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PPSC Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

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PPSC Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
September 13, 2021
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PPSC Exam

 About Punjab Public Service Commission

In this paragraph we will have a brief overview about PPSC. Firstly, The Punjab Public Service Commission was previously known as the Joint Public Service Commission. It is a constitutional body of the Punjab Government in India. The Punjab Public Service Commission was established under Article 315 of the Indian Constitution.

Abbreviation  PPSC
Type Government Autonomous Body
Established on  1st November ,1956
Jurisdiction Government of Punjab, India
Headquarters  Baradari Garden, Maharani Club, Punjab, India
Chairman  Surinder Singh
Parent governing department Union Public Service Commission
Official website http://ppsc.gov.in/

Table of Contents

PUNJAB PCS 2021

Exam Name Punjab State Civil Services Examination 2021
Conducting Body Punjab Public Service Commission
Mode of the Exam Online
Stages of the Examination The exam is divided into three broad stages:

1.PPCS Prelims Exam

2.PPCS Mains Exam

3.PPCS Personality Test

 

Frequency Of the exam Once every year
Language preference English & Punjabi
Eligibility criteria Graduate degree

Secondly, it was organized  to recruit officials for various departments. The recruitment is limited to the state of Punjab. Every year, it holds various competitive exams for civil services. Along with that other departmental posts under the jurisdiction of the Punjab Government are done. Thirdly and most importantly the exam is held to fill class I and II positions under the government Punjab. Every year, the PPSC issues notifications for various state government positions, as well as the State Civil Services Examination.

The various posts that come under PPSC include:

  • Punjab Civil Service( Executive Branch)
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police
  • Tehsildar
  • Food Supply and Consumer Affairs Officer
  • Block Development and Panchayat Officer
  • Assistant Registrar Co-operative Societies
  • Labour and Conciliation Officer
  • Employment Generation and Training Officer
  • Deputy Superintendent Jails/District probation Officer
  • Sub divisional engineer
  • Corporation engineer
  • Municipal engineer
  • Trust engineer
  • Principal (Department of School Education)
  • Head master/mistress(Department of School Education)
  • Block primary education officer
  • Cooperative inspector
  • Senior assistant
  • Audit Inspector
  • Judicial Service
  • Lecturer
  • Medical Officer
  • Veterinary Officer

The PPSC recruitment notification for these positions is made available on the organization’s website. For instance candidates who wish to  work for Punjab Government can sit for the exam. Moreover once the commission has released the exam dates, applicants can apply. Moreover they should constantly keep checking the official website for more information. Applicants applying for various positions must meet all of the PPSC’s basic eligibility requirements.

In conclusion following the number of posts and vacancies students planning to apply for the aforementioned posts should be aware that the competition is fierce. And, a solid preparation strategy is required in order to succeed.

 

EXAM NOTIFICATION & NEWS

The PPSC exam schedule for 2021 was released in the end of 2020 only. The PPSC Prelims results were announced in March 2021. Moreover, refer to the table below for all the  important updates.

Conducting Authority Punjab Public Service Commission
Recruitment Punjab State Civil Service
Vacancies 85
PPSC Official Notification December 2020
Last date for submission of PPSC prelims application form 30th December 2021
Final date for  deposition of application fee 6th January 2021
PPSC Prelims 2021 admit card release date 3rd February 2021
PPSC Prelims exam date 13th February 2021
PPSC Result Declaration 12th March 2021
PPSC Mains admit card to be available from 26th March 2021
PPSC Mains Commencement 1st April 2021
PPSC Mains end date 8th April 2021
PPSC Mains Result Declaration 21st May 2021
Interview Call Letter From 31st May 2021
Physical Test 16th June 2021
Final Result of Appointed candidates Will be notified soon

Meanwhile an important note; Students who applied for Punjab State civil services or allied services posts in response to the previous PPSC advertisement No.8 published on 05/06/2020 should not apply again.

