There are 6 compulsory papers in CSS examination and every candidate is obliged to appear in these papers. Each subject carries 100 marks. The passing marks for compulsory subjects are 40% marks. The compulsory subjects are:
- English Essay
- English Precis and Composition
- General Knowledge Paper-I (Everyday Science)
- General Knowledge Paper-II (Current Affairs)
- General Knowledge Paper-III (Pakistan Affairs)
It is imperative to note that all the compulsory papers must be attempted in English except Islamiyat that can be attempted in Urdu as well. In General knowledge papers, the pass marks are calculated as an aggregate. It means that if a person earns fewer marks in one paper, he can compensate it by performing well in other paper. The candidates should expect some objective type questions (MCQ’s) in compulsory. For recommended books regarding compulsory subjects, please have a look at the CSS FAQs at Silence.