5 books CSS aspirants can’t miss
Most Pakistani students have not been able to develop their reading habits as our school curriculum is designed to be tested only from textbooks. However, the habit of reading plays a very important role in the self-development and cracking of any exam, including senior central services (CSS). The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has advised the best books available for any subject. However, here is the list of the top 5 books that CSS aspirants should read for CSS.
Pakistan: beyond the “ state in crisis ”
The book is a compilation articles written by top Pakistani writers. It is edited by Maleeha Lodhi, former ambassador. The book includes a series of essays on the main problems of the country. Ayesha Jalal, Dr. Akbar Ahmed, Shuja Nawaz and Saeed Shafqat are some of the few writers who have contributed to the book.
The book highlights a very interesting perspective that although Pakistan is seen as a failed state, it has the potential to solve its problems and become an emerging nation.
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This book is recommended for current affairs, but it is useful for all CSS topics.
Govern the ungovernable
Governing the Ungovernable is written by Dr Ishrat Hussain, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Austerity and Institutional Reforms, and former Governor State Bank of Pakistan. It presents the most important areas like economy, justice, public services, politics, etc. then it highlights the challenges of these sectors and formulates recommendations. This is my favorite because that’s what the CSS review focuses on the most.
Today at 3pm here in DC we’re hosting an event with Dr. Ishrat Husain on his new book, “Governing the Ungovernable”. It is about the importance of strong institutions in #Pakistan (incidentally, IK mentioned this theme in his speech on July 26). Event information here: https://t.co/H4c2Bb9L3U– Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) July 30, 2018
Constitutional and political history of Pakistan
Aspirants to CSS should develop a solid knowledge of the history of the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, and the best book for this is Constitutional and Political History of Pakistan by Hamid Khan. The author is Pakistan’s principal lawyer; thus, he explained the constitutional crises very well. Learning about constitutional crises is more important than studying political issues; however, the book is able to deal with both of these areas.
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Global Politics by Andrew Heywood
It is the best book for studying international issues. It helps to understand history as well as contemporary issues. In particular, the second edition covers key developments, from the Arab Spring to the global financial crisis, and offers enhanced coverage of topical issues such as international migration.
Grammar High School by Wren and Martin
Most CSS aspirants struggle to develop strong English skills. High School Grammar is the easiest book to improve the English language. Most CSS qualifiers have read this book. It also contains exercises that must be practiced.
These books should be the starter pack for CSS aspirants.
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