CSS: some issues

CSS is the competitive examination administered for induction into different posts of civil service of Pakistan.

It was always considered a forum based on merit and fair play. But not anymore.

The Faisalabad incident, which recently came to light, seriously questions its credibility and integrity. Candidates from Faisalabad were caught changing their answer-sheets in connivance with postal officials.

It is frustrating for young candidates who believed in their competence and had worked hard. No one knows for how long this malpractice had been going on. Nor is anyone aware of the magnitude of damage done to the system. The main accused is still at large.

Had there been no delay in receiving the bundles of answer-sheets in FPSC HQ, this incident would not have come to light.

It was revealing to know that the answer-sheets are transported through post offices.

On top of it, the FPSC has scattered the CSS centres all over the country bringing it to the level of district, which otherwise may not be easy to manage in a proper way.

People also report that there is now frequent mobile usage going on in examination halls.

The credibility of CSS as a competitive examination has already been eroded by the introduction of different quotas.

Initially, there was a provincial quota which was probably justified in order to give representation to backward areas.

Instead of doing away with this quota in due course, additional quotas over a period have been introduced.

Now there is a quota for armed forces, women and minority. This negates the spirit of competitiveness. It is now an examination of quotas.

Would someone look into the issues mentioned above to save a system (which otherwise was seen as fool-proof and without any serious flaws)?


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Jul 15, 2013 10:11am

nothing in this country is corruption free so is CSS examination, it seems so naieve to think about merit in the process which results the new babus inducted in the bureaucracy, they do it in their induction and continue it in their service, how come you expect morality from someone later whose corruption begins from the very first step.

Jul 15, 2013 12:53pm

There should be a moratorium on the CSS exam and the CSS intakes for at least the next five years. Our civil services are bloated anyway and these five years should be used to restructure and downsize the services including the reengineering of processes using technology as an enabler. There is no point in nurturing a class of elitists (which these officers are as they also confess themselves) at the cost of tax payers!

Jul 15, 2013 03:28pm

After New Chairman induction in the top ten position 3 were from Sindh in CSS 2012. I think this chairman must be removed to make FPSC credible .

Chartered Accountant
Jul 15, 2013 07:24pm

Please learn something about transparency and efficiency in the process involved from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)