What is CSS?
Every Pakistani who is even remotely keen on joining the government service knows what CSS is all about. For those who don’t, CSS means “Civil Services of Pakistan”. It is the most prestigious and popular government examination of the country. Also, it is one of the most difficult exams, both in terms of the examination content and the large number of people competing for a very limited number of seats.
CSS exams are also notorious for the extremely low passing rate. In 2016, only 202 out of 9,643 candidates who had appeared for the written examination were able to pass it! This brings the passing percentage of CSS 2016 to 2.09% .
However, a more pleasant statistical fact surpasses the alarmingly low passing rate. According to the latest notification released on 10th May 2017 by the FPSC (Federal Public Service Commission), the final results of CSS 2016 have been announced.
Inspirational Results As Female Candidates Top The 2016 CSS Exams
This time around, the female candidates have made their mark. The ladies have secured 4 out of the top 5 positions among the 193 candidates who made the final list. Also, 84 female candidates received the final nod, which is a significant increase from the previous years.
Maleeha Iesar, Qurat ul Ain Zafar, Mariya Javaid and Zoha Shakir, all hailing from Punjab, have secured the first, second, third and fifth positions respectively. All four are to join the Pakistan Administrative Services Group.
Students who clear their exams go through a few procedures after that such as interviews and medical fitness tests. It is likely that other physical attributes are also put under consideration for a male candidate.
One might take this as a sign of change, since many consider the Pakistani Civil Services as a traditionally male-dominated field. The latest developments may symbolize the growing interest of females in joining the civil services. This will lead them all in becoming a part of the country’s bureaucracy.
Here’s wishing the successful candidates a glorious career ahead and hope that more females join state institutions to play their part in the country’s progress.