Subjects for written examination
(1200 Marks)

(i) The examination will include the following subjects and each subject will carry the marks shown against it:

(ii) There will be two papers of 100 marks each of the subjects which carry 200 marks. In other subjects there will be one paper. Each paper will be of 3 hours duration. Some papers may carry objective type question(s).

(iii) The Question Papers in Urdu or other Pakistani regional languages (Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushto and Balochi), Persian and Arabic should be answered in the respective languages or in Urdu/English unless otherwise directed in the question paper. The question paper in Islamiat is to be answered in English or Urdu only. All other papers must be answered in English unless otherwise directed in the Question Paper. Contravention of this instruction will result in the cancellation of the papers and award of ZERO marks in the paper(s) concerned.

(iv) A Guideline of the syllabus of the subjects is given in Annexure A to the Rules.


Compulsory Subjects (600 Marks) 

Subjects Marks
General Knowledge

Everyday Science

Current Affairs

Pakistan Affairs

(v) The Non-Muslim candidates have the option either to take lslamiat as one of the compulsory subject or otherwise Pakistan Affairs (G.K. Paper-III) will be treated of 200 marks in their case and half of the total marks obtained by them in the paper on Pakistan Affairs (G.K. Paper III) will be counted in lieu of Islamiat.

(vi) A candidate who does not appear in any compulsory paper will not be allowed to appear in the remaining papers of the Examination.


Optional Subjects (600 Marks)

(vii) The minimum standard of optional subjects will be that of an Honour Degree of a University in Pakistan.

Subjects Marks
Accountancy & Auditing 200
Economics 200
Business Administration 100
Public Administration 100
Political Science 200
Agriculture 100
Forestry 100
Sociology 100
Journalism 100
20 Pure Mathematics 200
Applied Mathematics 200
Computer Science 100
Statistics 200
Physics 200
Geology 200
Geography 200
Chemistry 200
Botany 200
Zoology 200
Islamic History & Culture 200
Indo-Pak History 200
British History 200
European History 200
History of the USA 100
Law 200
Constitutional Law 100
Mercantile Law 100
Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100
International Law 100
International Relations 100
Philosophy 200
Psychology 200
Sindhi 100
Pushto 100
Punjabi 100
Balochi 100
English Literature 200
Urdu 200
Persian 200
Arabic 200

Prohibited Combinations of Subjects:

(a) Subject(s) carrying not more than 200 marks (Code No. 11-14) can be opted.

Note: Business Administration can not be opted in combination with Public Administration.

(b) Subject(s) carrying not more than 200 marks Code No. 15-19) can be opted.

(c) Subject(s) carrying not more than 200 marks (Code No. 20-23) can be opted.

(d) Science subject(s) carrying not more than 200 marks (Code No. 24-29) can be opted.

(e) History subject(s) carrying not more than 200 marks Code No. 30-34) can he opted.

(f) Law subject(s) carrying not more than 200 marks (Code No. 35 40) can be opted.

Note: International Law can not be opted in combination with International Relations.

(g) Philosophy/Psychology subject(s) carrying not more than 200 marks (Code No. 41-42) can be opted.

(h) Regional languages not more than one of the 04 subjects (Code No. 43-46) can be opted.

(i) National/Foreign/Classical languages not more than one of 04 subjects (Code No. 47-50) can be opted

Note: Urdu can not he opted in combination with regional languages (Code No. 43-46)

(k) The candidates must select from the above list optional subjects carrying a total of 600 marks only.

2. (i) The commission with poor approval of the Government may fix qualifying marks in any or all al the subjects of the examination candidate who fails to secure at least 40% marks 0 any compulsory subject, 50% marks in the Aggregate or 100 marks at the Viva Voce Test, will be considered to have failed and will not be eligible for appointment.

(ii) Candidates qualifying the written examination will be called for Medical. Psychological Tests and Viva Voce.

3. From the marks assigned to candidates in each subject, such deductions will be made as the Commission may consider necessary in order to ensure that no credit is allowed for merely superficial knowledge "Candidates who obtain less than 40% marks in any of the Compulsory subjects and 33% marks in any of the optional subjects will not be given credit in that subject”.

4. If any candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him/her. In case of illegible handwriting zero mark will be awarded on this account. Marks will be deducted for irrelevance.

5. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of Examination. Answers to questions in excess of the required number shall not be marked nor taken into account. The marking will be in order of consecutive answers.

6. If any candidate writes his/her Roll No. (except in the space provided for this purpose on the cover of the answer book) or writes his/her name or makes any distinguishing mark at any place in his/her answer book and/or additional Answer Books, be/she shall be awarded Zero mark in that paper, besides any other punishment which the Commission may decide to award.

7. Candidates must use blue or black ink only in their Answer Book otherwise Zero mark shall be awarded.

8. CANDIDATES WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE EXAMINATION PROVISIONALLY AT THEIR OWN RISK SUBJECT TO THEIR BEING FOUND ELIGIBLE IN ALL RESPECTS. On detailed scrutiny of the applications after the written examination is over, if any candidate is found ineligible in any respect under rules for the examination his/her candidature will be cancelled regardless of the fact whether he/she has appeared in the examination or qualified therein.

Note. To avoid frustration, the candidates are advised in their own interest to make sure before appearing at the examination that they fulfill all the requirements of the rules, relating to the examination.


9. (i) A candidate must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interface with the discharge of his/her duties. A candidate who (after such medical examination as Government or the appointing authority, as the case may be. may prescribe) is found not to satisfy these requirements, will not be appointed.

(ii) Candidates who qualify in the written examination will be medically examined by the Medical Boards constituted for the purpose. If any candidate remains absent twice in his/her Medical examination, his/her candidature will automatically stand rejected and no appeal in this regard will be entertained.

(iii) In order to prevent disappointment, candidates are advised to have themselves examined by a Government Medical Officer of the standing of a Civil Surgeon before applying for admission to the examination. Particulars of the nature of the medical test to which candidates will be subjected before appointment and of the standards required are attached with the Rules as Annexure “B” .


10. (i) Psychological Test.—The candidates called for Viva Voce will be required to undergo Psychological Test, comprising paper and pen cil test and group tasks. Such tests are designed to assess abilities, attitude and personality characteristics of the candidates with special regard to their aptitude for the Civil Services. Separate marks are not awarded for the Psychological assessment. However; 300 marks assigned to Viva Voce also reflect the performance on Psychological tests. Candidates must bring their National Identity Cards and two copies of recent photographs when summoned for Psychological test, and Viva Voce.

(ii) The candidates who have already been allocated to Groups/Services on the basis of a previous Competitive Examination, will not he required to take the psychological test afresh in case they qualify the written portion of the Competitive Examination.

Viva Voce 300 Marks

11. Viva Voce: Each candidate who qualifies the written part of the exam. will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career, both academic and extra-mural. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess his/her suitability for the services for which he/she is entered and in framing their assessment the Board will attach particular importance to the moral and ethical qualities of the candidates, his/her intelligence and alertness of mind, his/her vigour and strength of character and his/her potential qualities of leadership. The Board will take into consideration his/her extra mural activities such as sports, debates, hobbies. etc., and their effect on his/her physique and character, in assessing his/her merit.

12. All candidates are expected to have basic knowledge regarding Islam and Pakistan . Questions will be asked in the Interview on these subjects. Persons securing less than pass marks in these subjects will not be considered for appointment to Government jobs. irrespective of their proficiency in other fields. However. the Non-Muslim candidates will not be asked any question regarding Islam.

This issues with the approval of the Government.