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FAQs for civil service examination:

What is PCS?

The term PCS stands for Punjab Civil Services. It is the entrance exam held to recruit the candidates of a particular province for the civil service posts. These posts are governed by the state government and it is out of question to transfer the candidate in another state, once enlisted in PCS.
This competitive exam is held every year by PPSC (Punjab Public Service Commission) which is a government organization in charge of employing and managing the civil services. PPSC basically recruit deserving candidates to fill up the available government posts of Tehsildar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, etc. This exam is a gateway to get employment in the government sector.

Who conduct the PCS examination?

PPSC (Punjab Public service Commission)

Is it compulsory to know the Punjabi language to appear in PCS?

Yes, it is a necessity.

Shall the aspirant of PCS be the domicile of Punjab only?

No, it’s not a compulsion. Any candidate interested to appear in the examination must be an Indian simply. However,it’s necessary for him/her to be familiar with the Punjabi language to be the part of Punjab civil service.

What is the highest qualification of Punjabi language required?

A candidate must have studies Punjabi at least up to 10th class.

Which optional subjects can be chosen?

Part B – Main Examination – Optional Subjects

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Literature of one of the languages (Hindi, English, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit)

Which combination of the subjects is not allowed to be chosen?

(a) Political Science and International Relations and Public Administration
(b) Commerce and Accountancy and Management
(c) Anthropology and Sociology
(d) Mathematics and Statistics
(e) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
(f) Management and Public Administration
(g) Of the Engineering subject viz., Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering—not more than one subject
(h) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science and Medical Science.

What are the eligibility criteria for PCS aspirants?

Details of the eligibility criteria are as follows:
A. 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.
B. Age Limit:
The candidate should have attained the age of 21 years but should not be older than 37 years.
A candidate should have attained the minimum age of 21 years and should not have attained the age of 28 years for the post of Deputy Superintendent Police in the Punjab Police Service.
Age Relaxation:
1. The upper age limit for a Punjab Government/Other State Government/ Central Government employee will be relaxed up to 47 years.
2. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxed up to a maximum of five years for Schedules Castes and Scheduled Tribes of all States and Backward Classes of Punjab, except in the case of the posts of DSP.
3. The upper age limit for widows, divorcees and certain other categories as per instructions issued by the Government of Punjab vide Letter No. 1/50/83-5PP(1368)/3454 dated 23-04-1984 of women of Punjab will be relaxed up to 42 years, except in the case of the posts of DSP.

Which mode of studying is better electric or paper?

According to today’ scenario most of the study is done through internet and paper work is hardly given any importance. While, around 60% of the study is based on the Pdf’s, and other material are available on the internet.

What strategy can be adopted to prepare for prelims?

As all the stages of Civil service exams look for facts and opinions, so it’s wise to adopt integrated approach in the beginning.

Which newspaper is highly recommended to study?

The highly recommended newspaper is” THE HINDU”

What are the other sources to prepare for civil services?

There are numerous sources to stay up to date and gather the information like: Internet, Newspapers, journals, Magazines, Physical books, E-books, News channels, Radio, etc.

How to quote or link current affairs in MAINS examination?

If you have studied current affair part very well, the moment question comes to you, you can recollect the related news and can link it with the answers.

What kind of questions are asked in the interview?

Though, there is no particular set of questions to be asked in the interview, but simply the interviews focus is to find out the suitable candidate for Civil services.

How important it is to study the previous year question papers?

Previous year question papers prove to be greatly helpful. Going through them actually give you an idea of the pattern and the type of questions to be asked in the examination. Moreover, you get an idea of how the syllabus has changed in the previous years.

Which factors need to reflect on before choosing the subjects?

Proper guidance available for the particular subject.
Your interest and comfort level with the subject.
Your previous scores and success rate in the particular examination.

Is it compulsory to attend some coaching center for preparation?

50% weight age can be given to the importance of coaching centers to prepare for civil exams. Institutes help to guide you and advice what to read and what not to, arrange tests and other activities, but it’s more about your hard work.

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