FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
RULES FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION (CSS), 2008
Islamabad, the 23rd November, 2007
“In pursuance of Section 7-A read with section 10 of the FPSC Ordinance,
1977, Chairman FPSC with the approval of the Federal Government has
made, in supersession of Competitive Examination Rules, 2007, the following
rules for regulating the conduct of the Competitive Examination, 2008”
No. F. 2/1/2008-CSS-I.—The Competitive Examination, (b) the candidates belonging to the recognized Tribes who are
2008 will be held by the Federal Public Service Commission, permanent residents of the areas mentioned-below and whose
with effect from 15th March, 2008 for recruitment to families have been living in these areas. Such candidates must
attach a certificate (Annex-B of Application Form) to be issued
posts in BS-17 for the following Groups/Services under the
by Political Agent/DCO/District Magistrate in support of their
Federal Government :— claim :—
(1) Commerce & Trade Group
(2) Customs & Excise Group
(3) District Management Group 2. Tribal Areas of D.I. Khan and Peshawar Divisions
(including former Frontier States of Dir, Swat, Chitral
(4) Foreign Service of Pakistan
(5) Income Tax Group
(6) Information Group 3. Former excluded (Baluch) area forming part of the
Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts.
(7) Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service
(8) Police Service of Pakistan 4. Former Tribal Areas of Mardan and Hazara Divisions.
(9) Postal Group
5. Upper Tanawal Area of Hazara Division.
(10) Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group
(11) Military Lands & Cantonment Group (c) the candidates who are permanent residents of Azad Kashmir
Places of the Examination: Territory, subject to submission of a certificate (Annex-C of
Application Form) to be issued by Kashmir Affairs Division,
(i) The examination will be held simultaneously at Government of Pakistan.
Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta,
Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Hyderabad, Sukkur, (d) the candidates who are permanent residents of Northern Areas
including Gilgit, Diamir, Baltistan, Ghizar and Ghanche,
Abbottabad, D.I. Khan, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit & Skardu, depending
subject to submission of a certificate (Annex-B of Application
on the number of applicants for each centre. Form) to be issued by the Political Agent/DCO/ District
(ii) The Commission reserves the right to finally decide the
place where the candidates would be examined or interviewed. (e) the candidates who are disabled namely, physically impaired,
hearing/speech impaired (deaf & dumb) and visually impaired
(iii) The Competitive Examination comprises the (blind), subject to submission of certificate of disability issued
following :— by the competent authority designated for the purpose by the
(a) Written Examination,
(b) Medical Test, (iii) In the case of in Service Government Servants, Contract
(c) Psychological Test; and employees, including the Government servants of AJ&K, who
(d) Viva Voce. possess a minimum of two years continuous Government service
as on first January, 2008, the upper age limit is relaxable by two
RULES FOR ADMISSION TO THE EXAMINATION years up to the age of 30 years, subject to submission of
3. The examination will be conducted by the Federal Public Departmental Permission Certificate from the competent authority.
Service Commission in accordance with the following Rules, Employees of Nationalised Banks, State Bank of Pakistan,
subject to such changes as may be decided by the Government WAPDA, Regulatory Authorities, Autonomous bodies and other
before finalising appointments on the basis of this examination. semi autonomous bodies are not entitled to age relaxation.
Date of Birth
AGE-LIMITS (iv) The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that
entered in the following documents :
4. (i) A candidate for admission to the examination must
(a) Matriculation Certificate ;
have attained the age of 21years and must not have attained the age
of 28 years on 1st January, 2008 (candidates born earlier than 2nd (b) Secondary or Higher Secondary School Leaving
January, 1980 and later than 1st January, 1987 will not be eligible). Certificate;
(c) Certificate of birth from the Principal/Headmaster of the
Age Relaxation School from where a candidate has passed his/her GEC,
‘O’ level or equivalent examination, showing the date of
(ii) The upper age limit will be relaxed by two years up to birth in the School Admission Register ;
the age of 30 years in respect of :—
(d) In case of Christian candidates, Baptismal or birth
(a) the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Buddhist registration certificate.
Community subject to production of a certificate (Annex-A of
Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/DCO/ (v) The decision as to which certificate is acceptable for the
District Magistrate in support of their claim. purpose of date of birth rests with the Commission.
