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CSS Exam 2021 Complete Guide

What is the CSS Exam?

css exam complete guideIn Pakistan, Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Islamabad conducts the Central Superior Services Examination (CSS Exam) to recruit candidates for posts BS-17 once in a year. 

Under the federal Government, FPSC Islamabad invites candidates to apply for the required posts in twelve groups. Candidates can prioritise their choices accordingly. It is the discretion of FPSC Islamabad to invite the candidate to one group according to the merit list. 

The DMG (District Management Group) is the most demanded one amongst the candidates. The post of AC (Assistant Commissioner for a district) is a dream post amongst candidates.

Services Groups for CSS Examination

It is entirely up to you to prioritize the choice but FPSC reserves the merit for it. May there will be a change in upcoming CSS-2021 due to expected CSS Reforms.

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

CSS Selection Process by FPSC

It is in four parts and at the end of every part, FPSC Islamabad complies with a merit list to proceed further.

  1. Written Examination 
  2. CSS Medical Examination
  3. Psychological Test
  4. Interview of Viva Voce

CSS Exam 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality Criteria
  2. Age Criteria

Qualification Criteria

  •  Bachelor’s Degree with at least 2nd division from HEC recognised universities (Pakistan). 
  • An equivalent Foreign qualification of a Bachelor’s Degree from Pakistan HEC recognised universities.
  • A candidate having the 3rd Division-Bachelor’s degree with Higher Division in the Master’s Degree.

Nationality Criteria

The applicant must be a citizen of Pakistani Citizens or permanent resident of the state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The domicile is a must for AJ&K permanent residents.

Age Criteria: 

  • Minimum age is 21 years when applying CSS Exams
  • Maximum age is 30 years when applying CSS Exams

Age Relaxation for CSS Exams 2021

  • First Category

The upper age limit relaxation is two years (32 years maximum) for a serving government employee. You can see the details in the age relaxation criteria for CSS 2021.

  • Second Category

The upper age limit relaxation is two years (32 Years maximum) for candidates from former tribal areas or agencies under Pakistan. You can see the details in the age relaxation criteria for CSS 2021.

 Examination Centers for CSS Exam 2021

  1. Islamabad
  2. Lahore
  3. Karachi
  4. Peshawar
  5. Abbottabad
  6. Bahawalpur
  7. D.I.Khan
  8. Dera Ghazi Khan
  9. Faisalabad
  10. Gilgit
  11. Gujranwala
  12. Hyderabad
  13. Khuzdar
  14. Larkana
  15. Multan
  16. Muzaffarabad
  17. Okara
  18. Quetta
  19. Rawalpindi
  20. Sargodha
  21. Sialkot
  22. Skardu
  23. Sukkur

Interview Places for CSS Exam 2021

  1. Karachi
  2. Lahore
  3. Islamabad
  4. Peshawar
  5. Quetta

Important Dates of CSS Exam 2021

As a candidate CSS Exam 2021, you must be well aware of a few important dates. It includes advertisements for inviting applications for CSS examination 2021, eligibility assessment, and examination dates. 

If you have ECTI Pakistan membership, you will get all the notifications automatically on WhatsApp and Facebook group ( CSS And Public Service Commission Preparation) easily. 

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CSS 2021 Application Submission Period

Application Submission Time Frame: October 01, 2020 – October 31, 2020

 Expected CSS Exam 2021 Date: February 15, 2021

CSS 2021 Eligibility Determination Date (Qualification & Age)

December 31, 2020

CSS Exam 2021 Fee Structure 

Rs. 2200/-  see details below

Application Process for CSS Exam 2021

You can apply online on the FPSC website. Get a clear print of the online-filled form ( generated by the FPSC website automatically after a successful online submission) and send it to the FPSC Islamabad mailing address.

How to apply online Click Here


  • How much time is enough for CSS preparation?

5-6 months time is considered a good period of time for preparation of CSS Exam. Even though there are few exceptions that succeeded in getting through the CSS Exam in three months preparation. Sheer hard work has no substitute but well directed hard work is required.

  • Is the CSS exam hard?

Among those, only 12,176 candidates appeared in the written exam. … It is very easy to qualify CSS exam, provided that you make preparation in proper lines. Most of the students do not qualify CSS exam despite their hard work because they do not make preparation in proper line.

  • Which field is best for CSS?

For Police, Criminology and other related Social Sciences subjects will help you alot. However, Public Administration, Governance and Public Policy, Political Sciences, International Relations are Generally the best options for the students aiming for CSS.

  • Is PMS easier than CSS?

Both are easier for smart people. its only the determination where one utilize one’s talent. however, if one answers it simply, then yeah you are right, PMS is a bit easier only because there you have more chances of allocation than CSS, where competition is comparatively more.

  • What is the duration of CSS?

Who is eligible to appear for the exam? To apply for CSS Examination, a candidate should be; … The age limit for admission in CSS Examination is 21-28 years, which is relaxable upto 2 years for those who are already in Government Service and have completed 2 years service.

  • What are passing marks in CSS?

To pass this exam you need to score at least 600 marks. However, your allocation is possible if you score around 650 marks in the written exam and around 180 out of 300 marks in the interview but merit is different for different provinces and each province has a specific quota.

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