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PPSC 2021: Eligibility, Application Process, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card & Result

The Punjab Public Service Competitive Examination or PPSC exam is a provincial competition in Punjab conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission for the recruitment of the various civil services of the Punjab government, including the Punjab Administrative Service, the Tax Service Punjab, Punjab Police Service and others. The exam is conducted in two phases: the written exam and the Personality Test (interview). The entire process, from the notification of the exam to the declaration of the final results, takes approximately one year.

Every year or when required, the Punjab Public Service Commission offers a combined competition for Provincial Management Service positions. All candidates will take all the compulsory subjects and three of the electives (no more than one from each group) with 200 points each. Therefore, the total score for the exam will be 1200.

The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has announced the application to complete the recruitment process for the position of Block Primary Education Officer (BPEO), Director and Head Teacher / Head Teacher for various departments in Punjab. Interested and eligible applicants can apply for the designation on the official website which is from October 23 to November 2, 2020. The total number of vacancies is 585 and the exam will be held on October 6 December 2020.

PPSC 2020: Important Dates



Starting Date for Apply Online          


Closing Date for Apply Online (Re-Open)      


Last date Depositing Application Fee (Re-Open) 


Admit Card Available 


Written Exam 


Previously, PPSC announced its examination date on April 2, 2020, but in light of the current situation in this COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have postponed the examination date. It has also extended the date of submission of the application form to appear in the examination. In this article, we will provide you with complete details of the 2020 PPSC exam. So stay tuned until the end.

PPSC Highlights

Name of the Examination      

Punjab Public Service Commission

Conducting Body        

Punjab Public Service Commission(PPSC)



Class-I and Class-II



Mode of Application  


Application Fees         

Lies between INR 1125-3000 (Depending upon the category)

Mode of Exam


Selection Procedure   

Three Round 1. PPSC Preliminary Exam 2. PPSC Main examination 3. PPSC Personality Test

Job Location   


PPSC Eligibility Criteria

The Punjab Public Utilities Commission has announced the eligibility criteria to appear in the PPSC 2020 exam along with the notice published in June 2020. PPSC age eligibility criteria vary by category. Detailed information on the PPSC 2020 eligibility criteria is listed below:

National Eligibility for PPSC 2020

To be a successful candidate to sit in the examination a candidate must possess any of the nationality given below.

A candidate must be a

  • Citizen of India
  • Citizen of Nepal
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • A refugee from Tibet, China who arrived in India before January 1962 and is a permanent resident of India.
  • An Indian origin person who migrated from Pakistan, Sir Lanka, united republic of Tanzania, African countries and is settled or interested in settling in India.

PPSC 2020 Age Eligibility Criteria

The PPSC has prescribed a certain age limit for the PCS exam. The candidate between the ages of 21 and 37 can apply for the exam. However, eligibility and the relaxation of the age limit vary by category of a candidate. Detailed description of the age eligibility criteria is provided below:


Age Relaxation

Employees of Govt. of India, Other state governments and the Punjab Government   

Up to 45 years

For SC/ OBC in Punjab Police and Prison Services          

Up to 33 years

For SC/OBC in other services 

Up to 47 years

For widows, divorced and other categories of women           

Up to 42 years

For physically handicapped of Punjab           

Up to 47 years


PPSC 2020 application process

Detailed instructions for applying online for the Punjab Public Service Commission 2020 are given below:

  • Go to the official website
  • Click on "Recruitment for seventy-seven (77) positions to be filled through the Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Exam-2020".
  • Click Apply Online.
  • Complete the application form. Make sure you have a valid email id and phone number to register successfully.
  • Upload a scanned passport-size photo and signature no larger than 40 KB.
  • After completing all the credentials, you will be directed to the payment link.
  • Payment must be made through challan.
  • Now, print the challan and make the payment at the nearest SBI branch to submit the application successfully.

