Karachi: (Aftab Channa) The recent trends in CSS results have revealed the down gradation of our educational system. Even qualified and genius graduates of country’s top varsities fail the exam which shows that these exams demand a better understanding of the rules and regulations including adequate selection of subjects and thorough preparation of the exams.
These views were expressed by Dr. Muhammad Moiz Khan, Director Students’ Guidance, Counseling & Placement Bureau, University of Karachi (KU) while addressing at the introductory seminar regarding CSS at Arts Auditorium, faculty of social sciences KU.
“Varsities must take initiatives to organize CSS training to the students, KU has initiated these CSS trainings and I hope that it will bring positive changes”, he added.
The Student’s Guidance, Counseling and Placement Bureau, University of Karachi was established in 1982 to help and guide students in terms of career counseling, preparation of various aptitude tests and placement.
Dr. Moiz Khan said that In 2016 examinations only 209 students cleared the written exam out of more than 9000 candidates. Dr. Moiz Khan explained various aspects related to CSS as a career choice, preparations, examinations, groups to opt for, interview and source material. He also elaborated the eligibility criteria to the attendants of the seminar belonging to all parts of Pakistan and academic spheres.
Dr. Khan emphasized upon the importance of planning a career and preparing for it in advance with proper guidance. He said the most common reason behind the failure of majority of the candidates in CSS is the wrong selection of optional subjects.
The second most common reason is weak English. Other than the two Compulsory papers of English, (Essay and Precise & Composition) all the other papers are also attempted in English. Expression of thoughts and knowledge in English becomes most important in CSS.
Dr. Khan said that Sindh Urban quota remains un-utilized some times because candidates from urban areas do not clear the exams. According to him most of the students from Karachi prefer private jobs over government services. The best students join multi-nationals after their studies or move abroad for better opportunities. Secondly the worst fear of majority of Karahiites is moving outside Karachi to any other part of Pakistan for serving for few years. Transfers and posting all across Pakistan is a common practice in all federal services and it is the Achilles Heel for candidates from Karachi.
While concluding the seminar Dr. Moiz Khan said any one can overcome the hurdles and shortcomings if they have determination and consistency. He advised students to target more than one attempts, if necessary all three attempts. He said the best strategy is to start preparing for the second or third attempt immediately after the exams, because the results are announced in October and exams take place in February. If someone waits till the results then he/she wastes more than six months.