I used to study current affairs from JWT. This magazine is so perfect in all its aspects that it works like a guide for CSS
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background?
Kamran Khan Zarkoon (KKZ): I started my education from Taleem Foundation Grammar School Kohlu, the first English-medium school in my hometown. I was introduced to the computer at the age of only 4 years. My father is a successful businessman and he chose best institutes for my studies. I did my O level from Fazle Haq College Mardan. Then I proceeded to Lahore and studied at Lahore Grammar School for A level. Later, for my master’s degree, I joined Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, from where I did Msc in International Relations.
JWT: As everyone starts dreaming of a future career in childhood, so what were your dreams? Did you always aspire to be a CSP officer?
KKZ: As I mentioned in my profile, it has been my passion to serve the country at top positions, and I also had a great liking for a uniform job. So, it was this passion that helped me achieve my dream.
JWT: What was the most attractive feature of PSP for you?
KKZ: The nature of job in Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) attracted me the most. I like the responsibility that a police officer takes on himself for the security of the people, and the vigilance and vigour with which he works for that purpose. Secondly, brave officers of our police force like SSP Sohail Zafar Chattha (DPO Sheikhupura) and SSP Umar Tufail (DPO Kashmore) also inspired me to choose this particular group.
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) during your preparation?
KKZ: It was very helpful, actually. I used to study current affairs from JWT. This magazine is so perfect in all its aspects that it works like a guide for CSS. The beauty of the magazine is that it provides knowledge in such an entertaining way that you never lose interest. Moreover, it encourages you to do more hard work. Interviews of successful candidates from different provinces also add an impetus to one’s struggle of CSS.
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to making a difference in written part of CSS exam?
KKZ: Everyone who prepares for CSS has almost the same kind of knowledge but I believe the key to making difference is the presentation of your arguments on paper. So, it is important that you present your knowledge in best possible way. In short, just make it attractive for the examiner.
JWT: Generally, compulsory subjects are considered low-scoring, what was your strategy to get through these very papers?
KKZ: I secured 340 marks out of 600 in compulsory subjects. The best strategy for these papers, in my opinion, is to do a thorough study of the subject in accordance with the requirements of the syllabus. Moreover, scoring well in MCQs part is also inevitable for a higher score.
JWT: What were the toughest and the easiest parts in your CSS journey?
KKZ: The toughest part was to take the exam again, as I had failed the first attempt, because sometimes it felt frustrating. However, the easiest part was the support of my family because they never pushed me for anything and were always there to encourage me.
JWT: Anything important about your CSS journey you want to share with the readers?
KKZ: I believe one can give one’s best in the field that one takes up by choice. My advice to all aspirants is that you will come across many people who will de-track you, disappoint you and tell you pros and cons of different fields from their own viewpoints. Please don’t trust them and do it your own way. Abraham Lincoln says, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
JWT: Who deserves the credit for your success?
KKZ: My brothers Imran Zarkoon and Farman Zarkoon and also my friend Zahid Khan khilji (PAS, 43rd Common).
JWT: What distinguishes you from other successful candidates?
KKZ: I am the first person from my hometown Kohlu to ever get through CSS. Moreover, this year I was the only successful candidate from Balochistan getting allocated in PSP. [DIVIDER]
My Interview Experience
My interview was a rapid fire session of 40 minutes. The panellists asked me questions on current affairs, Balochistan’s issues, international politics, Pakistan’s foreign policy and few other topics. I answered with great confidence and secured 179 marks. I think one should be logical in interview. More than your views, what matters is the way you support your arguments.[DIVIDER]
My Advice for fresh aspirants
First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare. CSS is a game of consistency and patience. So, please don’t hurry and never give up. You are never a loser until you quit trying.