English Essay Syllabus for CSS 2023

Candidates will be required to write one or more Essay in English. A wide choice of topics will be given. Candidates are expected to reflect comprehensive and research based knowledge on a selected topic. Candidate’s articulation, expression and technical treatment of the style of English Essay writing will be examined.

English Essay: CSS Past Papers Analysis


  • Hero-worship is the strongest where there is least regard for human freedom. (CSS 2000)
  • Personal liberty is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness. (CSS 2000)
  • Humanism. (CSS 2004)
  • All humans are born equal in dignity and rights but they are in shackles everywhere. (CSS 2010)
  • The War on terror has contributed to the growing abuse of human rights. (CSS 2015)
  • In the fight against terrorism and corruption, it is imperative not to compromise human rights and civil liberties. (CSS 2018)
  • Universal human equality is utopia. (CSS 2021)
  • Human development and economic sustainability. (CSS 2022)


  • Global Warming (CSS 2006)
  • The future of mankind in a global warming perspective. (CSS 2007)
  • Global Warming, fact or fiction? (CSS 2008)
  • Government should eliminate subsidies and incentives for manufacturers and consumers of electric cars as they are costly and do not do enough to protect the environment. (CSS 2015)
  • The threat of Global Warming and the ways to counter it. (CSS 2018)

Truth and Reason

  • The search for truth. (CSS 2005)
  • Truth in short supply (CSS 2006)
  • Truth is a rare commodity despite the freedom by the print and electronic media. (CSS 2011)
  • In this country reason does not apply to anything. (CSS 2011)
  • Truth is lived not taught. (CSS 2019)


  • Of all the needs a book has, the chief need is that it be readable. (CSS 2002)
  • The pleasures of reading. (CSS 2011)

Morality/ Principles

  • Art and Morality. (CSS 2002)
  • There comes a time to put aside principles and do what is right. (CSS 2006)
  • Moral depravity is the root cause of poverty. (CSS 2008)

I constructed my essay deriving my arguments from several discourses, i.e. (Politics, economics, society, philosophy, strategy, literature, science, religion, etc.). In my opinion, even an issue-based essay should be developed on creative lines. For that, candidates should also practice literary and abstract essays during the preparation phase. Furthermore, I never delved into the technicalities of the structure of essay. I believe writing comes naturally.

Atif Ameer (PSP) 2nd in Pakistan, CSS 2018-19 (Essay Marks 52)

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