Compulsory Subjects for CSS

Posted on June 25, 2008 |
Filed Under CSS Advisory, CSS FAQs, CSS Pakistan | 84 Comments

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:

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.


84 Responses to “Compulsory Subjects for CSS”

  1. Muhammad Farooq on October 12th, 2008 11:41 am

    Dear Sir!
    I had heard from many persons ( professors,teachers etc) that Becholor person cant do Css . Sir i am Graduate so i can do or not?

  2. Dr Farrukh Malik on October 16th, 2008 5:29 pm

    @ Muhammad Farooq:

    You have heard wrong. Graduation is the degree required for CSS

  3. shafqat on November 29th, 2008 1:58 am

    is it necessary 4r an engineer to do hav a B.A degree 4r css?.i hav heard 4rom the people dat if u hav more than 150 marks in english in Fsc. then it is not necessary for an Engr 2 hav a B.A degree

  4. shafqat on November 29th, 2008 2:03 am

    can doctors r engineer can appear in css exam?

  5. faeza on December 12th, 2008 7:35 pm

    Is it necessary to have an age of 20 for css?

  6. Ubedullah Shaikh on January 14th, 2009 12:47 pm

    Hi Sir,

    Assalam Alaikum.

    As i heard from ur name in the CSS colum,& sir a big congratulations for the qualified CSS exam.
    hope u know me,Dr Abdul Qadeer shaikh & Ahsan Shaikh,my best friends.sir i m doing job in pakistan refinery ltd. as Assistant Manager Finance,hav don also MBA & doing ICMA.

  7. Dr Farrukh Malik on January 18th, 2009 3:41 pm

    Dear Ubed,

    Thank you very much for your kind words.

  8. Qamar Zaman on March 3rd, 2009 12:40 pm

    dear sir salam,
    i m an engr and want to apear in the CSS exam, my date of birth is 15-01-1982 bt i m not ready to take it in this year, so can i appear in next exam
    Engr. Qamar

  9. Amjad Chadhar on April 14th, 2009 2:34 am

    Hi Dr Malik,

    My name is amjad, and i live in scotland, UK.
    I graduated from punjab uni in 2002, and i’ll be 28 yrs old on the 21st oct this yr. i wonder if i can sit in CSS exam here,in scotland, or do i need to come to pakistan?
    i look forward to your reply.

  10. mohmmad ali on April 21st, 2009 10:04 am

    can i choose other subjects for the css.i have done

  11. wajhia on April 23rd, 2009 10:30 am

    hello sir m student of m attempting css exam.i select urdu language plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz guide me from which books i prepere paper plzzzzzzzzzzzz as soon as possible reply me plzzzzzzzzzzz

  12. saba nadeem on June 20th, 2009 3:02 pm

    AOA, hope u f9.sir i am student of 4th yr MBBS and i am intrusted to do CSS as it’s also my father wish.Sir i’ll be very greatful if u guide me that which subjects i have to take and which books are helpful for me in CSS exm.Sir i have to ask you that is CSS is too tough to do, only outstanding students can qualified it.Sir is it consolidatori true.Dear sir i’ll be wating for your reply.Thankyou

  13. Abdullah Solangi on June 25th, 2009 11:47 am

    dear sir im the student of Business Administration in third year after that i want to prepare for css so plz plz plz give me some information about its preparation.

  14. sobia on June 29th, 2009 9:17 pm

    Dear Sir Salam ,My name is Sobia and I am a student of LLB and I want to do css.Sir, please give me guide-line that which subjects I choose and how I start my preparation because Sir I don’t have any idea.Sir I am waiting for your reply as soon as possible. Thank You.

  15. sobya malik on July 8th, 2009 12:35 pm

    hello, sir i am a student of LLB . sir, i want to do css, plz sir, i want your guideline.please reply me , dnt refuse me sir.

