According to a report published in prestigious daily Dawn News today, Federal Public Service Commission has decided to introduce a screening test for candidates appearing in the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination. FPSC offcial told Dawn :

“We are going to place this proposal before the cabinet meeting for a final approval,” Secretary Establishment Division Nadeem Hassan Asif told the Senate standing committee on cabinet secretariat on Monday.”

That proposed screening test would be of three hours, based on multiple choice questions, and will carry 200 marks. Screening test would be constituted of English vocabulary and grammar, general knowledge and Islamiat. Only those candidates who will qualify this test would be allowed to appear in CSS Exams. 

As per  this report, the FPSC that is a federal recruitment body with huge state resources, is finding it hard to go through around estimated 25,000 papers of the candidates. As in the words of FPSC official : 

“We have to go through the papers of thousands of candidates. Roughly, out of 25,000 candidates only around 1,000 qualify for the interview,” said the secretary establishment.

It’s important to note that while having very much low financial and human resources, universities, boards across the country manage to conduct papers and tests for millions of candidates, Federal Public Service Commission is unable process nearly 25,00 papers once a year. In other words, FPSC is not taking this decision to upgrade and improve the standard of civil service of Pakistan, but just because of its own incapability to process papers of a huge number of candidates. This fact sheds lot of light on the working of a federal body that is responsible for providing this nation with most suitable and efficient state machinery. 

As FPSC goes on to take yet an other  experiment, there are a few questions that must be asked :

  1. FPSC had taken this decision in 2013 as well. What were the reason that FPSC failed to implement this decision at that time ?
  2. According o FPSC, screening test will help improve the  standard  for checking papers of candidates. Should it be taken as a confessional statement that FPSC was not able to keep standard and transparency in CSS paper checking during previous years ?
  3. Recently, Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a decree that being the official language of the state, Urdu must be replaced with English in all state institutions. Govt has also decided to implement this decision and has asked state representative (of whatever level) to speak and communicate in Urdu during official visits. Why not FPSC is allowing candidates to use ”official state language” for attempting competitive exams ? Is not it contempt of court ?