Qualification criterion

What is qualification criterion in CSS exam?

The Competitive Examination comprises of following tests;

  1. Screening test:

MCQs type test. (Every Candidate must clear this test before appearing in the Written Test)

  1. Written Examination

The Written Examination for CSS consists of 1200 marks (600 marks for compulsory subjects and 600 marks for optional subjects). The examination is normally held during the month of Jan/Feb every year in 5 main cities of Pakistan. Qualification marks in written Examination:

The qualification marks in CSS written examination are as under:

  • Compulsory Subjects – 40% in each subject
  • Optional Subjects – 33% in each subject
  • Aggregate Marks – 50%
  1. Medical and Psychological Test

The Candidates, who qualify in the written examination as per criteria, have to appear for their medical Test before central Medical Board, according to the schedule prescribed by the Ministry of Health. Then the medically qualified candidates are given psychological Tests, in an individual as well as in Groups, to access their aptitude and personality traits for different Groups/Services, before the Viva Voce.

  1. Viva Voce

The Viva Voce tests consist of 300 marks and minimum qualification marks are 100. No candidate is considered for appointment to any of the Group/Service for which he/she is declared “not suitable” by the Viva Voce Board. The viva voce is conducted by a larger board (mostly five members) headed by the chairman at Islamabad and at all Provincial headquarters.