What is the Full Form of BDO?

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The full form of BDO is Block Development Officer. A BDO is in charge of a block for its development and activities. He/she is responsible for supervising the execution of all the programs related to the planning and development of the blocks. The idea is to keep a check on all the concerned authorities and see if the plans are executed properly. 

Responsibilities of a BDO

  • Storing and distributing the agricultural supplies
  • Attending Gram Sabha and Panchayat Samiti meetings
  • Participating in social campaigns
  • Disbursing funds out of the Panchayat Samiti Fund
  • Eliminating irregularities related to Panchayat Samiti Fund
  • Ensuring construction projects undertaken by the Panchayat are done on time
  • Preparing the annual budget and sharing it with the Panchayat Samiti
  • Creating progress reports and sharing them with Panchayat Samiti as well as with the Zila Parishad and the State Govt.
  • Examining the financial standing of the Panchayats on behalf of the Panchayat Samiti, paying particular attention to the collection of taxes, loan repayment, and maintenance of regular accounting.
  • Assisting Panchayats in developing strategies and ensuring that they follow the priorities and plans of the Panchayat Samiti. 

Eligibility to Become a BDO

Educational qualificationsBachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks
Age limitGeneral- 32 years
OBC- 35 years
SC/ST- 27 years
Physical requirementsPhysically fit and capable of performing the duties of a BDO.
Other requirementsMust be a resident of the state in which you are applying for the BDO role.

How to Become a BDO?

  • Can be from any background (Humanities, Science or Commerce)
  • Must be a graduate of a reputed university
  • Take the state-level civil services examination. The exam is usually conducted by the Public Service Commission of the state in which you wish to work as a BDO
  • Qualify for the exam and take the interview round
  • Complete any training program if required 

Please note that Diploma students are not eligible for this position.

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