  16. eruj on July 17th, 2009 9:36 am

    i done bba n m doing mba from kaarcji university
    shuold i appear in css examination of 2010
    plz let me inform
    thank u

  17. saima on August 4th, 2009 2:29 am

    assalm o alykum

  18. saima on August 4th, 2009 2:32 am

    ASSALM O ALYKUM.SIR i hv completd my masters n i wantd 2appear in next year exams of css.plzzzzzzzzzzzz sir guide me i,ll b so kind of u

  19. Maham on August 11th, 2009 1:23 pm

    It is stated that i want to appear in CSS exams 2010…But am 2 much confuse of selection of subjects..As in your websites it is stated that 6 subject are to be taken…But itz my humble request kindly guide me that is there 2 subjects are compulsory nd we opt a one group in which having four subjects??? Am i right kindly tell me…I will be thankful of u..

  20. Hafiz Majid ali on October 30th, 2009 12:34 pm

    Sir, i have completed my B.A exam and now i m doing M.A international Relation from punjab university. now i want to take advice from you that .which subject i should adopt in css?i want appear css exams in 2010.i m waiting for your reply

  21. Shafique Abbas on November 4th, 2009 3:12 pm

    I have completed my bachlor degree so i want to take css examination. please tell me how many subjects for css are optionally and how many compulsory. Bkz i want to carry out deeply study accordingly. Thanks regards

  22. ali on December 15th, 2009 8:45 am

    dear there are 6 compulsory subjects each carries 100 marks so you have to pass them anyhow and you have to get 600 marks in other non compulsory subjects.

  23. Ahmad Sher on December 17th, 2009 11:46 am

    I want to appear in the css esames for which i am in need a combined book for compulsory subjects. therefore i request you to give me information about this i shall be very thankful to you.

  24. Maryam on January 22nd, 2010 5:58 pm

    AOA sir, i am a graduate and waiting for my LLB part III result. m 23 years old. i want to appear in CSS exams but i don’t know much about CSS. Can you guide me a bit?

  25. waleed on January 28th, 2010 12:49 am

    sir plz recommend me books and tell me all of css and complete information.thanx

  26. madiha on February 19th, 2010 11:11 pm

    respected sir.ihv recently completed the BS[Hons.] in english literature.n it is my desire to qualify in css exames…… bt i m feeling difficulty in choosing subjects…so plz it is my humble request that plz recommened me books and information related to css…. i will be very thankful 2u…

  27. MuhammadIrfan on April 10th, 2010 1:11 pm

    sir maine B.A ka daakhla lena hai.mera shauq hai k main CSS or Pcs ka imtehaan doon. kindly mujhey yeh bata dein k mujhey B.A mein kaunse subjects rakhne chahiyein ta ke mujhe bbad mein pareshani na ho.main chahta hoon k ik achhi job mil jai aur main apne wattan ki khidmat achhi tarah kar sakoon.aap ki mehr bani hogi k meri help kardein.ya mujhe apna contact no de dein ta k main aap seraabta kar sakkoon.Irfan from Multan PAKISTAN

  28. sarwar on April 15th, 2010 12:12 pm

    i want to know that mbbs doctor can take css exam?

  29. FAHAD USMAN on April 18th, 2010 11:08 am

    i have done my Engineering….suggest me should i start CSS….?????

  30. hafiz hassan tariq on June 19th, 2010 5:15 pm

    sir me css karne chahta hon please mughe bataen k me FA me kon se subject rakhoon ke mujhe aagy ja kar asani rahhy. please please.

  31. HUMA BAIG on June 24th, 2010 9:53 pm

    Aslam-oAlaikum sir,i have done my masters in philosophy from punjab i want to appear in css exams.please sir guide me properly which optional subjects is suitable for me?actually i have problem in writing an article so please tell me the appropriate method of writing n also tell me about consulting books for css…i will very greatful to u waiting for ur precious guideline…

  32. Ruby on July 15th, 2010 12:47 pm


    main css karna chahti ho, m ny b.a geography kiya hua hi ap mjy sugest kary m kon sy subject rakho or in ka selection ka criteria kaya hi sujbject ka.

    im waiting for ur reply

  33. Usman Khan on July 27th, 2010 9:58 am

    Respected Sir,
    Actually sir i m doin B.A and in future i want to do CSS PLZ Help me .