 

EXAM DATE

All of the important exam dates are listed below. However, if there are changes made ,every detail will be updated here. Please keep checking the article. Moreover as soon as the dates are released  increase your concentration and dedication towards the preparation.

Conversely keep yourself updated by visiting the official website constantly.

PPSC Prelims 13th February 2021
PPSC Mains 1st April-8th April 2021
PPSC Personality Test  16th June 2021
MAINS EXAM SCHEDULE
  DATE TIME PAPER
01/04/2021 2:30 PM-5:30 PM Essay
02/04/2021 2:30 PM-5:30 PM English Compulsory
03/04/2021 2:30 PM-5:30 PM Punjabi Compulsory
05/04/2021 2:30 PM-5:30 PM General Studies Paper-1
06/04/2021 2:30 PM-5:30 PM General Studies Paper-2
07/04/2021 2:30 PM-5:30 PM General Studies Paper-3
08/04/2021 2:30 PM-5:30 PM General Studies Paper-4

Accordingly the candidates need to train their mind. The schedule for the exam seems hectic .However once your mind gets trained your preparation would be smooth. Moreover try getting yourself acquainted with the schedule. In the first place, you need to understand that you have to train yourself according to the schedule of the exam.

To begin with try adjusting your time according to the schedule of the exam.

In conclusion, following  proper schedule with enough practice will lead to better outcomes.

 

APPLICATION FEE

After successfully applying for PPSC, one must proceed to the payment of the application fee. However the fee payment must be done offline. There’s no option provided by PPSC for online payment. For this reason, you must obtain a challan from the bank. Visit your nearest SBI branch. Complete all the necessary procedures.

Most importantly get a receipt for future reference. Any discrepancy would lead to cancellation of your candidature. For this reason keep every details that are required. To sum keep all the receipt and print out of all the documents that are needed for your verification during the time of your exam.

The application of PPSC varies depending on the category. It is mentioned in the table below.

Category Online Application Charge Examination Fees Sum amount
Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Backward Classes of the State of Punjab 500 625 1125
Ex-servicemen of Punjab 500  500
EWS Ex-Servicemen Lineal Descendants Of Punjab and all other such categories  500 2500  3000
PwD Punjab  500 1250 1750

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

The educational requirements for students attempting to sit for the PPSC Prelims and Mains are as follows:

  1. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Moreover an equivalent degree from a recognized university or institute would also suffice.
  2. Final-year students can sit for PPSC Prelims without a degree. However, for PPSC Mains, the applicant must have graduated.
  3. Applicants must have graduated from high school. However, Punjabi must be a compulsory or elective subject.
  4. Moreover the applicant may also take equivalent Punjabi Language exams as specified by the government.
  5. Most importantly there is no mention of a percentage requirement for candidates to take the exam.

Moreover, if the candidate has pursued any other education that should be mentioned provided he/she has the certificates as a proof.

NATIONALITY

To be eligible to take the exam, the applicant must be of one of the following nationalities.

A suitable candidate should be:

  1. An Indian national
  2. A Nepalese national
  3. A Bhutanese national
  4. Tibetan refugees who arrived in India prior to 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka. Moreover the residents of East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania can also appear.

AGE LIMIT

The candidate’s age should be between 21 and 37 years old, as specified by the government.

Furthermore candidates  planning for the positions of Deputy Superintendent of Police must be at least 21 years old and not more than 28 years old. Same applies for the post of Deputy Superintendent Jail/District Probation Officer .However, government has proposed some age relaxations, which have been tabulated below.

           PPSC AGE RELAXATION                           AGE LIMIT
Punjab Government, Other State Government or Government of Indian Employees Up to 45 years
For SC/OBC in Punjab Police Service or Punjab Prisons Service Up to 33 years
For SC/OBC in other services Up to 42 years
For divorced women, widows and certain other categories of women Up to 42 years
Other categories of women Up to 47 years
For physically handicapped of Punjab only Up to 47 years

Furthermore the applicants can visit the Commission’s official website for more information on age relaxations. Moreover on the website they can get a detailed idea on the minimum and maximum age requirements .

