The in-depth guide to BPSC exam pattern and syllabus
28th Apr 2022
Bihar Public Service Commission is Bihar State Level Civil Service Exam conducted for recruitment to multiple posts such as Sub Divisional Officer, District Sanapark Officer and other PCS level Officers.
BPSC Exam is conducted in three stages:
1. PRELIMINARY EXAM:
Preliminary Exam( generally called as Prelims) is a qualifying exam that qualifies the student to appear for Main Exam.
BPSC Prelims include only 01 paper:
Paper01: General Studies
2. MAINS EXAM:
Mains is the second stage of BPSC. Students who pass prelims are eligible for the Mains exam.
BPSC Mains Exam include 4 papers:
Paper 1: Hindi
Paper 2: General Studies-1
Paper 3: General Studies-2
Paper 4: Optional Subject
Students who pass the Mains Exam will be eligible for an interview.
Number of Papers
Type of Paper
Syllabus for BPSC PRELIMS
BPSC Prelims Syllabus covers aspects of General Science , Polity, Economy, History and The National Movement
1. General Science: There will be general questions on Science and Tech and do not require subject specialization.
2. Events of National and International Importance: Current affairs on the events of National and International Importances.
3. History of Bihar and Indian History: History of Bihar should be prepared well.
4. Geography: Candidates have to prepare the social and economic geography of Bihar and India well along with Indian Agriculture and natural resources.
5. Indian Polity and Economy: Following topics are important for Indian Polity and Economy:
i. Indian Political System
ii. Panchayti Raj
iii. Community Development
iv. Planning in India and Bihar
6. Changes in the Economy of Bihar Post Independence
7. Indian National Movement and the Role of Bihar: In this topic questions will relate to the growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence and the contribution of Bihar in it.
8. General Mental Ability
1. BPSC Prelims exam is both in Hindi and English Language except for those questions which are meant to test the English knowledge of Candidate.
2. There is no negative marking in the BPSC Prelims Exam.
3. Marks of paper are considered only for qualifying for Mains. Marks of this paper will not be considered in the calculation of merit list.
4. The minimum qualifying marks in Prelims are:
i. General Category : 40% (60 marks)
ii. OBC Category: 36.5% (54.75 marks)
iii. SC and SC category: 32% (48 marks)
Syllabus for BPSC MAINS
1. General Hindi: General Hindi is a qualifying paper. The syllabus of General Hindi is of the same level as that of Bihar School Education Board(BSEB).
The 100 marks of General Hindi (subjective paper) are distributed as follows:
Essay : 30 Marks
Grammar : 30 Marks
Syntax : 25 Marks
Summarisation : 15 Marks
2. General Studies-1: Syllabus of General Studies includes:
Modern History of India
Contemporary Events of National and International Importance
Statistical Analysis , diagrams and graphs
3. General Studies-2: Syllabus of General Studies includes:
Indian and Bihar Polity
Indian and Bihar Economy
Indian and Bihar Geography
Role and Impact of Science and Technology in the development of India and Bihar
Important topics for General Studies Paper
1.History of Country with contribution of Bihar
3.1857 war of Independence
5.Quit India Movement 1942
6.Impact of Science and Technology in the Development of Country
4. Optional Subject: In BPSC Mains candidates have to select one optional subject out of 34 subjects. In this subject questions will be asked of Honors level.
Following are the subjects candidates can choose from:
- English Language and Literature
- Urdu Language and Literature
- Hindi Language and Literature
- Persian Language and Literature
- Arabic Language and Literature
- Pali Language and Literature
- Maithili Language and Literature
- Bengali Language and Literature
- Sanskrit Language and Literature
- Political Science and International Relations
- Public Administration
- Labour and Social Welfare
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Commerce and Accountancy
- Electrical Engineering
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Check the BPSC Syllabus here.
1. General Hindi Paper is of qualifying nature. (30% Marks required)
2. General Studies questions will be both in English and Hindi
3. There will be no negative marking in descriptive questions
4. Candidates need to attempt all the 4 papers to qualify the round.
5. The score will be given considering a total of 900 marks of GS-1, GS-2 and Optional Subject.
BPSC Interview Test
Candidates who have passed BPSC Mains Exam will be called for Interview. Candidates are interviewed by a Board appointed by Commission.
The objective of the Interview is to check the personal stability , analytical ability and mental qualities of a candidate.
Candidates appearing for an interview should have knowledge of current affairs happening in Bihar and India.
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