  34. mehak on August 3rd, 2010 1:47 pm

    aoa.sir im d student of 1st year.after collage i,ll do bba.n after dat i want 2 do css.coz im jst crazy about this.plz plz send me da names of best books for waiting for ur rep sir…plzz rep

  35. muhammad asif jokhio on September 3rd, 2010 4:23 pm

    sir i do not know about css so please help i m student of B.A part 1

  36. muhammad asif jokhio on September 3rd, 2010 4:26 pm

    what is age required for apple css regard

  37. zahid khalil on October 5th, 2010 10:50 am

    Sir, I have recently done B.A and now I will do M.A from NUML University to improve my english. My ambition of life is to pass FPSC sir, plz tell me which books should I buy for the preparation of Islmaic history and Culture Is there any book of Dogars for this subject. I have bought a syllabus book in which ten books have been suggested sir plz guide me what should I do. Still there are three months remaining for the commencement of classes.

  38. Tahira ch on October 26th, 2010 11:37 pm

    AOA sir i m Tahira ch student of MA EDU bt i want css . pls tell me from where i can apply in pakistan ?

  39. Asiya Inam on December 8th, 2010 3:27 pm

    sir plz recommend me books and tell me all of css and complete information. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  40. muhammad tufail on December 24th, 2010 3:07 pm

    AoA sir i am Muhammad Tufail i am a student of engineering. . . this is my 3rd year nd i wanna do css after my BE. . . sir can i apply for css as an engineer. . plz guide me nd tell me wat r da conditions 4 an engineer 2 apply 4 css. . . um w8ing. . plz sir. . thanx

  41. Arifjan on March 1st, 2011 2:55 pm

    Respected Sir,
    I want to do css exam but my age is thirty.I want to ask you that what will be the last age for balochistan candidate.
    I will be waiting for your refly.

  42. muhammad javid iqbal on March 23rd, 2011 11:59 am

    sir i have done can i chose the other subject. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. sir reply me

  43. shahzad akhtar on April 6th, 2011 12:52 pm

    AOA sir i,m bit confused about the selection of the subjects i want to appear in the css exam kindly help me.I,m commerce graduate i as well done B.A pl z guide me and tell me about the books of css i,m waiting for Ur reply as soon as thing i want to ask u that is it possible that i give the exam from my living place quetta.

  44. sufi amin on April 14th, 2011 8:10 pm

    Dear sir
    i have recentily completed my Bs(hons) in english literature in linguistic me wanna to apply css exm but i am confuse that what sort of subject i have seclect.

  45. shahid on May 10th, 2011 3:25 am

    My Name is Shahid. i have done my graduation exam. N now decide to do Css exam,but my father says that u can.t do that may i ask u is it easy or not

  46. ABDUL MAJID on May 12th, 2011 10:45 am

    sir m a cadet of PAK ARMY.Is it Possible for me to take test Of CSS or any Transfer after completion of my TRAINING.

  47. zia-ul-ain on May 19th, 2011 11:34 am

    I want to do CSS in which i want your guide lines .I am the student of B.S(I.R)2nd year.please suggest me the subjects which is helpful for me.I am waiting for your reply.

  48. shehryar on June 4th, 2011 12:44 am

    hello sir. i done ba. so plz tell me about css.which subject i choose……….plz sir guide me……….

  49. yasir ahmed bhutto on June 21st, 2011 8:56 pm

    sir iam student of b.a enlish from latief university o inteerior sindh my degree is in process could i be appear in exam of css

  50. Soma on June 22nd, 2011 12:56 pm

    Salam Sir.I did master n i m preparing for CSS.plz recommend me books for journalism,sociology and indopak history.thanx

  51. maha on July 3rd, 2011 9:35 pm


    i did mba in 2010 . . and i want to do CCS this year. . can i apply for it ? whats the age limit of doing CCS ?
    hope U reply soon. ..

    khuda hafiz. .

