On February 1, the Federal Civil Service Commission held its annual national exam for the Central Senior Service (CSS) Officer Recruitment (BPS-17). The first paper was an English essay and the topic attracted attention.
The essay paper was intended to explore the full spectrum of CSS candidate competencies and skills. For example, we have researched problems, critically analyzed them in a coordinated and systematic way, and reached plausible conclusions. A critical analysis is the guarantee of success. Conversely, a descriptive or narrative essay is less likely to get a candidate to pass the paper.
The paper surprised CSS candidates as well as CSS coaching academies, which used guesswork and practice tests to confuse candidates. This paper deterred the backflow of parrot knowledge that CSS candidates were trying to express. The paper gave a fair chance to candidates who have cultivated their own understanding, creative inquiry, and critical analysis.
The paper avoided any guessable topic: globalization, economy, climate change, democracy, energy crisis, human rights, terrorism. For the thesis, the topic I was given was easy, but I had to write an essay on the spot at the exam hall. Only candidates who practiced writing an original essay could perform. The paper also leaves no room for bespoke essays, frustrating essay gurus and experts. As a throwback to 2017’s Thought Essay, the paper determines the viability of her CSS candidates.
The theme of the first essay was “Youth education is like carving in stone”. Many candidates who memorized multiple themes on education diligently mistook the word “youth” for “childhood” and saw it as a veiled topic on “early education.” In fact, it wasn’t. The topic of the essay means that at a young age young people are the most obedient. Youth is the age when secondary qualities such as discipline, punctuality, and attitude are built up. Secondary qualities, whether positive or negative, can be superimposed on primary qualities to portend success or failure in a young person’s life. The environment plays an important role in building second nature. To make the essay analytical, the discussion can shift to a discussion between nature (inheritance) and nurture (environment). Sources of upbringing can be family, school, religion, social and political groups.
The paper also leaves no room for bespoke essays, frustrating essay gurus and experts. As a throwback to 2017’s Thought Essay, the paper determines the viability of her CSS candidates.
The next topic was “Those who use force fear reason.” This topic means that those without the ability to reason tend to use force to be heard. do). Reasoning here means a healthy argument that weighs both sides (pros and cons) to form your position. Politicians are generally more reluctant to wage war than the generals who run the country. War is too serious a matter to be entrusted to generals.
Even after a conflict, the warring parties must sit down at the table to explain the reasons for the armistice and how to move forward. Forums like the United Nations are doomed to reason and condemn the use of force. Reasoning requires a sophisticated and educated brain, while power personifies the beast, which can still be hidden within humans. Reasoning is a modern expression, power is a primitive expression. For analysis, two ages and regions can be compared.
The next interesting topic was this: “Fools speak, wise listen.” This topic means that smart people get into the habit of listening to gather more information and to ruminate on it. Ideas can be missed. In addition, avid listeners are less prone to making mistakes than habitual chatters. Einstein, for example, was known to be an avid listener. Similar examples should be demonstrative.
The next thing that piqued my interest was that “parents should be equally responsible for raising children.” This topic implies that parents are avoiding equal responsibility of raising their children. To qualify the statement, CSS candidates were required to mention cause, effect, and future direction.
This was the next topic. This topic implies that friends in need are indeed friends. This may be a descriptive essay.
The next interesting topic is: This topic means that conventional education is inconvenient and ineffective in conveying educational messages. CSS candidates had to take a stand and argue.
The second thing that struck me was that people have become overly dependent on technology. This topic is not about relying on technology, but over-reliance on it causes certain problems. Interestingly, the use of technology is inevitable in modern times. But technology is essential and can be addicting. CSS candidates had to address the reasons for dependencies, ooze effects (both good and bad), and provide ways to avoid over-reliance.
A second motivator was that high taxes should be imposed on soft drinks and junk food to encourage healthy eating. This topic means discarding soft drinks and junk food as an unhealthy diet. One way to do this is by imposing taxes, but there are other ways to achieve the same goal. You can draw a comparison. The bottom line is that junk food is no substitute for your main food. A key analysis shows that junk food may be needed for instant energy in a short amount of time, especially in industrial cities on busy days. It also satisfies sexuality.
The next exciting topic was “boys will be boys”. This topic implies that boys can be boisterous, even boisterous due to their hormonal predisposition. Whether feminization in boys’ attitudes and behavior (by softening them) is possible and feasible.