The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) conducts recruitment exams to fill up Group A, B and C vacancies in the state administration.
The BPSC Combined Competitive Exam (BPSC Exam) is the common entry point for about 20 prestigious posts in the Bihar administration.
Currently, 64th CCE (BPSC 2018-2019) is underway and the notification for 65th CCE (BPSC 2019-2020) is expected to be released soon
Similar to the IAS exam which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the BPSC exam comprises three stages:
- Stage 1 – Prelims
- Stage 2 – Mains
- Stage 3 – Interview
Every year, lakhs of aspirants prepare for the state service exams or the UPSC Civil Service Exams.
With the right preparation strategy and study material, you can also become a part of the elite Indian administrative setup.
Aspirants can check out our UPSC 2020 page to find all exam relevant information, resources and practice questions.
BPSC Study Material
Toppers recommend reading a newspaper daily to keep abreast with important national and international news.
The Hindu and The Indian Express are the two most important newspapers for civil service exam preparation.
BPSC aspirants should also analyse the news in the context of Bihar. For daily video analysis of The Hindu, please check the linked article.
Weekly and monthly magazines are also a good source to boost up your current affairs preparation for BPSC exam.
Best magazines for BPSC preparation are listed below:
- Down to Earth
Aspirants can also download the Monthly Magazine curated for civil service exam preparation from the linked article.
The weightage being given to questions based on Current Affairs in state service exams or UPSC IAS exam is increasing in recent years. In the linked article, aspirants can see the trend analysis of UPSC Current Affairs and find BYJU’S latest compilations, such as:
- Daily Comprehensive News Analysis – Essential daily news analysed and compiled in an easy to read way. Also, download PDFs for free.
- PIB Summary – Summary of exam relevant releases by the Press Information Bureau
- Gist of RSTV – Summaries of important shows on Rajya Sabha TV
- This Day in History
- Topic of the day
Simply reading the news and current affairs is not enough as competition is tough and the exam pattern and syllabus vary to a certain extent.
Candidates should go through the links given below to understand and compare the IAS Exam and the BPSC Exam.
|IAS Exam||BPSC Exam|
|UPSC Exam Pattern||BPSC Exam Pattern|
|UPSC Eligibility Criteria||BPSC Eligibility|
|IAS Syllabus||BPSC Syllabus|
For BPSC Exam Details, Dates, Application, Fee etc, check out BPSC 2019 page.
Most of the state service exam patterns are quite similar to the IAS Exam, In case of BPSC also, the Prelims stage comprises only objective type questions while the Mains stage is the descriptive theory exam.
It is important to select the right study material as efficient use of time is one of the most underrated keys to success in the Civil Service Exam.
Best BPSC Books
As the first step, candidates should go through the syllabus and read the state board books along with NCERT books (Class 6 – Class 12th). Candidates should read the old NCERT books as well.
From the linked article, candidates can download the NCERT books PDFs for BPSC and UPSC preparation.
The best BPSC books are listed below:
- Indian Polity – Laxmikanth
- History – Bipin Chandra
- Economy – Ramesh Singh
- Geography – Majid Hussain
- India Yearbook
Candidates can download the complete book list and other important study material from the link below.
In BPSC Prelims, the syllabus mentions a section on general mental ability which is somewhat similar to the CSAT in UPSC Prelims. Candidates can check the linked article for all CSAT related information, books and practice questions.
Preparation for Bihar PSC or any other civil service exam in India should contain the following steps:
- Reading the NCERTs
- Going through the standard reference books
- Making notes for objective type questions and for theory questions
- Aligning current affairs with the syllabus
- Going through the previous years’ question papers and practising mocks
- Ample revision
Candidates who are pressed for time can read subject-wise NCERT notes on the following subject areas:
- Ancient Indian History
- Medieval Indian History
- Modern Indian History
- Art and Culture
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