Jharkhand Public Service Commission Combined Civil Services Exam
Jharkhand Public Service Commission Combined Civil Services Exam

JPSC Syllabus 2024: Paper-Wise Important Topics for Prelims & Mains

JPSC Syllabus 2024: Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) conducts the Jharkhand Combined Civil Services Examination every year (JPSC CCS). The syllabus for the combined civil service examination can be downloaded from the official website.
JPSC Syllabus 2024

JPSC Syllabus 2024

JPSC Syllabus 2024: Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) conducts the Jharkhand Combined Civil Services Examination every year (JPSC CCS). The syllabus for the combined JPSC civil service examination can be downloaded from the official website, jpsc.gov.in. The JPSC syllabus is highly detailed. Aspiring candidates are advised to carefully read the syllabus and begin the exam preparation. The JPSC syllabus pdf also contains the exam pattern and marking scheme for the examination. 

Candidates are also advised to carefully go through the JPSC exam pattern 2024. By going through the exam pattern, candidates will be able to understand the requirements of the exam. Candidates often right away get into the exam preparation process without even reading the syllabus well. The candidates should avoid this grave mistake. Since the syllabus is vast, the candidate must cover the exam syllabus with the right strategy for JPSC preparation.

JPSC recruitment examinations are conducted by the state commission for various posts and services. Only the candidates who fulfil the JPSC eligibility criteria will be able to appear for the JPSC 2024 examination.

JPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024

Candidates preparing for JPSC examination are advised to check the syllabus for JPSC prelims at the official website. The same is mentioned in the section below.

JPSC Prelims Paper 1: General Studies - I 

This paper will have 100 MCQs and each question will carry 2 marks. The syllabus is as follows:


I) History of India

  • Ancient India
  • Medieval India
  • Modern India

II) Geography of India

  • General Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Economical Geography
  • Social & Demographic Geography

III) Indian Polity and Governance

  • Constitution of India
  • Public Administration and Good Governance
  • Decentralization: Panchayats & Municipalities

IV) Economic and Sustainable Development

  • Basic Features of Indian Economy
  • Sustainable Development and Economic Issues
  • Economic Reforms and Globalisation

V) Science and Technology

  • General Science
  • Agriculture & Technology Development
  • Information & Communication Technology

VI) Jharkhand Specific Questions (General Awareness of its History, Society, Culture and Heritage)

VII) National and International Current Events

VIII) General Questions (Miscellaneous in Nature, No Subject Specialisation Required)

  • Human Rights
  • Environmental protection, Biodiversity & Climate change
  • Urbanization
  • Sports
  • Disaster Management
  • Poverty and Unemployment
  • Awards
  • United Nations and Other International Agencies

JPSC Prelims Paper 2: General Studies - II

This paper will have 100 MCQs and each question will carry 2 marks. The syllabus is as follows:


I) History of Jharkhand

  • Governance of Munda
  • Nagvanshi
  • Padaha Panchayat
  • Majhi Pargana
  • Munda Manki
  • Dhoklo Sohor
  • Jaatiya Panchayat

II) Jharkhand Movement

  • Tribal of Jharkhand
  • Freedom Fighters of Jharkhand
  • Nobles of Jharkhand
  • Jharkhand Movement and Formation of the State

III) Specialty of Jharkhand

  • Social status of Jharkhand
  • Cultural status of Jharkhand
  • Political situation of Jharkhand
  • Economic condition of Jharkhand
  • Religious characteristics and identity of Jharkhand

IV) Culture of Jharkhand

  • Folk Literature
  • Traditional Art and Folk Dance
  • Folk Music And Instruments
  • Places Of Interest: Natural, Archaeological, Historical, Religious, and Modern Sites
  • Tribal-Caste-Species and Characteristics

V) Jharkhand Literature and Writers

VI) Major Educational Institutions of Jharkhand

VII) Sports of Jharkhand

VIII) Land laws of Jharkhand

  • Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (C.N.T.)
  • Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act (S.P.T.)
  • Other State Bills Act

IX) History of Economic Development in Jharkhand after 1947 and Geography of Jharkhand

X) Industrial Policy, Displacement, and Rehabilitation Policy and other policies of Jharkhand

