Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), the premier recruitment agency of the province, highlighting the substandard performance of candidates appearing for different competitive examinations has exposed ever-declining standard of education.
According to the PPSC Annual Report 2009, presented in the Punjab Assembly during here on Friday, the overall pass percentage of the competitive exams conducted by the commission in 2009 was just 4.23 percent.
It was observed that most of the candidates performed poorly in subjects of English, Islamic Studies and General Knowledge while a large number of candidates performed quite poorly in the subject of Pakistan Studies with failure rate exceeding 50 percent.
“The results reflect lack of interest and basic understanding of the candidates despite the fact the subject is taught at all levels up to graduation,” reads the report.
As per the report, 5,009 candidates appeared against a total number of 1,041 posts, including 35 meant for female candidates. However, only 397 candidates qualified out of which 55 were female and only 212 candidates, including 38 females, were finally recommended for appointment while 829 posts remained unfilled.
According to the break-up, 135 candidates appeared for 35 posts of Female Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates (BPS-17) out of which only 11 qualified while the pass percentage remained 8.14. As many as six of them were finally selected and thus 29 posts remained unfilled.
A total of 177 appeared for 54 posts of Deputy Districts Attorneys (BS-18) out of which only 17 qualified and the pass percentage remained 9.60. However, only eight candidates were finally selected, thus 46 posts remained unfilled.
For the 646 posts of Assistant District Public Prosecutors (BPS-17), a total of 3,754 candidates appeared in the exam out of which only 46 qualified, thus the pass percentage was just 4.83. All those who had qualified were selected while 600 posts remained unfilled.
Similarly, a total of 746 candidates appeared for 99 posts of Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates (BPS-17), out of which only 190 qualified and the pass percentage remained 25.47.
In the Combined Competitive Examination (BPS-17/16) for 207 posts of PMS, Tehsildars and Excise & Taxation Officers, etc, a total of 2,999 candidates appeared in the exam, out of which only 133 qualified with overall pass percentage of 4.43. Out of them, 94 candidates were finally selected while 113 posts remained unfilled.
It was observed in the report that the high rate of failure was evident of the fact the candidates relied on crammed material instead of consulting and going through the original sources. The report also attributed the poor performance of the candidates to falling standards of teaching in educational institutions, especially owing to the dearth of competent teaching staff.
The PPSC also highlighted the need to persuade and attract good candidates to public service, observing that the newly emerging disciplines were pulling away a sizeable number of intelligent candidates to other professions. “This trend has a great deal to do with salary package, sense of security and esteem in the society which is associated with a certain category of jobs and professions,” said the PPSC.