 

VACANCIES

PPSC has released the vacancies for different posts this year. Besides this, the  number of vacancies is more when compared to last year. This time, there are 85 available positions.

The following table summarizes the distribution of posts:

             Category    No of posts available
Punjab Civil Service(Executive Branch) 20 Posts
Deputy Superintendent of Police 26 Posts
Tehsildar 4 posts
Food supply and Consumer affair officer 2 Posts
Block development and Panchayat Officer 2 Posts
Assistant Registrar Co-Operating Societies 4 Posts
Labour and conciliation Officer 1 Post
Employment Generation and Training Officer 6 Posts
Deputy superintendent jail/district probation officer 10 Posts

 

SALARY

Candidates who make it to the final round are hired by the Punjab Public Service Commission. Also, they have a range of pay scales based on the positions. However the salary is solely determined by the position for which the candidate has been hired and the location to which he has been assigned.

The salary ranges from Rs 15,000 to Rs 39,000, with a stipend of Rs 6000.

Additionally there are a lot of perks that the employees enjoy:

  • Accommodation, as well as additional benefits such as a landline connection and a cell phone
  • Personal Loan Options
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Officials vehicles including fuel and maintenance
  • Executive class air travel
  • Gratuity and provident funds

Apart from this there are a lot of benefits a government executive owns. Moreover, Commission will also post salary information on its official website. Accordingly the candidates need to  keep themselves updated.

 

SYLLABUS

The subject wise syllabus for PPSC Prelims and Mains are mentioned below:

PPSC Prelims General Studies syllabus includes:
  1. Study related to the environment
  2. Governance and Bureaucracy
  3. Economics and financial studies
  4. Geography of India and of other countries
  5. Sports and IT sector
  6. Indian Polity and IT administration
  7. General topics, basic information about science concepts
  8. Indian History
  9. Everyday Science
  10. Political Theory & International Order
  11. History of India
  12. Indian Economy
  13. Punjab: Geography, People, Society and Culture, History &Economy
  14. Current events of National & International importance

 

In the first place candidates need to be aware that Prelims is just a screening test so invest your time properly. Moreover give importance to papers in a way it helps you for Mains as well.

PPSC Prelims CSAT syllabus
  1. Data Interpretation
  2. General Reasoning
  3. Problems on heights & measurements
  4. Numerical Problems
  5. Statistics & related problems
  6. Reading comprehension
  7. Punjabi and English language comprehension
  8. Antonyms and Synonyms
  9. Grammar & Sentence Formation
  10. Graphic presentations, charts, tables, spread sheets
  11. Logical reasoning ,analytical and mental ability
  12. Data Analysis

 

Specifically for CSAT, candidates need to understand that their basic mathematics need to be good. Moreover a good practice would also suffice.

PPSC Mains subject wise syllabus has been mentioned below:
PPSC MAINS Syllabus Paper1: General English Language
  • Vocabulary and grammar
  • Phrase corrections
  • Verbs, idioms and tenses
  • Sentence Completion
  • Precise Writing
  • Paragraph Writing
PPSC MAINS Syllabus Paper2: General Punjabi Language
  • Essay Writing
  • Letter Writing
  • Grammatical concepts
  • Language quotes and explanations
  • Paragraph and precise writing
  • Descriptive writing
PPSC MAINS Syllabus Paper3: General Essay

This section asks the applicants to write essays on several topics. Moreover, the applicants can choose from a wide number of topics that are asked in the exam. Most importantly candidates need to understand this section would help them fetch really good marks.

