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Everything You Need To Know About PPSC Preparation

PPSC exam preparation requires hard work and the correct guidance which will be provided by online or offline PPSC coaching classes. Let us tell you everything about the PPSC exam preparation.

Table of Contents

  1. About PPSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in PPSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for PPSC - Online PPSC Course
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for PPSC ?
  5. Stages of Punjab Public Service Commission Examination
      • Preliminary Examination
      • Mains Examination
      • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria
      • Educational Qualification
      • Age Limit
  7. Cut-off Marks
  8. How to prepare for Punjab Public Service Commission ?
      • For Prelims
      • For Mains
      • For Interview
  9. Booklist for PPSC preparation

About PPSC Examination

Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) is a recruitment body for the vacancies in State Services in the state of Punjab through the most prestigious exam of the state, the PPSC examination. PPSC releases notification and invites applications to this examination every year for recruitment into various posts in departments/ministries under the government of Punjab. So, eligible candidates can apply for this examination online after the release of notification. The purpose of this article is to give complete information about the PPSC examination and guidance for PPSC exam preparation. You can prepare for the PPSC exam either through offline or PPSC online coaching classes.

Role of Coaching in PPSC Preparation

Classroom Teaching

Coaching plays an important role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. Furthermore, coaching acts as a catalyst in the preparation process and increases the chances of success. It solely depends on the candidate whether to choose it or not. In addition to increasing chances, coaching can reduce the workload of the candidate by guiding the student to study what is exactly needed. Coaching also provides an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics of the exam. However, it is to be noted that PPSC coaching is not a guarantee of your success. It will provide an environment for overall development which is essential for success in any exam.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for PPSC – Online PPSC course


  • Your time, Your Place: While offline PPSC coaching has a fixed schedule, online coaching is flexible. Aspirants can save time from traveling between home, college, and other places.
  • Rescheduling: One of the biggest advantages of online PPSC coaching is that no lecture or topic will be missed as you can watch it anytime and anywhere on your laptop or mobile. Online coaching is the only and best way to prepare for PPSC, especially for those who are working or are housewives as they can watch online classes any time when free.
  • Super Affordable Fees: Usually, the cost of coaching for PPSC exam preparation is approximately between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.75,000/- whereas online coaching costs very less.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for PPSC

Chahal Academy is like the panacea to all your queries in the field of Civil services. Along with a quality faculty team, we also ensure that high-quality study material is provided and students do not have to hustle for collecting the same. Candidates can rely on Chahal Academy for their PPSC exam preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through a learning environment.

Chahal Academy is providing a Specialized Online Course for PPSC which includes –
  • 400+ hours of PPSC Complete Foundation Course lecture series. This course includes detailed Topic-wise Coverage of the PPSC Syllabus. This course is taught by most competent, reliable, and senior faculty and subject matter experts supported by a dynamic and up-to-date content team. Personalized attention is provided by mentors.
  • 24 x 7 availability of best quality PPSC video lectures- watches from the comfort of any of your devices. It includes specialized & Digitized Classes focused on building a conceptual knowledge base of Students. Technological support and Feedback is provided by Subject Matter Experts.
  • You may learn anytime anywhere as per your time convenience.
  • This course is available at Super Affordable, Cost-Effective and Cheaper fee structure.
  • Regular tests are conducted to improve accuracy and time management.
  • Complete study material is available in soft copy which covers static as well as updated daily & monthly Current Affairs.

Stages of Punjab Public Service Commission Examination

Punjab Public Service Commission conducts the examination in three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

Preliminary Examination

In preliminary examination, there are two papers, which comprises of Paper I of 100 questions of General Studies and Paper II of 80 questions of CSAT. It is important to remember that, Preliminary examination is qualifying in nature and marks of Preliminary examination will be counted in preparing merit list of Preliminary examination only and these marks will not be counted in final selection of candidate. Hence, only marks of mains examination and interview will be counted in preparing cutoff of Punjab Public service Commission Examination.
  • Candidates should note that paper of prelims is of two hours and there will be no negative marking for wrong answers.

Paper I: General Studies

  • Paper I: General studies.
  • Paper II: Aptitude Test.
Paper Subject Total Questions Duration of Exam Max Marks
Paper 1 General Studies 100 (2 mark/question) 2 hours 200 Marks
Paper 2 CSAT 80 (2.5 mark/question) 2 hours 200 Marks

Syllabus of Preliminary Examination:

General Science:

  • In general science, questions are generally asked from; Physics, Chemistry, Biology up to 10th standard.

Current Affairs of National/International importance:

  • The dynamic portion of the syllabus is to be covered through Current Affairs.
  • For current affairs, candidates must prepare for at least 12 months. In recent times, old current affairs have also being asked by the PPSC Body. Also, make sure to pay attention to facts and data related to the state of Punjab.

History of India and Punjab:

  • General understanding of the subject with broad aspects of the history of Punjab.
  • Although the basic understanding of every topic pertaining to History of India and Punjab is required; But, most of topics should be read in current context.

Geography of India and Punjab: General geography and geographical division of Punjab and its major river systems:

  • Questions will relate to physical, social and economic geography of the country including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources.
  • Most of the questions will be asked related to particular industries and their location so, mapping work is very important to understand the basic requirement of Geography preparation.

Indian Polity

  • Questions will test your knowledge of the country’s political system, Panchayati Raj, community development, and planning in India and Punjab, etc.

Indian Movements and Contribution of Punjab in it

  • Question will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence with special reference to Punjab.
  • Culture of Punjab and understanding the people of Punjab and their contribution.

