LAHORE: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) recently conducted a test for the post of an assistant director for land record in Grade 17, for the Board of Revenue Punjab. It was organised on April 1, in Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore.
I took the test and would like to draw the attention of the higher authorities to its content and quality. In one question, the incumbent prime minister’s name was wrongly spelt. And another question, which asked the name of the country which awards the Nobel Prize had the following options: “Amrica (sic!), “Switzerland, “Netherland” (sic) and Sweden. The correct answer is Norway and this was not even in the list of options!
The specific post relates to the computerisation of the province’s land record but in the test not a single question was asked about IT or related fields. Five of the questions were on cricket and one asked for the date of demise of child prodigy, Arfa Kareem Randhawa. The latter concerned a Pakistani whom we should all be proud of but her connection to such a test was unclear to me at least.
I asked a commission official later that why did the question paper have such errors. His reply was that no one was infallible and that mistakes were made by everyone. He also said that the government wasn’t providing the commission with enough funds and hence the quality of printing was also suffering.
I would request the chairman of the PPSC investigate the matter.
Muhammad Asif Ejaz
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2012.