Bihar Public Service Commission – BPSC

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Bihar Public Service Commission

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) is a competitive examination conducted by the Bihar State Administration to hire people for various Bihar State Administration positions. This competitive examination is held at a state level and allows eligible candidates to apply for different administrative services. Students usually face a lot of doubts while preparing for BPSC that is why we will cover the BPSC test series and tips on how to crack the papers. Keep reading to find out all the details about BPSC, its important dates, eligibility, BPSC Prelims, BPSC Mains and more.

Exam Name BPSC Exam
Full Form Bihar Public Service Commission Exam
Exam Level State-Level
Exam Mode Offline Mode
Sections Prelims, Mains & Interview
Total Questions in BPSC Prelims 150
Total Marks 150
Type of Questions MCQ
Duration 120 minutes

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BPSC Exam Dates

Here are the exam dates for BPSC 2021:

Mode of Examination Offline
Registration Dates- Start 4th week of October, 2020
Last Date of Registration 10th May 2021
Downloading of Admit Card (Mains) June 2021
Prelims Exam April 2021
Main Exam 5th June 2021
Interview TBA
Result 1st week of September 2021

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About Bihar Public Service Commission

As already mentioned above, the Bihar Public Service Commission is one of India’s most reputed competitive examinations. It allows students to apply for different services of the Bihar State Administration. This exam is often confused with the Union Public Service Commission due to the exams’ similar nature. However, the key difference between UPSC and BPSC is that UPSC is a national level examination and BPSC is a state-level examination. Here is the BPSC exam pattern in detail:

Preliminary: Preliminary or Prelims are the first stage of the total three stages of the BPSC examination. The exam is a written exam conducted in offline mode, which lasts for two hours, and the total weightage of the exam is 150 marks. 

Mains: Mains is the second stage in the BPSC examination and all the students that clear the preliminary stage are eligible to sit for this stage. This examination consists of four different subject exams. The subjects and their weightage is as follows-

  • General Studies 1- 300 marks
  • General Studies 2- 300 marks
  • Hindi- 100 marks
  • Optional exam- 300 marks.

All the exams are conducted in written offline mode consisting of subjective type questions and the time allotted for each exam is three hours. 

Interview Stage: The final stage of the BPSC examination is an interview. The interview is used to select final students based on their administrative and decision-making skills. 

BPSC Posts

Check out the list of posts offered under the Bihar Public Service Commission to all those candidates who successfully qualify for the exam.

  • Assistant Planning Officer
  • Assistant Project Officer/Assistant Director
  • Assistant Director – Social Security
  • Assistant Director – Child Protection
  • Assistant Registrar
  • Bihar Administrative Services
  • Bihar Police Services
  • Bihar Financial Services
  • Bihar Home Guard Services
  • Bihar Probation Services (Probation Officer)
  • Bihar Education Services
  • Bihar Registration Services
  • Bihar Jail Services
  • Bihar Labour Services
  • Bihar Election Services
  • District Minority Welfare Officer
  • District Audit Officer
  • Municipal Executive Officer
  • Planning Officer/ District Planning Officer
  • Police Superintendent
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Sugarcane Officer

BPSC Online Application

All those eligible for the BPSC combined competitive exam must fill out the online application form to appear for the April 2021 Prelims. The registration for the Main exams is open from 6th April 2021 to 30th April 2021. The last day to submit the hard-copy of the application form is 7th May 2021.

The Preliminary Exam is scheduled for 25/April/ 2021. The exam will be held according to the COVID-19 guidelines set by the government. All candidates are advised to wear masks, carry sanitisers and are advised to take all health precautions during the exam. 

BPSC Admit Card

Admit Card has been released for the upcoming April exam for BPSC 2021. All candidates can download the card from the official website.

BPSC Eligibility 2021

The eligibility criteria for various posts is stated below- 

  • Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of the country. 
  • Education: Candidates must have completed graduation or its equivalent education from a recognised institute 

Age Limit:

Category Minimum Age Maximum Age
General (Female) 21 40
General (Male) 20 37
OBC (Male / Female) 21 40
SC / ST (Male / Female) 22 42

Here is the relaxation that is allotted to candidates of the above mentioned categories-

  • Government Employees (continuous service for at least three years): 5 Years 
  • A person with Disability (PwD): 10 Years 
  • Ex-servicemen: 3 Years 

Physical Eligibility 

Category  Height  Chest (Without Expansion)
General (Male) 5 feet 5 inches 32 inches
SC / ST (Male) 5 feet 3 inches 32 inches
Female Candidates 5 feet 2 inches

BPSC 2021: Exam Pattern

For all the candidates who are looking forward to appearing in the Bihar Public Service Commission examination, mentioned below is the exam pattern for both Prelims and Mains exam-

Prelims Exam

Total Questions  Total Marks  Duration
150 150 120
  • The exam will contain MCQ questions 
  • There will be no negative marking 

Mains Exam

Name of the Paper Type of Question Marks  Duration
General Hindi (Qualifying Paper) Subjective 100 3 hours
General Studies Paper-1 Subjective 100 3 hours
General Studies Paper-2 Subjective 100 3 hours
Optional Paper Subjective 100 3 hours
  • The BPSC mains exam will consist of subjective questions 
  • Candidates can choose to answer the questions in English/ Hindi/ Urdu

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) Syllabus

The first step towards preparing for any competitive examination in the world is to get well versed with its syllabus in its entirety, including knowing about all the topics in a little brief. Here is a list of all the topics for different stages of the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) examination-

Preliminary Exam

The subjects for the preliminary exam for the Bihar Public Service Commission are tabulated below. 

