Sheharyar Ahmad from LUMS Tops CSS Examination
Sheharyar Ahmad, a graduate of the BSc (Honours) Class of 2010 at LUMS, has achieved the first position from all of Pakistan in the 2012 Civil Superior Services (CSS) examination. According to information released by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Sheharyar Ahmed tops the list of candidates who passed the Civil Superior Services (CSS) examinations held in 2012.
A total of 10,066 candidates appeared in the examination out of which 788 were able to qualify. These include 588 male and 200 female candidates. Among those holding the top 10 positions, two candidates hail from rural Sindh, one from urban Sindh while the rest are from Punjab.
While talking about the recent development on professional front, Sheharyar shared that he is currently working as a Consultant for the Commerce Finance Team at Robert Walters (leading global recruitment and human resource management agency) in Hong Kong. Previously, he had worked as an Analyst at UBS Investments Bank.
On being asked about the role of LUMS in terms of support from faculty and staff member/s during the entire process, he described it in the following words, “It has been instrumental, both in the academic and infrastructural support. I prepared for the exam in the LUMS library, utilising resources therein and also took help from the faculty members."
Thanking the support from the faculty members Sheharyar mentioned, "Mian M Hanif for statistics and Shabbir Ahsen and Ghazala Irfan for philosophy.” However, he also suggested to better the experience further if “LUMS can assist the students with the application process, it would be quite helpful as the process itself is quite cumbersome, with a lot of documentation that needs to be provided. He further suggested, “streamlining the application process so that students can store and retrieve all requisite documents (with a check-list) from LUMS.”
Describing LUMS experience as the “most fulfilling, challenging, rewarding, life-changing 4+ years" of his life, Sheharyar had a powerful message for others to get inspired from – “Don’t follow the same path everyone else is following, make your own for others to follow.”
In commenting on the news the Vice Chancellor of LUMS, Dr. Adil Najam, said that this was an achievement of great pride for LUMS and "we are delighted to see more and more of our students becoming interested in public service and public affairs." He added that a University goal has always been to give our students a deep sense of citizenship and national service and "we should be gauged by the relevance of the University, its faculty, its students, and its research to the most important and pressing challenges that this nation faces." Dr. Najam hoped that this will encourage more LUMS students to follow this path and he said that "this is good news for LUMS and good news for Pakistan."
A number of LUMS students have appeared and cleared this CSS examination and done extremely well in the nation-wide competitive examinations. Also amongst them is Muhammad Ayaz of the Class of 2011 who was placed 10th in all of Pakistan and topped amongst the candidates from Sindh rural.