The JPSC Syllabus for Combined Civil Service Exam is set by Jharkhand Public Service Commission. The commission is authorised by the constitution to assist the Jharkhand State Government in matters of recruitment, transfer and disciplinary matters.
The JPSC Exam Pattern for the Combined Civil Service Exam comprises 3 stages:
- Prelims – 2 Objective type papers for 200 Marks each.
- Mains – 6 Descriptive type Papers, all the papers are compulsory
- Personality Test – 100 Marks
JPSC is yet to come out with a notification for the next Combined Civil Service Exams.
JPSC Syllabus is very much aligned to the UPSC Syllabus. There would be few minor differences, JPSC would concentrate more on History and Geography of Jharkhand.
Candidates can check the JPSC eligibility at the linked article.
As per the notification released in 2016, JPSC Syllabus and Exam pattern is given below in detail:
JPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims
The JPSC Prelims Exam consists of 2 compulsory papers.
JPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims is given in the below table:
Name of Exam
Combined Civil Service Exam
Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC)
No of papers
2 papers on General Studies
Marks for each paper
Total Marks for Preliminary exam
JPSC Syllabus for Prelims
- History of India
- Geography of India
- Indian Polity and Governance
- Economic and Sustainable development
- Science and Technology
- Jharkhand specific questions (General Awareness of its history, society, culture, and heritage)
- National and international current events.
- General questions of miscellaneous nature
Find below the official notification on JPSC Syllabus for Prelims- General Studies – Paper 1
Find below the official notification on JPSC Syllabus for Prelims- General Studies – Paper 2
Some important tips regarding JPSC Syllabus for prelims:
- Under history, candidates need to focus on economic, social and political aspects of Jharkhand
- Under Geography, candidates have to focus on Geography of Jharkhand
- To handle questions on Science and Technology, candidates need not require any specialisation.
Aspirants can check the linked article for JPSC Books and preparation tips.
JPSC Exam Pattern for Mains
Candidates who have successfully cleared Prelims stage will be eligible for JPSC Mains. Under usual circumstances, the number of candidates selected for Mains will be equal to 10 times the total number of vacancies.
JPSC Exam pattern for Mains is given in the below table
Name of exam
Combined Competitive exam(Mains)
Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC)
No of papers
3 Hours each
Total Marks for Mains Exam
JPSC Syllabus for Mains
There are no optional papers in the JPSC Mains Syllabus.
The details of JPSC Syllabus for Mains is given below:
- Paper I: General Hindi and General English (100 Marks)
- Paper II : Language and Literature (150 Marks)
- Paper III: Social Sciences, History and Geography (200 Marks)
- Paper IV: Indian Constitution, Polity, Public Administration and Good governance (200 Marks)
- Paper V: Indian Economy, Globalization, and Sustainable development (200 Marks)
- Paper VI: General Sciences, Environment & Technology Development (200 Marks)
JPSC Mains Syllabus – Paper 1 (General Hindi and General English)
This is just a qualifying paper. Out of 100 marks, every candidate will have to secure only 30 marks. Hence, the commission has made sure that candidates having an educational background in regional language will not be adversely impacted by the English section in the paper.
As per JPSC exam pattern, Mains Paper 1 will have 2 sections:
Both the sections will have equal weightage i.e. 50 marks each. The purpose of the paper is to test the working knowledge of the candidates in the above 2 languages. The level of both sections will be of metric standards.
As per JPSC exam pattern, the paper will broadly test the candidate on the following:
JPSC Mains Syllabus – Paper 2 (Language and Literature)
Candidates have to choose from one of the following languages and literature:
- Oriya Language and Literature
- Bengali Language and Literature
- Urdu Language and Literature
- Sanskrit Language and Literature
- English Language and Literature
- Hindi Language and Literature
- Santhali Language and Literature
- Panchpargania Language and Literature
- Nagpuri Language and Literature
- Mundari Language and Literature
- Kurux Language and Literature
- Kurmali Language and Literature
- Khortha Language and Literature
- Khadia Language and Literature
- Ho Language and Literature
JPSC Mains Syllabus – Paper 3 (Social Sciences, History and Geography)
As given in the JPSC exam pattern, Mains Paper 3 has 2 sections
History section covers the syllabus from the following topics:
- Ancient period
- Medieval Period
- Modern Period
- History of Jharkhand
Geography section covers the syllabus from the following topics:
- Physical Geography (General Principles)
- Physical and Human Geography of India
- Natural Resources of India: Development and Utilization
- Geography of Jharkhand and utilization of its resources.
- Industrial and Urban Development
- Pattern on Urban Settlement and Pollution problems.
JPSC Mains Syllabus – Paper 4 (Indian Constitution, Polity, Public Administration and Good governance)
As per the JPSC Mains Syllabus, candidates will have to handle topics from 2 sections in this Paper.
- Indian Constitution and Polity
- Public Administration and Good governance
Indian Constitution and Polity covers the following topics
- Preamble, salient features of the Indian constitution, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy
- Union Government (Executive and Legislature)
- State Government (Executive, Legislature, Judiciary, Panchayats and Municipalities)
- Centre-state relations
- Special provisions relating to the administration of Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribal Areas.
- Emergency provisions of the constitution
- Election Commission of India
- Political parties and pressure groups
Public Administration and Good Governance covers the following topics
- Public Administration – Meaning, scope and significance
- Public and private administration
- Union Administration – Central Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat, Prime Ministers Office, Planning Commission, Finance Commission
- State Administration- State Secretariat, Chief Secretary, Chief Ministers Office
- District Administration – Origin and development of the office of District Magistrate and Collector, changing role of the District Collector, impact of the separation of judiciary on district administration.
