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Guidelines for Students Planning to Appear in CSS

Planning For CSS?

(Guidelines for Students planning to appear in CSS after completion of their graduation)

Things to Focus During Graduation

Great goals are achieved with great focus and consistent efforts. CSS is a competitive exam and in order to secure top positions, you need to plan your attempt. The sooner you start planning, the better it is. Graduation period is very crucial in this regard. Those students who aspire to join the most prestigious service in Pakistan usually keep this goal in sight when they are at graduation stage and seek admission to University.

Best Strategy for CSS

Best strategy at this stage is to keep your long-term goal of CSS in mind when you select subjects for your graduation course. You should prefer those subjects that would in some way help you in your CSS attempt once you are done with graduation.

Strong Educational Base

Apart from subject selection, focusing on CSS during graduation demands that you obtain a strong educational base as it is a key factor for success in CSS. If you possess a good degree from any prestigious institution, it would help you not only in future job prospects but would also contribute a lot in your preparation for CSS.

Good Academic Habits

During your graduation, you need to work on developing good academic habits that prove crucial at preparatory stage of CSS. You should inculcate a habit of reading good textbooks. Especially select those books that are part of a successful series, for these books have established their worth and esteem in academia.

Regular by Study Newspaper

A regular study of newspaper is indispensable for CSS as it prepares a strong general knowledge base that serves as a foundation on which you develop you preparation for CSS.

Current Affairs Magazines

In addition to newspapers, you should regularly peruse a couple of good current affairs magazines like HSM CSS Times E-Magazine, Jahangir’s World Times, Newsweek, Tribune, etc.

News Channels

You should prefer watching BBC or CNN for world news rather than Urdu news channels for obtaining a better vocabulary of current issues.

Building an Effective Vocabulary

Having a strong vocabulary is an essential prerequisite of success in CSS. There are different techniques for improvement of vocabulary. One, of course, is studying good newspapers, periodicals as well as watching foreign news channels. Another effective way is writing a daily diary. It helps you make a habit of using in your scripts the words you study.

Optional Subjects to focus in CSS

First of all you need to see which optional subjects you intend to focus in CSS. It would be too early to make any sort of list but you should at least keep that in mind that these would be your options for CSS. For that you need to peruse the list of optional subjects.

This list obviously doesn’t apply on professional degree students.

  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • History of Pakistan & India
  • British History
  • Islamic History & Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology
  • Public Administration
  • International Law
  • Muslim Law & Jurisprudence
  • Constitutional Law; and Law Subjects

Best Optional Subjects for Doctors / Medical Students

  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Zoology
  • Sociology
  • Indo-Pak / British History
  • Regional Languages (Sindhi, Pushto, Punjabi, Balochi)

Best Optional Subjects for Engineers

  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Sociology
  • History of Pakistan and India / British History
  • Regional Languages (Sindhi, Pushto, Punjabi, Balochi)

Best Optional Subjects for Lawyers

  • International Law
  • Mercantile Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Political Science
  • Criminology
  • Law Subjects
  • Muslim Law & Jurisprudence
  • History of Pakistan and India / British History
  • Geography
  • Regional Languages (Sindhi, Pushto, Punjabi, Balochi)

Best Optional Subjects for Business Graduates

  • Business Administration
  • Mercantile Law
  • Accounting & Auditing
  • Statistics
  • Geography
  • Regional Languages (Sindhi, Pushto, Punjabi, Balochi)


This list comprises graduation courses that would help you in preparation for optional subjects once you complete your graduation and start preparing for CSS.

  • Mass Communication
  • Political Science
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Social Work / Science
  • Geographical Sciences
  • Public Administration / Governance & Public Policies (MPA & MBA-HRM)
  • Business Administration studies (BBA & MBA)
  • Law (LLB)

Best Courses for General Knowledge

There are certain courses that are helpful in improving your general knowledge. Courses like History, Political Science, Geographical Sciences, International Relations are such courses which help build a strong knowledge base for candidates.

Best Guide Book For CSS Preparation

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Shahzad F. Malik

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