Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
(A) RECRUITMENT WING
Question No. 1
When does FPSC advertise jobs?
FPSC advertises jobs on the first Sunday of each month.
Question No. 2
How much time is fixed for receipt of application?
As per decision of the Commission 15 days time is given to the candidates to apply against any post advertised by the Commission, for which they qualify.
Question No. 3
What are fee details for recruitment posts?
Application fee is Rs.300/- for BS-16 and 17, Rs.750/- for BS-18,Rs.1200/- for BS-19 and Rs.1500/- for BS-20 and above posts.
Question No. 4
What is/are the procedure/instructions for submission of online applications?
For online submission of application, comprehensive procedure is available on FPSC websitewww.fpsc.gov.pk(at link: APPLYING ON-LINE). In case of any difficulty in online accessibility, candidates may contact FPSC Help Line on Phone No. 051-111-000-248 or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question No. 5
Can any correction be made after submission of online application?
No change in the data can be made online by the applicant themselves after they submit application online, as already mentioned in guidelines for applying online. The candidate may send his request duly signed alongwith a copy of his CNIC addressed to the Secretary, FPSC for any correction, after applying online.
Question No. 6
How can confirmation of submission of online application be made?
The confirmation of submission of online is instantly given online to candidate with a specific application number, called Tracking Number, upon completion of online application process.
Question No. 7
Whether documents or hardcopy of application are required to be submitted after applying on line?
No hardcopy of online application is required from the applicants. The candidates are required to submit requisite documents only in response to FPSC notice.
Question No. 8
Can dual nationality holders apply against posts advertised by the Commission?
Dual nationality holders can apply against the posts advertised by the Commission, however, they will have to surrender their foreign nationality and inform the Govt. before joining Government Service.
Question No. 9
How can updated status of an application/appeal/review petition etc. be confirmed?
Candidates can obtain this information by calling FPSC Facilitation Center on UAN-051-111-000-248 or Tel.No.051-9205075 Ext. 385.
Question No. 10
What is the usual time period for conduct of Recruitment tests after closing date?
The tentative dates for conduct of test are given in the Consolidated advertisements.
Question No. 11
How can Syllabus for written tests be obtained?
Syllabus for written test can be downloaded from FPSC website www.fpsc.gov.pk. Click here
Question No. 12
How and when can an admission certificate for Tests/Exams be obtained?
The clear link for printing of admission certificate is provided on our website upon scheduling of the exam. The candidate can get their admission certificate printed by simply providing their CNIC No and selecting the post applied for from the relevant box available on the screen. It is however to be noted that immediately after completion of the General Recruitment Phase, the provision of generation/ printing of admission certificate is revoked.
Question No. 13
Which things must be brought to appear in written exams/tests?
It is mandatory for the candidates to produce original CNIC, original Treasury Receipt of fee payment for the post applied for,and downloaded copy of Admission Certificate, to the Supervisory Staff of the FPSC at the time of Screening/ Written Test. Candidates, having any of these documents deficient, are not permitted to appear in the test in any case. Candidates are also required to bring blue/black maker to be used in the written test/ examination. .
Question No. 14
Which things are prohibited in the Examination Hall?
Bringing of Mobile Telephones/Likewise devices, books, purses, Arms Ammunitions, Explosive Material etc. in the Examination Hall, is strictly prohibited. FPSC is not responsible for their Security or Loss.
Question No. 15
How much time is taken for announcement of results and finalization of pre-selection?
It varies from case to case. However, in small cases it takes about 15 days to finalize pre-selection after receipt of Screening Test results.
Question No. 16
What is the usual time required for interview after pre-selection?
In cases wherein there is no rejected candidate, interviews are scheduled approximately within 20 to 30 days but if there are rejected candidates, it normally takes 45 to 60 days.
Question No. 17
What is criterion for re-checking/re-counting of paper of Recruitment Test?
No request for re-checking/re-counting of marks is entertain-able in General Recruitment.
Question No. 18
What do the standard abbreviations used by FPSC like DPC, SDC etc. stand for?
DPC stands for Departmental Permission Certificate and SDC stands for Self Domicile Certificate.
Question No. 19
How can confirmation of receipt of appeal or documents submitted by the candidates be obtained?
Candidates can obtain this information by calling FPSC Facilitation Center on UAN-051-111-000-248 or Tel.No.051-9205075 Ext. 385.