Paper II: CSAT

  • Logical Reasoning (Deductive, Inductive, Adductive)
  • Statement and Assumptions, Statement and Argument, Statements and Conclusion, Courses of Action.
  • Analytical Reasoning.
  • Comprehension, synonyms and antonyms.
  • Mental Ability :Number series, Letter series, Odd man out, Coding-Decoding, Problems relating to Relations, Shapes and their sub sections.
  • Basic Numeracy : Elementary knowledge of Mathematical and Statistical Analysis.
  • Number System, Order of Magnitude, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Simple and Compound Interest, Data Analysis (Tables, Bar diagram, Line graph, Pie-chart).

Mains Examination

In mains examination, you will have total of seven papers:

  • Punjabi(100 marks)
  • Essay (150 marks, 50 each essay)
  • General English (comupulsory, 100 marks)
  • Paper I: General studies paper 250 marks
  • Paper II: General studies paper 250 marks
  • Paper III: General studies paper 250 marks
  • Paper IV: General studies paper 250 marks
Total Marks of Mains Examination – 1350 marks

  • Each paper of mains will be of descriptive type and paper of general English and general Hindi will be up to the level of senior secondary level.
  • The number of candidates that will be admitted in mains examination will be 15 times of vacancies in category wise.

Interview Stage

PPSC Mock Interview

  • The interview is of 150 marks. Basically, it is a viva type Q & A type series where questions pertaining to current affairs and educational background are being asked from candidates.
  • The Viva-voce will be to test the personality of the candidates. This test will be in matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidate’s alertness. For instance, Intelligence and general outlook will be tested. For PPSC exam preparation, consideration will also be paid to the bearing and physique of the candidate. It will be conducted either in Hindi or in English depending upon the option selected by the candidate.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for PPSC preparation

There are certain requirements to appear for the State Services Examination. We will lay down the important criteria required for appearing in the PPSC exam.

Educational Qualification

  • In order sit in Punjab Public Service Commission, candidate must have degree of recognized university equivalent to the degree of Bachelor of Science, arts .Bachelor of commerce or of any technical subject.
  • Aspiring candidate, who is in the last year of graduation, can also sit in this examination.

Age Limit

  • The candidate should not be less than 21 years and not more than 37 years before the examination.
  • The lower age limit for the PPSC is 21 years and the upper age limit is 37 years of age for the general category of students. The SC, ST and OBC candidates can claim age relaxation of 5 years over and above the upper age limit.

Cut-Off Marks

Examination of 2018 of Punjab Public Service commission, which was announced in August 2018 was:
  • The cutoff of prelims in general category for unreserved category was 291.00/400.
  • For schedule caste cutoff was 268.04/400/li>

How to Prepare for Punjab Public Service commission

For Prelims

  • You have to focus on the basics for the PPSC Prelims. So, read the syllabus thoroughly. Then, go through the Previous Year Question papers and understand what the exam demands. The syllabus and Questions papers will help you to decide what to study and what to omit.
  • Newspaper - Read the newspaper daily. Follow what the Centre, as well as the state, is doing for the people. You also have to pay attention to facts and famous personalities from Punjab.
  • NCERTs - These are government authorized books and form the basis of your exam preparation. you have to read these books properly to understand advanced level books. If you have read these books before, a speed reading will also do. Do not skip these under any circumstances
  • Read fewer books - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Keep your notes very short and precise. As you finish one chapter or topic, prepare notes. It will take you a long way till the final day of your exams.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. And practice answer writing from the first day itself. You will be way ahead in the competition.
  • Mock tests - Appear for multiple mock tests to polish your knowledge. Regular mock tests will train your brain to get prepared for the final day. The Prelims stage is the first most important stage because it will help you move into the Mains stage. So, keep practicing by appearing for mock tests. Further, mock tests will train your brain to acquire the technique of answering by elimination method as well.
  • To guide and help you plan a strategy, subject-wise distribution of marks from past years has been listed below:

For Paper I
Subject Expected number of questions as Per the current trends
Ancient History + Medieval History + Culture + Modern History 15-20
Indian Polity + International Relations 10-12
Geography 10-15
Economic & Social Development 05-07
Science + Tech 12-20
Environment + Biodiversity 10-12
Punjab General Knowledge 15-20
Current Events [National + International] 25-30
For Paper II
Subject Expected number of questions as Per the current trends
Logical Reasoning 30-35
Mathematical Ability 30-35
Behavioral Psychology + Interpersonal Skills + Decision Making & Problem Solving 20-25
English (Comprehension, blanks) 10-15

For Mains

  • Newspaper - Again, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about your state as well.
  • NCERTs - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana , UPSC , etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Keep your shorter booklist - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
  • Mock tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.

For Interview

  • For personality test/interview, you have to sit for mock interviews. This will help you to experience Q and A round with an interviewer panel which will prepare your body and mind for the final day. So, enhance your personality through Mock Interviews. Furthermore, go through your application form from tip to toe and keep yourself updated with the latest current issues so that you are able to talk about it.

Booklist for PPSC preparation


  1. History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
  2. Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
  3. Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
  4. General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
  5. Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
  6. Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
  7. Punjab Special: You can pick any book for Punjab special preparation book. For example, Upkar publication book for Punjab special, yearbook of PD, Ghatna Chakra yearly compilation for state special.

Finally, you must have faith in yourself and prepare for this battle by giving everything by making a good strategy. This examination is not about how hard you have worked, rather it is about how smart you have worked. We wish you Good luck!! You can visit the official website of PPSC for further details.

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