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BPSC Exam Pattern – Combined Competitive Exam 2020 (Prelims, Mains, Interview)

The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) conducts recruitment exams to fill up vacancies in the state administration. The BPSC Exam Pattern of the respective exams can be found on the official website and in the notification/advertisement. In this article, you can find the updated and detailed exam pattern of the BPSC Combined Competitive Exam 2020. As per the BPSC Exam Pattern, there will be the following three stages in the 66th Combined Competitive Exam:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview
BPSC Prelims BPSC Mains BPSC Interview
  • One Paper
  • 150 marks
  • 2 hours
  • Objective Type
  • Offline (Pen-Paper)
  • 4 papers
  • One qualifying paper (Hindi) + 3 merit ranking papers
  • 900 marks (300*3)
  • 3 hours for each paper
  • Subjective Type
  • Offline (Pen-Paper)
  • 120 marks
  • Merit list based on marks in Mains + Interview
The exam pattern of state service exams is modelled on the IAS Exam (conducted by the Union Public Service Commission).

Currently, the 65th BPSC Combined Competitive Exam is underway. The BPSC Prelims 2019 was conducted on 15th October 2019 and the BPSC Mains examination will take place from 4th August 2020 onward. The application process is underway for BPSC 65th Mains with the last date to apply online as 30th June 2020.

The detailed exam pattern of Bihar PSC is given below.
BPSC Exam Pattern & Syllabus

BPSC Exam Pattern 2020

The salient aspects of the BPSC exam pattern are:
  1. The first stage i.e. Prelims is a screening test
  2. Candidates have to apply online before the last date given in the notification
  3. The Prelims exam comprises one paper (General Studies)
  4. The BPSC Prelims is for a total of 150 marks and the exam duration is 2 hours.
  5. As per the exam pattern, all questions in Prelims will be of objective type(MCQs)
  6. There is no negative marking in BPSC Prelims
  7. The Prelims Syllabus contains the following topics:
    1. General Science
    2. Events of national and international importance
    3. History of Bihar and Indian History
    4. Geography
    5. Geography of Bihar
    6. Indian Polity and Economy
    7. Changes in the economy of Bihar post-independence
    8. Indian National Movement and Role of Bihar
    9. General Mental Ability

BPSC Syllabus:- 

  1. The minimum qualifying marks in Prelims are:
    1. General Category – 40%
    2. BC – 36.5%
    3. OBC – 34%
    4. Women/SC/ST/PwD – 32%
  2. Among the candidates who score above the minimum qualifying marks, the final list of candidates selected for BPSC Mains will be prepared based on the number of vacancies
  3. After the Prelims Result is declared, the selected candidates have to fill and submit the application form for BPSC Mains
  4. As per the exam pattern of BPSC Mains, there are four exam papers:
    1. General Hindi – 100 marks (Minimum qualifying marks – 30 marks)
    2. General Studies Paper 1 – 300 marks
    3. General Studies Paper 2 – 300 marks
    4. One Optional Subject – 300 marks
Candidates can also go through the complete IAS Syllabus and prepare an integrated preparation strategy.

BPSC Optional Subjects

Candidates have to select one of the following 34 optional subjects:
Agriculture Statistics Hindi Language and Literature Persian Language and Literature
Arabic Language and Literature Pali Language and Literature Maithili Language and Literature Chemistry
Sociology Physics English Language and Literature Urdu Language and Literature
Botany Bangla Language and Literature Sanskrit Language and Literature Zoology
Philosophy Political Science and International Relations Psychology Public Administration
Labour and Social Welfare Management Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
Geography Geology History Law
Civil Engineering Economics Commerce and Accountancy Electrical Engineering
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Anthropology
  1. The duration of each paper in Mains will be of 3 hrs
  2. The questions in the Mains exam will be of descriptive-essay type
  3. Candidates can write the answers in one of the following languages depending on the stated preference in the application:
    1. Hindi
    2. Urdu
    3. English
  4. The minimum qualifying marks in BPSC Mains are:
    1. General Category – 40%
    2. BC – 36.5%
    3. OBC – 34%
    4. Women/SC/ST/PwD – 32%
  5. Candidates who clear the Mains stage will be called for an interview. As per the BPSC Exam Pattern, the interview will be of 120 marks
  6. The final merit list will be made based on the candidates’ marks in Mains and Interview

BPSC Exam Pattern 2020 – FAQs

Q1. How can I get the BPSC Exam Pattern & Syllabus in Hindi?

Ans. You can download the BPSC Syllabus PDF from the link mentioned above to get BPSC Syllabus in Hindi.

Q2. Is knowledge of Hindi needed?

Ans. Yes, there is a paper on Hindi language Class XII level [Subjective] for 100 marks.

Q3. Do we have optional subjects?

Ans. Yes, Candidates have to attempt one optional subject in the mains examination.

Q4. Do we have subjective mains papers?

Ans. Yes, There are four subjective papers in the mains examination.

Q5. Which is the language / medium of question papers?

Ans. The question papers are set in bilingual i.e. English and Hindi only.

Q6. How can we check update of BPSC Exam Pattern & Syllabus?

Ans. Candidates can check all types of updates @ bpsc.bih.nic.in

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