Educated Youth is no more interested in CSS exams
In the last announced result of CSS of 2016 examinations, only 2.06 % candidates were able to qualify for the appointment in 17th Grade. The candidates have to go through various viva and written test. According to the statistics, total candidates that appear on the written examination were 9613 while 202 of them passed it. 199 contenders qualified for interview and 193 were recommended for appointment.
2014 seems to be the worst year according to the passing percentage with 1.77% passed candidates amongst 26,640 candidates who applied. Only 13,170 contenders appeared in written examination, and 439 passed the written exam with the ratio of 3.3%.
377 candidates qualified and appeared ratio was 2.86%. However, more than 315 vacancies were advertised in the newspaper, but 233 candidates were allocated to the different departments.
Most of the people blame that the declining pass percentage of CSS candidates depends on the lack of attraction for educated youth in civil services. The course alteration and the change in the various subject grouping will be effective from 2016 exams.
Many private academies are helping the students to pass the exams based on past papers or experience while most of them simply cannot afford these academies. Federal Public Service Commission guides the candidates and students who appear first time in the exams about the pattern and subject grouping which impacts negatively to the contenders.
The quality youngsters who made CSS superior will not appear in the examination and now becoming a competition, which mostly is in bottom of followers of class. Another factor that CSS is not attracting the youngsters is that top notch civil servants are quitting the service so how youngsters will come forward and get attracted.
The Senior Bureaucrat said that 1990 CSS batch owns 126 officers while 23 toppers were given the position of District Management Group while half of them left service from the martial law imposed by Pervaiz Musharraf.
They are doing really well in World Bank, LUMS< Asian Development Bank and many other private sectors involving international development consultation. The downward trend started in 200 after Pervaiz Musharraf Presidency. It is stated that lynchpin of the administrative structure of Pakistan, the office of Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, were titled as exalted clerks and half-literate Nazim. The critical decision-making at provincial and federal level is shifted through martial law transition teams and monitoring through core committees.
Civil politicians and the members of service are a part of global dynamic team and constitution, and law assigns them roles and duties. Their duty is to maintain the balance in the country, but the young, educated youth is not considering civil service as their first preference.
While another bureaucrat expressed his view and the standards have not fell. The top cohort of every class is knowledgeable and sharp as well as enterprising than the top cohort of same class for more than 30 years. However, the main factor, which lacks interest, is the lack of living wage. The talented youth prefers to live a luxury life, which seems impossible especially in the civil service. All of the civil servants agree on the fact that government is not able to pay a living wage but is giving other comforts like good housing and facilities regarding education and health in public schools. The wages are necessary to improve the quality of life. A young DCO gets the salary of Rs 70,000 while the provincial secretary can earn RS100,000. Government salaries are lower and are rated inadequate as compared to private sector.
The civil service is the core to the country. Youth must need t participate to develop future generations and mark their presence.