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July 19, 2021

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July 19, 2021

It was unfortunate to read that a girl in Lahore, who was a Central Superior Services (CSS) aspirant, died by suicide. She took her life because she could not pass the CSS exams (the most prestigious exam in the country). Young people of Pakistan are passionate about civil services. Hundreds of students from every field of study want to become CSP officers. There are several reasons for this passion. First, there is severe unemployment in the country. Fresh graduates find it difficult to get a suitable job. Second, private companies look for highly experienced candidates, making it impossible for fresh graduates to meet their eligibility criteria. Third, other available jobs do not offer as many perks as are offered to CSP officers.

It is important to make students understand that the CSS is not the only option. It is not wrong to take the CSS exam, however there should always be Plan B. Not clearing the exam is a minor failure. Teachers and parents should be students’ support system and let them know that this isn’t the end of the world.

Javeriya Mahar

Hyderabad

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The CSS aspirant had come from Multan to Lahore to prepare for the CSS exam. However, the burden of the failure was so heavy that it took her life. A suicide note found in her apartment contained the ordeal she went through. It is worth mentioning that every year, thousands of candidates apply for the exam in the hopes of becoming CSP officers. However, only a few students make it to the final list. Many students wrongly believe that clearing the CSS exam is the only way to success. Second, there are so many coaching centres that give this false impression that students who study at these centres are able to pass the CSS exam. Many students join these centres in hopes that they will be able to pass the exam.

However, they are left on their own when they are unsuccessful. These students are normally under severe mental stress which makes them vulnerable to self-harm. Third, in our country officers are no less than a celebrity. A majority of people want to follow in their footsteps, but, in the absence of proper guidance and mentorship, they fail to meet their target. It is important for young people to understand that the CSS exam, or any other competitive exam, is not the sole purpose of life. There are many other fields where a graduate can excel and showcase his/her potential.

Rahman Rasheed

Buner