Punjab Public Service Commission PPSC 2020: Eligibility, Application Process, Exam Pattern and Preparation Strategy

Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has announced its notification for the recruitment of candidates for various posts. This is an amazing opportunity for the students to get into one of the most prestigious government job. A total of 77 vacancies are announced for the multiple posts announced under this PPSC CCE recruitment. The important details of the notification are mentioned in this post.


The candidate should have attained the age of 21 years but should not be older than 37 years on 1st January 2020.

For the post of Deputy Superintendent Police and Deputy Superintendent Jail)/ District Probation Officer the minimum age limit is 21 years and the maximum age limit is 28 years.

Age Relaxation: Age relaxation is applicable as per State Government Rule as mentioned in the notification for different categories.


The number of vacancies to be filled on the basis of PSCSCCE-2020 is given in the table below:

Post NameNumber of Vacancies
Punjab Civil Service (Executive Branch)20
Deputy Superintendent of Police26
Food Supply and Consumer Affairs Officer02
Block Development & Panchayat Officer02
Assistant Registrar Co-Operative Societies04
Labour and Conciliation Officer01
Employment Generation and Training Officer07
Deputy Superintendent Jails / District Probation Officer (GradeII))10


  • Last Date for filling application(Reopen): July 2020
  • Last date for depositing the Application fees by system generated Fee Challan Form(Reopen): July 2020
  • Admit Card Available: To be notified later
  • Prelims Exam Date: To be notified later
  • Mains Exam Date: To be notified later


Every Candidate should possess a bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institution. In addition to this, candidates should have passed the Matriculation Examination with Punjabi as one of the compulsory or elective subjects.


The application fee for different categories is mentioned below:

CategoryOnline ChargesFeeTotal
SC/ST and Backward Class of Punjab₹ 500₹ 625₹ 1125
Ex-Servicemen of Punjab₹ 500Nil₹ 500
Physically Handicapped, Punjab₹ 500₹ 1250₹ 1750
All Others Categories₹ 500₹ 2500₹ 3000

PSCSCCE Selection Process

Essential steps involved in the selection process are:

  1. Preliminary Competitive Examination; and
  2. Main Competitive Examination (written and viva voce/ Interview).


Candidates need to have a broad idea about the type of the questions asked in the exam by thoroughly analyzing the past year papers. After getting an idea about the paper, a well-defined strategy need to be formulated. The strategy should be made after giving a few practice tests and analyzing the strengths and the weaknesses.

PPSC exam is conducted in three stages, PRELIMS, MAINS and INTERVIEW. All aspirants should also prepare for Mains examination side by side along with the preparation of Preliminary examination.

Prelims consists of two papers

  • General Studies
  • CSAT

Books for PPSC exam are given as follows:

Everyday ScienceNCERT books of Physics Chemistry and Biology: Class 6 to Class 10
Environmental studies Class XII – Biology
Political theory & international order NCERT Class 11 Political Theory
Indian polity Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
History of India· Medieval India: Class XI Old NCERT by Satish Chandra
· Art and Culture: Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art
· Ancient India: Class XI Old NCERT
· Modern India: A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir and India’s Struggle For Independence by Bipan Chandra.
World HistoryMastering Modern World History –
Norman Lowe
Indian EconomyIndian Economy by Ramesh Singh
Annual Budget Document of India and Punjab
Geography NCERT Geography books
Current events of national and international importanceNational newsapapers covering national and international articles
Civils Notebook current affairs material
Punjab Specific Sadda Punjab Munish Jindal
ENGLISHEssential English Grammar by Raymond Murphy
Wren and Martin Book
REASONING AND QUANTITATIVE APTITUDEVerbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
Tata McGraw Hill CSAT manual

It should be taken into consideration here that the marks of CSAT are taken into account for the results of the Prelims examination. Therefore, all aspirants should also give equal importance to the CSAT paper.

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