Frequently Asked Questions

Stages of Jharkhand Public Service Commission Examination
The JPSC exam is divided into 3 stages - Prelims, Mains and Interview.


Preliminary Examination
There are 2 objective type papers. The time allotted for each paper is 2 hours. The total marks of the Prelims paper is 200.


Paper No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
General Studies-I 100 100 2 hours
General Studies-II (Jharkhand centric) 100 100 2 hours


Syllabus of preliminary examination
History of India with reference to Jharkhand
• Ancient India
• Medieval India
• Modern India
Geography of India and Jharkhand
• General
• Physical
• Economical
• Social & Demographic
Indian Polity and Governance
• Constitution of India
• Good governance and Public Administration
• Decentralization
Economic and Sustainable Development
• Basic features of Indian Economy
• Sustainable development and economic issues
• Globalization and economic reforms
Science and Technology
• General Science
• Agriculture and Technology development
• Information and communication Technology
Jharkhand specific questions (General awareness of history, society, culture and heritage)
National and International Current Events
Questions that require specialization
• Human Rights
• Environmental protection , Bio - diversity and climate change
• Urbanization
• Sports
• Disaster Management
• Poverty and Un - employment
• Awards
• United Nations and International agencies


Main Examination
The Mains exam has 6 papers and is 3 hours long. Moreover, the total marks are 1050. Also, out of 100, the candidate must score at least 30 marks.


Paper No. Subject Maximum Marks Time Duration
Paper-I General English and Hindi 100 3 hours
Paper-II Language and Literature 150 3 hours
(one out of 15 listed languages)
Paper-III History and Geography 200 3 hours
Paper-IV Indian Constitution and Polity, Public Admin 200 3 hours
Paper-V Indian Economy, Globalization and Sustainable Development 200 3 hours
Paper-VI General Sciences, Environment, Technology 200 3 hours


Syllabus of mains examination
Paper 1
It has 2 sections Hindi and English. Also, both papers are of 50 marks and is divided in 4 categories:
Precis Writing
Paper 2 (Language and Literature)


Interview Stage
The interview is of 100 marks. Basically, it is a viva type Q & A type series where questions pertaining to current affairs and educational background are asked from candidates.
The Viva-voce tests the personality of the candidates. You will be asked about general events in and around the world. The interview panel tests your presence of mind and alertness. You do not have to be very intelligent or very smart. You must have an idea of your surrounding and a sensible approach to it. Your overall health and fitness will also be considered. You can choose to either speak in English or Hindi.


Eligibility Criteria – Important for JPSC preparation
Age Limit
For General Category, it is 35 years.
But for Backward classes 1 and 2, it is 37 years.
SC/ST both male and female, it is 40 years
For women, it is 38 years
Educational Qualification
The candidates should be graduated from a recognized university or any degree which is equivalent to a bachelor's degree. Also, candidates who have cracked the preliminary exam should know the details of the certificates of the Main examination