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Federal Public Service Commission Rules For Competitive Examination (CSS)

 


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Overview

“In pursuance of Section 7.A read with section 10 of the FPSC Ordinance, 1977, Chairman FPSC with the approval of the Federal Government has made, in supersession of Competitive Examination Rules, 2007, the following rules for regulating the conduct of the Competitive Examination, 2008”

No. F. 2/1/2005-CSS-III.— The Competitive Examination, 2008 will be held by the Federal Public Service Commission, in the month of March, 2008 for recruitment to posts in BS-17 for the following Groups/Services under the Federal Government:

  1. Commerce & Trade Group
  2. Customs & Excise Group
  3. District Management Group
  4. Foreign Service of Pakistan
  5. Income Tax Group
  6. Information Group
  7. Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service
  8. Police Service of Pakistan
  9. Postal Group
  10. Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group
  1. Places of the Examination.—The examination will be held simultaneously at Islamabad, Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Peshawar, Abbottabad, D.I.Khan and Quetta.
  2. The Commission reserves the right to finally decide the place where the candidates would be examined or interviewed.
  3. The Competitive Examination comprises the following :
    • Written Examination,
    • Medical Test,
    • Psychological Test; and
    • Viva Voce

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Rules for Admission to the Examination

The examination will be conducted by the Federal Public Service Commission in accordance with the following Rules, subject to such changes as may be decided by the Government before finalising appointments on the basis of this examination.


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Qualifications, Age Limits
  1. A candidate for admission to the examination must have attained the age of 21 and must not have attained the age of 28 on 1st January, 2008 ( Candidates born earlier than 2nd January, 1980 and later than 1st January, 1987 will not be eligible).
  2. The upper age limit will be relaxed by two years up to the age of 30 years in respect of:
    • The candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Buddhist Community subject to production of a certificate (Annexure-A of Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/DCO/District Magistrate in support of their claim.
    • the candidates belonging to the recognized Tribes who are permanent residents of the areas mentioned-below and whose families have been living in these areas. Such candidates must attach a certificate (Annexure- B of Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/DCO/District Magistrate in support of their claim: —
      1. Balochistan
      2. Tribal areas of D.I. Khan and Peshawar Divisions (including former Frontier States of Dir, Swat, Chitral and Amb).
      3. Former excluded (Baluch) area forming part of the Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts.
      4. Former tribal areas of Mardan and Hazara Divisions.
      5. Upper Tanawal area of Hazara Division.
    • the candidates who are permanent residents of Azad Kashmir Territory, subject to submission of a certificate (Annexure-C of Application Form) to be issued by Kashmir Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan.
    • the candidates who are permanent residents of Northern Areas including Gilgit, Diamir, Baltistan, Ghizar and Ghanche, subject to submission of a certificate (Annexure-B of Application Form) to be issued by the Political Agent/DCO/District Magistrate.
  3. In the case of in Service Government Servants, including the Government servants of AJ&K, who possess a minimum of two years continuous Government service as on first January, 2008, the upper age limit is relaxable by two years up to the age of 30 years, subject to submission of Departmental Permission Certificate from the competent authority. Employees of Nationalised Banks, State Bank of Pakistan, WAPDA, Regulatory Authorities, Autonomous bodies and other semi autonomous bodies are not entitled to age relaxation.
  4. The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the following documents :
    1. Matriculation Certificate ;
    2. Secondary or Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate;
    3. Certificate of birth from the Principal/Headmaster of the School from where a candidate has passed his/her GEC, ‘O’ level or equivalent examination, showing the date of birth in the School Admission Register ;
    4. In case of Christian candidates, Baptismal or birth registration certificate.
  5. The decision as to which of the certificate is equivalent to Matric Certificate rests with the Commission.
  6. Once a date of birth has been claimed and accepted by the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed at a subsequent examination or selection
  7. The applications of Government Servants will also be governed by the Government Servants (Application for Services and Posts) Rules, 1966 except that the chances will be allowed irrespective of the provisions of the Government Servants (Application for Services and Posts) Rules, 1966.
  8. The relaxation in age limits prescribed in paragraph 4 (ii) and (iii) above shall be permitted up to the maximum period of an individual concession and not by the total period of the concessions taken together, if admissible in any case.

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Education
  1. A candidate must hold at least a Second Class or Grade “C” Bachelor degree in any faculty of one of the Pakistani Universities or an equivalent degree or comparable educational qualifications of a foreign University. (The candidate must have acquired the requisite qualification, on or before 1st January, 2008).
  2. A candidate who has obtained a Third Division (or ‘D’ grade) in his/her Bachelor’s Degree will be eligible for the Examination in cases where he/she has obtained a higher Division in Master’s Degree.
  3. The decision as to which foreign degrees or comparable educational qualifications are equivalent to corresponding Pakistani degree rests solely with the Commission.

