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1) Commerce & Trade Group
(2) Foreign Service of Pakistan
(3) Information Group
(4) Inland Revenue Service
(5) Military Lands & Cantonments Group
(6) Office Management Group
(7) Pakistan Administrative Service
(8) Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
(9) Pakistan Customs Service
(10) Police Service of Pakistan
(11) Postal Group
(12) Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group

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(ii). The CSS-Competitive Examination shall comprise the following:-

(a) Written Examination;
(b) Medical Examination;
(c) Psychological Assessment; and
(d) Viva Voce

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ii). Places of examination: The examination will be held simultaneously at Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, D.I.Khan, Faisalabad, Gilgit, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Larkana, Multan, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, & Sukkur depending on the number of applicants for each centre. (iv). Places of Interviews: The interviews will be held at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar & Quetta. (v). The Commission reserves the right to finally decide the place where the candidates would be examined or interviewed. (vi) CHANGE OF CENTRE: Examination centre once selected by the candidate shall not be changed. The examination centre/hall once allotted to a candidate will be final and he/she will not be allowed to sit in another centre/hall at any cost


The cut off date for determining the eligibility of the candidate in terms of age, qualifications, domicile, etc., is 31st December of Current Year

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A candidate for admission to the examination must have attained the age of 21 years and not over 28 years on 31st December, of Current Year

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The upper age limit will be relaxed by two years up to the age of 30 years in respect of :—

(a). The candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Buddhist Community subject to production of a certificate (Annex-A of Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/DCO/ District Magistrate in support of their claim.

(b)The candidates belonging to the recognized Tribes who are permanent residents of the areas mentioned-below and whose families have been living in these areas. Such candidates must attach a certificate (Annex-B of Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/ DCO/District Magistrate in support of their claim:—

1. Baluchistan
2. Tribal Areas of D.I.Khan and Peshawar Divisions (including former Frontier States of Dir, Swat, Chitral and Amb).
3. Former excluded (Baluch) area forming part of the Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts.
4. Former Tribal Areas of Mardan and Hazara Divisions.
5. Upper Tanawal Area of Hazara Division.

(c) The candidates who are permanent residents of Azad Kashmir Territory, subject to submission of a certificate (Annex-C of Application Form) to be issued by Kashmir Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad.

(d) The candidates who are permanent residents of Gilgit- Baltistan including Gilgit, Diamir, Baltistan, Ghizar and Ghanche, subject to submission of a certificate (Annex-B of Application Form) to be issued by the Pol it ical Agent/DCO/District Magistrate.

(e) The candidates who are disabled namely, physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired (deaf & dumb) and visually impaired (blind), subject to submission of certificate of disability issued by the competent authority designated for the purpose by the Federal/Provincial Government.

(f) In Service Government Servants, Armed Forces Personnel, Contract Employees, including the Government servants of AJ&K, who possess a minimum of two years continuous Government service as on 31st December of current year, subject to submission of Departmental Permission Certificate (Annex-E) from the competent authority. Employees of Nationalised Banks, State Bank of Pakistan, WAPDA, Regulatory Authorities, Autonomous bodies and other semi autonomous bodies are not entitled to age relaxation.

(iii) The relaxation in upper limits prescribed in paragraph 3(ii) above shall be permitted up to the maximum period of an individual concession and not by the total period of the concessions taken together, if admissible in any case.

(iv) Subject to the relaxations in upper age limit prescribed in paragraph 3(ii) and 3(iii) above, no further relaxation in age limit under any other rule for the time being in force, or on any other ground shall be provided by any authority. [/acc_item]

[acc_item title= “DATE OF BIRTH”] 4 (i). The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the following documents:

(a) Matriculation Certificate;
(b) Secondary or Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate;
(c) Certificate of birth from the Principal/Headmaster of the School from where a candidate has passed his/her GEC, ‘O’ level or equivalent examination, showing the date of birth in the School Admission Register;
(d) In case of Christian candidates, Baptismal or birth registration certificate

(ii). The decision as to which certificate may be accepted for the purpose of date of birth rests with the

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The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the following documents:

(a) Matriculation Certificate;
(b) Secondary or Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate;
(c) Certificate of birth from the Principal/Headmaster of the School from where a candidate has passed his/her GEC, ‘O’ level or equivalent examination, showing the date of birth in the School Admission Register;
(d) In case of Christian candidates, Baptismal or birth registration certificate

(ii). The decision as to which certificate may be accepted for the purpose of date of birth rests with the commission.