XI) Names and Locations of Major Industry and Industrial Development in Jharkhand

XII) Major Schemes and Sub-plans of Jharkhand

XIII) Forest Management and Wildlife Conservation of Jharkhand

XIV) Facts Related to Environment of Jharkhand state, Environmental Change, Mitigation & Adaptation and related topics

XV) Disaster Management in Jharkhand

XVI) Miscellaneous Facts and Current Affairs Related to Jharkhand

JPSC Mains Syllabus 2024 (Written Examination)

Candidates who qualify in prelims will then move ahead for JPSC mains examination. Candidates appearing for the mains are advised to check out the syllabus for the mains papers given below:

JPSC Mains Paper I: General Hindi and General English

This paper will carry 100 marks and the duration will be 3 hours.


I) General Hindi

  • Essay
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Precis Writing

II) General English

  • Essay
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Precis Writing

JPSC Mains Paper II: Language and Literature

This paper will carry 150 marks and the duration will be 3 hours.

Candidates will have to choose any one of the following 15 language and literature subjects) and then refer to the relevant syllabus:

(i) Oriya/Odia Language & Literature

(ii) Bengali Language & Literature

(iii) Urdu Language & Literature

(iv) Sanskrit Language & Literature

(v) English Language & Literature

(vi) Hindi Language & Literature

(vii) Santhali Language & Literature

(viii) Panchpargania Language & Literature

(ix) Nagpuri Language & Literature

(x) Mundari Language & Literature

(xi) Kurux Language & Literature

(xii) Kurmali Language & Literature

(xiii) Khortha Language & Literature

(xiv) Khadia Language & Literature

(xv) Ho Language & Literature

JPSC Mains Paper III: Social Sciences

This paper will carry 200 marks and the duration will be 3 hours.



Section A: History

I) Ancient Period

  • Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, antiquity, extent authorship and main features
  • Origin of the Aryans. Antiquity and stratification of the Vedic literature; Society, economy and religion during Early (Rig-Vedic) period
  • The Lichchavis and their republican constitution.
  • The Rise of the Magadha Empire
  • The Mauryas: Extent of empire, Kalinga War and its impact
  • Asoka's Dhamma, Foreign Policy. Development of Art & Policy
  • Architecture during the Mauryan period
  • The Kushanas: Kanishka : Extent of empire, His religious Development of Art, Architecture and Letters during the Kushana period.
  • The Guptas Extent of empire; development of language and literature, art & architecture during the Gupta period.
  • Harsha-Vardhan : The last great Hindu ruler of Northern India; cultural achievements during his period
  • The Cholas: Maritime activities in Southeast Asian countries. Chulu administration, art & architecture.
  • Cultural Achievements of the Pallavas

II) Medieval Period

  • The Arab invasion of India.
  • The Ghaznavid Invasion of India.
  • The Delhi Sultanate: Market and Military Reforms of Allauddin Khilji: Utopian policies of Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq.
  • The Mongol invasion of India.
  • Religious Movements : (a) Suflsm, (b) Bhakti Movement.
  • Dawn of a New-Islamic culture: Indo-Islamic architecture: Development of Urdu and Hindi languages.
  • The Mughals: First Battle of Panipat: Achievements of Sher Shah Suri, Consolidation of Mughal empire; Establishment of Jagirdari and Mansabdari systems under Akbar, Akbar's Religious and Rajput policies, Aurangzeb's Religious and Rajput policies, Mughal Architecture and Painting Economic Condition during Mughal period.
  • The Rise of the Marathas: Achievements of Shivaji, Northward expansion of the Marathas and their downfall.

