CSS holds no charm for Karachi candidates
Despite this, only eight candidates have qualified for the
coveted posts in the civil services. We contacted some candidates who are
preparing for their CSS examinations and study at Defence Society Library. Arif
Mateen who has a Masters in International Relations from the University of
Karachi believes that young people of Karachi and other urban cities are not
interested in CSS as they preferred degrees in business administration,
chartered accountancy, computer sciences, medicine, and engineering that could
provide them lucrative jobs in the urban areas.
Karachi, May(The News): The absence of candidates from urban Sindh who qualified in the Central Superior
Services exams this year is quite puzzling as the combined population of
Karachi, Hyderabad, and Sukkur is no less than 16.7 million. The literacy rates
of these cities is also comparatively higher than the rest of the
Another aspirant, Khalid
Waheed, who did his Masters in Political Science from the University of Karachi,
agreed but added another point. In his opinion the young people from Karachi,
Hyderabad, and Sukkur had the notion that the quota alotted to the urban areas
was not enough so it was futile to appear for the CSS examination. This is a
myth that prevails, say others.
A business tycoon, on condition of
anonymity, said that most of the job seekers in Karachi and the other two
cities, preferred to remain in the cities and work in the private sector which
was that had no quota system. "Many youngsters are dismayed by the quota system
and discriminatory treatment accorded the urbanites. So they prefer to keep away
from the government jobs".
The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC)
announced the results of the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination
recently. The total number of candidates who have qualified this year was 272.
This includes 192 from Punjab, 16 from Sindh (Rural), eight from Sindh (Urban),
32 from the NWFP, 11 each from FATA and Balochistan, and two from Azad Jammu and
Fida Hussain from Sindh (Rural) topped the list while the Second
and Third positions have been secured by candidates from Punjab. The fourth
position holder is from Balochistan, fifth and sixth position holders are again
The results are unusual in that the first position up till
now had usually been bagged by candidates from Punjab. The scenario for
Sindh-urban, however, is bleak. No candidate was able to find a place from
positions one to 20, raising questions about the huge disparity between Punjab
Meanwhile, when contacted Hussain to enquire about
securing the top position in the prestigious civil service examination, he
commented "I attribute my success to Almighty Allah who answered the prayers of
my family and friends. I believe the first step towards success is faith in
oneself. I had faith in myself that not only could I clear CSS examination but
could make it to the top".
Hussain is a resident of K.M. Arija, Tehsil
Dokri, District Larkana and currently working as an intern with the Senate of
Pakistan and conducting research work for Nisar A Memon, Senate Standing
Committee on Defence and Defence Production under a USAID project. He says he
studied long hours and concentrated his attention on acquiring fluency in
English and General Knowledge. He plans to join the Pakistan Police Service on
the all-Pakistan quota.
Irfan Nawaz, who secured 12th position in the
exam completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from the National
University of Science and Technology (NUST), Rawalpindi, and received a gold
medal for securing first position in the class. He studied at Chinar Army Public
School and College, Murree.
Nawaz says he studied 10 hours daily for the
competitive examination and is proud of the fact that many candidates from rural
Sindh had done exceptionally well. He is based in Khairpur and hopes to join
District Management Group (DMG) on an all-Pakistan quota.
to many candidates who are preparing to take the CSS exam. Shazim Akhtar, from
rural Sindh, is one such candidate who is working hard to qualify for the
examination. He said that the candidates from rural Sindh are not proficient in
subjects such as accountancy, physics, mathematics, and statistics so they opt
for the social sciences.
These subjects were vast, and there are
questions and topics that are beyond the knowledge of the students. Besides,
examinations in these subjects are held with very few gaps in between the
Another candidate from urban Sindh thought it was good that 20
per cent objective questions were included in the question papers. Fifteen marks
carried by these questions make it easier for candidates to pass. Asif Brohi
from rural Sindh expressed surprise that the FPSC expected so much from
graduates who had no exposure to the big cities and lacked the required skill
needed to write such lengthy answers.
"There is need for making change in CSS examination and they will divide the groups and then take examinations two times per year so for this it will helpful for the candiadates to reappear in the examinations if they dont qualify, beacuse there is rising unemployment in the country at high rate so Goverment should realize about it and also raise the age limit at 33 years old . If our Goverment is not considering the problems and curtailing the age and other factors then where will the youth of this country go."
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
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