Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC)
Mains Examination Syllabus - General Studies 1
The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies
paper will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them
without any specialised study. The questions will be such as to test a
candidate's general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have
relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the
candidate's basic understandings of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze
and take a view on conflicting socioeconomic goals, objectives and demands. The
candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.
1. History of Modern Indian and Indian Culture :
The History of Modern India will cover history of the Country
from about the middle of nineteenth century and would also include questions on
important personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The
part relating to Indian culture will cover all aspects of Indian culture from
the ancient to modern times as well as principal features of literature, arts
2. Geography of India :
In this part, questions will be on the physical, economic and
social geography of India.
3. Constitution of India and Indian Polity :
This part will include questions on the Constitution of India
as well as all constitutional, legal and administrative and other issues
emerging from the politico- administrative system prevalent in the country.
4. Current National Issues and Topics of Social Relevance
This part is intended to test the candidate's awareness of
current national issues and topics of social relevance in present-day India,
such as the following :
(i) The Indian economy and issues relating to planning,
mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
(ii) Issues arising from the social and economic exclusion of
large sections from the benefits of development.
(iii) Other issues related to development and management of
(iv) Health issues including the management of Public Health,
Health Education and ethical concerns regarding health care, medical research
(v) Law enforcement, internal security and related issues
such as the preservation of communal harmony.
(vi) Issues relating to good governance and accountability to
the citizens including the maintenance of human rights and of probility in
(vii) Environmental issues, ecological preservation,
conservation of natural resources and national heritage.
5. Punjab Economy and People; its Social Economic and
Cultural Institutions; and its Language.
Courtesy : ppsc.gov.in