Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. (PSPCL) is the authority of the Punjab government which is responsible for the production and distribution of electricity in the state. PSPCL is an important part of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and plays a major role in the distribution of power all over the state. PSPCL announces vacancies to various posts under PSPCL, through its official website. Aspiring candidates can apply for the vacancy according to their eligibility. The complete vacancy list for 2020 and 2021, which are active, will be available at the website of PSPCL. Read further to know all about PSPCL 2021 recruitments.
|Name of Organisation||Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL)|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Mode of Examination||Computer-Based Test|
|Medium of Examination||English and Punjabi|
|Application Fees||General – 1000
SC/ST – 400; PwD – 500
|Number of Vacancies||2000+|
Educational qualification required for vacancies listed in the official website of PSPCL is as given below.
|Lower Division Clerk (LDC)||Bachelor’s Degree + 120 Hours of practical computer knowledge
Computer Information Technology Course which is equivalent to the 'O' level certificate courses by DOEACC of Govt. of India
|Junior Engineer/ Electrical||Regular 3 or 4 years Diploma in Electrical/ Electrical and Electronics/ Computer Science/ IT Engineering with minimum 60% marks
Regular BE/ B.Tech in Electrical/ Electrical and ElectronicsEngineering or B.Sc Computer Science
IT Engineering with at least 50 % of aggregate marks.
AMIE in Electrical/Electrical and Electronics/ Computer Science/IT Engineering with 50% minimum marks from Institution of Engineers(India) Calcutta.
|Junior Engineer/ Civil||Regular 3 or 4 years Diploma in Civil Engineering from a State/ Central Government recognized institute with minimum 60% marks
BE/ B.Tech/B.Sc Engineering in Civil Engineering with 50 % minimum marks or equivalent degree recognized by AICTE.
AMIE in Civil Engineering with 50% minimum marks from Institution of Engineers(India) Calcutta
|Revenue Accountant||Regular B.Com with minimum 60% Marks
M.Com with a minimum of 50%
CA Inter/ ICWAI Inter.
|Electrician Grade-II||ITI OR Diploma (Relevant Disciplines)|
|Divisional Superintend Accounts||Regular B.Com with minimum 60% Marks
M.Com with Minimum 50%
CA Inter/ ICWAI Inter.
|Steno-typist||Bachelor’s Degree with Computer & Shorthand Knowledge|
|Internal Auditor||B.Com (1st Class) & M.Com(IInd Class)
|Accounts Officer||CA/ ICWA|
Minimum age limit 18 Years and upper age limit 37 Years. PSPCL also relaxes age criteria for applicants belonging to certain categories as specified by the authorities. The age relaxation for PSPCL is as mentioned below:
|SC/ST and Other Backward Classes||5 Years of relaxation from the prescribed upper age limit|
|Ex-Servicemen||Ex-servicemen of Punjab Domicile can deduct the period of their service in the Armed Forces of Union from their actual age. If the resultant age does not exceed the maximum age limit prescribed for direct appointment by more than three years, they will be considered eligible in age criteria.|
|Physically Handicapped||10 Years of relaxation from the prescribed upper age limit.|
|Wives serving military personnel and wives of military personnel disabled during the service||40 Years|
|Women who receive maintenance payments from their husbands by the order of Civil or Criminal courts.||40 Years|
The application for PSPCL should be submitted through online mode. As soon as the vacancy notifications for different posts are published, aspiring candidates can submit their applications through the official website of PSPCL.
Candidates who are applying for PSPCL online must have a valid and active e-mail ID and phone number. Any further communication about the application will be made through these only.
The documents that are required while applying online are;
The application fee for PSPCL application should also be paid through online mode.
PSPCL application fee for different categories are as follows;
|General Category (All except SC/ST and PwD)||Rs.1000 + Transaction Charges|
|SC/ST||Rs.400 + Transaction Charges|
|PwD (Person with Disability)||Rs.500 + Transaction Charges|
After the registration for the PSPCL exam application is closed, they will release official call letters for the exam with a scheduled date and time. Candidates who have applied for the specific exam can then download admit cards from the official website of PSPCL.
