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‘Civil service in decline’

Published Sep 15, 2012 03:15am


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THIS is with reference to the article ‘Civil service in decline’ (Aug 27). The writer is of the opinion that decline in civil service is on account of improper structure of CSS competitive examination which promotes rote learning and state-sponsored answers in some papers; that marks are not allotted for the steps taken in working an answer but only a right answer.

Viewpoint expressed by the writer seems to be the outcome of some misconception, as professors of reputable universities who are working as paper setters and examiners; or the examination itself, judge knowledge, comprehension, and foremost the critical and analytical skills of a candidate through the examination as the annual reports can be referred to.

As English is the official language of the country, an officer's command over the language is necessary to carry out assignments efficiently and effectively.

English Essay and English "Precis and Composition" are considered as the best tools to test proficiency in English language.

It is an admitted fact that religious and cultural values create patriotism among citizens, therefore introduction of Islamiat and Pakistan Studies form part of compulsory group with a view to assess knowledge of a Pakistani in various aspects of ideology of Pakistan.

Around 40 optional subjects are included in the list of optional subjects to judge candidates' performance in their own fields and candidates are at liberty to choose subjects comprising 600 marks of their own choice that is why scientists (medical doctors and engineers) choose non scientific subjects and secure good positions.

Hence, the conclusion drawn by the writer – discrimination in some subjects is found – is neither correct nor fair. That is why persons like Muhammad Umair and Sana Khalid Tirmizi in their letters (Aug 30) and (Sept 5) respectively have appreciated the existing scheme and syllabi of the examination.

However, FPSC, as a general principle strives to review and improve the standard of testing by including latest developments in various educational fields/disciplines in its examination and testing process. The core objective is to select the best out of the best through a fiercely competitive but fair system.

M. SIDDIQUI SAJID        Islamabad


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Comments (4) Closed

sajjad Hyder Sep 15, 2012 01:47pm
Rulling the countrty by those who know less about everything, while in the modern world people are requird who know more about less.....
gangadin Sep 16, 2012 01:22pm
'Service' is the key word. Do they serve the public? When majority of Pakistanis don't speak English, why so much emphasis on English. If these are 'Civil Servants', they should have the ability to get down to a level where they can understand the needs of public that they are supposed to serve.
usman Sep 16, 2012 09:39pm
the writer has not been able to respond to any of the concerns expressed in the original article. To me, the core issues raised in the original piece were promotion of rote-learning and incompatibility of our competitive exam with that of the UK & US. Ironically, both these points have been left untouched. The upshot of the original article was induction of civil servants in developed countries is centered on evaluation of the analytical abilities whereas ours system is based on assessment of memory. Nowhere,in this letter the writer has challenged this hypothesis.
M. Alvi Sep 15, 2012 12:28pm
It is not just 'Civil Service in Decline' in Pakistan, every thing is in decline. Do not think of civil service, think of Pakistan.