In Conversation with
Mohsin Iqbal Dhilon
56th in Punjab, PMS 2020-21
Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background?
Mohsin Iqbal Dhillon (MID): I completed my high school education from Sialkot. Later, I graduated with A grade Hons. in law from University Law College, University of the Punjab, Lahore.
JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) in your preparation for PMS exam?
MID: By regularly consulting JWT magazine, I learned many research-based insights necessary to ace the competitive exam.
JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to getting through compulsory papers of PMS exam, especially that of General Knowledge?
MID: I think periodic revision, short notes and smart strategy to cover the syllabus make the key to getting good marks in compulsory subjects.
For the Gk paper, I must say that it is not a hard nut to crack. To get excellent marks in this paper, I believe that multiple sources, e.g. JWT magazine, Dawn, websites, should be consulted. Also, an analysis of past papers should be done to understand the paper pattern.
JWT: How answers should be written to get maximum marks in the written part of PMS exam?
MID: First of all, aspirants should try to absorb and brainstorm the target questions. One must underline the keywords of the question like discuss, explain and critically evaluate, etc. In a nutshell, dynamic, relevant content, backed by critical analysis, is the key to fetching high marks.
JWT: Your marks in Essay are pretty good, how did you structure that?
MID: I believe an impactful introduction, along with an insightful, self-explanatory outline, decides the fate of the Essay. I wrote my essay in the similar fashion, while keeping in mind the coherence of ideas and relevancy of thoughts.
JWT: Since you have scored excellent marks in Political Science and Geography, what was your strategy for both these papers?
MID: I consulted multiple sources for these subjects. In Political Science, I drew comparative analyses and gave credible references and relevant quotations. While in Geography paper, extensive use of maps, charts, graphs with almost equal length of the answers was my main consideration.
JWT: Should there be some word limit kept in mind while writing answers?
MID: I think, quality information with a length of 6-7 pages is enough for a 20-mark question. Also, aspirants should directly hit the questions and must never go irrelevant.
JWT: Is it better to attempt optional papers in Urdu or one should go with English only?
MID: As the major part of PMS competitive exam is in English, so, I would say that, barring Islamic studies – as it entails Quranic references, translation and examples – all subjects should be attempted in English.
JWT: How one should choose Optional Subjects?
MID: There should three main considerations while selecting the optional subjects:
1. Educational background and overlapping of subjects
2. Scoring trend and analysis of past papers
3. Interest-based analysis of the different subjects
JWT: Who deserves the credit for your success?
MID: My family, peer group and my mentors deserve the credit for my success in PMS exam.
JWT: As interviewers usually grill the interview candidates, how did you manage the situation?
MID: For me, calmness, balanced approach and quality of analysis were the main cards to play in the interview. As my whole interview was opinion-based, I tried to manage the googlies by the panel through proper analysis and confidence. Also, aspirants should try to qualify themselves in a different and unique manner by creating some winning moments through quality answers.