The government has decided not to introduce the CSS screening test. It has turned down a proposal for the introduction of the screening test before the written examination for the Central Superior Services. The decision was taken as there were chances that many candidates belonging to the less-privileged areas would not be able to make it to the written competition if the screening test was introduced.
As per sources, the Establishment Division had submitted a proposal at the latest cabinet meeting headed by PM Khan for introducing the screening test for the candidates of the CSS-Examination 2020.
But the cabinet has shown no affirmation with this plan, as per a source in knowledge of the meeting.
The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) conducts the CSS competitive exams yearly for hiring in 12 occupation services. The hiring is done on the posts in BS-16 and above ranks.
The CSS examination consists of 4 components presently the written test, medical examination, viva and the psychological test.
It was being noticed highly that the present system do not consider the domain-specific knowledge needed for performing in the different groups.
The PM’s task force on the civil service reforms, led by Dr Ishrat Hussain, had suggested the reform in the CSS examination system and has proposed to include the screening test for assessing the problem solving and analytical abilities of the candidates.
It also had the suggestion of including the psychometric evaluation for determining the aptitude and motivation of the candidates towards the civil service and the domain-specific written exam separate for groups.
The introduction of the screening test requires changes to be made in the CSS competitive exam rules 2019 after vetting from the Law and Justice Division, the Establishment Division has asked for the approval of the cabinet to the proposals along with the draft changes.
But, the cabinet members showed concern over the introduction of any such test on the patterns of GRE/SAT fearing that this would affect the candidates from underdeveloped areas.
They further said that the introduction of the screening test for the CSS examination 2020 at this later stage would not be a fair decision to the candidates. This would not be lawfully tenable as candidates have already applied and such an amendment would invite litigations.
Later, the cabinet took the decision to not approve the proposal and the draft changes, saying that the matter should be brought into consideration the next year.