Join Civil Service of Pakistan as CSP officer

Civil Service as it defines itself, have become the key wheels on which the entire engine of the state has to move. Hence the leaders for these services are drawn through competitive examination. The officers thus appointed are bestowed with solemn responsibilities and are scheduled to hold the highest offices of the country. Pakistan today’ needs young men and women, with qualities of both head and heart. To choose only such balanced individuals is the purpose of the civil services examination. So if you have intelligence, intellect, team spirit, leadership qualities, common sense, originality, communication skills and have a dynamic personality, then Civil Service is waiting for you.

“Civil Service is the backbone of the State (of Pakistan). Governments are formed. Governments are defeated; Prime Ministers come and go; Ministers come and go: but you stay on, and therefore, there is a very great responsibility placed on your shoulders …”

– Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Who Conducts Competitive Exam

Competitive examinations are conducted by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC). The Public Service Commission was set up for the first time in British India in 1926. After independence, the Commission was established in Pakistan in 1947 under the provision of Government of India Act, 1935. At present, the commission is functioning under article 242 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It has provided autonomy under the Rules of Business, 1973 and FPSC Regulations, 1978 in its working.

With the Civil Services Reforms of 1973, a new system of common Training Program or CTP was introduced and all of these occupational groups (12 at that time) were required to go through a mandatory combined training at Civil Service Academy, Lahore. The batch of officers who attended Civil Services Academy in 1973 is recognized as “1st Common”. Up till 5th common the allocation of occupational groups was done after the culmination of Common Training Program but from 6th Common onwards this task has also been assumed by FPSC. Even till date, there is an official procedure that once the Probationary Officers successfully complete their Common Training Program (CTP) then they undergo some further Specialised Training Program in their own professional academies.

What is Selection Process for Civil Service (CSS)

The Selection Process comprises the following:

There are 6 compulsory subjects of 100 marks each and the candidate has to select subjects of total 600 marks among optional subjects. After clearing the written part of the exam, candidates appear in the Psychological Tests and Viva Voce Test of 300 marks. Thus the total marks are 1500.

Qualifying Marks

The qualification marks in CSS (Central Superior Service) written examination are as under:

  • Compulsory Subjects: 40% in each subject
  • Optional Subjects: 33% in each subject
  • Aggregate Marks: 50%


Number of Chances

A candidate who is otherwise eligible can avail a maximum of three chances.

Allocation of Groups/Services

The qualified candidates are allocated Groups/Services, keeping in view their merit; suitability report for any Group/Service, domicile of the candidate, availability of post in concerned Group/Service for that domicile and the priority of the candidate given in his/her application. The seats for each Group/Service are referred to the Commission by the Establishment Division which varies in number from year to year.


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