In an unprecedented and recent development, the Ministry of Development and Reforms has put out a new suggestion regarding the CSS exam qualifications. The Ministry has suggested that M.Phil should be set as the minimum qualification for all Central Superior Services (CSS) and Public Services Commission (PCS) examinations.
Sources suggest that the Ministry of DR has finalized all the documentation process and the recommendation will soon be sent to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
When asked about the motives behind the new qualification requirement, news sources have cited the Ministry officials claiming that this would increase competitiveness in the exams. They say that this decision will help evaluate and recruit experts from different fields of education. This in turn will increase efficiency in government institutes. Officials said that fresh graduates require a lot of time to be trained when they pass the examinations and this is not an effective manner of hiring CSS and PCS officials.
Minimum qualification is proposed to be M.Phil while minimum age requirement is set to be raised to 30 years
Another development is the change in minimum age for the examinations which has been raised to 30 years at the time of examination. The age of retirement has been set at 60 years for all CSS and PCS officials.
Both these changes are supposed to bring experienced and more competitive players into government offices. There have been mixed views from the public regarding the issue so far with most labeling the decision as unjust. While some claim that experience is necessary, others claim that work efficiency has nothing to do with the qualification and young blood is necessary to keep public offices up to date with the current generation.
via News Tribe
UPDATE: Ahsan Iqbal, in an update on his official Facebook page, has refuted the rumors and has said that there aren’t any plans to make M.Phil the minimum requirement for CSS and PCS examinations.