BPSC Syllabus

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,

The BPSC Exam (Combined Competitive Exam) is held in three stages:

  1. Prelims – 1 objective type paper for 150 marks
  2. Mains – 4 descriptive papers (1 qualifying + 3 merit ranking)
  3. Interview – 120 marks

Candidates can check the detailed BPSC Exam Pattern at the linked article.

In this article, candidates can find the updated syllabus for the 64th and 65th Combined Competitive exam. Also, aspirants can download the BPSC Syllabus PDF for Prelims and Mains 2019.

For exam dates, notification, application procedure, etc., candidates can check the BPSC Exam article.

Currently, the 64th Combined Competitive Exam is underway, and BPSC will soon release the syllabus, recruitment notification, vacancies, eligibility conditions, etc. for the 65th CCE.

The Bihar PSC exam is modelled loosely on the IAS exam which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

The BPSC Syllabus in detail is given below.

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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)
Duration 2 hours
BPSC Syllabus
  1. General Science
  2. Events of national and international importance
  3. History of Bihar and Indian History
  4. Geography
  5. Geography of Bihar
  6. Indian Polity and Economy
  7. Changes in the economy of Bihar post-independence
  8. Indian National Movement and the Role of Bihar
  9. General Mental Ability

Looking for Study Material, list of books and notes to download for free? Check our BPSC Preparation page.

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 use of natural resources
  • Under Indian Economy and Polity, the questions will cover the following topics:
    • Indian Political System
    • Panchayati Raj
    • Community Development
    • Planning in India and Bihar
  • Under Indian National Movement, candidates have to focus on the resurgence in the 19th century, 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.

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 4;

  • General Hindi – Qualifying Paper
  • General Studies 1 (300 marks)
  • General Studies 2 (300 marks)
  • Optional Subject (300 marks)
Duration 3 hours each
BPSC Syllabus General Hindi (Secondary Level)

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

The GS 1 and GS 2 BPSC syllabus are given below

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
  • Indian Culture
  • Modern History of India
  • Contemporary events of national and international importance
  • Statistical Analysis, diagrams and graphs
  • 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)

The BPSC syllabus for GS 1 will include:

  1. Modern Indian History (and Bihar) – mid 19th century onwards
  2. Important personalities – Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rabindranath Tagore
  3. Western Education and Technical Education in Bihar
  4. Role of Bihar in the Indian National Movement
    1. Santhal uprising
    2. 1857 war of independence
    3. Champaran Satyagraha
    4. Quit India Movement 1942
  5. Mauryan and Pal Art
  6. Patna Kalam Paintings
  7. Analysis of graphical/diagrammatical/statistical data

There is significant overlap of 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 and the syllabus for optional subjects can be viewed in the BPSC Syllabus PDF.

Optional Subjects in BPSC Syllabus are:

  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

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The final merit list will be prepared based on candidates’ marks in Mains (900) and Interview (120).

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