Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad Rules for Competitive Examination (CSS) 2017

Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad Rules for Competitive Examination (CSS) 2017

Islamabad, the 8th September 2016

“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, 2016, the following rules for
regulating the conduct of the Competitive Examination, 2017”

No. F. 2/1/2017-CE. The Competitive Examination, 2017 will be held by the Federal Public Service Commission, with effect from 16th February 2017 for recruitment to posts in BS-17 for the following Groups/Services under the Federal Government:-


(1) Commerce &Trade Group
(2) Foreign Service of Pakistan
(3) Information Group
(4) Inland Revenue Service
(5) Military Lands & Cantonments Group
(6) Office Management Group
(7) Pakistan Administrative Service
(8) Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service
(9) Pakistan Customs Service
(10) Police Service of Pakistan
(11) Postal Group
(12) Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group

CSS-Competitive Examination

(ii). The CSS-Competitive Examination-2017 shall comprise the following:-
(a) Written Examination;
(b) Medical Examination;
(c) Psychological Assessment; and
(d) Viva Voce.

(iii).Places of examination:

The examination will be held simultaneously at Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, D.I.Khan, Faisalabad, Gilgit, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Larkana, Multan, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, & Sukkur depending on the number of applicants for each centre.
(iv). Places of Interviews: The interviews will be held at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar & Quetta.
(v). The Commission reserves the right to finally decide the place where the candidates would be examined or interviewed.

(vi). Change of centre:

Examination centre once selected by the candidate shall not be changed. The examination centre/hall once allotted to a candidate will be final and he/she will not be allowed to sit in another centre/hall at any cost.


  1. The cut off date for determining the eligibility of the candidate in terms of age, qualifications, domicile, etc., is 31st December 2016.


3(i). A candidate for admission to the examination must have attained the age of 21 years and not over 30 years on 31st December, 2016 (i.e. a candidate born on or before 31st December 1986 and on or after 2nd January 1996 will not be eligible), except the candidate falling in the categories mentioned in Rule-3(ii) where any candidate born on or before 31st December 1984 and born on or after 2nd January, 1996 will not be eligible.


(ii). The upper age limit will be relaxed by two years up to the age of 32 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:—

  1. Baluchistan
  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

(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, 2016, 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.

(iii) The relaxation in upper limits prescribed in paragraph 3 (ii) 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.

(iv) Subject to the relaxations in upper age limit prescribed in paragraph 3(ii) and 3(iii) above, no further relaxation in age limit under any other rule for the time being in force, or on any other ground shall be provided by any authority.



4 (i). The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the following documents:
(a) Matriculation Certificate;
(b) Secondary or Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate;
(c) 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;
(d) In case of Christian candidates, Baptismal or birth registration certificate.

(ii). The decision as to which certificate may be accepted for the purpose of date of birth rests with the Commission.

(iii). Once a date of birth has been claimed by a candidate 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.(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.

Note: In case the candidate does not hold the required degree on or before the cut off date, he/she shall be required to produce a certificate from the duly authorized officer of the concerned degree awarding institution, to the effect that the candidate has fulfilled all the requirements of the said degree and has/had cleared/passed the examination for the said degree on or before the cut off date. The candidate however would be required to produce the said degree before the final result is declared by the Commission.

(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 matter as to which foreign degree is comparable and equivalent to corresponding Pakistani degree shall be decided by HEC. Therefore, an equivalence certificate issued by HEC may be attached with application form.


6(i). Candidates for the examination must be a citizen of Pakistan or a person deriving his/her nationality from the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

(ii). 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 a “foreign national of any country recognized by Federal Government” with the prior permission of Government may be regarded as eligible for appointment.


(iii) (a). 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.

(b). 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 an attested copy of the certificate of citizenship. 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 duly signed by the Deputy Secretary (Admn) in support of his/her claim.

(c). Only those candidates shall be considered for vacancies reserved for Azad Jammu and Kashmir whose application forms for the Competitive Examination are accompanied by domicile certificate along with Permanent Residence Certificate, issued by the Kashmir Affairs Division duly signed by the Deputy Secretary (Admn) of that territory. No such certificates shall be accepted at any later stage.

