Frequently Asked Questions
Secretariat Training Institute
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1. Where is STI located?
Ans. STI is located at Plot No. 7, Sector H-9, Near Islamabad Dry Port, Islamabad.
Q.2. What is the organizational pattern of STI?
Ans. STI is an Attached Department of the Establishment Division headed by a Director General having ex-officio status of Joint Secretary to the Government of Pakistan.
Q.3. Whether STI has hostel facility?
Ans. Yes. There are two hostels for men and women respectively having capacity of 52 beds on double occupancy basis.
Q.4. Whether hostel facility is admissible to the officers other than trainees?
Ans. Yes. Accommodation is provided to Government Officers other than trainees on payment of prescribed rent and subject to availability.(click for detail)
Q.5. What is the charter of STI?
Ans. It is to improve professional skills of the officers/staff of the Government imparting thorough working knowledge of the Secretariat Procedures and practices.
Q.6. What are major areas of training arranged by the STI?
Ans. a. Specialized training for Section Officers (Probationar) and Section Officers (Promotional Examination).
b. In-service Training for Officers in BS-17 to BS-19 of various Ministries/Divisions/ Departments/Organizations, etc.
c. Special training courses relating to Information Technology/E.Government.
d. Master Trainer’s Programme in Office procedures & Practices including syllabus of Information Technology/E. Government under Step-down training Programme.
e. Capacity building training in Office Procedures & Practices including Shorthand/typewriting for officials in BS-1 to BS-16.
Q.7. What is Specialized Training Programme (STP)?
Ans. Specialized Training Programme is a mandatory Pre-Service training program for the candidates selected through Competitive Examination (CSS) and Section Officers Promotional Examination of FPSC.
Q.8. How many times a Specialized Training Programme for OMG officers is conducted during a year?
Ans. STI conducted almost 2 STPs during a year as given below whereas the number of STP depend upon the examination by the FPSC:-
a. STP for OMG Probationer selected through Competitive Examination (CSS).
b. STP for candidates selected through Section Officers Promotional Examination by FPSC.
Q.9. What is the duration of STP for OMG officers?
Ans. The duration of STP for OMG Probationers is of 24 weeks whereas for Section Officers (Promotional Examination) is of 12 weeks.
Q.10. What is the syllabus of STP for OMG officers?
Ans. The syllabus of STP besides other activities is as follows:-
a. Rules of Business
b. Secretariat Instructions & Office Procedures
c. Secretariat Noting and Drafting
d. HRM in the Federal Government (Paper-I)
e. HRM in the Federal Government (Paper-II)
f. Financial Management in Pakistan (Paper-I)
g. Financial Management in Pakistan (Paper-II)
h. Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
i. Economic Management in Pakistan
j. Public Sector Governance in Pakistan
Q.11. What methods of specialized training are in practice in the STI?
Ans. Method being employed is lecture, interactive session, synopsis writing, syndicate discussion, group research papers, book review, presentations on current issues field visits etc.
Q.12. Whether STI provides the opportunity of training to learn the skill of Stenography and typewriting for the dependents of Government servants?
Ans. Yes. Matriculate dependents of Government servants are allowed to participate in the Shorthand & Typewriting courses subject to the submission of their application on the prescribed form which can be down loaded from STI’s website.
Q.13. How many proficiency tests for the ministerial staff are conducted during a calendar year?
Ans. Two proficiency tests are conducted for APSs/Stenotypists/LDCs during a calendar year, one in April and the other in September for the grant of two advance increments for a period of 12 months.
Q.14. Whether the courses of Shorthand & typewriting are also open for Qasids/Naib Quasids & equivalent?
Ans. Yes. Qasids/Naib Quasids & equivalent having matric qualification can participate in Shorthand & typewriting courses. In addition, capacity building training courses for Quasids/Naib Quasids etc. are also conducted separately.
Q.15. Whether STI provides on the job training to the officers/officials in addition to the scheduled training programmes?
Ans. Yes. On request, STI conducts customized training programmes for the officers/ officials according to the training needs of the respective Departments.
Q.16. Whether STI engage visiting faculty?
Ans. Yes, renowned personalities, academicians, dignitaries and professionals are invited to deliver lectures to the course participants.
Q.17. Is there any course fee for different training courses at STI?
Ans. No. Expenditure is borne by the Government for capacity building of the officers/staff.