BPSC Competitive Examination Compulsory Optional Subjects Written Test Syllabus

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS
1.  a) English:This paper is intended to test the candidate’s command of the English language and
may include précis writing, usage of idioms, etc.
b) English Essay:An essay to be written in English on one of severalspecified subjects and is intended
to test the candidate’s ability to compose.
2.  a) Essay in Urdu/Sindhi/Pushto/Balochi/Brahui / Punjabi:This paper is intended to test his candidate’s command of the language concerned.
b) General Paper in Urdu/Punjabi/Sindhi/Pashto/Baluchi / Brahui:
This paper is intended to test the ability of the candidate’s  to write the language fluently and to translate from English into it. Candidates will be expected to have a grasp of the language and to understand poetry and  prose, knowledge of literature as such will not for part of this paper.
3.  General Knowledge including Everyday Science:
This paper is intended to test the candidate’s knowledge of current world affairs and also of broad facts of historical, political geographical and economics importance. A section will be included to test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of matters of everyday observation and experience in this scientific aspect. 70 marks will be allowed for General Knowledge and 30 marks for Everyday Science.
4.  Islamic and Pakistan Studies:
The candidate should be able to answer the questions on the following topics:
i.  Shariat-i-Islam and Arkan-i-Islam.
ii.  Holy Prophet’s life.
iii.  Pakistan’s Movement and Historical Feature of Pakistan.
5.  Viva Voce:
The viva voce will be to test the personal qualities of the candidates. This
examination will be in matters of general interest and is intended to test candidates’
alertness, intelligence and general outlook. Consideration will also be paid to the
bearing and physique of the candidates.
 
OPTIONALSUBJECTS
GROUP–A
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

1.  English Literature, Period-I, 1780-1832  Sectt, Wordsworth Lamb, Keats, Shelley, Byron and Jane Austen.

2.  English Literature Period-II, 1832-1901  Carlyle, Dickens Thackeray, Tenyson,Browing, Matho, Arnold and Thomas Hardy.
Note:  Special  attention should be paid to the authors name and a  candidate will be expected to be
familiar with some of their works. A candidate willalso be expected to have studied the literary history of this period and to have done some independent reading outside the author’s name. In making the paper importance will be attached to evidence of the wide reading and independent judgement.

3.  Arabic 4. Persian 5. French
6. Sansikrit 7. Latin 8. German
Translation from the language into the English and  from English into the language.

9.  History of Urdu Literature  Candidates will be expected to know the best known works in
the language and to possess knowledge of the History of the Literature and such knowledge of general social history as well, enable them to understand the literature.

10.  Arabic Literature, Period-I  i.  Pre-Islamic Poetry.
ii.  The Holy Quran.
iii.  Tafsir Literature.
iv.  Evolution of Hedith Literature.
v.  Origin and Development of early prose.
vi.  Omayyad period poets and prose writers.

11.  Arabic Literature, Period-II  i.  Abbasid period poets, scientists, prose writers, geographers, historians and journalists etc.
ii.  Arabic Literature in Spain poets, prose writers, geographers, historians, philosophers and medical
writers, etc.
12.  Persian Literature Period-I  Upto 1550 A.D.
13.  Persian Literature Period-II  After 1500 A.D. including the literature produced in the Indo-Pak Sub-continent.
Note:  Candidates will also  be  expected to answer questions regarding the culturalbackground of
Persian Literature in both above periods.
GROUP - B
HISTORY
14.  Indian History Period-I  India from the first Arian settlement to the end of1526 A.D.
Questions may also be set on the History of Buddhism outside India.
15.  Indian History Period-II  India from 1527 to 1857
16.  English History from 1714 A.D.  Standard same as for Degree Examination
17.  European History from 1780 A.D.  Standard same as for Degree Examination
18.  Islamic History Period-I  i.  Pre-Islamic Arabia.
ii.  The Holy Prophet and the orthodox Caliphs.
iii.  The Omayyad Period.
19.  Islamic History Period-II  i.  Abbasid Period.
ii.  Muslim Rule in Span.
GROUP – C
MATHEMATICS
20.  Pure Mathematics   Standard same as for degree examination.
21.  Applied Mathematics  Standard same as for degree examination.
22.  Statistics  Standard same as for degree examination.
GROUP – D
SCIENCE
23.  Physics   Mechanics and properties of the Matters, Sound, Heat, Light, Magnetism and electricity as for degree examination.
24.  Chemistry  Chemistry paper will include all the three sections  (A)
Inorganic (B) Physical and (C) Organic Chemistry each carrying equal marks. The standard is the same as for degree examination.
25.  Applied Chemistry  Chemical Plant, Chemical Engineering, Ceramics, Oils,
Sugar, leather, Soap and Toilet Products paper and Cellulose derivatives, Food preservation and Milk Products, Rosin and Turpentine, Paints and Varnishes Coal Carbonization and Road Tars, Fermentation Industries, Water purification, Waste disposal starch and Allied Products, Heavy Chemicals, Fertilizer Matches.

