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What is the CSS Screening Test and Their Syllabus

The screening test for the Central Superior Services of Pakistan that is known as CSS is intended to screen the best out of the best candidates which are competent, intelligent, academically sound and knowledgeable individuals so that they can be the part of the civil service in the federal department of the state.

The main purpose of the screening test is to screen the candidates which are processed for the CSS written test. The candidates who pass the screening test is only considered to be eligible in getting appear in the CSS written examination which is followed by the interview. The screening test is designed to test the competency and the skills and knowledge of the candidate to judge that whether they are eligible for the CSS written test or not. The screening test is of 3 hours in which there are multiple choice questions only and the total marks of the examination are 200 marks.

CSS Screening Test and Their Syllabus

The contents and the syllabus of the screening test is based on English, General Abilities, General Knowledge is regarding Everyday science, current affairs and Pakistan affairs and the last section comprise of Islamiyat. According to the rules of the CSS competitive examination is that the candidate who qualifies and gets over the line in the competitive examination he/she is only allowed to get into the written examination of the CSS in Pakistan. The candidates who are unable to pass the competitive examination which is also known as the Screening test; their one chance of appearing in to the CSS examination will be lost.


Total Marks: 200

Total Time: 03:00 hrs

Part‐I: English (weightage = 20%)

Vocabulary, Grammar usage, Comprehension

Part‐II: General Abilities (weightage = 20%)

a) Basic Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry, (SSC Level)

b) Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability

c) General Mental Ability


Part‐III: General Knowledge (weightage 15×3 = 45%)

a) Everyday Science (15%)

b) Current Affairs (15%)

c) Pakistan Affairs (15%)

Part‐IV: Islamiyat (weightage = 15%)


  • The detailed syllabi of topics (part I, III & IV) are the same as for Compulsory subjects. The comprehensive details of the screening test syllabus and contents are available on the following link;
  • The non Muslim candidate which will be appearing may not attempt part‐IV Islamiyat, their Marks in Pakistan Affairs part‐III(c) shall be counted in lieu of Islamiyat i.e. their marks in Pakistan Affairs shall be doubled.

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