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BPSC Exam Pattern For Prelims, Mains & Complete details

The BPSC Syllabus 2024, as outlined in the official notification PDF from the Bihar Public Service Commission, has been updated to reflect the latest syllabus and exam pattern. Candidates preparing for BPSC 2024 can use this document to acquaint themselves with the subjects and topics covered in the syllabus. The PDF for BPSC Syllabus 2024 is available in both Hindi and English, allowing candidates to choose their preferred language for download.

BPSC Syllabus 2024

The Bihar Public Service Commission will release the BPSC 70th Notification 2024 soon on the official website which will include the updated BPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern. The candidates need to make sure they plan their preparations by downloading the BPSC 2024 Syllabus and the BPSC Exam Pattern for 2024. Candidates can read this article to go through BPSC Syllabus 2024 in detail which includes BPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024, BPSC Mains Syllabus 2024 and BPSC Interview.

BPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2024
Organisation Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)
Exam Name BPSC CCE
BPSC 70th Prelims Exam 2024 To be notified
Negative Marking Prelims- ⅓ mark
Mains- Nil
Mode of Exam Offline
Selection Process Prelims, Mains & Interview
Official website www.bpsc.bih.nic.in

BPSC Selection Process 2024

The BPSC CCE exam is a multi-stage selection process. Each stage must be passed in order to progress to the next. Candidates who successfully clear the preliminary exam qualify for the main exam. Those who excel in the mains are then invited for the final interview stage. You can find a more detailed breakdown of the stages below.

  • Prelims: One objective-type paper for 150 marks.
  • Mains: Four Papers
  • Interview: 120 marks
BPSC Selection Process 2024
Stages of BPSC Exam Type of Exam Total Marks Duration
Prelims Objective 150 2 Hours
Mains Subjective One qualifying paper (Hindi)
900 ( 3 Papers of 300 marks each)
3 hours for each Paper
Personal Interview Physically Present 120 Not Defined

BPSC Prelims Exam Syllabus –

The Preliminary Examination is primarily a qualifying stage designed to filter out candidates who are not serious about the exam. Successful candidates in the Prelims are then invited to appear for the BPSC Mains. Notably, the marks obtained in the Prelims do not contribute to the final merit list. Before delving into the BPSC Prelims Exam syllabus, candidates should review the BPSC Prelims Exam Pattern provided in the table below.

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
Negative Marking 1/3 Marks
Exam Mode Offline
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

Important Points:

  1. Marks of paper be considered for qualifying candidates for the mains exam.
  2. There is a negative marking of ⅓ marks in the 70th 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.

BPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2024

Candidates are eligible to appear for the BPSC Main Exam only if they meet the qualification criteria in the BPSC Prelims Exam and attain the required cut-off marks set by the Commission. Given the qualifying nature of the BPSC Prelims Exam, the actual scores are not significant. The BPSC Main Exam includes a qualifying paper on General Hindi. Additionally, there are General Studies Paper 1 and General Studies Paper 2, each carrying 300 marks. Candidates also take an Optional Paper they had chosen during the Application Form submission, which is also worth 300 marks. Below is the list of the 34 Optional Subjects to choose from.

BPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2024
Name of Paper Total Marks Duration
General Hindi (Qualifying) 100 3 Hours
General Studies Paper 1 300 3 Hours
General Studies Paper 2 300 3 Hours
Optional Paper 300 3 Hours

Important Points:

  1. General Hindi Paper is qualifying in nature (30 % Marks required), Its marks will not be considered in the calculation of the 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.


BPSC Mains Syllabus 2024 

The BPSC Mains will be open to candidates who pass the preliminary exam. The number of candidates chosen for the Mains will be ten times the total number of posts. 

BPSC Syllabus Mains Exam
Subject Topics
General Hindi
  • Essay (निबंध)
  • Grammar (व्याकरण)
  • Syntax (वाक्य विन्यास)
  • Summarisation (संक्षेपण)
General Studies Paper 1
  • Indian Culture
  • The Modern History of India
  • Current International and National Events of Importance
  • Statistical Analysis, Diagrams, and Graphs
General Studies Paper 2
  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Economy and Geography of India
  • Role and Impact of Science and Technology in the Development of India
  • Moral and Philosophical Essay
  • Hypothetical Essay
  • Essay related to Social, Economic, Political, Religious, and Administrative Issues
  • Essay related to self-reliant India and Digital India
  • Essay related to problems, solutions, and possibilities of Bihar
  • Essay related to popular proverbs and sayings of Bihar, etc.
Optional Paper
  • 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
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
  • Physics
  • Agriculture
  • Statistics
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Labor and Social Welfare
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Civil Engineering
  • Economics
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology

BPSC Interview

Those who pass the BPSC Main Examination will be invited to an “Interview” round. A board appointed by the Commission interviews each candidate. The main subjects covered by the interviewer are listed below.

  • A board that has a record of the applicant’s career and interests from their application form will interview that person.
  • The goal of the interview is for a board of competent and unbiased observers to assess the candidate’s fitness for a career in state services.
  • Candidates should know about current events both inside and outside of their state, as well as their academic studies, for personality interviews.
  • An interview is an intentional discussion designed to learn more about a candidate’s mental attributes and analytical skills.

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