2018-02-05 18:13:40

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.
8. Geography 
 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.
 The geographical perspective on selected issues and problems.

7. Current events of national and international importance.

8. Punjab
 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.

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