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SNM PCS Academy is one of the best PCS coaching institute in Chandigarh to prepare PCS exam because of the enriching classroom lectures and learning environment, it’s updated and relevant PPSC study material; experienced and hardworking faculty and none the less the stupendous past results in PCS exam. We also provide best books for Punjab PCS preliminary exam preparation, test series and PCS interview question to aspirant. We at SNM Academy charges very nominal fees for PCS Coaching Classes.

PPSC 2023 Exam Preparation in Chandigarh

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 SNM 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 SNM 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.

The exam is conducted in three stages Prelim, Mains & Interview. The candidate is said to be qualified if he clears all these stages. Eligibility criteria for exam is graduation and its equivalent course and the aspirant should have cleared matriculation Punjabi or equivalent exam. The age limit is 21-35 years for general category with correspondent relaxation provided to various reserve category candidates. Prelims is objective type exam with no negative marking and two papers i.e. G.S. and CSAT are conducted. Both papers are of 200 marks each. G.S. papers besides conventional topics covers lot of current affairs and knowledge about Punjab state whereas CSAT covers reading comprehension (both English and Punjabi) qualitative aptitude, reasoning ability and data interpretation. The mains exam consists of only general studies compulsory papers, compulsory English and compulsory Punjabi paper. Optional or subject has been eliminated from the exam.

The preliminary exam requires extensive study of History, Polity, Geography, Sciences and history Culture of Punjab along with Maths, English, Reasoning and Decision Making skills. To cover up these topics separate classes are held for general knowledge & CSAT part of the exam. The mains exam requires to cover up the modules from analytical perspective. At S.N.M IAS academy, we cover up the depth and width of the syllabus in a methodical manner. Classroom teaching is backed with notes, handouts, books and study material to provide students with ample preparatory material. Regular tests are given to assure revision and retention. The relevant Newspapers, magazines and documents are covered in the classroom to enhance the knowledge base of students and develop their thinking process and analytical skills. The classrooms are multimedia enabled and students get to see relevant discussion, documentaries and videos. This is our endeavour to facilitate learning of complicated concepts. Generally a preparation of around 9-12 months is sufficient to cover the entire syllabus and practice test papers. Students, however, are recommended to start light preparation of the exam in first year of graduation. A regular and comprehensive study plan is must for preparation. Students are advised to dedicatedly study for 2-3 hours on daily basis to prepare properly for this exam.


In exercise of the powers conferred under Rule Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009 the following Syllabus and procedure is prescribed for Conducting the Combined State Civil Services Competitive Examination:

A) Procedure and scheme for the Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary competitive examination will consist of two papers of 200 marks each and shall comprise of objective type (multiple choice) questions. The detail is as follows:

Subjects No.of Questions Marks of Each Questions Total Marks
Paper- I General Studies 100 2 200
Paper-II Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) 80 25 200


  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.
  4. The question paper shall be bilingual and shall be printed in English (Roma questions where candidates’ proficiency in language is to be tested.
  5. Details of syllabi are indicated in Appendix
  6. The standard of questions would be to test the knowledge as is expected of a person who graduation level.
  7. The Preliminary Examination is only a screening test for selecting candidates who would be eligible to take the Main Examination and the marks obtained in this Examination shall towards the merit of the candidates arrived at after the Main Examination.BSIE: www.ppsc.gov.in PATIALA-1470
  8. Candidates equal to 12 to 13 times of the vacancies advertised in each category would qualify from amongst those appearing in the Preliminary Examination for the Main Examination, provided that, such number of candidates are available and, are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

B) Procedure and scheme for the PCS Main Examination:

Sr no Subjects/Paper Maximum Marks
1 Punjabi (in Gurmukhi Script) Compulsory (of 10+2 standard) 100
2 English Compulsory (of 10+2 standard) 100
3 Essay 150
4 General Studies Paper-I (History, Geography and Society) 250
5 General Studies Paper- II (Indian Constitution & Polity, Governance and International Relations) 250
6 General Studies Paper-III (Economy, Statistics and Security Issues) 250
7 General Studies Paper-IV (Science & Technology, Environment, Problem Solving & Decision Making) 250
8 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 thirty 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 Punjabi or English medium.
  4. Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in 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 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. Details of syllabi are indicated in Appendix-II.
  7. Interview shall be conducted for only those candidates who qualify on the basis of their performance in the main competitive examination and who fulfill the criteria of eligibility.
  8. No candidate shall be eligible to appear in the interview unless he/she obtains 45% marks in the aggregate of all the subjects (read 40 % for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) including at least 33% marks in each subject:
    provided that if in any main competitive examination, a sufficient number of candidates do not obtain 45% marks in the aggregate (read 40 % for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes), the Commission may at their discretion lower this percentage to not below 40% (read 35 % for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes), however, the minimum percentage for each subject shall remain unchanged.
  9. No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the competitive examination unless he obtains at least 45% marks in the aggregate in all subjects of main examination including interview marks (read 40 % for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and
    Scheduled Tribes) except in the case of any 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
  10. From amongst the candidates who have appeared for the Main written examination, candidates not more than three times the number of vacancies advertised in each category shall be called for the interview, provided that, such number of candidates are available and, are otherwise eligible for the Interview.
  11. Names of qualified candidates shall be arranged in order of merit according to the aggregate marks obtained in the main written examination and the interview.

Note: In the event that the aggregate marks obtained in the Written and Interview parts of the Main Examination taken together of two or more candidates are equal, the candidate securing higher marks in the written part of the Main Examination shall be ranked higher. Should the marks in the written part of the Main Examination of such candidates are still equal, the candidate securing higher marks in the aggregate of the General Studies papers in the written part of the Main Examination shall rank higher. Should those also be equal, the candidate older in age shall rank higher.

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