On 16th of April 2015, a massive earthquake hit Pakistan. The epicentre of the earthquake, the tremors of which were felt all across the country, was the Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad. The aftershocks are still jolting the CSS pundits, mentors, coaching academies and the students alike. The details shared by the Commission reveal that the quake was in the form of enormous changes to the CSS syllabus — which has been revised after a long period of 34 years. The assessment of the damage done by the earthquake suggests that it had flopped all those publishers and coaching enterprises where students were only made to follow the so-called ‘scoring-trend’ and nothing was done on imparting to them the real knowledge of the subjects. It has also come to the fore that the students have been hard hit by the quake as the erstwhile high-scoring subjects like Persian, Arabic, Journalism, Psychology, Geography and Regional Languages have been assigned to a single group, leaving the students with a choice only to select one of them and that too for 100 marks only.
The most conspicuous aspect of the syllabus change is that it has made the subject of International Relations almost compulsory. However, as they say every cloud has a silver lining which in this case is that the subject shall now contain 200 marks. Another benefit that opting for this subject accrues is that it perfectly complements other subjects. For instance, if a person prepares for International Relations, then almost 70% of the syllabus of Current Affairs while 50% of that of Pakistan Affairs — now virtually the IR of Pakistan — shall also be covered as the global and regional issues which have been included in Current Affairs are already a part of the IR syllabus. In fact, having IR as one of the optional subjects will definitely help candidates in tackling these crucial compulsory subjects with a dynamic conceptual approach. Moreover, the IR will also support in US History and Governance & Public Policies while, IR also contains 60 marks portion in the Paper-II of Political Science according to new syllabus.
A closer look at the previous and present syllabi of IR reveals that both are almost the same as no major changes have been introduced. Paper-1 of this subject mainly deals with the key concepts and theoretical approaches while Paper-II covers significant events of international politics, working of international and regional organizations and so on.
In the end, I would like to mention that the revised scheme of optional subjects will give huge confidence to the candidates who have done BS Hons. or Masters in International Relations or Political Science because hitherto reluctant candidates now have a great allure to go for IR given the fact that now the game of scoring trend is over. So, opting for the International Relations is pregnant with opportunities to help you in coping with the effects of the earthquake.
Choice is only yours!
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