Weird CSS English essay question sparks debate among netizens
‘Boys will be boys’ became a top trend in Pakistan, dominating social media on Wednesday after being one of the topics in the English section of the 2023 Central Advanced Services (CSS) exam. English essays are notorious for being one of the most difficult parts of the CSS exam to clear.
As soon as the exam was over, candidates took to social media to share how the bizarre topic appeared on the exam.
It has ignited laughter on the one hand, sparked arguments on the other hand about not holding boys accountable, and has resulted in norms of toxic masculinity and enduring patriarchy.
Twitter users applauded the examiners for suggesting the necessary topics of discussion. Between the lines, “boys will be boys” actually favors women. It targets toxic masculinity and male privilege in which women are abused and conquered. The aim was to free women with this. A competitive exam for a reason.
CSS is one of the most popular exams in Pakistan, with 32,059 candidates taking the exam each year. In 2022, 20,262 candidates took the exam with a pass rate of just 1.94%.