JKPSC Exam Pattern

The JKPSC Examination, also known as the Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission Exam, is regularly organised by the state government of Jammu & Kashmir to recruit candidates aspiring Junior scale of J&K Administrative Service, J&K Police (G) Service, J&K Accounts (G) Service.

Generally, the JKPSC Examination takes place in 3 mandatory stages: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, and Personal Interview Round.

Let us now take a closer look at the details of the JKPSC Exam Pattern.

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The exam pattern of state service exams is modelled on the IAS Exam (conducted by the Union Public Service Commission).

JKPSC Exam Pattern 2023

The important details like the total number of papers in each stage, duration of each paper, maximum marks of each stage, negative marking, etc. for the three stages of the Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission Examination have been enumerated as follows:

JKPSC Preliminary Examination

  • This examination is considered a vital screening/qualifying test for the exam takers because only selected students can secure a place in the JKPSC Mains Examination and subsequently in the final interviews.
  • The Exam Pattern for JKPSC Prelims consists of Paper-I and Paper-II papers. The duration of both the papers is to be 2 hours.
  • The JKPSC Prelims has a rule of negative marking.
  • However, a candidate’s number of marks obtained during the Preliminary Examination is only a qualifying criterion for entry into the next rounds. It means that this score does not affect the final cumulative result of the applicant.
JKPSC CCE Prelims Exam Pattern
Paper I (General Studies – I) 200 Marks; 2 hours
Paper II (General Studies – II) 200 Marks; 2 hours

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JKPSC Mains Examination

The Main (Written) examination will consist of eight papers of conventional essay type. The candidates can know about the JKPSC Mains Exam Pattern in detail from the below table. Knowing the exam pattern of the exam is the first step of any preparation.

JKPSC Mains Exam Pattern
English 300 Marks (Qualifying Only)
Paper I – Essay 250 Marks
Paper II – General Studies-I (Geography and history of the World & Society, Indian Heritage & Culture) 250 Marks
Paper III-General Studies-II (Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International relations), Governance) 250 Marks
Paper IV- General Studies-III (Technology, Bio-diversity, Economic Dev., Environment, Security & Disaster Mgmt) 250 Marks
Paper V General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude) 250 Marks
Paper VI Optional Subject – Paper I 250 Marks
Paper VII Optional Subject – Paper I 250 Marks
Total 1750 Marks

List of Optional Subject in JKPSC CCE Mains

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science & International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology
  26. Literature of any one of the following languages: Arabic, Dogri, English, Hindi, Kashmiri, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Urdu.

The successful candidates take part in the final stage of the Personal Interview before being recruited as public/administrative officers in the different government departments of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

JKPSC Personal Interview

The reputed, and senior government officials conduct the JKPSC Personality Test. They judge the candidates in one-to-one interviews based on their overall personality traits, communication skills, ability to answer spontaneous questions, dressing style, etc.

The candidates must go through the video recordings and personal testimonies of the previous year’s candidates of the JKPSC Personal Interview rounds to get a clearer idea about the pattern and requirements. But, it must be kept in mind that a total of 250 marks have been allotted to the Personal Interview stage while calculating your overall rank and cumulative marks in the JKPSC Examination.

The number of candidates to be summoned for the Personality Test (interview) will not be more than thrice the number of vacancies to be filled.

Candidates can also go through the complete IAS Syllabus and prepare an integrated preparation strategy.

Frequently Asked Questions about JKPSC Exam Pattern


What are the total marks in the JK PSC Prelims, 2021 Examination?

The total marks in the JK PSC Prelims, 2021 Examination are 400.


What are the total marks in the JK PSC Mains, 2021 Examination?

The total marks in the JK PSC Mains Examination 2021 are 2000 (1750 – Main (Written) Exam; 250 – Personality round).

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