(d). Domicile once claimed by a candidate and accepted by the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination shall be final. No change will be allowed at a subsequent examination or selection.

(e). Domicile claimed by a candidate and accepted by the Government (Federal/Provincial/Regional/Local as the case may be) at the time of first entry into Government service shall be treated as final for the purpose of candidature and allocation and no subsequent change in his/her domicile will be accepted.


7(i). All applications for CSS Competitive Examination must be submitted online through FPSC website www.fpsc.gov.pk.

a) The closing date for submission of online Application Form to the Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad is 31st October, 2016.

b) Print out of the duly filled Online Form (i.e. Hardcopy) may be obtained and after signing it, copies of all documents/certificates as mentioned in para 27 of the Form along with original Treasury Receipt may be attached with it and furnished to FPSC so as to reach the FPSC (Headquarters) within 10 days of the closing date.

c) Candidates are cautioned that if an online application is received incomplete or wrongly filled in or its hardcopy not accompanied with anyone of the documents mentioned in para-27 of application form, it will be rejected.

d) Hardcopy of the online application, if reached to FPSC after the stipulated period of 10 days from the closing date, it shall not be accepted and online form already submitted to FPSC shall stand rejected.

e) Any correction in the printed hard copy of online form, may be made by hand and initialed, before dispatch/submission to FPSC. Thereafter, no request for change in any entry of online application or its hard copy, would be accepted.

f) No plea that hardcopy of online application form or any document attached with it has been lost or delayed in the post will be entertained.

g) The candidate shall have to pay/deposit Rs.250/- in the FPSC head of account as fine, if hard copy of online application is received without signature subject to no other deficiency in application/attached documents is involved, otherwise, his/her application shall stand rejected

(ii). Candidate must pay Rs.2200/- as Application fee for examination, as per procedure prescribed in Appendix-II, deposited in the nearest Government Treasury or in State Bank/National Bank of Pakistan, under the account head “C02101- Organs of State Exam Fee(FPSC Receipt)”. Cash, postal orders, bank drafts and cheques will not be accepted by the Federal Public Service Commission. Original treasury receipt for written examination must be attached with the application form to be deposited to the Commission. Without providing original treasury receipt as prescribed above, the application of the candidate shall be rejected.

(iii). Subjects for the competitive examination will comprise compulsory papers of 600 marks and optional papers of 600 marks as given in Appendix-I.

(iv). Optional Subjects must be selected carefully. Candidates are cautioned that wrong selection of subjects will lead to rejection under para 7(i)(c) above and para 1 (ix) of Appendix-I.

(v). Combination of optional subjects once chosen at the time of submission of online application or corrected in hard copy of online application shall be treated as final and no request for change in subject(s) shall be allowed thereafter.

(vi). For whatsoever reasons, a candidate who misses any compulsory or optional subject of written examination for medical or any other reasons shall not be allowed to appear in the remaining subjects.

(vii). If a candidate misses a paper for any reason, no separate examination in that paper shall be arranged for him/her.

Number of Attempts

(viii). Number of Attempts: A candidate may attempt/avail three chances of the examination within prescribed age limits.

Explanation:— “A candidate shall be deemed to have attempted the examination and his chance shall stand consumed, if he/she actually appeared in any one or more papers of the examination and even if he/she tendered blank Answer Book/Sheet and even if rejected subsequently”

(ix). A candidate who conceal the number of previous attempts, will be prosecuted leading to his/her disqualification in accordance with clause 12(v) of CE-Rules.


(x). No candidate will be admitted to the examination hall who does not hold a certificate of admission from the Commission and Original CNIC. An Admission Certificate generated or downloaded from FPSC website shall be accepted. Intimation about examination centre and Roll No. may be downloaded from FPSC website, if not received through post.

(xi). A candidate who arrives at examination hall/centre late, than the time mentioned in Admission Certificate & date sheet, he/she will not be allowed to sit in the examination.

