Governance Reforms

How to Prepare for CSS Interviews?

How to Prepare for CSS Interviews?

All those candidates who qualify the written part of the CSS Examination will be individually interviewed by a Board usually at respective provincial headquarters. Every member of the Board, consisting of 5 to 7 eminent persons will ask you questions and give you marks out of his given allocation, normally 75. Results are then tallied…

What is CSS Examination

What is CSS Examination

Introduction There are three tiers of Pakistan’s civil service structure Federal Government-which has more than 25 Ministries looking after the functions allocated to them under the Rules of Business Provincial Governments-of the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Federally Administrated Tribal Ares(FATA) have around 15/20 departments which run their affairs almost independently but in close coordination with…

Can a meaningful comparison be made  between Pakistan Railways and Indian Railways?

Can a meaningful comparison be made between Pakistan Railways and Indian Railways?

It has become quite fashionable in Pakistan to compare every sector of the country with its respective Indian counterpart and start lamenting that Pakistan is far behind India in every field. Similarly there is a lot of hue and cry in the media-print, electronic and social, of the country that every state institution in Pakistan…

20 Principles of Good Governance in Islam

20 Principles of Good Governance in Islam

Hazrat Ali was the first person among the youth to embrace Islam and remained one of the most faithful and steadfast companions of the Prophet of Islam. A renowned general, he was known as the most learned person of his times. Reportedly he authored more than 475 lectures and epistles on a variety of subjects…

What is happening in Syria?

What is happening in Syria?

Since its redefinition by the British Foreign Office as the Middle East and its division into more than a dozen nation-states, complete with artificial boundaries, after the conclusion of First World War, the region has been in turmoil mainly due to these  very geographical and social reengineering of the region. As such, what is happening…

Six Challenges for a Modern  Public Servant

Six Challenges for a Modern Public Servant

World Bank defines the governance as the traditions and institutions by which authority in a country is executed, including the process by which governments are selected, monitored and replaced. As the issues pertaining to government are becoming more complex in nature, the need for effective, informed and neutral policy makers and public servants is ever…

Pakistan’s Exports Sector/Challenges and Response

Pakistan’s Exports Sector/Challenges and Response

Introduction Pakistan has done fairly well economically since her independence more than six decades ago and is the 27th largest economy in the world with a per capita income of more than US$3500 in terms of Purchasing Power Parity. However, its exports performance has been lackluster and far below her potential, constituting a meager 0.15%…

Make Good Presentations

Make Good Presentations

Introduction With the rapid advancements in communication technology, more and more decision-making is taking place through PowerPoint Presentations. It is increasingly complementing the submission of summaries and the files to the senior, particularly political bosses for soliciting the decisions. A civil servant is invariably asked to give PowerPoint Presentation in front of a select committee…

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Authority

Introduction Organizational effectiveness is dependent upon several factors. Appropriate quantum of delegation of authority to right persons and up to right level is one of them. Unfortunately public servants all over the world are very reluctant to delegate for one reason or other despite the fact that appropriate delegation of authority is the perfect foundations…