CSS Exam – Medical Test | CSS Psychological Test | CSS Interview | CSS Viva Voce
The First Stage of the CSS exam is the written part. After passing the written exam the next three stages medical test, a psychological test and a viva-voce take place. The shortlisted candidates, after qualifying for the written exam, are called for the aforementioned assessments explained below.
CSS Medical Test :
The shortlisted candidates have to undergo a medical test. The purpose of a medical test is to examine that the candidate is free from any physical disease or anomalies which may affect the candidate’s delivery of services.
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A medical examination is conducted by the medical board, constituted by FPSC, for this purpose. The candidate must have sound physical and mental health. If a candidate’s medical report could not satisfy the medical requirements, he or she will not be appointed except the disabled person whose rules are separately prescribed by FPSC.
The disabled candidates must have submitted certificates of their disability issued by a recognized authority. Disabled candidates (i.e. physically impaired, hearing or speech impaired, deaf & dumb, visually impaired) are allowed to compete in CSS Exam for four groups of serves:
Pakistan Audit and Account, Commerce and Trade, Postal services, Information services. A helper (i.e. writer) can be provided to disabled candidates if they mention it in their application form. Similar to the visually impaired (blind) candidates extra 15 minutes per hour will be allowed.
In order to avoid disappointment in the medical test, candidates are suggested to have a proper medical examination by a Government Medical officer before applying for the CSS Exam.
CSS Psychological Test OR Personality Test :
The shortlisted candidates are called for a Psychological test and Viva-voce. Both the psychological test and viva-voce have combined 300 marks. The psychological test is designed to assess candidates’ mental capabilities, attitudinal aspects, and personality traits with regards to their competency for the Civil services.
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The psychological test consists of written tasks and group activities. In a written task, candidates are required to write their views regarding a specific topic, a question, a picture or a scenario presented to them. Trained psychologists analyze each word and line written by the candidates. Hence, the candidates should be careful about writing down their views. Your thoughts or statements should be clear, true, and straightforward.
Group activities are also designed to assess the behavior of students in groups. Candidates are asked to engage in some group activities to analyze their group performance and tendencies.
Candidates should bring three passport size photographs and their National Identity Card (CNIC) for the Psychological and Viva-voce exam. Candidates failed to appear in the Psychological test, he/they will not be allowed to appear in the viva voce.
CSS Viva Voce OR Interview :
After Passing through the Psychological test short-listed candidates will have to appear in a Viva Voce that carries 300 marks. CSS Viva-voce is an interview to assess candidates on the basis of their moral characteristics, readiness of mind, intelligence, leadership qualities, and extra-curricular, co-curricular qualities and knowledge. A Board of members of 4 Peoples is constituted to interview the candidates to judge their suitability for the services. The Board members have already documented records of the candidates (which they have gone through) in front of them at the time of the interview.
The candidates must have good communication skills. Good speaking skills aided by the power of creativity will help the candidate score well in the interview. Co-curricular activities and areas of interest will be asked about. Candidates must be confident and have good knowledge about their areas of interest i.e. hobbies and games. Co-curricular activities include candidate participation in debates, competitions, or other such activities.
The candidates must have sound knowledge about History, Islam (only for Muslims), and Pakistan as more questions will be asked about it. 100 marks are Qualifying for an interview. Candidates getting marks less than 100 will be disqualified for the services.
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