PPSC New syllabus for General Ability MCQ Test

General Knowledge

The candidates are expected to display a general awareness of what and where of things and places, when and where of events, how things work, important personalities, etc. Essentially it is the test of general reading, experience and intellectual curiosity of the candidates.

Pakistan Studies

Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of the historical perspective of the Pakistan movement, major events in the struggle for Pakistan, prominent personalities, post-independence problems, constitutional developments, foreign policy, economy, defense, Kashmir and other territorial disputes, etc. The questions would also cover Pakistan’s domestic issues and politics, land and people, regional issues, socio-economic issues, culture, music, sports, etc.

Islamic Studies

The candidates are expected to display basic knowledge of the Holy Quran, Hadith, life and time of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Khulfa-e-Rashideen, Arkan-e-Islam, broad knowledge of important events in Islamic History and prominent personalities. Non-Muslim candidates would be tested in the field ethics, comparative religions and question of general nature.

Current Affairs

The candidates are expected to display a basic knowledge and understanding of history, politics and international affairs deemed necessary to understand current affairs. Questions may also relate to international institutions, treaties, recent developments in Pakistan and abroad, global issues including security, economy, human rights, environmental degradation, nuclear and other issues of similar nature.


Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of Pakistan’s geography, topography, environmental issues, demography, mineral wealth, etc. They are also expected to have basic knowledge of the geography of the world, geographic terms, prominent places, and features.


Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge about mathematics, including arithmetic, algebra and geometry and problem-solving skills. Question and problems may relate to numbers; percentages; averages; ration and proportions; equations; simplification; number series; interest rates; time/distance/work-related problems, basic formulae relating to areas, volumes, etc. The use of calculators would not be allowed.


Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of English grammar, parts of speech, prepositions, punctuation, active and passive voice, idioms, proverb, phrases, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, sentence construction, etc. Candidates should be able to use English correctly.


The candidates are expected to have a good command over the Urdu language, its correct usage, grammar, idioms, and proverbs and should have basic knowledge of prominent Urdu writers and poets.

Everyday Science

The Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of Biology, Physics and Chemistry, Scientific terms, inventions, discoveries, human body, celestial bodies, and environmental issues/problems. In general, the candidates could be tested on knowledge of everyday observation and experience of things and phenomena in the context of their scientific explanations.

Computer Skills

The Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of computer’s, hardware and Software, Commonly used terms, basic functions of important components of a PC, Knowledge of MS Office, internet, e-mail, prominent personalities associated with I.T. Applications.

How to Prepare and Attempt the Mcqs Papers?

Before the written test:

Don’t wait for the advertisement of the jobs. start your preparation as early as possible. Do an in-depth study. Avoid selected study or selected papers.

Read maximum papers

Read papers in reverse time order i.e, 2019,2018,2017,2016. Then all remaining: depends upon how much time you have.

Read all papers

Don’t rely on only your required job’s papers. Questions can be repeated from any previous paper of PPSC. Identity you week areas and then get separate books for better command on your week area. Reading any English newspaper makes your habit. In case of difficulty get help from helpline.

How to attempt paper in examination center?

Read the entire question:

Read a multi-choice question in its entirety before glancing over the answer options. Students often think they know what a question is asking before reading it and jump straight to the most logical answer. this is a big mistake and can cost you dearly on multiple-choice exams. read each question thoroughly before reviewing answer options.

Answer It in Your Mid First:

After reading a questions answer it in your mind before reviewing the answer option. this will help prevent you from talking yourself out of the correct answer.

Eliminate wrong answers:

Eliminate answer options which you’re 100 percent sure are incorrect, before selecting the answer you believe is correct. Even when you believe you believe you know the right answer, first eliminating those answers you know are incorrect will ensure you answer choice is the correct choice.

Use the process of elimination:

Using the Process of elimination, cross out all the answers you know are incorrect, then focus on the remaining answers. Not only does this strategy save time, it greatly increases your likelihood of selection the correct answer.

Select the best Answer:

It’s important to select the best answer to the question being asked, not just an answer the seams correct. Often many answers will seem correct, but there is typically a best answer to the question that your professors is looking for.

Read every answer option:

Read every answer option prior to choosing a final answer. this may seem like a no brainer to some. but it is a common mistake students make. as we pointed out in the previous section, there is usually a best answer to every multiple-choice question. if you quickly assume you know the correct answer, without first reading every answer option, you may end up not selecting the best answer.

Answer the questions you know first:

If you’re having difficulty answering a question, move on and come back to tackle it one you’ve answered all the questions you know. Sometimes answer the easier questions first can offer you insight into answering more challenging questions.

Make an educated guess:

If it will not count against you score, make an educated guess for any question you’re unsure about. (Note: on some standardized tests incorrect answers are penalized. For example, a correct answer may be worth 2 points, an unanswered question 0 points, and an incorrect answer -1 points. On these tests, you can still make an educated guess, but only when you’re able to eliminate at least one or two incorrect answers.)

Pay attention to these words:

Pay particularly close attention to the words not, sometimes, always, and never, An answer that includes always must be irrefutable. If you can find a single counterexample, then the answer is not correct. the same holds true for the word neve. If an answer option includes never a single counterexample will indicate the answer is not the correct.

It’s usually best to stick with your first choice–but not always:

It is best to stick with the answer you first chose after reading the question. It is usually counterproductive to constantly second guess yourself and change your answer. However, this doesn’t mean your first answer choice is necessarily the correct answer choice. While multiple-choice tests aren’t usually intentionally designed to trick or confuse students, they are designed to test student’s knowledge and ability. To this end, the answer options provided will often include the most common wrong answer among the choices or answers that seem logical but are ultimately incorrect, or the best answer.

“All of the above” and “None of the above”

When you encounter “All of the above” and “None of the above” answer choices, do not select “All of the above” if you are pretty sure any one of the answers provided is incorrect. The same applies for “None of the above” if you are confident that at least one of the answer choices is true.

When there are seemingly two correct answers:

When two answers are correct in a multiple choice question with an “All of the above” option, then it’s probably the correct choice.

Place your best on the positive option:

In most cases, a positive option is probably true if there is also a negative one.

The more information the better:

More often than not, the correct answer usually contains more information than the other options. This is good to know if you must guess.

Grade Point Matrix Formula of ISP Multan


Minimum Passing Marks:

The minimum pass marks for each course shall be 50%. Students obtaining less than 50% marks in any course shall be deemed to have failed in that course.

Credit Hour:

A course of one credit shall mean one hour of lecture duration per week. However, in case of Seminars, Tutorials and Laboratory work, one credit hour may require more than one contact hour.

Grade Point:

Number of points, representing numeric grades, scored by a student in a course examination.

The correspondence between letter grades, grade points, and percentage marks shall be as follows:

Grade Numerical Equiv. Grade Points Description
B+75%-79%3.50Very Good
FBelow 50% 0.00Fail

Semester Grade Point Average:

The summation of grade points of all credit courses divided by the total number of credit hours taken by a student during a semester/term. GPA = (GP of Subject 1 x Credit Hours of Subject 1) + (GP of Subject 2 x Credit Hours of Subject 2) + (GP of Subject 3 x Credit Hours of Subject 3) + (GP of Subject A x Credit Hours of Subject 4) + (GP of Subject 5 x Credit Hours of Subject 5) + (GP of Subject 6 x Credit Hours of Subject 6) / Sum of Credit Hours of All Subjects

Cumulative Grade Point Average:

The summation of grade point of all credit courses divided by the total number of credit hours taken by a student beginning from his admission till the last examination held.

Grade Point Matrix Formula of ISP Multan