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CSS Examination is a competitive examination conducted by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Islamabad every year for recruitments to post in Basic Pay Scale –17 for following occupational groups under Federal Government.

Commerce & Trade Group (CTG)

Pakistan Customs Service (PCS)

Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS)

Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP)

Inland Revenue Service (IRS)

Information Group (IG)

Military Lands & Cantonments Group (MLCG)

Office Management Group (OMG)

Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service (PAAS)

Police Service of Pakistan (PSP)

Postal Group (PG)

Railways Group

Parts of CSS Exam

CSS Exam is given for the selection of candidates for occupational services under FPSC.  The Commission ensures that selected candidate is perfect in all aspects for the post or service. Candidate has to undergo all the parts of CSS Exam for appointment against a post. The CSS Exam comprises the following.

(a) Written Examination;
(b) Medical Examination;
(c) Psychological Assessment; and
(d) Viva Voce.

Required Education

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 eligible.

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.


(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 the Commission.

Age Limit for CSS Exam

A candidate for admission to the examination must have attained the age of 21 years and not over 30 years. The cut off date for age calculation will be 31–12–2019. This means that an applicant shall be considered ineligible if his/her age is 30 years on/or before 31–12–2019.

Applying 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 online through FPSC website www.fpsc.gov.pk.  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.

Fixed Qualifying Marks

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 pass.