Most of the Pakistani students could not develop reading habits because our school syllabus is designed to test from course books only. However, reading habit plays a most important role in self-development and cracking any exam including Central Superior Services (CSS). Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has recommended the best books available for any subject. However, here is the list of the top 5 books CSS aspirants should read for CSS.
Pakistan: Beyond the ‘ Crisis State’
The book is a compilation of articles written by Pakistan’s top writers. It is edited by Maleeha Lodhi, former Ambassador. The book includes a series of essays on the main issues 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 considered a failing 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 subjects of CSS.
Governing the Ungovernable
Governing the Ungovernable is authored by Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Advisor to PM on austerity and institutional reforms, and former Governor State Bank of Pakistan. He introduces the most important areas like the Economy, Judiciary, Civil Services, Politics, and so on; and then he highlights the issues in these sectors and provides recommendations. This is my personal favorite because this is what the CSS exam focuses on the most.
Today at 3pm here in DC we host an event with Dr. Ishrat Husain on his new book, "Governing the Ungovernable." It's on the importance of strong institutions in #Pakistan (incidentally, IK mentioned this theme in his July 26 speech). Event info here: https://t.co/H4c2Bb9L3U
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) July 30, 2018
Constitutional and Political History of Pakistan
CSS aspirants should develop a sound knowledge of the history of the Indo-Pak subcontinent, and the best book for this is Constitutional and Political History of Pakistan by Hamid Khan. The author is Pakistan’s top lawyer; so, he has very well explained the constitutional crises. Learning constitutional crises is more important than studying the political issues; however, the book is capable of addressing both of the areas.
Global Politics by Andrew Heywood
This is the best book to study international issues. It helps in the understanding of history as well as contemporary issues. Particularly, the second edition covers key developments, from the Arab Spring to the global financial crisis, and provides enhanced coverage of current issues like international migration.
High School Grammar by Wren and Martin
Most of the CSS aspirants struggle in developing sound English skills. High School Grammar is the simplest book to improve the English language. Most of the CSS qualifiers have read this book. It also contains exercises that must be practiced.
These books should be the starter pack for CSS aspirants.