JWT is very helpful for the aspirants for competitive examinations.
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): Please tell us about your educational background?
Hassan Nazir (HN): I have done BSc mechanical engineering.
JWT: As everyone starts dreaming of a future career in childhood, so what were your dreams? Did you always aspire to be a PMS Officer?
HN: Yes, I always aspired to be a civil servant.
JWT: What was the thing that attracted you most toward PMS?
HN: It was actually the dynamic and multidimensional nature of the job.
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) in your preparation?
HN: JWT helped me a lot in all subjects, especially in General Knowledge, Geography, Islamiat and Pakistan Affairs. This magazine is very helpful for the aspirants for competitive examinations.
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to getting through compulsory papers especially the one of General Knowledge?
HN: Papers of PMS compulsory subjects must be attempted just like the ones in CSS. Although Urdu is there in PMS, it is not tough. The real riddle of the sphinx in PMS is General Knowledge paper. It requires high-standard knowledge and a lot of hard work on diverse pieces of information and even a person who has successfully got through CSS can flunk this. In order to crack the GK paper, keeping in view the calculation of marks and preparing from past papers are also highly important.
JWT: What was the strategy that helped you in securing very good marks in compulsory papers?
HN: Focusing on what the examiner actually required, I wrote impressive introductions, made in-depth, critical analyses on, and provided logical conclusion to, all the questions I attempted.
JWT: Anything important about your PMS experience you want to share with the aspirants?
HN: Yes, and that pertains to GK paper. In this paper, one should first secure at least passing marks and only then should one go on with attempting other questions. One should touch only those questions about which one has some idea. Just don’t attempt questions you have no idea about.
JWT: Who deserves the credit for your success?
HN: My parents, my teachers and WTI faculty and management.
JWT: How did you prepare your notes?
JWT: How should one chose one’s optional subjects?
HN: While selecting optional subjects one ought to take the past papers, current trends and overall scope of that subject(s) into consideration. Most importantly, one must also have interest in those subjects.
JWT: How answers should be written to secure excellent marks?
HN: Introduction to, and conclusion of, your answer must be very powerful and should be interesting, as well as striking to the examiner’s mind. One must try to make one’s paper different from others. Graphs, maps, flowcharts, diagrams and quotes are a must. Legible handwriting, use of markers to provide headings and, above all, neatness must be the hallmark of one’s paper.
JWT: Should there be some word limit kept in mind while writing answers?
HN: In my opinion, for a question of 20 marks, an ideal length is 6-7 pages. However, what is more important than length is the quality of the content you produce on paper.
JWT: Is it better to attempt optional papers in Urdu or one should go with English only?
HN: I think attempting papers in English is a better option because one is more comfortable while writing in English as almost all subjects one had studied at bachelor or higher levels are in English language.
My Interview Experience
My interview with the PPSC panel was a good experience. At the very start of the interview, one panellist asked me to explain the commonalities between engineering profession and district management. I responded that engineering has many uses especially in spatial and town planning, civil works, urban sector management, revenue administration, etc.
When I told them that my favourite game was cricket, they immediately asked about a Bangladesh-India World Cup match that was played only a day before the interview. I answered both questions to the satisfaction of the panellists.
Then, they asked for my views if some of my seniors would scold me. To this, I replied that I will take it as a piece of advice.
My interview was probably the shortest in entire batch as it lasted only 8-9 minutes. During this time, I was bombarded with objective type questions but I kept my cool and gave correct answers. I think, almost eighty percent of my answers were absolutely correct.
My Advice for fresh aspirants
Believe in yourself and work very hard. Take competitive exams with the aim that your only goal is joining civil service and nothing else.