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PMS Exam in Pakistan | Criteria, Salary and its Promotion Scope

Last update: January 01, 2019


What is PMS Exam in Pakistan: 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 PMS test including written test, psychology test and interview; who passed these PMS tests are offered government job as First Class Officer (Grade 17). An officer passing this exam is called PMS Officer.

PMS Introduction

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 stands for Provincial Civil Service and PMS stands for Provincial Management Service. Both are same as PCS service has been merged into PMS service. PCS 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

  1. Graduation in any discipline with minimum Second Division from a recognized university.
  2. All male, female and transgender, domiciled in Punjab, can apply for PMS Exam in PPSC.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Jobs

The PPSC holds this exam as and when PMS posts are available in the Punjab Province. Since its inception, PMS exam is being taken on more or less three years basis. Lastly, it was conducted in April, 2019.

PMS Exam Criteria

PMS Exam is a combination of written test (comprising of 1200 marks) and Interview/ Viva Voce (comprising of 200 marks). PMS criteria is as follow:

  1. Negative marking is done deducting 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in the Objective (MCQ) paper of General Knowledge.
  2. Non-Muslims candidates have the option either to attempt paper in Islamic Studies or Ethics (Combination of both Subjective and Objective).
  3. All the candidates have to take all the compulsory subjects .

How to Apply for PMS Punjab

To apply for the Exam of PMS Punjab, follow the PPSC's instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. No Bank Draft or Pay Order or Cheque is accepted by the Punjab Public Service Commission.
  3. 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/-
  4. Special persons are exempted from application fee.
  5. Applicants are required to submit / apply through "Online Application Form" at PPSC website: by the closing date which is 14-01-2019 up to 12:00AM (Midnight).

Date Sheet PMS Exam 2019

PPSC has announced Date Sheet (Tentative) of Combined Competitive Examination PMS 2019 (CASE NO. 42-C/2019)
Compulsory Subjects' papers start from 07.04.2019 (Sunday) and end on 12.04.2019 (Friday) likewise Optional subjects' papers start from 16 April, 2019 to 22 April, 2019.

Important Information About PMS Exam

  1. The minimum standard for the question papers is of graduate level.
  2. 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.
  3. Besides Open Merit quota, Special zone, Special person and Minorities quotas are considered.
  4. The examination is held at Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Faisalabad and Sargodha districts.

Job Description of PMS Officer

Newly appointee PMS Officer undergoes mandatory training at Management & Professional Development Department (MPDD), Lahore for a period of six months. After this MPDD training, a PMS Officer may be assigned following jobs / postings:

  1. Posting as Assistant Commissioner (Under Training) / AC (UT) for a period of 03 months. This posting enables an officer to have know-how of the working of Assistant Commissioner in Tehsil.
  2. Newly appointed PMS Officer is required to work first 02 years of his/her service in Civil Secretariat. This practice is done to make the officer go through the practical environment and learn the basic techniques of official working in government departments. In Civil Secretariat different types of posts await for newly appointed PMS Officer. He /She may be posted as:
    1. Section Officer General
    2. Section Officer Establishment
    3. Section Officer Technical
    4. Section Officer Budget
    5. Section Officer Enquiries
    6. Section Officer Litigation
    7. Section Officer Planning
  3. Field Postings for a newly appointed PMS Officer are as under:
    1. Assistant Commissioner
    2. Special Judicial Magistrate
    3. Sub-Registrar
    4. District Monitoring Officer
    5. General Revenue Assistant
    6. Deputy Director Anti-Corruption

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. Mostly at the begining of their job, PMS Officers are posted as Section Officer in any departmernt of Civil Secretariat. A PMS Officer salary can be estimatd as follow:

Pay TypeAmount
Basic Pay (Minimum)30,370.00
Special Allowance 20% (2009)2,118.00
Adhoc Relief Allowance 2016 10%2,544.00
Adhoc Relief Allowance 2017 10%3,037.00
Adhoc Relief Allowance 2018 10%3,037.00
Adhoc Allowance 2019 5%1,518.50
Civil Secretariat Allowance @50%15,185.00
Convey Allowance 20055,000.00
Medical Allowance 15% (16-22)2,396.00
House Rent 45% (2008) (big city)4,432.50
Gross Salary of PMS Officer (Approximate) Rs.69,638

Promotion Scope of PMS Officers in Punjab

In compliance with 18th amendment, the posts of Basic Scale-17 to Scale-21 are available for PMS Officers in Punjab. As per service rules, their appointment and promotion criteria is as under:

Scale - 17

  1. 50% posts are filled by initial recruitment on the recommendations of the PPSC based on the result of combined competitive exam.
  2. 45% to be filled by promotion as follows:
    1. 22.5% on the basis of seniority cum fitness from amongst Tehsildars, who are graduates and have five years service as Tehsildars;
    2. 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.
  3. 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:
    1. For officials in Basic Scale-11 to Basic Scale-16 = 5 years and
    2. For officials in Basic Scale-05 to Basic Scale-10 = 08 years.
    Note: The selection against this quota of 5% shall be made by the Punjab Public Service Commission.

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

Scale- 21:

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.


PMS stands for Provincial Management Service
PCS stands for Provincial Civil Service
PCS-Exe stands for Provincial Civil Service-Executive
DMG stands for District Management Group
DCO stands for District Coordination Officer
DG stands for Director General

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


Posted by Mudasser

pms 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 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 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 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.

Posted by Irshad ahmad

I want to do it because I like pms jobs.

