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Provincial Management Services (PMS) PMS Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)

The Provincial Management Service (PMS) examination of KPK, also known as the Provincial Civil Service (PCS), is a competitive examination conducted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission (KPPSC). The exam is meant to select and appoint provincial civil servants of BPS-17. It is a highly competitive and rigorous exam to appoint competent and capable individuals for the effective administration of the province. The exam is designed in such a way as to assess and evaluate the cognitive skills, problem-solving abilities, and leadership traits and qualities of the aspirants. The candidates who successfully clear all the phases of the exam are allocated to various positions of the officer cadre.

Who Can Apply?


The age limit for the exam is 21-30 years. Age relaxation is given to some candidates such as to those who have served as government servants with two years continuous service (plus 2 years), and to those who belong to Ex-FATA and backward areas of KPK (plus 3 years).


A person having a bachelor’s degree with 2nd division is eligible to apply.


Only Pakistani nationals are eligible to apply for the PMS KPK.


The applicants must possess a valid domicile of KPK province or the relevant district of the province.

Written Examination

Screening Test

The KPPSC can hold a screening test to shortlist a large number of candidates in case the applicants exceed a certain number.

Main Written Examination

The written examination for PMS (Provincial Management Service) of KPK includes 6 compulsory subjects of 600 marks, each subject carrying 100 marks; and 6 optional papers of 600 marks are to be opted from among the eight different groups. The total marks of the written examination would be 1200 marks.

Subjects: Compulsory & Optional

The following chart shows list of 6 compulsory subjects of 600 marks:

Sr. No. Subject Marks
1 English (Précis & Composition) 100
2 English Essay 100
3 Current Affairs 100
4 Everyday Science 100
5 Pakistan Affairs 100
6 Islamiat 100

Note: The non-Muslims can either take up Islamiat or Pakistan Affairs paper will be counted in place of Islamiat with 200 marks.

The chart below lists the groups of optional subjects of 200 and 100 marks. A candidate can only opt for up to 200 marks subjects from a group:

Group I
Code No. Subject Marks
5 Accounting & Auditing 200
6 Economics 200
7 Business Administration 100
8 Public Administration 100

Public administration and Business Administration cannot be elected simultaneously.

Group II
Code No. Subject Marks
9 Political Science 200
10 Agriculture 100
11 Forestry 100
12 Sociology 100
13 Journalism 100

Group III
Code No. Subject Marks
14 Pure Mathematics 200
15 Applied Mathematics 200
16 Computer Science 200
17 Statistics 200
Group IV
Code No. Subject Marks
18 Physics 200
19 Geology 200
20 Geography 200
21 Chemistry 200
22 Botany 200
23 Zoology 200

Group V
Code No. Subject Marks
24 Islamic History & Culture 200
25 History of Pakistan & India 200
26 British History 200
27 European History 200
28 History of the USA 100
Group VI
Code No. Subject Marks
29 Law 200
30 Constitutional Law 100
31 Mercantile Law 100
32 Muslim Law & Jurisprudence 100
33 International Law 100
34 International Relations 100

International Relations and International Law cannot be opted simultaneously.

Group VII
Code No. Subject Marks
35 Philosophy 200
36 Psychology including experimental Psychology 200

Group VIII
Code No. Subject Marks
37 English Literature 200
38 Persian 200
39 Arabic 200
40 Pushto 100
41 Urdu 200

Written Exam Passing Criteria

The passing criteria of PMS KPK are the same as the CSS examination. A candidate has to obtain at least 33% marks in each optional subject and 40% in each compulsory subject, and the aggregate should make up at least 50% (e.g. 600 marks) of the total marks of the written examination.

Process after the Written Exam—Interviews/Viva Voce

After passing the written examination, the candidates are interviewed by a panel of interviewers. The total interview marks are 300 and the qualifying threshold is 40% (120 marks) of the total marks which are aggregated with the written test marks for the final merit.

Publication of Final Result

After the written and interview processes have been completed, the final merit list is prepared and the result is announced with the final merit list which is published on the KPPSC website. The list includes those candidates who have been successfully allocated to various positions. The candidates who are allocated to the services are given comprehensive training that expands up to 52 weeks including five weeks of the study tour. The trainees are given very detailed knowledge of public administration covering various modules and assignments.


In conclusion, the PMS exam is a very competitive and exhaustive process that consists of multiple phases including screening tests, descriptive examinations, and interviews. The exam is aimed at recruiting the most capable and competent candidates to work for the provincial government and administration.