Question No. 20
What are the usual grounds of rejection of an application for recruitment cases?
An applicant is liable for rejection on any of the following grounds:-
- Application not received through onlineon or before the closing date.
- Fee not paid on or before the closing date.
- Non-submission of original Treasury Receipt of application fee deposited on or before the closing date at the time of written test / alongwith requisite documents (for non-test cases)
- Under age/Overage.
- No proof of age.
- Non possession of required/advertised domicile.
- No proof of Educational Qualification.
- Lack of Educational criteria on the closing date as the result was not declared/announced upto the closing date.
- Educational Qualification is not relevant.
- Post qualification experience is short.
- No proof of experience.
- Non possession of required/advertised experience.
- Relevant/countable experience is short.
- Departmental Permission Certificate has been refused.
- Some relevant column of the online Application left blank.
- In case of Non submission of attested copies of the certificates within stipulated time of FPSC Notice as proof in support of the Prescribed Qualification/ Experience/ Domicile etc., his/ her candidature shall stand rejected.
Question No. 21
Does FPSC accept equivalence of educational certificates/degrees issued by the HEC?
Generally the FPSC accepts equivalence of educational qualification issued by the HEC/PEC/PMDC. However, the decision as to which foreign or Pakistani qualification is equivalent to corresponding Pakistani degree rests solely with the Commission.
Question No. 22
What is meant by post-qualification experience?
'Post-qualification' means the experience gained in a regular full time paid job including experience of daily wages/contingent services and that of the on job training subject to its relevancy acquired after attaining the requisite/minium advertised qualifications. Period reckonable as post qualification experience is from date of commencement of experience which essentially must be after date of attaining the qualification(counted after the result of requisite qualification is officially announced by the Controller of Exam of a Board/University concerned)till the closing date.The experience as part time,honorary/self-employed and apprentice/internee will not be considered/counted as experience.
Question No. 23
How is the experience reckoned/ counted?
The experience is reckoned/ counted which is gained in a regular full time paid job including experience of daily wages/contingent services and that of the on job training subject to its relevancy acquired after "attaining the requisite/minimum advertised qualification". However, the experience as part time, honorary/ self-employed and apprentice/ internee is not considered/ counted as experience.
Question No. 24
What are the rules/criteria for age relaxation in general recruitment cases?
Maximum age limit as prescribed under the Recruitment Rules is relax-able in pursuance of Initial Appointment to Civil Posts (Relaxation of Upper Age Limit) Rules, 1993 (as amended from time to time) as follows:-
(1)(a) By three years in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Buddhist Community, Recognized Tribes of the Tribal Areas, Azad Kashmir and the GilgitBaltistan (only those candidates who are permanent residents of these areas will be eligible for the concession and in each case, a certificate from the Political Agent or as the case may be, the District Coordination Officer of the area, will be required to be produced).
(b) By ten years upto the maximum age of 55 years for in-service Government servants including contract Employees who have completed 2 years continuous Government service on the closing date for receipt of applications (employees of the Nationalized Banks, State Bank of Pakistan, WAPDA, other Semi-Government and Autonomous Bodies are not eligible for this concession).
(c) By fifteen years or the number of years actually served in the Armed Forces of Pakistan, whichever is less, in the case of retired/ released officers/personnel of the Armed Forces of Pakistan.
(d) By five years in case of widow, son or daughter of a deceased civil servant who dies during service.
Note: Where a candidate is eligible for age relaxation under more than one category specified above, he/she shall be allowed relaxation in one category only. In such cases, applications must be accompanied by adequate proof of age relaxation being claimed.
(2)5 years general age relaxation over and above any one of the above age relaxations.
Question No. 25
How eligibility of a candidate is determined in terms of age, qualification, experience etc?
Eligibility of the candidate is determined in the light of prescribed conditions and is reckoned upto the closing date.
Question No. 26
What is procedure for submission of appeal against rejection by the Commission in recruitment cases?
A candidate aggrieved by any decision of the FPSC can, within thirty days of communication of decision, make a representation to the Commission and the Commission shall decide the representation after giving the candidate a reasonable opportunity of personal hearing.
Question No. 27
Is there any fee for appeal, if so how much?
Yes, representation and review petitions are entertainable only if accompanied with original Treasury Receipt of Rs.100/- in each case.
Question No. 28
Can the age be relaxed over and above the age relaxations admissible under the rules and by whom?
