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Punjab State PCS Syllabus

The Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination-2013 (PSCSCCE-2013) is being conducted by the PPSC for recruitment of officers in the Punjab Civil Service (Executive Branch), Deputy Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Jails (Grade-II)/ District Probation Officer (Jails), Tehsildar, Excise & Taxation Officers, Block Development & Panchayat Officers and Labour and Conciliation Officer .

The Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Preliminary Examination-2013 shall be conducted on 2nd February, 2014.

The selection process includes:

 i) Preliminary Competitive Examination; and
 ii) Main Competitive Examination (written and viva voce/ Interview).

The Preliminary Examination will consists 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, structure of atom, versatile nature of carbon. 

  • Acids, bases, salt: corrosion in metals, 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, 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

  • 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. 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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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