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An Introduction to PMS Exam

September 09, 2014


PMS stands for Provincial Management Service. It's a competitive exam being conducted by provincial governments of Pakistan through its Commissions namely Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC), Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission (KPSC), Azad Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission (AJKPSC). Candidates have to clear written exam, psychology test and interview; who passed such all tests is offered government job as First Class Officer (Grade 17). Both male and female graduates fresh and already job holders in private or public sector can apply. Age must be 18-28 years; however, government servants may appear till their age of 35 years as relaxed by government. An officer passing this exam is called PMS Officer.

What is PMS

This government service came into existence on January 17, 2014 in the province of Punjab upon notification of the S&GAD, Government of the Punjab - Pakistan. In all provinces of Pakistan, it was established by the provincial governments in a bid to improve the service structure of bureaucracy in the provinces. Though Federal Bureaucracy especially Pakistan Administrative Service (formerly District Management Group / DMG) predominantly controls the provincial administration in Punjab and other provinces, the Provincial Management Service Officers have also been given considerable share in posts in Punjab.

Provincial Management Service consists consists of officers of government appointed directly in Grade-17 through competitive exam conducted by Public Service Commission at provincial level. Officers appointed in BS-17 get promotion in BS-18, BS-19 and BS-20 as per notified Service Rules called PMS Rules, 2004. Commonly these Officers are posted as Section Officer, Assistant Commissioner, Magistrate, Deputy Secretary, Additional Secretary, DCO, DG, Commissioner, Secretary or any other equivalent post of their grade. PMS Officers are important unit in the top level bureaucracy of the province and they perform their duties at Tehsil, District, Division and Provincial level at important posts.


Prior to 2004, it was known as Provincial Civil Service (PCS). It had two tiers namely PCS-Executive and Provincial Secretariat Service (PSS). Like PMS, PCS Officers were appointed through competitive exam by the Commission. Those who were in higher merit opted PCS-Executive and rest joined Secretariat Service. In the year 2004, these two groups (PCS-Exe and PSS) were combined under the banner of Provincial Management Service which includes all posts previously held by PCS and PSS Officers. Further, numbers of posts for these Officers have also been increased.


Examination for Provincial Management Service is combination of written exam (comprising of 1200 marks) and Viva Voce (comprising of 200 marks). All provincial Public Service Commissions hold the exam as and when posts are available. Since its inception, exams are being taken on more or less three years basis. The prescribed qualification for appearing in this Exam is graduation with minimum 2nd Division and 18-28 age limits.

Promotion Scope of PMS Officers

In compliance with 18th amendment, the following posts in Grade-17 to Grade-21 are available for PMS Officers:


  1. 50% posts are filled by initial recruitment on the recommendations of PPSC based on the result of competitive exam.
  2. 40% are filled by promotion as follows:
    1. 20% from amongst Tehsildars (graduates only), on the basis of seniority cum fitness, who have five years service as Tehsildar and have passed the prescribed departmental examination.
    2. 20% from amongst Superintendents / Private Secretaries (graduates only) on seniority cum fitness basis who have passed the prescribed departmental exam in the ration respectively.
  3. 10% by selection on merit from amongst persons holding substantive posts of Superintends, Private Secretaries, Personal Assistants, Assistants, Senior Scale Stenographers, Date Entry Operators, Computer Operators and Junior Clerks under the Government of the Punjab, who possess the qualification of LLB or Master Degree from recognized university and have atleast five years of service. Selection against this quota is made by PPSC. In the case of officials serving in connection with the affairs of the Federal Government who are domiciled in the Punjab as well as the officials serving in connection with the affairs of the Punjab Government having at least four years service as such, the upper age limit shall be 35 years.


100% posts of BS-18 are filled by promotion on seniority-cum-fitness from amongst the cadre of PMS/BS-17 being at least five years' service with Prescribed Departmental Training/ Exam


100% posts of BS-19 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in BS-18 and having at least 12 years service against posts in BS-17 and above of which at least 04 years service should be in BS-18 after Prescribed Departmental Training/ Exam.


100% posts of BS-20 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in BS-19 and having at least 17 years service against posts in BS-17 and above, of which at least 3 years service should be in BS-19 after Advance Training Course


100% posts of BS-21 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in BS-20 and having at least 22 years of service against posts in BS-17 and above of which at least two years of service should be in BS-20.

Writer is a Punjab Government servant (Pakistan). He writes voluntarily


Posted by Saddam Hussain

One of the best work from pms

Posted by Naeem Iqbal

These information found too much usefull guideline for aspirants.

Posted by Mirza Taimoor Baig

Aslam-o-Alaikum, I just want to know that whether PMS officers can join DMG group or Police service as ASP like CSS

Posted by A Habib

No, there is no such options for PMS Officers. To join DMG group or Police service as ASP, they'll have to pass CSS Exam.

Posted by Mudasser

Age limit should be at least 33 years for all candidates who are not government servants.

Posted by Ayesha

Female of 18 years can apply for the PMS exams just after the graduation for any post?

Posted by Abdullah Khan Afridi

AOA my question is;
PMS exams hold every year?

Posted by A Habib

No, PMS exam has not been conducted on yearly basis for last few years. I think, it depends on vacancy position.

Posted by Hassan

Asslam o alaikum,
PMS group main Police services ki vacancies kitni aati hain...i mean to say for ASP...
and one thing more is there any plus point for ARMY officers in PMS exams if they go for exams on open merit??

Posted by Samina noor

Member of parliament can apply for pms? And any age relaxation will be given to them

Posted by A Habib

Dear Hassan,
PMS Exam doesn't offer police group, so ASP is not appointed through this exam.
Also there is no special quota for Army Officers. They are selected on open merit.