Yes, the President or Prime Minister can, on extreme compassionate grounds, grant age relaxation to an individual candidate for a period not exceeding three years over and above the relaxation in upper age limit already admissible.
Question No. 29
Whether a candidate is eligible for a post when his result is awaited for the relevant degree etc.?
The candidates must have been acquired the prescribed educational qualifications on or before the closing date for submission of applications. Applications of candidates, whose result is not officially announced by the Controller of Examination of a Board/University on or before the closing date, are not considered.
Question No. 30
Whether the application can be submitted when the notification of result has been issued by the Controller of Examinations but result intimation is not received?
Those candidates whose results have been officially announced by the Controllers of Examination of a Board/ University on or before the closing date can submit their applications. However, submission of valid proof thereof alongwith the requisite documents is their responsibility in response to FPSC notice.
Question No. 31
How long reserve/waiting list is maintained in Recruitment Cases?
Reserve/Waiting list is maintained for a period of one year from the date of issuance of principal nomination(s) in recruitment cases.
(B) COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION (CSS) WING
Question No. 32
Is criterion of CSS Exam being changed?
Criteria for CE-2016 Exam has been changed and Public Notice issued in News Papers on 19.04.2015 as well as placed on FPSC website. For detail visit www.fpsc.gov.pk or contact at 051-9213613, 051-111-000-248
Question No. 33
What is the schedule of next CSS Exam?
Tentative Schedule of CSS-2016 is as under:
Invitation of application:In the last week of September, 2015.
Closing date : 31.10.2015
Written Exam:w.e.f 18.02.2016.
Question No. 34
What is fee for CSS Exam?
Fee of written examination : Rs.2200/-
Question No. 35
Usual time taken for declaration of results of CSS written exam?
Approximately 6 months.
Question No. 36
How many Occupational Groups are included in CSS Exam?
Following occupational groups are included in CSS Examination.
1. Commerce & Trade Group (CTG)
2. Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP)
3. Information Group (IG)
4. Inland Revenue Service (IRS)
5. Military Lands and Cantonments Group (MLCG)
6. Office Management Group (OMG)
7. Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS)
8. Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service (PAAS)
9. Pakistan Customs Service (PCS)
10. Police Service of Pakistan (PSP)
11. Postal Group (POST-G)
12. Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group (RCTG)
Question No. 37
What is percentage of Regional/Provincial quota for seats/posts filled up by CSS Exam?
Detail of regional quota is as under:
Merit=7.5%, Punjab=50%, Sindh=19% (Sindh(U)-7.6%, Sindh(R)-11.4%), Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa=11.5%, Balochistan=6%, GB/FATA=4%, AJK=2%.
- 10% quota is reserved for women from the share of Provinces/Regions, and un-filled vacancies will be carried forward to next examination..
- 5% quota is reserved for Minorities (Non-Muslims) from the share of Provinces/Regions. Unfilled vacancies will be carried forward to next examination.
Question No. 38
Whether there is separate quota for disabled candidates?
No separate quota is fixed for disabled candidates. Disabled candidates will compete on merit along with other candidates. However, their allocation will only be made in following four groups.
(a) Commerce & Trade Group
(b) Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service
(c) Information Group
(d) Postal Group.
Note: Disabled candidates securing a position against prescribed 7.5% merit quota on all Pakistan basis will be considered for allocation to Foreign Service of Pakistan on the basis of his/her choice.
Question No. 39
How much time is required for final allocation of CSS qualified candidates?
After receipt of quota wise seats from Establishment Division FPSC issue a Public Notice on website and make allocations according to final result of CSS CE.
Question No. 40
What is the time taken for issuance/ uploading of DMCs on FPSC website?
DMCs to failed candidates are displayed on FPSC website within a week after announcement of written result. Whereas DMCs to finally qualified candidates, are also displayed on FPSC website issued within a week after announcement of final result of viva voce.
Question No. 41
When the number of vacancies are announced for CSS CE?
Number of vacancies will be conveyed by Establishment Division, which are announced by FPSC before final result of Viva Voce.
Question No. 42
What is the required qualification for CSS Exam?
i) A candidate must hold at least a Second Division or Grade ?C? Bachelor?s degree in any faculty of one of the Pakistani Universities or an equivalent degree or comparable educational qualifications of a foreign University recognized by Higher Education Commission, Islamabad.
