PPSC PMS 2016-2017 Compulsory Subjects English Essay Precise Urdu Islamic Studies Pak Studies General Knowledge Complete Syllabus

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OUTLINES OF COMPULSORY SUBJECTS FOR PMS

S.NO.  PAPER/SUBJECT  NUMBER/MARKS

1.  English Essay   100 Marks

a. Candidates would be required to write an essay in English of
about 1500 words. A wide choice of topics will be given in the
question paper. The  topics  may include those  on issues related
to  education,  economy, foreign policy, governance, human
rights, constitution,  law &  order and other socio-economic
issues related to Pakistan and topics of general nature.
b.  The candidates are expected to reflect a clear understanding
of the topic, conceptual clarity and logical reasoning.
Candidate’s articulation, expression and  correct  use  of English
language will be examined.

2.  English (Precis, Comprehension & Translation) 100 Marks
a.  English Precis and Comprehension:  The
examination  will essentially test the ability of the
candidates to handle precis writing,  comprehension,
syntax, translation, grammar, vocabulary etc.
(1)  Precis  Writing:  A passage of generic nature with
enough room for compression shall be given for
writing a precis and suggesting a suitable topic.
(2)  Comprehension:  A carefully selected  passage,
which is rich in substance but not specific to any
discipline, shall be given followed by five
questions requiring answers from the passage
itself.
(3)  Grammar  & Vocabulary:  Questions relating to
correct usage of tense, articles, prepositions,
conjunctions, punctuations, verbs shall be given.
(4)  Sentence Correction:  Sentences may be given,
each having a flaw in  grammar, punctuations or
use of capitals. Candidates shall be  expected to
correct them without making unnecessary
alterations.
(5)  Grouping of Words & Pair of Words:  Words,
chosen randomly, may be given that need to be
grouped by candidates in pairs having similar or
opposite meaning,  use of idioms and proverbs  as
may be clearly directed in the question, antonyms,
synonyms, etc.
b.  Translation:  A short passage in Urdu that may contain
figurative or idiomatic  expressions,  shall be given for an
accurate translation into English.

3.  Urdu  (Essay, Precis, Comprehension & Translation) 100 Marks
a.  Candidates would be required to write  an  essay in Urdu of
about  1000 words. A wide choice of topics will be given in the
question paper. The topics may include those on issues related
to education, economy, foreign policy,  governance, human
rights, constitution, law & order and other socio-economic
issues related to Pakistan and topics of general nature.
b.  The candidates are expected to reflect a clear understanding
of the topic, conceptual clarity and logical reasoning.
Candidate’s articulation, expression and correct use of  Urdu
language will be examined.
c.  Urdu Precis and Comprehension:  The examination will
essentially test the ability of the candidates to handle precis
writing, comprehension, syntax, translation, grammar,
vocabulary, etc.
(1)  Precis  Writing: A passage of generic nature with
enough room for  compression shall be given for
writing a precis and suggesting a suitable topic.
(2)  Comprehension:  A carefully selected  passage,
which is rich in substance but not specific to any
discipline, shall be given followed by five
questions requiring answers from the passage
itself.
(3)  Grammar & Vocabulary:  Questions relating to
correct usage of tense, articles, prepositions,
conjunctions, punctuations, verbs shall be given.
(4)  Sentence Correction:  Sentences may be given,
each having a flaw in grammar, punctuations  or
use of capitals. Candidates shall be expected to
correct them without making unnecessary
alterations.
(5)  Grouping of Words & Pair of Words:  Words,
chosen randomly, may be given that need to be
grouped by candidates in pairs having similar or
opposite meaning, use of idioms and proverbs as
may be clearly directed in the question, antonyms,
synonyms, etc.
d.  Translation:  A short passage in English that may contain
figurative or idiomatic expressions, shall be given for an
accurate translation into Urdu.

4.  Islamic Studies (Combination of Both Subjective & Objective)
For Non-Muslim Candidates Ethics (Combination of both Subjective & Objective) 100 Marks
a.  Islamic Studies:
(1)  Introduction to Islam:    Advent of Islam,
Fundamentals of  Islam,  Concepts and their
Importance,  Deen  and  its  religious impact on
individual and society;  spiritual, moral and social
impact.  Basic Beliefs,  Amar Bilmaroof  and Nahi anil Munkir.
(2)  Seerat-un-Nabi:  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as  a  Messenger,  Reformer,  Administrator,
Educator,  Diplomat,  Statesman, Military Leaderetc.  
(3)  Early  Islamic History  upto  Khulfa-e-Rashideen
(4)  Human Rights in Islam
Including Status of Women, Rights of Minorities.
(5)  Islam  and  the  World:  Impact  on the West and
vice versa;  Role in the modern world;
Contemporary  challenges for the Muslim world
and Muslim minorities in the world.
(6)  Islamic Code of Life:  Salient features of Islamic
socio-political and economic  system, judicial
system and  administrative system; Ijtihad  &  its
forms.
(7)  Ethics for Non-Muslims
(i)  Religions of the World-Revealed & Non-Revealed.
(ii)  Important Religious Books
(iii)   Contribution of Religions in Development of
Societies.
(iv)  Ethics & Morality.
(v)  Human Rights and Obligations.
(vi)  Commonality in Religions.
(vii )  Revelation

