An Introduction to PMS Exam in Pakistan
What is PMS: 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 test, psychology test and interview; who passed such all tests is offered government job as First Class Officer (Grade 17). An officer passing this exam is called PMS Officer.
Provincial Management Service - PMS is one of the government services. The PMS came into existence on January 17, 2014 in the province of Punjab upon notification by the SGAD, Government of the Punjab - Pakistan. In 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 - PMS consists of government-officers appointed directly in Grade-17 through competitive exam conducted by Public Service Commission at provincial level. PMS Officers appointed in Scale-17 get promotion in Scale-18, Scale-19 and Scale-20 as per notified Service Rules called PMS Rules, 2004. Commonly, PMS 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.
Difference between PCS and PMS
PCS is an abbreviation of Provincial Civil Service. Prior to 2004, the PMS was known as Provincial Civil Service (PCS). It had two tiers namely PCS-Executive and Provincial Secretariat Service (PSS). Like PMS Officers, PCS Officers were appointed through competitive exam by the Public Service 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 (PMS) which includes all posts previously held by PCS and PSS Officers. Further, numbers of posts for PMS Officers have also been increased.
Qualification Requirements for PMS Exam
- Graduation in any discipline with minimum Second Division from a recognized university.
- All male, female and transgender, domiciled in Punjab, can apply for PMS Exam in PPSC.
- Fresh graduates and already job holders in private or public sector are eligible.
PMS Age Limit
As per Advertisement No.38/2018 by PPSC PMS age limit is 21 to 30 years as on 1st January, 2019. Age relaxation is allowed in following cases:
- Federal government employees who are domiciled in the Punjab as well as Punjab government employees having at least 4 years' service as such, the upper age limit is 35 years.
- In case of special persons, maximum 10 years relaxation in upper age limit is allowed as per Punjab Civil Servants Recruitment (Relaxation of Upper Age Limit) Rules, 1976.
PMS Exam Procedure
PMS Exam is a combination of written test (comprising of 1200 marks) and Interview/ Viva Voce (comprising of 200 marks). The exam is held by PPSC as and when PMS posts are available. Since its inception, exam is being taken on more or less three years basis. The PMS procedure for exam by PPSC is as follow:
- Negative marking is done deducting 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in the Objective (MCQ) paper of General Knowledge.
- Non-Muslims candidates have the option either to attempt paper in Islamic Studies or Ethics (Combination of both Subjective and Objective).
- All the candidates have to take all the compulsory subjects .
How to Apply for PMS Exam
To apply for PMS Exam, follow the PPSC's instructions:
- Deposit Rs.1000/- in any Branch of State Bank of Pakistan or National Bank of Pakistan or Government Treasury under Head: "C02101-ORGANIZATIONS OF STATE-TEST FEE REALIZED BY THE PUNJAB PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION" on or before closing date i.e. 14th January, 2019.
- No Bank Draft or Pay Order or Cheque is accepted by the Commission.
- Applicants residing outside Pakistan can deposit the fee at the Pakistan Embassy of residing country in the currency of that country equivalent to Rs.1000/-
- Special persons are exempted from application fee.
- Applicants are required to submit / apply through "Online Application Form" at PPSC website: www.ppsc.gop.pk by the closing date which is 14-01-2019 up to 12:00AM (Midnight).
Important Information About PMS Exam
- The minimum standard for the question papers is of graduate level.
- The Candidate have to obtain 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate i.e. 600 marks to qualify for interview. Thereafter, a candidate also have to secure 50% marks in the interview to be held eligible for final merit list of successful candidates.
- Besides Open Merit quota, Special zone, Special person and Minorities quotas are considered.
- The examination is held at Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Faisalabad and Sargodha districts.
PMS Officers Salary
After appointment, the PMS Officer gets salary of Basic Scale-17 along with allowances and financial benefits as admissible to Punjab Government employees.
Promotion Scope of PMS Officers
In compliance with 18th amendment, the posts of Basic Scale-17 to Scale-21 are available for PMS Officers. As per service rules, their appointment and promotion criteria is as under:
Scale - 17
- 50% posts are filled by initial recruitment on the recommendations of the PPSC based on the result of combined competitive exam.
- 45% to be filled by promotion as follows:
- 22.5% on the basis of seniority cum fitness from amongst Tehsildars, who are graduates and have five years service as Tehsildars;
- 22.5% on the basis of seniority cum fitness from amongst the Superintendents and Private Secretaries who are graduates in the ratio 50:50, respectively.
- 05% by selection on merit from amongst the civil servants holding respective posts on regular basis in Basic Scale-05 to Basic Scale-16 with Master's Degree or Degree (4 years) or LLB from a recognized University serving under the Government and having the following experience:
- For officials in Basic Scale-11 to Basic Scale-16 = 5 years and
- For officials in Basic Scale-05 to Basic Scale-10 = 08 years.
Scale - 18:
100% posts of Basic Scale-18 are filled by promotion on seniority-cum-fitness from amongst the cadre of PMS/Basic Scale-17 being at least five years' service with Prescribed Departmental Training/ Exam
Scale - 19:
100% posts of Basic Scale-19 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in Basic Scale-18 and having at least 12 years service against posts in Basic Scale-17 and above of which at least 04 years service should be in Basic Scale-18 after Prescribed Departmental Training/ Exam.
