Punjab Civil Services Exam Details
Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) conducts Punjab Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination for various civil services posts or services.
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from any recognized University is the minimum educational qualification to apply for this examination. The examination is conducted in two phases – the Preliminary Examination, consisting of two papers and Main examination consisting of written test and viva voce test.
A candidate should be a:
i. Citizen of India; (or)
ii. Citizen of Nepal; (or)
iii. Subject of Bhutan; (or)
iv. Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the Ist January. 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India;(or)
v. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar) Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India;
Provided that a candidate other than the candidates possessing Indian nationality shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Competent Authority as notified Punjab Civil Services General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994.
B. Age Limit: The candidate age limit should between 21 to 37 years.
A candidate should have attained the minimum age of 21 years and should not have attained the age of 28 years for the post of Deputy Superintendent Police in the Punjab Police Service.
1. The upper age limit for a Punjab Government/Other State Government/ Central Government employee will be relaxed up to 47 years.
2. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxed up to a maximum of five years for Schedules Castes and Scheduled Tribes of all States and Backward Classes of Punjab, except in the case of the posts of DSP.
3. The upper age limit for widows, divorcees and certain other categories as per instructions issued by the Government of Punjab vide Letter No. 1/50/83-5PP(1368)/3454 dated 23-04-1984 of women of Punjab will be relaxed up to 42 years, except in the case of the posts of DSP.
4. Age relaxation in upper age limit, upto 10 years is available to the disabled persons of Punjab, except in the case of the posts of DSP.
5. An Ex-serviceman of Punjab domicile shall be allowed to deduct the period of his service in the Armed Forces of the Union from his actual age and if the resultant age does not exceed the maximum age limit prescribed for direct appointment to such a vacancy in the Service Rules concerned by more than three years, he shall be deemed to satisfy the condition regarding age limit.
C. Educational Qualification: The candidate should possess a bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institution; Provided that the candidate may be permitted to take preliminary examination while studying for the qualifying degree. However, the candidate shall be required to produce proof of qualifying the degree course for being eligible to take the Main Competitive Examination.
D. Physical standards for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police:
|Minimum Height||Chest Measurement|
|Applicable for men only|
|5 feet 7 inches||5 feet 3 inches||33 inches||34.5 inches|
Number of Attempts for this Examinations:
1. Unless covered by any of the exceptions, which may from time to time be notified by the Government in this behalf, every candidate appearing for the examination after the commencement of Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009, shall be permitted to avail upto four attempts at the examination.
2. For the purpose of this rule, an appearance of a candidate in the Preliminary Examination, shall be deemed to be an attempt at the examination.
3. Ex-servicemen category candidates are permitted only three attempts at the Examination.
Exam Pattern: Punjab Public Service Commission’s (PPSC) Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination Pattern details are given below….
Scheme of Examination: Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination will be held in two parts i.e Preliminary Competitive Examination and Main Examination.
A. Preliminary Competitive Examination: The Preliminary Competitive Examination will consist of two papers i.e. Paper-I General Studies and Paper –II Civil Services Aptitude Test. The Preliminary Competitive Examination is designed to sift suitable candidates for the Main Competitive Examination. Marks obtained in the Preliminary Competitive Examination by the candidates, who may be declared qualified for taking the Main Competitive Examination, shall not be counted for determining their final order of merit. Candidates equal to thirteen times of the total number vacancies may qualify for the Main Competitive Examination.
B. Main Examination: The main examination will consist of written examination and a viva voce (interview) test. The written examination will consist of nine papers of conventional essay type in varous subjects. Candidates equal to 13 times the number of vacancies may be declared eligible to take Main Competitive Examination.
