In Conversation with Shehroze Faisal (FSP)

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Shehroze Faisal (FSP)

51st in Pakistan CSS 2021-22

JWT Editorial Board

“JWT was extremely useful during my preparation for CSS exam. It includes articles that are relevant, refer to credible sources and are well structured.”

Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background.
Shehroze Faisal (SF): I did my A-Levels from Beaconhouse Gujranwala, and then completed my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology.

JWT: Since you have been allocated to the Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP), what feature of this service attracted you most?
SF: I chose Foreign Service mainly for two reasons: to represent Pakistan globally and have a work-life balance.

JWT: How much helpful did you find Jahangir’s World Times (JWT) during your preparation?
SF: JWT was extremely useful during my preparation for CSS exam. The magazine includes articles that are relevant, refer to credible sources and are well structured.

JWT: What, in your opinion, is the key to making a difference in the written part of CSS exam?
SF: The key is that your answers should fulfil all requirements of a professional exam. They should be properly structured, research-based and skilfully presented.

JWT: Generally, compulsory subjects are considered low-scoring, what was your strategy to get through these very papers?
SF: Do extensive research on all topics related to a subject. And practice; take as much as mocks and tests as you can. Try to attain maximum marks in GSA because it can boost your overall score.

JWT: How should a new aspirant start preparing for CSS exam, and what areas should (s)he focus on?
SF: A new aspirant should start with a subject in which (s)he has the most interest. Working to have good command over English grammar and passage-writing skills is also necessary during the initial days. Also, keep in touch with the major developments both at national and international level. Moreover, an aspirant should start by developing his/her analysis on various topics and developing a general understanding of the greater scheme of things.

JWT: What should be an ideal timetable for a new aspirant to make sound preparation for CSS exam?
SF: It is very subjective, but ideally it should be 6 months.

JWT: How answers should be written to get maximum marks?
SF: Understanding the question well is the prerequisite to writing a good answer. Main headings should be given with further subheadings. Conclude it with a solid reflection on your complete answer.

JWT: Should there be some word limit kept in mind while writing answers?
SF: No, there is no such direction as to the word limit. Length of your answers should depend on the questions asked. Give equal time to each answer.

JWT: How did you structure your Essay and what was your strategy for Précis and Composition paper?
SF: Essay should be aligned with your outline and the outline should include all the important aspects of the topic. Moreover, introductory paragraph is the most important part of your essay as it sets the agenda of the topic.
For acing the Précis and Composition paper, practice is the key. So, practice as many times as you can. Generally, attempting three to four passages a week is a good exercise.

JWT: How did you handle de-motivations?
SF: There would always be so many de-motivations along the way. Be in the company of those who support you through thick and thin. Look up to those people/events from which you get inspiration. Be positive because positivity is the key.

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