(xii). 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 announcement of result of the written part of the examination, if any candidate is found ineligible in any respect under rules for the examination, his/her candidature will be cancelled/ rejected regardless of the fact whether he/she has appeared in the examination or qualified therein.

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


  1. (i). 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 and will not be eligible for medical examination, Psychological Assessment, and Viva Voce.

(ii). Only the candidates declared qualified in the written examination and found eligible will be called for next stage i.e. Medical Examination, Psychological Assessment, and Viva Voce.


  1. (i). All candidates must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the discharge of their duties. The candidates who (after such medical examination which Government or the appointing authority, may prescribe) are found not to satisfy these requirements, will not be appointed except disabled candidates as mentioned in sub-rule (ii) below:-

(ii). Disabled candidates in the categories of physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired(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. Disabled candidates securing a position against prescribed 7.5% merit quota on all
Pakistan basis may be considered for allocation to Foreign Service of Pakistan on the basis of his/her choice.

(iii) (a): Disabled candidates viz visually impaired (Blind) and physically impaired will be provided helper (writer), if they have been declared permanently incapacitated w.r.t. writing by the Federal/Provincial Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons, and a certificate in this regard has been attached by them with application form and also requested for provision of helper in their application form. FPSC shall arrange the helper from within the available staff of FPSC deputed at the examination centre. The role of the helper would merely be to reproduce in writing the words so uttered by the disabled candidate. No intellectual contribution by the helper is permissible. The educational level of the helper would be Graduate/Intermediate/ matriculate as per availability at the exam centre. No request for choicest helper or venue of the exam shall be entertained. The disabled candidate alongwith helper shall remain within the examination hall till conclusion of the paper.

(b): Extra time viz 15 minutes per hour will only be allowed to visually impaired (Blind) candidates. The other categories of disabled candidates would not be allowed extra time.

(c): The disabled candidate referred to above (vide Sub-Rule (a) and (b)) may attempt the question paper on computer for which facility shall only be provided at FPSC HQs and FPSC’s Provincial Offices, however, no TA/DA will be admissible. Such Computer literate candidates should fill the relevant entries in the online Application Form, else they will not be allowed to attempt the paper on computer.

(d): No application or medical certificate regarding claim for disability or request for provision of helper/computer on medical grounds or sudden accident, shall be accepted after the closing date, except where the claim has been made in the application form before the closing date and certificate of disability attached as an evidence.

(iv). Candidates who qualify 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.

(v). 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 Annex “A”.


  1. All candidates called for Viva Voce will be required to undergo Psychological Assessment, comprising written tests 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 Assessment. Candidates must bring their National Identity Cards and two copies of recent photographs when summoned for Psychological Assessment. If a candidate remains absent in the Psychological Assessment, he/she will not be allowed to appear for Viva Voce.


11(i). Each candidate who is declared qualified in written part of the examination will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career, both academic and extramural. 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 extramural activities such as sports, debates, hobbies, etc., and their effect on his/her physique and character, in assessing his/her merit.

(ii). All candidates are expected to have basic knowledge regarding Islam and Pakistan. Questions may 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.

(iii). Viva Voce will be of 300 marks. 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.

(iv). The result of Viva Voce shall be intimated to all candidates in due course of time.



12(i). A candidate must satisfy the Federal Public Service Commission that he/she is suitable in all respects for employment under the Government.

(ii). The candidates who pass the written examination shall be intimated individually as well as through website but the candidates who fail in written examination shall not be informed individually, they may download detail mark sheets from website.

(iii). Decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the examination shall be final.

(iv). Maximum number of candidates to be admitted to this examination may, at 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.


