Course Summary

With more than 10 years of experience in PCS Coaching in Chandigarh, Gurmarg Educare have been able to write countless success stories for not only the youth of Punjab but also for the State administration itself. Our classroom programme is meticulously designed according to changing patterns of the HCS Exam these days.  Our Faculty members are highly experienced in mentoring and Guiding PCS aspirants. The Smart classrooms and interactive learning systems work throughout the Preparation We are catering to the specific demands of PCS Preparation. Also, our course is meticulously made to give our students a distinctive edge in the exam. We cover all stages of the exam with a stage-specific strategy. Collectively all above-mentioned characteristics made Gurmarg Educare best Among other PCS Coaching Institutes in Chandigarh. So if being PCS officer is your dream, Gurmarg Educare, Chandigarh is the destination for your Preparation for PCS.
The Punjab Civil Services acronym The PCS Exam is aimed at recruiting prospective candidates who are entrusted with the following responsibilities:
-Provincial services and positions connected with the affairs of the province
-Positions in or under a corporation or other Government organisations under any law or as otherwise prescribed.
-Render advisory services to the Government on matters relating to the terms and conditions of services to the members of the Provincial Services or those that hold key positions relating to the affairs of the Province. Held every year by PPSC (Punjab Public Service Commission), a government organisation entrusted with the responsibility of employing and managing the civil services

  • aper Subject No. of questions Marks for each Question Total Marks
    Paper I General Studies 100  2 200
    Paper II Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) 80 2.5 200


    1. Both the papers will be of objective type multiple choice questions.
    2. Duration of each paper for preliminary examination will be two hours. However, visually impaired candidates will be given additional 20 minutes.
    3. There will be no negative marking in the written preliminary examination test, however, there may be negative marking for any objections to the Answer Key found false/frivolous/not supported by authentic evidence.
    4. The question paper shall be bilingual and shall be printed in English (Roman script) and Punjabi (Gurumukhi script) except for questions where candidates’ proficiency in the language is to be tested.
    • Procedure and scheme for the Main Examination:
    Paper Maximum marks
    Punjabi (in Gurumukhi Script) Compulsory (of 10+2 Standard) 100
    English Compulsory (of 10+2 standard) 100
    Essay (Three Essays of 50 marks each) 150
    General Studies Paper-I (History, Geography, and Society) 250
    General Studies Paper-II (Indian Constitution & Polity, Governance and International Relations) 250
    General Studies Paper-III (Economy, Statistics and Security issues) 250
    General Studies Paper-IV (Science & Technology, Environment, Problem Solving and Decision Making) 250
    Interview 150
    Grand Total 1500


    1. All papers shall be descriptive in nature and duration of each paper will be three hours. Visually impaired candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of 30 minutes in each paper.
    2. The main competitive examination shall include seven compulsory papers.
    3. Candidates will have the option to attempt all the papers, except the language papers in the Punjabi or English medium.
    4. Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in the Punjabi language may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the Punjabi language.
    5. The question papers other than language papers will be set in English. However, when any candidate opts for attempting any paper(s) in Punjabi medium, the question papers shall be printed in Punjabi accordingly.
    6. No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the competitive examination unless he obtains at least 45% marks in the aggregate in the main examination including interview marks (read 40 % for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes), except in the case of main competitive examination for which this percentage has been lowered to not less than 40% (read 35 % for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) by the Commission in which case the qualifying percentage shall be as determined by the Commission.

    Selection Procedure

    The selection process for filling posts in various departments based on the PSCSCCE-2018 will be made by holding an examination. The examination shall be conducted in three stages namely:

    1. Preliminary Examination
    2. Main Examination
    3. Interview

Exam Syllabus

Educational Qualification:

  • The candidate should possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institution. Provided that the candidate may be permitted to take Preliminary Competitive Examination while studying for his degree. However, the candidate shall be required to produce proof of passing the degree course for being eligible to take the Main Competitive Examination during that year.
  • No candidate shall be eligible for appearing in the Preliminary Competitive Examination, unless he/she has passed the Matriculation Examination with Punjabi as one of the compulsory or elective subjects or any other equivalent examination in Punjabi language, which may be specified by the Government from time to time on or before the last date of submission of Application Forms.

Age limit:

  • Candidates should not be below 21 years and above 37 years of age as on January 01, 2018 except the posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police and Deputy Superintendent Jails/District Probation Officers.
  • For the posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police and Deputy Superintendent Jails/District Probation Officers, the candidates should not be below 21 years and above 28 years of age as on January 01, 2018.

Physical Standards

The candidates who will opt for Punjab Police Service should meet the physical standards set by the authority.

  • Minumum Height: Men- 5 feet 7 inches, Women – 5 feet 3 inches
  • Chest Measurements(Applicable for men only): Unexpanded – 33 inches, Expanded – 34.5 inches
Our Approach
  • The approach for PCS paper has to be strategically different from IAS. PCS Prelimins an objective type exam with GS & CSAT. Each paper has 150 questions & there is no negative marking. The cut off is combined & in 2012 the cut off was around 197, so the candidate should aim at 200 marks which is very attainable.
    The General Studies Paper asked is very conventional type & thrust areas are History, Geography, Polity, Economy, Science & Punjab. Some questions of Computer are also added. Small part of Current Affairs related to Punjab are also asked. The conventional Subjects should be prepared from basic books. Notes provided at GURMARG EDUCARE are more than enough to attempt the conventional portion. This part can alternatively be prepared from NCERTs of 10+1 & 10+2. Science part is only of 10th level. However, one should thoroughly & deeply read the study material provided to them. The questions asked are from deep lying facts in the chapters.
    In Geography, stress on Indian & Physical Geography is laid. In History, Modern History & History of Punjab is asked more than Ancient & Medieval History. In Economy, basic concepts & section of International Organizations is asked. The Polity questions are totally covered from GURMARG EDUCARE Study Material. General questions like Current Summits & other events are also asked. A student can easily attempt more than 100 questions. Candidate should not leave even a single question unattempted as there is no negative marking.
    CSAT is comparatively easier than GS. Emphasis is more on Reading Comprehension & Reasoning Ability. About two third questions are asked from above two topics & some questions from Punjabi are also asked. Basically, CSAT is a test of speed more than test of skill. The aspirant should practice four or five Mock Tests within stipulated time limit. Again students should not leave any question unattempted as there is no negative marking. Attempting combined Mock Tests will certainly help.
    PPCS EXAMINATION – P.C.S. exam is conducted by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to select candidate for various services in the state of Punjab. The posts include the post of executive, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), ITO (Income Tax Officer), ETO (Excise & Taxation Officer) various allied services. The PCS exam is considered as most prestigious exam at the Punjab State level.

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