Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Age

Question No. 1:

How is the age of a candidate calculated/determined?

ANSWER :

Age of a candidate is calculated from his/her date of birth as given in Secondary School Certificate (Matriculation) or on any relevant certificate and is taken as final. In case the candidate has appeared in any other examination equivalent to Secondary School Certificate such as Senior Cambridge/O-Level and the certificate of such examination does not bear date of birth of the candidate, he/she shall be required to produce;

  • School Leaving Certificate bearing his/her date of birth; or
  • Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) issued by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA);or
  • Birth Certificate duly issued by the concerned Local Council.

Example

If date of birth of a candidate is 15 August, 1970 and the closing date for receipt of application in the PPSC office is 07-02-1998; the age shall be calculated as under:


Day Month Year
Closing Date -      07 02 1998
Date of Birth
of Candidate
-      15 08 1970
Age on closing date: 1+23 05 27
(27 Years, 05 Months and 24 Days)

Age is calculated on the closing date adding one day of birth. However, in case of Competitive/Combined Competitive Examination the qualify age shall be reckoned as on the 1st of January of the year in which the exam is proposed to be held. This has been done on the ground that a child born on 1st January will be of One year on 31st December in same year. On 1st January of next year, his/her age shall be One year and One day.


Day Month Year
Closing Date -      01 01 2016
Date of Birth
of Candidate
-      01 01 1988
Age on closing date: 1+00 00 28
(28 Years, 00 Months and 01 Days)

Question No. 2:

How is age relaxation given across the board?

ANSWER :

The relaxation in upper age limit is 5 years for males and 8 years for female candidates given by the Secretary of Department shall be given across the broad which will appear as part of the advertisement.

Question No. 3:

Can every candidate take advantage from age relaxation?

ANSWER :

General age relaxation is for everyone fulfilling the pre-requisite criteria for the post.

Question No. 4:

Can a candidate slightly underage or overage apply for a post advertised by Punjab Public Service Commission?

ANSWER :

No. A candidate, underage or overage by even one day, is not eligible for a post advertised by Punjab Public Service Commission.

Question No. 5

Is there any age relaxation for Government servants?

ANSWER :

Yes, there is age relaxation for the Government Servants, if any, is defined in the advertisement.

Question No. 6:

Do Contract/Adhoc employees of Punjab Government also have age relaxation as regular employees of Punjab Government?

ANSWER :

Yes, Contract/Adhoc employees of Punjab Government have the right of relaxation in age limit as Regular Employees of Punjab Government.

Qualification

Question No. 7:

How is the eligibility about the Qualification of a candidate determined?

ANSWER :

Eligibility of a candidate is determined against the prescribed qualification of a post given in the advertisement. However, higher and additional qualification will not be considered if a candidate does not possess advertised essential qualification.

Question No. 8:

If a Person has more than one Degree with result declared in the same year, for example, M. Phil from P.U and M.Ed from Allama Iqbal Open University, whether both these two degrees would be considered valid by PPSC under the rules, or only one of these two will be considered?

ANSWER :

Two degrees attained in the same academic years would not be considered. Only one degree would be considered for the applied post.

Question No. 9:

Is a candidate waiting for result eligible to apply?

ANSWER :

The candidate must have acquired the prescribed education qualification on or before the closing date for submission of applications. Application of a candidate whose result has not been officially declared/announced by the Controller of Examination of a Broad/University on or before the closing date are not considered.

Equivalence of Educational Degrees

Local Academic Institution

Question No. 10:

Does PPSC accept equivalence of certificates/degrees issued by the HEC?

ANSWER :

Yes, the equivalence of local academic qualifications as laid down by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) or other competent Equivalence Committee/Authority like Qualification Equivalence Determination Committee (QEDC) are considered authentic.

Foreign Universities

Question No. 11:

Does PPSC accept equivalence of educational certificates/degrees awarded by foreign universities?

