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PPSC: changing test syllabus

THE current test syllabus of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) is based on general knowledge and English (idioms, prepositions and vocabulary). This means candidates will cram more and more.

Such a test promotes a culture of cramming in Punjab, and this has been there since our school days.

Furthermore, such a test pattern judges only one function of the mind, i.e. memory, while other functions of the mind which are calculation, comprehension and analysis are ignored.

These other functions of the mind can be explored by including mathematics, analytical reasoning, intelligence quotient and comprehension paragraphs in the test syllabus. I hope that the PPSC would pay heed to the cause and thus end the culture of cramming. I request the PPSC to change its current test syllabus for all types of tests.


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Pakistani Vested Interests Representative
Jul 12, 2013 08:02am

Inducting people with analytic skills into public service is against the traditions of this country and might even be against our strategic interests. Who knows what such a person might uncover and what chaos he will wreck with the status quo when in service. A major threat to stability I say.

(Lol, just a joke, so don't take the above to seriously.)

Jul 12, 2013 04:44pm

100% agreed. As per my experience, not a single test conducted by PPSC is reliable or valid. There is a dire need to revise the test syllabus if PPSC really wants to select the right person for the right job.