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Nationality
  1. The candidate for the examination must be a citizen of Pakistan or a person deriving his/her nationality from the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
  2. A Woman candidate who is otherwise eligible can also compete in the examination.
    1. Seats earmarked for prescribed provincial/ regional quotas shall be allocated to candidates on the basis of the domicile certificate issued by the competent authority in accordance with the law and the rules.
    2. A candidate who has acquired the citizenship of Pakistan by registration under the Pakistan Citizenship Act and the Rules made thereunder should attach to the application the certificate (attested copy thereof) of citizen-ship. A candidate who has not been registered as a citizen of Pakistan but claims that he/she should be deemed to be citizen of Pakistan under the Pakistan Citizenship Act should submit proof to the effect that he/ she fulfills the conditions on the basis of which he/she claims to be deemed as a citizen of Pakistan. A candidate who derives his/her nationality from the State of Jammu and Kashmir should attach to the application a certificate issued by the Kashmir Affairs Division in support of his/her claim.
    3. Only those candidates shall be considered for vacancies reserved for Azad Jammu and Kashmir whose application forms for the Competitive Examination are accompanied by the domicile certificate alongwith Permanent Residence Certificate, issued by the Kashmir Affairs Division, of that territory. No such certificates shall be accepted at any later stage.
    4. The domicile once claimed and accepted by the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed at a subsequent examination or selection.
    5. The domicile claimed by a candidate and accepted by the Government at the time of entry into Government service shall be treated as final throughout his/her service career and no subsequent change in his/ her domicile will be recognised for the purpose of terms and conditions of his/her service including his/her allocation and liability to transfer.
    6. The cut off date for determining the eligibility of the candidate in terms of age, qualifications, domicile, etc., is 1st Januaruy, 2008.
    7. A candidate who has married a person who is not a citizen of Pakistan shall not be eligible for appointment provided that a person who marries an Indian national with the prior permission of Government may be regarded as eligible for appointment.
    8. A candidate having dual Nationality must Surrender his/her Foreign Nationality and inform the Government before joining Civil Services Academy.

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General
  1. A candidate must satisfy the Federal Public Service Commission that he/she is suitable in all respects for employment under the Government.
  2. No candidate will be admitted to the examination who does not hold a certificate of admission from the Commission.
  3. The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the examination shall be final.
  4. Candidates are cautioned that if an application which is not signed and or is received incomplete or wrongly filled in and is not accompanied with any of the documents mentioned in para 11 of the Instructions to Candidates it will be rejected.
  5. Caution:—A candidate who knowingly furnishes any particular which is false, or suppresses material information or attempts to influence the Commission, officers or members of the staff of the Commission or to obtain support for his/her candidature by improper means, or deliberately submits forged certificates or tampers with the entries in his/her age and educational certificates, or misbehaves in the examination hall or uses unfair means or found guilty of misconduct during medical and V.V. tests may be disqualified for this and/or subsequent examinations/selections held by the Commission or criminally prosecuted and debarred from employment under Government.
  6. A candidate who, even after his appointment, is found to have knowingly furnished any particulars which are false, or to have suppressed material information will be liable to dismissal from Service.
  7. Certificates of age and educational qualifications in which any entry is overwritten, altered, erased, mutilated or tampered with in any way or the genuineness of which is otherwise doubted will be liable to be impounded till such time as the Commission considers it necessary.
  8. Answer papers in all the subjects of examination are secret documents and cannot, therefore, be permitted to be seen by the candidates or their representatives nor re-examination of answer books/scripts is allowed under any circumstances. A candidate desirous of getting of his/her marks, awarded by the examiners re-counted may submit his request for the purpose, within one month from the date of issue of result card/marks sheet alongwith a Treasury Challan of Rs. 200/- per paper as fee for re-checking/ recounting of marks only. Thereafter, no such request will be entertained.
  9. The Answer books of the Candidates will be retained in the office of the Federal Public Service Commission for one year only and thereafter the same will be destroyed. Candidates are, therefore, cautioned that any query relating to their Answer books should be made within the specified period, thereafter, no request in this regard will be entertained.
  10. The candidates are cautioned that wrong selection of subjects will lead to summary rejection under para 7 and no appeal will be entertained against this rejection. Change of optional subjects is not allowed.
  11. Grace marks are not allowed.