ANSWER :

Yes, Commission accepts degrees/certificates/diplomas only of those foreign universities which are recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC) or Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) or Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). However, a candidate is required to provide Equivalence Certificate issued by the QEDC/HEC at the time of interview failing which his/her application shall be rejected.

Experience

Question No. 12:

Does PPSC count internship as experience?

ANSWER :

No, Internship, training or part time experience is not counted as required experience for a specific post.

Question No. 13:

How is the eligibility of a candidate vis-à-vis his/her experience is determined?

ANSWER :

Eligibility of a candidate as far as experience is concerned in accordance with the criteria advertised for the post. Experience shall only be considered if supported by a notification/order issued by Head of Institution/ Appointing Authority concerned.

District of Domicile

Question No. 14:

Can a candidate bearing domicile of Islamabad apply for the post advertised by PPSC?

ANSWER :

No the candidate bearing domicile of Islamabad is not eligible for the posts advertised by PPSC.

Question No. 15:

Can a resident of Azad Jammu and Kashmir apply for the posts advertised by PPSC?

ANSWER :

Candidates who are permanent residents of Azad Jammu & Kashmir but are also domiciled in Punjab shall be considered on the basis of the domicile of the concerned district of Punjab.

Question No. 16:

Can a married female candidate apply on her husband’s domicile?

ANSWER :

A Married Female Candidate may opt for the District of Domicile of her husband provided she surrenders her previous Domicile Certificate and in such a case she shall be required to produce Domicile Certificate of her Husband along with the proof of her marriage. Her pervious Domicile Certificate shall be considered to have been cancelled for any future claim of residence.

Dual Nationality

Question No. 17:

Can a candidate with dual nationality apply for the posts advertised by PPSC?

ANSWER :

No, a candidate having a Pakistani Nationality along with any other nationality can not apply for posts advertised by PPSC.

Quota

DISABILITY

Question No. 18:

What is the criterion for a candidate to be included in the Disability Quota?

ANSWER :

A candidate shall be considered eligible for a post reserved for Disabled Persons if he /she has been registered as Disabled Person with the Provincial Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled Person of Social Welfare Department and has been declared fit for work of the job applied for. Such candidates are required to produce a certificate to this effect.

MINORITY

Question No. 19:

How is the number of seats for Minorities determined?

ANSWER :

The number of seats for Minority quota is determined by the Department concerned. PPSC shall follow the distribution of seats as prescribed by the Department concerned.

WOMEN

Question No. 20:

Is there any fixed quota for women in all posts?

ANSWER :

No, Usually women quota varies and it is determined by the Department concerned for which the post is advertised.

No. of Chances

Question No. 21:

How many chances can a candidate avail for a post?

ANSWER :

For all posts which are to be filled through written test followed by interview or only through interview, the number of chances are restricted to three (03). However, if a candidate qualifies for interview but do not get recommended due to limited vacancies, his chance for that post will not be considered but for the candidate who does not qualify the written test or interview will be considered as availed. For the post of Lecturer in Education Department, a candidate who is an applicant for more than one subject, will be allowed three chances in each subject for which he/she is a candidate according to the above mentioned policy.

Procedure for Submission of Application

Question No. 1:

What is the procedure for submission of Online Application?

ANSWER :

For online submission, comprehensive procedure is available on PPSC website www.ppsc.gov.pk (at link: APPLYING ON-LINE). In case of any difficulty in online accessibility, candidates may contact through PPSC Help Line on Phone No. 042-99202764.

Question No. 2:

Does PPSC accept application in any other way apart from Online Application Form?

ANSWER :

NO, PPSC does not accept application in any other format except through Online Application form.

Confirmation of Application Submission

Question No. 3:

How is the submission of application confirmed?

ANSWER :

The submission of online application is instantly confirmed by provision of an “Application Number” to the candidate. Details are also sent to a candidate on email and in text message.