(vi) Once a date of birth has been claimed and accepted (e) The domicile claimed by a candidate and accepted by
by the Commission for the purpose of admission to an the Government at the time of entry into Government
examination, no change will be allowed at a subsequent service shall be treated as final throughout his/her
examination or selection. service career and no subsequent change in his/ her
domicile will be recognised for the purpose of terms
(vii) The applications of Government Servants will also be and conditions of his/her service including his/her
governed by the Government Servants (Application for Services allocation and liability to transfer.
and Posts) Rules, 1966 except that the chances will be allowed Cut Off Date
irrespective of the provisions of the Government Servants
(Application for Services and Posts) Rules, 1966. (f) The cut off date for determining the eligibility of the
candidate in terms of age, qualifications, domicile,
(viii) The relaxation in age limits prescribed in paragraph 4 etc., is 1st January, 2008.
(ii) and (iii) above shall be permitted up to the maximum period of
an individual concession and not by the total period of the (iv) A candidate who has married a person who is not a
concessions taken together, if admissible in any case. citizen of Pakistan shall not be eligible for appointment provided
that a person who marries an Indian national with the prior
EDUCATION permission of Government may be regarded as eligible for
5. (i) A candidate must hold at least a Second Class or
Grade “C” Bachelor’s degree in any faculty of one of the Pakistani (v) A candidate having dual nationality must surrender
Universities or an equivalent degree or comparable educational his/her Foreign nationality and inform the Government before
joining Civil Services Academy.
qualifications of a foreign University recognized by Higher
Education Commission, Islamabad. GENERAL
(ii) A candidate who has obtained a Third Division (or ‘D’ 7. (i) A candidate must satisfy the Federal Public Service
grade) in his/her Bachelor’s Degree will be eligible for the Commission that he/she is suitable in all respects for employment
Examination in cases where he/she has obtained a higher Division under the Government.
in Master’s Degree.
(ii) No candidate will be admitted to the examination who
(iii) The decision as to which foreign degrees or comparable does not hold a certificate of admission from the Commission.
educational qualifications are equivalent to corresponding
Pakistani degree rests solely with the Commission. (iii) The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or
otherwise of a candidate for admission to the examination shall be
6. (i) The candidate for the examination must be a citizen of (iv) Candidates are cautioned that if an application which is
Pakistan or a person deriving his/her nationality from the State of not signed and or is received incomplete or wrongly filled in and is
Jammu and Kashmir. not accompanied with any of the documents mentioned in
para 11 of the Instructions to Candidates it will be rejected.
(ii) A Woman candidate who is otherwise eligible can also
(v) Caution:—A candidate who knowingly furnishes any
compete in the examination.
particulars which are false, or suppresses material information, or
(iii) (a) Seats earmarked for prescribed provincial/regional attempts to influence the Commission, or officers or members of
quotas shall be allocated to candidates on the basis the staff of the Commission, or tries to obtain support for his/her
of the domicile certificate issued by the competent candidature by improper means, or deliberately submits forged
authority in accordance with the law and the certificates, or tampers with the entries in his/her age,
rules. educational and other certificates, or misbehaves in the
examination hall or uses unfair means/copying, or is found guilty
(b) A candidate who has acquired the citizenship of of misconduct during examination/medical, Viva Voce Tests and
Pakistan by registration under the Pakistan uses filthy and unethical language in the Answer Book(s) during
Citizenship Act and the Rules made thereunder written examination, may be disqualified for this and/or
should attach to the application the certificate subsequent examinations/selections held by the Commission or
(attested copy thereof) of citizen-ship. A candidate criminally prosecuted and debarred from employment under
who has not been registered as a citizen of Pakistan Government.
but claims that he/she should be deemed to be citizen
of Pakistan under the Pakistan Citizenship Act should (vi) A candidate who, even after his appointment, is found to
submit proof to the effect that he/ she fulfills the have knowingly furnished any particulars which are false, or to
conditions on the basis of which he/she claims to be have suppressed material information will be liable to dismissal
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 (vii) Certificates of age and educational qualifications in
certificate issued by the Kashmir Affairs Division in which any entry is overwritten, altered, erased, mutilated or
support of his/her claim. tampered with in any way or the genuineness of which is otherwise
doubted will be liable to be impounded till such time as the
(c) Only those candidates shall be considered for
Commission considers it necessary.
vacancies reserved for Azad Jammu and Kashmir
whose application forms for the Competitive
(viii) Answer Books in all the subjects of examination are
Examination are accompanied by the domicile
secret documents and cannot, therefore, be permitted to be seen by
certificate alongwith Permanent Residence
Certificate, issued by the Kashmir Affairs Division, the candidates or their representatives nor re-examination of
of that territory. No such certificates shall be answer books/scripts is allowed under any circumstances. A
accepted at any later stage. candidate desirous of getting of his/her marks, awarded by the
examiners re-counted may submit his/her request for the purpose,
(d) The domicile once claimed and accepted by the within one month from the date of issue of result card/marks sheet
Commission for the purpose of admission to an alongwith a Treasury Challan of Rs. 200/- per paper as fee for
examination, no change will be allowed at a re-counting of marks only. Thereafter, no such request will be
subsequent examination or selection. entertained.
