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CSS MPT Paper: Tips and Insights for a Stellar Performance

1. Introduction

As a critical first step in the CSS Exams, the MPT serves as a gateway for aspirants, paving the way for those who triumph in this initial challenge.
This article delves into the structure and key points of the MPT. We have also mentioned the syllabus for the MPT at the end of the article.

The Dawn calls the MPT a “Redundant Test

(1) “Preliminary Test” refers to the “Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) based Preliminary Test (MPT)” designed to shortlist candidates for the written examination as per these regulations.

(2) The Preliminary Test will have a duration of two hundred minutes, consisting of one paper with two hundred marks, focusing on the subjects detailed in Appendix-III and the syllabus provided in Annexure-C.

(3) The Preliminary Test will be conducted annually before the written examination, on a date determined by the Commission.

(4) The Preliminary Test’s validity is limited to the same year as the competitive examination.

(5) The minimum passing threshold for the Preliminary Test is 33% marks.

(6) There is no restriction on the number of attempts a candidate may make to appear in the Preliminary Test, subject to rule 6.

(7) Candidates who wish to take the Preliminary Test must complete their registration online before the closing date set by the Commission. Applications submitted manually or after the closing date will not be considered.

(8) Hard copies of documents are not required for the Preliminary Test.

(9) Candidates are required to pay the specified fee for the Preliminary Test. The original treasury receipt must be presented to the examination hall’s supervisory staff when appearing for the Preliminary Test.

(10) Candidates appearing in the Preliminary Test must meet all eligibility criteria for the competitive examination in the relevant year. Failure to do so will result in their candidature being rejected, regardless of their Preliminary Test performance.

(11) Candidates who have already exhausted their three chances to appear in competitive examinations are ineligible to apply for or take the Preliminary Test.

(12) The fee for the Preliminary Test is Rupees 250.


2. CSS 2023 MPT Paper Syllabus

Preliminary Test shall be based on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) of 200 marks with subject wise distribution as following:-

S. No. Subjects Marks





1. Islamic studies. However, non-Muslims may opt either for civics and ethics or Islamic studies 20
2. Urdu, including its grammar usage and translation 20
3. English, including its vocabulary, grammar usage and comprehension 50
4. General abilities, including basic arithmetic SSC level, algebra SSC level and geometry SSC level, logical problems solving and analytical abilities and mental abilities 60
5. General knowledge, including everyday science, current affairs and Pakistan affairs 50

3. Syllabi for the subjects of Preliminary Test

The syllabi for the subjects included in the Preliminary Test are as per existing CSS CE Syllabus of Compulsory subjects (vide Annexure-B). The subjects of Civics & Ethics and Urdu have the following syllabi:


    • CIVICS

      • Definition, Nature & Significance. State & its elements. Organs of State. Fundamental Human Rights. Rights & Obligations of Non-Muslims under the Constitution of Pakistan1973. UN aim & Objectives, main Organs and Agencies.
    • ETHICS

      • Human Values: Role of family, society & educational institutions towards inculcating universal moral values.
      • Integrity, impartiality & non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance, and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
      • Emotional intelligence-concepts and application in administration/ governance


 صرف و نحو کا استعمال:

اقسامِ کلمہ /اجزائے کلام ، ترکیبی فعل،زمانے

واحد جمع، جملے کی ساخت، الفاظ کے جوڑے ، مذکر ومونث ، مترادف اور متضاد الفا ظ



4. Conclusion

The current pass percentage is around 1.94%. That means only around 2 people pass for every 100 who appeared. Our suggestion is that you don’t take this test lightly as the pass ratio suggests otherwise.

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