Punjab PCS Prelims Syllabus

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The Punjab PCS exam is conducted in Three stages-Punjab PCS Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Stage 1:Preliminary Exam

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Syllabus for the Punjab PCS Preliminary Examination

Punjab PCS Prelims Examination would include two papers of 200 Marks each and it will be a objective type Multiple Choice Question examinations.

Subject No of Questions Marks for each Questions Total Marks
Paper-I General Studies 100 2 200
Paper-II Civil Services Aptitude Test 80 2.5 200

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Punjab PCS Prelims Paper –I (General Studies)

1. Everyday Science

  • States of matter, Structure of atom, versatile nature of carbon. Acids, bases, salts, corrosion in
    metals, Action of soaps.
  • Public health initiatives, mother and child health, Immunisation & vaccination, HIV-AIDS, TB, polio etc.
  • Life on Earth – evolution, marine & terrestrial life, Human body, and life processes, nutrition, disease – its causes & prevention, infectious diseases, lifestyle diseases.
  • Force-laws of motion & gravitation, Archimedes principle. Energy – kinetic & potential.
  • Light – reflection & refraction – concepts and applications. Sound – propagation & reflection- concepts and applications. Electric current – concepts and applications.
  • Computers and telecommunication – concepts and applications.

2. Environmental studies

  • Atmospheric circulation & weather system, water cycle.
  • Composition and structure of the atmosphere. Solar system – heat, balance & temperature.
  • Climate change – fossil fuels, greenhouse gases, renewable energy, clean development mechanism, carbon credits.
  • Water – oceans, rivers, glaciers, lakes, groundwater etc. Biodiversity & conservation.
  • Soil – types, crops, food chain etc. Pollution and toxicity etc.

3. Political theory & international order

  • Basic concept of freedom, equality, social justice, rights & duties, citizenship, nationalism, secularism etc.
  • United Nations and its organs/agencies, other international organisations like the World
    Bank, IMF, WTO, EU, G20, BRICS etc. and their role in the World peace, trade &

4. Indian polity

  • Basic features, provisions, schedules of the Indian Constitution, key amendments.
  • Panchayati Raj. Elections – People’s Representation Act, electoral reforms. Rise of regionalism and coalition politics.
  • Armed challenges to the Indian state since independence

5. History of India

  • The Indus valley civilization.
  • The Aryan and the Vedic age. Jainism and Buddhism.
  • The Maurya Gupta periods.
  • Advent of Islam and Sultanate period (political, social & cultural). The Bhakti Movement.
  • The Mughals (political, social & cultural till Aurangzeb).
  • The coming of the European Powers and the advent of the British rule.
  • The Mutiny of 1857.
  • The British rule and the Indian National Movement (1857-1947)
  • World History- The Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution in Europe. The American Revolution 1776.
  • The French Revolution 1789.
  • The Russian Revolution 1917.
  • World Wars I & II.

6. Indian Economy(Punjab PCS Prelims)

  • Indian economic development (1950-1991) – key economic policies, public sector dominance, bank nationalization etc.
  • Five-year plans – key goals and main achievements.
  • Liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation era since 1991 – key policies, decisions and results.
  • Performance of Indian economy since 1991 – Growth, fiscal & revenue deficits, trade, commerce & balance of payments, inflation, Growth of service sector.
  • Key challenges and responses – agriculture and food security, industrialisation, poverty alleviation & employment, rural & urban infrastructure, social sector – health, education etc.

7. Geography(Punjab PCS Prelims)

  • Population – distribution, density, growth, and comparison. Migration – types, causes, and consequences.
  • Human development. Human Settlements. Land resources and agriculture.
  • Water resources.
  • Mineral and energy resources. Manufacturing industries.
  • Planning and sustainable development in India. Transport and communication.
  • International trade.
  • Geographical perspective on selected issues and problems.

8. Current events of national and international importance

9. Punjab

  • Geography- Geographical and agro-climatic regions, rivers, water resources, sharing of waters,
    demographics, human development indices
  • People, Society, and Culture- Major personalities in the history of Punjab, religious movements, major religions & spiritual personalities, Punjabi literature, folklore, performing arts, fine arts
    and crafts
  • History- Sufis, saints and gurus, Lodhis and Mughals, Sikh rulers, the British period, the nationalist movement in Punjab, Punjab in independent India.
  • Economy- Agriculture, animal husbandry, industrial & service sectors, major occupations,
    development & economic growth, public finance (including central-state fiscal issues), public sector institutions, cooperatives etc.

Punjab PCS Prelims Paper –II (Civil Services Aptitude Test)-Marks Counted for Merit

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


  • Extra 20 Minutes will be given to visually impaired candidates.
  • No negative marking in the preliminary examination
  • Question Paper will be printed in English and Punjabi Gurmukhi except for cases where language proficiency is needed to be checked
  • The preliminary examination is a screening test to qualify for the Mains examination and marks of the former will not be counted in the merit of Mains examination
  • Syllabus mentioned is a general syllabus, not an exclusive list as mentioned by the PPSC


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