(ii) 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.
(iii) The decision as to which foreign degrees or comparable educational qualifications are equivalent to corresponding Pakistani degree rests solely with the Commission.
Question No. 43
What is the age limit for CSS Exam??
A candidate for admission to CSS examination 2016 must have attained the age of 21 years and not over 28 years on 31st December, 2015 (i.e. a candidate born on or before 31st December 1987 and on or after 2nd January, 1995 will not be eligible), except the candidate falling in the categories of age relaxation of 2 years (born on or before 31st December, 1985 and born on or after 2nd January, 1995 will not be eligible).
Question No. 44
What are the rules/criteria for age relaxation in CSS Exam?
The upper age limit will be relaxed by two years up to the age of 30 years in respect of :
(a) the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Buddhist Community subject to production of a certificate (Annex-A of Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/DCO/ District Magistrate in support of their claim.
(b) 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 (Annex-B of Application Form) to be issued by Political Agent/ DCO/District Magistrate in support of their claim :
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.
(c) The candidates who are permanent residents of Azad Kashmir Territory, subject to submission of a certificate (Annex-C of Application Form) to be issued by Kashmir Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad..
(d) The candidates who are permanent residents of Gilgit - Baltistan including Gilgit, Diamir, Baltistan, Ghizar and Ghanche, subject to submission of a certificate (Annex-B of Application Form) to be issued by the Political Agent/DCO/ District Magistrate.
(e) The candidates who are disabled namely, physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired (deaf & dumb) and visually impaired (blind), subject to submission of certificate of disability issued by the competent authority designated for the purpose by the Federal/Provincial Government.
(f) In Service Government Servants, Armed Forces Personnel, Contract employees, including the Government servants of AJ&K, who possess a minimum of two years continuous Government service as on 31st December, 2015, subject to submission of Departmental Permission Certificate (Annex-E) 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.
Question No. 45
What is the cut off date to determine eligibility of candidates for CSS Exam?
31st December of the preceding year, when CSS C.E. is to be held e.g. for CSS 2016, cut off date to determine the eligibility will be 31st Dec, 2015.
Question No. 46
What are the grounds of rejection of applications of CSS candidates?
Following are some basic reasons of rejections
b. Original TR not attached with the hard copy.
c. Hard copy of online application received late.
d. Applied on plain paper/wrong application form.
e. Educationally unqualified.
f. Application unsigned.
g. Already availed 3 attempts.
h. Result of Bachelor?s degree announced after closing date.
Question No. 47
What is the procedure for Re-counting of answer book/script?
Answer Books in all subjects of examination are confidential documents and cannot, therefore, be permitted to be seen by candidates or their representatives nor re-examination of answer books/scripts is allowed under any circumstances. A candidate desirous of getting his/her marks, awarded by the examiners, re-counted may submit his/her request for the purpose, within one month from the date of issue of result card/marks sheet alongwith a Treasury Challan of Rs. 500/- per paper as fee for re- counting of marks only. Thereafter, no such request will be entertained.
Question No. 48
What is fee for re-counting of answer books?
Fee for re-counting of marks is Rs. 500/- per paper.
Question No. 49
What is procedure for submission of appeal against rejection by the Commission in CSS Exam?
13 (a). A candidate aggrieved by any decision of the Federal Public Service Commission may, within thirty days of communication of decision, make a representation to the Commission and the Commission shall decide the representation within fifteen days after giving the candidate a reasonable opportunity of hearing..
(b) A candidate aggrieved by the decision of the Commission made under paragraph (a) may, within fifteen days of communication of decision, submit a review petition to the Commission and the Commission shall decide the review petition within thirty days under intimation to the petitioner. The decision of the Commission on review petition shall be final.
(c) Save as provided in ?FPSC ORDINANCE, 1977?, no order made or proceeding taken under ?FPSC ORDINANCE, 1977?, or rules made hereunder, by the Commission shall be called in question in any court and no injunction shall be granted by any court in respect of any decision made or taken in pursuance of any power conferred by, or under, ?FPSC ORDINANCE, 1977?.
(d)Any candidate aggrieved by a decision of the Commission under paragraph (b) may, within thirty days of the decision, prefer an appeal to the High Court.
(e) Each representation and review petition duly signed will be entertained only if accompanied with Original Treasury Receipt of Rs.500/- in each case.
