CSS SYLLABUS

The Central Superior Services (CSS) examination is a highly esteemed and competitive test in Pakistan, opening doors to prestigious career opportunities in the civil service. To succeed in this rigorous examination, aspiring candidates must have a clear understanding of the CSS syllabus and CSS Subjects. CSS Syllabus is a bible for CSS exams. In this blog post, we will unravel the CSS syllabus, providing an in-depth overview of different CSS subjects groups and their associated topics.

CSS syllabus

An Overview

The CSS syllabus is divided into several subject groups, each comprising a set of compulsory and optional subjects. In CSS Syllabus Compulsory Subjects are six (6) in total while Optional subjects are forty-five (45) in total. An individual must select one subject from each group of CSS Subjects to complete its 600 marks. For instance, if a person selects one subject of 200 marks, then (s)he has to select other CSS subjects so that it completes 600 marks in total. So, in this way combine marks of Compulsory and Optional subjects will become 1200 marks in total for the written CSS exam.

Let’s explore these subject groups and their contents. You can download the CSS Syllabus of each subject separately by clicking each subject name in the table.

Compulsory Subjects Group

Code Number

Subject

Marks

1

English Essay 100

2

English (Precis and Composition) 100

3

General Science & Ability 100

4

Current Affairs 100

5

Pakistan Affairs 100

6

Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non-Muslims) 100

Total

600

 

Also Read: Best Books for General Science and Ability

Optional Subjects Groups

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

Code Number

Subject

Marks

11

Accountancy & Auditing

200

12

Economics

200

13

Computer Science

200

14

Political Science

200

15

International Relations

200

Group-2 (To select one subject of 200 marks only)

Code Number

Subject

Marks

16

Physics

200

17

Chemistry

200

18

Applied Mathematics

100

19

Pure Mathematics

100

20

Statistics

100

21

Geology

100

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

Code Number

Subject

Marks

22

Business Administration

100

23

Public Administration

100

24

Governance & Public Policies

100

25

Town Planning & Urban Management

100

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

Code Number Subject Marks
26 History of Pakistan & India 100
27 Islamic History & Culture 100
28 British History 100
29 European History 100
30 History of USA 100

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

Code Number

Subject

Marks

31

Gender Studies

100

32

Environmental Sciences

100

33

Agriculture & Forestry

100

34

Botany

100

35

Zoology

100

36

English Literature

100

37

Urdu Literature

100

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

Code Number

Subject

Marks

38

Law

100

39

Constitutional Law

100

40

International Law

100

41

Muslim Law & Jurisprudence

100

42

Mercantile Law

100

43

Criminology

100

44

Philosophy

100

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

Code Number

Subject

Marks

45

Journalism & Mass Communication

 100

46

Psychology

100

47

Geography

100

48

Sociology

100

49

Anthropology

100

50

Punjabi

100

51

Sindhi

100

52

Pashto

100

53

Balochi

100

54

Persian

100

55

Arabic

100

 

Note: These optional subject groups offer flexibility for candidates to choose CSS subjects based on their interests, academic background, and career aspirations.

Important Notes Regarding CSS Syllabus

Language of Question Papers:

It is essential to answer question papers in Urdu or other Pakistani regional languages (such as Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, and Balochi), Persian, or Arabic, according to the respective language paper. However, questions related to translation between the respective language and English can be answered as directed in the question paper.

Paper Structure:

Each subject carrying a total of 200 marks will have two papers of 100 marks each. For CSS subjects with a total of 100 marks, there will be a single paper. The duration for each paper will be 3 hours.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Ratio:

In compulsory papers, except for the Essay paper, there will be 20 MCQs in each paper. Similarly, optional papers, except for Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, will have 20 MCQs each. So, the total marks of MCQs in all CSS subjects are 220 marks.

Language for Islamic Studies/Comparative Study of Major Religions:

The question paper for Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non-Muslims) must be answered in English or Urdu only. All other papers must be answered in English unless specified differently in the Question Paper.

Choice for Non-Muslim Candidates:

Non-Muslim candidates have the option to choose either Islamic Studies or Comparative Study of Major Religions, depending on their preference and suitability.

 

Preparing for CSS Examination

Once you have familiarized yourself with the CSS subjects include in CSS syllabus, it’s crucial to devise a well-structured study plan. Here are a few tips to help you in your preparation:

Understand the Weightage:

Take note of the marks allocated to each subject group and their respective papers. This will help you prioritize your study time and allocate sufficient effort to each subject.

Set Realistic Goals:

Break down your study plan into manageable targets, focusing on one subject at a time. This will ensure a systematic approach and prevent overwhelming yourself with excessive information.

Seek Quality Study Material:

Utilize recommended textbooks, reference materials, and online resources that align with the CSS syllabus. These resources will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the subjects and aid in exam preparation.

Practice, Practice, Practice:

Regularly attempt past papers and mock tests to assess your knowledge and identify areas that require improvement. This will familiarize you with the exam format and build your confidence for the actual CSS examination.

Stay Updated:

Keep yourself well-informed about current affairs, both national and international. Read newspapers, follow news websites, and engage in discussions to enhance your understanding of current events, which play a vital role in the CSS examination.

Download complete CSS syllabus, in which all CSS Subjects are together, from here: CSS Syllabus

Conclusion

Understanding the CSS syllabus is the first step towards success in the examination. By looking into CSS syllabus, you will gain a comprehensive overview of the CSS subjects groups, their contents, and the marks distribution. Combine this knowledge with effective study strategies, quality study material, and consistent practice to maximize your chances of excelling in the CSS examination. Remember, thorough preparation and dedication are key to achieving your goals and securing a bright future in the civil service.