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Student's FAQ

You can attend online CSS classes by downloading Free Conference Call (FCC) from here. You can also download FCC on your smartphone’s play/app store by simply searching FCC.

Yes, we only provide online classes at TCA Online. We have been online since 2016.

Yes. Teacher’s whiteboard/PowerPoint can be seen during online (live) lectures to understand the topic even more clearly.

Yes, we keep extra time for Q&A session at the end of every class where you can put your queries. The teacher responds to the students to clarify their confusions till they are satisfied.

Following are the key benefits of taking online classes at TCA Online:

  1. You can take our online classes by sitting at your home or office; hence, you do not need to go to any academy physically; the teachers are literally at your doorstep. You get all the related guidance and even beyond while right sitting in your bedroom (we mean it!).
  2. All notes are provided FREE OF COST to the registered students. Generally, the notes of every topic are shared with the students within 24 hours after the class. It is the fastest notes-delivery mechanism in the marketspace so far.
  3. Once enrolled, students can re-join for revision purposes throughout the year till the date of exams without paying any additional charges of any sort.
  4. Online-classes is a hassle-free process and saves your time and energy cost (very significant and precious to CSS aspirants) by not going anywhere physically.
  5. We offer an amazing amalgam of civil servants and subject gurus in our distinguished faculty who strictly follow CSS syllabus while teaching. The key parameter to recruit a teacher is that he can teach, he knows how to teach and delivers the lectures in the easiest and the most understandable way.
  6. It also saves a lot of money such as fuel expense, public transport expense (Careem/Uber/Taxi/Rikshaw), hostel charges that includes both living and food expense and a lot more.

For the faculty-check, please click here.

The number of lectures varies from subject to subject as per the requirement of the syllabus. However, on average, more than 20 classes per subject are taken at TCA Online. 

In general, of every subject, two to three classes per week are conducted.

Yes, in every week, an assignment or a test (hand-written) is due which has to be submitted via email for a detailed evaluation by the respective faculty member.

Yes, a mock exam is conducted at the completion of every subject.

We applaud your observational skills. You are pretty right that mock test is a different and lengthy exam. It is difficult to evaluate it on computer screen by the teachers. Therefore, students are required to send their mock exam to the respective teacher via Pakistan Post so as it can reach to him with minimum expense. The teacher evaluates the mock tests and post it back to the students within one week.

Yes, oral quizzes are often conducted by the teachers in the class. It can be either a flash quiz or a pre-informed one. To perform well in it, we expect our students to be mentally ready in every class.

The duration to complete the course of compulsory subjects is 90 days i.e. 3 months.

The fee for individual subjects varies, please call 0313 3319144 to know about charges of individual subjects.

Selecting optional subjects often remains the most confused concern of the students. They often run after the scoring trend phenomenon which we highly discourage. Instead, we suggest the following logical set of parameters to set while analyzing the optional subjects and finally selecting them:

  1. Your interest and understanding of a subject shall help you the most to select an optional subject.
  2. Select such subjects which overlaps with each other the most. It saves time and energy in the long run to prepare them.
  3. Select an optional subject which has relatively small syllabus.
  4. Social science subjects can be opted even without any prior background if hard work is put.
  5. In case of a natural science (Physics, Chemistry etc.) or literature-based subject, check the below pre-requisite before taking a final decision in this regard:
  1. Background of a subject + Grip on the subject = Go for it!
  2. Background of a subject + No grip on the subject = Do not go for it!

The below list tells which subjects overlap with each. It will help you while selecting your optional subjects.

  • International relations = International law + US History
  • Political Science = Constitutional Law + Any history subject
  • Muslim Law & Jurisprudence = Islamic Studies
  • Sociology = Gender Studies
  • Philosophy = Political Science
  • Criminology = Psychology
  • Environmental Science = General Science and Ability
  • Islamic History and Culture = Islamic Studies
  • History of Pakistan & India = Pakistan Affairs
  • Governance & Public Policy = Pakistan Affairs + Public Administration

You must be crystal clear in your head that:

  • You have to finish the syllabus and not the book.
  • The biggest requirement includes the development of ideas and content.
  • Just like speed, cramming and rote learning also kills.
  • What to study and what not to study will be briefed by none but the past papers.
  • An important requirement is the development of analytical ability and critical thinking.

If a student enrolls in all compulsory subjects, a discounted fee of Rs. 12, 000/- per month is applied. It means that the fee becomes as low as Rs. 2, 000 per subject per month.

 If a student decides to pay the fee in lump sum, it is further discounted and a total fee of Rs. 30, 000/- only is charged. It means that the fee becomes as low as Rs. 1, 666 per subject per month.

The fee can be deposited via cash deposit in our bank accounts (HBL & SCB). Students/Parents/Guardians can also use online funds-transfer and ATM funds-transfer facilities to do so. Moreover, fee can also be paid via Jazz Cash (JC) and Easy Paisa (EP) payment solutions in our JC & EP accounts.

Fee can be deposited both in installments and lump sum mode. Separate kinds of discounts apply in both cases as told above.

We provide a purely talent-cum-need based scholarship for the aspirants. Our scholarship program for competent, talented yet desrving students is dedicated to Mrs. Syeda Fatimee (CSS 2013 - FSP). She joined 42nd Common Training Program (CTP) and belonged to the prestigious Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP). For details about Syeda Fatimee Scholarship Program (SFSP),click here.

CSS stands for Central Superior Service. It is conducted by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Islamabad for the recruitment of candidates for the posts of (BPS-17) in the following services/groups under the Federal Government:

1. Police Service of Pakistan

2. Commerce & Trade Service

3. Customs Service of Pakistan

4. Pakistan Administrative Service (Erstwhile District Management Group)

5. Office Management Group

6. Foreign service of Pakistan

7. Inland Revenue Service

8. Information Group 

9. Military Lands and Cantonments Groups

10. Pakistan Audit and Accounts service 

11. Postal Group 

12. Railways

A candidate for admission to the examination must have attained the age of 21 years and not over 30 years on the cut-off date. 

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 DC/ 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 DC/ 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.

(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 DC/ 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 cut-off date, 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.

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.

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.

It is not mandatory to pass GK papers separately. The papers of General Knowledge (General Science & Ability, Current Affairs and Pakistan Affairs) are to be passed collectively by scoring 120 marks out of 300.

The use of calculator will not be allowed in the paper of General Science & Ability.

Re-checking/ re-examination of answer books is not allowed under any circumstances. Only re-counting of marks is permissible as per conditions laid down in Provision 16(28) of CSS Rules, 2019.

No! A candidate can not appear in viva-voce if he did not appear in the psychological tests.

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.

The complete process involves different exercises spread over two working days.

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.

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.

Non Muslim candidates may either opt Islamic Studies OR Comparative study of Major Religions as may suit to them.

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.

The ratio of MCQs in compulsory papers for CE will be 20 MCQs in each paper except in the paper of English Essay.

Similarly there will be 20 MCQs from each optional papers except Mathematics.

Paper of Islamic Studies OR Comparative Study of Major Religions (For Non Muslims) can be attempted either in English or Urdu.

Fee for re-counting of marks is Rs. 500/- per paper.

Following are some basic reasons of rejections:

a. Underaged/Overaged.
b. Original Treasury Receipt (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.

31st December of the preceding year, when CSS C.E. is to be held.

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.

No separate quota is fixed for special candidates. Special candidates in the categories of physically impaired, hearing/speech impaired and visually impaired are allowed to compete for Competitive Examination against all Occupational Groups/Services according to his/her choice.

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.

NOTE: For any left-over query, feel free to call at 0313 3319144.