I am highly indebted to Jahangir’s World Times for offering guidance, inspiration and knowledge for achieving my dreams.
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background?
Raja M. Qasim Janjua (RQJ): I hail from a small village Jhugion-Dhak in Khushab district. After doing matriculation from Sialkot Cantt., I moved to Jauharabad from where I passed the intermediate exam. Then, I joined University of Agriculture Faisalabad for higher studies. Prior to appearing in PMS exam, I have been working as Agricultural Officer in agriculture department, Government of the Punjab.
JWT: Since everyone starts dreaming of a future career right from childhood, what were your dreams? Did you always aspire to be a PMS Officer?
RQJ: Frankly speaking, to be a PMS Officer had never been my dream. I always aspired to join Pakistan Army. It was basically a passion that I inherited from my elders. Although I was selected as Second Lieutenant, I couldn’t join due to some personal reasons. It was only after the completion of my professional education that I decided to go for a competitive examination. I am very happy and thankful to Allah Almighty that he enabled me to achieve all what intended to.
JWT: What attracted you most toward PMS?
RQJ: Provincial Management Service (PMS) is the most prestigious service at provincial level. It provides you with a lot of opportunities to work at most important posts in provincial administration and hence to deliver your best to the society. It offers you vertical as well as horizontal mobility throughout your career. In a nutshell, serving my people at a variety of forums and positions attracted me to join PMS.
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) during your preparation?
RQJ: I am highly indebted to Jahangir’s World Times for offering guidance, inspiration and knowledge for achieving my dreams. Majority of local books I consulted during the course of my preparation were published by World Times Publications. Moreover, I was a regular reader of JWT throughout my PMS journey. This magazine not only updated my knowledge but also helped a lot to improve my written expression.
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to getting through compulsory papers, especially the one of General Knowledge?
RQJ: To get through compulsory subjects especially Essay and English Subjective (Précis & Composition), aspirants must develop a habit of ‘reading more, writing more’.
For General Knowledge paper, one must follow these guidelines:
- Read newspapers and JWT magazine for updated knowledge and make notes out of them
- Make a habit of reading general knowledge related to sections, as advised by PPSC, on daily basis.
- Consult past papers of PPSC and FPSC
- Never attempt the question for which you don’t know the answer
JWT: What were the toughest and the easiest parts of your PMS journey?
RQJ: Since I was an in-job aspirant, I had to spend hours in office. I was denied leave even for my exams, a couple of times. This made it difficult for me to focus on my goal and to spare more time for studies. This was the toughest part in my journey.
However, good teachers, supporting parents and friends really made it easy for me.
JWT: Who deserves the credit for your success?
RQJ: Above all, it is the prayers of my beloved parents and my spiritual guide Baba G (Moin Nawaz Tiwana).
Then, my sisters and my brother Lieutenant Raja Akbar Khan Janjua also supported me a lot. Moreover, my friends including, but not limited to, Malik Adnan Islam, Rana Iqbal Javid, Malik Javad Arif, and many others kept encouraging me to achieve my dream. Last but not least, my teachers especially Sir Yasir and Ms Talat Sohail as their motivation as well as guidance were really an invaluable contribution to my success.
JWT: How did you prepare your notes?
RQJ: I prepared my own notes by consulting specialist teachers and a lot of books written by local and foreign authors. Moreover, at the end of every chapter of the book, I made a brief of it. This made it very easy to revise the whole chapter in a very short time.
JWT: How answers should be written to get maximum marks?
RQJ: One must prepare a brief outline of each question. Then, one should give a brief background or introduction followed by main body with maximum headings. Moreover, drawing flowcharts and diagrams, where needed, also comes in handy. Providing conclusion about the topic at the end of each question does also pay off.
JWT: Is it better to attempt optional papers in Urdu or one should go with English only?
RQJ: I think one must attempt all papers in English.
JWT: What distinguishes you from other successful candidates?
RQJ: Scoring good marks in subject that were my real strength i.e. Geography, Psychology, Punjabi, General Knowledge, English and Islamic Studies etc., really helped me to secure good position in PMS.
My Interview Experience
My interview lasted for about 40 minutes. Starting from the introduction, the panel asked me various questions on my optional subjects especially Punjabi and Geography. One panellist put some questions regarding my professional qualification. The other one asked questions about my district, its history, geography and important places and personalities. Frankly, I couldn’t answer to various token questions about geography but I impressed the panel when it came on opinion-based questions. I believe I was exceptionally good during the first 15 minutes but then I found a very tough debate with one worthy panellist regarding government policies for agriculture sector. I found myself at sea when I missed about 60 percent of questions asked by him. But, somehow, I kept my confidence intact and responded well during my interaction with the chairman of the panel at the end.
My Advice for fresh aspirants
Nothing is impossible in life. The day when you decide and focus on your goal, distance between you and your goal starts shrinking and eventually you find your destination. So, be consistent in your efforts and have firm belief in your abilities.