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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 written exam, psychology test and interview; who passed such all tests is offered government job as First Class Officer (Grade 17). Both male and female graduates fresh and already job holders in private or public sector can apply. Age must be 18-28 years; however, government servants may appear till their age of 35 years as relaxed by government. An officer passing this exam is called PMS Officer.
What is PMS
This government service came into existence on January 17, 2014 in the province of Punjab upon notification of the S&GAD, Government of the Punjab - Pakistan. In all provinces of 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 consists consists of officers of government appointed directly in Grade-17 through competitive exam conducted by Public Service Commission at provincial level. Officers appointed in BS-17 get promotion in BS-18, BS-19 and BS-20 as per notified Service Rules called PMS Rules, 2004. Commonly these 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.
Prior to 2004, it was known as Provincial Civil Service (PCS). It had two tiers namely PCS-Executive and Provincial Secretariat Service (PSS). Like PMS, PCS Officers were appointed through competitive exam by the 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 which includes all posts previously held by PCS and PSS Officers. Further, numbers of posts for these Officers have also been increased.
Examination for Provincial Management Service is combination of written exam (comprising of 1200 marks) and Viva Voce (comprising of 200 marks). All provincial Public Service Commissions hold the exam as and when posts are available. Since its inception, exams are being taken on more or less three years basis. The prescribed qualification for appearing in this Exam is graduation with minimum 2nd Division and 18-28 age limits.
Promotion Scope of PMS Officers
In compliance with 18th amendment, the following posts in Grade-17 to Grade-21 are available for PMS Officers:
50% posts are filled by initial recruitment on the recommendations of PPSC based on the result of competitive exam.
40% are filled by promotion as follows:
20% from amongst Tehsildars (graduates only), on the basis of seniority cum fitness, who have five years service as Tehsildar and have passed the prescribed departmental examination.
20% from amongst Superintendents / Private Secretaries (graduates only) on seniority cum fitness basis who have passed the prescribed departmental exam in the ration respectively.
10% by selection on merit from amongst persons holding substantive posts of Superintends, Private Secretaries, Personal Assistants, Assistants, Senior Scale Stenographers, Date Entry Operators, Computer Operators and Junior Clerks under the Government of the Punjab, who possess the qualification of LLB or Master Degree from recognized university and have atleast five years of service. Selection against this quota is made by PPSC. In the case of officials serving in connection with the affairs of the Federal Government who are domiciled in the Punjab as well as the officials serving in connection with the affairs of the Punjab Government having at least four years service as such, the upper age limit shall be 35 years.
100% posts of BS-18 are filled by promotion on seniority-cum-fitness from amongst the cadre of PMS/BS-17 being at least five years' service with Prescribed Departmental Training/ Exam
100% posts of BS-19 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in BS-18 and having at least 12 years service against posts in BS-17 and above of which at least 04 years service should be in BS-18 after Prescribed Departmental Training/ Exam.
100% posts of BS-20 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in BS-19 and having at least 17 years service against posts in BS-17 and above, of which at least 3 years service should be in BS-19 after Advance Training Course
100% posts of BS-21 are filled by promotion on the basis of selection on merit from amongst PMS Officers holding posts in BS-20 and having at least 22 years of service against posts in BS-17 and above of which at least two years of service should be in BS-20.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A HABIB
Writer is a Punjab Government servant (Pakistan). He writes voluntarily
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