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5.(i). A candidate must hold at least a Second Division or Grade “C” Bachelor’s degree in any faculty of one of the Pakistani
Universities or an equivalent degree or comparable educational qualifications of a foreign University recognized by Higher
Education Commission, Islamabad.
Note: In case the candidate does not hold the required degree on or before the cut off date, he/she shall be required to produce a
certificate from the duly authorized officer of the concerned degree awarding institution, to the effect that the candidate has fulfilled all the requirements of the said degree and has/had cleared/passed the examination for the said degree on or before the cut off date. The candidate however would be required to produce the said degree before the final result is declared by the Commission.

(ii). A candidate who has obtained a Third Division (or ‘D’ grade) in his/her Bachelor’s Degree will be eligible for the Examination in cases where he/she has obtained a higher Division in Master’s Degree.

(iii). The matter as to which foreign degree is comparable and equivalent to corresponding Pakistani degree shall be decided by
HEC. Therefore, an equivalence certificate issued by HEC may be attached with application form.

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(i). Candidates for the examination must be a citizen of Pakistan or a person deriving his/her nationality from the State of Jammu
and Kashmir.

(ii). A candidate who has married a person who is not a citizen of Pakistan shall not be eligible for appointment provided that a person who marries a “foreign national of any country recognized by Federal Government” with the prior permission of Government may be regarded as eligible for appointment.

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(a). Seats earmarked for prescribed provincial/regional quotas shall be allocated to candidates on the basis of the domicile certificate issued by the competent authority in accordance with the law and the rules.

(b). A candidate who has acquired the citizenship of Pakistan by registration under the Pakistan Citizenship Act and the Rules made thereunder should attach to the application anattested copy of the certificate of citizen-ship. A candidate who has not been registered as a citizen of Pakistan but claims that he/she should be deemed to be citizen of Pakistan under the Pakistan CitizenshipAct should submit proof to the effect that he/she fulfills the conditions on the basis of which he/she claims to be deemed as a citizen of Pakistan. A candidate who derives his/her nationality from the State of Jammu and Kashmir should attach to the application a certificate issued by the Kashmir Affairs Division duly signed by the Deputy Secretary (Admn) in support of his/her claim.

(c). Only those candidates shall be considered for vacancies reserved for Azad Jammu and Kashmir whose application forms
for the Competitive Examination are accompanied by domicile certificate alongwith Permanent Residence Certificate, issued by
the Kashmir Affairs Division duly signed by the Deputy Secretary (Admn) of that territory. No such certificates shall
be accepted at any later stage.

(d). Domicile once claimed by a candidate and accepted by the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination shall
be final. No change will be allowed at a subsequent examination or selection.

(e). Domicile claimed by a candidate and accepted by the Government (Federal/Provincial/Regional/Local as the case may
be) at the time of first entry into Government service shall be treated as final for the purpose of candidature and allocation and
no subsequent change in his/ her domicile will be accepted.


All applications for CSS Competitive Examination must be submitted on line through FPSC website www.fpsc.gov.pk.

a) The closing date for submission of online Application Form to the Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad is 31st
October of admision year.

b) Print out of the duly filled Online Form (i.e. Hardcopy) may be obtained and after signing it, copies of all documents/certificates as mentioned in para 27 of the Form along with original Treasury Receipt may be attached with it and furnished to FPSC so as to reach the FPSC (Headquarters) within 10 days of the closing date. Preferably, the hardcopies may be dispatched or furnished before the closing date so that delay in transit may be avoided. Onus of proof of dispatch of hardcopy of online form and documents, before the closing date, shall solely lie on the candidate.

