Selection Creteria : The selection process for filling posts in various departments based on the PSCSCCE2020 will commence with inviting applications from the candidates, who fulfill the
qualifying criteria. The candidates who apply in response to the advertisement for these
posts will be registered by filling Online Application Form, a link of which is available
on the website of the Commission http://ppsc.gov.in
No candidate who applies for this Examination through any other means but
through Online Application Form shall be eligible to take this Examination.
Candidates who register and fill in Online Application Form, would be issued
Admit Cards prior to the conduct of Preliminary Competitive Examination as
described in the instructions for filling up Online Application Form.
The candidature of the candidate shall be provisional till the time of verification of
documents of the candidate at the time of viva-voce/ interview, when the candidate shall
produce his/her original certificates for verification by the Commission.
If any document/certificate/statement of the candidate is found false or forged, his/her
candidature may be rejected and further action will be taken as per law.
Essential steps involved in the selection process are:
i) Preliminary Competitive Examination; and
ii) Main Competitive Examination (written and viva voce/
A) 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:-
Subject No of
Marks for each
Paper –I General Studies 100 2 200
Paper – II Civil Services Aptitude Test
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, Persons with disability candidates will be given additional 40
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 language is to be tested.
5) Details of syllabi are indicated in Appendix-II. (Attached)
6) The standard of questions would be to test the knowledge as is expected of
a person who has attained education at least up to graduation level.
7) Preliminary Examination is only a screening test for selecting candidates
who would be eligible to take the Main Examination and the marks
obtained in this Examination shall not be counted towards the merit of the
candidates arrived at after the Main Examination.
8) Candidates equal to 13 times of the vacancies advertised in each category
would qualify from amongst those appearing in the Preliminary Examination
for the Main Examination, provided that, such number of candidates are
available and, are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
B) Procedure and scheme for the Main Examination:
Sr. No Paper Maximum Marks
1 Punjabi (in Gurumukhi Script) Compulsory (of 10+2
2 English Compulsory (of 10+2 standard) 100
3 Essay 150
4 General Studies Paper-I (History, Geography and
5 General Studies Paper-II (Indian Constitution &
Polity, Governance and International Relations)
6 General Studies Paper-III (Economy, Statistics and
7 General Studies Paper-IV (Science & Technology,
Environment, Problem Solving and Decision
Grand Total 1500
Eligibility : 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 (As per Punjab State Civil Services
(Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009) 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.
For the purpose of eligibility for PSCSCCE-2020 , the expression "recognised
university" or "institution" shall have the same meaning, as assigned to it in the Punjab
Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994.