(ix) The Answer books of the Candidates will be retained in the suitability of the applicants and to adequate representation of
the office of the Federal Public Service Commission for one year the Provinces/Areas of Pakistan as well as of the various age
only and thereafter the same will be destroyed. Candidates are, concessions.
therefore, cautioned that any query relating to their Answer books
should be made within the specified period, thereafter, no request SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION
in this regard will be entertained.
9. The subjects for the competitive examination will be as
(x) The candidates are cautioned that wrong selection of given in Appendix I.
subjects will lead to rejection under para 7 (iv). Change of
optional subjects is not allowed. FEES
(xi) Grace marks are not allowed. 10. (a) Candidates must pay Rs. 1000/- as Application fee
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION as prescribed in Appendix-II, deposited in State
Bank/National Bank of Pakistan, under the account
8. (i) A candidate seeking admission to the examination must head “C-02101-Organs of State Exam Fee” (FPSC
apply to the Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad on the Receipt)
prescribed form of application and the same must reach the
Commission on or before the closing date. No extra time is allowed (b) No claim for refund of any fee will be entertained
for postal transit, etc. nor can the fees paid be held in reserve for another
examination or selection.
(ii) Government servants who fulfill the conditions laid down
in these rules are eligible for admission to the examination if
permitted by the competent authority in their departments or offices.
However, an advance copy of the Application may be submitted 11. (i) The Commission with prior approval of the
before the closing date to avoid rejection. Candidates who join Government may fix qualifying marks in any or all of the
Government service after submitting their applications for subjects of the examination but a candidate who fails to secure at
admission to the examination should also submit the Departmental least 40% marks in any compulsory subject, 33% marks in any of
permission immediately thereafter. the optional subjects, 50% marks in the Aggregate and 100 marks
at the Viva Voce Test, will be considered to have failed and will not
(iii) Armed Forces candidates to route their applications
be eligible for appointment.
through proper channel of their Services. Applications not routed
through proper channel will be rejected. Similarly the (ii) Candidates qualifying the written examination will be
released/retired personnel should produce a clearance certificate called for Medical, Psychological Tests and Viva Voce.
from Military Secretary Branch for employment in civil services of
Pakistan. However, an advance copy of the Application may be 12. From the marks assigned to candidates in each subject,
submitted before the closing date to avoid rejection. such deductions will be made as the Commission may consider
necessary in order to ensure that no credit is allowed for merely
(iv) A candidate who after submitting such Departmental superficial knowledge “Candidates who obtain less than 40%
permission, joins Civil Service Academy or is transferred to another marks in any of the Compulsory subjects and 33% marks in any of
Department, should also obtain the permission of that Department the optional subjects will not be given credit in that subject”.
and submit the same to the Commission as soon as possible.
13. If any candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a
(v) A candidate who has left Government service should deduction will be made on this account from the total marks
submit with his/her application the original as well as a copy of otherwise accruing to him/her. In case of illegible handwriting zero
his/her discharge/service certificate. A candidate who has been marks will be awarded on this account. Marks will be deducted for
dismissed from Government or semi Government Service will not irrelevance.
be eligible for admission to the examination.
14. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact
(vi) Number of Attempts:—A candidate may avail three expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of
chances of the examination if he/she is otherwise eligible. Examination. Answers to questions in excess of the required
Explanation:— number shall not be marked nor taken into account. The marking
will be in order of consecutive answers.
(i) A candidate shall be deemed to have
15. If any candidate writes his/her Roll No. (except in the
attempted at the examination if he/she actually space provided for this purpose on the cover of the answer book)
appears in any one or more papers and even if or writes his/her name or makes any distinguishing mark at any
he/she tendered blank Answer Book/Sheet. place in his/her answer book and/or additional Answer Books,
he/she shall be awarded Zero marks in that paper, besides any other
(ii) A candidate who has received and read the Question punishment which the Commission may decide to award.
Paper will not be allowed to leave his/her seat or
exam hall without marking his/her attendance and 16. Candidates must use blue or black ink only in their
until half the time is over. Answer Book otherwise Zero marks shall be awarded.
