Owing to the high failure rate, a parliamentary committee wants to relax the rules for CSS exams.

In order to help locals perform well on the Central Superior Services (CSS) exams, which are necessary to become eligible for civil service employment, a Senate subcommittee is advocating for an overhaul of the educational system in impoverished areas.

The Senate Standing Committee on the Cabinet Secretariat met on Tuesday to address the need to reform education in less developed areas for eligible candidates and to receive an update on the impending Special CSS tests for 2023.

Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad, chair of the committee, raised worry over the high failure rate of the competitive tests, particularly among applicants from rural areas.

According to the establishment division, there are now 52 empty vacancies for non-Muslim candidates in Punjab. To boost the odds of success, it was indicated that the concession of age relaxation by 32 years and an additional chance in this year’s special CSS tests may make a big difference.

The committee’s call to action emphasises how urgent it is to fix the inequities in the educational system so that all applicants for the civil service would have equal opportunity.

During the briefing, it was revealed that candidates from the minority quota in Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, women and minorities from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and all candidates from Sindh, Balochistan, and the erstwhile federally administered tribal areas (FATA) were eligible to apply for the special CSS exams.

There are two application phases allowed for the unique CSS tests. The first stage occurred between December 18, 2022, and January 4, 2023, and the second stage occurred between February 26 and March 14 of this year. A total of 44,238 applications had been received as of March 8.

Coaching will be offered for the required courses, and candidates who pass a practise exam with multiple-choice questions will be interviewed from June through August. For each open position, four candidates will be chosen in accordance with their respective quotas. The issue was postponed, nevertheless, to allow for more conversation about the implementation and monitoring in real life.

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