Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background?
Muhammad Nabil (MN): I belong to Shampur Khokhran, a village in district Gujrat. I got primary and secondary education from my native village. Then, for higher secondary education, I went to Government Islamia College Civil Lines Lahore and did my FSc (Premedical). After that I graduated from University of the Punjab as a private candidate and did MBA (Finance) from PU’s Gujranwala Campus.
JWT: As everyone starts dreaming of a future career from childhood, so what were your dreams? Did you always aspire to be a CSP officer?
MN: Frankly speaking, I had no idea about CSS or PMS exams till I visited Civil Services Academy (CSA) in Lahore in 2010. Since I had a master’s degree in business administration, I was naturally inclined to business. However, after the CSA visit, I developed a strong liking for civil services. So, I appeared in CSS examination in 2012 but couldn’t qualify, however I did get through PMS 2012. I appeared in CSS 2015 and by the grace of Almighty, I was successful this time.
JWT: What feature of PSP attracted you most?
MN: PSP is among the most cherished groups in the Civil Services of Pakistan. It’s not a service only; it’s a way of life, a completely different lifestyle. It’s an honour and prestige to be part of the prestigious Police Service of Pakistan. It’s a stage to be the saviour of mankind. I think, as a police officer, I would be better able to do a lot for the masses, especially for the marginalized segments of our society.
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) during your preparation? And, how was your experience at the world Times Institute?
MN: Jahangir’s World Times proved immensely helpful to me during my preparations for CSS exam. For the in-job aspirants, it is very difficult to spare time for studies, so one cannot go through different books to enhance one’s knowledge base. In this case magazines like JWT are best readymade material for persons like me who don’t have enough time to prepare for the exam.
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to making a difference in written part of CSS exam?
MN: I think, to make a difference in written part of CSS exam, one should go through past papers and shortlist some topics while also following the current trends. Then comes the collection of relevant reading material. How much will be sufficient depends on your outline for each topic. After identifying main topics, a comprehensive reading of those main areas is a key to success. Do also remember that grammar is the backbone of English and perfect English writing is a prerequisite to success in CSS. Start from your daily routine and try to write everything you do.
JWT: Your mistakes in previous attempts
MN: It was more of a hard luck first time.
JWT: Generally, compulsory subjects are considered low-scoring. What was your strategy to get through these very papers?
MN: First thing that I did — and I want all CSS aspirants to do that — is to start reading Dawn or some other good newspaper. Since compulsory papers mostly focus on current national and internationally developments, reading Dawn can be immensely helpful. To me it is the Bible of CSS.
JWT: What were the toughest and the easiest parts in the whole process of CSS exam?
MN: To me, English Essay and Précis & Composition papers were the toughest part of the whole CSS exam because of their unpredictability, while optional subjects were the easiest one.
JWT: How answers should be written to get maximum marks?
MN: First of all, allocate time for every question. Don’t illustrate too much for questions that do not need lengthy answers. Your answer should be to the point; just don’t beat about the bush. Pay attention to your writing style. Grammatical mistakes are no less than a suicide.
JWT: How did you structure your Essay?
MN: After selecting the topic, I brainstormed the topic and noted down all the points. Then after rearranging and organizing those points, I made the outline. After that I described the headings in the outline with at least one paragraph for each heading. Format of my essay included: (a) Introduction (b) Thesis Statement (c) Historical aspect (d) Current aspect (e) Causes (f) Effects (g) Remedies (h) Conclusion
My Advice for Fresh Aspirants
Do believe that your hard work and prayers will pay off. God is the best Planner; be humble about your capabilities and achievements.
My Interview Experience
My interview with the FPSC panel was a great experience. As I have mentioned that I was serving as PMS Officer in Punjab; that’s why I was confident enough while appearing for the interview. The panel was very amicable and friendly. After knowing about me as well as my family background, they asked questions pertaining to my work experience as PMS Officer. Questions they asked were related to my optional subjects, current issues and my personal and professional life. The panellists created case scenarios and asked for my point of view on that as to how I will handle the situation. Overall it was a great experience.