Punjab Civil Services

Punjab Civil Services or PCS is the combined Government Exam that is conducted by Punjab Civil Service Commission to select eligible candidates to various administrative posts in Punjab Government. The posts offered through Punjab Civil Services are that of Executive, Deputy Superintendent, Excise & Taxation Officer etc. To understand more about PCS Exam, let’s have a look at the recruitment process of Punjab Civil Services Exam.

Punjab Civil Services Notification 2019

The Official Notification for Punjab Civil Services Examination is yet to be released by Punjab Civil Service Commission. Candidates will be notified about the exam dates and the complete recruitment process once the official Punjab Civil Services Exam 2019 Notification has been released.

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Punjab Civil Services Apply Online 2019

To Apply Online for Punjab Civil Services Exam 2019, candidates must successfully submit the Online Application for the exam. The Application Fee for the online form will also be levied on the candidates. Check the detailed Application Fee for Punjab Civil Services Exam.

CategoryOnline Application ChargesExamination Fee
General (including Lineal
Descendent of
Ex-servicemen, Punjab)
Rs. 500/-Rs. 2500/-
Scheduled Castes/
Scheduled Tribes of all
States and Backward
Classes of Punjab
Rs. 500/-Rs. 625/-
Physically Handicapped, PunjabRs. 500/-Rs. 1250/-
Ex-Servicemen of PunjabRs. 500/-NO FEE

Punjab Civil Services Exam Dates 2019

As the Official Notification for Punjab Civil Services has not been released yet, there has been no confirmation on the exam dates either. Candidates will be intimidated about the exam dates as soon as it has been released by Punjab Civil Service Commission.

Exam NamePunjab Civil Services Exam
Exam Conducting BodyPunjab Public Service Commission
Posts OfferedExecutive, Deputy Superintendent, Excise &Taxation Officer etc.
Official Websitehttp://www.ppsc.gov.in/index.aspx
Exam datesTo be announced
Pattern of the Exam1. Preliminary Exam
2. Mains Exam & Viva Voce
VacancyYet to be announced

Punjab Civil Services Eligibility 2019


A candidate must be:

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.

Age Limit

For the post of Deputy Superintendent Police in the Punjab Police Service – minimum age of 21 years and maximum age of 28 years
For all other posts – minimum age of 21 years and maximum age of 37 years

Educational Qualification

The candidate must hold 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.

Age Relaxation

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ST/OBC (Punjab) - for all post except the
post of DSP
Punjab Public Service Commission
Women who are divorced/widows - for all
post except the post of DSP
Executive, Deputy Superintendent, Excise &Taxation Officer etc.
PwD (Punjab Region) - for all post except the
post of DSP
Employee of Punjab Government/ Other State Government/ Central GovernmentTo be announced
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.

Physical Standards for the post of DSP

Minimum HeightChest Measurement
Applicable for Men Only
5 feet 7 inches5 feet 3 inches33 inches34.5 inches
CategoryExam Fee
GENERAL CATEGORY (Including General Physically Disabled, i.e. orthopedically disabled, Deaf & Dumb, Hearing Impaired, W.F.F., Ex-Servicemen relieved from Defence Services on their own request before completion of normal tenure of HP).400
S.C. OF H.P. /S.T. OF H.P. /O.B.C. OF H.P./ B.P.L OF H.P./ ExServicemen of H.P. relieved from Defence Services on their own request before completion of normal tenure)100
CANDIDATES OF OTHER STATES (including reserved category(s) candidates of other states)400
Ex-Servicemen of H.P. (Ex-Servicemen, who are relieved from Defence Services after completion of normal tenure) / Blind of H.P./ Visually Impaired of H.P.No Fee

Number of Attempts

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.

Punjab Civil Services Exam Pattern 2019

Punjab Civil Services will be conducted in two different stages:

  • Preliminary Round
  • Mains Round & Viva Voce

Prelims Exam Pattern

Paper SubjectNo of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Paper IGeneral Studies1002002 hours
Paper IICivil Services Aptitude Test802002 hours

Mains Exam Pattern

Serial NoPaperMaximum Marks
1.Punjabi (in Gurmukhi Script) Compulsory (of 10+2 standard)100
2.English Compulsory (of 10+2 standard)100
4.General Studies Paper-I
(History, Geography and Society)
5.General Studies Paper- II
(Indian Constitution & Polity, Governance and International Relations)
6.General Studies Paper-III
(Economy, Statistics and Security Issues)
7.General Studies Paper-IV
(Science & Technology, Environment, Problem
Solving & Decision Making)

Punjab Civil Services Syllabus 2019

The Syllabus for Prelims Exam is defined but the same with Mains Exam is not. The range of topics for Mains Exam varies. Let’s have a look at the detailed Punjab Civil Services Syllabus 2019.

