Revised Syllabus Scheme for the CSS 2025

This revised syllabus for the CSS written exams (as published by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), Islamabad) has been in effect since 2016. Students preparing for the CSS 2024 and CSS 2025 written exams can follow this syllabus. The official syllabus is available for download in PDF format by clicking on the attached link.

The written exam for the CSS consists of 12 papers, of which 6 are compulsory and 6 are optional. Candidates cannot skip the compulsory subjects or choose them at their own will. For the optional subjects, candidates must choose these subjects in accordance with the instructions mentioned in this blog.

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS (600 MARKS)

NOTE: The qualifying marks for the compulsory papers are 40% and for the optional papers 30%. The three papers of General Knowledge (GK-1, GK-2 & GK-3) are to be passed collectively by scoring 120 marks from 300. There are 20 objective-type questions (MCQs) in each compulsory and optional paper except for the essay, applied mathematics, and pure mathematics papers The question paper in Islamic Studies or Comparative Study of Major Religions (for non-Muslims) is to be answered in English or Urdu only. Non-Muslim candidates may either opt Islamic Studies or Comparative Study of Major Religions as may suit to them.

No.Subject TitleMarks
01.English Essay | Download100
02.English (Precis and Composition) | Download100
03.GK1 (General Science and Ability) | Download 100
04.GK2 (Current Affairs) | Download 100
05.GK3 (Pakistan Affairs) | Download100
06.Islamic Studies | Download
Comparative Study of Major Religions (for non-Muslims)
100

Students may download the analysis of past papers for the compulsory subjects by clicking on the attached link.

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS (600 MARKS)

Candidates must check the past papers and the course outline before finalizing an optional subject. They may also consult others, such as friends, teachers, and mentors. However, the final decision should be their own. Students should learn from others, but they should avoid blindly following their advice. Instead, they should identify their own area of interest and choose an optional subject accordingly. It is important to remember that changing your optional subject after a poor performance in the first attempt is not a good idea. Instead, students should analyze their shortcomings and work on them to improve their performance in the next attempt.

Here are the 5 criteria you should keep in mind while choosing an optional subject:

  • Your academic background. This is an important factor to consider, as you will need to have a strong foundation in the subject in order to do well in the exam. If you have already studied the subject at university, this will give you a head start.
  • Your personal interest and aptitude in the subject. This is another most important factor, as you will be much more motivated to study a subject that you are interested in. If you are not interested in the subject, it will be much harder to learn the material and you will be less likely to do well in the exam. — Higher interest > Ease at understanding concepts/ theories
  • Overlap with other optional(s). It is helpful to choose subjects that have some overlapping topics and concepts. — Like Political Science, Constitutional Law and Pakistan Affairs.
  • Time required to complete the course outline. This is also an important factor to consider, as you will need to make sure that you have enough time to complete the course outline. If you choose a subject that is too demanding, you may not be able to finish the course in time. — Just because it takes less time that doesn’t mean it can sustain your interest for long.
  • Resources availability in the market and on the internet. You will need to have access to quality resources in order to study the subject. If you cannot find good resources, it will be much harder to learn the material and you will be less likely to do well in the exam. — No brainer, obviously if resources are not easily available it will cause pain.

NOTE: Question papers in Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi, Persian, or Arabic should be answered in the respective languages. However, questions relating to translation from the respective language into English or vice versa may be answered as directed in the question paper. There will be two papers of 100 marks each for subjects that carry 200 marks. For subjects that carry 100 marks, there will be one paper. Each paper will be of 3 hours duration.

Group — I: To select one subject of (200 marks) only.

No.Subject TitleMarks
11.Accountancy & Auditing200
12.Economics200
13.Computer Science200
14.Political Science200
15.International Relations200

Group — II: To select subject(s) of 200 marks only.

From this Group — II, if you opt Geology, you also have to take another subject of 100 marks.

No.Subject TitleMarks
16.Physics200
17.Chemistry200
18.Applied Mathematics100
19.Pure Mathematics100
20.Statistics100
21. Geology100

Group — III: To select one subject of 100 marks only.

No.Subject TitleMarks
22.Business Administration100
23.Public Administration100
24.Governance & Public Policies100
25.Town Planning & Urban Management100

Group — IV: To select one subject of 100 marks only.

No.Subject TitleMarks
26.History of Pakistan & India100
27.Islamic History & Culture100
28.British History100
29.European History100
30.History of USA100

Group — V: To select one subject of 100 marks only.

No.Subject TitleMarks
31.Gender Studies100
32.Environmental Sciences100
33.Agriculture & Forestry100
34.Botany100
35.Zoology100
36.English Literature100
37.Urdu Literature100

Group — VI: To select one subject of 100 marks only.

No.Subject TitleMarks
38.Law100
39.Constitutional Law100
40.International Law100
41.Muslim Law & Jurisprudence100
42.Mercantile Law100
43.Criminology100
44.Philosophy100

Group — VII: To select one subject of 100 marks only.

No.Subject TitleMarks
45.Journalism & Mass Communication100
46.Psychology100
47.Geography100
48.Sociology100
49.Anthropology100
50.Punjabi100
51.Sindhi100
52.Pashto100
53.Balochi100
54.Persian100
55.Arabic100

Download the FPSC examiners’ feedback for the previous CSS exams.

  • CSS 2019 written exams — FPSC Examiners’ Feedback report | Download
  • CSS 2018 written exams — FPSC Examiners’ Feedback report | Download
  • CSS 2017 written exams — FPSC Examiners’ Feedback report | Download
  • CSS 2016 written exams — FPSC Examiners’ Feedback report | Download
  • FPSC Examiners’ Feedback on ‘Writing an Essay’ | Download | The feedback highlights the common mistakes that candidates make, as well as the qualities of a good essay.
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Asma
9 months ago

Hello, Sir. I was recently informed that students from Virtual University cannot apply for Css or any other Government examination, is that true?