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Pattern of PCS exam 2012: CSAT

Preliminary Exam is a objective type mutiple choice exam.

Preliminary Exam (PRE) Duration
General Studies
2 Hrs
Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)
2 Hrs


Mains Exam are Comprehensive/essay type written examination.

Essay (Compulsory)
Note:The candidate may opt to write the Essay either in English or Punjabi (in Gurmukhi Script)
English( Compulsory)
Punjabi ( Compulsory)
General Studies (Compulsory)
Two Subjects from the list of Mains Optional Subjects.(Prohibited Subject Combinations)
  1. The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
  2. Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will, however, beallowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each p aper.
  3. Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers viz., Papers I and II above in Punjabi or in English.
  4. Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers III to IX 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 both in Punjabi and English.
  6. The Compulsory papers on Punjabi Language and English will be of 10+2 or equivalent standard.
  7. For the Language papers, the script to be used by the candidates will be as under :


The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of hiscareer. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is toassess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traitsand his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, criticalpowers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural,though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of thecandidate.3. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledgeof the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates areexpected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic studybut also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own State or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse thecuriosity of well educated youth.


Note: Please do have a look at the prohibited subject combination list before deciding your optionals.