PPSC MAINS Syllabus Paper4: General Aptitude I

The subjects included in this paper are History, Geography and Society

PPSC MAINS Syllabus Paper5: General Aptitude II

The subjects included in this paper are Indian Constitution, Governance, Polity, International Relations.

PPSC MAINS Syllabus Paper6: General Aptitude III

The subjects included in this section of the paper constitutes Statistics, Economy, Security Issues.

PPSC MAINS Syllabus Paper7: General Aptitude IV

The subjects in this paper are: Science & Technology, Environment, Problem Solving & Decision Making

In addition to this vast syllabus, candidates need to be aware of the current affairs thoroughly. To illustrate ,Mains has a pretty vast syllabus ,so the candidates need to have good hands on Mains syllabus specifically.

However ,the candidates need to be aware of the fact that he/she should be thorough with the syllabus.

In the first place, applicants need to understand that the competition is huge and fierce. It is mandatory for the students to have an idea before hand about the syllabus. Although the syllabus may seem huge but if proper time is given preparation wouldn’t seem tough. Moreover he/she needs to work on it competitively. In conclusion ,the applicants need to understand the depth of the exam and the vastness of the syllabus.

 

EXAM PATTERN

Candidates who wish to appear for the Punjab Public Service Commission must pass three stages:

  • PPSC Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Personality Test

However, PPSC Prelims are just a screening test.  Prelims consist of two objective type papers of 200 marks each. Applicants who pass the Prelims exam are eligible to sit for the Mains exam. Mains is a 900-mark paper. In the first place candidates need to understand that every exam is basically an elimination round. For this reason a well devised strategy and dedication are expected from the candidates. After clearing Mains, the applicant is invited to take the 150-mark Personality Test.

Moreover no candidate would be allowed to appear for the interview if he or she doesn’t have a  45 percent average on all of the papers. So the candidates need to keep this particular information in their mind while sitting for any of the three stages of the exam.

 

ADMIT CARD

The admit card for the exam is usually released fifteen days prior to the exam. Because the PPSC Prelims was held in February this year, the admit card was released on February 3rd. Moreover those who cleared Prelims were able to download their admit card by March. Candidates can download their admit cards from the official website once they are made available.

Furthermore it is expected that students have a printout of their admit card for future reference. In addition, if applicants discover any incorrect information in their admit, they must report it to the appropriate authority.

Moreover, if the issue is not resolved try to  contact them using the toll-free numbers/emails provided on the website. In order to avoid any conflict try reaching the concerned authorities as soon as possible.

Besides this, remember to bring the admit card to the exam center with the necessary proofs and a photograph.

 

RESULT

The commission announces the results of the PPSC Prelims on the official website. Shortly after the personality test is completed the final result is out. Firstly the names of students who have qualified for PPSC Mains is released. Secondly the names of the applicants eligible for Personality Test are released. Moreover these candidates will take the final round of the personality test. Lastly, comes the final list of students who have passed all the three rounds. These candidates are eligible to be appointed in various departments of the Punjab Government . Applicants should keep an eye on the official website for any updates on their results. For instance any new notification announced must be known to the candidates.

Also people who were not able to clear the exam this year, need not be demotivated. In the first place you need to understand, this exam tests your patience, perseverance, your dedication and hard work. Moreover your luck does play a major role in determining your success. The only advise would be to give in your cent percent efforts.

In conclusion following up so many explanations, remember a good strategy and dedication would hep in mastering your skills.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants can follow the steps below to apply for various positions posted by the Punjab Public Service Commission:

