Punjab State Civil Services Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
Punjab Public Service Commission

Punjab State Civil Services Exam is conducted by Punjab Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates in various civil services position like Punjab Civil Service, Punjab Police Service, Punjab Excise and Taxation Department etc.

This exam is highly competitive, and to have an edge in it, careful planning, meticulous preparation, and unwavering dedication is required. Thousands of candidates appear annually in this exam, and the availability of services is subjected to vary based on the number of vacancies available in the particular year.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English, Punjabi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidates for various posts of civil services.
Conducting Body Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC)

PSCSE Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate should have a Bachelor Degree from a recognised university.

  5. Age Limit
  6. Candidates should not be below 21 years and above 37 years of age. For the posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police and Deputy Superintendent Jails/District Probation Officers, the candidates should not be below 21 years and above 28 years of age.

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. Every candidate appearing for the examination shall be permitted to avail of four attempts at the examination.

PSCSE Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified
Date of Result To be notified

PSCSE Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary exam consists of two papers carrying 200 for each paper.
Stage II: The main exam consists of 7 papers.
Stage III: This stage consists of a Personality test.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 200
2 Paper II: Civil Services Aptitude Test
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 200

Pattern for Main Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 English
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Essay
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
3 Punjabi
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
4 General Studies I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
5 General Studies II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
6 General Studies III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
7 General Studies IV
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 150

The candidates shall be interviewed by the board constituted by the Punjab Public Service Commission.

PSCSE Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I: General Studies

  • Everyday Science: States of matter, the structure of atom, versatile nature of carbon, Acids, bases, salts, corrosion in metals, life on earth, light – reflection and refraction, sound – propagation and reflection, electric current, computers and telecommunication.
  • Environmental Studies: Composition and structure of the atmosphere, solar system, atmospheric circulation, climate change, water, biodiversity and conservation, soil, pollution and toxicity.
  • Political Theory and International Order: Basic concept of freedom, equality, social justice, rights and duties, citizenship, nationalism, secularism etc. United Nations and its organs.
  • Indian Polity: Basic features, provisions, schedules of the Indian constitution, key amendments, Panchayati raj, elections, armed challenges to the Indian state.
  • History of India: The Indus valley civilisation, the Aryan and the Vedic age, Jainism and Buddhism, Bhakti Movement, the Mughal, the Mutiny of 1857.
  • Indian Economy: Indian economic development, five-year plan, liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation.
  • Geography: Population, migration, human development, land resources, water resources, mineral and energy resources.
  • Current events of national and International Importance
  • Punjab: Geography, People, society and culture, History, Economy.

2 Prelims Paper II: Civil Services Aptitude Test

  • Reading comprehension, Punjabi and English language comprehension, antonyms and synonyms, grammar and sentence formation.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning, analytical and mental ability
  • Basic numerical skills, numbers, magnitudes, percentages
  • Data analysis, Graphic presentations, charts, tables, spreadsheets

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains English

  • Comprehension
  • Precis writing
  • Letter writing
  • Essay writing
  • Translation
  • Grammar

2 Mains Essay

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.

3 Mains Punjabi

  • Comprehension
  • Precis writing
  • Letter writing
  • Essay writing
  • Translation
  • Grammar

4 Mains General Studies I

  • History: History of the world, Indian culture, Modern Indian history, history of Punjab.
  • Geography: Physical Geography, Important Geophysical Phenomena, Geography of Punjab.
  • Society: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India, Role of women and women’s organisation, Effects of globalisation on Indian society, Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism, ethics and society, Human Values.

5 Mains General Studies II

  • Indian Constitution and Polity: Indian Constitution, functions and responsibilities of Union and the States, separation of powers between various organs, parliament and the state legislature, functioning of the Executive and Judiciary.
  • Governance: Important aspects of governance, values and ethics in governance, Probity in governance.
  • International Relations: India and its neighborhood- relations, Bilateral regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/ or affecting India’s interests.

6 Mains General Studies III

  • Indian Economy: Issues relating to planning, Major crops, Public Distribution System, Food processing and related industries in India, Punjab Economy.
  • Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams: This part will test the candidate’s ability to draw conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatically form and to interpret the same.
  • Issues related to Security: Linkages between development and spread of extremism, the role of external, basics of cyber security, security challenges, various security forces.

7 Mains General Studies IV

  • Science and Technology: Developments and applications of science and technology, achievements of Indians in science and technology, recent developments in the fields of IT, modern trends in life sciences, the progress of Agricultural Science and its impact.
  • Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, water management, natural hazard.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: Tackling situations of Natural disasters, Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation, designing projects, solid waste management, conservation of natural resources – water, forests etc. pollution control, planning and target achievement, Gender sensitisation and women empowerment.

Syllabus for Personality Test

In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.