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i have appeared in CE.2102,2013,2014

i gave 4 years for the prepations.

entire 2011...
i passed in 11 subjects put of 12
just falied in essay with 5 marks....
i scored same score i calculated
though i scored quite high and became over over confident for 2013 attempt...
i prepared for one month only
and appeared in 2013
i didn't do that well as i did earlier...
i passed 11 subjects except essay...
as the papers were tough and marking was also tough...
i was expecting the same result...
i don't blame luck factor in it...
i have found FPSC a very fair organization
the mistake is at our side...we over estimate ourselves
i did rigorous study entire 2013 for 2014 attempt...
but i m not hopefull this time...as i hoped last time and i became very upset...
just pray to Allah almighty

recommendations for up coming aspirants:

reading and writing

this is the only formula.....
  1. must analyse past papers
  2. read high standard books
  3. make notes
  4. manage your time
  5. consult at least 4-5 books for each optional
  6. must bring uniqueness in your write ups
  7. read newspapers daily
  8. read international and national magazines for economy,current affairs,science and technology
4-5 books?
kindly share your optional subjects and books you used.
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4-5 books?
kindly share your optional subjects and books you used.
my optional subjects were
  1. journalism
  2. sociology
  3. psychology
  4. geography

journalism:
  1. BA course book
  2. JOURNALISM FOR ALL BY Dr Mehdi Hassan
  3. mass communication by imtiaz shahid
  4. news papers,tv channels(analyse all the events and make your own thought about them)
  5. social media(face book,twitter) for analysis of political and social issues

sociology:
  1. sociology by imtiaz shahid
  2. sociology by hortun and hunt
  3. sociology by khuram niazi
  4. UN research papers on social development
  5. social media for analysis of social problems
  6. read and understand national and international social issues
  7. http://www.globalissues.org/(follow this website)

psychology:
  1. psychology by sherbano(BA-1,2)
  2. psychology by asim sehrie(volume1,2)
  3. psychology by rakhshanda shenaz(part1,2)
  4. abnormal psychology by robin s roseberg
geography:
  1. geography for BSC
  2. geography by m.jahangir sanpal, ali salman
  3. geography by stephen marshak
  4. regional,economic,human geography by dr.bokhari
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2010 was the first year that i gave CSS exam..rather pushed into giving exams by my family..Being a fresh graduate,having multiple job opportunities, an active social life, and overconfidence on abilities at that time,led to a very non serious, totally chill, 1st attempt..and still managed to pass in 9 out of 12 subjects with good marks.( i wrote an essay on "third gender"... got 12 marks...it was remarkable by my standards though)
After my first attempt, i realized that CSS is not just an exam, its a whole new world out there, quite aloof from mainstream, yet having its own rules,norms and culture, somewhat like a secret adventure. So i decided to give my 2nd attempt seriously.
After completing my Post-grad, I joined an academy briefly(didn't work for me),sat pondering long hours for subject selection, started making notes, searching good books for every subject, exploring the forum everyday(there was such an abundance of useful tips and notes at forum in those days which i find rare now), quitting my social life, foregoing good job opportunities(like Unilever), to put in my best effort for CSS 2012.
Papers went well, but the wait for results was like a torture everyday. Fortunately, i found a job but I considered it a temporary endeavour as in my view, I Was Meant to be CSP. The 9 months till result day were spent day-dreaming about my future as CSP, tear jerking phases of tension and anxiety. Finally, the day arrived, when i came to know that I passed the exam. The happiest day of my life, maybe. The invincible fortress had been conquered. Nothing stands in way of my dreams now. I immediately resigned from my job.
Prepping for psychological and interview tests, going through all the procedures, a very interesting and lively interview with panel, meeting other lucky fellas, listening their stories, seeing hope glimmering in that happy crowd was such a joyous time and the respect coming from family...levelllll. but it all passed too soon. I wasn't allocated.
All that aura, that feeling of being part of an "Elite Cult" came crashing down. The reality dawned on me that time that has passed is in YEARS, not weeks or days, my education was obsolete now, my professional experience inadequate and worst of all, there was severe unemployment. Not just me, but my whole family went into a state of depression, sometimes we blamed GOD, sometimes fate, sometimes myself. The pain of failing at what I had put so much hard work into, has faded since then but not gone.
I gave my 3rd and last attempt in 2014, half heartedly, just to close the chapter of CSS from my life. Now, the task at hand is to come to terms with what life has to offer beyond CSS and without waiting for the result, simply move on.