Editing of Application

Question No. 4:

How to Change/Edit the Application if a Candidate has Mistakenly Added the Wrong Information?

ANSWER :

To assess the Application Form for editing mistakenly added data a candidate needs to have an “Edit Code” that is provided to a candidate after the successful submission of an application. Option for “Edit Application” is available on PPSC Website from where changes in gender, date of birth, cell number, and address on online Application Form can be made. This option remains valid till the closing date of receipt of application. Candidate can also seek help where necessary from the PPSC Information Office on Phone No 042-99200161-2 and from I.T. Section on Phone No. 042-99202740 & 042-99202764.

Submission of Hard Copies of Documents

Question No. 5:

Does a candidate need to submit hard copies of documents in addition to applying online?

ANSWER :

No. Hard Copies of Documents are not required to be submitted at the time of application submission for the posts falling in BS-18 or below. However, hard copies of the documents are required at the time of interview for all the posts. However, for posts falling in BS-19 and above, Hard Copies of Online Application Form along with two sets of photocopies of all required documents need to be provided by the candidates to the Commission’s office on or before the closing date.

Fee Structure

Question No. 1:

What is the fee structure for various posts?

ANSWER :

Category Amount
 a) Competitive Examination Rs. 1000/-
 b) One Paper MCQ Rs. 600/-

Challan Form

Question No. 2:

How can a candidate get the Fee Challan Form?

ANSWER :

It can be downloaded from the website of the Commission from the link “Information Desk, downloads”. or Click Here to download.

Fee Submission

Question No. 3:

Can a Candidate Submit Application Fee in any bank other than NBP?

ANSWER :

Yes, candidates can deposit the application fee in the State Bank of Pakistan and Treasury Office of the District, in addition to National Bank of Pakistan.

Fee Exemption

Question No. 4:

Who are Exempted from Application Fee?

ANSWER :

Candidates with disabilities and PPSC employees are exempted from application fee for both Competitive Examination and one paper MCQ test.

Fee Refund

Question No. 5:

What is the procedure for fee refund?

ANSWER :

Candidate has to send a request of refund of fee along with original Treasury Receipt to the Secretary PPSC.

Admission Letter

Question No. 1:

How and When can a candidate take print of an Examination/Interview Admission Letter?

ANSWER :

The link for printing of Admission Letter is provided on PPSC website that could be assessed upon scheduling of the Exam. The candidate can get their Admission Letter printed by simply providing the information about their CNIC No and selecting the post applied for in relevant box available on the screen.

Change of Centre

Question No. 2:

Does PPSC accept requests for change of Centre?

ANSWER :

Genuine requests for change of Centre along with proof in support of reason will be acceptable provided candidate makes the request before allocation of Roll Number.

Documents required to Appear in Examination Centre

Question No. 3:

Which documents are mandatory for candidates to bring with them for written examination/tests?

ANSWER :

It is mandatory for the candidates to bring Original Valid CNIC and downloaded copy of Admission Letter at the time of written examination test.

Items Prohibited in Examination Centre

Question No. 4:

Which Items are prohibited in Examination?

ANSWER :

Bringing of mobile telephones/electronic gadgets, books, purse, arms ammunitions etc. in the Examination Hall is strictly prohibited.

Result

Question No. 5:

What is the expected duration for the result declaration of written examination?

ANSWER :

There is no fixed duration and it varies depending upon the number of candidates. While usually for MCQ type paper 10 days are expected and for subjective type paper approximately 30 days.

Rechecking / Recounting

Question No. 6:

How can a candidate apply for Rechecking/ Recounting of his/her answer sheet?

ANSWER :

The candidate may submit an application addressed to Secretary (PPSC) along with necessary identification details like Full Name, Roll No. Application No. and a Copy of Original and Valid CNIC on “Information Desk” either by hand or by post.

Sample Paper

Question No. 1:

Does PPSC provide a sample MCQ paper or past papers?

ANSWER :

Sample papers or past papers are not provided by the PPSC.