III) Modern Period

  • Beginning of European settlements: Formation and growth of East India Company: Consolidation of British power in India Battles of Plassey and Buxar: Control over Mysore: Subsidiary Alliance;
  • Doctrine of Lapse: Doctrine of Escheat.
  • Resistance to Colonial Rule: Peasant; Tribal and Cultural Renaissance, Revolt of 1857.
  • Social Reforms Movements in Hindu Community: Brahmo Samaj. Arya Samaj. Ramakrishna Mission, Prarthana Samaj and Theosophical Society of India. 
  • Social Reforms Movements in Muslim Community. 
  • Wahabi Movement & Aligarh Movement.
  • Struggle for Raising Women's status: Abolition of Sati System,
  • Widow Marriage Act, Consent Bill, Stress on Female Education
  • Land Revenue Administration under the British rule: Permanent Settlement: Ryotwari & Mahalwari Systems
  • Rise of Nationalism in India in the 19th-century Formation of Indian National Congress: Moderates and Extremists: Swadeshi
  • Movement, Home Rule League Movement Khilafat Movement.
  • Mahatma Gandhi and Mass Politics: Non-Cooperation Movement
  • Civil Disobedience Movement. Quit India Movement
  • The partition of India and its consequences
  • India After Independence: Integration of Princely states in Indian Union; Linguistic Reorganization of States; Non-aligned policy under Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Liberation of Bangladesh

IV) History of Jharkhand

  • Adi-dharma Le. Sarana cult of Jharkhand tribals;
  • Concept of Sadan and the emergence of Nagpuria language;
  • Tribal Revolts in Jharkhand and Nationalist struggle:
  • Birsa Movement,
  • Tana Bhagat Movement, and Freedom Movement in Jharkhand.

Section B: Geography

I) Physical Geography 

  • Origin and evolution of the earth, Interior of Earth, Wegner's Continental Drift Theory, Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, Earthquake and Tsunamis
  • Major types of rocks and their characteristics, evolution and
  • characteristics of landforms in the Fluvial, Glacial, Arid and Karst regions
  • Geomorphic Processes, Weathering mass wasting erosion and deposition, soil formation. Landscape cycles, ideas of Davis and Penck
  • Composition, Structure and Stratification of the Atmosphere
  • Insolation, heat budget of the earth
  • Horizontal and vertical temperature distribution, inversion of temperature.
  • Air masses and fronts, Tropical and temperate cyclones 
  • Evaporation and Condensation: dew, frost fog mist and cloud, rainfall types
  • Classification of climates, (Koppen and Thornthwaite). Greenhouse effect, global warming and climatic changes.
  • Hydrological cycle, temperature distribution and solicits in the oceans and seas waves tides and currents, ocean floor relief features

II) Physical and Human Geography of India

  • Structure, relief and physiographic divisions, Drainage Systems: Himalayan and the Peninsular.
  • Indian monsoon, mechanism onset and retreat, climatic types (Koppen and Trewartha). Green Revolution and its impact on major crops of India. Food scarcity, Ibution, wildlife. conservation, biosphere reserves
  • Major types of Soils. (ICAR classification) and their distribution.
  • Natural Hazards: Floods, Droughts, Cyclones, Landslides.
  • Soll degradation and conservation
  • Population growth, distribution and density
  • Age: Sex, ratto, rural-urban composition;
  • Population, environment and development.
  • Types of Settlements: rural and urban, Urban morphology, functional classification of urban settlements, Problems of human settlement in India.

III) Natural Resources of India: Development and Utilization

  • Land Resources General land use, agricultural land use. geographical condition and distribution of major crops, like. Rice, Wheat, Cotton, Jute, Sugarcane, Rubber, Tea and Coffee.
  • Water Resources: Availability and utilization for industrial and other purposes, irrigation, scarcity of water, methods of conservation-rain water harvesting and watershed management, groundwater management
  • Minerals and Energy Resources: Distribution and utility of (a) metallic minerals (iron ore, copper, bauxite, manganese). (b) nonmetallic and conventional minerals (coal, petroleum and natural gas). (c) hydroelectricity and non-conventional sources of energy (Solar, Wind, bio-gas). (d) energy sources, their distribution and conservation.
  • Development of Industries: Types of industries, factors of industrial location, distribution and changing pattern of selected industries (Iron and steel, cotton textile. sugar and petrochemicals): Weber's theory of industrial location-its relevance in the modern world.
  • Transport, Communication and International Trade:
  • Roads, railways and waterways.
  • Bases of International trade, changing pattern of India's foreign trade.

