While we’re still reflecting on the highs and lows of last year’s CSS exam result announcement, CSS registrations for 2022 have already kicked into gear. If you’re looking to join the ranks of the Civil Service of Pakistan, then the first step is to check the CSS eligibility criteria for 2022.
The CSS eligibility criteria can be viewed at the FPSC’s website as well, but we have compiled everything you need to know, to save you the hassle of navigating through it.
FPSC has mentioned some important CSS requirements for the CSS exam in Pakistan. You must fulfil all the following CSS requirements that is listed below, before appearing in the CSS exam.
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 in the CSS eligibility criteria 2022 that allows members of specific demographic groups to apply till the age of 32. 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 in the CSS eligibility criteria 2022, in the 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 at home series.
*If you do not know whether or not your college is accredited, be sure to check the HEC’s List of Accredited Institutions.
Every candidate must have obtained at least a second division or grade "C" in their bachelor's degree from any HEC recognized Pakistani university. An equivalent degree from a foreign university, recognized by the HEC, will also be accepted, provided you apply for equivalence.
If you do not have your degree by the time you have to register, you will be required to provide proof of having completed the requirements for your degree, and that you will be able to submit said degree before the CSS result is announced.
If you have obtained a third division or 'D' grade in your bachelor's degree, you may still be eligible for the CSS exams 2022, if you have a higher grade in your master’s degree.
According to the FPSC’s CSS eligibility criteria, You MUST be a citizen of Pakistan or the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
If you are married to a foreign national, you are not eligible, unless you obtain permission from the federal government, prior to marriage.
Seats in Occupational Groups and Services are allocated in accordance with your domicile and are subject to changes in policy by the federal government.
To be eligible for the CSS Examinations 2022, you will be required to present attested copies of your domicile when registering.
The FPSC makes seat allotments on the basis of preset quotas that have been put in place to ensure fair representation of candidates from a diverse set of backgrounds. Said quotas for CSS 2022 can be found below.
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