I. Structure of the Main Competitive Examination:The compulsory and optional subjects and the maximum marks fixed for each subject for the main competitive examination shall be as shown in the table below:
|II||Punjabi (in Gurmukhi Script)||100|
|III||Essay (To be attempted either in Punjabi or English) (Gurmukhi Script)||100|
|IV||General Studies Paper I||100|
|V||General Studies Paper II||100|
|VI||Optional Subject I, Paper I||100|
|VII||Optional Subject I, Paper II||100|
|VIII||Optional Subject II, Paper I||100|
|IX||Optional Subject II, Paper II||100|
1. The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory. Total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects will be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be divided into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing four questions.
2. Out of eight questions, five questions are to be attempted. In each part there will be a compulsory question. Candidates will be required to answer one more question out of remaining three questions in each part. In this way, at least two questions will be attempted from each Part i.e. one compulsory question and in addition one more question. The candidate may attempt the fifth question from any part.
3. The main competitive examination shall include compulsory and optional subjects and every candidate shall take all the compulsory subjects and two of the optional subjects, except for Ex-servicemen candidates, who are exempted from taking optional subjects. A candidate shall specify in his application form the optional subjects he/she desires to opt.
4. A candidate shall answer the question papers other than the language paper, in English or in Punjabi language.
5. If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction which may be considerable may be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him/her.
6. Credit will be given for orderly effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words, in all subjects of the examination.
7. Ex-servicemen category candidates are required to appear only in the Compulsory subjects, i.e., Paper I, II, III, IV & V. However, LDESM category candidates shall have to appear in all the papers, including optional subjects.
8. Candidates shall specify in their application form the optional subjects they desire to take. No change in the choice of options will be permitted under any circumstances.
9. The Main Competitive Examination shall include Compulsory and Optional Subjects as under:
(A) List of Compulsory Subjects:
3. Punjabi (in Gurmukhi Script)
4. General Studies Paper-I
5. General Studies Paper-II
(B) List of optional subjects for main examination:
|Sr. No.||Subject||Subject Code||Sr. No.||Subject||Subject Code|
|2||Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science||32||15||Mathematics||45|
|7||Commerce and Accountancy||37||20||Political Science andInternational Relations||50|
|9||Electrical Engineering||39||22||Public Administration||53|
|13||Law||43||26||Literature of one of the
Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit,
Urdu or English.
Note : (i) Candidates shall not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects:
(a) Political Science and International Relations and Public Administration;
(b) Commerce and Accountancy and Management;
(c) Anthropology and Sociology;
(d) Mathematics and Statistics;
(e) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science;
(f) Management and Public Administration:
(g) Of the Engineering subject viz., Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering
and Mechanical Engineering—not more than one subject.
(h) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science and Medical Science.
(ii) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
(iii) Each paper will be of three hours duration. Visually impaired candidates will, however, be
allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
(iv) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers
viz., Papers I and II above in Punjabi or in English.
(v) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers III to IX in Punjabi language, may, if they
so desire, give English version within brackets for only the description of the technical terms,
if any, in addition to the version in Punjabi language.
(vi) The question papers other than language papers will be set both in Punjabi and English.
(vii) The Compulsory papers of Punjabi and English will be of 10+2 or equivalent standard.
(viii) For the Language papers, the script to be used by the candidates will be as under :
II. Viva Voce:
1. Candidates up to three times the number of vacancies shall be declared qualified for each category to take viva voce test.
2. The viva voce test shall be conducted by an Interview Board comprising of the Chairman and Members of the Commission which may include an outside expert. More than one Interview Boards may be set up to interview the candidates. In the event of an Interview Board not being headed by the Chairman of the Commission, the senior most Member shall be the Chairman of the Board.
C. Candidates have to qualify the Physical Test for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police in the following events also:
|For Male Candidates||For Female Candidates|
|1||1600 meters race to be completed
within 07 minutes 30 seconds (only
|800 meters race to be completed
within 04 minutes 45 seconds
(only one attempt)
|2||Long Jump : Minimum 3.80 meters
(Three attempts only)
|Long Jump : Minimum 3.25
meters (Three attempts only)
|3||High Jump : Minimum 1.15 meters
(Three attempts only)
|High Jump : Minimum 1.0 meter
(Three attempts only)
|4||Vertical rope : 2.0 meters climb
from the ground (one attempt only)
|Shuttle : Running between two
parallel lines 10 meter apart, five
times in 25 seconds (one attempt
Selection Procedure: Candidates will be selected based on their performance in Preliminary Competitive Examination; and Main Competitive Examination (written and viva voce).