  52. ali raza on July 13th, 2011 11:15 pm

    sir plz recommend me books and tell me all of css and complete information.i will be very thanks full to you.i will wait for your reply plz sir reply me soon……………

  53. Shahid Iqbal on July 14th, 2011 8:16 pm

    Dear sir,
    Hope that you will be fine. I have done Msc Economics and working with ICRC.But you are well aware of the organization jobs.I have keen interest to do CSS.i have ability but need guideness.I am confused in selection of Paper.Please help and guide me.

  54. huma on July 18th, 2011 10:06 pm

    aoa.sir im d student of inter.after collage i,ll do BS MANAGMARNT n after dat i want 2 do css.coz im jst crazy about this.plz plz send me da names of best books for waiting for ur rep sir…

  55. alina on July 18th, 2011 10:11 pm

    most respectfully i stated that, i clear inter with stat math eco, after bachelors wd bs managment i want 2 aPPear in CSS exam…..tell me abt the perfect sbjcts… i will be thank full 2 u…….

  56. Muhammad Faheem Taj on July 23rd, 2011 8:55 pm

    Dear sir,
    I want to know which optional subjects i may select, i have done BBA,Hon’s kindly reply

  57. Attiya Ali on August 24th, 2011 3:43 pm

    Hi Sir… I’ve recently completed my F.Sc pre- medical exams n m seeking forward for css examination… as graduation is required m changing my field from medical to arts n choosing BA for my bachelors… Plz kindly help me in choosing right subjects which can be helpful for css exams… I’v my matriculation degree from an American school Convent Of Jesus And Mary… Plz kindly help me for a right decision as soon as possible… Waiting for ur reply…

  58. MUSAWAR LIAQAT on August 31st, 2011 4:18 pm

    I am doing electrical engg.Now I am in 3rd year and want to prepare in css. So please tell name of subjects which I must have to choose for my convenience.Kindly guide me how can I pass css?Is it too tough? I will be thankful to you in this regard.

  59. ahsan jawad on September 17th, 2011 12:16 am

    dear sir,
    i have done my graduation in arts subject.i want to do CSS.Sir kia simple B.A kay bad css kar sakta ho me???sir mere subject b.a me persion or jurnalism the..
    plzz sir telme

  60. Nabeel Ch on September 23rd, 2011 8:42 am

    I am graduate in BS (Chemical Engineering)I want to appear in CSS Exams please help me that which optional subjects should i choose for better merit in Exams.
    I m waiting for your reply,
    Nabeel Hanjra

  61. ANA on October 11th, 2011 7:16 pm


  62. Ghazal mari on October 14th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Dear sir,
    I want to do c.s.s.plz tel me about optinal subjects.and plz give me complete information of c.s.s subjects…i m waitting for ur reply.thanx.

  63. sahar on October 17th, 2011 6:18 pm

    respected sir,
    AOA,my name is sahar i do MA economics but part2nd result has not annouced and i want to do ccs exams plz tell me which optin sbjects i choose and guidline for css .
    thank you

  64. Rana Rizwan on October 18th, 2011 4:33 pm

    AOA Sir ho r u?Sir I m current student of BSc Mechanical and I want to give CSS exam,Kindly give me some Proper way of guidance to prepare CSS…………..

  65. shahzad ahmad on November 7th, 2011 9:40 pm

    May you all Successed in CSS. Dear Bhai jans and Bajis also Pray for. And dear sir please guaidline them…. thanks

  66. BASHARAT ALI GUJJAR on November 11th, 2011 9:58 am

    sir i am the student of LLB part three i want to appear in CSS exam so i have feel difficulty to write essay please sir give me advise who i can improve my writing. I will be thank full to your precious guide line

  67. hudaa hassaan on November 13th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Slam !
    kia koi bacha 3rd divin k saath css ya pms ya pcs k exams day sakta hai?
    aur is k requiremnts b bta dain ?
    aur compulsaory or elective paprs b bta dain k kitnay kitnay hotay hain?
    aur koi institute b bta dy k jahan serious study kratay hain jo model town johar town, faisal town, k kareeb b ho.?
    or is ka addmission kb open htay hn?
    aur fee strecture kia hota h?

