“Never underestimate your own abilities and do not lose hope.”
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background?
Zarmina Wazir (ZW): I have done BBA (Hons) and I was pursuing my master’s degree in Public Administration when the final CSS result was announced.
JWT: Since everyone starts dreaming of a future career right from the childhood, what were your dreams? Did you always aspire to be a CSP officer?
ZW: My aspirations kept changing over the years. I remember that during my teenage years, I wanted to join the United Nations. Actually, attempting CSS was always at the back of my mind as something that I had to do.
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to making a difference in written part of CSS exam?
ZW: Being well read. During my preparation, I didn’t really concentrate on memorizing much; I just read a lot from different sources and widened my knowledge base.
JWT: Generally, compulsory subjects are considered low-scoring, what was your strategy to get through these very papers?
ZW: I made sure to cover the syllabus properly for each subject, and that I read from different sources, particularly for papers like current affairs.
JWT: What were the toughest and the easiest parts in the whole process of CSS exam?
ZW: The easiest part was deciding to attempt the exam, choosing the optional subjects and studying for the exam. The hard one was the long wait after the exam; not knowing if I’d made it or not.
JWT: Anything important about your CSS journey you want to share with the aspirants?
ZW: Never underestimate your own abilities and do not lose hope. If it is meant to be, nobody can take it away from you. However, do not make CSS your only aim in life; always have a plan B to fall back on. Life is full of ups and downs; sometimes we may not get what we want, but we may find something else just as worthwhile.
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