PPSC (Punjab Public Service Commission) Preparation Tips 2021

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Jun 19, 2021

In order to prepare for important exams like Punjab Public Service Commission also known as PPSC, students should start planning well in advance before appearing in the exam. It is important to have detailed knowledge about what questions can be asked and how one should prepare for it.

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By knowing the latest exam pattern and syllabus, you should make a good preparation plan for yourself. Make yourself familiar with the type of questions asked in the paper, weightage is given to topics, marking scheme, etc.

PPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

PPSC 2021 Preliminary Exam Pattern

Papers Name of the Subjects 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
PPSC Mains Exam Pattern

PPSC 2021 Mains Exam Pattern

Papers Subject Name Maximum Marks
Paper I General English 100 marks
Paper-II General Punjabi (to be answered only in Gurmukhi Script) 100 marks
Paper III General Essay (to be answered either in English/ Gurmukhi Script) 100 marks
Paper IV General Studies Paper 1 100 marks
Paper V General Studies Paper 2 100 marks
Paper VI Optional Subject 1 – Paper 1 100 marks
Paper VII Optional Subject 1 – Paper 2 100 marks
Paper VIII Optional Subject 2, Paper 1 100 marks
Paper IX Optional Subject 2, Paper 2 100 marks
PPSC Preparation Tips

Preparation Tips 2021

General Studies Paper

General awareness must not be taken at the lighter side and candidates should realize how major it can be in the PPSC exam. Candidates need to create a habit of not just reading but thoroughly going through the newspapers consistently. It is recommended that you should read from just one paper. Some useful newspapers are “The Times of India”, “The Hindu”, “The Telegraph” etc.

Watch Current affairs special programmes on News: Watching special current affairs programs from famous news channels can help solve many problems. Candidates are required to watch news programs at least once a day. Now, most of the top information programs are effective for 24*7.

Choosing the appropriate time to watch an informative program should be a part of your preparation. For understanding topics like Current events of National and International importance, Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiative, etc. It is very important to stay updated.

Make Notes for Exam: Try to take down short notes of the things that are important for the exam which would further help you to maintain a record for exam day. In order to memorize something new, Always try to write down and pin it in front of you or write it in the notes section of your phone so that it is easier for you to access.

Knowing the activities that are happening in the nation and all over the globe is important, but not easy to memorize everything. It’s always good to sustain a notebook of current events.

Go for Online Study Material: Online Study Material has proven to be more productive and efficient in a lot of ways as the candidates take the learning at their own pace. Online Study Material like Online E-Books, PDFs, Question Papers, Tests Series, Video Lectures etc, gives the students an easy and 24x7 accessible environment. This is why candidates are now opting for Online Study Material rather than the coaching institutes.

Preparation Tips for General English Paper: The language papers aim at testing a candidate’s knowledge for English and Punjabi languages both. Candidates need to have a good amount of knowledge for both. As both of them are Languages, candidates can follow the same rules to prepare this segment.

Use The Dictionary Often: Extensively use the supportive tools of technology. For example, dictionaries, translators, learning videos etc. Don't let yourself assume the meaning of the word you don't know exactly. Make a habit to refer to dictionaries often. Keep it handy.

Know The Questions Before Starting: Try to get an idea of what to expect of the questions, exercises. You can ask students who already had the exam. In the case of preparing for the English language paper for PPSC, a good start is always to take a look at the table of contents of your grammar textbook. It gives you an excellent insight into its structure and the importance of each chapter.

Study Grammar Thoroughly: Online as you search for 'glossary of English grammatical terminology’, preferably with a translation in your own native language next to each term. When your understanding of the English terms and their equivalents in your native language isn’t clear, you’ll have a toolbox that will get you in trouble from the beginning to the end. The grammar can be a little difficult to study. However, without the hours spent on learning lists, conjugations, declensions, word order and so on, by heart, you won’t have a solid body of your car.

It’s Important to know The Rules but Don’t Dig Deeper: Don’t waste time on the logic or the why’s for rules or exceptions. Accept them.

The rule comes first. Exceptions come in second place. If necessary, translate English sentences into your language so that its structure is easier to understand. pay attention to punctuation (and its function). draw timelines to help you with the right choice of tenses

Preparation Tips for Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) Paper

The exam is the test of candidate problem-solving skills and also tests the languages especially English and Punjabi through Comprehension. Here are some tips you can follow to solve the paper easily.

Analyze your strengths and shortcomings: Investigation of one's area of strength and weaknesses causes the possibility to see how much hard work he/she needs to place in their preparation. One can get mock tests and solve them. This will enable them to decide where their degree of preparation lies and how to take a shot at their week zones.

Focus on Basics: For making progress in any exam, the basic ideas assume a fundamental job. Hence, aspirants should design their preparation and planning in a way that they take a shot at the rudiments of the points they discover difficult and afterwards become familiar with the strategies to solve them so they can tackle any questions in less time with precision.

Studying on an everyday basis: Studying for small lengths every day will create better results rather than studying for extended periods just on ends of the week. In this manner, an applicant showing up for the test ought to give at least 2 to 4 hours every day to achieve perfection over topics they find difficult. This will increase the possibility of staying consistent with the main topics and themes and afterwards there won't be a need to take the pain of revising similar topics over and over when the exam will approach.

PPSC Secondary Books

Secondary Board Books for Reference

Books Class
Economic & Commercial Geography of India Class X
Physical Basic of Geography Class XI
The Story of Civilization History Class X
Indian Constitution at Work Class XI
Medieval India History Class Class X
Economic-Commercial Geography of India Class Class XI
Indian Physical Environment Class Class XI
Geography Fundamentals Class Class XI
People and Economy Class X
Democracy in India Class XI
Micro Economics Class X

Reference Books For PPSC 2021 Exam

Name of The Book Author
A brief history of modern India spectrum
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
Geography of India Majid Husain
Indian Polity Laxmikanth
Modern Indian History Bipin Chandra
Physical Geography G.C.Leong for physical geography
History Of Medieval India Satish Chandra
India’s Ancient Past R.S. Sharma
Economic Survey by the Government of India Ministry of Finance Arihant Experts
EVSEnvironmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition R.Rajagoplan
Efforts Towards Green India – Environment and Ecology Arihant Experts

GK On Punjab Affairs For PPSC 2021 Exam

Book Name Author
Punjab GK VMS Grover
Saada Punjab Munish Jindal
Punjab Review Munish Jindal.

Before the aspirants appear for the PPSC exam, they should improve their intellectual development. In addition, the candidates are required to build analytical attitude and knowledge seeking characteristics apart from completing the exam syllabus. The aspirants are also advised not to read new chapters or new topics before the exam date. It is better to revise and practice those sections, which you have already learnt. It will help you to boost up your confidence level before the exam.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


ramandeep kaur
age limit for general catagery for ppsc
diya suresh

Yes there is a age criteria applicable for PCS test which states that an eligibel candidate must be between 21-37 years of age. However there will be relaxation in upper age limit applicable for certain reserve category candidates. There are other eligibility criterias of nationality and educational qualifications that must be satisfied as well.