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Submission of Application
  1. A candidate seeking admission to the examination must apply to the Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad on the prescribed form of application and the same must reach the Commission on or before the closing date. No extra time is allowed for postal transit, etc.
  2. Government servants who fulfill the conditions laid down in these rules are eligible for admission to the examination if permitted by the competent authority in their departments or offices. No Government servant shall be competent to apply without the permission in writing of his/her department/office as the case may be, and such permissions must accompany the application. Candidates who join Government service after submitting their applications for admission to the examination should also submit the Departmental permission immediately thereafter.
  3. Armed Forces candidates to route their applications through proper channel of their Services. Applications not routed through proper channel will be rejected summarily. Similarly the released/retired personnel should produce a clearance certificate from Military Secretary Branch for employment in civil services of Pakistan.
  4. A candidate who after submitting such Departmental permission, joins Civil Service Academy or is transferred to another Department, should also obtain the permission of that Department and submit the same to the Commission as soon as possible.
  5. A candidate who has left Government service should submit with his/her application the original as well as a copy of his/her discharge/service certificate. A candidate who has been dismissed from Government or semi Government Service will not be eligible for admission to the examination.
  6. Number of Attempts:—No candidate will be permitted to attempt more than thrice at the examination. Explanation:— A candidate shall be deemed to have attempted at the examination if he/she actually appears in any one or more papers.
  7. If a candidate who took the Competitive Examination (CE) 2007 wishes to apply for admission to the CE 2008 he/she must submit an application by the prescribed date without waiting for the result of CE 2007. If subsequently it is not necessary for him/her to take the CE 2008 written examination his/her examination fee will not be refunded.
  8. No plea that an application form or any document, has been lost or delayed in the post will be entertained.
  9. The maximum number of candidates to be admitted to this examination may, in the discretion of Government, be limited to such number as Government may decide. If a limit is imposed and the number of candidates exceeds that limit, the Commission shall select from amongst the applicants those who shall be admitted to the examination, and, in doing so, shall have regard to the suitability of the applicants and to adequate representation of the Provinces/Areas of Pakistan as well as of the various age concessions.

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Subjects of Examination

The subjects for the competitive examination can be found in Subjects of written examination page. Also refer to CSS Syllabus page for further details.


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Fees

Candidates must pay fees as prescribed in Rate of Fees page.No claim for refund of any fee will be entertained nor can the fees paid be held in reserve for another examination or selection.


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Vacancies

The approximate number of vacancies in BS-17 to be filled on the results of this examination will be announced later. The Government, however, reserve the right to fill a smaller or larger number of vacancies than that announced.


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Appointments

Subject to the Recruitment policy explained in Recruitment Policy of these Rules, candidates securing the highest places on the combined results of the written Examination, Psychological and Viva Voce tests and eligible for appointment will be appointed upto the number of vacancies available. No candidate will, however, be considered for appointment to any of the Groups/Services for which he/she has been declared “not suitable” by the Commission at the time of Viva Voce test.

  1. Success in the examination confers no right to appointment. Appointments will be made only after the Government is satisfied, after such enquiry as may be necessary, that the candidate is suitable in all respects for appointment to the Public Service and subject to the availability of vacancies.
  2. Candidates will be considered for those groups/services only which they indicate in the application form. No candidate will be considered for the groups/services which he/she will not mention in the form. Candidates will however, be given a chance to revise their choice of occupational groups at the time of the viva voce test. Preferences so revised at the time of viva-voce test shall be treated as final and no subsequent change will be allowed under any circumstances. The candidate may opt for a group/service irrespective of the fact whether there is a vacancy therein or not”.

The Commission reserves the right to change the schedule of the examination as well as to cancel any paper/papers or the entire Competitive Examination without assigning any reason.

The Government reserves the right to allocate a candidate against any Group/Service irrespective of his/her preferences, in the public interest. No appeal against the decision of the Government will be entertained.


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Regulations for the Physical Examination

Following are the details of the physical standards required in different groups as given by FPSC Annexure B of CSS rules 2006.

(i) A candidate must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere 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. However, his/her chance will be considered as consumed.

(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.

Regulations for the Physical Examination

  1. These regulations are published for the convenience of candidates and in order to enable them to ascertain the probability of their coming up to the required physical standard. But it must be clearly understood that the Government of Pakistan reserve to themselves an absolute discretion to reject as unfit any candidate whom they may consider, on the report of the Medical Board, to be physically disqualified for the Services and that their discretion is in no respect limited by these regulations.

  2. If any change is made in the standard of physical fitness, an announcement will be made accordingly before the examination.

