JWT is providing excellent platform of guidance and mentorship
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): Kindly tell us about your educational background and achievements in detail?
Waseem Riaz Khan (WRK): I have done BSc Engineering from UET Lahore. By the grace of Allah Almighty, I have been a brilliant student throughout my educational career. I have, in fact, been a topper during my school days while I maintained this position in FSc as well. Though I belong to the impoverished southern Punjab, yet I overcame every hurdle that came my way. I twice appeared in CSS and was allocated both times; first time in PAAS and second time in PSP.
JWT: Having a professional degree at your resume, why did you go for CSS?
WRK: Getting through CSS had always there in my mind; even before the start of my professional degree. It was like a desideratum for me. Getting professional degree was to secure my future in case I couldn’t qualify CSS. So, the ultimate goal was CSS; engineering degree was only a kind of backup plan.
JWT: Did you join any academy for CSS preparation? What did you prefer between books and notes? How would you rate the World Times Academy?
WRK: I did attend an academy but only for a few days. Mostly, I prepared on my own. I had a great confidence in me that I can do it; and I did. Nevertheless, I would advise fresh aspirants to interact with different people especially CSPs as it helps a lot.
As regards the matter of books and notes, I think it matters the most. Quality of one’s arguments directly depends on the books one read during preparation. First, one should select a good book as primary source. One should prepare short notes from it and additional information extracted from other books, then, maybe added to these notes.
World Times Academy is the best choice as it is the only institute in country where all the teachers have a vast, invaluable experience in teaching CSS candidates. Moreover, many CSS toppers are on its faculty.
JWT: What strategy should one adopt to make a difference?
WRK: Making difference is of primal importance in CSS as it distinguishes a candidate from rest of the lot. It’s not a piece of cake; one should not only be different in one’s arguments, but in the style of paper too. Generally, candidates address but only limited dimensions of a topic. Their weak analytical skills fail them. Many candidates also subscribe to irrelevancy which takes its toll upon marking. So a candidate needs to be smart and intelligent while attempting the paper.
JWT: Most candidates fail English Essay and Precis and Composition papers. What steps would you suggest to get through these?
WRK: It is so because most candidates don’t know how to write correct English. Writing good English starts with correct and proper usage of words. Next is the sentence structure. Grammar rules aren’t rightly employed. Expression-related flaws are quite common. And last but not least candidates don’t know how introduction, body and conclusion to an essay are written while they also lack skills to attempt precis.
JWT: As you know, students feel confused while choosing optional subjects but it is the most vital step too. For fresh aspirants, suggest the best method to choose optional subjects?
WRK: Yeah, I agree that selecting optional subjects is quite crucial. I selected the subjects that were easy to prepare, attracted my interest and had been scoring. But it is also important to put considerable efforts while preparing those. Usually, prediction of scoring trend is difficult but if a candidate works hard the score will be good.
JWT: What sort of guidance should a fresh aspirant seek for? How helpful do you think Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) is in this regard?
WRK: Perfect guidance is the one that not only helps candidates do their work but inculcates in them the motivation and determination. This is what Jahangir’s World Times is doing. It is providing excellent platform of guidance and mentorship.
(JWT): We often find many average students getting allocated whereas excessive number of talented students is unable to get through? Is it the luck factor in play?
WRK: Yeah, I believe in luck; but that’s not something beyond your control. You can be lucky if you remain optimistic in life, help others, think positive and take initiatives. Why average candidates get allocated and talented ones don’t is because of the flawed exam system which fails a lot many talented candidates.
JWT: Please share your experience regarding Indo-Pak History and Geography, especially Paper-II.
WRK: History does have its own jargon that must be adhered to. Secondly, maps of different kings’ and sultans’ dominions must be prepared and quotations crammed. I would suggest candidates preparing history from at least two to three books. As far Geography Paper II is concerned, the problem is that it’s hard to find the relevant material. Nevertheless, a major portion of this paper is related to current affairs. So in order to score well, candidates need to be well versed with all the latest issues around, especially those of Pakistan and South Asia.
JWT: Share your views on interview preparation.
WRK: Communication skill, appropriate presentation and good arguments matter a lot. Candidates should attend mock interviews. Most of the questions in interview are asked from current issues and problems faced by Pakistan. So, it is good to read different books before interview.