(v). Caution:—A candidate who knowingly furnishes particulars which are false, or suppresses material information, or attempts to influence the Commission ,or officers or members of the staff of the Commission ,or tries to obtain support for his/her candidature by improper means, or deliberately submits forged certificates, or tampers with the entries in his/her age, educational and other certificates, or misbehaves in the examination hall or uses unfair means including use or attempted use of mobile phone or other electronic device for copying, or is found guilty of misconduct during examination/medical, Viva Voce Tests and uses filthy and unethical language in the Answer Book(s) during written examination, may be disqualified for this and/or subsequent examinations/selections held by the Commission and/or criminally prosecuted and debarred from future and/or removal from
existing employment under Government.

(vi) If during the conduct of Examination at a centre/hall, any candidate is found in possession of mobile phone or likewise devices, he/she will be prosecuted under the rule-12(v).

(vii). The result of any candidate, whose candidature is rejected on any ground, will not be declared, irrespective whether he/she, failed/passed the examination

(viii). A candidate who ,even after his/her appointment ,is found to have knowingly furnished particulars which are false, or to have suppressed material information will be liable to dismissal from Service.

(ix). 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. (x). All communication to the Commission should be addressed to Secretary FPSC by each candidate separately quoting his/her Roll No. and CNIC number. If Roll No. has not yet been allotted Serial number of the application may be quoted. Candidates must make their own arrangements for communications addressed to them at the addresses stated in their applications to be redirected to their
new addresses, when necessary. However, any change of address should be communicated at once to the Secretary, Federal Public Service Commission. Candidates should not write their postal addresses care of Post Box Number etc. as postal authorities do not accept registered letters at such an address.

(xi). Non Muslims (Minorities): As provided in article 260 (3)(b) of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, non-Muslim means a person who is not Muslim and includes a person belonging to the Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Budhist or Parci community, a person of the Quadiani group or the Lahori group (who call themselves Ahmadis’ or by any of the scheduled castes). Only those candidates shall be considered for vacancies reserved for Minorities (Non-Muslims) whose application forms for the Competitive Examination are accompanied by certificate (Annex-D) issued by the DCO/District Magistrate/Political Agent. No such certificate shall be accepted at any later stage.

(xii). Applications of Government Servants will also be governed by the Government Servants (Application for Services and Posts) Rules, 1966 except that three chances will be allowed irrespective of the provisions of the Government Servants(Application for Services and Posts)Rules,1966.

(xiii). Government servants who fulfill conditions laid down in these rules are eligible for admission to the examination if permitted by the competent authority in their departments or offices. However, an advance copy of the Application may be submitted before the closing date to avoid rejection. Candidates who join Government service after submitting their applications for admission to the examination should also submit the Departmental
permission immediately thereafter.

(xiv). Armed Forces candidates should route their applications through proper channel of their Services. Applications not routed through proper channel will be rejected. Similarly released/ retired personnel should produce a clearance certificate from Military Secretary Branch for employment in civil services of Pakistan. However, an advance copy of the Application may be submitted before the closing date to avoid rejection.

(xv). 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 it to the Commission as soon as possible.

(xvi). A candidate who has left Government service should submit with his/her application an attested 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.

(xvii). If marks of a candidate are less than 40% in any of the Compulsory subjects, less than 33% marks in any of the optional subjects and less than 100 marks out of 300 in Viva Voce, these will not be counted/credited in the total marks.

(xviii). The marking of answers will be in order of consecutive answers and over attempted question shall not be evaluated/credited.

(xix). Writing on Question paper shall be considered as cheating and delinquent candidate shall be prosecuted under Rule 12(v).

(xx). 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 he/she shall be awarded Zero mark in that paper, besides any other punishment which the Commission may decide to award.

(xxi). A candidate who rips the pages or does not cross out empty pages of answer book/additional answer book, or does not hand over his/her answer books/additional answer book to the supervisory staff, he/she shall be proceeded against for disciplinary action under Rule 12(v) as may deem appropriate by the Commission.

(xxii). A candidate who has received and read the Question Paper will not be allowed to leave his/her seat or exam hall without marking his/her attendance and until half the time is over. However the candidate will not be allowed to take question paper with him/her until conclusion of the examination in that paper.