Percentage of Subjects in MCQ General Knowledge Paper

Question No. 2:

What is the Percentage of Subjects in MCQ General Knowledge Paper?

ANSWER :

Percentage of subjects in MCQ General knowledge paper varies in different cases.

Interview Call Up

Question No. 1:

How many candidates are called for interview against one post?

ANSWER :

The number of candidates to be called for interview depends upon the number of posts however; usually 5 candidates are called for interview against one post.

Question No. 2:

How is a Candidate intimated/informed about the Interviews?

ANSWER :

Candidates are Informed/Intimated about Interview through SMS and E-mail. Whereas a general information about interview is also given at the PPSC website.

Documents Required for Appearing in Interview

Question No. 3:

Which Documents is a candidate required to bring at the time of Interview?

ANSWER :

A Candidate is required to bring Original CNIC, “Call Up Letter” for Interview and Original Educational Degrees and other Certificates e.g., Domicile, Departmental Permission (if needed), Medical Certificate (if needed), Disability certificate (if needed) etc.

Departmental Permission Certificate (DPC/NOC)

Question No. 4:

Are Government servants working on Contract and Daily wages required to submit NOC for the posts advertised by PPSC?

ANSWER :

Yes, Government servants working on Contract and Daily wages are required to submit NOC for the posts advertised by PPSC.

Medical Certificates

Question No. 5:

Does PPSC accept the revised Medical Certificates if there is some deficiency in the Medical Certificates?

ANSWER :

In Medical certificate all Physical/visual measurement i.e. Height/Chest/Near & Distant vision must be mentioned as per Advertisement. Any change/alteration in Medical Certificate issued after the closing date is not acceptable.

Rescheduling of Interviews

Question No. 6:

Does PPSC accept requests for rescheduling of interviews?

ANSWER :

Date of interview fixed by the PPSC is normally not changed. However, genuine requests of candidates along with proof in support of genuine reason (s) for rescheduling the interview, are accepted. Decision of the Chairman, PPSC to accept or reject such request for change of interview date shall be final.

Production of Deficient Documents in Case of Provisional Interview

Question No. 7:

How much time is given for fulfilling the requirement mentioned in the letters of undertaking/rejection?

ANSWER :

Time given to candidates for fulfilling the requirement of undertaking/rejection is up to 07 working days.

Question No. 8:

What if there is a public holiday on the date of deadline for fulfilling requirement of some document?

ANSWER :

If deadline for any document submission falls on Public holiday, the next working date/day will be considered the due date/day for submission.

Claim of Additional Marks

Question No. 9:

Does a candidate get Additional Marks for having a Distinction in Academic Career?

ANSWER :

No Additional Marks for having a Distinction in Academic Career are given to the candidates.

Question No. 10:

Does a Candidate Get Additional Marks for Higher Qualification?

ANSWER :

  • Post-graduate Medical Degree i.e. F.C.P.S, (04 Marks)
    M.S, M.R.C.P., F.R.C.S, Diplomat of American Board or equivalent degree recognized by PMDC
    OR
    Ph.D, D.Sc. in Social/Pure Sciences and basis subjects of Medicine and Languages
  • M. Phil in Social/Pure Sciences, Languages, (02 Marks)
    DMRT, DMRD, LLM., MS or equivalent

Rejection

Question No. 11:

Does the PPSC send text messages in addition to rejection email?

ANSWER :

No, PPSC does not send text message in addition to rejection letter. On the day of interview, rejected candidates are served with Rejection Letter in person. They are also given personal hearing by the Presiding Member if so desired by the aggrieved candidates.

Interview at Regional Offices

Question No. 12:

When does PPSC conduct interviews at its Regional Offices?

ANSWER :

PPSC conducts interviews if feasible, at its all Regional Offices when sufficient number of candidates are available.

Reason of Rejection

Question No. 1:

What are the usual grounds of rejection of an application for recruitment cases?