Posted by A Habib

Respected Samina Noor,

Member of Parliament can apply. However, he should have to leave parliament membership after selection. No special age relaxation is given to them.

Posted by Mamuhammad Aslam

Pl list of section officers appointed through promotional examination from lower cader and date of receipt of application by FPSC

Posted by Hassan

Is there any plus point for Army Officers in CSS on open merit?
I am not asking about quota of CSS in Army...
If I go for CSS exams than what plus point I do have?
Respected members plz guide me on this..thanku

Posted by Dr. Faiza Ali

No police posts after pms exam as after css we can join police service. Is it only provisional management or district and tehsil management group. Someone please guide what groups we can join after pms exam plzzz???

Posted by Ch Muhammad Sohail

After successful attempt of written exam is there any sort of medical check up examination likewise in css? Waiting for your reply.

Posted by Amna

Good info, if you can please tell me when next PMS Exam will come? I mean whats the duration..

Posted by Fizza khan

Hi.. I need to know is there any competitive exam to join PSP?? It would be nice of you if you guide me in detail!

Posted by A Habib

Respected Fizza khan,
The Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) is one of the all Pakistan Services of the Government of Pakistan. One has to pass the Central Superior Services (CSS) Examination conducted by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) with highest merit to opt for PSP as the group is ranked at first or second priority by the candidates. FPSC conducts CSS Examination every year.

About CSS:

Posted by Irshad ahmad

I want to do it because I like pms jobs.

Posted by Maha

What is the age limit for pms exam..and how we can appear in pms exam?

Posted by Faryal Maqbool

I will appear in css nd pms exams after my master in public administration... inshaa Allah

Posted by Hinashaukat

Plz tel me about the test consequences ,,every province have their own test ??,,,,can u tell me about how one should do preparation for test means what types of books should one use ......

Posted by Hina Shaukat

Plz tell me that what type of books should we study for the preparation of PMS and CSS test ??

Posted by zainab

I read on other web sites that age limit is 21 to 31 but on this page for PMS the age limit is only 21 to 28, i just want to conform right age limit.
Thank you!

Posted by jiya

I just want to know that what would be the duties and responsibilities of PMS

Posted by Waqas Ahmed Baghoor

Sir, I want to know that when next PMS Exam will come?

Posted by Abdul latif

I want to know that whether assistant commissioner are posted by pms exam

Posted by sunny

A Habib sb is it true that only candidate with minimum 33 years of age is eligible for these jobs & whats the next schedule of advertisement?

Posted by Malik Faheem

Kia disabled person k Lyh koi qouta pay seat hai????
Kia disabled person PMS k through assistant commissioner select ho skta hai????

Posted by Abdul Qadeer Khatyan

Sir, I want to know that when next PMS exam will come?

Posted by Inayat Ullah

First of all thank's a lot sir;
you have mentioned some fundamental truth about such prestigious commission...
Once again a bundle of thanksss.....

Posted by muhammad ikram ullah

sir please till me the people who became AC and DC which test they passed css or pms .... css is under federal and pms is under provincional govt.

Posted by Zeeshan Ahmad

Sir! I want to know that I have passed in grade C. So, can I attempt PMS if i want..?? If not then suggest me what should I do in future..?? I am doing in Govt Job as draftsman in highway..

Posted by Gul Muhammad

Good info....Hope to top CSS but if i failed to top then it is sure to top PMS....

Posted by sana perrvaiz

Respected sir, I have intended to do pms after masters in English literature this year.kindly guide me about subject selection.I have decided to opt
Public Administration
I've backgroud of psychology but public administration is just a choice.
So plz guide me about right subject combination which scores high..

Posted by Ania khan

As u say,,,, *Officers are posted as Assistant Commissioner*,,, by passing PMS exam,,, but assistant commissioner is a rank of police department also,,," All provincial Public Service Commissions hold the exam as and when posts are available."inform me about the exact duration of test and when the posts are available,,,

Posted by umair rana

In which departments PMS Officers are appointed??

Posted by A HABIB

Dear Umair Rana,
PMS Officers are appointed through Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), Lahore. Then PPSC sends them at the disposal of Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD), Government of the Punjab, Lahore. Then the S&GAD decides to post them as Section Officer in any Department of Punjab Government or Assistant Commission (AC) or Magistrate in any district of Punjab Province. Also, S&GAD may like to post them against any other/suitable post of Grade -17

Posted by A HABIB

Respected Ania Khan
I believe, Assistant Commissioner is not a rank of Police Department in Pakistan rather it's a civil post. So they work as civil officer, however, they may call police force with them as and when they need.

Posted by aqib ramzan

am freshly from master in commerce. and i want to know about the coaching center for pms in lahore... kindly guide me for my best attempts. and also guide me as too much as you can...ak

Posted by Hamid Ali

A.o.A, how minimum time is required for a graduate student to score at least 50% well in PMS exam?
It would be extremely nice of you conveying in brief,, gratitude.

Posted by Mobeen nowshera

Dear sir what kind of book we should study for pms

Posted by Muhammad irfan khattak

Assalam o alaikum Sir
Kindly let me know if the candidates from KP province may apear in the PMS Punjab and vice versa or is restricted to punjab province only?

Posted by Adeel Rehman

tell me name of book through which we get related material....thanks

Posted by saba

sir please suggest me the books for pMS exams's preparation

Posted by Jana

AOA, I have done diploma in nursing and as an equivalent i have done my BSc so can I appear for pms exam...

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