Introduction! Pakistan is in dire need of intelligent, academically sound and knowledgeable leaders, and political representatives, who can take decisions on behalf of the people, in light of their commendable qualities. As a result the providers of civil services in the country are selected via an examination, now formally known as the Central Superior Services of Pakistan (CSS) which was made binding by the government in the year 1973, under Article 240. The examination tests students on a diverse number of courses, which vary in their content and difficulty level.Due to the ever increasing scope and popularity of the CSS examination, students belonging to the provinces of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan are travelling to the bigger cities to prepare for the cut-throat examinations taking place in 2012. CSS Exam Application Process!Candidates, who fall into the eligibility requirements stated above, can applyfor the CSS 2012 examinations. CSS exam 2012 applications will be invited all over Pakistan in the month of November or December every year. Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan (FPSC) has already set the date of the examination for Saturday, February 25, 2012.Government employees who fulfill the requirement laid down for appearing in CSS exams 2012 are eligible to appear in exams if permitted by the competent authority in their departments or offices. No Government employee shall be competent to apply without the prior permission in writing from his/her department/office as the case may be, and such permissions must accompany the application. Candidates who join Government service after submitting their applications for admission to the examination should also submit the Departmental permission immediately thereafter.A candidate, who after submitting such Departmental permission, joins Civil Service Academy or is transferred to another Department, should also obtain the permission of that Department and submit the same to the Commission as soon as possible.A candidate who has left Government service should submit with his/her application the original as well as a copy of his/her discharge/service certificate.A candidate who has been dismissed from Government or semi Government Service will not be eligible for admission to the examination. If a great number of candidates apply for the CSS 2012 so the decision of the authority would be final about the limitation of the candidates to appear in the CSS exams 2012.If the Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan (FPSC) imposed a limit and the number of applied candidates exceeds that limit, the commission will select from applicants. This selection will be based on the accurate representation of provinces/areas of Pakistan as well as the various age concessions.CSS Eligibility Criteria!AGE REQUIREMENTSAll candidates must be between the ages of 21 to 28 years of age to take the CSS examination 2012. In January 2011, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani rejected an appeal by the Establishment Division to increase the upper age limit of eligibility on grounds of the fact that the examination must only be taken by the country’s youth, with eager and fresh minds. As a result the age limit could not be increased and the same will be applicable for the CSS 2012 examinations.The upper age limit can be relaxed to 30 years only in case of those candidates falling in the following groups; Candidates belonging to the Buddhist Community or a Scheduled Caste Candidates who are permanent residents of Balochistan, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar inclusive of the Frontier States of Chitral, Dir, Swat and Amb Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur Districts, Mardan and Hazara Divisions, and lastly, the Upper Tanawal area of Hazara Division Permanent residents of Azad Kashmir, who are currently residing in Pakistan, and residents of certain northern areas of Gilgit, Diamir, Baltistan, Ghizar and Ghanche For candidates who are currently government servants inclusive of the government servants in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, who have rendered not less than two years of continuous government service. Note: The age limit shall only be relaxed for the mentioned candidates upon the submission of a certificate (Annexure-B of Application) which must be government issued.A candidates’ age can only be verified via one of the following documents: Matriculation Certificate School Leaving Certificate An Attested Birth Certificate Once a year of birth has been verified by the FPSC, no changes will be allowed in any subsequent examination.ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS All candidates must hold a Grade C bachelors’ degree issued by an HEC registered university of Pakistan. For overseas students, an equivalent degree of the same qualification can be accepted however, the final decision lies with the Pakistani Commission. Holders of a Third Division Bachelors’ Degree can only sit for the examination if they are joint holders of a higher division Master’s Degree. NATIONALITY REQUIREMENTSOnly residents of Pakistan or nationals of the state of Jammu and Kashmir can qualify for the examination upon the submission of a copy of his/her national identity card, issued by their respective states. Seats allocated for prescribed provincial/ regional quotas shall be allocated to candidates on the basis of the domicile certificate issued by the competent authority in accordance with the law and the rules.Residents of Azad Jammu and Kashmir will only be allocated a seat in the examination upon submissions of a domicile certificate and a state issued NIC. The domicile once claimed and accepted by the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed at a subsequent examination or selection. The domicile claimed by a candidate and accepted by the Government at the time of entry into Government service shall be treated as final throughout his/her service career and no subsequent change in his/ her domicile will be recognized for the purpose of terms and conditions of his/her service including his/her allocation and liability to transfer.A candidate who has married a person who is not a citizen of Pakistan shall not be eligible for appointment provided that a person who marries an Indian national with the prior permission of Government may be regarded as eligible for appointment.A candidate having dual Nationality must Surrender his/her Foreign Nationality and inform the Government before joining Civil Services Academy.Number of attempts available for CSS examsThere are only three chances for candidates to appear in the CSS exams. No candidate can appear in the CSS exams more than three times. If candidates apply for the CSS exams but not appear in any one paper of the CSS exams then he/she will not be considered as one time attempted. A candidate will be considered to have attempted in the CSS exams only if she/he appears in any one or more papers of CSS exams.If a candidate who appeared in CSS Exams 2011 and now wanted to appear in the CSS exams 2012 they should apply for the CSS exams 2012 without waiting for the CSS result 2011.If any candidate apply for the CSS exams 2012 but not appear in the exams due to some reasons his/her CSS exams fee will not be refunded.