Centuries Old traditional CSS system being abolished in Pakistan?

Centuries Old traditional CSS system being abolished in Pakistan?

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government is mulling to eliminate the concept of ‘superior services’ in the country to introduce a new induction process for aspiring bureaucrats.

Dr Ishrat Hussain-led Task Force on Civil Service Reforms has finalized proposals for cabinet consideration and if green-lighted by the cabinet, it would wipe off the existing CSS examination system.

According to a report published by The News on Wednesday, participants at a donors meeting in Islamabad were also briefed about the proposals last week.

The body emphasized that the concept of ‘Superior Services’ is being replaced by equality among all cadres and non-cadres of public servants.

Well-placed sources disclose that the present CSS exam system would be changed in a manner that instead of single general examination for all cadres and services, the concept of specialised bureaucracy would be introduced.

As per the proposals, four streams or clusters would be introduced to ensure that the candidates with specialized qualification join the specialised service.

The proposals finalised by the task force for cabinet’s consideration suggest revised induction process for the entry-level to civil service to test analytical ability, domain specific knowledge and aptitude of candidates.

If given a go-ahead, the CSS exam would be conducted in four phases:

- Stage 1 for the screening test - Cluster-based specialized recruitment at Stage 2 - Psychometric evaluation at stage 3 - Stage 4 would involve interviews of the candidates who qualify earlier stages for final selection.

PTI government is believed to be mulling over civil service reforms to introduce open, transparent, merit-based recruitment at all levels,