Punjab State PCS Syllabus
The selection process includes:
i) Preliminary Competitive Examination; and
ii) Main Competitive Examination (written and viva voce/ Interview).
The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers i.e. Paper I General Studies and Paper II Civil Services Aptitude Test
Paper –I General Studies Syllabus
1. Everyday Science
States of matter, the structure of atom, versatile nature of carbon.
Acids, bases, salt: corrosion in metals, an action of soaps.
Life on Earth – evolution, marine & terrestrial life.
The 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.
2. 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.
3. Political theory & international order
A 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 & development.
4. Indian polity
Basic features, provisions, schedules of the Indian Constitution, key amendments.
Panchayati Raj. Elections – People’s Representation Act, electoral reforms. A rise of regionalism and coalition politics.
Armed challenges to the Indian state since independence.
5. History of India
The Indus valley civilisation.
The Aryan and the Vedic age. Jainism and Buddhism.
The Maurya and Gupta periods.
The 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)
6. World History
The Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution in Europe.
Important Events namely The American Revolution 1776; The French Revolution 1789; The Russian Revolution 1917; World Wars I & II.
7. 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, a 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.
Mineral and energy resources.
Planning and sustainable development in India.
Transport and communication.
The geographical perspective on selected issues and problems.
7. Current events of national and international importance.
Geographical and agro-climatic regions, rivers, water resources, sharing of waters, demographics, human development indices
Major personalities in 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.
Economy Agriculture, animal husbandry, industrial & service sectors, major occupations, development & economic growth, public finance (including central-state fiscal issues), public sector institutions, cooperatives etc.
Paper –II Civil Services Aptitude Test Syllabus
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 appreciation
Data analysis; Graphic presentations, charts, tables, spreadsheets.