I am glad to know that few readers of my columns are able to qualify the Written Examination of CSS 2008. I would like to congratulate them all on their success and I hope and pray that they should make it to their desired occupational groups, Inshahallah!
Here, I would like to let you know that as soon as the result of CSS 2008 was announced, few of those who are punctual readers of Silence and have passed the CSS 2008, rang me up asking for guidance regarding Psychological Assessment, Interview and medical fitness examination. I told them to wait for few days so that I can write a detailed post sharing my experience with them and others who want to prepare for these tests. So, keeping up with my promise with those worthy qualifiers, here you go with my experience and tips for preparation of CSS interview, Psychological test and medical fitness test. I wish it helps.
- The Medical Fitness Examination takes place in a month after announcement of result of written examination of CSS.
- The Psychological Assessment test and grand interview takes place by two months after announcement of result of written examination of CSS.
- For Psychological Assessment tests, it is a good idea to go through Kaplan Maths work book for GRE, different Psychometric test available free online and Emotional Intelligence Tests also available free online.
- For interview, the preparation is the way you have already prepared for Current Affairs paper.
Medical Fitness Examination for CSS Candidates
Passing written portion of CSS examination is like a dream come true but with passing the written there starts a race for preparation of interview and psychological test. In our case (i.e. CSS 2007), our result was announced on 24th day of month of September in 2007. After that we happened to receive an official letter from Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) telling us that we happened to qualify the CSS written examination. Latter, in about a month, we were asked to get some routine tests (Blood CP, Urine DR. Hepatitis ‘B’ and ‘C’ screening and X-ray chest) done from specified Medical facilities. In case of Karachi, it was JPMC and we were asked provide the report on a specified day in Federal Medical Directorate in Karachi where we were further examined by a Panel. Apart from this, those who were having the weak eye sight were required to bring in the eye-sight prescription and produce it before the panel. On the days of medical fitness examination, we were required to report at the specified location at about 9 AM. There, we were given a form and we were asked to fill it. In the form, few questions regarding family history of certain illnesses and allergies were asked. After sometime, we are required to get checked up by the doctor there. This is how our medical fitness examination was done. Those who were over-weight or under-weight were required to reduce or put-on weight and were asked to appear before medical board on a date that was communicated to the candidates through standard mail.
Psychological Assessment of CSS Candidates
After medical fitness examination, around two months latter we happened to appear in Psychological tests and interview at Karachi. As I told you earlier that our result was announced on September 24, 2007, so two months latter means on November 20-23, 2007, we took the Psychological assessment tests in Karachi. The detail of my Psychological test can be found at the link given below:
Once you will open the link to the Psychological assessment test that I happened to under go you will notice the following things:
Psychological Assessment of CSS candidates is based on standard Psychometric Testing and it comprises Numerical Computation, Numerical Estimation, Data interpretation, Numerical Critical Reasoning, Spelling, word meaning, word relationships, comprehension, personality tests and so on.
In Psychological Assessment tests, you need to answer some surprise questions like favorite books, personalities and so on. So, you need to stay prepared for it.
By now when you have the idea to what comes in Psychological test, you know the potential areas where you need to put the effort so that you can perform well.
In my case, I had the preparation for these aspects by going through the Kaplan Maths workbook for GRE that is easily available in Market. It really helped me a good deal. Apart from this, for personality tests and other related test, I happened to search internet and was able to find very good websites offering a good deal of material to improve the personality test results. One such valuable site can be accessed by clicking here. Here, I would like to mention that when it comes to personality test, you must focus on emotional quotient, to know more about it click here, and you can find many such website by running internet searches. For some sample test you can click here.
Interview of the CSS Candidates
Once you are done with Psychological Assessment, you are required to appear for the final interview before a panel that comprises of Chairman FPSC and two or more member. You can find the sample interviews of Candidates who happened to qualify CSS in 2007 at the link given below:
For preparation of interview, there is no particular advice since it is general in nature. All I would say is that it is like preparing for Current Affairs paper and you need to study newspaper and review the backgrounds of all the national and international issues.
Before ending my post, I would advice you to please try to make a network of friends who have qualified the CSS 2008 and interact. In our case, we happened to contact all my group fellows who were there in group discussion and role play before hand. It helped our group a lot because we had discussed the strategy in advance and it gave space to all without creating a mess. Its productivity can be seen by its reflection on our result that three out of three positions in Sindh (R) were from our group and we three got allocated in our group of choice that is PSP. So please do not underestimate this advice of mine.
I think by going through this post, you have a basic idea that what should you expect in the Psychological Assessment Tests, Interview and Medical Fitness test. I think if you will prepare well, you will definitely make it to your desired group, I wish you all the very best.
If you have any question, you can post it in comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org