Academic preparation

A graduate in any discipline who meets the age criteria mentioned above can sit for the Punjab PCS Exam 2020 Preliminary Exam. The degree must be from a recognized university or institution as assigned in the Punjab Public Administration Rules (General and Common Conditions of Service), 1994. Candidate must present proof of bachelor's qualification in any discipline from a recognized university or institution while sitting for the main competitive exam (per PSCS (Appointment by CCE) rules, 2009)

A candidate may be allowed to sit for the preliminary examination while studying for the degree.A candidate must have passed the Enrollment with Punjabi as one of the compulsory or elective subjects or any other equivalent exam in the Punjabi language, in order to sit for the Preliminary Competitive Examination.


PPSC 2020 exam application fees

The start date for depositing application fees began on June 7, 2020. You must follow certain steps to submit application fees.

  • After successfully completing the application form, select the payment mode as Offline.
  • Generate a fee payment challan for the PPSC2020 application fee.
  • Visit any SBI branch to submit fees before the application fee submission deadline.


Online Application Charges          

Examination Fees           


SC/ ST/OBC of Punjab           




Ex-Servicemen of Punjab




EWS Ex-servicemen Lineal Descendents of Punjab and all other such categories           




Pwd Punjab    





PPSC Selection Procedure, Exam Pattern

It is very important to know the exam completely before proceeding with its application. So, here is the detailed description of it.

PPSC Selection Procedure

The PPSC selects candidates based on their performance in subsequent rounds of the exam. The PPSC exam is done in three rounds: Preliminary, Major, and Final Personality Test. Each test filters candidates and only candidates who make it to the final round are selected for future publications.

PPSC Exam Pattern

The examination includes three stages:

  • Prelims
  • PPSC Mains
  • PPSC interview

2020 Preliminary Exam Paper Pattern

The preliminary exam is an objective exam that consists of two papers every 200 points. The duration of Paper-I and Paper-II in the Prelims 2020 exam is 2 hours.

PPSC Prelims 2020           


Total Questions           

Weightage of each Question


General Studies           


2 marks


Civil Services Aptitude Test 


2.5 marks


2020 Network Exam Paper Pattern

The PPSC Mains exam is an extensive exam that is descriptive. A candidate must submit four general studies papers for PPSC Mains 2020.

Subjects In PPSC Mains 2020

Maximum Marks

Punjabi (in Gurmukhi) (till 12th Standard)    


English ( compulsory 10+2 standard)


Essay Writing 


General Studies Paper-I: Geography, History, Society


General Studies Paper-II: Governance and International Relations, Indian Constitution and Political Science  


General Studies Paper-III: Economy, Statistics, and Security issues


General Studies Paper- IV: Science and Technology, Environment, Problem Solving, and Decision Making)




Total Marks    



PPSC 2020 Number of attempts

The Punjab Public Service Commission has given a certain number of attempts to retake the PPSC exam. The frequency of attempts varies by exam category.


Number of Attempts allowed









Backward classes Ex-servicemen      


SC Ex-Servicemen      



Syllabus for PPSC Examination 2020

The complete syllabus for PPSC Prelims Examination is given below:

PPSC Paper-I Syllabus (General Studies)



Everyday Science       

States of Matter Life on Earth Force, Energy, Light Sound Communications and Technology Public Health

Environmental Science          

Atmosphere Soil Water-Earth Solar System Climate Change

Political Sciences        

Basic and international politics

Indian Politics 

Basic Amendments Election process and reforms Panchayati Raj

Indian History 

Starting from Indus Valley Civilization to the national Movements of 1857-1947 (History of India from class-6 to class-10th)

Indian Economy, Geography and the history of Punjab        

Visit the official website for the detailed syllabus.


PPSC Paper-II Civil Services Aptitude Test

Reading Comprehensions      

Punjabi, and English comprehensions, synonyms and acronyms, basic grammar and sentence correction and formation


Communication skills

Logical reasoning       

Analytical and mental ability

Basic Mathematical Skills      

Numbers, magnitudes, percentages and numerical abilities

Data Analysis  

Graphs, charts, tables, and spreadsheet representation


PPSC - Compulsory Subjects

English Essay 

100 Marks


100 Marks


100 Marks

Islamic Studies

100 Marks

Pakistan Studies

100 Marks

General Knowledge 

100 Marks


PPSC - Optional Subjects

Each subject is of 200 marks. All candidates will take three of the Optional Subjects (not more than one from each group).