Posted by Maha

What is the pms age limit for its 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 zainab

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.
Thank you!

Posted by jiya

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

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 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...

Posted by rabiakhan

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.

Posted by Minsa malik

Assalamoalikum wwb sir can u tell me thoroughly about PMS and it's time duration to complete. jazakallah

Posted by Moaz Khalid


i i would like to know what happens if you don't clear the exam. Do you have any scope or any other opportunity?

Posted by Imtiaz ahmad

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?

Posted by A HABIB

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.

Posted by Ali

PPSC has announced PMS Jobs 2019

Posted by Aktar

What does stand for PCS - Exe?

Posted by A HABIB

PCS - Exe stands for Provincial Civil Service (Executive)

Posted by Abdul Razzaq

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.

Posted by A Habib

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.

Posted by sana shabbir

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 ?

Posted by Malik Dilbaz

Thanks a lot for such a comprehensive introduction about PMS.

Posted by Zummar

Plz tell me sir, can i apply on my husband's domicile??

Posted by Adil Samoo

Sir kindly guide me that pms exams are announced every year or what is criteria of pms ?

Posted by A HABIB

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

Posted by A HABIB

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 Exam of PMS Punjab.

Posted by Bushra

hey can you tell me in how many months PMS test will be held after registration???

Posted by A HABIB

PPSC PMS Exam 2019 is expected to schedule at end of February or start March of this year

Posted by Hina Sadiq

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?

Posted by Miss Malik

Jo pms 2019 m 49 posts btai gai hen? Wow kis department ki posts hen??

Posted by A Habib

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.

Posted by sajid ali

what is basic difference between AC appointed by CSS or either through PMS?

Posted by A Habib

Dear Sajid Ali, Assistant Commissioners (AC) appointed through CSS are posted all over Pakistan whereas PMS Officers are posted only in their respective Province.

Posted by harooon

sir is pms exam main kitna time milta hain apply to test k duration?

Posted by Iram

May the candidates from KP province appear in PMS Punjab? Please guide

Posted by A HABIB

Only Punjab domiciled candidates can apply for PMS Punjab.

Posted by Qasim Ali

Sir, according to reports PMS officers can now be recruited into PAS in Grade-19, how true is that? Also, kindly guide us regarding the exact promotion period between Grade-17 and Grade-18?

Posted by A HABIB

Dear Qasim Ali, There is formula in Federal government through which officers of other services such as PMS are included in PAS against defined quota but it has very few posts. As per service rules, PMS officers after 5 years service are eligible for promotion as BS-18 officer. In reality it takes 10 years or more.

Posted by Kashif

Sir did employees of atomic energy commission can claim age relaxation as federal government employees?

Posted by Rabbia Shirazi

Here is written that pms paper held in Faisalabad? but in actually there will be no center in Faisalabad? It will be a big hurdle for students?

Posted by Rabbia Shirazi

Plz tell me..what will we do?

Posted by A Habib

Respected Rabia, From this year, PMS exam will be held in Faisalabad also.

Posted by Anjum

Can you tell me about PMS Gilgit Baltistan & (Gilgit Baltistan Competitive Examination) both Exams are conducted by FPSC or PPSC?

Posted by Naeem Khan

How much time or duration it takes till the final selection as pms officer?

Posted by S Sahi

when PMS exams are going to be held any expected date ?

Posted by A Habib

PPSC announces that Combined Competitive Examinations for the posts of Provincial Management Service (PMS-2019) has been scheduled w.e.f. 07-04-2019 to 22-04-2019.

Posted by mahnoor

admission date of pms exam 2019 and which month are held pms exam plzzz expain all detais of admission and date and subjects

Posted by Abdul Mueed

Aslamualikum dear,
Kindly allow me to know if a student clear the CSS exam then he try to join Police department as ASP but his height is 5.3 feet is there possiblity to join or not.
Thanks in Advance.

Posted by Hira Asif

Assalam u Alaikum!
My questions are:
1. Is it possible to prepare for PMS exam while doing M.S?
2. Can we prepare for PMS exam well and easily without joining academy?
3. The special key to ace the test.

Posted by A HABIB

PPSC has announced 18 posts of PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE (PMS) to select from Ministerial Quota Services & General Administration Department on Regular Basis. Last date to apply is 02-05-2019 For detail visit:

Posted by Palwasha

Sir i have passed masters exams last year, iam 23 can i apply for pms

Posted by Adnan Akram

sir plz tell me can regular employees of Authorities of Govt. of the Punjab like Lahore Ring Road Authority have benefits of upper age limit. As i am working in Lahore Ring Road Police under the Lahore Ring Road Authority.

Posted by A HABIB

Yes employees of Ring Road Authority may be given benefits of upper age limit.

Posted by Zubair Ali

meri graduation Microbiology mai hy from Uvas ar mera CGPA 2.95 hy ..sir kia m eligible hu PMS k liye

Posted by Aqeel baig

PMS general is conducted every year now...will PMS Ministerial quota exam also be conducted every year????

Posted by Nimra Mirza

Now When the next PMS exams will counduct . .? And how I will get to know that government vacancy is available and PMS exams are start ?

Posted by Dr. Muhammad Zain

a blatant and astronomical writing from the author. it helped me a lot about abc of PMS in Pakistan.

Posted by Akram

Schedule of pms 2020 please?

Posted by A HABIB

Public Service Commission did not announce pms 2020 schedule so far. Hopefully, it would be announced in 2020.

Posted by Saba

Is PMS exams conduct in yearly basis????

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