It is heartening to note that the upper House of the Parliament is discussing a public petition to increase the upper age limit for the candidates appearing in the Central Superior Service examination to 30 years. The country is already facing a high rate of unemployment and is endeavouring to handle a youth bulge, which needs to be accommodated not only in the public but also the private sector. The private sector needs to be strictly regulated, as it is guilty of gross under payment and exploitation of the most educated classes of the country. A structural change in the syllabi and introduction of a pre-screening test from this year is also being confronted by the prospective candidates.

The change in the syllabi is being rightfully contested as it has effectively jeopardized the choice of subjects. A successful candidate with the current syllabus would rather opt for other greener pastures instead of preferring to be become a part of this strictly hierarchical structure.  

The spirit of the examination has been to choose candidates from wider but general educational backgrounds and turn them into administrators who would be able to take correct decisions at the right time using the variety of their educational milieu. Regretfully, the civil servants of such traits are already vanishing at an alarming pace. The priorities of those at the helm of affairs appear to be focused more on personal aggrandizement instead of the public whose servants they are supposed to be. It is also a matter of concern that the training of these civil servants needs immediate attention as it stands restricted since the Musharraf days to academic research at the cost of a commitment to the national cause and the inculcation of higher values and character strength- which used to be the hallmarks of a civil servant’s personality.