As is the case every year, without fail, the CSS exam registrations open usually in early October. If you are thinking of applying, go no further! This blog will walk you through the entire process so that you don’t have to go through the pain of sifting through endless documents on the FPSC website.
First things first, you need to know if you are eligible to apply for the CSS examinations at all. There is a long list of criteria, so we have condensed it into a simple checklist just for you.
You must be aged between 21 and 30, inclusive, calculated on the 31st of December, of the year preceding your exam.
There is, however, an age relaxation clause, that allows members of specific demographic groups, to apply till the age of 32, calculated as mentioned above. The figure below illustrates in a simplified form, whether or not the age relaxation clause applies to you. If you fall in any one of the categories mentioned and are between 30 and 32 years of age, you are eligible.
*Note: If you belong to a recognized tribe, the age relaxation clause only applies to you if you or your family also currently reside in one of the following areas (proof of residence required):
We have condensed the degree requirements for you in the form of an appropriately sized chart below. If you have any specific questions, not covered here, feel free to refer to our free counseling service at any point in time or refer to our CSS online test preparation.
*Note: If you do not know whether or not your college is accredited, be sure to check the HEC’s List of Accredited Institutions. If it is not there, then please consult the HEC’s List of Fake Universities. If you find it in the latter, your degree might be useless in Pakistan, so do consider transferring to another college/university.
*Note: An attempt is only counted if you actually appeared in the examination, and submitted an answer book or sheet that was not blank. Just registering does not count as an attempt.
Once you have determined whether or not you are eligible for the CSS exam, it’s time to figure out how to actually apply for the CSS exam. We will take you to step by step through all that you need to know to apply online CSS and then also submit the FPSC’s required documents, via mail.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to register for the CSS exam, it might be useful for you to have a look at the tentative timeline, given below:
|Registration Opens||First week of October|
|Registration Deadline||End of October|
|Written Exam Result||Between September and October|
|Medical + Psychological + Interview||November to April|
|Final Result||Between May to June|
|Quetta and Khuzdar||Gilgit||Peshawar, Abbottabad, and D.I. Khan||Lahore, Multan, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, and Rawalpindi||Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, and Larkana|
There is a long list of documents you are required to submit in your application. We have summarized it in the table below, including some optional documents, depending on your specific context.
|1.||1 Signed hard copy of your application form (See online registration section below)|
|2.||Original FPSC exam fee receipt for PKR 2,200|
|3.||1 Copy of your domicile certificate|
|4.||1 Attested copy of your CNIC|
|5.||4 attested passport size photographs (your name and father’s name on the back)|
|6.||1 attested copy of your Matric and Intermediate certificates (if applicable)|
|7.||1 attested copy of your O & A Levels certificates, or any alternate recognized board, along with their equivalence certificates, issued by The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. (If applicable)|
|8.||1 attested copy of your Bachelors, Masters and other degree(s). (If applicable)|
|9.||1 attested copy of your domicile certificate|
|10.||1 copy of any document proving your residence/membership of any area/demographic category, eligible for the age relaxation clause. (if applicable)|
Your Questions, Asked and Answered!
A. No you cannot, because diplomas are not characterized as bachelor's degrees. You can refer to the section on “Degree Requirements” above, for more details.
A. If you meet any of the eligibility criteria for the CSS age relaxation clause (see above in “Age Limits” section), then all you need to do is submit supporting documents in your CSS application, that provide evidence of your meeting said criteria.
A. No. Usually, the FPSC does not allow changes to be made to the form after submission. However, if you have a valid reason for requesting the change, you can contact the FPSC through their helpline or telephone numbers listed here.
A. Don’t worry if you forgot your login credentials. You can simply reset them by entering your CNIC# and your email address. Then enter the verification code you will receive via email, and a new password will be generated for you.
Good luck with your ambition of becoming a CSS officer! We hope this guide on how to apply for the CSS exam online proves useful! If you ever need any help, guidance, or just someone to ease your anxiety about the journey ahead, we’re just a click or text away! If you’re already on your way to preparing for the CSS test, be sure to check out the CSS online preparation courses we have compiled just for you!