- Personnel Administration – Recruitment of civil services, Union Public Service Commission and State Public Service Commission, training of civil servants, leadership and its qualities, employees morale and productivity.
- Delegation, Centralization and decentralization of authority
- Bureaucracy – its merits and demerits, the role of bureaucracy in policy formulation and its implementation; nexus between bureaucracy and political executive; generalist versus specialist.
- Development administration
- Disaster Management- causes, mitigation, classification of disasters, immediate and long term measures.
- Good governance – Lokpal, Lokayukta, Central Vigilance Commissioner, grievance redressal, right to service act, right to information act, right to education act, consumer protection act, domestic violence against women (prevention) act
- Human Rights – concept, meaning, universal declaration of human rights, National Human Rights Commission, State Human Rights Commission, terrorism, social issues.
JPSC Mains Syllabus – Paper 5 (Indian Economy, Globalization, and Sustainable development)
Paper 5 is based on Indian Economy, Globalization and Sustainable development. The JPSC Mains Syllabus for Paper Five is given below:
Basic features of Indian Economy
- National Income – elementary concepts of national income, and methods of its calculation, example – GDP, GNP, NDP, NNP, GSDP, NSDP, DDP at constant and current prices, at factor cost etc
- Inflation – Concept, control of inflation, monetary, fiscal and direct measures.
- Demographic features
- Agriculture and Rural economy – green revolution, white revolution, rainbow revolution, WTO
- Industrial economy – policy initiative and changes
- Public finance – the scope of public finance, principles of public finance, taxation
- Public expenditure
- Fiscal policy- centre and state fiscal relationship,role of finance commission
- Structure of Indian monetary and banking system in India.
- Indian Trade, Balance of Payment
Sustainable Development, Economic Issues, and Indian Development Strategy
- Meaning and measurement of Economic development; characteristics of underdevelopment, indicators of development: HDI, GDI, India’s HDI progress.
- Role of Foreign capital and technology in the growth of economy
- Sustainable development – concept and indicators of sustainable development, economic, social and environmental sustainability, the concept of GDP
- Development status and issues pertaining to socially and economically marginalised sections, like ST, SC, religious minorities, schemes launched by Central/State Government.
- Poverty and Unemployment: Measurements and trends, identification of BPL families, Multidimensional poverty index.
- Food and nutritional security – trends in food production and consumption in India, the problem of food security, problems and issues of storage, procurement, distribution, import and export. Government policies, schemes, and programmes such as Public Distribution System, Mid-day meal schemes, government policies for food and nutritional security.
Economic Reforms, Nature and Impact on Indian economy
- New economic reforms – Liberalization, Privatisation, Globalization, good understanding of International Finance Institutions like IMF, World Bank; World Trade Organisation
- Financial and Banking sector reforms, economic reforms, NABARD, RRB
- Globalization of Indian Economy – its positive and negative impacts on different sectors, issues of FDI and FII in India.
- Agriculture sector – Growth, Issues of subsidies and public investment in agriculture
- Industrial development and economic reforms in India – major changes in Industrial policy, its impact on industrial growth, the role of public sector enterprises in India’s industrialisation in post reforms period, disinvestment and privatisation of public enterprises.
The economy of Jharkhand – features, issues, challenges, strategies
- Economic growth and structure of Jharkhand’s economy, sectoral composition, growth in SDP, and per capita NSDP in last decade, agricultural and industrial growth in Jharkhand.
- Demographic features of Jharkhand – population, growth, sex ratio, density, literacy, the composition of the workforce,rural-urban composition etc.
- Status of poverty, unemployment, food security, malnutrition, education, and health indicators in Jharkhand, major initiatives, issues of agricultural and rural development, major programmes and schemes, poverty alleviation programs, food security schemes.
- Land, forest and environmental issues in Jharkhand
JPSC Mains Syllabus – Paper 6 (General Sciences, Environment & Technology Development)
Candidates will have to handle topics from the following 5 sections.
- Physical Science
- Life Science
- Agriculture Science
- Environmental Science
- Science and Technology Development
- Basic knowledge on system of units like MKS, CGS, SI
- Topics on Speed, velocity, gravity, mass, weight, force, impact, work, power and energy
- Covers topics related to solar system
- Concepts concerning sound,wavelength frequency, infrasonic and ultrasonic sounds characteristics and applications.
- Concepts on the living world, cell-structure, its functions, diversity of organism, biomolecules cell reproduction
- Medallion inheritance, theories of the evolution of life on earth, including human evolution.
- A good understanding of the agro-climatic conditions of Jharkhand, rainfall pattern and abiotic stresses in each zone.
- Knowledge of Food and horticultural crops of Jharkhand, understanding the need behind the diversification of crops, nutritional security due to the onset of climate change, the role of rainwater harvesting in improving the agricultural production, and fish farming.
- Candidates are required to have sound knowledge on Soil fertility, measures that are undertaken to improve soil health, concepts on organic farming,agro-forestry, wastelands and, government schemes to help the farmers of the state.
- Measures that were taken by the Government of India to preserve the environment measures to tackle global environmental issues, air pollution, water pollution.
- Understanding of numerous environmental laws.
- Candidates knowledge on Biodiversity hotspots and threats to biodiversity hotspots.
Science and Technology
- Indian Government policies concerning Nuclear technology, focus on global nuclear policies.
- Plans made by the Government to meet the energy demands of the country through various renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.
- A good understanding of the Indian Missile program, the space program.
- Knowledge of the latest developments in Information Technology challenges faced due to Cyber crimes.
JPSC Syllabus: Download PDF here.