Quality always matters in writing the answers to various questions asked
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background?
Zeeshan Nadeem (ZN): I did matriculation and intermediate from public sector educational institutions of District Okara. Then I earned the degrees of BSc (Hons.) and MPhil in Agriculture Sciences from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.
JWT: As you know everyone starts dreaming of a future career in childhood, what were your dreams? Did you always aspire to be a PMS Officer?
ZN: I wanted to be a doctor but when I couldn’t secure admission to medical college, I decided to go for competitive exams. My teacher Dr Ehsanul Haq Zia (also a PMS officer) appreciated my intention and guided me through my preparation for PMS exam. And, by the grace of Allah Almighty, I successfully got through it and got a prominent position as well.
JWT: What feature of PMS exam attracted you most?
ZN: It was actually the diversity of Service as well as the opportunities of self-learning it provides.
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) during your preparation?
ZN: JWT has been of great help to me during my preparation for PMS exam. In this magazine, different issues are discussed at length by eminent writers. These articles help the aspirants a lot in getting excellent knowledge on most of the topics of the syllabus for PMS exam.
ZN: Extensive study is the key to success in all compulsory subjects. As far as General Knowledge paper is concerned, relying solely on books of MCQs isn’t going to do the trick. Detailed understanding of different topics is vital to get high score in this very paper.
JWT: What was your strategy for securing good marks in compulsory papers?
ZN: I studied many books written by different authors in order to get diverse opinions. Moreover, I did not rely on anyone else’s notes; rather I prepared my own notes in case of all the subjects.
JWT: How should one choose one’s optional subjects?
ZN: The matter of selecting optional subjects for PMS exam is of critical importance because securing good marks and, for that matter, success largely depends on prudent selection of those. In my opinion, candidates must not rely on scoring trends of the subjects rather they should opt for those subjects which they feel compatible with.
JWT: Who deserves the credit for your success?
ZN: Firstly, this is all because of Allah’s countless blessings. After thanking the Almighty, I would dedicate my success to my parents and other members of my family for their invaluable support, and my friends for their guidance that was of great help during this journey.
JWT: How did you prepare your notes?
ZN: I prepared my notes by picking out key points from the books I studied during the course of my preparations. When exam approached nearer, I read those key points only.
JWT: What, in your opinion, were the mistakes you made in your last attempt?
ZN: I think it was wrong selection of Social Work as an optional subject as I relied solely on the scoring trend of this paper and completely ignored that I don’t have a sound background in this subject. However, it doesn’t, in any case, mean that it’s not a good optional subject.
JWT: In order to get excellent marks, how one should write the answers?
ZN: Quality always matters in writing the answers to various questions asked. In my opinion, your answer should be precise and to the point. Use of charts, tables, graphs, pie charts, etc., can help you secure maximum marks.
JWT: What should be the length of an ideal answer?
ZN: As I have already mentioned, quantity or length of answer does not matter; rather it’s the quality of the stuff you write that matters the most.
JWT: Is it better to attempt optional papers in Urdu or one should go with English only?
ZN: I think it’s better to attempt papers in English language.
JWT: How did you handle de-motivation after failing to get allocated in PMS 2014?
ZN: I always told myself that one day Allah’s blessings, my parents’ prayers and my hard work will bestow success on me.
My Advice for new aspirants
Be very clear about your goals in life. In pursuit of your dream of joining the Provincial management Service, move forward with patience and consistency. Your study should be well-directed and syllabus-bound as doing things haphazardly will not bear fruit. Furthermore, select your optional subjects with extreme diligence and keeping in view the current dynamics of the exam.