  • In the first place ,go to the official website of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) – https://ppsc.gov.in/
  • Further in  the advertisement section of the home page, click on “Open Advertisement.”
  • Next the page that opens will contain all the information related to various posts.
  • Additionally, scroll down to the bottom  to the other information section. There you will find the “Apply Online” tab. Click on that tab..
  • For successful registration candidates need to enter few details. Enter a valid email address and phone number. Moreover, candidates can start filling the application form after successfully registering.
  • Furthermore the candidates need to  enter their personal information .The data includes Applicant’s name, Father’s name, Mother’s name, DOB, Gender, Marital Status, Email id, and so on.
  • Next, enter your address information .This includes city name , district, address, pin code. You also need to fill in your contact details.
  • Besides this, enter your category, qualification details. Any other information if required do mention.
  • The next step would be to upload the photograph and signature. After that the applicant needs  to pay for the application form.
  • Enter a “password” of your choice. Then press the “Update” button.
  • Finally, double-check that all of the details are correct. As a single error will result in the cancellation of your form.
  • Lastly click the “Submit” button .To finish your application process this would be the last required step. Then get  a copy of your application for future reference.
  • In addition to all the steps, the applicants would be directed to the application form fee payments section. Payment must be made via challan.

Moreover, to  successfully submit the application, the candidate must print the challan .Then make payment at the nearest SBI branch.

 

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FAQs

How long does the probation period for PPSC services last?

The probation period is three years. This is officially announced by the Punjab Government.

What are the PPSC 2021 positions?

The following positions in the Punjab Government will be available this year:

Tehsildar

Deputy Superintendent of Police

Punjab Civil Service (Executive Branch)

Food Supply and Consumer Affairs Officer

Block Development and Panchayat Officer

Co-operative Societies Assistant Registrar

Deputy Superintendent Jails/District Probation Officer

Sub divisional engineer

Corporation engineer

Municipal engineer

Trust engineer

Principal (Department of School Education)

Headmaster/Mistress (Department of School Education)

Block primary education officer

Cooperative inspector

Senior assistant

Audit Inspector

Judicial Service

Lecturer

Medical Officer

Veterinary Officer

How many job openings have been made available?

85  job openings have been announced. Contrary to the last years’ number this year its more.

What is the minimum age for taking the exam?

The minimum and maximum age are 21 and 37, respectively. However, the maximum age for positions such as Deputy Superintendent of Police or District Probation Officer is 28 years.

How much does a PCS officer earn in Punjab?

A PCS officer’s monthly salary is Rs 45,000. Moreover there are additional benefits such as Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, medical expenses, various bills, and so on.

What is the PPSC application fee?

The application fee varies.

The specifics are listed below.

Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Backward Classes of the State of Punjab  500 625 1125
Ex-servicemen of Punjab 500 500
EWS Ex-Servicemen Lineal Descendants Of Punjab and all other such categories  500 2500 3000
PwD Punjab 500 1250 1750

 

Few more questions to be answered

Is it possible for a final-year student to take the PPSC exam?

In the first place candidates need to be aware that ,final-year student can only take the PPSC Prelims. However for PPSC Mains, the applicant must be a graduate from a recognised university/institute.

What is the distinction between PPSC and UPSC?

The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) only recruits officers for the state of Punjab. However, UPSC recruits officers from all over the country.

In addition to this  there is a distinction between the exam patterns of PPSC Prelims and UPSC Prelims. PPSC Prelims has no negative marking. However, UPSC Prelims has negative marking.

How many people pass the PPSC Prelims exam each year?

Every year, almost 13 times the number of vacancies in each category are shortlisted for the PPSC Mains exam.

Is the Punjab PCS syllabus and selection process the same as the UPSC?

Yes, the syllabus and selection process for both exams are identical. However the only difference is that there are questions specific to the state of Punjab in Punjab PCS.

How should I prepare for the PPSC?

For PPSC, the first step would be to thoroughly review the entire syllabus as well as the exam pattern.

Your preparation would be adequate if you devise a well-thought-out study strategy. Furthermore, a large number of mock tests will be required to expedite your preparation.

How many times have one can appear for the Punjab PCS Prelims exam?

The total number of attempts allowed for students in the general category is six. For backward class students its nine. For Scheduled castes the attempts are unlimited. However the number of attempts for ex-servicemen is limited to four.

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