CSS syllabus and course books list 2020- 2021 pdf download

Here is the complete guide about CSS Syllabus and subject selection. I have explained the course books and subjects of CSS in the 2020 - 2021 CSS exams. I will tell you the best subjects for CSS and the subjects of the toppers of CSS. CSS syllabus and recommended books are given and the links to download the books here.

CSS Syllabus and course books pdf download

CSS syllabus and course subjects list 2020 - 2021

Now here I am going to explain the complete syllabus and subjects and subjects combinations for CSS 2020 and later on. The CSS Syllabus, the procedure, and all subjects selection procedure, books, and subject combinations are explained in detail here.

CSS Syllabus, books, subject combinations 2020-2021

First of all, let me give you a brief introduction to CSS. 

What is CSS?

CSS stands for Central Superior Services. It is a competitive exam for the selection of best individuals for the democratic and managerial posts in the Govt Departments in Pakistan. This exam is taken to find out and select the best individuals to run Govt secretariats and offices of Cabinet of Pakistan.

The candidates who pass this exam are employed in Grade 17 to Grade 18 posts. To get complete information like eligibility, fields, scope, salary, passing marks, the procedure to apply etc, you should read my other post on Complete guide and information about CSS 2020 - 2021.

CSS Syllabus 2020 - 2021

The CSS Syllabus is divided into two main sections: the compulsory subjects, and the Optional Subjects

1. CSS compulsory subjects (600 marks)

There are six compulsory subjects in CSS. These subjects are to be taken by every candidate who wants to appear in CSS Exam. These subjects are mandatory and the candidates have to take paper for every subject. The compulsory subjects for CSS are given below:
  1. English Essay =  100 marks
  2. English Precise and Composition = 100 marks
  3. General Science and Ability = 100 marks
  4. Current Affairs = 100 marks
  5. Pakistan Affairs = 100 marks
  6. Islamic Studies (for Muslim candidates)
OR

      6. Comparative Study of major religions = 100 marks

2. CSS Optional Subjects 2020 - 2021 (600 marks)

There are a total of 45 optional subjects divided in 7 groups.  The candidates have to choose one subject from every group. In this way, every candidate will have six optional subjects. From group 1 and group 2, the subjects for 200 marks each are selected. From group 3 to group 7, 100 marks one subject from each group is taken.

The seven groups of optional subjects for CSS are as follows:

Group 1 (select one subject of 200 marks)

  • Accountancy and auditing = 200 marks
  • Economics = 200 marks
  • Computer science = 200 marks
  • Political Science = 200 marks
  • International relations = 200 marks
Note: Every candidate will select one subject from this group. So, from this group, one has to choose only one subject of 200 marks.

Group 2 (select one subject of 200 marks or 2 Subjects of 100 marks each)

  • Physics = 200 marks
  • Chemistry = 200 marks
  • Applied mathematics = 100 marks
  • Pure mathematics = 100 marks
  • Statistics = 100 marks
  • Geology = 100 marks
Note: Every candidate will select one or two subjects from this group. You can either select one subject of 200 marks or two subjects for 100 marks each.

Group 3 (select one subject of 100 marks)

  • Business administration
  • Public Administration
  • Governance and Public Policies
  • Town planning and urban management
Note: Every candidate will select one subject from this group. 

Group 4 (select one subject of 100 marks)

  • History of Pakistan and India = 100 marks
  • Islamic History and Culture = 100 marks
  • British History = 100 marks
  • European History = 100 marks
  • History of Unites States of America = 100 marks
Note: Every candidate will select one subject from this group. 

Group 5 (select one subject of 100 marks)

  • Gender Studies = 100 marks
  • Environmental Sciences = 100 marks
  • Agriculture and Forestry = 100 marks
  • Botany = 100 marks
  • Zoology = 100 marks
  • English Literature = 100 marks
  • Urdu Literature = 100 marks
Note: Every candidate will select one subject from this group.

Group 6 (select one subject of 100 marks)

  • Law = 100 marks
  • Constitutional Las = 100 marks
  • International Law = 100 marks
  • Muslim Law and Jurisprudence = 100 marks
  • Mercantile Law = 100 marks
  • Criminology = 100 marks
  • Philosophy = 100 marks

Group 7 (select one subject of 100 marks)

  • Journalism and mass communication = 100 marks
  • Psychology = 100 marks
  • Geography = 100 marks
  • Sociology = 100 marks
  • Anthropology = 100 marks
  • Punjabi = 100 marks
  • Sindhi = 100 marks
  • Pushto = 100 marks
  • Balochi = 100 marks
  • Persian = 100 marks
  • Arabic = 100 marks

Instructions regarding the selection of subjects for CSS

  • Every candidate have to take all six compulsory subjects for 600 marks
  • Every candidate will have to select 600 marks subjects from optional subjects
  • Every subject with 200 marks will have two papers have 100 marks each
  • The subjects with 100 marks will have only one paper of 100 marks
  • The students can choose any subjects from the optional subjects but according to the rules for each group

Subjects selection procedure and guide

There is no doubt and ambiguity about compulsory subjects. You have to take all the six compulsory subjects. So, how will you select the optional subjects? Here is the procedure and guide about how you will select your optional subjects.

Selecting optional subjects for CSS

For example, you take a subject of 200 marks from group 1, then you will choose 4 subjects of 100 marks each from other groups but a maximum of 2 from group 2 and maximum 1 from group 3 - 7. So, let's suppose you take one subject of 200 marks from group 2, then you will choose two subjects of 100 marks each from the remaining groups (max 1 subject from each group)

For example, if you do not take any subject from group 1, and you choose two subjects of 100 marks each from group 2, then you have to choose 4 subjects of 100 marks each from group 3-7

Similarly, if you choose a subject of 200 marks from group 1, then choose 2 subjects of 100 marks each from group 2, then you have to choose four subjects of 100 marks each from group 3-7 

So, I hope you can understand how you will choose your subjects for CSS.

Total Marks for CSS are 1200.

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