BPSC Syllabus 2020 : Complete Details of Bpsc Prelims Syllabus and Bpsc Main Syllabus

BPSC or Bihar Public Service Commission is the governing body that conducts all the state level exams in Bihar. BPSC conducts the recruitment exam for various posts like Sub Divisional Officer, Rural Development Officer, District Sanapark Officer, etc. The  Official Notification of recruitment is expected to be released in the last week of June 2020. To surpass the competition with high marks, candidates must be aware of the syllabus completely covering each section with topics important with the exam point of view.  All the candidates who are preparing for the BPSC recruitment exam are advised to go through the syllabus of the same.

The BPSC recruitment exam 2020 is conducted in three stages:

  • Prelims – 1 objective type paper (150 marks)
  • Mains – 4 descriptive papers (1 qualifying + 3 merit ranking)
  • Interview – 120 marks

Aspirants can have a look detailed look at BPSC syllabus below.

BPSC Prelims Exam

BPSC Prelims Exam covers the aspects of General Science, Polity, Economy, History and the National Movement. The candidates must go through the syllabus and prepare well because the exam will have the questions of high standards. Check the detailed syllabus of the BPSC Prelims Exam:

Name of Exam Combined Competitive Exam (Pre)
Conducting Body Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)
No of Papers 1 Objective Type Paper General Studies (150 marks)
Duration 2 hours
BPSC Syllabus
  • General Science
  • Indian National Movement and the Role of Bihar
  • Events of national and international importance
  • History of Bihar and Indian History
  • Indian Polity and Economy
  • Changes in the economy of Bihar post-independence
  • General Mental Ability
  • Geography
  • Geography of Bihar

BPSC Prelims Exam Syllabus

The question asked in the BPSC Prelims exam are from 8 subjects. The subjects and detailed syllabus of the BPSC Prelims exam have been provided below.

  1. General Science
  2. Events of national and international importance
  3. History of Bihar and Indian History
  4. Geography(mainly Geography of Bihar)
  5. Indian Polity and Economy
  6. Changes in the economy of Bihar post-independence
  7. Indian National Movement and the Role of Bihar
  8. General Mental Ability.

Detailed Syllabus

  • General Science: The questions on Science and Tech General understanding of science, includes matters of everyday observation and experience. The types of questions and level of questions will be such that candidates do not require the subject specialization.
  • History of Bihar and India: Topics related to history of Indian and Bihar must give special attention. General understanding of the topics with the broad aspects of the history of Bihar.
  • Geography of India and Bihar: Questions will be related to the geographical, location of India and also the main features of Indian and Bihar agricultural and natural resources.
  • General geographical division of Bihar including its major river systems.
  • Indian and Bihar polity: Indian polity questions will test knowledge of candidates on the country’s political system, community development, Panchayati Raj, planning in India and Bihar.
  • The economy of Indian Bihar post-independence
  • Current Affairs of National/International importance
  • Indian Independence 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
  • Under the Indian Economy and Polity, the questions will cover the following topics:
    • Indian Political System
    • Panchayati Raj
    • Community Development
    • Planning in India and Bihar
  • Under the Indian National Movement topic, candidates must focus on the resurgence in the 19th century, nature and growth of nationalism in India, and India’s independence. Also, the role of Bihar in the Indian National Movement is important from the BPSC exam point of view
  • Questions based on General Mental Ability

BPSC Mains Exam

The candidates are called for the BPSC recruitment mains exam only if they secure the required cut-off marks that are decided by the Bihar Commission.  Approximately, the number of candidates selected for Mains is equal to 10 times the total number of vacancies released. The BPSC Main Exam has a qualifying paper of General Hindi with minimum passing criteria of 30 marks (out of 100). The marks obtained in General Hindi will not be counted for the overall merit. Apart from this, there will be General Studies Paper 1 and General Studies Paper 2 of 300 marks each. There will also be an optional paper that the candidate selects while filling the application form. The optional paper carries 300 marks.

Stage of Exam Name of Paper Total Marks Duration of Exam
Main Exam (Subjective) General Hindi (Qualifying) 100 3 Hours
General Studies Paper 1 300 3 Hours
General Studies Paper 2 300 3 Hours
Optional Paper 300 3 Hours

BPSC Mains Syllabus

BPSC Mains Syllabus
General Hindi  General Studies 1 General Studies 2 
  • Essay (30 marks)
  • Grammar (30 marks)
  • Syntax (25 marks)
  • Precis/Summary (15 marks)
  • Indian Culture
  • Modern History of India and Bihar
  • Contemporary events of national and international importance
  • Statistical Analysis, diagrams and graphs
  • Indian (and Bihar) Polity
  • Indian (and Bihar) Economy
  • Impact and role of Science and Technology in the development of India (and Bihar)
  • Indian (and Bihar) Geography

Syllabus of GS Paper 1

  • Modern History of India and Indian culture: History of the country with special reference to Bihar in the middle of the nineteenth century, the introduction and expansion of western and technical education,  the Santhal Uprising in Bihar, Birsa movement, Champaran Satyagrah, Bihar’s role in the Indian freedom struggle, 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
  • Role of Bihar in the Indian National Movement
    • Santhal uprising
    • 1857 war of independence
    • Champaran Satyagraha
    • Quit India Movement 1942
  • Mauryan and Pala Art/Pala Sena Art
  • Patna Kalam Paintings
  • Statistical analysis, graphs, and diagrams: Candidates must give extra attention to questions related to these topics to test the ability to draw conclusions from statistical, graphical or diagrammatical information and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies.

Syllabus for GS Paper 2

  1. Indian Polity: Questions based on the political system in India including Bihar.
  2. Indian economy and Geography of India: Questions on planning in India and the physical, economic and social geography of India and Bihar.
  3. 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 special reference to applied science.

Optional Subject

Candidates have to also select one optional subject out of 34 subjects. There will be one optional subject exam for 300 marks and the questions will be of Honours Level. List of subjects are given below:

  1. English Language and Literature
  2. Urdu Language and Literature
  3. Hindi Language and Literature
  4. Persian Language and Literature
  5. Arabic Language and Literature
  6. Pali Language and Literature
  7. Maithili Language and Literature
  8. Bangla Language and Literature
  9. Sanskrit Language and Literature
  10. Chemistry
  11. Sociology
  12. Physics
  13. Agriculture
  14. Statistics
  15. Botany
  16. Zoology
  17. Philosophy
  18. Political Science and International Relations
  19. Psychology
  20. Public Administration
  21. Labour and Social Welfare
  22. Management
  23. Mathematics
  24. Mechanical Engineering
  25. Geography
  26. Geology
  27. History
  28. Law
  29. Civil Engineering
  30. Economics
  31. Commerce and Accountancy
  32. Electrical Engineering
  33. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  34. Anthropology

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