rules for Admission Test:

The rules for CSS 2017 attempt are undecided. The proposal for extension of age limit from 28 to 30 and qualification fro, 14 years to 16 years is under consideration by the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal.

CSS Age Limit:

Currently age limit is 28 years that is likely to increase up to 30 for the year 2017 attempt.

CSS Qualification Requirement:

Currently, qualification requirement is 14 years of education that is also likely to increase up to 16 for the year 2017 attempt.

CSS Subjects:

The subjects of CSS are subdivided into the category of Compulsory Subject and Optional Subject. The written test of CSS will comprise the total number of 1200.

CSS Compulsory Subjects 600 Marks

Compulsory Subjects

Subject Marks
English Essay 100
English (Precis and Composition) 100
General Science and Ability 100
Current Affairs 100
Pakistan Affairs 100
Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non-Muslims) 100
Total 600

CSS Optional Subjects – 600 Marks Total

Group-I: (To select one subject of 200 marks only)group 1

Group-II: (To select subject(s) of 200 marks only)group 2

Group-III: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)group 3

Group-IV: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)group 4

Group-V: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)group 5

Group-VI: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)group 6

Group-VII: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)group 7

Syllabus for CSS 2017:

Download expected complete syllabus for CSS 2017

CSS Fee 2017:

Fee for CSS exams is Rs. 1000.

List of CSS Groups:

  1. Commerce & Trade Group
  2. Customs & Excise Group
  3. District Management Group
  4. Foreign Service of Pakistan
  5. Income Tax Group
  6. Information Group
  7. Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service
  8. Police Service of Pakistan
  9. Postal Group
  10. Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group

CSS 2017 Exam Date:

Every year Competitive Examination held from the mid of February to onwards. However,

Important Instructions:

Note-1: Question papers in Urdu or other Pakistani regional languages (Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi), Persian and Arabic should be answered in the respective languages unless otherwise directed in the question paper.

Note-2: There will be two papers of 100 marks each of the subjects which carry 200 marks. In other subjects of 100 marks there will be one paper. Each paper will be of 3 hours duration.


Note-3: The candidates should expect some objective type question (MCQ’s) in compulsory and optional papers.


  1. sir css hame kasa krne h plz btai

  2. minimum qualification bacholer h

  3. yes aik group m s just one subject e choose krna h ye depend krta h apki qualification p ap k pas jis sub m degree h us s related choose krein to it is bestes

    • Thanks but in this time me b.com qualification completed in 2014..so apply krny ka kia procedure hai or is k paper kahan hty hain,pehly compulsory paper hty hain ya optional,, plz tell me some detail,,,,,my what’s app number,,,****6003574 thankss

  4. sir minimum qul kitni ho css k lia¿?

  5. css ka tyri kese hota hai or kahn se hota hai please advice me sir.

  6. Rabia Hussain

    Sir kindly let me know when will be the css exams are held?and on which date we aplly for css ??Thanks

  7. Sare nalaiq css daine ajate hain ye mazaq nahi ok. Jab papers samne ajate hain tab pata chalta hai. Ap logon ko sidhi si bath samaj main nahi ati to paper kaise karenge?

    • Rabia Hussain

      yes you are right…but it does’n mean that you underestimate…we are free to know everything about css…

  8. Shah Hussain Khan Khalil

    Dear Sir
    All those candidates who will appear in2018 css examination the syllabus 2017 will be equal to 2018 syllabus? Or will change.
    So conformation send me.

  9. hi guys if any one interested to study in europe contect me i will help you guys specialy in sweden

  10. sir kindly bta dy agr kisi ny foreign services k liy apply krna ho yo kon sy subjects choose krna pry gy?

    • Selection of subjects for joining any particular group does not matter at all. What matters is your performance in the examination and the optness of your group selection while filling the form.

  11. Rao Muhammad Umar

    Yes you can select. But one from one optional group

  12. Sir, ye CSS ka admission kaisy hota hai.

  13. Mohammad Wasif

    it is possible to take any of the options from any group for the other 600 marks ?
    if a person wants to aply for the job in foreign services .. then what is the criteria ?

  14. syed Babar Shah

    how we can spent study time for css exmination

  15. How many year is required to do this ?? How long is this

    • Mohammad Wasif

      it is possible to take any of the options from any group for the other 600 marks ?
      if a person wants to aply for the job in foreign services .. then what is the criteria ?


  17. can we select 2 or 3 subjects from one group???

  18. Sir how we select the optional subjects from the given groups?

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