Download CSS Exam Syllabus 2020 – Compulsory and Optional Subjects

Do you need guidance about the CSS exam syllabus 2020, CSS compulsory and optional subjects or you want to download CSS syllabus 2020 in pdf? You are at the right place. You will also get information about CSS books, CSS tips from CSS toppers to nail in the CSS Exams.

FPSC has announced CSS written test result 2020. Only 2.03% students managed to pass the written test.

Now, what is CSS? CSS stands for the Central Superior Service Exam conducted by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Islamabad. The candidates are recruited for grade BS-17 to work under the Federal Government of Pakistan.

You should have profound knowledge about the syllabus for CSS. It is very important that CSS Aspirants know what are compulsory subjects and which optional subjects the candidate should choose. According to CSS Toppers, selecting subjects is the major key to succeeding in the CSS exams. That is why you should have a complete understanding of CSS Syllabus 2020.

Division of CSS Syllabus 2020

The CSS subjects are divided in to two categories.

  1. Compulsory Subjects in CSS (600 Marks)
  2. Optional Subjects in CSS (600 Marks)

CSS Compulsory Subjects

The below subjects are compulsory subjects in the CSS syllabus and each subject constitutes 100 marks. As a result, grand total for CSS Compulsory Subjects becomes 600. The remaining 600 marks are completed by choosing subjects from optional CSS subjects.

Code No.SubjectsMarks
1English Essay100
2English (Precis and Composition)100
3General Science & Ability100
4Current Affairs100
5Pakistan Affairs100
6Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non-Muslims)100
Total600

CSS Optional Subjects

You have to choose 600 marks optional subjects for CSS. The candidate has to take one paper for a subject having 100 marks. There will be 2 papers for the subjects with 200 marks. You can see below that there are 7 groups of CSS optional subjects.

Group-I

You can select one subject of 200 marks from this group.

Sr. No.SubjectsMarks
1.Economics200
2.Accounting & Auditing200
3.Political Science200
4.Computer Science200
5.International Relations200

Group-II

You can select any subject with 200 marks or two subjects with 100 marks each.

Code No.SubjectsMarks
1.Chemistry200
2.Physics200
3.Pure Mathematics100
4.Applied Mathematics100
5.Geology100
6.Statistics100

Group-III

You can select any subject with 100 marks for taking CSS optional subjects.

Sr. No.SubjectsMarks
1.Public Administration100
2.Governance & Public Policies100
3.Town Planning & Urban Management100
4.Business Administration100

Group-IV

You can select any subject with 100 marks for taking CSS optional subjects.

Sr. No.SubjectsMarks
1.British History100
2.History of Pakistan & India100
3.European History100
4.Islamic History & Culture100
5.History of the USA100

Group-V

You can select any subject with 100 marks for taking CSS optional subjects.

Sr. No.SubjectsMarks
1.Agriculture & Forestry100
2.Botany100
3.Zoology100
4.Environmental Sciences100
5.Gender Studies100
6.Urdu Literature100
7.English Literature100

Group-VI 

You can select any subject with 100 marks for taking CSS optional subjects.

Sr. No.SubjectsMarks
1.Law100
2.International Law100
3.Constitutional Law100
4.Mercantile Law100
5.Muslim & Jurisprudence100
6.Philosophy100
7.Criminology100

Group-VII 

You can select any subject with 100 marks for taking CSS optional subjects.

Sr. No.SubjectsMarks
1.Psychology100
2.Sociology100
3.Geography100
4.Punjabi100
5.Anthropology100
6.Persian100
7.Balochi100
8.Arabic100
9.Pashto100
10.Sindhi100
11.Journalism & Mass Communication100

Download CSS Syllabus 2020 in Pdf

You can download CSS Syllabus or view online from the below download button. It is developed by FPSC and also includes the sample papers to give you a detailed idea.

What is the Criteria for passing the CSS Exam 2020

In order to pass CSS exam you the candidate must meet the following requirements.

  • Obtain 40% in each compulsory paper
  • Obtain 33% in each optional paper
  • Obtain 50% marks in the total written test to qualify for the interview
  • After passing the test, the candidate must pass a medical examination, psychological assessment, and viva voce.
  • You can also recheck your papers after paying a fee of 500 rupees

Tips for Nailing the CSS Exams 2020

  • Have a complete understanding of the CSS syllabus 2020
  • Prefer those subjects which you have already studied in your graduation or those about which you already have enough knowledge
  • Make sure to prepare the compulsory subjects and keep your knowledge up to date
  • Enhance your writing skills
  • Have a strong grip on general knowledge
  • Take help from past papers and make sure that you solve at least 5 years of CSS past papers
  • Focus on time management while practicing past papers and allocate time to improve your preparation
  • Read books, novels, newspapers to grasp English storytelling and increase your vocabulary

Best CSS Toppers Interviews

It is always a better idea to learn from the experience of the people who have already gone through that phase. So, here we are sharing some of the top interviews of CSS Toppers which will help you get ideas about different aspects of CSS.

Atif Ameer (2nd in Pakistan, PSP, CSS 2018)

Here is the interview of CSS top performer Atif Ameer. He scored 2nd position in Pakistan, PSP, in CSS 2018.

Mutahar Amir (8th in Pakistan, CSS 2015)

Here is the interview of CSS top performer Mutahar Amir. He scored 8th position in Pakistan in CSS 2015.

Amna Moudoodi (38th in Pakistan, CSS 2015)

Here is the interview of CSS top performer Amna Moudoodi. She scored 38th position in Pakistan (PAS), CSS 2015.

2 thoughts on “Download CSS Exam Syllabus 2020 – Compulsory and Optional Subjects”

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    Tania

    Thanks for sharing CSS syllabus and tips

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