JWT saved me several hours of labour as I prepared for Current Affairs, Pakistan Affairs and Essay just by going through this quality magazine.
JWT: First of all, for the interest of JWT readers and CSS, PMS aspirants, please tell us about your educational background? And also tell about your career ambitions during your student life?
Hassan Jahangir (HJ): I did my matriculation from Garrison Boys High School, Lahore Cantt. in 2004. Then, I went to GCU Lahore and did my FSc in Pre-Engineering. I had always dreamed to be an officer in the Civil Service of Pakistan, however, to be on the safe side, I took engineering as plan B. So, I got admitted to UCP Lahore from where I graduated in 2010 as an Electrical Engineer.
Right from the start of my education, the most distinctive qualities of mine are self-discipline and time management. I have always been very good at understanding what to do and when and how to do it. Even at that tender age, I used to read English newspapers and then take part in debates on the news.
JWT: Did you always dream of becoming a CSP officer? And, what was so special in PSP that you chose to join this occupational group?
HJ: I always had an aspiration for being a PSP officer. I used to look up to my father’s PSP batchmates as their personalities were highly appealing to me. They always made me realize that this is the job where I would fit in the most. Growing up, I learned a lot about PSP and the responsibilities of a police officer which further stimulated my interest in it. I realized that by joining the PSP after getting through CSS, I could avail myself of the opportunities to serve the masses by solving their problems and making them feel safe and secure.
JWT: You are surely a source of inspiration for many who want to go for CSS. What would you advise them in this regard? And, how, in your opinion, Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) can serve as a source of guidance for them?
HJ: My advice to all aspirants would be that once you decide to take this prestigious exam, don’t ever lose your focus. The moment your confidence and faith in your abilities falters, you lose the game.
When I was preparing for CSS exam, I used to frantically go through newspapers and surf the internet to find relevant material but then I stumbled upon Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) at a local bookstore and there it was, having everything I needed compiled at one place. So JWT saved me several hours of labour as I prepared for Current Affairs, Pakistan Affairs and Essay just by going through this quality magazine.
HJ: My parents and my siblings are my strength. They have always been very encouraging and it was, perhaps, their unflinching faith in my abilities that I made all-out efforts to achieve this phenomenal success.
JWT: What is the key to getting through the written part of CSS exam?
HJ: To me, the only key is objectivity. Aspirants must avoid indulging in unnecessary details and straying off-topic. While assessing your paper, the examiner should be on toes and should not lose interest in what has been written. You should express your opinions distinctly and as clearly as possible.
JWT: Pakistan Affairs is considered a low-scoring subject. What was your strategy in this subject that you secured excellent marks in it?
HJ: In Pakistan Affairs paper, I proved my arguments citing examples and quotes and whatever I wrote was based on rational and logical argumentation. Instead of merely reproducing known history of issues, I gave my personal opinion and suggestions for every topic I wrote on.
JWT: How do you see the revision of syllabus for CSS exam announced by FPSC?
HJ: The revised syllabus had made selection of optional subjects pretty hard for most aspirants. There isn’t much choice available and aspirants have to choose subjects from only limited options, especially in the 200-mark slab.
JWT: As you were not allocated in your first attempt, then what was so special in your second attempt that you easily managed to land in your fave occupational group?
HJ: In my first attempt, I stood 140th in Pakistan by securing 667 marks in written and 200 in interview. However, I missed allocation by a very short margin. Before having a second shot at CSS, I made a few changes and opted for the subjects I felt I had a strong grip over. Besides this, I fully concentrated on compulsory subjects. It was perhaps due to this strategy that I got a prominent position despite the fact that optional subjects like Punjabi and Public Administration didn’t yield good scores. So I would like to suggest that for getting a good score, compulsory subjects are highly important. You can score high in subjects traditionally considered low-scoring e.g. Pakistan Affairs, if you don’t take them lightly.
JWT: Do you think that with the present change in syllabus, joining an academy for CSS preparation has beome inevitable now?
HJ: In my opinion, if an aspirant can manage everything all by him/herself, then it’s fine but I would strongly suggest that after the recent revision of CSS syllabus w.e.f. CE-2016, one must not take chances and should go to an academy for suitable coaching. As I had personally prepared for CSS at World Times Academy, so on the basis of my experience, I can confidently say that WTA is the best choice in this regard.
JWT: How had been your experience of interview with the panel?
HJ: As a whole my whole interview went quite well and I think I satisfied the panel with my answers.
The interview started off with questions related to my present job to which I responded well. The Chairman FPSC, who was heading the 4-member panel, asked me to enlist major problems of Pakistan. To this I said that the only problem of Pakistan is national disintegration and we can resolve all crises and solve all problems if we come up with a national resolve.
Regarding the question about the selection of optional subjects, I responded by saying that securing good marks solely depends on a candidate’s ability because people have topped CSS exam with Urdu as their optional subject so no one can say for sure which subject will be scoring. Then there were some questions on the need for transformational leadership in Pakistan. This was followed by questions on international developments — like rise of ISIS — and their impact on Pakistan.
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