  3. Night blindness will be a cause of rejection for District Management Group, Police Service of Pakistan, Customs and Excise Group and Railways (Commercial and Transportation ) Group”.

  4. Disabled candidates in the categories of physical, hearing/speech(deaf & dumb) and visually impaired (blind) are allowed to compete for Competitive Examination against four occupational groups/services viz; (a) Commerce & Trade Group (b) Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service (c) Information Group & (d) Postal Group.

  5. To be passed as fit for appointment a candidate must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties of his/her appointment. Candidates whose height is less than 1524 millimetres will not be considered physically fit for appointment to any of the BS 17 post under the Federal Government. In the case of female candidates, this standard will be reduced to 1473 millimetres for posts which are completely sedentary provided the weight of such candidates is not less than 43.5 kilograms.

  6. (a) In the matter of the correlation of age, height and chest-girth of candidates, it is left to the Medical Board to use whatever correlation figures are considered most suitable as a guide in the examination of the candidates except for the Police.

    For the Police

    (b) The correlation of age, height and chest-girth will not be less than that given in the following table :—

    PHYSICAL EQUIVALENTS

    Height without Shoes Chest Breadth when fullyRange of expansion expanded not less than


    Millimetres
    Millimetres
    1626 and under 1651 851 51
    1651 and under 1727 864 51
    1727 and under 1778 876 51
    1778 and under 1829 890 51
    1829 and upwards 902 51


  7. The candidate’s height will be measured as follows :

    He/She will remove his/her shoes and be placed against the standard with his/her feet together and the weight thrown on the heels, and not on the toes or outer sides of the feet. He/She will stand erect without rigidity and with the heels, calves, buttocks and shoulders touching the standard; the chin will be depressed to bring the vertex of the head level under the horizontal bar and the height will be recorded in millimetres.

  8. The candidate’s chest will be measured as follows :

    He/She will be made to stand erect with his/her feet together and to raise his/her arms over his/her head. The tape will be so adjusted round the chest that its upper edge touches the interior angles of the shoulder blades behind and lies in the same horizontal plane when the tape is taken round the chest. The arms will then be lowered to hang loosely by the side and care will be taken that the shoulders are not thrown upward or backwards so as to displace the tape. The candidate will then be directed to take a deep aspiration several times and the maximum expansion of the chest will be carefully noted and the minimum and maximum will then be recorded in millimetres 838—890, 864—927, etc. In recording the measurements fractions of less than 13 millimetres should not be noted.

  9. The candidate will also be weighed and his/her weight recorded in kilograms. Fractions of a kilogram should not be noted.

  10. The candidate’s eye sight will be tested in accordance with the following rules. The result of each test will be recorded :

    (i) General—The candidate’s eyes will be submitted to a general examination directed to the detection of any disease of abnormality. The candidate will be rejected if he/she suffers from any squint or morbid conditions of eyes, eyelids or contiguous structures, or such a sort as to render, or to be likely at a future date to render him/her unfit for service.

    (ii) Visual Acuity.—(A). The examination for determining the acuteness of vision includes two tests—one for distant, the other for near vision. Each eye will be examined separately.

    1. Police

  11. The Army test types will be used for the test for distant vision without glasses at a distance of 6096 millimetres and for the test for near vision, without glasses, at any distance selected by the candidate.

  12. (B). No candidate will be considered fit for the service whose Visual Acuity falls below the following standards :

    Standard-I

    Right eye Left eye
    Distant vision V. 6/6 . . . . . . . . V. 6/6
    Near vision—Reads 0.6 . . . . . . . . Reads 0.6

    Standard-II

    Better eye Worse eye
    Distant vision, V. 6/6 . . . . . V, without glasses, not below 6/60 and after correction with glasses not below 6/24.
    Near vision—Reads 0.6 . . . . Reads 1.

    Standard-III

    Better eye Worse eye
    Distant vision—V, without glasses :— V, without glasses, not below 6/60 not below 6/60 and after correction with glasses— and after correction with glasses—Not below 6/6. not below 6/24.

    Near vision—Reads 0.8 Reads 1.

  13. No relaxation of the standards of vision will be allowed.

    (a) Each eye will be examined separately and the lids must be kept wide open during the test.

    II. RAILWAYS

  14. No candidate will be accepted whose Visual Acuity falls below the following standards :

      Better Eye Worse Eye
    Distant vision without glasses 6/12 6/19
    Corrected with glasses. 6/6 6/9
    Near vision with or without glasses 0.6 0.6

  15. The candidates will be examined, with the apparatus and according to the methods prescribed by the Railway Board’s Standing Advisory Committee of Medical Officers. Any defect of colour perception or in regard to field vision will be a cause for rejection of the candidate. The candidate under the condition of ordinary test for Visual Acuity having 6/6 vision with both eyes open with or without glasses, will be rejected, if, under the conditions of the Night Blindness Test his/her vision with both eyes open, with or without glasses; falls below 6/24.

