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Interview With Adeel Akbar 2nd Position CSS 2017 (PSP)

  • Zahra Maqsood Butt
  • Aug, 2018
  • 4194
  • CSS

MY WORDS FOR KIPSCSS

For directed and concerted efforts, CSS aspirants need to join the institutions, like KIPS. Its learned faculty and first hand interaction with the CSS officers give them experience that helps a lot in learning the intricacies of the entire process.

MY MESSAGE FOR CSS ASPIRANTS

Prepare your own notes instead of relying too much on material available in market. Furthermore, aspirants should complete their syllabus before December but the paper of English needs to be tackled on regular basis.

OUR READERS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BASIC PROFILE; EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND.

I did BS Honors in Political Science from GC, University Lahore with megna cum laude. I am currently doing M.Phil in Governance and Public Policy from NDU, Islamabad. I qualified PMS examination in 2014. I was also selected as the Assistant Director ISI, Ministry of Defense in 2015.

WHAT WAS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO APPEAR IN CSS?

My elder brother Sharjeel Shahid has always been my source of inspiration. He is a serving PMS officer.

Please let us know about your optional subjects and what one should look for while selecting the optional subjects?

I opted Political Science, British History, International Law, Anthropology and Environmental Science. I opted my subjects based on my qualification, interests and past trends of CSS results.

WHAT STRATEGY YOU SUGGEST FOR FULL FLEDGE PREPARATION OF COMPETITIVE EXAM?

If you have time, go for notes making which is a technical thing. Do not go for long detailed notes owing to paucity of time. To revise at the time of exam, make smart notes in bullets form.

HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED FOR CSS PREPARATION IN YOUR POINT OF VIEW?

In my point of view, 8 months to 1 year is a sufficient time for first attempt.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECOMMEND THE CSS CANDIDATES IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR EXPERIENCE REGARDING PAPER ATTEMPTING TECHNIQUES, PREPARATION, AND BOOKS THAT MUST BE CONSULTED BESIDES OTHER SOURCES?

I recommend FPSC prescribed books on first priority, then one can go for various books and sources from internet. They should avoid traditional books available in the market. I personally relied on multiple sources with an updated information.

HOW DO YOU SEE KIPS AS AN ULTIMATE SOURCE OF GUIDANCE FOR THE CSS ASPIRANTS, AND HOW DID THIS PLATFORM BENEFIT YOU?

For directed and concerted efforts you need to join the institutions, like KIPS. Its learned faculty and first hand interaction with CSS officers give students an experience that helps a lot to learn the intricacies of the entire process.

WHICH CIVIL SERVICE ARE YOU IN?

In my first attempt I was allocated in OMG and am currently serving as Section Officer to Government of Pakistan at Ministry of National Health Services. Now, I am allocated in the Police Service of Pakistan which has always remained my passion. I think, law and order situation has constantly been deteriorating in the country. Whereas, there are lesser number of personnels and resources available for Police, which is surely a stumbling block for new entrants.

HOW MUCH DID YOU SCORE IN YOUR WRITTEN EXAM AS WELL AS IN YOUR INTERVIEW?

I got 809 marks in my written exam, and it is the highest score in written in for last decade in FPSC.

IN WHICH SUBJECTS YOU SCORED THE MOST?

I scored 82 in Current Affairs, 79 in Pakistan Affairs and 70 in Essay. In Pakistan affairs I chose current affairs related-questions to attempt.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH US YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS, IF ANY, DURING YOUR SERVICE?

While serving in OMG, I became the part of 64th International WHO conference in Islamabad, which was participated by 30 countries. Moreover, I also remained Staff Officer to Federal Secretary.

IS IT LUCK OR HARD WORK, IN YOUR OPINION, THAT ULTIMATELY PAYS OFF?

It is the combination of both. One must put his best to work hard and then leave it to Almighty. As it is said, luck favors the prepared mind.

WHAT ROLE CAN GLOBAL AGE PLAY IN ENSURING POSITIVE RESULTS FOR CSS CANDIDATES?

Global Age is very helpful in CSS preparation; especially for current affairs portion which is very helpful. Moreover, the feedback and interview of previous qualifiers remain highly motivational for the aspirants.

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