Federal Public Service Commission has, for the first time, decided to hold a preliminary screen-out test for those intending to sit the CSS competitive exam 2014.
Thousands try their luck at the prestigious central superior services exam and the measure, it seems, aims at filtering out the unsuitable candidates beforehand.
A total of 11,888 candidates initially registered themselves for the 2010 examination, 7,759 actually sat for it, 642 passes the written exam, and only 205 were finally recruited into the civil service. Curiously enough, 66 vacancies were left unfulfilled “due to non-availability of qualified and suitable candidates,” as per the FPSC annual report 2011, available online.
And next year, 2011, a total of 13,071 applied, 6,063 attempted the test and 882 were declared successful in written exam. There are no statistics available as yet about the 2012 exam.
The measure also shuns the impression that the civil service was no longer the lucrative career path for the youth after Musharraf regime brought in the local government system. The local govt. system, it was argued, took most power in its hands and left the District Management Group, the most sought after group in the Pakistan civil service, toothless. The numbers, however, show that a major chunk of fresh graduates each year still opt for the CSS exam, hence the need for a preliminary screen-out test.
“The screening test will be of 3 hours duration comprising MCQs of 200 marks and will be held on 15‐09‐2013. The contents of screening test are based on English, General Abilities, General Knowledge (Everyday Science, Current Affairs, Pakistan Affairs) and Islamiat. The contents of the syllabus are the same as already prescribed for Competitive Examination and have been placed on FPSC website (www.fpsc.gov.pk),” says a public notice issued by the commission on June 07, 2013.
General Abilities mean basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry (SSC level), logical reasoning and analytical ability, and general mental ability. These abilities carry 20 per cent weightage of the 200 marks.
Those intending to apply for the CSS competitive examination‐2014, may apply online for the screen-out test during July 15 and August 15, 2013, through the FPSC website.