The Central Superior Services is an elite permanent bureaucratic authority, and the civil service that is responsible for running the civilian bureaucratic operations and government secretariats and directorates of the Cabinet of Pakistan.
Civil Services are not only a profession, they are a huge responsibility, a lifestyle. The services/groups which include, Commerce & Trade, Customs & Excise Group, District Management Group, Foreign service of Pakistan, Income Tax Group, Information Group, Military Lands and Cantonments Groups, Office Management Group, Pakistan Audit and Accounts service, Police Service of Pakistan, Postal Group and Railways (Commercial & Transportation) Group have become the key wheels on which the entire engine of the state has to move. Hence the leaders for these services are drawn through the competitive CSS examination comprising of a Written Examination, Medical Test, Psychological Test and Viva Voce.
Below is a list of 10 Pakistani Celebrities who cleared their CSS Examination but quit this field for an alternate career:
Rahat Kazmi is a prominent name in the history of Pakistan showbiz, television in particular. The heartthrob of 1970’s, Rahat needs no introduction. He did his MA Political Science from Government College, Lahore, MA English Literature from University of Punjab and LLB from University of Punjab. Rahat joined the prestigious Pakistani Civil Services in 1968 as an Information Officer. In 1976 he resigned from his job and started his acting career becoming the 1st actor to clear this competitive exam.
Hamza Ali Abbasi
Hamza Ali Abbasi did his Bachelors in International Relations from abroad and Masters from Quaid-e-Azam University, he later cleared the CSS exam and secured a position in the Police force. He soon quit this field for an acting career becoming the 2nd actor to clear his CSS.
Moeed Pirzada is a lead Anchor and Columnist with a diverse background. Selected for the Central Superior Services, after a distinct position in the nation wide competitive exams in 1989; and worked in different areas of public policy at increasing levels of responsibility. He worked with Central Superior Services (CSS) and was awarded for meritorious services by the Federal government in 1998.
Raza Ahmad Rumi is a Pakistani columnist, policy analyst and journalist who needs no introduction. He holds two degrees from the London School of Economics, UK and has worked across the globe before entering journalism. Prior to this he was a civil servant and topped the CSS examination in 1994 – a rare honour confirming his stellar credentials. Raza started his career in the Government of Pakistan as an officer of the administrative services. He was Assistant Commissioner, sub divisional magistrate of Murree. In 2000, he was selected by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo as a Civil Affairs Officer and for other municipal administration assignments. In 2002, he joined the Asian Development Bank as a Governance Specialist.
Adnan Randhawa, is a Pakistani politician, columnist, civil and human-rights campaigner and lawyer. Randhawa entered into the Civil Services of Pakistan through the competitive examination of Pakistan, CSS, in which he secured 12th position all over Pakistan. He opted for Foreign Service of Pakistan in 2006 and during his stay in bureaucracy, he made several attempts to organize civil officers against the staggeringly high levels of corruption and maladministration in bureaucracy.
Aitzaz Ahsan is a Barrister-at-Law by profession and a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He is also a writer, human rights activist and politician. He received his early education from Aitchison College and the Government College, Lahore. He later studied law at Cambridge University, UK and was called to the bar at Grays’ Inn in 1967. Upon his return to Pakistan , Aitzaz Ahsan appeared for and stood first in Pakistan’s prestigious CSS examination. However, he refused to join government service during the time of General Ayub Khan’s military rule. This act of youthful defiance made him the first, and perhaps only, individual to top the CSS exam yet decline government service.
Shafqat Mahmood is a Pakistani Politician, Columnist, and a retired civil servant. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan (District Management Group) in 1973 and served for about seventeen years until he resigned in 1990 to join politics.
Anwar Saifullah Khan is a Pakistani politician and industrialist. He oined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1970. During his years in government service, he held key field and staff appointments including Deputy Commissioner of Mardan and Kohat Districts. He served as Consul General of Pakistan in Montreal, Canada from 1980 to 1984. He resigned from the Civil Service in 1984 to join the Saif Group.
Ayesha Siddiqa is a Pakistani civilian military scientist, geo-strategist, author, former bureaucrat and political commentator. She regularly writes critical columns for reputable newspapers. Siddiqa has been a civil servant for 11 years during which she was asked to work as the Director of Naval Research with Pakistan Navy making her the first civilian and a woman to work at that position in Pakistan’s defense establishment. She also worked as a Deputy Director in audit Defence Services Lahore Cantt.
Maryam Gilani has made Pakistan proud. Maryam is a young officer who joined the Pakistan Railways Service through the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination only a few years ago. She is upright and courageous and upholds merit in public service. Looking after the personnel branch at Pakistan Railways’ Rawalpindi Division, Maryam refused to issue letters of appointment to candidates on the list reportedly sent by the Minister for Railways. Maryam was placed under suspension as a result of her refusal. She is currently a Writer and Analyst.