In Conversation With
18th in Punjab, PMS 2016-17
Jahangirs World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background?
I did my Matriculation from Govt. High School No.1 Hafizabad, after that I completed my F.Sc and B.Sc from Govt College Hafizabad. Moreover, I got the degree in LLB from Punjab University Lahore.
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangirs World Times (JWT) during your preparation?And, how was your experience at the World Times Institute?
Answer: I attended World Times Institutes seminar which proved really helpful for starting Pms preparations. Moreover, World Times magazine helped me a lot in my current affairs and pak affairs preparations. I was a regular reader of this magazine. I covered many key topics from it.
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to get through compulsory papers especially general Knowledge?
Answer: Compulsory papers demand special attention as compared to optional. General Knowledge paper is a multi-dimensional paper and requires ones strong grip on GSA. JWT magazine was a vital catalyst in preparing for GK paper.
JWT: How answers should be written to get maximum marks in written part?
Answer: Effective presentation of paper and quality material in answers give you good marks. For this, outline of each question should be made. Moreover, diagrams, maps and factual things increase the weightage of answers.
JWT: How did you structure your Essay?
Answer: For essay, I wrote down all the ideas by doing brain storming and then made a rough outline and finally from this rough outline I rearranged the ideas and made a final outline. At the end, conclusion was compact and I summed up the whole essay.
JWT: What was your strategy for the General Knowledge paper?
Answer: I read DAWN newspaper on daily basis. I consulted different magazines like as World times, press review for general knowledge paper. As syllabus of general knowledge changed last year, so I covered general science & ability as well.
JWT: Should there be some word limit kept in mind while writing answers?
Answer: Question itself describes that what should be the limit of words for writing answers but generally every question should not be answered in less than 400 words approximately.
JWT: How one should choose Optional Subjects?
Answer: Scoring trend and aptitude should be kept in mind while choosing optional subjects. For this, one should get a comprehensive idea of a subject, and then should opt it. Optional subjects play a role of make or break. So, care and prudence is required in selection of these subjects.
JWT: Is it better to attempt optional papers in Urdu or one should go with English only?
Answer: it depends upon ones expertise and skills. If one is excellent in any language, one should solve optional papers in that language. No matter whether it is English or Urdu, good paper presentation and effective attempt of paper are important.
Advice for fresh aspirants
Answer: Consistency is key to success. Be steadfast to your goal and never show fatigue or disappointment at any stage of your journey. Read quality writings and rely on your own notes. Try to revise syllabus more than two times. As Paulo Coelho has rightly said: when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it
JWT: As interviewers usually grill the interview candidates, how did you manage the situation?
Answer: My interview experience was not a good one. The first half of the interview was difficult because questions related to Law were asked and those were the tough ones. But Mr. Chairman made me relaxed by asking an easy question. At the end Mr. Chairman shaked hand with me and wished me good luck
JWT: Who deserves the credit for your success?
Answer: Many people are behind my success, but my mother deserves the credit for my success. Her belief in me and unconditional support gave me strength and perseverance. She used to tell me that consistency is key to success.
My interview Experience
My interview experience was not very good. The interviewers asked most of the questions from Law field and I had not prepared that subject effectively. So I found interview a bit difficult.