CAREER AS ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN PAKISTAN

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From the colonial era, the post of Assistant Commissioner is known to general public; particularly in rural area, as a very powerful post. It was, and still is, the impression that most powerful of the Governmental post is the post of Assistant Commissioner. It was the main tier of British Government and still has the pivotal role in District management set up in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and other sub-continental country. It used to have dual role; one as Revenue Collector (Land & Water etc.), second as magisterial powers as sub-divisional magistrate to keep the check on Law & Order and supervision of cases under his / her jurisdiction. Overall, Assistant Commissioner used to have responsibility for maintenance of peace, harmony, rule of law, situation of Law & Order under check, price controlling, wheat procurement, disaster management, overall monitoring of Educational Institutes, Hospitals & Health Units, development work in his/ her Tehsil, liaison with the Law enforcing agencies and other departments. It is a broader understanding that all the powers vested in Commissioner at Division level are entrusted upon Assistant Commissioner at Tehsil Level. Assistant Commissioner reports to Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner on official business. In Pakistan, the same procedure was adopted after 1947 and Assistant Commissioner has been doing the more or less the same job at Tehsil Level.

The post of Assistant Commissioner in Pakistan is filled from two service cadres i.e Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and Provincial Management Service (PMS) previously known as PCS. PAS is a federal level service whereas PMS is a provincial level service.

The Central Superior Service commonly known as CSS and Provincial Management Service are two main pillars of the civil service which is responsible for running the civilian bureaucratic operations and government secretariats and directorates. The civil service defined itself as “key wheels on which the entire engine of the state has to move.” Assistant commissioner selection is made after passing the PMS or CSS exam and including name in PMS or PAS group respectively. Provincial Management Service also has the share of ministerial staff for promotion as PMS Officer BS-17; making them also eligible for posting as Assistant Commissioner having preferably degree of Law & minimum 02 years service in BS-17.

Here we discuss general criteria for becoming Assistant Commissioner for general public / candidates.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CSS & PMS Exam:-

Bachelors Degree (2nd Division) from a recognized University with age limit 21-30 plus general age relaxation by the Government.

SELECTION PROCESS:-

Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) conducts CSS exam and Punjab Public Service Commission conducts PMS exam. General procedure is follows:-

  • Written Exam 1200 marks.
  • Interview 300 marks for CSS and 200 marks for PMS.
  • Training (09 months for CSS qualifiers + PAS training) & (06 Months for PMS Training).

JOB RESPONSIBILITY:-

Assistant Commissioner is responsible for maintenance of peace, harmony, rule of law, situation of Law & Order under check, price controlling, wheat procurement, disaster management, overall monitoring of Educational Institutes, Hospitals & Health Units, development work in his/ her Tehsil, liaison with the Law enforcing agencies, Land transfer approval/ deeds and other departments. It is a broader understanding that all the powers vested in Commissioner at Division level are entrusted upon Assistant Commissioner at Tehsil Level. Assistant Commissioner reports to Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner on official business.

CAREER PROGRESSION AND SALARY:-

The salary of Assistant Commissioner is very good for a beginner and ranges around 65 thousands per month depending upon the posting plus Government residence, Official Vehicle, Security staff & employees at residence.

The Assistant Commissioner is eligible for promotion in BS-18 (Deputy Commissioner / Deputy Secretary) after five years of service and completion of training prescribed by the Government. Assistant Commissioner is eligible for promotion in BS-19 (Deputy Commissioner/ Additional Secretary) upon completion of 12 years service as Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. In general after 20 years of Service Assistant Commissioner gets promotion in BS-20 (Commissioner/ Secretary). Further service enables for promotion as Additional Chief Secretary, Chief Secretary and Federal Secretary in BS-22.

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