P.S: my advice to new aspirants: Always calculate the opportunity cost for giving this exam, not just in terms of your own but also your parent's aspirations. Learn to balance CSS prep with other life activities. Do your homework before venturing into this arena. Strategize carefully about subject selection, time allocation, answer pattern. Give exams as soon as you can, and push yourself to give them consecutively. Don't wait for years to go by as this will take away the prime years for career building in other fields. Last of all, stay humble, hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.
Dear IT WAS HEARTRENDING SEEING YOUR ILL-STARRED NARRATION OF EVENTS,AND ESPECIALLY IT'S EXTREMELY PAINFUL WHEN YOUR DREAMS GET SHATTERED OR IF THE DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN WHAT YOU HAVE HAD DREAMT OF AND WHAT YOU GET ACCENTUATE........KINDLY TELL ME IF I COULD MAKE YOU A CONTACT PERSONALLY,AS I HAVE ALMOST THE SIMILAR EXPERIENCE AS OF YOURS......BUT THE CONFUSION IN MY CASE IS FURTHER COMPOUNDED BY VIRTUE OF MY RAMBLING STILL INTO DIFFERENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES(ANTITHETICAL TO EACH OTHER)..HOPE TO TALK TO YOUR FRUITFULLY !! THANKS
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2010 was the first year that i gave CSS exam..rather pushed into giving exams by my family..Being a fresh graduate,having multiple job opportunities, an active social life, and overconfidence on abilities at that time,led to a very non serious, totally chill, 1st attempt..and still managed to pass in 9 out of 12 subjects with good marks.( i wrote an essay on "third gender"... got 12 marks...it was remarkable by my standards though)
After my first attempt, i realized that CSS is not just an exam, its a whole new world out there, quite aloof from mainstream, yet having its own rules,norms and culture, somewhat like a secret adventure. So i decided to give my 2nd attempt seriously.
After completing my Post-grad, I joined an academy briefly(didn't work for me),sat pondering long hours for subject selection, started making notes, searching good books for every subject, exploring the forum everyday(there was such an abundance of useful tips and notes at forum in those days which i find rare now), quitting my social life, foregoing good job opportunities(like Unilever), to put in my best effort for CSS 2012.
Papers went well, but the wait for results was like a torture everyday. Fortunately, i found a job but I considered it a temporary endeavour as in my view, I Was Meant to be CSP. The 9 months till result day were spent day-dreaming about my future as CSP, tear jerking phases of tension and anxiety. Finally, the day arrived, when i came to know that I passed the exam. The happiest day of my life, maybe. The invincible fortress had been conquered. Nothing stands in way of my dreams now. I immediately resigned from my job.
Prepping for psychological and interview tests, going through all the procedures, a very interesting and lively interview with panel, meeting other lucky fellas, listening their stories, seeing hope glimmering in that happy crowd was such a joyous time and the respect coming from family...levelllll. but it all passed too soon. I wasn't allocated.
All that aura, that feeling of being part of an "Elite Cult" came crashing down. The reality dawned on me that time that has passed is in YEARS, not weeks or days, my education was obsolete now, my professional experience inadequate and worst of all, there was severe unemployment. Not just me, but my whole family went into a state of depression, sometimes we blamed GOD, sometimes fate, sometimes myself. The pain of failing at what I had put so much hard work into, has faded since then but not gone.
I gave my 3rd and last attempt in 2014, half heartedly, just to close the chapter of CSS from my life. Now, the task at hand is to come to terms with what life has to offer beyond CSS and without waiting for the result, simply move on.

P.S: my advice to new aspirants: Always calculate the opportunity cost for giving this exam, not just in terms of your own but also your parent's aspirations. Learn to balance CSS prep with other life activities. Do your homework before venturing into this arena. Strategize carefully about subject selection, time allocation, answer pattern. Give exams as soon as you can, and push yourself to give them consecutively. Don't wait for years to go by as this will take away the prime years for career building in other fields. Last of all, stay humble, hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.
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