Scale - 20:
100% posts of Basic Scale-20 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in Basic Scale-19 and having at least 17 years service against posts in Basic Scale-17 and above, of which at least 3 years service should be in BS-19 after Advance Training Course
100% posts of Basic Scale-21 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in Basic Scale-20 and having at least 22 years of service against posts in Basic Scale-17 and above of which at least two years of service should be in Basic Scale-20.
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These information found too much usefull guideline for aspirants.
Aslam-o-Alaikum, I just want to know that whether PMS officers can join DMG group or Police service as ASP like CSS
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.
pms age limit should be at least 33 years for all candidates who are not government servants.
Female of 18 years can apply for the PMS exams just after the graduation for any post?
AOA my question is;
PMS exams hold every year?
No, PMS exam has not been conducted on yearly basis for last few years. I think, it depends on vacancy position.
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??
Member of parliament can apply for pms? And any age relaxation will be given to them
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.
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.
Pl list of section officers appointed through promotional examination from lower cader and date of receipt of application by FPSC
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
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???
After successful attempt of written exam is there any sort of medical check up examination likewise in css? Waiting for your reply.
Good info, if you can please tell me when next PMS Exam will come? I mean whats the duration..
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!
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.
I want to do it because I like pms jobs.
What is the pms age limit for its exam..and how we can appear in pms exam?
I will appear in css nd pms exams after my master in public administration... inshaa Allah
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 ......
Plz tell me that what type of books should we study for the preparation of PMS and CSS test ??
I read on other web sites that pms age limit is 21 to 31 but on this page, the pms age limit is only 21 to 28, i just want to conform right age limit.
I just want to know that what would be the duties and responsibilities of PMS
Sir, I want to know that when next PMS Exam will come?
I want to know that whether assistant commissioner are posted by pms exam
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?
Kia disabled person k Lyh koi qouta pay seat hai????
Kia disabled person PMS k through assistant commissioner select ho skta hai????
Sir, I want to know that when next PMS exam will come?
First of all thank's a lot sir;
you have mentioned some fundamental truth about such prestigious commission...
Once again a bundle of thanksss.....
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.
Sir! I want to know that I have passed B.sc 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..
Good info....Hope to top CSS but if i failed to top then it is sure to top PMS....
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
I've backgroud of psychology but public administration is just a choice.
So plz guide me about right subject combination which scores high..
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,,,
In which departments PMS Officers are appointed??
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
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.
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
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.
Dear sir what kind of book we should study for pms
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?
tell me name of book through which we get related material....thanks
sir please suggest me the books for pMS exams's preparation
AOA, I have done diploma in nursing and as an equivalent i have done my BSc so can I appear for pms exam...
kindly tell us the exact PMS syllabus ,recommended books and strategy that how to prepare for this exam like how much time required or months for its preparation. and one more thing is it possible to pass by preparing it at home or just join any academy.
Assalamoalikum wwb sir can u tell me thoroughly about PMS and it's time duration to complete. jazakallah
i i would like to know what happens if you don't clear the exam. Do you have any scope or any other opportunity?
Helo , plz tell me about Slaybs for PMS Exam?????
Kindly guide me about pms exam registration and exams shedule
Sir kindly guide me plz can a graduate apply for PMS. Is PMS exams held every year? if yes then in which month. It have special kind of course like PSP?
Dear Imtiaz, Graduate is eligible to appear in PMS. PMS is held every year and usually announced in October. NO SPECIAL TRAINING like PSP is required.
PPSC has announced PMS Jobs 2019
What does stand for PCS - Exe?
PCS - Exe stands for Provincial Civil Service (Executive)
Recently PPSC has announced PMS jobs. I am graduate in arts and doing job as Senior Clerk in Civil Secretariat, Punjab for 10 years. Is there any benefit for me, if I apply for these PMS jobs? Please give guidelines.
Dear Abdul Razzaq, One has to pass PMS Exam to get PMS jobs irrespective of the fact he / she is employee or not. However, there is an advantage for an employee that he knows the office environment better than a fresh candidate. You have good job experience in government sector, your service exposure will help in this regard. You may please apply for these PMS Jobs.
Assalam o alaikum !
I recently saw an ad of PPSC which will held the exams of PMS. last date to apply is 14th of January, 2019 when will they conduct these exams ?
Thanks a lot for such a comprehensive introduction about PMS.
Plz tell me sir, can i apply on my husband's domicile??
Sir kindly guide me that pms exams are announced every year or what is criteria of pms ?
Dear Adil Samoo, For last few years, PMS Jobs announcements by PPSC did not occur every year. PMS exam is announced when new PMS seats are created or already existing posts are found vacant on account of retirements of earlier PMS officers. The S&GAD sends its request to PPSC for recruitment of new PMS officers whenever S&GAD finds the PMS seats vacant. Please write, if you need more clarity
Respected Zummar, I think your husband is domiciled in Punjab and you belong to any other province of Pakistan. If so, you can apply and get new domicile in Punjab on account of your husband's domicile. New domicile can be got in few days. Thereafter, you can apply for PMS exam in Punjab.
hey can you tell me in how many months PMS test will be held after registration???
PPSC PMS Exam 2019 is expected to schedule at end of February or start March of this year
PCS abbreviation stands for Provincial Civil Service and PMS abbreviation stands for Provincial Management Service. Has the government made this change in the name only or in service structure too? Is PMS service structure better than PCS?
Jo pms 2019 m 49 posts btai gai hen? Wow kis department ki posts hen??
The PMS posts belong to S&GAD. PMS jobs advertised by PPSC are always requisitioned by Services General Administration Department (S&GAD), Govt. of the Punjab. So the PMS officers works in Punjab under S&GAD.