IV) Geography of Jharkhand and Utilization of its Resources

  • Geological history, landforms, drainage. climate. soil types and forests: agriculture and irrigation. Damodar & Suberna rekha valley projects, mineral resources of Jharkhand, their extraction and utilization
  • Population: Growth, distribution, density, Tribal population and their distribution. Problems of Tribes and Tribal development
  • Plans; their customs, rituals, festivals etc. 
  • Industrial and urban development, Major Industries-Iron Steel and Cement; Cultage industries.
  • Pattern of urban settlement and Pollution Problems

JPSC Mains Paper IV: Indian Constitution & Polity, Public Administration & Good Governance

This paper will carry 200 marks and the duration will be 3 hours.



Section A: Indian Constitution and Polity

  • Preamble, salient features of the Indian constitution, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy
  • Union Government (Executive and Legislature)
  • Judiciary
  • 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

Section B: Public Administration and Good Governance

  • 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, the changing role of the District Collector, the impact of the separation of the 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 Paper V: Indian Economy, Globalisation & Sustainable Development

This paper will carry 200 marks and the duration will be 3 hours.



Group A: Basic Features of Indian Economy

  • National Income: elementary concepts of national income, and methods of its calculation, for 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
  • Budget
  • Fiscal policy- centre and state fiscal relationship, the role of the finance commission
  • Structure of Indian monetary and banking system in India.
  • Indian Trade, Balance of Payment

Group B: 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 the 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.

Group C: 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.

Group D: 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 the 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 Paper VI: General Sciences, Environment & Technology Development

This paper will carry 200 marks and the duration will be 3 hours.



Group A: Physical Science

  • System of units like MKS, CGS, SI
  • Speed, velocity, gravity, mass, weight, force, impact, work, power and energy
  • Solar system
  • Sound, wavelength frequency, infrasonic and ultrasonic sounds characteristics and applications

Group B: Life Science

  • Living World, Cell Structure and Its Functions, Diversity of Organisms
  • Biomolecules
  • Cell Reproduction
  • Medallion Inheritance
  • Theories of the Evolution of Life on Earth, including Human Evolution

Group C: Agriculture Science

  • Agro-climatic conditions of Jharkhand, rainfall pattern and abiotic stresses in each zone.
  • Food and horticultural crops of Jharkhand, diversification of crops, nutritional security due to the onset of climate change, the role of rainwater harvesting in improving agricultural production, and fish farming.
  • Soil fertility, measures to improve soil health, organic farming, agroforestry, wastelands and, government schemes for farmers

Group D: Environmental Science

  • Measures taken by the Government to preserve the environment measures to tackle global environmental issues, air pollution, water pollution.
  • Environmental laws.
  • Biodiversity hotspots and threats to biodiversity hotspots

Group E: Science & Technology Development

  • Indian Government policies regarding Nuclear technology, focus on global nuclear policies.
  • Plans made by the Government to meet the energy demands of the country, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.
  • Indian Missile program, space program
  • Latest developments in Information Technology challenges faced due to Cybercrimes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In how many stages is the JPSC combined civil services examination conducted?

JPSC combined civil services examination is conducted on two successive stages that are as follows:

  • Stage 1: JPSC Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for selection of candidates for the Main Examination
  • Stage 2: JPSC Main Examination (Written and Interview) for selection of candidates for various state services and posts

How to download JPSC syllabus for combined civil services examination?

The latest JPSC syllabus for the combined civil services examination can be downloaded from the official website. On the JPSC website’s homepage, click on the “syllabus” tab and download the latest syllabus PDF.

Are there any optional subjects in the JPSC Main examination?

No, candidates must note that there are no optional subjects/papers in the JPSC Main Examination. The written examination consists of 6 compulsory papers and candidates have to appear for all the 6 papers/subjects.

What are the minimum qualifying marks for the JPSC interview stage?

Candidates must note that there are no specific minimum qualifying marks for the interview stage. The personality test will carry 100 marks and the marks scored by the candidate in the interview and the written examination (except Paper-I) will be considered to prepare the final merit list.

What type of questions will be asked in the JPSC Preliminary Examination?

In the JPSC preliminary examination, objective type (multiple choice questions) will be asked.

Is there a provision for negative marking in JPSC preliminary examination?

No, there will be no negative marking in the preliminary examination.

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