"UQAILI'S PREPARATORY SCHOOL (UQAIPS) FOR CSS PCS"
CAREER COUNSELLING Structure of Presentation A. Choosing A Professional Career B. What is CSS? C. How Challenging CSS Is? D. How To Achieve the Goal? E. Is Structured Guidance Necessary? F. Question - Answer Session 2 A. CHOOSING PROFESSIONAL CAREER Choosing Professional Career (I) Career vs. Job Long Term Association – Short Term Employment Progression Smooth – Promotions Need Switchovers Public Sector vs. Private Sector Long Term Association - Short Term Employment Post Retirement Benefits – Rare Exceptions Promotions Smooth – New Jobs for Progression Security – Uncertainty 4 Choosing Professional Career (II) CSS vs. Other Government Jobs Superior Services – Normal Government Jobs Promotions Are Rapid – Progression is Slow Policy Makers & Executers – Policy Executers Higher Social Status & Influence – Simple Greater Perks & Privileges – Ordinary Opportunities for Social Service – Very Rare Motivation level is higher – Static Golden Opportunity to Join Federal Services! 5 B. WHAT IS CSS? What is CSS? CSS Central Superior Services (of Pakistan) Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) holds CSS Examination through out Pakistan, once each year, for recruitment of CSS Officers (Jan-March, 2009) Twelve (12) Services / Groups: Accounts, C&T, Customs, DMG, FSP, ITG, Information, MLC, OMG, Postal, PSP & Railways 7 What is CSS Exam? Step 1: Written Examination (1200 Marks) – Most Crucial Step 2: Viva Voce (300 Marks) – Not Very Challenging Selection Purely on Merit - Cum - Regional Quotas 8 Requirement / Eligibility for CSS All Pakistanis with a minimum graduate degree Are Eligible Age Requirement: 21 to 28 years For 2010 CSS Exam Eligible Candidates Are: Born Between 01-01-1982 And 01-01-1989 Age Relaxations: Government Servants (3 years service) = 2 years Scheduled Castes / Backward Areas = 2 years 9 Provincial / Regional Quotas All Pakistan Merit 7.5% Provincial / Regional Quota Punjab (Including Islamabad) 50% Sindh: 19% (Rural: 60% & Urban: 40%) NWFP: 11.5% Baluchistan: 6.0% NA & FATA 4.0% AJK 2.0% Women Quota 10% of each Provincial / Regional Quota Sindh domiciled candidates have the Golden Opportunity – Almost No Competition!! 10 Written Examination - I COMPULSORY SUBJECTS (600 Marks): English Essay (100 Marks) [Highly Sensitive] English Précis & Composition (100 Marks) [Highly Sensitive] General Knowledge (300 Marks) GK-I: Pakistan Affairs (100 Marks) GK-I: Current Affairs (100 Marks) GK-I: Every Day Science (100 Marks) Islamiyat (100 Marks) [Highly Sensitive] No Worries – Every thing Doable 11 Written Examination – II (Optional Subjects) OPTIONAL SUBJECTS GROUP – A Carrying 600 Marks to Subjects Marks be selected Accounting & Auditing 200 Nine (9) Groups Economics 200 Business Administration 100 What To Do? Public Administration 100 Attached Conditions carefully examined Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted. Subject selection with Note: Business Administration sound reasoning cannot be opted in combination with Public Administration 12 Written Examination – III (Optional Subjects) GROUP – B GROUP – C Subjects Marks Subjects Marks Political Science 200 Pure Mathematics 200 Agriculture 100 Applied Mathematics 200 Forestry 100 Computer Science 100 Sociology 100 Statistics 100 Journalism 100 Subjects carrying not more than 200 Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted. marks can be opted. 13 Written Examination – IV (Optional Subjects) GROUP – D GROUP – E (Science Subjects) (History Subjects) Subjects Marks Subjects Marks Physics 200 Islamic History & Culture 200 Geography 200 Indo-Pak History 200 Geology 200 British History 200 Chemistry 200 European History 200 Physics 200 Biology 200 History of the USA 100 Subjects carrying not more than 200 Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted. marks can be opted. 14 Written Examination – V (Optional Subjects) GROUP – F GROUP – G Subjects Marks Subjects Marks Law 200 Philosophy 200 Constitutional Law 100 Mercantile Law 100 Psychology with 200 Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100 Experimental Psychology International Law 100 International Relations 100 Subjects carrying not more than 200 Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can be opted. marks can be opted. Note: International Law CANNOT BE opted in combination with International Relations. 