(vii) If a candidate who took the Competitive Examination
17. (i) CANDIDATES WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE
2007 wishes to apply for admission to the 2008 he/she must EXAMINATION PROVISIONALLY AT THEIR OWN RISK
submit an application by the prescribed date without waiting for SUBJECT TO THEIR BEING FOUND ELIGIBLE IN ALL
the result of 2007. If subsequently it is not necessary for him/her to RESPECTS. ON DETAILED SCRUTINY OF THE
take the 2008 written examination his/her examination fee will not APPLICATIONS AFTER THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION IS
be refunded. OVER, IF ANY CANDIDATE IS FOUND INELIGIBLE IN ANY
RESPECT UNDER RULES FOR THE EXAMINATION
(viii) No plea that an application form or any document has HIS/HER CANDIDATURE WILL BE CANCELLED
been lost or delayed in the post will be entertained. REGARDLESS OF THE FACT WHETHER HE/SHE HAS
APPEARED IN THE EXAMINATION OR QUALIFIED
(ix) The maximum number of candidates to be admitted to THEREIN.
this examination may, at the discretion of Government, be limited
to such number as Government may decide. If a limit is imposed Note : To avoid frustration, the candidates are advised in
and the number of candidates exceeds that limit, the Commission their own interest to make sure before appearing at
shall select from amongst the applicants those who shall be the examination that they fulfill all the requirements
admitted to the examination, and, in doing so, shall have regard to of the rules, relating to the examination.
(ii) Representation against Rejection:—Representation extra-mural. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general
against rejection of candidature, if so desired, may be submitted interest. The object of the interview is to assess his/her suitability
(with full justification & authentic proof/supporting documents if for the services for which he/she is entered and in framing their
any) to the Commission within thirty (30) days of the issuance of assessment the Board will attach particular importance to the moral
the rejection letter. Representation will be entertained only if and ethical qualities of the candidates, his/her intelligence and
accompanied with a Treasury receipt of Rs. 100/-. The alertness of mind, his/her vigour and strength of character and
Commission will decide the representation after allowing an his/her potential qualities of leadership. The Board will take into
opportunity of personal hearing to the candidates at his/her own consideration his/her extra-mural activities such as sports, debates,
expenses. hobbies, etc., and their effect on his/her physique and character, in
assessing his/her merit.
(iii) Review Petition:—Review petition against rejection of
representation, if so desired, may be submitted to the Commission 21. All candidates are expected to have basic knowledge
within fifteen days of the rejection of representation. Review regarding Islam and Pakistan. Questions will be asked in the
petition will be entertained only if accompanied with a Treasury Interview on these subjects. Persons securing less than pass marks
Receipt of Rs. 100/-. The decision of the Commission on the in these subjects will not be considered for appointment to
review petition shall be final. Government jobs, irrespective of their proficiency in other fields.
However, the Non-Muslim candidates will not be asked any
question regarding Islam.
18. (i) All candidates except disabled must be in good mental
and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to VACANCIES
interfere with the discharge of their duties. The candidates who 22. The approximate number of vacancies in BS-17 to be
(after such medical examination as Government or the appointing filled on the results of this examination will be announced later.
authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) are found not to The Government, however, reserves the right to fill a smaller or
satisfy these requirements, will not be appointed. larger number of vacancies than that announced.
(ii) Disabled candidates in the categories of physically
impaired, hearing/speech impaired (deaf & dumb) and visually APPOINTMENTS
impaired (blind) are allowed to compete for Competitive 23. (i) Subject to the Recruitment policy explained in
Examination against four Occupational Groups/ Services viz: (a) Appendix-III of these Rules, candidates securing the highest places
Commerce & Trade Group (b) Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service on the combined results of the written Examination, Psychological
(c) Information Group & (d) Postal Group in the following assessment and Viva Voce Tests and eligible for appointment will
manners: be appointed upto the number of vacancies available. No candidate
will, however, be considered for appointment to any of the
(1) Disabled candidates viz visually impaired (Blind), Groups/Services for which he/she has been declared “not suitable”
Physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired (Deaf & by the Commission at the time of Viva Voce Test.
