PCS stands for Provincial Civil Services. PCS exam is held for the recruitment of candidates for the civil service posts of that particular state. These posts are under the control of the State government and one can not be transferred to another state once recruited in PCS.
Since the exam is conducted by UPSC the pattern remains the same, i.e. prelims first, then mains and then the interview. But the small states go for the mains directly.
It is advisable for the students to appear for both the PCS and IAS exams simultaneously because the syllabus is almost same with a slight difference.
At present the Union Public Service Commission conduct their examinations at numerous venues spread over 42 regular centers throughout the country. There are several other Public Service Commission i.e. Uttar Pradesh (UPPSC), Bihar (BPSC), Jharkhand (JPSC), Madhya Pradesh (MPPSC), Rajasthan (RPSC), etc. public service commission.

• Since these exams are the state exams one should be well aware of the history and geography of the
particular state.
• Since PCS is a civil service exam the candidates should be ready for a high difficulty level and mentally
prepared for putting in a good amount of hard work.
• Though the exam is a state exam one must have basic knowledge of the country, the latest happenings in the
country too. For that the candidates must start following one national newspaper in order to keep
themselves well acquainted of the the happenings in and around the world.
• The candidates should pay special attention in enhancing there general knowledge. They should be ready to
learn new things every moment.
• For the interview the candidates should be well prepared with the regional language, culture and custom.
This adds to your credit.
• Also, the candidates should pick up last few years’ question papers and try and solve them. This will give
them an idea of the pattern and make them comfortable with it.
• It is a plus point to be guided by an experienced candidate or a good teacher who can direct your efforts
• Candidates must keep appearing for the mock paper and should keep a check on the time because with a good
preparation it is very important to attempt all questions in time.

Selection of the candidates would be depends on their performance in competitive examination, which comprises of three successive states viz.
1. Preliminary Examination (Objective Type & Multiple choice).
2. Main Examination (Conventional Type, i.e. Written examination).
3. Viva- Voce (Personality Test).

1. Preliminary Examination:

The Preliminary examination will consist of two compulsory papers. The papers shall be 200 marks each and of two hours durations. Both the papers shall be objective Type & multiple choice in which there shall be 150-100 questions Respectively. The timing of paper I will be from 9.30 to 11.30 A.M. and paper II from 2.30 to 4.30 P.M.

2. Main Examination:

Only such candidates will be admitted to the main (written examination) who are declared successful in the preliminary examination. The Written examination will consist of the compulsory and optional subject.The candidates have to select any one subjects from the list of optional subjects for main examination. Optional subject will consist of two papers. There shall be Two sections in all the question papers of all Optional subjects and each section will include Four questions. Candidates are required to answer only Five questions while they must select minimum, Two question from each section.

3. Personality Test (Viva-voce) Test:

Only such candidates will be called for interview who are declared successful on the basis of the main (written) examination. Personality test will be conducted for 100 Marks.