15 Written Examination – VI (Optional Subjects) GROUP – H GROUP – I (Regional Languages) (National & Foreign Languages) Subjects Marks Subjects Marks English Literature 200 Sindhi 100 Urdu 200 Pushto 100 Persian 200 Punjabi 100 Arabic 200 Baluchi 100 Subjects carrying not more than 200 Subjects carrying not more than 100 marks can be opted. Not more than one of the 4 subjects can marks can be opted. be opted. Note: Not more than one of the 4 subjects Note: Urdu can not be combined with can be opted. Regional Languages. 16 Selecting Optional Subjects Science & Technical (e.g. Accounting & Auditing, Economics, etc.) Subjects Previous Knowledge & Command Over Subject Essential Social Science & History Subjects Previous Knowledge Preferred But Interest is Essential Languages Previous Knowledge & Command Over Language Essential Marking Patterns / Trends – Must be Explored But Exceptions Ignored FPSC Report (Examiners Views) Scrutinized 17 C. HOW CHALLENGING CSS EXAM IS? How Challenging CSS Exam Is? (I) CSS is Challenging But Achievable For Above Average Candidates Seriousness and Sincerity to the cause is Essential Art and Luck – Art could be learnt and Luck (chances of success) could be maximized and in some cases guaranteed with proper guidance and focused study. Requires Commitment to devote time and energies to acquire good knowledge, with reasonable analytical depth, about twelve subjects 19 How Challenging CSS Exam Is? (II) Selective vs. thorough study: Both: Selective While Choosing Important Topics But Thorough in the Focused / Chosen Topics Books For Study Books recommended by the FPSC should be preferred and referred for high scores. But selection of books should be smart and efficient Good books, with analytical depth, always pay higher dividends. Win – Win Situation: Success or no success 20 D. HOW TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL? How to Achieve The Goal? (I) Decide and Commit: Must Decide to Join Central Superior Services of Pakistan Prepare Mentally to Appear in the CSS Exam ASAP Commit Yourself for the Objective for Six to Eight Months Prepare A Formal Study Plan Up To The Exam Calculate Months, Days, Hours Available Divide the Available Hours Among the 12 Subjects Focus on Skills Development Priority Should Be „Developing Skills‟ - Not Only On „Assimilating Knowledge‟ Tips & Techniques to Gain Extra / Bonus Marks – Such information is not found in books, periodicals, etc. 22 How to Achieve The Goal? (II) Subject Knowledge Must Acquire Subject Knowledge Simple Research Of The Topics Essential Read, Understand, Analyze and Prepare Notes Memorizing Important Points – Must (Elaborate Yourself) Keep Focus on Past Examination Papers Develop Analytical Skills to Create Analytical Depth in Answers Review “FPSC Annual Report”: Must Know Expectations of „Examiners‟ from „Candidates‟ 23 How to Achieve The Goal? (III) During Exam, The Basic Thrust Should Be On: Properly Understanding The Question(s); Selecting The Best Four / Five Questions To Attempt; Setting The Perfect Order Of Attempting Questions; Analyzing & Comparing „Issues‟ + „Events‟ Effectively Writing The Most Appropriate And Concise Answers; „Introduction‟ – Should Be „An Abstract‟ of the Answer Must „Conclude‟ Each Answer with Your Opinion Beware of the Clock – Must Adhere Timelines!! 24 Time Management – Key to Success! During Preparation: 50% Success - On Proper Time Management During Preparation “Study Schedule” Up To The Exam Is A Must Practice “Writing Answers” During Preparation During Examination: Available Time 150 Minutes for Four (4) Subjective Answers Allow 10 Minutes For Reading Question Papers and Deciding the Order of Attempting Answers Spare 10 Minutes for Revision Spend 40 Minutes on First Answer and 30 for Remaining Three Must Follow Time lines 25 E. IS STRUCTURED GUIDANCE NECESSARY? Is Structured Guidance Essential for CSS? Nature of CSS Exam? Not A Taught Course An “Un-guided Research Programme” Why Most CSS Aspirants Falter? Lack of or Improper Guidance Lack of Commitment [„Competence‟ is Good But „Commitment‟ is Essential] Each Candidate Has to Prepare Him/Herself – Proper & Structured Guidance „Keeps on Track‟ and „Saves Precious Time‟ Greatly Enhances Chances of Success 27 Key To Success? Summarized 1. Commitment for the Cause 2. Structured Study / Preparation 3. Better Time Management a) During Preparation & a) In The Examination Hall 28 QUESTIONS???? (IF ANY) FURTHER INFORMATION WEBSITE: www.uqaips.com EMAIL: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org CELL: 0322-241 0344 (Mr. Ahmed) 30 Thanks