In a major move to bring institutional reforms and revamp the civil service in Pakistan, Central Superior Services (CSS) candidates would first have to undergo a mandatory screening test before sitting in the main competitive examination, Adviser to Prime Minister on Establishment Division Shahzad Arbab has said on Wednesday. The Advisor highlighted that the Prime Minister has the vision to bring transparency, integrity and efficiency-based governance.
The proposed Screening test will be applicable from next year, which means those candidates who wish to take the CSS exam in 2021 will have to first go through a screening test next year.
This is not the first time where a screening test has been recommended. The previous recommendation came in 2014 when the Passing rate of CSS Exam fell to 3%.
Currently, the average success rate for CSS Exams is just above 4%. In 2018, some 557 candidates cleared the exam while 11,887 appeared in the exam making a success ratio of 4.7% only