Sindh, Balochistan ‘unable to produce sufficient talent’
By Tahir Niaz
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) had not been able to find the required number of qualified people from the Sindh and Balochistan provinces to fill various occupational groups, said a report released by the FPSC.
According to the commission’s recently released annual report for the year 2010, there were 9,056 candidates for the competitive examination of 2009. Out of them, 5,707 appeared and 905 qualified the written examination. The Establishment Division had reported 388 vacancies, whereas 337 candidates were inducted into various occupational groups. Allocation could not be made against 51 vacancies reserved for Sindh (R), Sindh (U) and Balochistan, as the required number of qualified candidates were not available from these provinces. The vacancies were carried over to the next year, to be allocated to the eligible and qualifying candidates of the respective provinces only.
The FPSC report shows that the number of candidates who finally qualified were 68 percent from Punjab, 12 percent from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight percent from Sindh (R), five percent from Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA and three percent from Sindh (U); while in the final selection, the share of candidates from Punjab was 171 (50 percent), Sindh (R) 68 (20 percent), Sindh (U) 28 (eight percent) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 36 (11 percent). It showed that candidates from Sindh had more chances and less competition in the final selection.
The report reveals interesting figures pertaining to gender-wise participation, marital status, age group, schooling and previous occupation of the candidates. Out of 5,707 candidates who appeared in the written exam, 77 percent were male and 23 percent female. In the final selection, 73 percent male and 27 percent female candidates were allocated various occupational groups or services. The study showed that female candidates increased their ratio in the final selection.
Statistics show that out of 5,707 candidates who appeared in the written examination, 77 percent were male. Among them, 67 percent were unmarried and 10 percent were married, while in the final stage, 69 percent candidates were unmarried and eight percent were married.
The study reveals that majority of candidates (62 percent) who appeared in the examination falls within the age group of 25 to 29, out of which, 57 percent were finally selected. The performance of the candidates in the age group of 21 to 25 was better as 37 percent succeeded in the final stage against their appearance of 31 percent. Out of 342 selected candidates, 145 (42 percent) got their secondary education from provincial government schools, followed by the 51 (15 percent) who got education from public schools. Similarly, 41 (12 percent) of those who were finally selected belonged to forces or garrison schools and 26 (8 percent) came from model schools.