(xxiii). Use of calculators will only be allowed in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Accountancy, Statistics, Business Administration, Physics & Chemistry. Use of calculator will not be allowed in the paper of General Science and Ability.

(xxiv). MCQs paper shall be attempted on OMR Sheet provided separately for the purpose. Both (MCQs paper + OMR Sheet) shall be collected back after the allotted time. The number of MCQs in each paper may be attempted in the same sequence at the space reserved on OMR Sheet. Any answer given beyond the reserved space or not corresponding with question number of MCQ paper, shall not be marked/taken into account.

(xxv). The Question Papers in Urdu or other Pakistani regional languages (Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi), Persian and Arabic should be answered in the respective languages. However, question relating with translation from respective language into English or vice versa, may be answered as directed in the question paper. (xxvi). The Question paper in Islamic Studies or Comparative Study of Major Religion is to be answered in English or Urdu only.

(xxvii). The Non-Muslim candidates have the option either to take Islamic Studies or Comparative Study of Major Religions.

(xxviii). Candidates must use blue or black ink only in their Answer Books otherwise Zero marks may be awarded.


(xxix). 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.

(xxx). Reevaluation of marks awarded by the Viva Voce Board is not allowed under any circumstances.

(xxxi). Grace marks are not allowed.

(xxxii). Answer books of Candidates will be retained in the office of the Federal Public Service Commission for one year only and thereafter these 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.

(xxxiii). Refund of Fee: No claim for refund of any fee will be entertained nor can the fees paid be held in reserve for another examination or selection.

Reappearance in examination

(xxxiv). Reappearance in examination: If a candidate who took the Competitive Examination 2016 wishes to apply for admission to CE 2017, he/she must submit an application by the prescribed date without waiting for the result of CE-2016. If subsequently it is not necessary for him/her to take the CE-2017 written examination, his/her examination fee will not be refunded.

(xxxv). 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.


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.


14(i). The candidates who qualify in written examination and Viva Voce, their final merit shall be determined by adding marks obtained in the written examination and viva voce.

(ii). When total marks (written examination + viva voce) of more than one candidate are equal, the one who gets more marks in viva voce is treated as higher in merit. If marks in viva voce are also equal, the one who gets more marks in compulsory subjects is treated as higher in merit. If marks in compulsory subjects are also equal the one who is older in age is treated as higher in merit.

(iii). Only FPSC is authorized to announce the result.


  1. Actual number of vacancies in BS-17 to be filled on the results of this examination will be announced with the approval of the Government. The Government, however, reserves the right to fill a smaller or larger number of vacancies than that announced.


16 (i). Subject to the Recruitment policy explained in AppendixIII of these Rules, candidates securing the highest places on the combined results of the written Examination, Psychological Assessment and Viva Voce and eligible for appointment will be recommended by the Commission in order of merit up to the number of vacancies available in each quota. However, respective appointments shall be made by the Government. 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. (ii). 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.

(iii). 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. Preferences so revised at the time of viva-voce shall be treated as final and no subsequent change will be allowed under any circumstances. Candidates may opt for a group/service irrespective of the fact whether there is a vacancy therein or not.

(iv). 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.


17(i). Once the process of allocation has been accomplished; the vacancies remained unfilled due to non availability of qualified candidates under any quota shall be carried over to next examination for filling from among the same quota.

(ii). The Commission shall maintain the waiting merit list till commencement of Common Training Programme (CTP). Therefore, if any nominee of the Commission does not join and intimation in this regard reaches to the Commission through Establishment Division prior to commencement of CTP, the Commission shall nominate the next candidate on merit against a Group/Service according to his/her merit position in respective quota and preferred choice.

(iii). The vacancies of non joiner, reported to the Commission after the commencement of CTP shall be carried over to next examination.

(iv). Once the process of allocation/reallocation according to timelines given above is over the waiting merit list shall no longer be valid and the process of CSS 2017 will stand completed and closed.

  1. The Government reserves the right to make any changes to the above rules before finalizing appointment on the basis of this examination.

Note:—This issues with the approval of the Government.