Latest CSS Exam Results: KP Aspirants Do Badly
ISLAMABAD: A close examination of the results announced by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FPSC) for the Central Superior Service (CSS) exams reveals that of all the provinces and regions, it is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) who has the most performed poorly this time around.
As usual, the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), formerly the District Management Group (DMG), has remained the first choice for applicants for senior positions in their province or region.
The result reveals interesting facets on the comparative performance of students from different provinces and also on the overall national level of education and academic achievement. A total of 18,553 candidates took the CSS 2020 exams. Only 376 of them passed the written exam, or only 1.9% of applicants. They were eventually interviewed and only 221 were offered 17th year positions in different settings. This is only 1% of the 18,553 applicants who tried their luck in obtaining prestigious jobs in the federal government.
Of the 221 candidates who have been offered assignments in various federal settings, 64% are men and 36% are women. Of 34 applicants who obtained the highly sought-after accelerated PAS / DMG, 11 are women. The most senior national post holder is also a woman; of the first 100 positions, 31 were won by female candidates.
The Establishments Division requisitioned 255 FPSC candidates. After deducting the 10 candidates from the armed forces, the FPSC had to recommend 245 candidates. But after the exam, he was only able to select 221 candidates. Thus, 24 seats remained vacant because qualified candidates were not available.
Punjab has outperformed other provinces and regions. Of the top 115 positions, 90 were ranked by Punjab. Two were taken by Balochistan, eight by rural Sindh, three by urban Sindh and one by Azad Kashmir. No candidate from the KP or Gilgit-Baltistan / former tribal areas could secure a place in the top 115 positions.
Overall, the KP candidates performed poorly. Traditionally, two or three aspirants from this province are in the top 10 or 20 positions. But this time around, there isn’t a single KP candidate in the top 115.
All of the top 50 positions, except three, went to the Punjab. Top players from Balochistan, Rural Sindh, Urban Sindh, KP, Gilgit-Baltistan / Tribal Areas and Azad Kashmir had numbers 12, 43, 101, 116, 232 and 49 respectively on national merit.
No candidate from Punjab below the national merit position of 25 could enter the PAS. The last qualifying positions for PAS for Rural Sindh, Urban Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan / Tribal Areas, Azad Kashmir and KP were 112, 123, 12, 232, 44 and 116 respectively. .
An analysis of the applicants with the lowest merit in each province and obtaining federal employment is also of interest. The last person from Punjab got a job in the information group and held a position of merit of 172 nationally. As opposed to this, the latest position to get a job from Balochistan is 380 (income tax), Sindh rural 360 (auditing and accounting service), Sindh urban 349 (income tax), KP 357 (group d ‘information), Gilgit-Baltistan / tribal zones 350 (information group) and Azad Kashmir 301 (audit and accounting service).
The allocation to the various civil service executives is made on the basis of merit and preference. Each candidate gives a choice in descending order and the higher the merit, the more choices the candidate will have. However, the competition takes place between applicants from the same regions or provinces, which means that applicants from Punjab or KP or Gilgit-Baltistan / tribal areas will compete with their comrades from their own region.
The three defense forces – the army, the air force and the navy – have a quota in the civil service cadres based at the CSS. The armed forces obtain an induction of 10 pc in the first three cadres – the PAS, the police service and the foreign service. These inductees do not appear on the CSS exam but are appointed by their respective headquarters. They achieve seniority foremost Pakistan at the top of the CSS exam and all get equal notional scores for the best CSS exam candidates in the respective frameworks namely PAS, Police Service and Foreign Service .
Federal jobs are distributed according to the provincial quota mandated by the Constitution – 50 pc in Punjab (including the territory of the capital of Islamabad or TIC), 11.5 pc in KP, 6 pc in Balochistan, 19 pc in Sindh, which is further divided between urban and rural Sindh – which get 7.6 and 11.4 pc respectively. The regional breakdown in Gilgit-Baltistan / tribal areas is 4% and Azad Kashmir 2%. In total, 7.5% of the seats are awarded on general merit, which is mainly awarded to candidates from the Punjab.
There is also a quota for women (10%) and minorities (5%). This is allocated from the seats allocated to each cadre at the provincial and regional levels. But minorities and quotas for women in the KP, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan / tribal regions remain mostly unused for lack of suitably qualified candidates.
The current salary of a young AC in the Punjab is Rs 110,000 per month since the government grants a generous “management allowance”. In ICT and Sindh, a PAS officer assigned to a first assignment is paid around 50,000 per month with accommodation. At KP, he receives around Rs 80,000 per month. A qualified CSS section officer receives Rs50,000 or Rs60,000 per month with a housing allowance at the Federal Secretariat.
A young ASP is paid almost double what his classmate PAS receives. The government has also offered financial incentive programs to officers posted in areas such as Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
A senior official told The News that the CSS exam is currently the only merit-based career advancement channel for recent graduates. “FPSC still has immense integrity and CSS is the only way that smart and hardworking middle class, lower middle class and even poor families can reach high profile professional carriers without any recommendation or influence. foreign.
However, he also said the public service is quite politicized and that at the operational level federal and provincial lawmakers interfere in official affairs and in the assignments and transfers of young deputy commissioners (CAs) and assistant superintendents. police (ASP). For example, he pointed out, in Bhakkar alone, 14 ACs were transferred in two and a half years and 12 secretaries and seven commissioners from Lahore were transferred in 30 months. “Such a situation discourages bright and talented young graduates from joining the public service.”