c) Candidates are cautioned that if an online application is received incomplete or wrongly filled in or its hardcopy not accompanied with any one of the documents mentioned in para-27 of application form, it will be rejected.

d) Hardcopy of the online application, if reached to FPSC after the stipulated period of 10 days from the closing date, it shall
not be accepted and online form already submitted to FPSC shall stand rejected.

e) The hard copy of the online form should have the same entries as made in the online form submitted to FPSC, and any
variation shall cause rejection of candidature.

f) No plea that hardcopy of online application form or any document attached with it has been lost or delayed in the post
will be entertained.

g) The candidate shall have to pay/deposit Rs.250/- in the FPSC head of account as fine, if hard copy of online application is
received without signature subject to no other deficiency in application/attached documents is involved”, otherwise,
his/her application shall stand rejected

(ii). Candidate must pay Rs.2200/- as Application fee for examination, as per procedure prescribed in Appendix-II, deposited in the nearest Government Treasury or in State Bank/National Bank of Pakistan, under the account head “C02101- Organs of State Exam Fee(FPSC Receipt)”. Cash, postal orders, bank drafts and cheques will not be accepted by the Federal Public Service Commission. Original treasury receipt for written examination must be attached with the application form to be deposited to the Commission. Without providing original treasury receipt as prescribed above, the application of the candidate shall be rejected.

(iii). Subjects for the Competitive Examination will comprise compulsory papers of 600 marks and optional papers of 600 marks
as given in Appendix-I.

(iv). Optional Subjects must be selected carefully. Candidates are cautioned that wrong selection of subjects will lead to rejection
under para 7(i)(c) above and para 1(ix) of Appendix-I.

(v). Combination of optional subjects once chosen at the time of submission of online application shall not be allowed to change subsequently. Change of optional subjects in hard copy of online form is also not allowed.

(vi). For whatsoever reasons, a candidate who misses any compulsory or optional subject of written examination for medical or any other reasons shall not be allowed to appear in the remaining subjects.

(vii). If a candidate misses a paper for any reason, no separate examination in that paper shall be arranged for him/her.

(viii). Number of Attempts: A candidate may attempt/avail three chances of the examination within prescribed age limits.


“A candidate shall be deemed to have attempted the examination and his chance shall stand consumed, if he/she actually appeared in any one or more papers of the examination and even if he/she tendered blank Answer
Book/Sheet and even if rejected subsequently”

(ix). A candidate who conceal the number of previous attempts, will be prosecuted leading to his/her disqualification in
accordance with clause 12(v) of CE-rules.

(x). No candidate will be admitted to the examination hall who does not hold a certificate of admission from the Commission and Original CNIC. An admission certificate generated or down loaded from FPSC website shall be accepted. Intimation about examination centre and Roll No. may be down loaded from FPSC website, if not
received through post.

(xi). A candidate who arrives at examination hall/centre late, than the time mentioned in Admission Certificate & date sheet,
he/she will not be allowed to sit in the examination.

(xii). Candidates will be admitted to the examination provisionally at their own risk subject to their being found eligible in all respects. On detailed scrutiny of the applications after the announcement of result of the written part of the examination, if any candidate is found ineligible in any respect under rules for the examination, his/her candidature will be cancelled/ rejected regardless of the fact whether he/she has appeared in the examination or qualified therein.

Note: To avoid “INCONVENIENCE”, candidates are advised in their own interest to make sure before appearing at the examination
that they fulfill all requirements of the rules, relating to the examination.


(i). A candidate who fails to secure at least 40% marks in any of the compulsory subjects, 33% marks in any of the optional subjects, 50% marks in the Aggregate will be considered to have failed in written examination and will not be eligible for medical
examination, Psychological Assessment and Viva Voce.

(ii). Only the candidates declared qualified for written examination and found eligible will be called for next stage i.e. Medical
Examination, Psychological Assessment and Viva Voce.

