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PCS 2020 : Eligibility

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PCS 2020 Exam : Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate appearing in PCS Exam 2020 should possess a bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institution; Provided that the candidate may be permitted to take preliminary examination while studying for the qualifying degree. However, the candidate shall be required to produce proof of qualifying the degree course for being eligible to take the Main Competitive Examination (As per Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009) during that year.
  • No candidate appearing in PCS Exam 2020 shall be eligible for appearing in the Preliminary Competitive Examination, unless he/she has passed the Matriculation Examination with Punjabi as one of the compulsory or elective subjects or any other equivalent examination in Punjabi language, which may be specified by the Government from time to time.
  • For the purpose of eligibility for PSCSCCE-2020 , the expression "recognised  university" or "institution" shall have the same meaning, as assigned to it in the Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994.

PCS 2020 Exam : Age Limit

As mandated by Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009 read with Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch) Rules 1976, and Govt. instructions issued from time to time, the candidate appearing in PCS Exam 2020 should have attained the minimum age of 21 years and should not have attained the age of 37 years on the first day of January of the year in which the last day falls for submission of application to the Commission.  In other words, the candidate appearing in PCS Exam 2020 should have attained the age of 21 years but should not be older than 37 years on 1st January 2020.

  • Provided that in the case of the post of  Deputy Superintendent Police and Deputy Superintendent Jail)/ District Probation Officer (Grade-II) in Punjab Prisons State Service, a candidate should have attained the minimum age of 21 years and should not have attained the age of 28 years on the first day of the year, as referred to above.
  • The upper age limit for a Punjab Government, Other State Government or the Government of India, including Board/Corporations/Public Sector Undertaking employees appearing in PCS Exam 2020 may be relaxed up to 45 years. However no age relaxation is permissible for Punjab Police Service.
  • The Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 33 years for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes of Punjab only in case of Punjab Police Service and Punjab Prisons Service.
  • The Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 42 years for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes of Punjab only in case of other services except Punjab Police Service and Punjab Prisons Service.
  • Ex-servicemen of Punjab Domicile shall be allowed to deduct the period of his service in the Armed Forces of Union from his actual age and if the resultant age does not exceed the maximum age limit prescribed for direct appointment to such a vacancy in the Service Rules concerned by more than three years, he shall be deemed to satisfy the condition regarding age limit.
  • Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 42 years for Widows, Divorced women appearing in PCS Exam 2020 and certain other Categories of women. However no age relaxation is permissible for women in case of Punjab Police Services and Punjab Prisons Service.
  • Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 47 years for Physically Handicapped of Punjab only. However no age relaxation is permissible in case of Punjab Police Service and Punjab Prisons Service.

Note: Regarding drawing the pay of the appointed candidate, as per Notification No. 7/204/2012-4FP1/66, Dated 15/01/2015 Govt. of Punjab, Department of Finance (Finance Personnel-I Branch) Chandigarh, and Notification No. 1/62016-4P.P.1/834680/1 dated 07/09/2016 Govt. of Punjab,Department of Personnel PP-I Branch Chandigarh, fixed emolument equal to Minimum of the Pay Band without any Grade Pay or any allowance will be paid during the probation period of 3 years. It is also clear that Annual increment or any other allowance except travelling allowance will not be paid during the probation period of 3 years. However, this issue is under litigation. So, there may be some change in rules in due course, but so far the Rules stands.

Summary of Age Limits

Category

DSP

All other

General

21-28

21-37

SC and BC

21-33

21-42

Widow and Divorced women

No relaxation – as per category age limit

21-42

Ex servicemen of Punjab

3 years  - after deducting the service from his age and as per category

3 years  - after deducting the service from his age and as per category

Physically handicapped

No relaxation – as per category age limit

21-47

Nationality

A candidate appearing in PCS Exam 2020 shall be a:

  1. Citizen of India; or
  2. Citizen of Nepal; or
  3. Subject of Bhutan; or
  4. Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the Ist January. 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India; or
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar) Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India;

Provided that a candidate appearing in PCS Exam 2020 other than the candidates possessing Indian nationality shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Competent Authority as notified Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994.

 

Special Instructions for the post of DSP and DSP (Jails)  (Grade-II)/ District Probation Officer  (Jails)

The candidates who opt for the Punjab Police Service and who qualify the Main Competitive Examination shall have to qualify the physical test as per rule 7 (1) of the Punjab Police Service Rules-1959 read with Notification No. 1/146/94-1H3 (Part-II)/ 1743 dated 09/7/2009, Each candidate is required to fulfil the following physical standards:

Minimum Height

Chest Measurement

 

For Men

 

For Women

Applicable for men only

Unexpanded

Expanded

5 feet 7 inches

5 feet 3 inches

33 inches

34.5 inches

 

Besides the above requirement, the candidates have to qualify the Physical Test for the post of Deputy Superintendent Police and Deputy Superintendent of Jails (Grade- II)/ District Probation Officer (Jails), the candidates have to mandatorily qualify the physical test mentioned at serial no. 1 in the table below. In addition the candidates have to qualify any  two physical test events of the three physical test events mentioned at serial no. 2, 3 and 4:-

Sr.

No.

Events for Male Candidates

Events for Female Candidates

1.

1600 meters race: To be completed within 07 minutes 30 seconds (only one attempt)

800 meters race: To be completed within 04 minutes 45 seconds (only one attempt)

2.

Long Jump : Minimum

3.60 meters (Three attempts only)

Long Jump: Minimum 3.00 meters (Three attempts only)

3.

High Jump : Minimum

1.15 meters (Three attempts only)

High Jump : Minimum

1.00 meter (Three attempts only)

4.

Vertical Rope: 2.0 Meters climb from the ground (Three attempts only)

Shuttle : Running between two parallel lines 10 meter apart, five times in 20 seconds (one attempt

only)

 

Conditions which may render a candidate ineligible

The following conditions, among others, shall render the candidates appearing in PCS Exam 2020 ineligible for the Preliminary Competitive Examination:

  • Insufficient examination fee;
  • Examination fee deposited by means other than Bank Challan in any branch of the State Bank of Patiala.
  • Wrong/incomplete information given in the application form;
  • Candidates debarred by the PPSC/other Public Service Commissions;
  • Non-fulfillment of any of the eligibility conditions, including those of age and educational qualifications.
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