This one is big news for all the CSS aspirants out there, including you! At a recent news conference in Islamabad, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Muhammad Shehzad Arbab announced that there will be held a screening test prior to the main Central Superior Service (CSS) exam, starting from February 2022.

FPSC has announced a 1-hour-webinar on 18 November 2021 (Thursday) at 15:00 (3:00 pm) on Zoom. The session will include live answers to all the questions from the CSS aspirants regarding the CSS Screening Test 2022. 

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This news has taken the internet by storm because not everyone was ready for such a huge change in the eligibility criteria for CSS. Mr. Shehzad Arbab announced this news along with the Chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), retired Captain Zahid Saeed.

For all those who don’t know what a screening test is, it’s simply an audition to select candidates who show high potential for further assessment or education. The CSS Screening Test is the same - According to Mr. Shehzad Arbab, this test was announced with an aim to help FPSC select serious candidates for the written CSS examination. Basically, the CSS Screening Test will filter out all the non-serious and ineligible candidates.

To Cut Short a Long Recruitment Process

The CSS Screening Test might sound like something being forcefully implemented into the system to put CSS aspirants in misery but it’s not what it sounds like. In fact, it is being implemented to save the time of both; FPSC and students. 

As a CSS aspirant, you’re probably familiar with the long recruitment process of CSS candidates that takes up to 20 months. Through the CSS Screening Test, this process can greatly reduce it to 12 months, saving you a lot of time.

Eligibility Criteria - CSS Screening Test 2022

Only the students who have gained 2nd division in their bachelor’s degree and fall under the age group of 21-30 years are eligible to apply for the CSS Screening Test 2022. However, don’t forget that the FPSC will calculate your age on the cut-off date of 31 December 2021. Yes, FPSC offers 2-year age relaxation for the students of the categories mentioned in the CSS Competetive Exams (CE) Rules. Click on it and find the categories by writing “Relaxation” in the “Find” field of your browser.

CSS Screening Test - Marks Breakdown 

This screening test is all about Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), hence being called an MCQs-Based Preliminary Test or MPT. The good news is that there will be no negative marking so don’t think of the test as a big challenge if you have the potential.

The total number of MCQs will be 200 and each will weigh 1 mark (200 Marks). The time duration to complete the test will be 200 minutes - that’s 1 minute for each question.

On the same day as the MPT, the candidates will gain the access to the answer key on FPSC’s website.

Syllabus of the MPT

Find the syllabus below:

-MPT will consist of compulsory subjects of the CSS exam, including Islamic Studies or Civics & Ethics depending upon the religion of the candidate. (20 Marks)

-Urdu grammar usage and translation. (20 Marks)

-English grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and usage. (50 Marks)

-Basic arithmetic, logical reasoning, mental abilities, analytical abilities, SSC Level algebra & geometry. (60 Marks)

-Everyday science, Pakistan affairs, current affairs. (50 Marks)

-Hurry up because February is not too far away from now - the later you start your CSS MPT preparation, the harder it will get for you to succeed. Nearpeer has the best online CSS courses in Pakistan that promise high-level CSS preparation in such a hassle. Contact Nearpeer’s career counselors at 0311-1444734 now and get professional guidance on preparing for and passing the CSS MCQ-Based Preliminary Test (MPT) 2022.