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The candidates that are preparing for the competitive exams and looking for the detailed instructions about the CSS written test are invited on

The central superior service exams comprise of 12 papers in which 6 are compulsory and the other 6 are optional that can choose from the available list of subject.

The total marks of CSS exams are 1200 from which 600 are of compulsory subjects and 600 are allocated to optional subjects.

Each compulsory subject carries 100 marks however some optional subjects have 200 marks. So in case, the candidate has selected the optional containing 200 marks then he/she has to select 5 optional subjects.

The time limit of each paper is maximum 3 hours.

CSS Written Test Pattern

The CSS written test pattern of both compulsory and optional subjects is as follows

Objective Part- It consists of multiple-choice questions that contain 20 marks and it is attempted on a separate sheet. The first 30 min are allocated to the objective part.

Subjective Part- It consists of long questions that contain the remaining 80 marks of the paper. 2 hours and 30 min are defined for the subjective part.

Passing Criteria in CSS Written Test

The Passing Criteria in CSS written test is stated below

40% marks in compulsory subjects

33% marks in optional subjects

It is mandatory for the candidates to score at least 50% marks in the total aggregate to move to the next phases of the CSS exams that include a medical examination, psychological examination, and viva.

Important Instructions For Candidates

The aspirants can take three attempts to appear in the competitive exams.

It is recommended to the candidates to choose the subjects wisely as there is no option to change the subject after the submission of the application form.

In case if the candidates miss one paper due to some reason that he/she will be not allowed to give the rest of the papers