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CSS holds no charm for Karachi candidates

CSS Exams 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 country.
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.

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 Kashmir.

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 from Punjab.

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 and Sindh.

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.

We talked 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 papers.

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.

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"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."
Name: Sheriyar
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
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