Commerce, Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration

Group A

Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Botany, Zoology

Group B

Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Principle of Engineering

Group C

Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geography

Group D

Political Science, History, Law, Mass Communication

Group E

Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

Group F

English Literature, Urdu, Arabic, Education, Persian, Punjabi

Group G


The Punjab Public Services Examination is based on the British System of Selection. The Services Examination of Punjab is considered to be amongst the difficult competitive examinations. On an average, 5000 to 6000 candidates apply every year and the number of candidates appearing is roughly 4500 for the examination.

Everyday Science:

States of matter, structure of atom, versatile nature of carbon. Acids, bases, salts, corrosion in metals, action of soaps. Life on Earth – evolution, marine & terrestrial life. Human body and life processes, nutrition, disease - its causes & prevention, infectious diseases, lifestyle diseases. Public health initiatives, mother and child health, immunisation& vaccination, HIV AIDS, TB, polio etc. 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.

Environmental studies:

Composition and structure of the atmosphere. Solar system – heat balance & temperature. Atmospheric circulation & weather system, water cycle. 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.

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 World peace, trade & development.

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

History of India:

The Indus valley civilisation. 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.

Indian Economy:

Indian economic development (1950-1991) – key economic policies, public sector dominance, bank nationalisation 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.


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.

PPSC 2020 admission card

The admission card for the exam will be delivered a few days before the exam date. Candidates must download the admission card from the official website. Also, bring a proof of identification, a photo along with the admission card to the exam center for the successful completion of the exam.Punjab Public Service Commission conducts various examinations for the recruitment of the most deserving, eligible and qualified candidates for State Services and for other administrative services of the Government of Punjab. Knowing the syllabus is a prerequisite for the preparation for the exam. To achieve better scores the candidates need to know the subject wise syllabus in detail. The PPSC PCS exam has three stages- Prelims, Mains, and interviews.


  • Candidates can register themselves for mains examination by going to the official website till July 15th, 2020.
  • Through the PPSC Exam, the commission has concluded to recruit candidates in 77 vacancies available for various posts. Seekers who had registered for PPSC Punjab Civil Service, DSP, Tehsildar, Block Development &Panchayat Officer, and other Recruitment can start to find out the PPSC Civil Service Exam Pattern with Syllabus 2020

PPSC 2020 result

As soon as the PPSC preliminaries are over, the Punjab Public Service Commission announces the results on the official website. The results list will contain the names of the students who qualify for PPSC Mains. The final result list will contain the names of the students who successfully passed all three rounds.

PPSC recruiting salary and other benefits

Candidates who make it to the final round and are successfully recruited into the Punjab Public Service Commission benefit from various benefits.

  • The average salary ranges from INR15,000 to INR39,000 with an additional payment of INR6000.
  • The salary also depends on the position and the area of recruitment.
  • Visit the official website for complete details on salary for various positions at PPSC 2020.

Frequently asked questions on PPSC exam

Question.1. Can a graduate apply for the PPSC 2020?

Answer. Yes, a candidate who graduated from any discipline with a minimum of 3 years bachelor's degree or equivalent is eligible to apply for the PPSC exam.

Question.2.What kind of posts are there in PPSC 2020?

Answer. There are various posts which are mentioned below:

  • Punjab Civil Services
  • Deputy Superintendent of the Police, Punjab
  • Tehsildar
  • Food Supply and Consumer Affairs Officer and many more posts.

Question.3.What is the salary offered to the PCS officer?

Answer. The salary varies according to the position of the candidate. Average salary ranges from INR15000 to INR39000 per month with an additional of INR6000 which includes various bills and expenses.

Question.4.What is the age limit to apply for PPSC?

Answer. Candidates must be between 21 and 37 years old to be eligible for the PPSC exam.

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