The Punjab PCS-2020 exam is being conducted by the PPSC for the recruitment of Executive officers in Punjab. Essential steps involved in the selection process are:
- i) Preliminary Competitive Examination; and
- ii) Main Competitive Examination (written and Interview).
The syllabus is the soul of every examination. In-depth understanding of Punjab PCS Prelims Syllabus is a critical part of the Preparation
In this article, we will share detailed Syllabus for Punjab PCS Prelims Exam
Syllabus for Paper –I (General Studies) of Punjab PCS Prelims
Everyday Science :
- States of matter, the structure of atom, versatile nature of carbon.
- Acids, bases, salts, corrosion in metals, the 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, immunization & vaccination, HIVAIDS, 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.
- 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 &
- Soil – types, crops, food chains, etc.
- Pollution and toxicity etc.
Political theory & international order:
- The basic concept of freedom, equality, social justice, rights & duties, citizenship,
nationalism, secularism, etc.
- United Nations and its organs/agencies, other international organizations like the World Bank, IMF, WTO, EU, G20, BRICS, etc. and their role in the World peace, trade & development.
- 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 civilization.
- The Aryan and the Vedic age.
- Jainism and Buddhism.
- The Maurya Gupta periods.
- The advent of Islam and the 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)
- The Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution in Europe. The American
- Revolution of 1776.
- The French Revolution of 1789.
- The Russian Revolution of 1917.
- World Wars I & II.
- Indian economic development (1950-1991) – key economic policies,
public sector dominance, bank nationalization, etc.
- Five-year plans – key goals and main achievements.
- Liberalization, privatization and globalization 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
- Key challenges and responses – agriculture and food security, industrialization, 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.
- A geographical perspective on selected issues and problems.
Current events of national and international importance.
Geographical and agro-climatic regions, rivers, water resources, sharing of waters,
demographics, human development indices
b) 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
Sufis, saints and gurus, Lodhis and Mughals, Sikh rulers, the British
period, nationalist movement in Punjab, Punjab in independent India.
Agriculture, animal husbandry, industrial & service sectors, major
occupations, development & economic growth, public finance (including
central-state fiscal issues), public sector institutions, cooperatives, etc.
Syllabus for Paper-II (Civil Services Aptitude Test) of Punjab PCS Prelims
- Reading comprehension; Punjabi and English language comprehension,
antonyms and synonyms, grammar, and sentence formation.
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills
- Logical reasoning, analytical and mental ability
- Basic numerical skills; numbers, magnitudes, percentages, numerical relation
- Data analysis; Graphic presentations, charts, tables, spreadsheets.
Note: The topics listed in the syllabus are only indicative for the general guidance of the candidates and cannot be deemed as an exhaustive list