Question No. 50
Is there any fee fixed for representation /review petition, if so how much?
Each representation and review petition duly signed will be entertained only if accompanied with Original Treasury Receipt of Rs.500/- in each case.
Question No. 51
What are the standard / qualifying marks fixed for CSS written exam??
A candidate who fails to secure at least 40% marks in any of the compulsory subjects, 33% marks in any of the optional subjects, 50% marks in the Aggregate will be considered to have failed in written examination.
Question No. 52
What are the standard / qualifying marks fixed for CSS viva voce?
A candidate who fails to secure at least 100 marks in viva voce will be considered to have failed and will not be eligible for appointment.
Question No. 53
Can Paper of Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non Muslims) be attempted in Urdu?
Paper of Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non Muslims) can be attempted either in English or Urdu.
Question No. 54
Is the policy of getting aggregate of 120 marks in the papers of General Knowledge (General Science & Ability, Current Affairs and Pakistan Affairs) is still effective?
It is not mandatory to pass GK papers separately. Papers of General Knowledge (General Science & Ability, Current Affairs and Pakistan Affairs) are to be passed collectively by scoring 120 marks out of 300.
Question No. 55
What will be the proportion of MCQs and subjective in the papers of General Science & Ability in Part-I & II?
There will a 20 MCQs from Part-I, whereas subjective part will be of 80 marks i.e. 40 from Part-I and 40 from Part-II.
Question No. 56
What will be the proportion of MCQs in CE-2016 compulsory and optional papers.
Ratio of MCQs in compulsory papers for CE-2016 will be 20 MCQs in each paper except in the paper of Essay. Similarly there will be 20 MCQs from each optional papers.
Question No. 57
Can a paper of International Relations and International Law be opted together?
In the new scheme for Competitive Examination -2016 International Law can be opted with International Relations.
Question No. 58
What will be the medium language to answer the papers of Persian and Arabic?
Papers of Persian and Arabic should be answered in the respective languages. However the question relating with translation, from respective language into English or vice versa, may be answered as directed in the question paper.
Question No. 59
Can a paper of 100 marks only be opted from Group-2 for CE-2016?
If a candidate desires to choose optional subjects from Group-2, then subjects of 200 marks may be opted.
Question No. 60
Can a calculator be used in the paper of General Science & Ability?
Use of calculator will not be allowed in the paper of General Science & Ability.
Question No. 61
Whether Urdu version of the Syllabi of Islamic Studies is available?
It has been uploaded on the website in the link of syllabus for CE-2016.
Question No. 62
Can Prime Minister/President grant age relaxation in terms of Initial Appointment to Civil Posts Rules, 1993 the candidates of CSS Competitive Examination candidates?
It is categorically explained in clause 2 of the Initial Appointment to Civil Posts (Relaxation of Upper Age Limit) Rules, 1993 that nothing in these rules shall apply to the appointment to the posts in BSP-17 to be filled through CSS Competitive Examination. Therefore, relaxation in age limits to be granted by Prime Minister/President under Initial Appointment to Civil Posts (Relaxable to upper age limit) Rules 1993 are not admissible to the candidates of CSS Competitive Examination.
Question No. 63
Can Non Muslim Candidates opt Islamic Studies?
Non Muslim candidates may either opt Islamic Studies OR Comparative study of Major Religions as may suit to them.
(C) PSYCHOLOGICAL WING
Question No. 64
Can one appear in the Viva Voce if one could not appear in the Psychological Tests?
Question No. 65
What is the purpose of Psychological Assessment?
The purpose of Psychological Assessment is to estimate abilities and personality characteristics of the candidates with special regard to their aptitude for the civil services i.e. whether they possess the potential and qualities that are required as a member of the Civil Services of Pakistan.
Question No. 66
How long does the Psychological Assessment last?
The complete process involves different exercises spread over two working days.
Question No. 67
What should be the dress at the time of Psychological Assessment?
To conform to the formality of the occasion, the candidates should dress properly, appropriate to the weather, buttons done up, etc. and those who do not keep a beard must be freshly shaved. Informal dress such as T-shirts, Jeans/Denims, etc. is not desirable for the occasion.
Question No. 68
What sort of preparation is required for Psychological Assessment?
No preparation is required for Psychological Tests. Just be yourself, respond to the questions freely. Express true feelings, opinions, and judgments etc. as per reality on ground.