CSS Subjects | Optional Subjects CSS 2024 | Compulsory & Optional subjects CSS 2023-4

CSS Exam is held each year for the selection of graded officers. These officers run cabinet members and play key role as back bone of country. Only talented and enthusiastic candidates qualify for the CSS test.

Every year, in month of February, The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) announces CSS exam date for MPT and written test through newspaper and awaited aspirants start their preparation at their level best.

Here the compulsory and optional subjects are mentioned for CSS Exam 2024 to make it easy the selection of subjects for candidates.

Compulsory Subjects 2024:

Below subjects are compulsory for the students to qualify in CSS exam. If any of these subjects is failed in CSS test, candidate can’t appear in further subjects test. All candidates must prepare these in multiple choice category as well as long descriptive form.

Compulsory Subjects for CSS exam (600 marks)

  1. Essays 100
  2. English (précis & composition)   100

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  • Three general knowledge papers
  • Paper-I General Science & Ability  100

(MCQs 20 marks & Subjective 100)

  • Paper-II Current affairs 100
  • Paper-III Pakistan Affairs 100
  • Islamic Studies/ Comparative study of major religions (for non-Muslims) 100

Candidate must get 120 marks to pass 3 general knowledge papers out of total marks 300.

All multiple choice questions are attempted on computerized OMR answer sheets while subjective description is written on Answer book.

Optional Subjects for CSS exam:

Optional subjects must be related to the minimal requirement of honor’s degree from a Pakistan university. Candidates must choose an optional subject of 600 points from groups given below.

Only one subject can be opted from each group.


Accountancy & Auditing 200

Economics 200

Computer Science 200

Political Science 200

International Relations 200


Physics 200

Chemistry 200

Applied Mathematics 100

Pure Mathematics 100

Statistics 100

Geology 100


Business administration 1oo

Public administration 100

Governance & public policies 100

Town planning and urban management 100


History of Pakistan & India 100

Islamic history & culture 100

British history 100

European history 100

History of USA 100


Gender studies 100

Environmental science 100

Agriculture and forestry 100

Botany 100

Zoology 100

English literature 100

Urdu literature 100


Law 100

Constitutional law 100

International law 100

Muslim law & jurisprudence 100

Mercantile law 100

Criminology 100

Philosophy 100


Journalism and Mass communication 100

Psychology 100

Geography 100

Sociology 100

Anthropology 100

Punjabi 100

Sindhi 100

Pashto 100

Balochi 100

Persian 100

Arabic 100

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