Govt Decides to Delay Screening Test for CSS Examinations

The Federal Cabinet has decided against introducing a screening test ahead of the Central Superior Services (CSS) written exams, a proposal submitted by the Establishment Division, to allow aspirants from underdeveloped areas to stay in the competition.

The proposal was to scrutinize the candidates before the written test to reduce the number of candidates appearing in the exam. The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), responsible for conducting CSS, has seen a massive increase in the number of applicants in recent years.


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According to the details, Prime Minister’s advisor, Dr. Ishrat Hussain had proposed a change in the CSS examination system, including a screening test and a psychometric evaluation for testing the analytical skills and the motivation of the applicants. The task force had also suggested domain-specific written examination separate for clusters.

According to some reports, the PM Office has directed the relevant authorities to introduce the screening test, after making the proposal more inclusive, and to make the change next year to give applicants enough time to prepare for the change.


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According to the recent proposal, FPSC had suggested delaying the CSS written exam by 2-3 months after taking the screening test on the pattern of SAT/GRE in January/February in 2020.

The Federal Cabinet has decided to consider the proposal next year to avoid any legal issues due to litigation since it would be unfair to introduce the screening test at this stage and that too after introducing amendments in the CSS competitive examination rules 2019.

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