64th BPSC Mains Exam 2019: Exam Pattern and Detailed Syllabus

We have provided all the details about BPSC Mains 2018 exam pattern and latest syllabus. The BPSC has not changed the syllabus much and also there is not much of change in the exam pattern.

The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) holds a three tier exam for the final selection of the candidates in the administrative department of the state. All the candidates need to clear all the three stages of the BPSC exam to get the final selection.

BPSC Prelims Previous Year’s cut off

There is a written exam consisting of Prelims and Mains exam followed by an Interview. The BPSC Prelims exam is qualifying in nature. Candidates who pass the BPSC Prelims exam are called for the Mains exam. The Mains exam is of 900 marks. If a candidate qualifies the BPSC Mains exam, then he is called for the interview that is of 120 marks. Hence, the merit is prepared out of 1020 marks.

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BPSC Mains 2018: Exam Pattern

The candidates who have passed the BPSC Prelims exam 2018 are called for the BPSC Mains exam. The BPSC Prelims exam is qualifying in nature. It does not matter how many marks one scores in the Prelims exam because it will not be considered for the Mains exam.

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The BPSC Mains exam will have a qualifying paper General Hindi. Also, there will be General Studies Paper 1 and General Studies Paper 2. Both these Papers will carry 300 marks each. There is an Optional Paper which the candidate has to choose while filling the Application Form. The Optional Paper is of 300 marks.

Stage of Exam

Name of Paper

Total Marks



Main Exam


General Hindi (Qualifying)


3 Hours

General Studies Paper 1


3 Hours

General Studies Paper 2


3 Hours

Optional Paper


3 Hours


  • Candidates have to qualify in the General Hindi Paper.
  • Questions of General Studies will be available in Hindi and English both.
  • The final score will be arrived at by considering the total of 900 marks in GS Paper 1, GS Paper 2 and the Optional Paper.
  • The candidates who are placed high in the merit list are called for the interview.

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BPSC Mains Exam 2018: Detailed Syllabus

Qualifying Paper: General Hindi

The Paper of General Hindi will be qualifying in nature. The syllabus of the Qualifying Paper is of the level as that of Bihar School Education Board (BSEB). The Qualifying Paper will be of 100 marks and subjective in nature. The distribution of the marks is as follows:

Name of the Topic



30 Marks


30 Marks


25 Marks


15 Marks

Out of the 100 marks, candidates are required to secure only 33 marks in the paper.

General Studies Papers (GS Papers)

Until now, every paper is of qualifying nature. The BPSC Prelims Exam and the General Hindi Paper are just qualifying. The actual exam starts now with the General Studies Papers. There are two Papers of the General Studies. Each Paper of General Studies carries 300 marks.

Below is the detailed syllabus of the GS Papers:

Detailed Syllabus of GS Paper 1

  • Modern History of India and Indian culture: History of the country with special reference to Bihar in the middle of nineteenth century, the introduction and expansion of western and technical education, Bihar’s role in the Indian freedom struggle, the Santhal Uprising in Bihar, Birsa movement, Champaran Satyagrah, the Quit India Movement, chief features of Mauryan and Pal art, Patna Qulam painting, Roles of Gandhi, Tagore and Nehru.
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams: Questions to test the ability to draw conclusions from statistical, graphical or diagrammatical information and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies.

Detailed Syllabus for GS Paper 2

  • Indian Polity: Questions based on the political system in India including Bihar.
  • Indian economy and Geography of India: Questions on planning in India and the physical, economic and social geography of India and Bihar.
  • The role and impact of science and technology in the development of India: Questions to test awareness of the role and impact of science and technology in India and Bihar with special reference to applied science.

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Optional Paper

In Optional Paper, a candidate is required to choose any one subject. This Paper will be of 300 marks with a time limit of 3 hours. There are 34 Optional subjects in the BPSC Mains exam. The syllabus of the Optional Paper will be same as that of the Three-Year Honours Paper of the respective subject of Patna University. Here is the list of the Optional Subjects:

1. Agriculture

2. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

3. Anthropology

4. Botany

5. Chemistry

6. Civil Engineering

7. Commerce & Accountancy

8. Economics

9. Electrical Engineering

10. Geography

11. Geology

12. History

13. Labour and Social Welfare

14. Law

15. Management

16. Mathematics

17. Mechanical Engineering

18. Philosophy

19. Physics

20. Political Science & International Relations

21. Psychology

22. Public Administration

23. Sociology

24. Statistics

25. Zoology

26. Hindi Language and Literature

27. English Language and Literature

28. Urdu Language and Literature

29. Bangla Language and Literature

30. Sanskrit Language and Literature

31. Persian Language and Literature

32. Arabic Language and Literature

33. Pali Language and Literature

34. Maithili Language and Literature

Keeping the BPSC Mains exam 2018 syllabus in mind, students should make a schedule for their studies and start their preparation as soon as possible. The syllabus is really vast and it requires dedicated effort from the candidates. Also, there should be a constant practice so that things get easier for the students in the exam.

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