5.  Pakistan Studies (Combination of Both Subjective & Objective 100 Marks

a.  Muslim rule  in the sub-continent  and its down fall.
Muslim renaissance,  reform and educational
movements.  Pakistan  Movement;  Role of  Sir  Syed
Ahmad Khan,  Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam in the
making of Pakistan.
b.  Land and People of Pakistan. Geography, Society,
Culture, Natural  Resources,  Agriculture,  Industry,
Education.
c.  Pakistan and the changing regional scenario.
d.  Pakistan’s nuclear programme and international
concerns.
e.  Regional Cooperation including SAARC, ECO, SCO and
the role of Pakistan.
f.  Socio-economic challenges and opportunities in
Pakistan.
g.  National security dynamics and challenges for Pakistan.
h.  Pakistan and the United Nations.
i.  Pakistan and important global issues, including
Palestine, growing extremism and militancy, war on terror etc.
J  Constitutional history of Pakistan.
k.  Political evolution since 1971.
l.  Foreign Policy of Pakistan, Pakistan &  its  Neighbors, Super  Powers, the  Islamic Block  and the  European Union.
m.  Evolution of democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan.
n.  Kashmir Dispute.

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o.  Situation in Afghanistan since 1979 and its impact on Pakistan.
p.  Pakistan’s energy  problems, their economic impact and prospects for the future.
q.  Socio-economic, problems of Pakistan and strategies to
deal with issues related to poverty, education, health,
sanitation, empowerment of women and human rights.
r.  1973 Constitution, Constitutional amendments  and important Constitutional cases.
s.  Governance issues in Pakistan,  accountability,transparency,  Fundamental  Rights,  Women
empowerment, Sustainable developments goals etc.

6. General Knowledge (Objective) 100 Marks

a.  Current Affairs:  Candidates  are expected to have updated knowledge of the current events, issues and
developments. They are also expected to know the necessary historical perspective needed to understand
these events. Candidates shall be examined in the following areas:
(1)  Pakistan’s  economic, social  and political issues, regional disparities, water scarcity, Cyber laws.
(2)  Pakistan’s relations with the neighbours.
(3)  Pakistan’s relations with the Muslim world.
(4)  Pakistan and the UN, European Union and regional organizations (ECO,SAARC, SCO, ASEAN and ARF)
(5)  Pakistan’s relations with the US, China, EU and Russia.
(6)  Global Issues like: international peace and security; economy, human rights; terrorism; food
security, energy security; global warming; Nuclear issues including proliferation and security;
international trade, trade regimes, Sustainable
Development Goals; etc.
(7)  Relations with India, including Kashmir dispute.
(8)  Middle East and South West Asia issues.
(9)  Prominent personalities, opinion makers, NGOs, INGOs , Non-State Actors etc.
(10)  Globalization.
(11)  Evolving  Socio-economic and Political  situation in Pakistan and the world, important events.
(12)  Sports, Music, Culture, Literature.
b.   Physical Sciences:
(1)  Basic information on the solar system, galaxies and the universe and knowledge of  common
terms used in astronomy.
(2)  Natural hazards and disasters e.g. earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis etc. and disaster risk
management.
(3)  Energy sources, both fossil fuels and renewable sources and their sustainable use.
(4)  Basics of Physics and Chemistry including atomic structures, chemical bondings, radiations, laws and Principles of Physics.
(5)  Materials, chemicals and their properties.
(6)  Minerals and their mining.
c.  Biological Sciences:
(1)  Fundamentals of life forms e.g. cell structure, nucleus.
(2)  Bio-molecular  structures  like proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, enzymes etc. and their functions/properties.
(3)  Plant and animal life.
(4)  Human body, its parts, organs and their functions.
(5)  Common diseases, their causes, symptoms and treatment; vitamins, their sources and functions; vaccines, etc.
d.  Environment Studies:
(1)  Eco-system, Biodiversity, climate  change, water cycle, biosphere, rock types.
(2)  Atmospheric pollution, its types, sources, effects, Ozone depletion; Greenhouse effects, CFCs etc.
(3)  International Conventions/Regimes on Climate Change, Biodiversity, Wetlands, Desertification,
Carbon Credits etc. and ongoing negotiations on Environment.
(4)  Water pollution types, sources, effects remedies; sustainable use of water; recycling; waste management.
e.   Food Sciences:
(1)  Diet and essential compounds for health.
(2)  Quality of food, preservation, problems relating to deterioration of fruits and vegetables; adulterations.
(3)  Food security, global issues concerning hunger etc.
f.  Computer Science & Information Technology:
(1)  Fundamentals of hardware and software.
(2)  Data processing, knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Power Point.
(3)  Networking, e-mails, social media.
(4)  Basics of telecommunication including GPS, Fiber Optics etc.
g.  Basic Mathematics:
(1)  Quantitative reasoning and problem solving.
(2)  Basic Arithmetics, Algebra, Geometry; problems relating to averages, ratios, percentages, geometric figures; sets; equations; areas of figures etc.
(3)  Logical reasoning and analytical reasoning through problem solving, number series, analogies,relationships, etc.
(4)  Mental Mathematics.
(5)  Arithmetical Problems relating to time and work, distance and speed, age, directions etc.
(6)  Basic statistics.
h.  General:
(1)  Famous scientists and their claim to fame.
(2)  Famous inventions, discoveries,  scientific laws, theories and postulates.
(3)  Units and instruments of measurement

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