  68. Mohammad Aslam Soomro on November 23rd, 2011 3:40 am

    Sir i m graduate and already govt servant in POLICE department since 2006 now my age is 29 years , so plz guide me that can i apear in CSS , wha is the age limit for fresh candidates for css and what is age limit for already govt servants ????? i will be waiting for your positive reply .
    thanks ,

  69. Summiya Riasat on November 25th, 2011 1:03 pm

    Aslam o alikum :sir ,i am studant of BBA and iwant do CCS in next year.please kindly guide me about course and whole procedure.I am waiting for your reply.

  70. annas ahmed on December 1st, 2011 7:07 pm

    aoa,ths z anns frm khi,i m intrested n doing css so could u plz help m out wht should i do?

  71. ameena on December 3rd, 2011 11:25 pm

    sir…i want to do css after my A LEVELS..can u please guide me about what subjects should i take?

  72. sir on December 10th, 2011 9:01 pm

    hi sir I am graduate.i want to do css.sir my D.O.B is 1986.will you give me some advice for preparation for css,Plz sir

  73. rasheed on December 10th, 2011 9:05 pm

    hi sir how are you.sir in want to do css,i am graduate from Baluchistan university.but sir there is no person who can help me.i am very confused,what will happened?sir you can help me plz

  74. aijaz ali abro on December 16th, 2011 6:50 pm

    sir please tell me what i do css i study in ba part 1 and i am very daller but i think i do please give me sagetion which subject i study please send me a message in my id

  75. Haziq on December 25th, 2011 1:24 am

    I wanted to ask you that if there is a difference if a person does or BBA, MBA and then apply for CSS examination. Does a person have a different status or it’s all in the same .

    Thank you.

  76. Saim Siddiqui on December 25th, 2011 4:21 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I am doing BE (3rd year), what is the procedure to apply for CSS Exam

    Many Thanks.

  77. sana naz on January 8th, 2012 10:06 pm

    sir i have done graduation in arts 2006 i diside continue my study but i am very confused what should i do plz give me sagetion
    sir i do not know about css so please help me
    kiya simple b.a k bad css kar sakte hn

  78. rabia on January 18th, 2012 11:02 pm

    Sir, i have the same question as i see in one of the obove but can’t find the ans, i am in last semester of electronics engg, and want to do css exam after that semester, which is just of 4 months, i want to know about the optional subjects, what should i select in regard to my B.Sc electronics. Plz guide me in this respect. another thing i want to know is how many times and for which age limit, i can do the css. i have reveiw the optional subjects, but i want more concise subject in reltion to my field, if it is available. plz help me, i am the newer to get about the information, Waiting for your quick response…

    Rabia Saba

  79. Niyaz on January 21st, 2012 10:52 am

    Sir, which are the shortest syllabus subjects of CSS? i hv very short time for preparation. plz respond.

  80. DR AZHAR MAGSI on March 1st, 2012 1:55 pm

    Hi dera sir i am doing MBBS 1STYEAR SO I wanto perepairation for CSS, so plz give me adivice how can i do for CSS PLZ SIR REPLY

  81. anum on April 3rd, 2012 2:35 pm

    i do plz guide me can i do css

  82. huzaifa on May 6th, 2012 10:10 pm

    i want the info abt css optional subjects

  83. usman on February 22nd, 2013 10:03 am

    sir i am student of b.s honours , i want to apply for css plz guide me, can i do css.

  84. mehwish on March 5th, 2013 10:34 pm

    respected sir plz give me information i am doing b.s hons in chemistry.i want the info or secret to pass the test.tell me about general books for general knowlegge.

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