Css Preparation

CSS Exam Preparation – Guidelines and Recommended Books

Css prepration is the dream of every competent student but to accomplish this, a candidate must follow certain things. CSS is the abbreviation of Central Superior Services. this exam is conducted every year in the month of February.  Federal Public Service Commission conducts (FPSC) css exam to appoint in BPS-17 (Basic Pay scale) under Federal Government of Pakistan. CSS is a dream of every hard working and dedicated student so as to serve the homeland. Every year around 20,000 candidates apply for CSS exam but only 8-10,000 candidates appear in the css examination in order to save their attempts. While only 2-3% of the total candidates manage to qualify the written part. So, if you are willing to appear in this toughest exam of Pakistan, you need to keep in mind some key points in order to sail through it.                                                                                               
Each of the year, people qualify this exam from different educational and financial background. CSS is very different from an average academic examination. there are numerous factors which leads to disqualification however there are few key points that can give you an edge over the others in this competitive exam.                                            

CSS Exam Preparation – Tips and Guidelines

  1. you have to compete with the thousands of candidates.
  2. you have to be relevant, precise, and extensive in your study.
  3. to avoid failure, you need to prepare in right direction.
  4. Right direction means to consult limited but relevant and consolidated material like books and notes.
  5. this exam is conducted to asses your aptitude, excellence, way of deliverance and the conciseness.
  6. most important thing is, bookish material is not required in this exam, rather creative writing, and the power of transforming ideas into possible outcomes is desired in css exam.
  7. you must know what to study and how to study.

CSS Exam Written part : Guidelines

Written Exam:
The written examination of CSS consists of total 1200 marks. The total of 1200 marks is divided into two equal parts which are optionals and compulsories. Compulsory subjects possess 600 marks and the same in the case of optional subjects.The written part of this exam consists of 12 papers, each of 100 marksSix papers are compulsory and remaining six papers are to be selected from the list of Optional Papers. A broad range of the optional subjects are given in the form of various groups of subjects to be selected by the candidate. Each question paper consists of ‘descriptive questions’ as well as MCQs(Multiple choice questions). MCQs are required to be answered and attempted on a separate Answer-sheet which will be given before the descriptive paper. 20 mcqs are asked in the objective part and 80% marks are allocated to descriptive part. Descriptive question are to be attempted on the Answer-book. Only blue and black ink is allowed for writing the papers. The passing-marks and the passing criteria for each compulsory subject is 40% which means a candidate is bounded to gain atleast 40 marks in the compuslory subject to pass it  and for each optional is at least 33%(33 marks should be taken by the candidate to go trough it).

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS:

There are six compulsory subjects which are mentioned below:                      

  1. English Essay Paper
  2. English precis and composition paper
  3. Islamic Studies
  4. Pakistan Affairs
  5. Current Affairs
  6. General Science and Ability.

EACH SUBJECT CARRIES EQUAL MARKS (100).

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS:

A range of subjects is provided by Federal Public Service Commission to be opted by the aspirants of their interest and academic background. 
When an aspirant selects the subject of his / her interest, it becomes easier for him or her to focus on it. Preparing for CSS Exam demands a lot of energy, dedication and time that’s why selecting correct optional subjects play a very crucial role. Furthermore, there is myth that some of the subjects are high scoring while some subjects are not, but this is not true as the score depends on ones study and the deliverance.

PREPARATION OF CSS COMPULSORY SUBJECTS:

ENGLISH ESSAY PAPER:

In english essay paper, a candidate is asked to write a comprehensive esay of 2500-3500 words on one out of 8-10 topics given by FPSC. This paper is considered as the backbone of the css exam because most of the candidates are disqualified due to lack of understanding to the topics and language.

Essay paper is designed in a way that the writing skills, way of expression, grammar, ideas and creativity can be assessed. what candidates consider essay is the combination of paragraphs but this is not so. Along with the combination of paragraphs, relevance and coherence are requisite. The structure of essay is of great importance and needs to be learnt intensely. You must know the way of presenting your ideas in the shape of paragraphs. Each paragraph contains a topic sentence, body and concluding sentence.

Apart from the structure of the essay, one must know to write literary essays. For this purpose, reading novels, and news papers. In addition to this, consultation to the past papers to find out what kind of essays are asked in english essay paper in order to go through this paper effectively.

CURRENT AFFAIRS:

In this paper of css exam, 20 mcqs are asked from the candidate in objective type paper. while 80 marks are allocated for the subjective paper.

A candidate needs to attempt 4 questions of marks for each, out of the 7-8 questions. The questions are related to the current international scenario, issues and developments. It also includes national / domestic issues like education, good/bad governance, energy crisi, terrorism, extremism etc.

To gather data and make notes regarding these topics, you can consult Dawn news paper, World times magazine, the economist and other international think tanks pertaining to international relations.