General Science: General Principles of science and the understanding of basic concepts.
General Geography: Basic understanding of geographic settings of Bihar
Indian History: History of Bihar in relation to the social, economical and political aspects. 
Current Affairs: National importance current affairs
The Economy of Bihar: Features of the economy and the changes in the economy of Bihar post the independence period.
Indian National Movements: Knowledge of Bihar’s participation in Indian national movements.

Mains Exam

The subjects for the mains exam for the Bihar Public Service Commission are tabulated below.

Subjects Topics
Hindi Grammar, summarization, Essay, Syntax
General Studies 1 Modern Indian History, the role of Bihar in the independence of India,
role of Bihar in various Indian national movements, Birsa movement,
quit India movement, Champaran Satyagraha, the role of Gandhi,
Tagore etc current affairs of national importance. 
GeneralStudies 2 The political system of India and Bihar, the role of science and
technology in the development of India, Bihar’s economical and
geographical knowledge
Optional Students have to choose any 3 subjects out of a list of 34 subjects.
Some of the subjects are-
Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Political Science

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Interview Test

This is the final stage in the Bihar Public Service Commission- BPSC examination. All the students who clear the preliminary round and the mains stage of the examination are eligible to sit for the interview test. A board which the commission usually appoints leads the interview. This is one of the toughest stages of this examination as they have to select only the cream layer of students. The candidates are evaluated on the following basis-

  • The application form filled by them before sitting for the interview and mainly the interest put in by them.
  • Their knowledge of current affairs by conducting a personality test.
  • Their critical thinking and analytical skills are evaluated.
  • They are evaluated on their preparedness so as to determine whether or not they have that mindset or not.

66th BPSC Answer Key

The 66th BPSC answer key for the Combined (Preliminary) Competitive Examination is available on the Bihar Public Service Commission official website. Click here to download the official answer key!

BPSC Result

Out of 2, 57,000 candidates, only 247 candidates qualified all the rounds of examinations – Prelims, Mains and Interview for the BPSC combined competitive exam. Candidates can download their scorecard from the website and check the list of roll numbers released by the authority to ascertain if they are eligible for job vacancies under the Bihar state government..

BPSC Marksheet 

BPSC Marksheet is available on the website. Click here to download the marksheet for the 2020 exam.

BPSC Cutoff

A total of 2 lakh 57 thousand appeared for the December 2020 Prelims and 6517 qualified for the exam. .BPSC cutoff for the October 2020 Prelims exam is given below-

Category Cut-off for 2020
Unreserved  97
Unreserved Female 91
EWS 92
EWS (Female) 87
SC 89
SC (Female) 79
ST 89
EBC 96
EBC 86
BC 94

How to Prepare for BPSC

Bihar Public Service Commission is one of the toughest competitive exams in the country. Annually, over 2 lakh candidates appear for the exam to compete for limited posts offered by the Bihar government across departments like administrative, police, financial, rural development, district minority services etc. Let’s look at some tips on how to prepare for BPSC 2021-

  • Study the BPSC syllabus & exam pattern thoroughly. Don’t forget to make notes for all the subjects. BPSC exam tests the candidates’ proficiency in various subjects like maths, English/Hindi, General Knowledge and Optional papers. It is important to study all the relevant topics if you want to ace this exam.
  • Second tip on how to prepare for BPSC is to solve previous year question papers and mock tests for the exam.
  • Third tip on how to prepare for the BPSC exam is to use limited and standard books for every subject. All candidates must focus on essential books for the exam. Click here to get a comprehensive BPSC book list!
  • Another important tip on how to prepare is to find out your weaknesses and strengths. If you are good at maths or English and need to work on your general knowledge, the best strategy would be to focus on general knowledge and how to improve in that subject.
  • Another tip is to stay focused and positive throughout your preparation. Competitive exams can be overwhelming for candidates and it is important to maintain a healthy diet whilst preparing.

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Is BPSC exam Cancelled?

BPSC exam is not cancelled, it has been postponed due to increasing COVID-19. The prelims exam will be held on 25th April 2021

What is the BPSC mains exam date?

The Bihar Public Service Commission Mains exams will be held on 5th June 2021. The applications for registration for mains is till 10th May 2021.

What are the subjects in BPSC?

The optional subjects are Political Science, Philosophy, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, History, Psychology, Sociology, Maths, Hindi, etc

How can I apply for BPSC exam?

Candidates can apply for the exam through BPSC online applications or submit the hard-copy to the authority before March 2021 for the BPSC Mains.

How many exams are there in BPSC?

BPSC exam includes 3 rounds of selection- Prelims, Mains and Interview. The mains includes 4 papers- Hindi Subjective, General Paper 1, General Paper 2 and Optional Paper.

How many attempts are there in BPSC?

For Bihar Public Service Commissions, there is no limit on the number of times a candidate can appear for the exam. However, there is an upper age limit. For General- Male candidates, it is 37 years and for general- female candidates, it is 40 years. For OBC candidates and SC/ST, it is 40 years and 42 years respectively.

How many candidates appeared Bihar Public Service Commission 2020?

A total of 2,57,000 candidates appeared for the Bihar Public Service Commission in the year 2020.

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