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Doing away with quota in CSS


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THE CSS examinations are the most authentic and prestigious examinations in the country. Recourse to this examination is a measure to test the overall potential of a candidate.

The government has reserved provincial, army, women and minorities quota in these exams. Quota of any kind in this authentic examination or elsewhere negates the sense of competitiveness and must be abolished as it infringes upon merits.

The official policy of increasing women’s quota to 10 per cent and the minorities’ quota to five per cent is unjustified. The army quota is superfluous and illicit as they land into the three top groups without even taking the written examination.

The lawmakers should do away with not only the women’s quota but also with the army and minorities quota. This would increase open merit seats and gradually decrease the provincial quota as well. This will revive a true sense of competition among candidates.


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Ali Khan Mar 04, 2013 10:36pm
Quota system has already been ruled as un-Islamic and illegal by the Nations top Shariah court. Even if we keep religion aside, the whole basis of Quota system is flawed and was implemented to please a few classes in particular while taking away open merit from the deserving population of the country. The educated people have to work extra hard and then leave it to fate to get any reasonable government or semi govt job in Pakistan. Remember that as long as illiterate or undeserving people keep taking seats due to quota system, they will never be able to improve the efficiency and running of the institution as they will not be capable of working in the same capacity as someone who has merit to do tat. If we employ on open merit basis then under-served and backward area people will automatically start getting employment as the better people running these institutions will improve its affairs and generate more employment rather than the one who came in through the un justified and pathetic quota system. All the people who are currently sitting on govt jobs due to quota system should be ashamed of themselves and hide their faces as they have taken away a meritorious persons seat for the rest of his or her life!
sadaf Mar 04, 2013 07:37am
well said...specially army quota is not justified in CSS exams..
Muhammad Ahmed Mufti Mar 04, 2013 02:29pm
First, the selection process should be made transparent. Then merit alone must be used to gauge a candidate's qualification. Lastly the age limit must be replaced with physical fitness. Quota system has ruined Pakistan.
An Observer Mar 04, 2013 09:59am
Minorities and women must be given due representation in all walks of life in Pakistan. They are already pushed against the wall.
Aroon kumar Kundnani Mar 04, 2013 11:58am
If the era of minorities quota and couple of another quota is unjustifiable then it is also unjustifiable in our parliament i-e: the seats of P.M and President will also be on open merit without considering the sense of minorities, if u agree then mark it and if u disagree then give justification??
Mohd. Rahmatullah Mar 04, 2013 03:25pm
Yes, I agree that army quota should be abolished from CSS exams.
Imtiaz Awan Mar 05, 2013 04:13am
The point I am trying to drive home here is that quota 'anywhere' negates the true sense of competitiveness.This exam itself is a benchmark to test the caliber.Army quota must be outlawed.As for the women ,they are already excelling and proving their mettle in all walks of life.