PAKISTAN AFFAIRS:

  • RECOMMENDED BOOKS:
    PAKISTAN AFFAIRS BY IKRAM RABBANI (FOR PRE PARTITION PART ONLY)
  • TREK TO PAKISTAN

In this subject, 20 mcqs are asked from the candidate in objective type paper. while 80 marks are allocated for the subjective paper.

A candidate needs to attempt 4 questions of marks for each, out of the 7-8 questions. The questions are related to the current international scenario, issues and developments. It also includes national / domestic issues like education, good/bad governance, local government issues, relations with the neighboring states, energy crisis, terrorism, extremism etc.

To gather data and make notes regarding these topics, you can consult Dawn news paper, World times magazine, the economist and other international think tanks pertaining to international relations.

GENERAL SCIENCE AND ABILITY:

this paper is considered as one of the easiest papers in css exam preparation but this is not so. you need to cover each and every aspect of the syllabus given by FPSC regarding this subject. keep special focus on general ability portion as many of the candidates disqualify this part of this paper which results in low score or failure.

This paper is divided into three parts:

  1. 20 objective type questions
  2. 40 marks subjective type questions for General Science
  3. 40 marks subjective type questions for General Ability portion                       The syllabus contains the topics and stuff which we have already studied in higher and secondary school ( Chemistry, physics, science etc) so it is not much difficult to cover this syllabus but it requires a focused study.

ISLAMIC STUDIES:

How to Start Your CSS Preparation For 2020 Exam ?

It is no surprise why more and more candidates appear each year to test their luck with the CSS Exams, given the employment conditions of our Country in the Private sector. Today people from all fields of educational backgrounds are involved with taking the CSS exams. The Doctors, engineers, architects, Management students, Social scientists, journalists etc., interested in CSS , they all try to start their preparations at one point or another, but the million dollar question is : How should one start his/her preparation?

*The wait is over, I’ve broken down the procedure into fine steps for interested aspirants. This is how you should start your CSS Preparations:

Step 1: Understand the Eligibility Criteria:

It is imperative before you begin preparing your quest for CSS examination, understand thoroughly the terms and conditions and the eligibility criteria for CSS Exams. It makes sense, because you wouldn’t like your candidature to be rejected after you have prepared for the Exams would you? So, check earliest if you are eligible for appearing in the next CSS EXAMS.

Step 2: Know yourself, Know your Aptitude:

The second and one of the most imperative step is to get to know your strengths, weaknesses and competitive advantages(if any) before hand.

This allows you to understand your Aptitude. And it is your aptitude/inclination towards particular sciences which make you good at a subject. For example: Candidates good at Humanities subjects like Social science, Anthropology, Political science etc. should Opt for subjects that involve answers with Subjective opinions.

Similarly, those who have an aptitude for History may Opt subjects like Indo-pak history, US-History etc. So, get to know yourself better, before starting preparations.

Step 3: Ask Questions and Clear off all misunderstandings:

Thirdly, you should jot down on a paper all your queries, issues, problems, confusions and misconceptions regarding the CSS Exams and their preparations. Then ask all such questions until you are satisfied with reasonably accurate answers.

Step 4: Subject Selection:

Now don’t act smart-pants and select the subjects unwisely, just because you Like a subject doesn’t make it a good subject selection choice. In CSS Exams, subject selection holds a position of key significance, because it is the Six optional subjects which make or break most of the Candidates each year.

So, Select the subjects after due consultation, guidance and approvals from experienced CSS Veterans and Professionals.

Step 5: Guidance from Seniors:

This is also a very helpful and confidence boosting step. As the seniors are the best people to take help and guidance from because they have gone through it themselves and knew about the CSS exams at one point or another.
They could gie you some of the most beneficial tips and useful pieces of advice which could certainly help you in your CSS Exam preparations.

Step 6: Preparation Plan and Strategy:

Once all is said and done in the initial Pre-Preparation phase, the next most important Step is to develop an effective Preparation(study) Plan, Strategize your Plan, Break it down into Daily Targets, Set weekly goals and devise a CSS Prep-Schedule. Sounds tough? Well, it is. Because it takes effort and commitment. Always Remember, if it was easy everybody would do it!

Step 7: Life Style Management:

Simply having a Study Plan and a Preparation Strategy without any discipline, hard work and motivation is like having Library with No books. What i mean is, that it is a worthless effort if not done properly. All those CSP Officers who took good positions had sacrificed their luxuries to discipline their Study routines. Lifestyle of CSS Aspirant must be different and more productive than an ordinary person.

Final Step 8: Take Action!

Only sitting on your bum day dreaming and planning wouldn’t get you anywhere. If you are seriously committed to clear the CSS Exams at the best of your ability, then GET UP, and DO SOMETHING! Act Now.

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