    III. OTHERS

  16. Snellen’s test types will be used for the test for distant vision, without glasses at a distance of 6096 millimetres, and for the test for near vision, without glasses, at any distance selected by the candidate.

  17. No candidate will be accepted whose Visual Acuity falls below the following standard :

      Better eye worse eye
    Distant vision without glasses *6/24 *6/24
    Corrected with ,glasses 6/6 6/12
    Near vision with or without glasses 0.8 1

    * Temporarily lowered to 6/60.

  18. Colour perception, night blindness and field of vision :

    (a) Each eye will be examined separately and the lids must be kept wide open during the test.

    (b) Inability to distinguish the principal colours will not be regarded as a cause for rejection but the fact will be noted in the proceedings and the candidates will be informed.

    (c) Each eye must have full field of vision as tested by hand movements.

  19. The degree of acuteness of vision of all candidates for appointment will be entered in the proceedings in the manner :—

    V.P. ……………….. with glasses ……........... Reads ........................

    V.L………......…….. with glasses ................... Reads .…..................

  20. In cases of serious abnormality the opinion of an ophthalmic specialist should be obtained.

  21. No candidate will be accepted for appointment if his/her vision does not come up to the requirements specified above without the use of contact glasses. (A contact glass or lens is defined as a glass shell, the concavity of which is in contact with the globe of the eye, a layer of liquid being interposed between the lens and the cornea. The meaning of the word “glasses” wherever used above is to be interpreted as not covering contact glasses.)

  22. The urine (passed in the presence of the examiner) should be examined and the result recorded.

  23. The following additional points should be observed :

    (a) that the candidate’s hearing in each ear is good and that there is no sign of disease of the ear ;

    (b) that the candidate’s speech is without impediment ;

    (c) that the candidate’s teeth are in good order and that he/she is provided with dentures where necessary for effective mastication (well-filled teeth will be considered as sound). Candidates for the Police Service of Pakistan must have 10 sound teeth in the upper jaw, functionally opposed to 10 sound teeth in the lower jaw. Two of these teeth in each jaw must be molars. Well-filled teeth will be considered as sound

    (d) that the candidate’s chest is well-formed and his/her chest expansion sufficient; and that his/her heart and lungs are sound ;

    (e) that there is no evidence of any abdominal disease ;

    (f) that the candidate is not ruptured ;

    (g) that the candidate does not suffer from hydrocel, a severe degree of varicocele, varicose veins or polyps. A candidate for the Police Service of Pakistan who has been successfully operated on will be accepted ;

    (h) that the candidate’s limbs, hands and feet are well formed and developed and that there is no shortening of any limbs and that there is free and perfect motion of all his joints ;

    (i) that the candidate does not suffer from any inveterate skin disease ;

    (j) that there is no congenial malformation or defect ;

    (k) that the candidate does not bear traces of acute or chronic disease pointing to an impaired constitution ;

    (l) that the candidate bears marks of efficient vaccination ; or in the case of the Police Service of Pakistan he has been vaccinated (twice unsuccessfully) within the last five years.

    (In support of this the candidates will be required to produce certificate signed by a Medical Officer); and

    (m) that the candidate is free from communicable disease.

  24. When any defect is found it must be noted in the certificate and the medical examiner should state his opinion whether or not it is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties which will be required of the candidate if the condition is remediable by operation it should be so stated.

  25. If a candidate is declared medically unfit by the Central Medical Board, he/she will be informed by the Federal Public Service Commission that he/she has been declared medically unfit. The candidate will also be informed of the particular defect or defects for which he/she has been declared medically unfit. The candidate may prefer an appeal against the decision of the Central Medical Board to the Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad, within 14 days of the receipt of the information. The appeal must be supported by two certificates from the doctors of standing stating inter alia that :

    (a) They are in full knowledge of the facts that the candidate has been examined by the Central Medical Board and declared unfit; and

    (b) That they have read the Rules and Regulations for physical fitness required of the candidates for the Competitive Examination.

  26. Government, however, reserve the right to deal with the appeal as they deem fit and do not bind themselves to constitute a second Medical Board for the medical examination of the candidate concerned. No further appeal shall be entertained against the decision of the Appellate Board and the case shall be treated as closed.

  27. This issues with the approval of the Government”.

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