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Punjab PCS 2024 Notification, Exam Date, Selection Process, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern & More

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Important Dates

PPSC CSE Important Dates 2024
Date Of Notification To Be Announced
Prelims To Be Announced
Mains To Be Announced
Interview To Be Announced

About the Exam

Punjab PCS 2024 notification will be released soon by the commission. The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India, with the basic purpose of recruiting officials in various departments of the Government as per the requisitions sent by the Government in this regard from time to time. The Preliminary Combined Competitive Examination-2024 is to be released soon by the Commission.


1. Academic Qualifications:

a. 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.

b. No candidate shall be eligible for appearing in the Preliminary Competitive Examination, unless he/she has passed the Matriculation Examination with Punjabi as one of the compulsory or elective subjects or any other equivalent examination in Punjabi language, which may be specified by the Government from time to time.

2. Age Limit:

a. As mandated by Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009 read with Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch) Rules 1976, and Govt. instructions issued from time to time, the candidate should have attained the minimum age of 21 years and should not have attained the age of 37 years on the first day of January of the year in which the last day for submission of application to the Commission falls. In other words, the candidate should have attained the age of 21 years but should not be older than 37 years.

b. The Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 42 years for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes of Punjab only in case of other services except Punjab Police Service and Punjab Prisons Service.

c. Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 45 years for Punjab Govt. and its Board/Corporation/Commission and Authorities employees, all States/ Central Government employees. However no age relaxation is permissible for Punjab Police Service.

d. Ex-servicemen of Punjab Domicile shall be allowed to deduct the period of his service in the Armed Forces of 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.

e. Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 42 years for Widows, Divorced women and certain other Categories of women. However no age relaxation is permissible for women in case of Punjab Police Service and Punjab Prisons Service.

f. Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 47 years for Physically Handicapped of Punjab only. However no age relaxation is permissible in case of Punjab Police Service and Punjab Prisons Service.

g. In the case of the post of Deputy Superintendent Police and Deputy Superintendent Jails/District Probation Officer (Grade-II) in Punjab Police Service and Punjab Prisons Service, a candidate should have attained the minimum age of 21 years and should not have attained the age of 28 years on the first day of the year, as referred to above.

h. The Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 33 years for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes of Punjab only in case of Punjab Police Service and Punjab Prisons Service.

3. Nationality

A candidate shall 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.

4. No. of Attempts:

a. Unless covered by any of the exceptions, notified by Government in this behalf from time to time, the candidates belonging to the categories specified below, subject however, to the provisions of rule 7, may avail the following number of attempts as specified in the Table given below, at the examination, namely:

1. General – Six
2. Backward Classes – Nine
3. Scheduled Castes – Unlimited

b. For the purpose of this rule, an attempt in an examination includes an attempt made by the candidate in the preliminary examination conducted under these rules.

c. Ex-servicemen category candidates are permitted following attempts at the Examination:

1. General Ex-Servicemen – Six
2. Backward Classes Ex- Servicemen – Nine
3. Scheduled Castes Ex – Servicemen – Unlimited

5. Ineligibility Criterion:

The following conditions, among others, shall render the candidates ineligible for the Preliminary Competitive Examination:

a. Insufficient examination fee;
b. Examination fee deposited by means other than Bank Challan in any branch of the State Bank of Patiala.
c. Wrong/incomplete information given in the application form;
d. Candidates debarred by the PPSC/other Public Service Commissions;
e. Non-fulfillment of any of the eligibility conditions, including those of age and educational qualifications.

Examination Pattern

The PPSC CSE is a Three-Stage Examination:


Exam Pattern


Prelims General Studies 200 Marks
CSAT (CSAT Marks included in Prelims Cut-Off) 200 Marks
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Mains Punjabi 100 Marks
English 100 Marks
Essay 150 Marks
General Studies I 250 Marks
General Studies II 250 Marks
General Studies III 250 Marks
General Studies IV 250 Marks
Total – 1350 Marks
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Interview 150 Marks


PPSC Prelims Syllabus


  • Indian Polity and Administration.
  • General Topics, Basic Information about Science Concepts
  • Indian History
  • Geography of India and of Other Countries
  • Study-Related to the Environment.
  • Governance and Bureaucracy.
  • Economics and Financial Studies.
  • Sports and IT Sector.


  • Data Interpretation.
  • General Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Data Analysis.
  • Numerical Problems.
  • Statistics and Related Problems.
  • Problems on Heights and Measurements.

PPSC Mains Syllabus


  • Comprehension (Unseen Passage): An unseen passage followed by Questions to be answered for 10 Marks
  • Precis Writing: Passage to be summarised to 1/3rd for 10 Marks
  • Letter Writing: Letter to be written in 200 words for 10 Marks
  • Essay Writing: Essay on any general topic in 300 words for 10 Marks
  • Translation: Translation for 10 Marks
  • Grammar: Present in Section B for 50 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.


  • Comprehension (Unseen Passage): An unseen passage followed by Questions to be answered for 10 Marks
  • Precis writing: Passage to be summarized to 1/3rd for 10 Marks
  • Letter writing: Letter to be written in 200 words for 10 Marks
  • Essay writing: Essay on any general topic in 400 words for 10 Marks
  • Translation: Translation for 10 Marks
  • Grammar: Present in Section B for 50 Marks


1. History:

  • 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.
  • Indian culture- Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities and issues.
  • Socio-religious reform movements with special reference to Punjab.
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country with special reference to Punjab.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • 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.

2. Geography:

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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

3. Society:

  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism
  • Ethics and Society: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector- Health, Education, Human Resources; Issues relating to Poverty and Malnutrition.


1. Indian Constitution & Polity:

  • Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  • 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.
  • Separation of powers between various organs; Dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organisation 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.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts; Powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
  • District Administration – Evolution of District Administration; Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies.

2. Governance:

  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation; Development processes and the development organisations – the role of NGOs, SHGs, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

3. International Relations:

  • India and its neighbourhood – relations
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure and mandate.


1. Indian Economy:

  • Issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment; sustainable development; Inclusive growth and issues arising from it; Government Budgeting.
  • 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.
  • Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security;
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management
  • Land reforms in India; Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure- Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc; Investment models
  • 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
  • Punjab Economy: Planning- various aspects of developmental planning; Industry; Infrastructure.

2. Statistical Analysis, Graphs and Diagrams:

This part will test the candidate’s ability to draw conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to interpret the same.

3. Issues related to Security:

  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism;
  • 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,
  • Basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention;
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organised crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate


1. Science and Technology:

  • 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.
  • 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

2. Environment:

  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Issues related to Climate change; environmental impact assessment
  • Water management- Issues in India; Present scenario, Methods and importance of water conservation
  • Definition, nature, types and classification of disasters
  • Natural Hazards: Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, etc., Risk reduction and mitigation measures

3. Situations in Civil Service – Problem Solving and Decision Making

  • Tackling situations of Natural disasters/ Major Accidents/ Law and order
  • Controlling riots, Handling public protests and dharnas
  • Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation, Designing Projects
  • 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 sensitisation and women empowerment; Empowerment of vulnerable sections of the society
  • Improving Education and Enhancing Skill development
  • Urban settlement, Slums and Housing issues
  • Managing Issues related to Urban/Rural drinking water supply and sanitation, etc.