Pakistan is blessed with an abundance of natural resources such as gas reserves, extensive coal, gold, iron ore, forests, and petroleum among others. Along with that, Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, and half of its population of men are younger than 24 years of age. This younger population makes it a very rich manpower country which, if manipulated well, can make it prosper at a rate faster than other countries in the region.
However, some grave obstacles have halted the way forward in the process of development and prosperity. On the larger picture, this retrogression and the inability to utilize the natural resources can be attributed to the inept political leaders who have little concern for nation-building rather their energies are spent on personal gains and reserving individual interests. But since not all the leaders are inept and insincere therefore the retrogression cannot be solely attributed to the politicians per se. There are other factors, which indeed make the lion share of the underdevelopment of our country. These include government institutions, private organizations, the education sector, and so on. People who are heading these bodies are well educated and well-learned but still, do not care about nation-building. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa public service commission is one of the institutions which has halted the way of competent individuals into the public services by making a naïve screening test policy.

A day before the PMS screening test result was declared, which has infuriated candidates who were preparing for the exams for years. The KPPSC has made a 25 candidates per seat policy for PMS 2021 candidates and the commission will make appointments on the given policy. The clause inserted by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission holds that “top 25 candidates on the merit list shall be called for competitive examination against each post reserved for merit and zone”. But candidates of PMS rejected the policy even before the declaration of the screening test result on account that: there are candidates who were preparing for the exam for the past few years if they could not match the formula of KPPSC, they would be declared incompetent for the PMS exam but ironically the MCQs which are brought in the screening tests are far different from the subjects of the PMS exam.

Secondly, merely cramming the capitals and currencies cannot be the standard upon which the intellect of the candidates is evaluated.
Thirdly, there can be a lot many students preparing for the PMS examination for years in a single zone; picking only 25 for a single seat cannot be a just procedure for the examination if for the concerned zone the reserved seats are only 8.
Fourthly, the female, minorities, and disabled quota is also made on a very unequal footing.

The aspirants hold that there are or can be innumerable candidates who did appear in the screening test but they may not sit in the exam owing to various reasons such as having been appointed somewhere else, have relinquished PMS, or perhaps they might have migrated from the province: thus in such a case, the 25 per seat policy can literarily decrease to the 20 per seat numbers in practice.

By the KPPSC policy, the PMS aspirants who are exceeding 35000 numbers will be shortlisted to 2500 numbers. This literally can waste the precious time of those candidates who prepared and waited for the exam for years, as the gap between two PMS exams is three to four years. The aspirants hold that the candidates decreasing to a manageable level is not a bad thing, but the numbers should be more than 2500 as there are thousands of students who might not remain age vise eligible for the next PMS exam.

The disgruntled aspirants further view the screening test as a joke on their potentials which should have a minimum passing marks formula if not removed totally, because it cannot check writing, reading, analytical, and management skills. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa public service commission must need to address the grievances of the aspirants as these persons might have the most competent and fit aspirants whose intellectual level perhaps is not rightly evaluated by the screening test. Instead of inserting the 25 per seat clause, the commission needs to change the screening test to a compulsory subject i.e. English essay, or replace the 25 per seat formula with a minimal passing mark.
Thus, this might work more efficiently in evaluating the intellectual level and English of a candidate than mere testing memory. Because through the essay paper the writing, analytical and critical skills can be evaluated and not through the testing. In addition, it is the foremost duty of the government to address the voice of thousands of aspirants and bring reforms in KPPSC in the recruiting procedures of the provincial public services so that the abundant natural resources could fairly be utilized by the right and competent officers.