The soft copy of the admit card should be downloaded and printed out to produce during the examination. Candidates can download the admit cards by entering the login credentials on the admit card download link of PSPCL.
PSPCL exam is held at different centres in cities across Punjab. Candidates can choose their desired test centre while filling out the online application. However, if the opted exam centre is unavailable or has reached maximum capacity, the PSPCL authority will allot any other exam centres irrespective of the choice of the candidate. The details about examination centre, reporting date and time and other directions for attending the PSPCL exam will be mentioned on the admit card.
PSPCL does not accept any request to change the examination centre once it is allotted.
Candidates must bring the admit cards while appearing for the examination. Failure to produce admit cards will result in denying entry to the examination hall to attend the exam.
PSPCL examination has three phases which include, Computer-based Test, Written exam and Interview. The first phase, CBT, is a 100 mark paper. Each correct answer carries 1 mark and the wrong answer deducts 0.25 marks.
Below are the sample exam patterns for two categories of PSPCL recruitments.
|Sections||Total Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Sections||Total Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Statistics + Current affairs, General Knowledge||20||20|
|Basic Computer knowledge||10||10|
|Logical Reasoning+Quantitative Aptitude||25||25|
PSPCL syllabus for most of the recruitment exams includes General English, G.K & Current Affairs and Aptitude. Rest of the sections might differ between jobs, as they will be subject related. Candidates can check the generic syllabus for different PSPCL exams below.
|Reasoning Ability||Coding, Series, Analogy, Blood Relation, Distance, Sitting Puzzle|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Simplification, Profit & Loss, HCF, Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds &, Indices, Ratio, Time, Train, Distance (Most Imp.), Number Systems|
|English Language||Synonyms & Antonyms, Translation, Fillers, Modal Fillers, Change the Tense, Choose Correct Determiner, Narration, Misspelt, Active-Passive, Idioms, One word Substitution, Mark Correct Sentence|
|General Awareness||Current Affairs, GK Updates, Currencies, Important Places, Banking Awareness, Awards, Book And Author, Headquarter, Important Days, Prime Minister Scheme|
|General Engineering (Electrical)||Circuit law, Magnetic Circuit, AC Fundamentals, Measurement and Measuring instruments, Electrical Machines, Fractional Kilowatt Motors, Single-phase Induction Motors, Synchronous Machines, Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Estimation and Costing, Utilization and Electrical Energy, Basic Electronics, Basic Electrical Engineering, DC Circuit, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws, Series and parallel combination of resistors, Electro Magnetics, Electro-Magnetic Induction, AC Circuits, Network theorems, Electrical Circuits and Systems, Classification of Materials, Active and Passive Components, AC Fundamentals, Transformers, AC and DC Machines, Semiconductor Diode, Transistor, Power Supplies, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Basic Electromagnetic Law, Measuring Instruments, DC Machines, Transformers, Induction Machines, Synchronous Machines, Electronics and Electrical Technology, Basic Concepts, AC Fundamentals, Electrical Machines Etc|
|General Intelligence||Logical Reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test, Data Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Tabulation, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding|
|English Language||Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting, Fill in the blanks, Miscellaneous, Paragraph Completion|
|General Awareness||Indian History, Indian Polity, Geography, Economy Current Affairs, Sports, Punjab Current Updates, National & International News, Awards, Person in News|
|Finance and Accounts||General Principles & Rules, Accountancy its Scope, Book Keeping & Accountancy, Auditing, General Accounting Principles, Industrial Relations, Labour Laws, Financial Accounting, Cash Transactions and their record, Cost Accounting, Corporate Accounting, Taxation Law and Practice, Computer Application in Accounting, Management Accounting, Income Tax, Theory and Practice of Auditing, Purchase Regulations, General System of Accounts & Financial Control, Cash Transactions and their record|
|General Knowledge||Geography, Economy Current Affairs, Punjab History, Awards, Person in News, Punjab Polity, Sports, Punjab Current Updates, National & International News|
|Logical Reasoning/ Quants||Ratio and Proportion, Simple & Compound Interest, Data Interpretation, Problems on Trains, Time and Distance, Profit and Loss, C.F. and L.C.M., Number Systems, Problems on Ages, Time and Work, Mixture and Alligation, Discounts, Boats and Streams, Direction Sense, Clock, Number Series, Coding-Decoding, Word Building, Seating Arrangements, Calendar, Blood Relation, Non-Verbal Series, Statement Conclusion, Arithmetic Reasoning, Figure Classification|
|General English||Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary, Word formation, Synonyms, Error correction, Prepositions, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Comprehension, Sentence Translation, Rearrangement|
PSPCL conducts the selection process to various vacancies through three phases as mentioned earlier. After each phase, eligible candidates are shortlisted for the next phase of the selection process according to the merit list. The merit list is prepared by considering the marks scored by the candidate and the category to which the candidate belongs.
