Special CSS Exam in May 2023 — 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.December 10 -26, 2022
2.Conduct of MPT & Posting of Answer Key on Web January 31, 2023
3.Announcement of MPT ResultFebruary 15, 2023
4.Public Notice for Written CSS Special Competitive ExaminationFebruary 19, 2023
5.Receipt of online applications from MPT QualifiersFebruary 19 – March 5, 2023
6.Receipt of Hardcopy of online applications along with documents from MPT Qualifiersuptill March 5, 2023
7.Written CSS Special Examination (commencement date)May 4, 2023 (Thursday)

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

CSS Competitive Examination Rules notified vide SO No.1452(1)/2018 dated November 27, 2018, amended vide SRO No. 1516(1)/2021 dated November 27, 2021 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to Special CSS except following modifications inserted vide Rule 22 of the Rules ibid Published vide SRO No. 1906(1)/2022 dated October 14, 2022:

  • Upper age limit will be 32 years (vide Rule 22 of the rules ibid). Two years relaxation in upper age limit to the categories specified in Rule 6(2) would also be admissible.
  • For Special CSS Exam one additional/ fourth chance would be admissible.

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. Fee for MPT will be Rs. 250/- (Non-Refundable).

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