BPSC Exam

BPSC Exam – Know about Prelims, Mains, and PI to stay Future Ready.

The full form of BPSC is Bihar Public Service Commission. It conducts the exam to recruit applicants for Civil Services jobs in Bihar. The candidates have to clear 3 stages in the exam,  the three stages consist of-

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

The candidates must clear the basic eligibility criteria before applying for BPSC. Mentioned below are the stage-wise information about the exam for future aspirants.

BPSC Exam – Exam Pattern & Various Stages

The applicants for the BPSC examination have to qualify for the preliminary exam at first. Students who will clear the prelims will only be called for the next stage that is the mains examination. After that there will be the final interview round. In the last stage of the exam, the candidates will be evaluated based on their personality.

 BPSC Prelims Mains Exam BPSC Interview
One Paper

150 marks

2 hours

Objective Type

Offline (Pen-Paper)

4 papers

One qualifying paper (Hindi) + 3 merit ranking papers

900 marks (300*3)

3 hours for each paper

Subjective Type

Offline (Pen-Paper)

120 marks

Merit list depends on the obtained in Mains + Interview

Important points of BPSC Exam Pattern

Here is the important point of the BPSC exam pattern-

  • Prelims is a screening test, which is the first stage and is important for the candidates to clear.
  • The first stage, the BPSC prelims examination, consists of one paper (General Studies).
  • As per the exam pattern, all the questions in the Prelims examination will be of objective type.
  • The candidates can attempt all the questions as there is no negative marking in Prelims.
  • The second stage that is the mains examination consists of four papers.
  • The mains examination is of 3 hours.
  • The applicants must be physically present for the last stage that is the interview round.
  • The aspirants can give their examination in any language – Urdu, English, Hindi
  • Candidates must score the minimum qualifying marks to go to the next stage of the exam.
  • As the result for prelims is announced, the candidates will have to fill the BPSC Mains Application Form separately and submit it.

Prelims Exam

The BPSC preliminary examination is objective-based. Each question carries 1 mark, and there is no negative marking. The applicants will have to answer 150 questions in total. Here are a few important points about the prelims-

  • The candidates must score the minimum qualifying marks, the qualifying marks are different for each category: general Category – 40%, BC – 36.5%, OBC – 34%, and Women/SC/ST/PwD – 32%.
  • The final list for the candidates selected for the next round will be created on the number of vacancies available.
  • After the Prelims examination result is declared, the qualified candidates have to submit the BPSC Mains exam application form.
Paper General Studies (One paper)
Duration of time 2 hours
Total number of questions 150
Total marks 150
Question types Objective
Mode of Exam Offline (Pen and Paper-based)

Syllabus for BPSC Prelims

Here is a list of the syllabus for prelims:

  • Events of national and international importance
  • Geography
  • Indian Polity and Economy
  • Indian National Movement and Role of Bihar
  • General Science
  • History of Bihar and Indian History
  • Geography of Bihar
  • Changes in the economy of Bihar post-independence
  • General Mental Ability

BPSC Mains Exam

The BPSC Mains Examination is the second stage and it includes four papers and these are General Studies Paper 1, General Hindi, General Studies Paper 2, Optional Paper. The mains examination will be subjective and will be conducted in an offline mode that is pen paper based.

  1. The mains examination is conducted for 3 hours for each paper.
  2. The questions asked in the BPSC Mains examination will be of descriptive type and in offline mode.
  3. The candidates can give the mains examination in any of the following languages as per the preferences in the application: Hindi, Urdu, and English.
  4. The candidates have to obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the mains, each category has different qualifying marking: General Category – 40%, BC – 36.5%, OBC – 34%, Women/SC/ST/PwD – 32%.
  5. Only the candidates who clear the BPSC Mains stage will be called for the next round that is the interview.
Paper Total Marks Duration
General Hindi 100 3 hours
General Studies Paper 1 300 3 hours
General Studies Final Candidate’s Paper 2 300 3 hours
Optional Paper 300 3 hours
Total 900

Syllabus for BPSC Mains

General Hindi (Secondary Level):

  • Essay – 30 marks
  • Grammar – 30 marks
  • Syntax – 25 marks
  • Precis/Summary – 15 marks

The BPSC syllabus for General Studies 1 and General Studies 2 are mentioned below

General Studies I:

  • Modern History of India
  • Statistical Analysis, diagrams, and graphs
  • Indian Culture
  • Contemporary Events of National and International importance

General Studies II:

  • Indian (and Bihar) Polity
  • Indian (and Bihar) Geography
  • Indian (and Bihar) Economy
  • Role and Impact of Science and Technology in the development of India (and Bihar)

BPSC Personal Interview Pattern

The final and last stage of BPSC is the interview round and the exam consists of 120 marks. The applicants who have cleared the mains exams will only be called for the interview round. The interview is held by a  Board appointed by the Commission. The finali list is made on the basis of the total marks obtained in the mains examination and interview round.

  1. The interview will be held by a board, who would have a record of the candidates career and interests, as mentioned in the application form.
  2. The interviewer’s main objectives are to check the personality of the applicant and whether they are suitable for the state services.
  3. In the final interview round, the candidates should be aware of the latest happenings within and outside their state.
  4. The main objective of the interview round is to check the candidate’s mental abilities and analytical qualities.

Also read: Strategies to Clear Technical Interview Round

BPSC is a well-known exam in the Bihar state, that conducts examination for civil services and recruits the eligible candidates for posts like Rural Development Officer, Sub Divisional Officer, and many more. The details for the examination, application process, admit card and all others are available on the official website of Bihar Public Service Commission. The syllabus for the examination is set by BPSC itself, and the candidates have to clear three stages to qualify for the post. We hope that the above information will be beneficial to students.

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