PPSC PCS Selection Process 2024: From Prelims to Main and Interview

 Published On: 01-02-2024

For candidates aspiring to secure a position through the PPSC exam 2024, understanding the selection process is crucial. The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) administers a meticulous selection procedure aimed at recruiting the most deserving candidates for various administrative services of the Government of Punjab. Heres an insightful overview of the selection process encompassing Prelims, Mains, and Interview stages:

Preliminary Examination (Prelims): The preliminary examination serves as a screening test for selecting candidates eligible to proceed to the main examination. It consists of two papers:

  • Paper I (General Studies)
  • Paper II (Civil Services Aptitude Test - CSAT)

Key Points:

  • Prelims is a qualifying stage, and marks obtained here do not contribute to the final merit.
  • Candidates equal to 13 times the vacancies advertised qualify for the main examination.

Main Examination (Mains): The main examination assesses candidates in-depth knowledge and analytical skills. It comprises seven compulsory papers covering various subjects such as General English, General Punjabi, General Essay, and General Studies (four papers).

Key Points:

  • All papers are descriptive in nature.
  • Candidates have the option to attempt papers in either Punjabi or English medium.
  • Successful candidates from the main examination are called for the interview.

Interview: The interview evaluates candidates personality traits, communication skills, and overall suitability for the role. It carries a maximum of 150 marks and is conducted by an Interview Board comprising PPSC members and external experts.

Key Points:

  • Interview marks, combined with marks from the main examination, determine the final merit list.
  • Candidates must secure a minimum aggregate of 45% (40% for SC/ST) in all papers to be eligible for the interview.

Special Instructions for Specific Posts: Candidates applying for certain posts like Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Deputy Superintendent of Jails (Grade-II)/District Probation Officer (Jails) must fulfill additional physical requirements and qualify specific physical tests.

Key Points:

  • Physical tests include criteria such as height, chest measurement (for males), and performance in events like races, long jump, high jump, and vertical rope/shuttle run.

By comprehensively understanding and preparing for each stage of the PPSC PCS selection process, candidates can enhance their chances of success in securing coveted government jobs in Punjab.


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