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(i). All candidates must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the discharge
of their duties. The candidates who (after such medical examination which Government or the appointing authority, may prescribe) are found not to satisfy these requirements, will not be appointed except disabled candidates as mentioned in sub rule (ii) below:-

(ii). Disabled candidates in the categories of physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired(deaf & dumb) and visually impaired
(blind) are allowed to compete for Competitive Examination against four Occupational Groups/Services viz: (a) Commerce &
Trade Group (b) Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service (c) Information Group & (d) Postal Group. Disabled candidates securing a position against prescribed 7.5% merit quota on all Pakistan basis may be considered for allocation to Foreign Service
of Pakistan on the basis of his/her choice.

(iii) (a): Disabled candidates viz visually impaired (Blind) and physically impaired will be provided helper (writer), if they have
been declared permanently incapacitated w.r.t. writing by the Federal/Provincial Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons,
and a certificate in this regard has been attached by them with application form and also requested for provision of helper in their
application form. FPSC shall arrange the helper from within the available staff of FPSC deputed at the examination centre. The role of the helper would merely be to reproduce in writing the words so uttered by the disabled candidate. No intellectual contribution by the helper is permissible. The educational level of the helper would be Graduate/Intermediate/ matriculate as per availability at the exam centre. No request for choicest helper or venue of the exam shall be entertained. The disabled candidate alongwith helper shall remain within the examination hall till conclusion of the paper.

(b): Extra time viz 15 minutes per hour will only be allowed to visually impaired (Blind) candidates. The other categories of
disabled candidates would not be allowed extra time. (c):The disabled candidate referred to above (vide Sub-Rule (a) and
(b)) may attempt the question paper on computer for which facility shall only be provided at FPSC HQs and FPSC’s Provincial
Offices, however, no TA/DA will be admissible. Such Computer literate candidates should fill the relevant entries in the online
Application Form, else they will not be allowed to attempt the paper on computer.

(d): No application or medical certificate regarding claim for disability or request for provision of helper/computer on medical
grounds or sudden accident, shall be accepted after the closing date, except where the claim has been made in the application form before the closing date and certificate of disability attached as an evidence.

(iv). Candidates who qualify the written examination will be medically examined by the Medical Boards constituted for the
purpose. If any candidate remains absent twice in his/her Medical Examination, his/her candidature will automatically stand rejected and no appeal in this regard will be entertained. However, his/her chance will be considered as consumed.

(v). In order to prevent disappointment, candidates are advised to have themselves examined by a Government Medical Officer of the standing of a Civil Surgeon before applying for admission to the Examination. Particulars of the nature of the medical test to which candidates will be subjected before appointment and of the standards required are attached with the Rules as Annex “A”.

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All candidates called for Viva Voce will be required to undergo Psychological Assessment, comprising written tests and group
tasks. Such tests are designed to assess abilities, attitude and personality characteristics of the candidates with special regard to
their aptitude for the Civil Services. Separate marks are not awarded for the Psychological assessment. However, 300 marks assigned to Viva Voce also reflect the performance on Psychological Assessment. Candidates must bring their National Identity Cards and two copies of recent photographs when summoned for Psychological Assessment. If a candidate remains absent in the Psychological Assessment, he/she will not be allowed to appear for Viva Voce.

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11(i). Each candidate who is declared qualified in written part of the examination will be interviewed by a Board who will have
before them a record of his/her career, both academic and extramural. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general
interest. The object of the interview is to assess his/her suitability for the services for which he/she is entered and in framing their
assessment the Board will attach particular importance to the moral and ethical qualities of the candidates, his/her intelligence and
alertness of mind, his/her vigour and strength of character and his/her potential qualities of leadership. The Board will take into
consideration his/her extramural activities such as sports, debates, hobbies, etc., and their effect on his/her physique and character, in assessing his/her merit.

(ii). All candidates are expected to have basic knowledge regarding Islam and Pakistan. Questions may be asked in the Interview on these subjects. Persons securing less than pass marks in these subjects will not be considered for appointment to Government
jobs, irrespective of their proficiency in other fields. However, the Non-Muslim candidates will not be asked any question regarding

(iii). Viva Voce will be of 300 marks. A candidate who fails to secure at least 100 marks in viva voce will be considered to have
failed and will not be eligible for appointment.

(iv). The result of Viva Voce shall be intimated to all candidates in due course of time.


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