Prelims Exam Syllabus

Paper –I (General Studies)

Everyday Science States of matter, structure of atom, versatile nature of carbon.
 Acids, bases, salts, corrosion in metals, action of soaps.
 Life on Earth – evolution, marine & terrestrial life. Human body and life processes, nutrition, disease - its causes & prevention, infectious diseases, lifestyle diseases.
 Public health initiatives, mother and child health, immunisation & vaccination, HIV-AIDS, TB, polio etc.
 Force-laws of motion & gravitation, Archimedes principle.
 Energy – kinetic & potential. Light – reflection & refraction – concepts and applications. Sound – propagation & reflection- concepts and applications.
 Electric current – concepts and applications.
 Computers and telecommunication – concepts and applications.
Environmental Studies Composition and structure of the atmosphere.
 Solar system – heat balance & temperature.
 Atmospheric circulation & weather system, water cycle.
 Climate change – fossil fuels, greenhouse gases, renewable energy, clean development mechanism, carbon credits.
 Water – oceans, rivers, glaciers, lakes, groundwater etc.
 Pollution and toxicity etc.
Political theory & international order Basic concept of freedom, equality, social justice, rights & duties, citizenship, nationalism, secularism etc.
 United Nations and its organs/agencies, other international organisations like the World Bank, IMF, WTO, EU, G20, BRICS etc. and their role in the World peace, trade & development.
Indian Polity Basic features, provisions, schedules of the Indian Constitution, key amendments.
 Panchayati Raj. Elections – People’s Representation Act, electoral reforms. Rise of regionalism and coalition politics.
 Armed challenges to the Indian state since independence.
History of India The Indus valley civilisation.
 The Aryan and the Vedic age.
 Jainism and Buddhism.
 The Maurya Gupta periods.
 Advent of Islam and Sultanate period (political, social & cultural).
 The Bhakti Movement.
 The Mughals (political, social & cultural till Aurangzeb).
 The coming of the European Powers and the advent of the British rule.
 The Mutiny of 1857.
 The British rule and the Indian National Movement (1857-1947)
World History The Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution in Europe.
 The American Revolution 1776.
 The French Revolution 1789.
 The Russian Revolution 1917.
 World Wars I & II.
Indian Economy
 Indian economic development (1950-1991) – key economic policies, public sector dominance, bank nationalisation etc.
 Five year plans – key goals and main achievements.
 Liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation era since 1991 – key policies, decisions and results.
 Performance of Indian economy since 1991 – Growth, fiscal & revenue deficits, trade, commerce & balance of payments, inflation, growth of service sector.
 Key challenges and responses – agriculture and food security, industrialisation, poverty alleviation & employment, rural & urban infrastructure, social sector – health, education etc.
Geography Population – distribution, density, growth and comparison.
 Migration – types, causes and consequences.
 Human development.
 Human settlements.
 Land resources and agriculture.
 Water resources.
 Mineral and energy resources.
 Manufacturing industries.
 Planning and sustainable development in India.
 Transport and communication.
 International trade.
 Geographical perspective on selected issues and problems.
Current Affairsnational and international importance
Punjab Geography: Geographical and agro-climatic regions, rivers, water resources, sharing of waters, demographics, human development indices 7
 People, Society and Culture: Major personalities in history of Punjab, religious movements, major religions & spiritual personalities, Punjabi literature, folklore, performing arts, fine arts and crafts
 History: Sufis, saints and gurus, Lodhis and Mughals, Sikh rulers, the British period, nationalist movement in Punjab, Punjab in independent India.
 Economy: Agriculture, animal husbandry, industrial & service sectors, major occupations, development & economic growth, public finance (including central-state fiscal issues), public sector institutions, cooperatives etc.

Paper-II (Civil Services & Aptitude Test)

1. Reading comprehension; Punjabi and English language comprehension, antonyms and synonyms, grammar and sentence formation.
2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3. Logical reasoning, analytical and mental ability
4. Basic numerical skills; numbers, magnitudes, percentages, numerical relation appreciation
5. Data analysis; Graphic presentations, charts, tables, spreadsheets.

Mains Exam Syllabus


Section AComprehension (Unseen
Passage)— An unseen
passage followed by
Questions to be answered
10 Marks
Precis writing— Passage to be summarized to 1/3rd10 Marks
Letter writing—(200 words)10 Marks
Essay writing (Any general topic 300 words)10 Marks
Translation10 Marks
Section BGrammar50 Marks

Essay (150 Marks)

Candidates will be required to write three short essays in English or Punjabi on specified topics. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
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Punjabi (100 Marks)

