bpsc syllabus and exam pattern

BPSC Syllabus 2021: Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) is one of the most reputed State Level Civil Services Exam conducting authorities and conducts several exams. The commission is constitutionally incorporated to assist the Bihar State Government in matters of recruitment, transfer, and disciplinary matters, of public service in the state.

BPSC also conducts CCE for the recruitment of various posts such as District Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner,  Sub Divisional Officer, Rural Development Officer, District Sanapark Officer, and other PCS level Grade A and B Officers, etc.

The BPSC Syllabus is decided and published by the Bihar Public Service Commission. This syllabus and exam Pattern is published via BPSC notification.

BPSC Prelims and Mains Syllabus are also set by the Bihar Public Service Commission. In this article, we will have a look at the BPSC Exam Pattern and  BPSC Syllabus for the upcoming BPSC 67th CCE.

BPSC Syllabus: BPSC Exam Pattern

Like the other State Service Commissions and UPSC, BPSC also conducts the Combined Competitive Exam, Popularly known by its acronym CCE. BPSCconducts CCE Exam in three stages.

Prelims: One objective type paper for 150 marks.

Mains: Four Papers

Interview: 120 marks

Candidates have to clear each stage in order to be eligible for the next stage, if candidates clear the prelims, they can give the mains, clearing which they would be summoned for the final stage i.e., interview of the BPSC CCE Exam.

Stage of BPSC CCE ExamType of ExamModeTotal MarksDuration
PrelimsObjectiveOffline1502 Hours
MainsSubjectiveOfflineOne qualifying paper (Hindi) 900 ( 3 Papers of 300 marks each)3 Hours for each Paper
Personal InterviewPhysically PresentOffline120Not Defined

BPSC Syllabus: BPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The Prelims is the qualifying in nature, it is basically used to screen out the non-serious candidates. Those who qualify for the Prelims exam are called for BPSC Mains. The marks in Prelims will not be taken into consideration for the final merit list.

Before going to the syllabus of the BPSC Prelims Exam candidates must note the following important points regarding the BPSC Preliminary Exam:

Important Points to Note:

  1. Marks of paper be considered for qualifying candidates for the mains exam.
  2. There is no negative marking in BPSC Prelims exam.
  3. BPSC Prelims is screening in nature.
  4. Candidates need to score minimum marks as decided by the commission to qualify for the mains exam.
  5. All the questions are set in English and Hindi except for those questions which are meant to test the candidate’s knowledge of English.
Name of ExamCombined Competitive Exam (Preliminary Exam)
Conducting BodyBihar Public Service Commission ( BPSC )
No of Papers1 – General Studies (150 marks)
Duration2 hours
BPSC Prelims Syllabus1. General Science
2. Events of national and international importance
3. History of Bihar and Indian History
4. Geography(mainly Geography of Bihar)
5. Indian Polity and Economy
6. Changes in the economy of Bihar post-independence
7. Indian National Movement and the Role of Bihar
8. General Mental Ability.

Detailed BPSC Prelims Syllabus 2021 for Prelims Exam

The syllabus for the BPSC Prelims Exam covers the aspects of General Science, Polity, Economy, History, and the National Movement. Here is a detailed syllabus of the BPSC Prelims Exam:

General Science 

(General understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience). The questions on Science and Tech will be such that they do not require subject specialization.

Current Affairs of National/International importance
History of India and Bihar 

(General understanding of the subject with the broad aspects of the history of Bihar)

Geography of India and Bihar 

(Questions will relate to the physical, social and economic geography of the country including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources)

General geography and geographical division of Bihar and its major river systems
Indian polity 

(Questions will test knowledge on the country’s political system, Panchayati raj, community development and planning in India and Bihar)

Indian economy and economy of Bihar post-independence
Indian Movements and Contribution of Bihar in it 

(Question will relate to the nature and character of the 19th-century resurgence, growth of nationalism, and attainment of Independence with special reference to Bihar)

Indian Economy and Polity, the questions will cover the following topics:

1. Indian Political System

2. Panchayati Raj

3. Community Development

4. Planning in India and Bihar

Indian National Movement

resurgence in the 19th century, the nature and growth of nationalism in India, and India’s independence. Also, the role of Bihar in the Indian National Movement is important from the BPSC exam point of view

General Mental Ability: Questions based on General Mental Ability

BPSC Prelims 2021 Practice Sets

BPSC Syllabus: BPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Name of PaperTotal MarksDuration
General Hindi (Qualifying)1003 Hours
General Studies Paper 13003 Hours
General Studies Paper 23003 Hours
Optional Paper3003 Hours

Important Points to note:

  1. General Hindi Paper is qualifying in nature (30 % Marks required), Its marks will not be considered in the calculation of merit list.
  2. Questions of General Studies are available in Hindi and English both.
  3. The score will be arrived at by considering the total of 900 marks in GS Paper 1, GS Paper 2 and Optional Paper.
  4. The candidates who are placed suitably in the merit are called for the interview.
  5. There is no negative marking in the descriptive question papers.
  6. Candidates need to attempt all the papers to qualify for the Interview round.
  7. This round is both scoring and qualifying in nature.

