PPSC Exam Pattern, Insights and Details

Punjab Public Service Commission is responsible for recruiting and handling civil and management services in Punjab was founded on 1st May 1937 in Lahore (now Pakistan). On 1st November 1996, it was again founded as in that year Himachal Pradesh and Haryana got divided. Its sole motive is creating and fostering as Public Service Commission is free, non- biased, honest, Operational and capable enough to meet and fulfil the requirements of common people from the government side. The duty of PPSC are: The direct recruitment on the behalf of Defence, Government servants and much more, They help in the framing of recruitment rules, Advice Government on promotions and transfers from one service to another. The eligibility for applying for PPSC is Degree in M.SC (Agriculture) with soil science and Conservation Agriculture as the main subject or a degree in B.TECH Agricultural Engineering or first division experience in an organisation dealing with Soil conservation or Water Management or Natural resource management or Punjabi of Matric or equivalent degree. There is a total of 82 vacancies for PPSC with salary ranging between 10300 and 34000. The selection procedure consists of three rounds- Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview. The preliminary exam consists of two paper- Paper I is of General Studies and Paper II is of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), whereas, Mains consists of seven papers. Candidates need to clear the preliminary exam in order to go further in Mains and Interview.

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Key Highlight
Age limit
21 years to 37 years upper age limit is 47 years
Citizen of India
Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibetan Refugee, Migrants from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries can easily apply.
82 vacancies Salary-10300 and 34000
M.SC,B.TECH Agricultural Engineering or first division Punjabi of Matric or equivalent degree
Selection Procedure
Preliminary Exam Mains Exam Interview
Application Fees
SC/ST/BC-625 ex-serviceman-500 Physically Handicapped-1250 Other categories-2500


Exam Pattern:

It is an online exam which consists of 2 papers: General Studies and Civil services Aptitude Test (CSAT). There will be a total of 180 questions of 400 marks:

General Studies: It covers topics like Everyday Science, Environmental Studies, Political Theory and International Order, History of India, Indian Economy and Geography, Punjab, Current Events of National and international importance, people, society and culture.

CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test): It covers topics like Reading Comprehension, Interpersonal skills, Communication skills, Logical reasoning, Analytical and Mental Ability, basic Number Skills and Data Analysis, Numbers, percentages, charts, tables, graphics presentations, spreadsheets, Magnitudes, antonym – Synonym, Numerical relation appreciation.

Syllabus: PPSC Exam
General Awareness

  • Sports.
  • History.
  • Geography.
  • Culture.
  • General Policy.
  • Economic Scene.
  • Indian Constitution.
  • Scientific Research 

General Knowledge

  • Inventions in the World
  • Sports
  • Basic Computer
  • Indian History
  • Famous Days & Dates
  • Indian Politics
  • Famous Books & Authors
  • Botany
  • Indian Parliament
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Indian Economy
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Environment
  • Indian Culture

Current Affairs 

  • Economic Issue
  • Polity Issue
  • Environment Issue
  • Science and Technology
  • Any other current issues


  • History of Punjab
  • Indian History with a special referenced topic – Indian Freedom Struggle Movement


  • Number Series.
  • Letter and Symbol Series.
  • Verbal Classification.
  • Essential Part.
  • Analogies.
  • Artificial Language.
  • Matching Definitions.
  • Making Judgments.
  • Verbal Reasoning.
  • Logical Problems.
  • Statement and Conclusion.
  • Theme Detection.
  • Cause and Effect.
  • Statement and Argument.
  • Logical Deduction


  • Vocabulary.
  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Grammar.
  • Spot the error.
  • Antonyms.
  • Synonyms/ Homonyms.
  • Sentence structure.
  • Spellings.
  • Detecting Mis-spelt words.
  • One word substitutions.
  • Idioms and phrases.
  • Improvement.
  •  passage.
  • Verbal Comprehension passage.
  • Verbs.
  • Adjectives.
  • Clauses.


  • Time and Work.
  • Profit and Loss.
  • Problems on Trains.
  • Averages.
  • Ratios & Proportions.
  • Interest.
  • Percentages.
  • Partnership.
  • Time & Distance 

Tips and Tricks: PPSC

With people applying for PPSC Pre is in thousands, it became really difficult to crack but all you need to do is follow these tricks and tips to succeed:

· You must also have the full knowledge of financial as well insurance marketing.
· Take Mock tests online to know your Strengths’ and Weakness.
· You must also have the full knowledge of English like Sentence Structuring, Grammar, conjunctions and so on for that learn and practice along with it take Mock Tests every now and then.
· At least study 8 hours to complete your syllabus.
· Have full knowledge of Verbal as well the Non-Verbal type of exams.
· Must have the full knowledge of Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
· Should know about Reading Comprehensions well.
· You must have the knowledge of General Studies like history, polity, geography, technology and much more.
· Solve last years’ question papers in order to know what to expect and it will test your speed as well as accuracy.
· Wrong answers will have no negative markings.
· Prepare yourself for the timing of the exam so that you will able to finish well in time.
· Don’t be anxious and before going to examination hall eat properly, have proper sleep and just relax.

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