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INTERVIEW WITH AMNA BAIG, CSS-2015 POLICE SERVICE OF PAKISTAN

WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND. I have a degree in Economics from NUST Business School. I did my Bachelors in 2013 and right after graduating, I started preparing for the CSS Exam.       

WHAT WAS THE STRATEGY YOU FOLLOWED FOR FULL FLEDGES PREPARATION OF COMPETITIVE EXAM? I focused more on Essay, Composition and Islamiat from the start. I would practice these three subjects every day. Moreover, I would constantly get feedback from my teachers at academy on my written assignments to improve upon my weaknesses.



HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED FOR CSS PREPARATION IN YOUR POINT OF VIEW? I believe it varies from person to person. It took me Six months to prepare for my exam.

IS IT LUCK OR HARDWORK, IN YOUR OPINION, THAT ULTIMATELY PAYS OFF? Nothing but hardwork and prayers.

ANY SPECIFIC REASON WHY YOU PREFERRED THE POLICE SERVICE OF PAKISTAN AND NOT ANY OTHER OCCUPATIONAL GROUP? I have women in my family who are serving in the forces, and I could relate more to them than those family members who are in administrative service. I always believed in that my temperament suited Police more than administration.

DO YOU FORESEE ANY CHALLENGE FOR FEMALE OFFICERS IN THE POLICE SERVICE? None at all. All the seniors and people around me have been very encouraging.

YOUR THOUGHTS MAY BECOME A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO MANY AND THEY MAY OPT TO GO FOR CSS. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO SUCH ASPIRANTS? There is no such thing as impossible. Throughout my academic life, I had always been a very average student, so if I can do it, anyone can!

ANY TIP TO OVERCOME EXAM ANXIETY? Pray and believe in yourself? Take mock exams so that you are prepared to tackle the actual exams!

MANY CANDIDATES ARE GOING TO APPEAR IN CSS EXAM NEXT MONTH. WHAT SHOULD THEY DO THESE DAYS TO SUCCESSFULLY ATTEMPT CSS? Practice Essay, Composition and Islamiat as much as you.

HOW DO YOU SEE KIPS AS AN ULTIMATE SOURCE OF GUIDANCE FOR THE CSS ASPIRANTS, AND HOW DID THIS PLATFORM BENEFIT YOU? When I started my preparation, I had no idea about the exam, how it’s conducted and what are the subjects. My teachers’ at academy hard work and commitment from the start were evident when they not only helped me pick my optional subjects but also helped me polish my strengths and to overcome my weaknesses. Clearing the exam wouldn’t have been possible without KIPS.

WHAT WAS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO APPEAR IN CSS? My father was in the service and from the start; I observed his job routine and work attentively. From there on, I knew that I had to try my luck at CSS at least once. After my graduation, I got the added push from my father’s firm belief in my abilities and his constant encouragement that I could clear CSS, as I was capable enough.

PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR OPTIONAL SUBJECTS AND WHAT ONE SHOULD LOOK FOR WHILE SELECTING THE OPTIONAL SUBJECTS? I had Psychology, Geography, U.S History and Journalism as my optional subjects. However, keeping in mind the new criterion, I would suggest one should go for those subjects whose prep material is readily available, are overlapping and have manageable syllabus.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECOMMEND THE CSS CANDIDATES IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR EXPERIENCE REGARDING PAPER ATTEMPTING TECHNIQUES, PREPARATION, AND BOOKS THAT MUST BE CONSULTED BESIDES OTHER SOURCES? For me the most important thing that one needs to have from the start for this exam is ‘Guidance’, knowing what to do and how to prepare for it. One should focus on what the teachers are suggesting as they have the experience and they know what is better for the exam preparation.

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