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Interview With Sarmad Ali CSS 2017 Pakistan Administrative Serivice 18th Position

  • Saleem Shahab
  • Oct, 2018
  • 1769
  • CSS

1. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I have done my matriculation and Intermediate from Larkana Board. Then, I was selected in NED university of Engineering and technology Karachi in Civil Engineering department. I completed my graduation in 2012. Before qualifying css, I was working as Assistant Engineer in Govt of Sindh.

2. WHAT WERE YOUR OPTIONAL SUBJECT AND THE REASONS TO CHOOSE ?

The following are my optional subjects: Pol Science, Us History, International Law, Gender Studies, Sindhi

I chose these subjects because of two main reasons:

A. Personal interest after analysis of each subject.

B. Scoring trend.

3. HOW WOULD YOU LET OUR READERS KNOW ABOUT YOUR SUCCESS PHILOSOPHY?

I believe in persistent hard work. I believe you fail only when you give up. Besides, high level of motivation and strong determination is required to pass this prestigious exam.

4. WHAT LEARNING METHOD ONE SHOULD ADOPT WHILE GETTING PREPARED FOR CSS?

Before proper start of preparation, aspirants should think about reasons to appear in exam. This is the stage of self actualization. It should not be a goal because of external factor like lack of job or peer pressure. Strong will is required. Unshattered resolve is needed. Second comes the roadmap. Proper strategy should be devised from start till the day of exam. 

5. WHEN DID YOU CONDUCT CSS EXAMINATION AND WHAT WAS YOUR POSITION?

I appeared in 2017.  I stood at 18th position all over the country.

6. WHICH  GROUP HAVE YOU JOINED AND WHAT IS YOUR MERIT NO.?

I have joined Pakistan Administrative Service while my merit number is18th in Pakistan.

7. WHAT WERE YOUR INSPIRATIONAL SOURCES DURING YOUR STUDY AND SUCCESS?

Well my sources of inspiration are:

-Poetry of Allama Iqbal.

 

-Old Man And The Sea by Earnest Hemingway.

-Paulo Coelho’s novels.

- Completion of subjects on scheduled time.

8. WHATS THE THING THAT BRIDGES STUDY AND SUCCESS/RESULTS?

Well. I would say that proper planning and strategy fills the gap between study and success. We have to remain charged with high level of motivation throughout CSS journey.

9. NORMALLY SUCCESS IN WRITTEN PART OF EXAMINATION IS THE FIRST STEP. WHAT WAS YOUR STRATEGY TO CONDUCT THE WRITTEN EXAM?

I attempted last five year papers of each subject and got those checked by seniors.

Secondly, I appeared in mock papers twice. 

10. WOULD YOU LIKE TO MENTION THE ROLE OF TEACHER/S AND PREPARATORY INSTITUTIONS/KIPS FOR SUCCESS ?

Teachers and academies show you the direction . Without direction, no one can determine where to go. Rest is your self-study.

11. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE NOTES FOR COMPETITIVE EXAM IN YOUR VIEW?

There are many ways to prepare yourself for competitive examination.

Notes in bullet form are good. Its better to make your own short notes.

12. ANY ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN COMING TOWARDS CIVIL SERVICES AND HOW CAN THEY RID OF ANXIETY DURING STUDY?

 

Khalil Jibran says:

Out of suffering have emerged strong souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. Any short term setbacks are making you strong for your long time desire to serve your country. Never give up. Move on. Fortune favors the brave.

13. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO GET MORE THAN 70% MARKS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE WHILE 80% IN GENDER STUDIES?

Political Science is very interesting subject. Majority of aspirants prefer IR over Pol science because of the fact that they consider IR easy to handle and good to read. However, looking at past 5 year papers of Political Science, it can easily be concluded that there is nothing that is hard to grasp. You shouldn’t go with the flow. Make your interests and scoring trend above anything else.

For gender Studies, I got maximum help from internet. Because, this particular subject needs updated knowledge, data and statistics. '50 key words of Gender studies' book can help in understanding basic concepts of the subject. 

Finally, I would recommend that there is nothing impossible. Before start of any subject, go through syllabus, select best sources for reading, look at past papers and make your own short notes. Once you are done with subject...

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