Pattern of Preliminary Exam
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Paper Subject No of Questions Marks Time Allowed
I General Studies 100 (2 Marks each) 200 2 Hrs.
II Civil Services Aptitude Test 80 (2.5 Marks each) 200 2 Hrs.
  Total 180 400  

Candidates equal to thirteen times of the total number vacancies requisitioned by the Government under sub-rule (1) of Rule 13-A of Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch) Rules, 1976  read with Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009 may qualify for the Main Competitive Examination.

Important: The Preliminary Competitive Examination is designed only to select suitable candidates for the Main Competitive Examination.   Marks obtained in the Preliminary Competitive Examination by the candidates, who may be declared qualified for taking the Main Competitive Examination, shall Not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

The questions shall be answered by candidates on an Optical Marks Reader (OMR) sheet;

All candidates are required to appear in both papers including Ex-servicemen candidates i.e. Paper I and Paper IIof the Preliminary Competitive Examination are compulsory.