ANSWER :

An applicant is liable for rejection on any of the following grounds:-

  • Fee not paid on or before the closing date.
  • Non-submission of original Treasury Receipt of application fee deposited on or before the closing date at the time of interview along with requisite documents (for non-test cases)
  • Under age/Overage candidates
  • No proof of age
  • Non possession of required/advertised domicile
  • No proof of Educational Qualification.
  • Educational Qualification is not relevant
  • Post qualification experience is short.
  • No proof of experience
  • Non possession of required/advertised experience.
  • Relevant/countable experience is short
  • Departmental Permission Certificate has been refused.

Procedure for Appeal

Question No. 2:

What is the procedure for submission of appeal against rejection by the Commission in recruitment cases?

ANSWER :

A candidate aggrieved by the decision of the PPSC can, within seven days of communication of decision, make a representation to the Commission and the Commission decides the representation after giving the candidate a reasonable opportunity of personal hearing.

Fee for Appeal

Question No. 3:

Is there any fee for appeal, if so how much?

ANSWER :

Yes, representation and review petitions are entertainable only if accompanied with original Treasury Receipt of Rs.200/-

Question No. 1:

What is the purpose of Psychological Assessment?

ANSWER :

The purpose of Psychological Assessment is to estimate abilities and personality characteristics of the candidates with special regard to their aptitude for the Civil Services i.e. whether they possess the potential and qualities that are required as a Member of the Civil Services of Punjab.

Question No. 2:

For which posts is Psychological Assessment a pre-requisite?

ANSWER :

Usually Psychological Assessment for following posts is a Pre-requisite: -
i. Competitive Examination (PMS, Posts from Law & Parliamentary Affairs)
ii. Assistant Director Land Record
iii. Sub-Inspector Police Department.

Question No. 3:

What sort of preparation is required for Psychological Assessment?

ANSWER :

No preparation is required for Psychological Tests. Just be yourself, respond to the question spontaneously. Express your true feelings, opinions, and judgments.

Question No. 4:

How long does Psychological Assessment last?

ANSWER :

It varies depending upon the requirement. It may last for few hours or may even spread over more than a one day session.

Question No. 5:

Can a candidate appear in Final Interview if one has failed to appear in the Psychological Assessment?

ANSWER :

No, a candidate cannot appear in Final Interview if one has failed to appear in Psychological Assessment.

Procedure for Appointment

Question No. 1:

What is the procedure after my recommendation?

ANSWER :

PPSC recommends suitable candidates after the prescribed procedure and sends it to the Department concerned. Appointment, training and posting of candidates are the responsibilities of that Department.

Validity of Merit List

Question No. 2:

How long is a Merit List of successful candidates maintained in a Recruitment cases?

ANSWER :

The Merit List remains valid, in all cases, for one year from the date of issuance of recommendations or till the date of receipt of next requisition in the Commission for the same post, whichever is earlier.

Probation Period

Question No. 3:

What is the period of probation for a given post?

ANSWER :

The period of probation differs based upon the Classification of a given post. The probation can be for a maximum period of two years. However, it may be extended by the Competent Authority.

Provision of substitute candidate

Question No. 4:

How is a substitute candidate provided by the PPSC, if a recommended candidate does not join the post?

ANSWER :

If a recommended candidate fails to join the post or tenders his/her resignation after joining or is terminated by the Department on any ground or declared medically unfit or the Appointing Authority refuses to issue offer of appointment under Rules 21-A(2) of Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974 during the validity of the merit list, a substitute is provided from the same merit list, if so requested by the Department concerned. Substitute candidate is not provided on the request of any candidate by PPSC. PPSC itself has no authority to send substitute.

Non-Muslim opting Islamic Studies

Question No. 5:

Can Non-Muslim candidates opt for Islamic Studies?

ANSWER :

Yes, Non-Muslim candidates may either opt for Islamic Studies or Ethics according to their choice.