26.  Botany  Standard Same as for degree Examination.
27.  Zoology  Standard Same as for degree Examination.
28.  Agriculture  Standard Same as for degree Examination.
29.  Astronomy  Standard Same as for degree Examination.
30.  Human Anatomy  Standard Same as for degree Examination.
31.  Physiology  Standard Same as for degree Examination.
GROUP – E
MISCELLANEOUS
32.  Ethics and Psychology  Standard same as for degree Examination.
33.  Logic and Elements of
Philosophy.
Logic will cover all the topics usually discussed in deductive and inductive logic including the Categories and the predicable. The Reduction of Syllogisms, different  kinds of Syllogics and Quantitative Determination, Questionsmay be set not only on points of doctrine but also on the logical analysis of arguments.
1.  The Problem of Philosophy, its relation with common sense, Science, and Religion. The Method of Philosophy and Divisions of Philosophy.
2.  Theories of knowledge Sceptionism, Realism, Intuitionism, Pragmatism.
3.  Theories of Boing-Dualism, Monism-Pluralism Materialism, Spiritualism, Neutral Monism, Emergent
Evolution.
34.  Islamiat  The Candidates will be expected to have a reasonably good knowledge of Quran, Hadith and Fiqah. They Should be able to answer questions on the following subjects.
a.  Shariat-i-Islam and Arkan-i-Islam.
b.  Holy Prophet’s life.
c.  History of the Khulpha-i-Rashideen.
The Study of the following books is recommended:
i.  Spirit on Islam by Amir Ali.
ii.  Sirat-un-Nabi by Shibli Numani.
iii.  Khutbat-i-Madaras by Syed Suleman Nadvi.
iv.  The early Caliphate by Muhammad Ali.
35.  Economics  Standard Same as for degree Examination.
36.  Political Science  Standard Same as for degree Examination.
37.  Criminal Law  The Pakistan Penal  Code. The Evidence  Act, The Criminal
Procedure Code.
38.  Civil Law  The Evidence Act.  The Civil procedure Code. The
limitation Act.
Note: For Paper in subject (37) and (38) bare copies of the
relevant Acts will be provided.
39.   Geography  General and political Geography of  the  world. A Special knowledge of the geography of Pakistan, India and adjoining countries will be expected, contours and elementary principles of Land Surveying questions on Physical and Economic geography may be set.

40.  International Relations.  1.  European and USA Affairs since, 1919 with special
reference to the following topics:
a.  The Versailles settlement.
b.  The League of Nations and UNO.
c.  Soviet Foreign Policy.
d.  The Second World War.
e.  Foreign Policy of U.S.A.
f.  Fascism and National Socialism.
g.  The Current International Situation.
2.  Eastern Affairs since 1919 with special reference to the following topics.
a.  The Expansion of Japan.
b.  The Chinese Civil War.
c.  The Freedom Movement in South-East Asia.
d.  The Palestine Problem and the Arab States.
e.  The Egyptian Nationalism.
f.  Turkey and its Foreign Policy.
g.  International Rivalries in Iran and Afghanistan.
3.  Geographical aspects of International Relations.
41.  Commerce Comprising.  1.  Industrial and commercial Organization.
2.  Industrial and Commercial Law.
3.  Statistics
42.  Public Administration  Legal and institutional setting, principles of organization
internal management and control, Personal management, fiscal management, Planning, Special problems in
administration.
43.  Sociology  Definition, Scope and methods of Sociology, Study of social problems population, rate relations, disorganization of families, crime etc. History of social thought etc.Social
structures like Government, Family etc. Community and community organization with study of Ecology and group relationship, Family, Marriage and Population problems with special reference to social problems of Pakistan.
44.  Social Work  Standard same as for degree examination.
45.  Geology  Standard same as for degree examination.

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