Dumb) will be provided helper such as Writer, if so
requested by them in their application forms. (ii) When total marks of more than one candidate are equal,
the one who gets more marks in viva voce is treated as higher in
(2) Extra time viz 15 minutes per hour will be allowed to the
visually impaired (Blind) candidates. Request of merit. If marks in viva voce are also equal, the one who gets more
Computer literate candidates for provision of computer marks in compulsory subjects is treated as higher in merit. If marks
equipment etc. to attempt question papers will be in compulsory subjects are also equal the one who is older in age
entertained. Examination for such candidates will be held is treated as higher in merit.
at Islamabad only. However, no TA/DA etc. will be
admissible. 24. (i) Success in the examination confers no right to
appointment. Appointments will be made only after the
Note : Disabled candidates must submit a certificate of disability
Government is satisfied, after such enquiry as may be necessary,
issued by the competent authority designated for the
purpose by the Federal/Provincial Government. that the candidate is suitable in all respects for appointment to the
Public Service and subject to the availability of vacancies.
(iii) Candidates who qualify in the written examination will
be medically examined by the Medical Boards constituted for the (ii) “CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR
purpose. If any candidate remains absent twice in his/her Medical THOSE GROUPS/SERVICES ONLY WHICH THEY INDICATE
examination, his/her candidature will automatically stand rejected IN THE APPLICATION FORM. NO CANDIDATE WILL BE
and no appeal in this regard will be entertained. However, his/her
CONSIDERED FOR THE GROUPS/SERVICES WHICH
chance will be considered as consumed.
HE/SHE WILL NOT MENTION IN THE FORM. CANDIDATES
(iv) In order to prevent disappointment, candidates are WILL HOWEVER, BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO REVISE THEIR
advised to have themselves examined by a Government Medical CHOICE OF OCCUPATIONAL GROUPS AT THE TIME OF
Officer of the standing of a Civil Surgeon before applying for THE VIVA VOCE TEST. PREFERENCES SO REVISED AT THE
admission to the examination. Particulars of the nature of the TIME OF VIVA-VOCE TEST SHALL BE TREATED AS FINAL
medical test to which candidates will be subjected before AND NO SUBSEQUENT CHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED
appointment and of the standards required are attached with the
Rules as Annex “B”. UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE CANDIDATES MAY
OPT FOR A GROUP/SERVICE IRRESPECTIVE OF THE FACT
Psychological Test WHETHER THERE IS A VACANCY THEREIN OR NOT”.
19. All candidates called for Viva Voce will be required to 25. The Commission reserves the right to change the
undergo Psychological Test, comprising written tests and group
schedule of the examination as well as to cancel any paper/papers
tasks. Such tests are designed to assess abilities, attitude and
personality characteristics of the candidates with special regard to or the entire Competitive Examination without assigning any
their aptitude for the Civil Services. Separate marks are not reason.
awarded for the Psychological assessment. However, 300 marks
assigned to Viva Voce also reflect the performance on 26. The Government reserves the right to allocate a candidate
Psychological Test. Candidates must bring their National Identity against any Group/Service irrespective of his/her preferences, in
Cards and two copies of recent photographs when summoned for the public interest. No appeal against the decision of the
Psychological test, and Viva Voce. If a candidate remains absent in Government will be entertained.
the Psychological Test, he/she will not be allowed to appear for
Viva Voce 300 Marks Note.—This issues with the approval of the Government.
20.Viva Voce:—Each candidate who qualifies the written
part of the exam. will be interviewed by a Board who will have BASHIR AHMAD CHAUHAN,
before them a record of his/her career, both academic and Secretary.
PROCEDURE OF COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION (CSS), 2008
SUBJECTS FOR WRITTEN EXAMINATION (1200 MARKS)
1. (i) The examination will include the following subjects and each subject will carry the marks shown against it.
(ii) There will be two papers of 100 marks each of the subjects which carry 200 marks. In other subjects there will be one paper. Each
paper will be of 3 hours duration.
(iii) The candidates should expect some objective type questions (MCQ’s) in compulsory and optional papers.
(iv) The Question Papers in Urdu or other Pakistani regional languages (Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushto and Balochi), Persian and Arabic
should be answered in the respective languages or in Urdu/English unless otherwise directed in the question paper. The question
paper in Islamiat is to be answered in English or Urdu only. All other papers must be answered in English unless otherwise directed
in the Question Paper. Contravention of this instruction will result in the cancellation of the papers and award of ZERO marks in the
(v) A Guideline of the syllabus of the subjects is given in Annex “A” to the Rules.
(vi) The Non-Muslim candidates have the option either to take Islamiat as one of the compulsory subject or otherwise Pakistan Affairs
(G.K. Paper-III) will be treated of 200 marks in their case and half of the total marks obtained by them in the paper on Pakistan Affairs
(G.K. Paper-III) will be counted in lieu of Islamiat.
(vii) A candidate who does not appear in any compulsory paper will not be allowed to appear in the remaining papers of the Examination.
COMPULSORY SUBJECTS (600 MARKS)
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