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CSS Subjects List | Compulsory & Optional Subjects

A candidate has to give 12 papers in the written part of the Central Superior Services (CSS) Exam. Each paper is of 100 marks. Out of these 12 papers, 6 papers are compulsory subjects; while the other 6 are optional subjects. A candidate has to choose six optional subjects for a total of 600 marks. Following are the CSS Subjects Lists for both compulsory and optional subjects.

CSS Compulsory Subjects List

Subjects Marks
English Essay 100
English (Precis & Composition) 100
General Knowledge Paper-I (General Science & Ability) 100
General Knowledge Paper-II (Current Affairs) 100
General Knowledge Paper-III (Pakistan Affairs) 100
Islamic Studies or Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non-Muslims) 100
Total Marks for Compulsory Subjects: 600

CSS Optional Subjects Lists

FPSC has arranged the choices for the optional subjects in 07 groups. A candidate has to choose only 1 subject from one group. Moreover, he doesn’t necessarily choose a subject from all the groups. He just has to make a total of 600 marks from his choice of optional subjects.

Following are the lists of CSS optional subjects arranged in groups as officially given by FPSC.


Subjects Marks
Accountancy & Auditing 200
Economics 200
Computer Science 200
Political Science 200
International Relations 200
Each subject in Group-I has two papers of 100 marks i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II


Subjects Marks
Physics 200
Chemistry 200
Applied Mathematics 100
Pure Mathematics 100
Statistics 100
Geology 100


Subjects Marks
Business Administration 100
Public Administration 100
Governance & Public Policies 100
Town Planning & Urban Management 100


Subjects Marks
History of Pakistan & India 100
Islamic History & Culture 100
British History 100
European History 100
History of USA 100


Subjects Marks
Gender Studies 100
Environmental Sciences 100
Agriculture & Forestry 100
Botany 100
Zoology 100
English Literature 100
Urdu Literature 100


Subjects Marks
Law 100
Constitutional Law 100
International Law 100
Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100
Mercantile Law 100
Criminology 100
Philosophy 100


Subjects Marks
Journalism & Mass Communication 100
Psychology 100
Geography 100
Sociology 100
Anthropology 100
Punjabi 100
Sindhi 100
Pushto 100
Balochi 100
Persian 100
Arabic 100

Subjects with 200 marks are basically of two papers; Paper I & II that are taken separately.

A candidate has to obtain 40 percent marks in the compulsory subjects individually, and 33 percent marks in each optional subject to clear the CSS written exam. Moreover, he has to obtain 600 marks in aggregate out of 1200 marks.


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