There is a reservation for candidates who belong to the categories mentioned by the PSPCL. The reservation should be claimed by filling it in the application for and producing the related documents when required. It is also to be noted that a candidate will only be considered for reservation if they are from Punjab domicile.
|Reservation Category||Certificate to be Produced|
|SC/BC||Approved certificate abiding the guidelines of the responsible department|
|Ex-Servicemen||A Lineal Descendant certificate duly issued by the concerned District Sainik Welfare Officer|
|Freedom Fighters||The required certificate issued by the Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district according to the guidelines laid out bythe Punjab Government.|
|Sportspersons||Valid certificate regarding gradation of participated sports as issued by the Director of Sports Department, Punjab|
|Physically Handicapped Persons||A certificate proving the percentage of disability,issued by the Civil Surgeon authorised under the Punjab Government. Physically handicapped candidates who areapplying for a particular vacancy will be given a reservation for the extent of disability allowed as per the list identified by the Government of Punjab- Annexure A.|
PSPCL results are announced after the completion of examination through the official website. Once the result is published, candidates can check their result by entering the login credentials. The merit list and category-wise merit lists will also be published for ranking purposes.
The PSPCL cut off marks required for general category is 45% and for reserved categories, it is 35%. After the publishing of the final merit list, candidates will be selected on the order of their merit.
PSPCL announces the available vacancies under each post on their website. When the vacancy list is published, the link for exam registration will also be open and active. Thousands of candidates normally apply for such vacancy notifications and only a smaller fraction of those applicants are selected for the job based on their merit. The pay scale offered for different job positions at PSPCL is decent and also has added benefits as it is a government job.
According to the latest revisions made on PSPCL pay structure:
The basic salary of Junior Electrical Engineer, Sub-Station Attendant etc – 6,400 to 20,200 + 3,700 Grade Pay
LDC / Typist – 6,400 to 20,200 + 3,700 Grade Pay
Ques. Are there any negative marking for wrong answers in the PSPCL exam?
Ans. Yes, there is negative marking for incorrect options in PSPCL exams. 1/4th of the marks allotted for the question will be deducted for wrong answers. As the CBT exam questions are 1 mark questions, the marks deducted for incorrect answers will be 0.25.
Ques. What is the age criteria to apply for PSPCL?
Ans. The general age criteria to be eligible to appear for PSPCL examination is 18 to 37 Years. However, PSPCL provides relaxation to these criteria for certain categories like backward communities, the family of service personnel, persons with disabilities etc.
Ques. What is the medium of language for PSPCL examination?
Ans. PSPCL examination is bilingual. The question paper will have both Punjabi and English versions of questions for the ease of understanding of a wider category of candidates.
Ques. What are the documents required for PSPCL?
Ans. The documents required to apply for PSPCL are; A photograph of the candidate, the signature of the candidate. After the publication of the final merit list, selected candidates will be called for document verification. While appearing for document verification, the candidate should produce documents proving the educational qualification, caste certificates for candidates applied under reservation category, disability certificate for PwD candidates and other such relevant documents for reservation categories. Failure to produce valid documents may lead to cancellation of candidature.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.