From 2022, the Federal Public Service Commission FPSC will conduct screening tests for candidates wishing to appear for the Central Superior Services CSS competitive examination.
It is to be noted that the federal cabinet in its last meeting had approved to conduct a screening test of 200 marks before the CSS competitive examination. The exam will consist of 20 marks in Islamic Studies, 20 marks in Urdu, 50 marks in English, 60 marks in General Abilities and 50 marks in General Knowledge.
The Establishment Division informed the Cabinet that FPSC conducts CSS examination annually for recruitment to BS-17 posts in 12 professional groups / services, which is mandatory under Section 7 of the FPSC Ordinance 1977.
The FPSC observed that the number of applicants increased by an average of 10% per annum during 1998-2019, while during 2020 and 2021, the number of applications increased by 69% as compared to previous years. This resulted in a reduction in passing percentage and an increase in processing time.
Sources said that the FPSC was directed to review the competitive examination system of CSS after studying the international best practices and to select various stakeholders as per the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Institutional Reforms. Include ideas. Subsequently, the FPSC stated in its study that screening / preliminary tests were conducted in SAARC countries to filter candidates for important examinations. The screening test will reduce the processing time of CSS exam from 20 months to 12 months.
It may be mentioned here that the Cabinet also considered this issue in its meeting held on December 10, 2019, however, the proposal to introduce screening test before the written test was not approved.
Cabinet members were of the view that SAT / GRE type tests could be detrimental to candidates from underdeveloped countries while announcing the delay along with legal qualifications was unfair to the candidates.
In addition, some members feared that it would be detrimental to candidates in backward areas and double the cost to them.
The FPSC took note of the above observations of the Cabinet as the proposed format of the screening test consists mainly of the required subjects of the CSS exam and has no resemblance to the SAT / GRE format.
The FPSC intended to conduct a thorough screening test before announcing the CSS CE-2022 exam, therefore, there would be no question of legal stability and unfairness with the candidates, he informed the Cabinet.
In addition, the FPSC said that the screening test has been capped at 33% which will enable most of the candidates from all parts of Pakistan to pass the proposed test.
In support of the proposal, the FPSC also conducted a statistical analysis of the last five years, which showed that most of the candidates, including Balochistan and Sindh (R), scored at least 33% marks in the compulsory subjects in the written part of the examination. This data further supports the idea of conducting a screening test before the written CSS exam.