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JWT is very helpful for the subjects like Current Affairs, English Essay and English Subjective.
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background?
Irfan Martin (IM): I did matriculation from DPS Sahiwal in 2006 and intermediate from the same college in 2008. Then, I went to Forman Christian College University (FCCU), Lahore, for business studies.
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) in your preparation for PMS exam?
IM: JWT is very helpful for the subjects like Current Affairs, English Essay and English Subjective. It gives an idea of the structure of essay writing. Moreover, it is also very good for preparing MCQs.
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to getting through compulsory papers of PMS exam, especially that of General Knowledge?
IM: Hard work and all-out efforts are required for each paper. For General Knowledge paper, I consulted 4 books of MCQs and prepared 200 MCQs daily. Moreover, I took a number of ‘One Paper MCQs’ exams to prepare myself well for this crucial paper.
JWT: How answers should be written to get maximum marks in the written part of PMS exam?
IM: Each answer must include headings. And, introduction as well as the conclusion must also be very impressive.
IM: I wrote 9-10 pages for the essay, including the outline. My main focus was to write according to the topic, especially the opening and ending sentences of introduction. I paid much attention on introduction and also the conclusion.
JWT: What was your strategy for the General Knowledge paper?
IM: Since negative marking is done in this important paper, I marked the options I was completely sure about.
JWT: Should there be some word limit kept in mind while writing answers?
IM: I won’t suggest any limit.
JWT: Is it better to attempt optional papers in Urdu or one should go with English only?
IM: It is better to attempt in English as it will help you gain more practice in writing.
JWT: How one should choose Optional Subjects?
IM: It is totally up to the candidate. I would suggest going for the subjects one has interest in.
JWT: Who deserves the credit for your success?
IM: My parents, relatives, friends and the strangers. You learn many things from them which ultimately help you in getting different ideas, words, views and impacts,
JWT: As interviewers usually grill the interview candidates, how did you manage the situation?
IM: I was very confident. After introduction, the panel tried to grill me by asking a series of token questions. I gave correct answers of 7-8 questions and dropped 3 to 4. Afterwards, the interview went smooth for about 25 minutes.
Advice for Fresh Aspirants
My advice for aspirants is: Study hard with consistency and never give up. Moreover, try to speak English with your family, friends and people around you. It will boost your confidence and will help you in making better choice of words and improving your vocabulary. And, above all, it will also be beneficial for your interview.