CSS Exam – Compulsory and Optional Subjects – Latest 2023

CSS Subjects

Most of the students and some job holders were asking about the revised scheme of Compulsory and Optional subjects for the CSS exam. I’ve grouped all the information and some important instructions for the exam in this article.

I’m going to share the revised scheme of FPSC for the CSS competitive examination (Main examination 1200 MARKS). All compulsory and optional subjects for examination 2022. CSS Competitive Exam Phase includes Written/Theory Test, Medical Test, Psychological Test, and Viva Voce. Written test subjects are further divided into two parts. These are called compulsory and optional subjects.

CSS Exam Compulsory and Optional Subjects:

CSS written exam syllabus was revised in 2016 and is available onward. For 2023, there is the same syllabus. Compulsory subjects are for all candidates to appear in. But there is a free hand to select subjects according to your field of interest. A good selection of subjects ensures your success in the written exam.

The written test contains two parts A and B.

CSS written test contains a total of 1200 marks for written test. Part A contains 600 marks for compulsory subjects and 600 marks for optional subjects in the B part.

There are a total of 6 compulsory subjects. Optional subjects are divided into groups. You can select subjects according to your choice.

Sometimes, there may be confusion as to what subjects should you select as optional. The simple answer is according to your academic subjects and interest in the study.

Read also: CSS Exam Eligibility Criteria

A: Compulsory Subjects for CSS (600 Marks)

Code NoSubjectsMarks
1.English Essay100
2.English (Precis and Composition)100
3.General Science & Ability100
4.Current Affairs100
5.Pakistan Affairs100
6.Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of
Major Religions (For Non-Muslims)

B: Optional Subjects for CSS (600 Marks)

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Group-I: (To select one subject of (200 marks) only)

If you want to select a subject that contains 200 marks, then you can select any one subject from here:

Code No.SubjectMarks
11.Accountancy & Auditing200
13.Computer Science200
14.Political Science200
15.International Relations200

Group-II: (To select a subject(s) of 200 marks only)

Code No.SubjectMarks
18.Applied Mathematics100
19.Pure Mathematics100

Group-III: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Case No.SubjectMarks
22.Business Administration100
23.Public Administration100
24.Governance & Public Policies100
25.Town Planning & Urban Management100

Group-IV: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Case No.SubjectMarks
26.History of Pakistan & India100
27.Islamic History & Culture100
28.British History100
29.European History100
30.History of USA100

Group-V: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Case No.SubjectMarks
31.Gender Studies100
32.Environmental Sciences100
33.Agriculture & Forestry100
36.English Literature100
37.Urdu Literature100

Group-VI: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Case. NoSubjectsMarks
39.Constitutional Law100
40.International Law100
41.Muslim Law & Jurisprudence100
42.Mercantile Law100

Group-VII: (To select one subject of 100 marks only)

Case No.SubjectMarks
45.Journalism & Mass Communication100

You should visit FPSC to apply online for the CSS Exam.

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Important Instructions about the CSS Exam:

  1. The question papers in Urdu or other Pakistani regional languages (Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, and Balochi), Persian, and Arabic should be answered in the respective languages. However, questions relating to translation from a respective language into English or vice versa may be answered as directed in the question paper.
  2. There will be two papers of 100 marks for each of the subjects which carry 200 marks. In other subjects of 100 marks, there will be one paper. Each paper will be 3 hours in duration.
  3. The ratio of MCQs in compulsory papers for CE-2016 will be 20 MCQs in each paper except in the paper Essay. Similarly, there will be 20 MCQs from each optional paper except for Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.
  4. The question paper in Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non-Muslims) is to be answered in English or Urdu only. All other papers must be answered in English unless otherwise directed in the Question Paper.
  5. Non-Muslim Candidates may either opt for Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions as may suit them.

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