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Punjab to adopt UPSC pattern for state civil services exams

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Amarinder Singh

Walking in the footsteps of UPSC, Punjab Government has announced that the state will be adopting the Union Public Service Commission examination pattern. The Punjab Government is set to increase the number of chances for Punjab Civil Services aspirants, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said.

During the ongoing Punjab Vidhan Sabha session, Singh announced the latest development while responding to a question by MLA Lakhvir Singh Lakha. He said, “Punjab has decided to follow UPSC pattern to increase the number of chances for Punjab Civil Services aspirants from the existing four to six in the general category and to nine for the Backward Classes, while the Scheduled Caste category students will get unlimited chances.”

The Government has been working on the changes for the past several weeks, he added.

As per the existing Punjab Civil Service (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009, candidates are given four chances to appear for Punjab Civil Services examination.

Before the Punjab Civil Service (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules 2009 came in to force, candidates belonging from all categories could appear for the examination for an infinite number of times, the Chief Minister added.

Talking about the age limit, for general and BC/OBC categories it is set as 37 and 40 years respectively, whereas for SC category it is 42 years, as per the Central Commission rules.

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