The BPSC Syllabus is set by the Bihar Public Service Commission. The commission is constitutionally mandated to assist the Bihar state government in matters of recruitment, transfer and disciplinary matters.
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Latest update on Syllabus & Pattern change
The 68th CCE official notification has brought about certain changes in marking scheme, syllabus and exam pattern. They are as follows:
- There will be negative marking for all 150 questions in Prelims.
- Candidates will get one mark for every correct response and 1/4 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
- Marking of multiple options will also lead to the deduction of 1/4 or 0.25 marks.
For Mains exam
- General Hindi paper will be qualifying in nature and candidates must score minimum 30% to qualify this paper.
- Optional paper will be of 300 marks.
The updated marking scheme for BPSC Mains exam is:
- General Hindi: 100
- General Studies 1: 300
- General Studies 2: 300
- Optional paper: 300
The BPSC Exam (Combined Competitive Exam) is held in three stages:
- Prelims – 1 objective type paper for 150 marks
- Mains – 4 descriptive (1 qualifying + 3 merit ranking) for 1000 marks. Total marks in the exam will be of 1000 marks, where 100 marks will be qualifying, and only 900 will be considered for merit list.
- Interview – 120 marks
Candidates can check the detailed BPSC Exam Pattern in the linked article.
In this article, candidates can find the updated syllabus for the 65th, 66th and 67th Combined Competitive exams. Also, aspirants can download the BPSC Syllabus PDF for Prelims and Mains 2023. Check BPSC Exam Dates at the linked article.
For exam dates, notification, application procedure, etc., candidates can check the BPSC Exam article.
The 68th BPSC Combined Competitive Mains Exam has been conducted, and BPSC has also released the syllabus, recruitment notification, vacancies, eligibility conditions, etc. with 68th BPSC Notification. The commission has announced the date of 30th September for 69th BPSC Prelims exam.
The Bihar PSC exam is modelled loosely on the IAS exam which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
BPSC Prelims Syllabus
The Prelims is the screening stage before the BPSC Mains. The marks in Prelims will not be taken into consideration for the final merit list.
The BPSC Prelims Exam Syllabus and Pattern is:
|Name of Exam||Combined Competitive Exam (Pre)|
|Conducting Body||Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)|
|No of Papers||1 – General Studies (150 marks)|
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Few points to note regarding BPSC Syllabus for Prelims:
- The questions on Science and Tech will be such that they do not require subject specialization.
- Under History, candidates also need to focus on the economic, political and social aspects.
- In both History and Geography, candidates have to prepare the history and geography of Bihar as well.
- Under Geography, questions will also be based on the social and economic geography of Bihar and India, including Indian agriculture and the use of natural resources.
- Under the Indian Economy and Polity, the questions will cover the following topics:
- Indian Political System
- Panchayati Raj
- Community Development
- Planning in India and Bihar
- Under the Indian National Movement, candidates have to focus on the 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.
Check the BPSC Eligibility Criteria here.
BPSC Mains Syllabus
Candidates who clear the Prelims stage will be eligible for BPSC Mains. Approximately, the number of candidates selected for Mains will be equal to 10 times the total number of vacancies. To check the BPSC Result, you can click the linked article.
The BPSC Mains Exam Syllabus and Pattern is
|Name of Exam||Combined Competitive Exam (Mains)|
|Conducting Body||Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)|
|No of Papers (updated)||4;
|Duration||3 hours each|
|BPSC Syllabus||General Hindi (Secondary Level)
The GS 1 and GS 2 BPSC syllabus are given below
Note: The commission will also release BPSC Admit Card for Mains Examination three weeks before the date of the examination.
The Hindi paper is only a qualifying paper with minimum passing criteria of 30 marks (out of 100). The marks in Hindi will not be counted for the overall merit.
|General Studies 1||General Studies 2|
The BPSC Syllabus for GS 1 will include:
- Modern Indian History (and Bihar) – mid 19th century onwards
- Important personalities – Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rabindranath Tagore
- Western Education and Technical Education in Bihar
- Role of Bihar in the Indian National Movement
- Mauryan and Pal Art
- Patna Kalam Paintings
- Analysis of graphical/diagrammatical/statistical data
There is a significant overlap between the BPSC syllabus and the IAS Syllabus. Aspirants can check the UPSC syllabus at the linked article.
In BPSC Mains, candidates have to select one optional subject out of 34 choices. There will be only one optional subject exam for 300 marks, and the questions will be of Honours Level (3-year course in Patna University) The choices are given below. The syllabus for optional subjects can be viewed in the BPSC Syllabus PDF.
Optional Subjects in BPSC Syllabus are:
- 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
The final merit list will be prepared based on candidates’ marks in Mains (900) and Interview (120). To get all the Latest Notifications of Government Exams in one place, check the linked article.
Candidates must also check the IAS Syllabus for the civil services examination. There may be certain similarities between the subjects and topic list for the BPSC and CSE exam.
Aspirants looking for motivation to excel in the state or central Public Service Commission exams must refer to the success stories of UPSC toppers and learn from their strategies.
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