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BPSC 64th CCE 2018: Complete Syllabus, Exam Pattern

Oct 9, 2018 19:01 IST
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BPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern
BPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) 2018 has been on its way. There is not much time left for the preparation for the aspirants.  The result of 63rd BPSC has just been declared and the BPSC has come up with new opportunities. This year the number of vacancies is 1395.

For cracking the exam, one needs to have a sound idea of the exam pattern and syllabus. Here, in this article, we have compiled all the necessary information that will help you prepare better for your exam appearance.

BPSC 2018 Exam Pattern

The BPSC will hold a three tier exam for the final selection of the candidates for the various posts. The candidates need to clear all the stages of the exam to appear successfully in the merit list. There will be a written exam consisting of Preliminary and Main exam followed by an Interview. The preliminary exam is qualifying in nature. Candidates who clear the preliminary exam will be called for the main exam. The main exam comprises 900 marks. If a candidate qualifies the main exam then he is called for the interview that is of 120 marks. So, the merit is prepared out of 1020 marks.

Stage of Exam Type of Exam Mode
Preliminary Objective Offline
Mains Subjective Offline

Preliminary Exam

The preliminary exam will be of 150 marks and qualifying in nature i.e. the scores will not be considered in the preparation of the final merit. It will be of two hours. The change that is seen in the last year examination is that there were 5 options to each question which earlier used to be 4. The 4th and the 5th options are confusing. Candidates need to be careful in choosing the suitable option. The candidates are advised to score enough to stay in the competition as the cut-off keeps on varying every year.

Stage of Exam Area of Testing Total Marks Duration
Preliminary (Objective) General Studies
General Knowledge
Current Affairs
150 2 Hours

• The questions will be in Hindi and English language both.
• This stage is qualifying in nature.
• There is no negative marking.
• There will be 5 options to each question.

The date for Preliminary Exam for 64th BPSC has been scheduled on 16th December 2018 as per the official announcement.

Main Examination

The candidates are called for the main exam only if they qualify in the Preliminary exam and secure the required cut-off marks as decided by the recruiting body. Since, the pre exam is qualifying in nature so it does not matter how good one scores. The pattern of the main exam has been changed too. Now, the Main exam will have a qualifying paper General Hindi and the other papers will be evaluated only when the candidate qualifies the General Hindi paper. If a candidate qualifies in the General Hindi paper then there will be General Studies Paper 1 and General Studies Paper 2 carrying 100 marks each. Apart from this, there will be an Optional Paper that the candidate has chosen earlier while filling the Application Form. The Optional Paper carries 100 marks. The list of the 34 Optional Subjects has been given in this article.

Stage of Exam Name of Paper Total Marks Duration
Main Exam

General Hindi (Qualifying) 

General Studies Paper 1 

General Studies Paper 2  

Optional Paper









• Candidates have to score a minimum of 30 marks in General Hindi.
• Questions of General Studies are available in Hindi and English both.
• The score will be arrived at by considering the total of 900 marks in GS Paper 1, GS Paper 2 and Optional Paper.
• The candidates who are placed suitably in the merit are called for the interview.


The candidates who qualify the Main exam are called for the final stage of the exam i.e.  interview. The interview carries 120 marks. The final merit list will be prepared out of 1020 marks (900 for Mains + 120 for Interview). Interview judges the personality aspect of the candidates. The members of the Interview Board want to know the administrative aptitude and decision making ability of the candidates through interview. After the interviews, there comes the final result.

BPSC 2018 Syllabus

Once, we have the idea of the pattern of the exam in mind then it comes to have the understanding of the syllabus. It is important to know the current syllabus so that it becomes clear  for the candidates what needs to be studied. Though, it is understood that syllabus does not change every year yet there are some minute changes in it that the candidates need to know.

Syllabus for the Preliminary Exam

The syllabus for the Preliminary exam is the same as that of the previous exams of the BPSC. It covers the aspects of General Science, Polity, Economy, History and the National Movement. The candidates have to go through the syllabus and prepare themselves well because the exam will have the questions of good standard. Here is a datailed syllabus for the Preliminary exam:

• General Science (General understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience)
• Current Affairs of National/International importance
• History of India and Bihar (General understanding of the subject with the broad aspects of the history of Bihar)
• Geography of India and Bihar (Questions will relate to physical, social and economic geography of the country including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources)
• General geography and geographical division of Bihar and its major river systems
• Indian polity (Questions will test knowledge on the country’s political system, panchayati raj, community development and planning in India and Bihar)
• Indian economy and economy of Bihar post independence
• Indian Movements and Contribution of Bihar in it (Question will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence with special reference to Bihar)
• Questions based on General Mental Ability.

Studying well and solving some mock papers will help the candidates deal better in preparing for the Preliminary exam. Since, there is no negative marking in the Pre exam so the candidates can mark as many questions as they can without having the tension of the negative scoring.

Syllabus for the Main Exam

Qualifying Paper: General Hindi

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

Essay: 30 Marks
Grammar: 30 Marks
Syntax: 25 Marks
Summarisation: 15 Marks

Out of the 100 marks, candidates are required to secure only 30 marks in the qualifying paper. For this qualifying paper, a good book for school standard is enough.

General Studies Paper

Until now, every paper that the candidates have appeared is of qualifying nature. The Preliminary exam and the General Hindi paper are just qualifying in nature. It does not matter how well have the candidates fared in these exams. The actual exam starts now with the General Studies Papers and the Optional Paper. There are two Papers for the General Studies and one for the Optional. Each Paper carries 100 marks making the total marks from all these papers to be 900.

Below is the detailed syllabus for the GS Papers and the Optional Paper:

Detailed Syllabus for 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 sprcial reference to applied science)

Optional Paper

In Optional Paper, a candidate is required to choose any one subject. This paper will be of 300 marks and it will have a time limit of 3 hours. There are 34 Optional subjects that can be taken up in the Main 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

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