BPSC Prelims Exam 2018: Result Declared, Know the Tips and Strategy for Preparationof Mains Exam

The result of BPSC Prelims 2018 has been declared on 23 February 2019 and the candidates have surely started preparing for the Mains exam. In this article, we are providing some important tips and strategy for the BPSC Mains exam 2018 so that the candidates can prepare in the best way to enhance the chances of their success in the exam.

The BPSC Mains Exam 2018 will be held soon as the result of the BPSC Prelims exam has been declaration on 23 February 2019. This year, the BPSC Prelims was conducted on 16 December 2018. The candidates, who have cleared the BPSC Prelims Exam, will appear in the BPSC Mains exam 2018. There will be a tough competition in the BPSC Mains Exam 2018. The Mains exam is of 900 marks. If a candidate qualifies the BPSC Mains exam, then he is called for the interview which is of 120 marks. Hence, the merit is prepared out of 1020 marks.

BPSC Mains Exam 2018: Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The BPSC Mains exam 2018 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.

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Here is the exam pattern of the BPSC Mains Exam 2018:

Stage of Exam

Name of Paper

Total Marks



Mains Exam


General Hindi (Qualifying)


3 Hours

General Studies Paper 1


3 Hours

General Studies Paper 2


3 Hours

Optional Paper


3 Hours

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Some General Tips for the BPSC Mains Exam 2018

Here are a few tips and tricks for the aspirants who are going to appear in the BPSC Mains Exam 2018:

  • The candidates should read and understand the complete Syllabus of the BPSC Mains Exam first.
  • They should refer to the previous year question papers of the BPSC Mains exam to understand the nature, quality and difficulty level of the questions asked in the exam.
  • They should practise the previous year papers on a regular basis to acquaint themselves with the exam.
  • They should make notes on the basis of the BPSC Mains syllabus and revise it regularly.
  • The candidates should stick to the standard books only.
  • The candidates should develop the habit of reading the newspapers. They should also read the current affairs that are published monthly.
  • It is advised to the candidates to prepare a comprehensive note on history, geography, culture, languages, fairs and festival of Bihar.
  • The candidates should keep practising writing the answers in order not to lose the writing speed.
  • They should enrol themselves for the regular test series. A constant practice keeps them exam ready.
  • The candidates should develop a timetable with sufficient time for revision.
  • They should keep the maps of Bihar, India and the World along with them for the purpose of referring to them when needed. Maps must be a regular habit for the aspirants as many questions are asked in the exam.
  • The candidates should keep themselves engaged with magazines like Pratiyogita Darpan and a good book on State GK.
  • They should keep themselves from the distractions like TV and Mobile phones to utilise their time in the best way.

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Tips for the Preparation of GS Papers 1 and 2

Read NCERT Books (Class 6 to 12): NCERT books are always a boon for the students of any PCS exam. The aspirants should have a sound knowledge of the contents of these books as these books cover the syllabus of BPSC Mains Exam very well.

Refer to Good Books on General Science: Apart from referring to the NCERT books, aspirants should refer to good books on General Science. Lucent publication’s book is useful for this purpose. Another book that can be referred for this purpose is “Encyclopedia of General Science for General Competitions” by Arihant Publications.

Read Standard Books of History: History is an important subject in the BPSC Mains exam. Having good books for the preparation is always desirable. The questions in this subject will focus on history of Bihar, India along with the Indian Freedom Struggle. The questions are asked from art and culture also. The candidates should prepare all these topics well. Here is a list of some important books that should be referred for the preparation.




History of Bihar

Nripendra Kumar Srivastava

This book has a good coverage of all the topics of history of the state. The movements, revolutions, systems and traditions of the state can be found in this book.

History of Medieval India

Satish Chandra

This book is a standaed book for the study of the medieval history of India. The topics have extensive elaboration and the facts have been presented in the simple language.

India's struggle for Independence

Bipin Chandra

India’s freedom struggle cannot be studied well without this book. All the aspects of the freedom struggle have been explained well. This book is good for the conceptual clarity.

History of modern India

Bipin Chandra

Modern history of India is a mix of the revolution, freedom struggle, social and economic condition of the country in the past. All these have been elaborated well in this book.

Art and Culture

Nitin Singhaniya

This book contains the details of the art and culture in a broad sense. The art, culture, cultural variation and cultural mix of the country are given in detail.

Art and culture of Bihar

Jhunu Bagohi

This book contains a detailed account of the art and culture of the state. The folk dance, music, festivals, languages are its part.

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Prepare Economics this Way: Economics has always been important in the BPCS Mains Exam. Many questions are asked from this subject. Students are always in need of good books for this subject. For the preparation of Economics, students should refer to the following books:

  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh is a comprehensive book on the economy of India. All the topics have been covered in this book. This book is also referred by the UPSC aspirants.
  • Economy of Bihar by Sinha, Nazim and Ahmad should be a “must read’’ for the BPSC Mains candidates. There will be questions from the economy of the state which can be answered well if the candidates read this book.
  • Economic Survey of India is also a suggested reading for the candidates. This can help them in answering the questions based on current economic changes or introduction of new policies.  
  • Budget of India and Bihar must be referred by the candidates. This enables them in answering the questions based on the budgetary topics.

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Indian Polity and Public Administration: This is another important topic for the BPSC Mains candidates. They surely need standard books for these subjects. Standard books for these subjects are:

  • Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth is the standard book for Indian polity. This book alone is sufficient for the preparation of the polity. This book is so authentic that all the UPSC candidates refer it during their preparation. This book should be clubbed with another book ‘’Public Administration and Management’’ by M Laxmikanth.
  • The Constitution of India (Pocket Edition) by P.M. Bakshi should also be referred by the BPSC Mains candidates. They will learn all the details related to the Indian Constitution. There are questions based on Articles, Sections etc. in the exam.
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by D. D. Basu is a book that is good for the conceptual clarity. There are ample study materials in this book for the aspirants.

Do Not Forget these Topics: In the BPSC Mains Exam, questions will be asked from these topics: Administrative Ethics, General Science & Technology and Geography & Geology. The candidates should prepare themselves for these topics. Questions will be analytical in nature. In the table given below, a list of the books is suggested that will be handy in the preparation of these topics.






Administrative Ethics

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Nanda Kishore and Santhosh Ajmera

This book guides the candidates in knowing all the ethical principles and code of conduct that are parts of administration.

Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

Niraj Kumar

The candidates can know the terms, concepts and key ethical values from this book. This is a kind of handbook which is important from the exam point of view.

General Science & Technology

Science and Technology in India

Kalpana Rajaram

This book contains the concepts of general science. There are ample study material realted to all the beanches of science. There are questions for practice also.


Geography & Geology

India and World Geography

Majid Hussain

India and world geography can be understood well with the help of this book. This book is self sufficient in terms of content, illustration, explanation and exam related stuffs. This book is also referred by the UPSC candidates.

Geography of Bihar

M. S. Pandey and P. Dayal

This book is equipped with the features of the state. The different geographical structure, rivers, mountains, agriculture and other related topics have been explained well in this book.

Environment and Geology


This book is a standard book for environment & ecology. The contents are extremely well elaborated for the readers.

The aspirants should familiarise themselves with the Atlas. A good Atlas is always required and Oxford School Atlas is one such.

Now, there are all the possible resources and help available to the aspirants; be it books, strategy or other things. They should make a concrete plan of study and start their preparation in the same way. Adhering to all these tips and ways to study, aspirants are supposed to achieve what they want to.

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