Question No. 1:
want to appear for CSS exams but I don’t know where to get information
those living in Pakistan, all good bookstores have CSS exam previous question
papers and syllabus. FPSC announces every year holding the exams through
national newspapers. Fresh syllabus is available from FPSC after that. It
is advisable to start preparing well before FPSC advertisement. Visiting
FPSC website may also be useful. For those living abroad, ask your friends
to get CSS previous papers and syllabus from the market for you.
Question No. 2:
many papers do I have to appear?
the written exam comprises of Compulsory and optional subjects. Compulsory
subjects include current affairs, Pakistan affairs, everyday science, English
précis and composition, Islamiat and English Essay. There are a veriety
of optional subjects available and you have to choose subjects to a certain
marks, for example 600 marks. You may select six 100 marks subjects or any
other combination that might be good for you. Written exams are followed
by Viva voca for the successful candidates. This includes psychological tests,
interview and group discussions. However for updated rules FPSC must be contacted.
Question No. 3:
have completed my education and want to start preparing for the exam seriously.
How do I get started?
may like to begin by having a look at the syllabus for selecting your optional
subjects. You may wish to start preparing optional or compulsory subjects
as your study plan suggests. However beginners, at least most of them, need
to improve their reading skills as well as vocabulary. So get in the habit
of reading news papers and improve your vocabulary. Start writing on topics
of your interest as well so that you start developing a good written expression.
When the exams gets near, you will not get time for it so better improve
your reading and writing skills earlier. If you feel that you are not confident
about your English language, it is advisable to take corrections on your
drafts from a teacher.
Question No 4:
I am studying at University and plan to take the CSS exams
in few years time. Is there anything that I need to do?
educational base always helps. Build good academic habits, read good books
on literature, international politics and stay in touch with current affairs
magazines so that you start developing a world view of things.
Question No. 5:
cannot decide my optional subjects. Need help?
the right optional subjects for yourself always takes time. Try to select
subjects of your strong area, previous educational background, interest as
well as such subjects in which you have good guidance from CSS point of view.
Meanwhile do not waste time and take on the compulsory subjects.
Question No. 6:
are the most scoring subjects?
has shown that there is no formula or typical combination that gives more
score. Examiner preferences may result in strict or lenient marking in some
subject but there is no consistent pattern. So avoid falling in the trap
of being told that a certain subject is scoring. High scores in a certain
subject may only be one or two time phenomenon.
Question No. 7:
just can’t do it. This is too much. I cannot handle so much pressure.
There is so much left to study and there is so little time now. I think I
should quit. Should I?
NOT. Remember everyone is passing through the same stress. Feel strong! Even
those who top the exams go through the same pressure. Feeling like having
studied in the wrong way and having followed wrong study plan is just usual.
As long as you were studying something, it will pay.
Question No. 8:
this mean that I don’t worry about my study plan?
that’s not the point. Study plan is very important. You need to have
a long term as well as a short term study plan, at least in your head. Gradually
as you will discover your own strengths and pass through unpredictable areas
in preparation, you may need to adjust your plan accordingly. But there is
no success without discipline in your studies.
Question No 9:
Tell me one thing that is very very important?
is more than one thing that is so important. First, keep looking at the previous
question papers. They are the best guide for you. Second, don’t forget
to improve your writing skills. Keep doing the writing practice. Finally,
don’t loose heart. If you can aim for it then you can do it.
Question No 10:
do people fail after so much hard work?
work in only the foundation. You need to build on that. Remember you are
in a competitive exam where scoring marks is very important. So knowledge
is required yet your tact and method of attempting the exam is as important.
Love knowledge however keep the exam in mind and prioritize your studies
according to it. Don’t waste time on areas that may not be important
for exam point of view. Read the question vary carefully and answer only
what has been asked.