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PCS (Punjab civil Service.)

The approach for PCS paper has to be strategically different from IAS. PCS Prelims an objective type exam with GS & CSAT. Each paper has 150 questions & there is no negative marking. The cut off is combined & in 2012 the cut off was around 197, so the candidate should aim at 200 marks which is very attainable.

The General Studies Paper is set in a very conventional manner with focus on History, Geography, Polity, Economy, Science & Punjabi. Some questions testing the knowledge of Computer are also present. Current Affairs related to Punjab also form an important part of the exams. The conventional Subjects should be prepared from basic books. Notes provided at Gurmarg Educareare more than enough to attempt the conventional portion. This part can alternatively be prepared from NCERTs of 10+1 & 10+2. Science part is only of 10th level. However, one should thoroughly & deeply read the study material provided to them. The questions asked are from deep lying facts in the chapters.


In Geography, stress is laid on Indian & Physical Geography . Modern History is paid more emphasis on than ancient and medieval history. In Economy, basic concepts & section of International Organizations is examined. The Polity questions are totally covered from Gurmarg Educare Study Material.Current Summits & other events are also questioned . A student can easily attempt more than 100 questions. Candidate should not leave even a single question unattempted as there is no negative marking.

CSAT is comparatively easier than General Studies. Emphasis is more on Reading Comprehension & Reasoning Ability. About two third questions are from above two topics & some questions from Punjabi are also included. Basically, CSAT is a test of speed more than test of skill. The aspirant should practice four or five Mock Tests within stipulated time limit. Again students should not leave any question unattempted as there is no negative marking. Attempting combined Mock Tests will certainly help.

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification:

  • The candidate should possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institution. Provided that the candidate may be permitted to take Preliminary Competitive Examination while studying for his degree. However, the candidate shall be required to produce proof of passing the degree course for being eligible to take the Main Competitive Examination during that year.
  • 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 on or before the last date of submission of Application Forms.

Age limit:

  • Candidates should not be below 21 years and above 37 years of age as on January 01, 2018 except the posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police and Deputy Superintendent Jails/District Probation Officers.
  • 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 as on January 01, 2018.

Physical Standards

The candidates who will opt for Punjab Police Service should meet the physical standards set by the authority.

  • Minumum Height: Men- 5 feet 7 inches, Women – 5 feet 3 inches
  • Chest Measurements(Applicable for men only): Unexpanded – 33 inches, Expanded – 34.5 inches

Scheme of Exam

  • Procedure and scheme for the Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary competitive examination will consist of two papers of 200 marks each and shall comprise of objective type (multiple choice) questions. The detail is as follows:

Paper Subject No. of questions Marks for each Question Total Marks
Paper I General Studies 100  2 200
Paper II Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) 80 2.5 200


  1. Both the papers will be of objective type multiple choice questions.
  2. Duration of each paper for preliminary examination will be two hours. However, visually impaired candidates will be given additional 20 minutes.
  3. There will be no negative marking in the written preliminary examination test, however, there may be negative marking for any objections to the Answer Key found false/frivolous/not supported by authentic evidence.
  4. The question paper shall be bilingual and shall be printed in English (Roman script) and Punjabi (Gurumukhi script) except for questions where candidates’ proficiency in the language is to be tested.
  • Procedure and scheme for the Main Examination:
Paper Maximum marks
Punjabi (in Gurumukhi Script) Compulsory (of 10+2 Standard) 100
English Compulsory (of 10+2 standard) 100
Essay (Three Essays of 50 marks each) 150
General Studies Paper-I (History, Geography, and Society) 250
General Studies Paper-II (Indian Constitution & Polity, Governance and International Relations) 250
General Studies Paper-III (Economy, Statistics and Security issues) 250
General Studies Paper-IV (Science & Technology, Environment, Problem Solving and Decision Making) 250
Interview 150
Grand Total 1500


  1. All papers shall be descriptive in nature and duration of each paper will be three hours. Visually impaired candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of 30 minutes in each paper.
  2. The main competitive examination shall include seven compulsory papers.
  3. Candidates will have the option to attempt all the papers, except the language papers in the Punjabi or English medium.
  4. Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in the Punjabi language may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the Punjabi language.
  5. The question papers other than language papers will be set in English. However, when any candidate opts for attempting any paper(s) in Punjabi medium, the question papers shall be printed in Punjabi accordingly.
  6. No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the competitive examination unless he obtains at least 45% marks in the aggregate in the main examination including interview marks (read 40 % for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes), except in the case of main competitive examination for which this percentage has been lowered to not less than 40% (read 35 % for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) by the Commission in which case the qualifying percentage shall be as determined by the Commission.

Selection Procedure

The selection process for filling posts in various departments based on the PSCSCCE-2018 will be made by holding an examination. The examination shall be conducted in three stages namely:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview