In Conversation with
Malheer Khan Pato (DSP, Sindh Police)
15th in Sindh, PMS 2019-20
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background.
Malheer Khan Pato (MKP): After getting primary education at a village school, I did my intermediate from Bahria Foundation College, Ranipur, and BBA from Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur. For pursuing a master’s degree, I moved to Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, from where I completed MSc in Public Administration.
JWT: What was the reason, and who was your inspiration, that you decided to join the police department?
MKP: Police, besides being a prestigious service, is the chief guardian of life, liberty and property of the people. It carries an aura and is a symbol of pride and charm. It is the only service which comes in mind when society confronts any crisis. This is the main reason why I decided to choose police
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) in your preparation for PMS exam?
MKP: JWT magazine added immensely to my knowledge. Moreover, YouTube interview series of World Times Institute did also play a defining role in my preparation for the PMS interview. All these great sources of knowledge paved the way for my success in this prestigious examination.
JWT: What was your strategy for qualifying the screening part?
MKP: My strategy was quite simple and target-oriented. For current affairs part, I read daily Dawn and JWT magazine of the month prior to the test. For rest of the parts, I consulted JWT’s Encyclopaedia of General Knowledge by Adeel Niaz which contains several self-assessment tests
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to getting through compulsory papers of PMS exam?
MKP: In my opinion, these are:
1. Writing a flawless English.
2. Producing good and crispy content while writing answers.
3. Citing books and quoting renowned writers and analysts for reference.
4. Making relevant diagrams on the answer sheet is another key to elevate one’s position in PMS.
JWT: How answers should be written to get maximum marks in PMS exam?
MKP: Firstly, comprehension of question is the gateway to achieve a competitive edge in terms of marks. Secondly, an answer containing facts and figures and relevant quotes is crucial to pass the PMS exam with flying colours. Thirdly, there should be a balance in the length of the answers because all questions carry equal marks. Another important thing is that your answers should contain diagrams and flowcharts, where necessary
JWT: Should there be some word limit kept in mind while writing answers?
MKP: I believe in quality answers, and relevant details do sometimes add to it. So, there should be 450-550 words in each answer.
JWT: What things should an aspirant keep in mind while choosing Optional Subjects?
MKP: An aspirant should not select optional subjects on someone else’s suggestion.
An aspirant must keep following things in his/her mind while making the decision in this regard:
i. Analysis of past papers/questions of the subject
ii. Compatibility of skills, aptitude, knowledge and academic background
iii. Content/ syllabus of the subject
iv. Availability of recommended book for that particular subject
JWT: What should be a proper time table for an aspirant to make a sound, all-encompassing preparation for the exam?
MKP: All aspirants must follow a result-oriented and targeted timetable. First of all, they should prioritize English subjects in their time table because English is a megaproject of PMS exam, and that of CSS as well. They should rise early in the morning to memorise idioms, pairs of words and vocabulary. After that, aspirants must solve précis and comprehension daily by taking a 10-minute break after studying for 2 hours. Outline and introduction must be attempted frequently. For rest of the subjects, aspirants must prepare topic-wise notes on day-to-day basis.
JWT: Who deserves the credit for your success?
MKP: My late parents
JWT: As interviewers usually grill the interview candidates, how did you manage the situation?
MKP: Trust in Allah Almighty first, and belief in my own work the next, were key points in my interview. I stayed composed and relaxed during the process. The panel itself was cooperative and candidate-friendly. The interview became interesting when the panel posed a situation-based question related to police duty. My answers were short and to the point, containing pertinent jargon of the topic. In a nutshell, it was candidate-oriented interview, and Alhamdolillah I got through.