The Central Superior Services exam is considered one of the most difficult and prestigious exams conducted by the Federal Public Service Commission every year. After qualifying for the written exam, medical exam psychological exam, and viva voce the candidates can become the 17th Grade Civil Bureaucrat in allocated groups. There are many departments in which the candidates can get allocated such as Pakistan Administrative Service, Foreign Service of Pakistan, Pakistan Customs Service, Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service, Railway Group, Commerce and Trade Group, Military Lands and Cantonments Group, Police Service of Pakistan, Postal Group, Office Management Group, Inland Revenue Service and Information Group. The registration of CSS exam opens in the month of October and the FPSC holds the exam in the month of February. There are a number of compulsory and elective subjects that the candidates are required to pass in order to ace the exam. 

Tips For Preparation 

Every year the candidates with diverse academic backgrounds appear in this competitive exam but only a few of them managed to qualify. There are many factors that lead to the failure of the CSS aspirants. The candidates that have been looking at how to prepare for CSS exam can check the preparation tips that are mentioned below. 

Select Optional Subjects Wisely

One of the most critical steps is the CSS Preparation to select the optional subjects wisely. The candidates can prepare for the CSS exam even at the home through the provided syllabus content. It is recommended to the CSS aspirants that always choose the subject according to their interest or the subjects on which they have a strong grip. With good preparation and better understanding, the candidates can score good marks in any subject. 

Study Material

There are many myths associated with the CSS exam such as the candidates have to read a number of different books to prepare well. But this is not true at all, the main factor to consider is the understanding of the concepts and for this purpose, you have to read the authentic and proper information. The candidates are directed to study the research papers and must develop the habit of book reading. Moreover, the candidates can also get guidance from the books of foreign authors.

Devise Preparation Schedule 

With effective planning, it becomes easier for the candidates to achieve their goals. For the CSS preparation, the candidates must devise the preparation schedule so that the proper time can be allocated to each subject. Make sure to follow the study timetable throughout the exam preparation as it will assist you to score good marks in the exam with an efficient strategy. 

Strong Writing Skill

Writing skill is a very important element in the CSS exam. Moreover, the writing skill of the candidate will reflect the paper presentation in front of the examiner. So before appearing in the competitive exam develop strong writing skills so that you can score better in the exam.

Extract Vocabulary 

In essay writing and in all the other subjects the vocabulary is the most significant aspect to which the candidates should pay special attention. During the preparation, the candidates can extract English vocabulary from various newspapers such as Dawn or Express Tribune so that they can build a strong English structure. The unique words of English enhance the quality of sentences and offer a good impression. Moreover, squeeze prolonged statements with a good selection of words.

Practice Testing

Many candidates face test phobia that affects their preparation so one of the important things to do is to solve the practice papers. The candidates can also go through the past papers and solve them to overcome the phobia and to evaluate their preparation level. So the candidates are advised to the must solve the CSS past papers before the CSS exam as it also provides information about the nature of the questions and the paper pattern being followed. 

Effective Time Management

Time management is a key factor to consider while solving the paper. The candidates must practice time management before the actual exam so that they can effectively utilize the duration exam. Divide the time equally to all the questions and 10 minutes must be left for proofreading before returning the paper to the examiner. 

Special Focus on English

In the CSS exam, many candidates failed in the subject of English Essay so the candidates must have a strong grip on English. So focus on this subject and by doing the extensive practice the candidate can become perfect to ace this subject with the maximum score. 

Stress Management

No doubt the CSS exam is difficult and the candidates face many challenges while preparing for the exam but stress kills the productivity of the candidates. Due to this reason, candidates could not focus properly on the goals. Do good preparation and remain positive. Relax, breathe, don’t panic, everything will be okay.  

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