CSS ‘22
Preliminary Test (MPT)



English                          General Abilities                             General Knowledge
Pakistan Affairs          Everyday Science                            Current Affairs
Islamic Study               Urdu                                                  Sample Papers


How to Prepare For the MPT CSS Screening Test


Introduction to the CSS Screening Test

Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has its first MCQ-based Preliminary Test (MPT). In the year 2022, the date is February 20, which is a Sunday.


MPT must qualify for recruitment in the Central Written CSS Competitive Examination, 2022. These include BS-17 posts in twelve professional groups/services of the Federal Government. The CSS screening test is likely to be conducted at the following centers, including Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and more.


CSS Screening Test Syllabus

Below, you can find the syllabus for the CSS screening test. Since it has less weightage than the CSS exam and is for 200 minutes, it is essentially a gauge for the official exam and, thus, contains only compulsory subjects. Taking the CSS screening test does not count as one of your three CSS attempts. However, one cannot proceed to the next step in the CSS process without clearing the screening test. For Subjects and Marks Distribution Read:


Sr. No, subject, description, and marks.

1 Islamic Studies (If you are a non-Muslim, you can refer to Civics and Ethics. You can also opt for Islamic Studies in 20 if you want.

2 Urdu It includes Grammar, Translation, Usage 20.

3 English This includes vocabulary, grammar usage, and comprehension 50.

4 General Competencies This includes a level of basic arithmetic, a level of algebra, a level of geometry, logical problem solving, and analytical skills. It also includes mental abilities 60

5 General Knowledge This includes daily science, current affairs, and Pakistan affairs 50


CSS Screening Test- How to Prepare?

1. Prepare like it's a CSS exam.

The CSS Screening Test is not a CSS test. Still, the CSS screening test asks MCQ-based questions on the same syllabus as far as compulsory subjects are concerned as one studies for the actual CSS exam. These include Islamiat, Urdu, English, General Aptitude, and General Knowledge. So, you should prepare for the CSS screening test in the same way you prepare for the actual CSS exam. Thus, the CSS Screening Test will help you prepare for the real CSS exam and advance your knowledge in the subjects that will be tested in the actual written exams.


2. Practice time management.

One of the most underrated skills in exam preparation is time management. This is especially true for MCQ-based exams which usually have a large number of questions and each question has multiple options. As a result, students often get confused and spend too much time on some questions and not enough on others. But the trick about any MCQ exam is that only a few questions are designed to be difficult and time-consuming. The rest are easy so don't get stuck.


3. Practice revising your test.

Another benefit of managing time effectively is that you can save some time at the end to review and retest your test. Developing the habit of managing time effectively and revising the paper is very important for two main reasons. The time saved allows students to check their answers, especially choices they are unsure about. Students can go over them again and decide if they want to change them. This way, students can also make sure that they have answered every question and none are left out.


4. Follow a schedule.

Although the entrance test covers only five compulsory CSS subjects, studying effectively can still be a challenge. Students often struggle to study each subject effectively. Hence, it is advised that students follow the schedule for preparation. The schedule can help students to allocate equal time on different days for studying each subject. CSS aspirants can also divide their time between studying the content of each subject and practicing MCQs for comprehensive preparation. Following a schedule also helps students track their progress and identify whether study goals are being met.


5. Start reading newspapers.

This point cannot be repeated enough. Newspaper reading is an important part of your preparation strategy for several reasons. Reading newspapers can improve your preparation for the compulsory English subject as reading improves vocabulary, grammar, and other things like sentence structure. If you struggle with English, newspapers, where you are exposed to a variety of writing styles and opinions, can help improve your English communication skills. However, Urdu is also a compulsory subject which encourages students to diversify the newspapers they read. Reading Urdu articles can improve Urdu grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary. Finally, reading newspapers also helps you build a knowledge bank of current affairs, policy issues, the state of our nation, and the world. A strong grasp of current affairs is essential for a CSS officer but also for aspirants as current affairs is tested in the screening test and CSS exam as well as a compulsory subject.


6. Practice past papers.

One of the most effective ways to prepare for the CSS screening test is to practice past papers. A large bank of resources and past papers and questions are usually available online and students can take advantage of it. CSS past papers are helpful as you can revise and brush up on important concepts in each discipline. CSS exam past papers also give you a feel for the paper pattern and help you understand where you are struggling to solve the paper, what concepts are not clear, or what topics are over-emphasized. Need attention. It is also advised that students should give themselves time while attempting past papers to improve time management and solve the paper on time. Finally, practicing past papers is a good strategy because apart from recent events, there is a high probability that some questions will be repeated. Practicing a large number of past papers will ensure that students can benefit if there are any repeat questions.

7. Revision

Students who revise more remember better. Revision can help reinforce key concepts, dates, names, and other elements tested on the screening test. There are many different ways to revise. While practicing past papers helps in revision, it is also advisable for students to take notes during their preparation to revise later so that important concepts and details are remembered. The flashcard method is especially good for helping students remember dates, names, definitions, and other things they need to remember to successfully pass the CSS exam in Pakistan.


8. Find a study buddy.

Teamwork makes dreams work. While preparing for the CSS exam, making notes, reading newspapers, practicing past papers, and revising can be a daunting task, but finding a preparation partner can improve results. Study partners can monitor each other's progress, hold each other accountable for their preparation schedules, and revise together. Finally, study buddies can also help clear confusion and questions that arise in the preparation process.


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