CSS 2023 Special Exam β€” Deadlines, Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

In terms of SRO No.1906 (1)/2022 dated October 14, 2022 issued with the approval of the Federal Government, the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) shall hold Special CSS Competitive Examination which is to be held ONLY ONCE against vacancies which remained unfilled through CSS Competitive Examination over the last many years. For Special CSS Competitive Examination, FPSC shall announce time table in due course. However, this Advance Public Notice is being published for awareness of candidates who may be eligible to apply as per conditions set out in relevant Rules.

It is in the interest of the applicants to observe the guidelines given here. Be mindful of the closing dates.

Sr. NoEventsScheduled on
1.Online Applications for MCQs Based Preliminary Test (MPT) for Special CSS Competitive Examination.Apply before March 14, 2023
2.Conduct of MPT & Posting of Answer Key on Web May 14, 2023
3.Announcement of MPT Result–
4.Public Notice for Written CSS Special Competitive Examination–
5.Receipt of online applications from MPT Qualifiers–
6.Receipt of Hardcopy of online applications along with documents from MPT Qualifiers–
7.Written CSS Special Examination (commencement date)–

NOTE: The candidates who have already applied from December 18, 2022 t0 January 4, 2023 vide Public Notice, dated 18.1R.202 (Phase-1) are not required to apply again. All such applications shall be proceed as per amended rules.

The Special CSS Competitive Examination shall be held for following provincial/ regional quotas only. Therefore, candidates of only following regions/ quotas will be eligible to apply:

  • Punjab – Minorities only
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Women + Minorities
  • Azad Kashmir – Minorities only
  • Sindh (Rural) – Open for all candidates
  • Sindh (Urban) – Open for all candidates
  • Balochistan – Open for all candidates
  • Ex-FATA – Open for all candidates

While the CSS Competitive Examination Rules notified vide SRO No.145201)/2018 dated 27.11.2018, amended vide SRO No. 1516(i)/2021 dated 27.11.2021 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to Special CS$, with a view to provide opportunity to a wider number of candidates, the following modifications have been inserted vide Rule 22 of the said Rules, published vide SRO N.1906/1)/2022 dated 14.10.2022 and further amended vide SRO No.202(/2023, dated 20.02.2023:, as a onetime dispensation:-

  • Upper age limit will be 35 yeas for all candidates across the board.
  • For Special CSS Exam one additional/ fourth chance would be admissible. The attempt of additional chance in respect of written part of Special CSS is not countable towards regular CSS exam.

The cut-off date to determine eligibility in terms of age, qualification, domicile etc. shall be December 31, 2022.

A screening test MCQs Based Preliminary test (MPT) shall be held prior to written CSS Special Exam. Qualifying the prescribed MCQs based Preliminary Test (MPT) shall be mandatory for appearing in Main Written Special CSS Competitive Examination.

The challan fee for the MPT of CSS special exams is Rs. 250/- (Non-Refundable).

Following test centres will be arranged to conduct the MPT test for the CSS special exams depending upon the availability of sufficient candidates: (1) Abbottabad (2) Bahawalpur (3) D.G. Khan (4) Dera Ismail Khan (5) Faisalabad (6) Gilgit (7) Gujranwala (8) Hyderabad (9) Islamabad (10) Karachi (11) Lahore (12) Larkana (13) Multan (14) Muzaffarabad (15) Peshawar (16) Quetta (17) Rawalpindi (18) Sargodha (19) Sukkur (20) Turbat

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Syllabus/ details of MPT test as well as written exam for the Special CSS exams are available here. For any queries, ask in the comments section. Thank you