BPSC Exam Pattern and Detailed Syllabus 2023

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To recruit various lucrative posts for Bihar state administration, BPSC (Bihar Public Service Commission) has a dominant role to play. It is considered the most promising and reputed competitive examination to that gets Rural Development Office, and District Sanpark Officers on board. On 12 February 2023, the BPSC prelims were held, of which the answer key was also released. The BPSC Mains Exam is on 12, 17 and 18 May 2023. In this blog, we will take you deep through the BPSC exam pattern, BPSC mains syllabus and other syllabi for each section. 

Latest Updates 2023

The latest updates for the BPSC Exam pattern are mentioned below.

  1. BPSC Prelims Exam is of 150 marks, where 1 mark is granted for a correct answer while a negative marking is 0.25 per wrong answer.
  2. BPSC Mains Exam has a total of 5 papers. Essay Paper has been added. So the papers are Essay, GS I, GS II, General Hindi, and Optional Paper.
  3. The Optional Paper, along with General Hindi, come to a total of 100 marks.
  4. The scoring will be done out of 900 marks.

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BPSC Exam Pattern 2023

Aspirants should know the examination pattern for BPSC to appear for the test. It is important to note that the BPSC test is being conducted in three successive stages, Preliminary, Mains as well as Interview. Let’s take a look at the BPSC exam pattern 2023:

Examination Stage Type of Examination Mode Max. MarksTotal Duration
PreliminaryObjectiveOffline Based1502 hours
MainsDescriptive Offline Based 900 (3 Papers of
300 marks each)
3 hours for each Paper
Personal InterviewFace to faceOffline Based120

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BPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

In BPSC Prelims, there will be multiple choice questions based on objective-type nature. Check out the descriptive exam pattern below.

SubjectGeneral Studies
Number of Questions150
Total Marks 150
Type of Questions MCQs
Duration2 hours

BPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Under the Mains level of the BPSC exam pattern, there are three papers, i.e. General Hindi, General Studies (2 levels), and an optional subject. Take a look at the BPSC exam pattern for the Mains level below:

Name of ExamCombined Competitive Exam (Mains)
Examination Conducting BodyBihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)
No of Papers                Total of 4
General Hindi – Qualifying Paper
General Studies 1 (300 marks)
General Studies 2 (300 marks)
Optional Subject (300 marks)
Essay (300 Marks)
Duration3 hours for each paper

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BPSC Exam Syllabus 2023

Certainly, keeping abreast of the BPSC syllabus will help you go way ahead. Since the BPSC exam pattern is divided into three main stages and a detailed syllabus has been prescribed for the Prelims and Mains exam. Glance through the level-wise BPSC syllabus in the following sections

BPSC Prelims Exam

General ScienceGeography (mainly Geography of Bihar)
Events of national and
international importance
Indian Polity and Economy
History of Bihar and Indian HistoryChanges in the economy of Bihar post-independence
Indian National Movement and the Role of BiharGeneral Mental Ability.
Indian Political SystemPanchayati Raj
Community DevelopmentPlanning in India and Bihar

BPSC Mains Exam

General Studies 1stGeneral Studies 2nd
Indian Culture
Modern History of India
(mid-19th century onwards)
Contemporary events of national
and international importance
Statistical Analysis, diagrams, and graphs.
Important personalities –
Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and
Rabindranath Tagore
Western Education and Technical
Education in Bihar
Role of Bihar in the Indian National Movement
Santhal uprising
1857 War of Independence
Champaran Satyagraha
Quit India Movement 1942
Mauryan and Pal Art
Patna Kalam Paintings
Analysis of graphical/diagrammatical/
statistical data
Indian (and Bihar) Polity
Indian (and Bihar) Economy
Indian (and Bihar) Geography
Role and Impact of Science and
Technology in the development of India (and Bihar)

Note: The General Hindi syllabus for the BPSC Mains exam can be explored in detail at the official website.

Optional Subjects

English Language and Literature
Urdu Language and LiteratureHindi Language and Literature
Persian Language and LiteratureArabic Language and Literature
Pali Language and Literature
Maithili Language and Literature
Bangla Language and LiteratureMaithili Language and Literature
Sanskrit Language and LiteratureChemistrySociology
Political Science and International RelationsPsychologyPublic Administration
Labour and Social WelfareManagementMathematics
Mechanical EngineeringGeographyGeology
HistoryLawCivil Engineering
EconomicsCommerce and AccountancyElectrical Engineering
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary ScienceAnthropology

BPSC Exam 2023: Personal Interview Pattern

The exam will be consisting of 120 marks. The final merit list will be made as per the total marks of the mains (900 marks) and interview test (120 marks).

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BPSC Interview Test 

All candidates who clear the BPSC Mains Exam are then called for an interview. The interview is done by the board appointed by the Commission. The main fields upon which the questions are based are mentioned below.

  • The Board will have before them the record of the candidate and the application form felled by him/ her. They will be reviewing the interests mentioned by the candidate. 
  • The personal suitability of the candidate is checked by the Board in the state services. The people comprising this board are unbiased and competent.
  • The personality test is also conducted to gauge if the candidate has knowledge about current affairs outside and within the state. 
  • The main purpose of the interview is to explore the mental makeup and qualities as well as the analytical ability of the candidate. 

BPSC Marking Scheme

  • Marks of the BPSC Prelims Paper be considered for qualifying candidates for the main exam.
  • There will be no negative marking in the BPSC exam.
  • BPSC Prelims is screening in nature.
  • All the questions are set in English and Hindi except for those questions which are meant to test the candidate’s knowledge of English.

Points to Remember for BPSC Exam 2023

Mentioned below are the important points to be remembered regarding the BPSC exam pattern. 

  • All candidates have to qualify and clear the General Hindi exam to get their General Awareness sheet checked by the Commission.
  • The General Studies questions are available both in Hindi and English.
  • The total 900 marks in GS Paper 1 and 2 and the optional paper will help in leading to the score. 
  • The candidates who get their names in the merit section will be called for a personal interview. 
  • There will be no negative markings in the descriptive question papers. 
  • All the papers need to be qualified by the candidates to be called for a personal interview. 
  • This round is qualifying and scoring in nature. 

Here is the list of popular resourceful books that you can add to the study materials to prepare for the BPSC exam pattern and syllabus.

Name of the bookAuthorLink
Indian Polity LaxmikanthBuy Here!
HistoryBipin ChandraBuy Here!
EconomyRamesh SinghBuy Here!
GeographyMajid HussainBuy Here!
India Yearbook
Publications Division
Government of India
Buy Here!
Ancient Indian HistoryRS SharmaBuy Here!
Medieval India HistorySatish ChandraBuy Here!
Art and CultureNitin SinghaniaBuy Here!
General KnowledgeLucentBuy Here!
Indian EconomyShanker GaneshBuy Here!

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Where can I find the BPSC exam pattern and syllabus pdf?

The BPSC exam pattern along with the syllabus is given in this post of Leverage Edu.

How many vacancies are there?

There is a total of 533 vacancies. 

In the BPSC Mains, how many papers are there?

The BPSC Mains exam consists of four papers.

What is the highest BPSC position?

The DSP in the Police Department is the highest position in the BPSC.

Thus, we hope this comprehensive blog helped you explore the BPSC exam pattern and syllabus. If you are confused about which path aligns with your interests and aspirations, book an e-meeting with our experts at Leverage Edu and we will help you in making an informed decision to progress toward your dream career!

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