Preliminary Competitive Examination: The Preliminary Competitive Examination will consist of two papers i.e. Paper-I General Studies and Paper –II Civil Services Aptitude Test. Candidates equal to thirteen times of the total number vacancies may qualify for the Main Competitive Examination. All candidates are required to appear in both papers including Ex-servicemen candidates i.e. Paper I and Paper II of the Preliminary Competitive Examination are compulsory.
Main Examination: The main examination will consist of written examination and a viva voce (interview) test. The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory. Total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects will be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be divided into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing four questions. The main competitive examination shall include compulsory and optional subjects and every candidate shall take all the compulsory subjects and two of the optional subjects, except for Ex-servicemen candidates, who are exempted from taking optional subjects.
1. No candidate shall be eligible to appear in the viva voce test unless he obtains 45 per cent marks in the aggregate of all subjects including at least 33 per cent marks in Punjabi (in Gurmukhi Script). Provided that if at any main competitive examination a sufficient number of candidates do not obtain 45 per cent marks in the aggregate, the Commission may at its discretion lower this percentage to not below 40 per cent, but the percentage for the language paper i.e. Punjabi in Gurmukhi Script shall remain unchanged.
2. No candidate shall be considered to have qualified in the main competitive examination unless he obtains at least 45 per cent marks in the aggregate in all subjects including vivavoce except in the case of any main competitive examination for which this percentage has been lowered to not less than 40 per cent by the Commission under the proviso to regulation 7 in which case the qualifying percentage shall be as determined by the Commission.
Viva Voce Test: The candidates securing the highest aggregate marks in the written part of the Main Competitive Examination, numbering not more than three times the number of vacancies, shall be called for the viva voce test. In the event two or more candidates are tied at same rank then the order of merit shall be determined in accordance with highest marks secured in viva voce. Candidates up to three times the number of vacancies shall be declared qualified for each category to take viva voce test.
The viva voce test shall be conducted by an Interview Board comprising of the Chairman and Members of the Commission which may include an outside expert. More than one Interview Boards may be set up to interview the candidates. In the event of an Interview Board not being headed by the Chairman of the Commission, the senior most Member shall be the Chairman of the Board.
Honesty and spontaneity of candidate’s responses to the questions will be gauged by the interview panelist, who would be looking to judge confidence, communication skills, mental alertness, logical thinking, judgment ability and leadership qualities of the candidate.
The technique of the interview will not be that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation, which will be intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the special or general knowledge of the candidates, for which the candidate should have been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are
happening around them both within and outside their own State or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.
Punjab Civil Services Exam Syllabus: Punjab Public Service Commission’s (PPSC) Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination Syllabus details are given below….
Syllabus for Preliminary Examination:
I. Paper –I (General Studies)
1. Everyday Science
2. Environmental studies
3. Political theory & international order
4. Indian polity
5. History of India
6. Indian Economy
8. Current events of national and international importance
II. Paper –II (Civil Services Aptitude Test)
Syllabus of Main Examination:
II.General Studies-I: History, Geography and Society
III. General Studies-II: Indian Constitution& Polity, Governance and International Relations
Section-1: Indian Constitution & Polity
Section-3: International Relations
IV. General Studies-III: Economy, Statistics and Security Issues
Section-1: Indian Economy
Section-2: Statistical Analysis, GRaphs and Diagrams
Section-3: : Issues related to Security
V. General Studies-IV: Science & Technology, Environment, Problem Solving & Decision Making
Section-1: Science and Technology
Section-3: Situations in Civil Service -Problem Solving and Decision Making