 SectionsTopic to Prepare
General Studies ISection- 1: HISTORY1.1 History of the world : Events from 18th century; industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like Communism, Capitalism, Socialism etc. -their forms and effect on society.
1.2 Indian culture- Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
1.3 Modern Indian history from the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities and issues.
1.4 Socio-religious reform movements with special reference to Punjab.
1.5 The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country with special reference to Punjab.
1.6 Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
1.7 History of Punjab:
 Ranjit Singh’s rise to power, civil and military administration and relations with the British
 Annexation of Punjab with special reference to the causes and consequences of the Anglo-Sikh wars.
Section-2: GEOGRAPHY2.1 Physical Geography: Salient features of world’s physical geography. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
2.2 Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
2.3 Geography of Punjab:
 Physiographic details of Punjab; Geomorphic features of Punjab, Punjab’s strategic location with reference to International Border;
 Crops of Punjab; Modern concepts of Farming; Problems faced by agriculturists/ Issues in Agriculture: Depletion of ground water, etc.
Section-3: SOCIETY3.1 Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
3.2 Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies
3.3 Effects of globalization on Indian society 3.4 Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism
3.5 Ethics and Society: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
3. 6 Human Values – Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values; lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders and reformers- Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Guru Nanak; Swami Vivekananda, Jyotibha Phule, Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar and Mahatma Gandhi.
3.7 Vulnerable sections of the population - Welfare schemes by the Centre and State of Punjab and their performance; Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for their protection and betterment.
3.8 Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector- Health, Education, Human Resources; Issues relating to Poverty and Malnutrition.
GENERAL STUDIES– IISection-1: INDIAN CONSTITUTION & POLITY1.1 Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
1.2 Functions and responsibilities of Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
1.3 Separation of powers between various organs; Dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
1.4 Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
1.5 Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
1.6 Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
1.7 Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
1.8 Appointment to various Constitutional posts; Powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
1.9 District Administration - Evolution of District Administration; Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies.
Section-2 GOVERNANCE2.1 Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
2.2 Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation; Development processes and the development organizations- the role of NGOs, SHGs, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
2.3 Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures; Role of civil services in a democracy; Changing trends in Governance 13
2.4 Values and Ethics in Governance- Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding.
2.5 Probity in Governance: Concept of Governance; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; corporate governance; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
Section-3: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3.1 India and its neighborhood- relations;
3.2 Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests;
3.3 Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora
3.4 Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure and mandate.
GENERAL STUDIES– IIISection-1: Indian Economy1.1 Issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment; sustainable development; Inclusive growth and issues arising from it; Government Budgeting;
1.2 Major crops, cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems; storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce- issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers; Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Technology missions; economics of animal rearing.
1.3 Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security;
1.4 Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management
1.5 Land reforms in India; Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
1.6 Infrastructure- Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc; Investment models
1.7 Human Resource Development:
 Importance of Human capital in economic development
 Nature, types and problems of unemployment in India, Trends of Employment in India, Skill development and demographic dividend
1.8 Punjab Economy: Planning- various aspects of developmental planning; Industry; Infrastructure.
Section-2: Statistical analysis, graphs and diagramsThis part will test the candidate’s ability to draw conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to interpret the same.
Section-3: Issues related to Security3.1 Linkages between development and spread of extremism;
3.2 Role of external, State and non-State actors in creating challenges to internal security; Challenges to internal security through communication networks; role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges,
3.3 Basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention;
3.4 Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
3.5 Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
GENERAL STUDIES– IVSection-1 : Science and Technology
1.1 Science and Technology
 Developments and applications of science and technology and their effects in everyday life
 Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
 Recent developments in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, etc.
 Issues relating to intellectual property rights.
1.2 Modern Trends in Life Sciences
 Progress of Agricultural Science and its impact– Introduction to Biotechnology and its applications; Veterinary and Animal Scienceslatest developments.
 Introduction to and applications of Genetic Engineering & Stem Cell Research
 Human Diseases and Microbial infections; Common infections and preventive measures; preventive measures during out breaks; Immunity and vaccination
Section-2: Environment2.1 Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Issues related to Climate change; environmental impact assessment
2.2 Water management- Issues in India; Present scenario, Methods and importance of water conservation
2.3 Definition, nature, types and classification of disasters
2.4 Natural Hazards: Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, etc., Risk reduction and mitigation measures
Section-3: Situations in Civil Service -Problem Solving and Decision Making3.1 Tackling situations of Natural disasters/ Major Accidents/ Law and order, Controlling riots, Handling public protests and dharnas, Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation, Designing Projects, 17 Implementation of National Flagship Schemes/ Programmmes, Public Private Partnership in effective service delivery, Managing and financing Municipal services e.g. Solid waste management, Conservation of natural resources- water, forests, etc, Pollution control, Reviving a loss making PSU, Planning and target achievement, Gender sensitization and women empowerment, Empowerment of vulnerable sections of the society, Improving Education and Enhancing Skill development, Urban settlementSlums and Housing issues, Managing Issues related to Urban/ Rural drinking water supply and sanitation, etc.

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