The candidates are called for the BPSC main exam only if they qualify in the BPSC Prelims Exam. Also, they have to secure the required cut-off marks as decided by the Commission. The BPSC Main Exam has a qualifying paper of General Hindi. Apart from this, there will be General Studies Paper 1 and General Studies Paper 2 carrying 300 marks each. There will be an Optional Paper of 300 Marks that the candidate has chosen earlier while filling the Application Form.

The Optional Paper carries 300 marks. The list of the 34 Optional Subjects has been given below:

  1. English Language and Literature
  2. Urdu Language and Literature
  3. Hindi Language and Literature
  4. Persian Language and Literature
  5. Arabic Language and Literature
  6. Pali Language and Literature
  7. Maithili Language and Literature
  8. Bangla Language and Literature
  9. Sanskrit Language and Literature
  10. Chemistry
  11. Sociology
  12. Physics
  13. Agriculture
  14. Statistics
  15. Botany
  16. Zoology
  17. Philosophy
  18. Political Science and International Relations
  19. Psychology
  20. Public Administration
  21. Labour and Social Welfare
  22. Management
  23. Mathematics
  24. Mechanical Engineering
  25. Geography
  26. Geology
  27. History
  28. Law
  29. Civil Engineering
  30. Economics
  31. Commerce and Accountancy
  32. Electrical Engineering
  33. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  34. Anthropology

BPSC Syllabus: BPSC Syllabus For Mains Exam

Bihar PSC mains syllabus for all 4 papers is discussed below.

BPSC Syllabus for General Hindi: Qualifying Paper

The paper of General Hindi will be qualifying in nature. The syllabus for the qualifying paper is of the level as that of Bihar School Education Board (BSEB). The paper will be of 100 marks and subjective in nature; and the distribution of the marks is as follows:

Essay: 30 Marks

Grammar: 30 Marks

Syntax: 25 Marks

Summarisation: 15 Marks

Out of the 100 marks, candidates are required to secure the qualifying marks in the paper. For this qualifying paper, a good book of school standard is enough.

BPSC Syllabus for Mains General Studies Papers

There are two Papers for the General Studies and one for the Optional. Each Paper carries 300 marks making the total marks from all these papers to be 900. Time for each General Studies paper is 3 hours.

General Studies 1General Studies 2
Indian Culture Modern History of India Contemporary events of national and international importance Statistical Analysis, diagrams and graphsIndian (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)

BPSC Mains Syllabus: Syllabus of GS Paper 1

Modern History of India and Indian culture (History of the country with special reference to Bihar in the middle of 19th century, the introduction and expansion of western and technical education, Bihar’s role in the Indian freedom struggle, the Santhal Uprising in Bihar, Birsa movement, Champaran Satyagrah, the Quit India Movement, chief features of Mauryan and Pal art, Patna Qulam painting, Roles of Gandhi, Tagore and Nehru)

  1. Role of Bihar in the Indian National Movement
  2. Santhal uprising
  3. 1857 war of independence
  4. Champaran Satyagraha
  5. Quit India Movement 1942

Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams ( Questions to test the ability to draw conclusions from statistical, graphical or diagrammatical information and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies)

BPSC Mains Syllabus: Syllabus of GS Paper 2

Indian Polity ( Questions based on the political system in India including Bihar)

Indian economy and Geography of India (Questions on planning in India and the physical, economic and social geography of India and Bihar)

The role and impact of science and technology in the development of India (Questions to test awareness of the role and impact of science and technology in India and Bihar with special reference to applied science.

Bihar State Civil Services Exam 2021: BPSC 2021 FAQs

Can I apply for BPSC CCE Exam?

If you possess a graduation degree and your age is between 21 years and 40 years, you are eligible for the BPSC Exam.

How many seats are there in BPSC CCE 67th?

As per the latest notification by BPSC, the number of seats in 67th CCE has been increased to 798. This number can increase or decrease in the future.

How many papers do I have to write for the BPSC exam?

In the BPSC Prelims exam, you have to qualify 1-General Studies Paper. If you qualify for the mains, then you will have to write 4 Conventional Papers. Finally, there will be an Interview Cum Personality Test.

Is knowledge of Hindi a must for BPSC Exam?

Yes, there is one Hindi Paper of 100 marks in Mains.

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