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Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) Exam : Exam Stages, Eligibility Criteria, Age Limit, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation and Books List

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) Exam

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) Exam

The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) is one of the most reputed State Level Civil Services Exam conducted to recruit multiple posts such as –

The Board also has finally released the exam date sheet for BPSC 2021. Official Notification has been released in the last week of June 2021.

The Bihar Public Service Commission sets the BPSC Syllabus. The Bihar Public Service Commission sets BPSC Prelims and Mains Syllabus. The commission is also constitutionally incorporated to assist the Bihar State Government in recruitment, transfer, and disciplinary matters, of public service.

BPSC Exam – Stages

The BPSC Examination (Combined Competitive Exam) is held in three primary stages:

Stage of BPSC ExamType of ExamMode Total MarksDuration
PrelimsObjectiveOffline1502 Hours
MainsSubjectiveOffline900 (3 Papers of 300 marks each)3 Hours for each Paper
Personal InterviewPhysically PresentOffline120Not Defined

Candidates have to clear each stage to be eligible for the next step; if candidates clear the prelims, they can also give the mains, clearing which they would be summoned for the final stage, i.e., the last interview of the BPSC Exam.

Bihar PSC Exam – Eligibility Criteria

BPSC Age Limit for General Category Male Aspirants

Category-Wise BPSC Upper Age Limit

CategoryGenderUpper Age Limit
GeneralMale37 years old
GeneralFemale40 years old
BC/OBCMale/Female40 years old
SC/STMale/Female 42 years old

Important points regarding BPSC Age Limit

Educational Qualification as per the BPSC Eligibility Criteria

Physical Eligibility Criteria

Minimum Height



  1. For claiming benefits under reservation, candidates need to:
    • Have a Bihar Domicile
    • Mention the reservation category in the BPSC online application
  2. The SC/ST category aspirants seeking reservation need to present the following documents:
    • Caste Certificate
    • Domicile
  3. The BC/OBC aspirants seeking reservation need to present the following documents:
    • Caste Certificate
    • Domicile
    • Non-Creamy Layer Certificate

BPSC Exam – Pattern

Prelims are the qualifying in nature; it is used to screen out the non-serious candidates. All the candidates who have qualified or clear the Prelims exam are called for the BPSC Mains. The marks in the Prelims will not be taken into consideration for the final merit list.

Before going to the BPSC Prelims Exam syllabus, all candidates must check the BPSC Exam Pattern in the table mentioned below.

Name of the Exam                    Combined Competitive Exam
Conducting BodyBihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)
No of Papers        1 – General Studies (150 marks)
Duration2 hours
BPSC Syllabus    General Science
Events of national and international importance
History of Bihar and Indian History
Geography (mainly Geography of Bihar)
Indian Polity and Economy
Changes in the economy of Bihar post-independence
Indian National Movement and the Role of BiharGeneral Mental Ability.

BPSC Exam – Syllabus


The paper on General Studies will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge: –

Main Examination

General studies paper I and Paper II will cover the following areas of knowledge: –


(1) Modern History of India and Indian culture.

(2) Current events of national and international importance.

(3) Statistical analysis, graphs, and diagrams.


(1) Indian Polity:

(2) Indian economy and Geography of India; and

(3) The role and impact of science and technology in the development of India.

Note- For BPSC Syllabus, click-

Bihar PSC 2020 Exam Preparation

A.   The best magazines for BPSC preparation are listed below:

Aspirants can also download the Monthly Magazine curated for civil service exam preparation from the linked article.

The weightage being given to questions based on Current Affairs in state service exams or the UPSC IAS exam is increasing in recent years. In the linked article, aspirants can see the trend analysis of UPSC Current Affairs and find BYJU’S latest compilations, such as:

This Day in History – Many important historical events are important from the context of the BPSC Exam. Hence, this section can be referred to for keeping yourself in line with the major events of Indian history.

Note- Simply reading the news and current affairs is not enough as competition is tough, and the exam pattern and syllabus vary to a certain extent.

B.    Best BPSC Books

As the first step, candidates should go through the syllabus and read the state board books and NCERT books (Class 6 – Class 12th). Candidates should read the old NCERT books as well.

C.    The best BPSC books are listed below:

D.   Preparation for Bihar PSC or any other civil service exam in India should contain the following steps:

While carrying the BPSC preparation, if aspirants come in touch a few terms that confuse them or know the difference between such terms/concepts, they can check our differences between articles page for reference. Here, we have compiled 100 such articles mentioning fundamental differences between important topics/terms or concepts.

E.    Candidates who are pressed for time can read subject-wise NCERT notes on the following subject areas:

F.     The notification of the BPSC Civil services exam for the recruitment of :

Has been released, and the exam is probably scheduled to be conducted in September.

BPSC Selection Process

Candidates who will complete the exams and the interview will get shortlisted for the BPSC 2021. The preliminary examination is of 2 hours and carries 200 marks.

Now talking of BPSC, General Studies is the vital section in the examination as it constitutes a significant chunk of the test, and it must not be neglected. In this way, general studies can’t be underestimated as it leads you to the final selection.

Though Optional subject also has its importance at the same time, General Studies has its contribution. In the Essay & Interview stage, this helps a lot. So General Studies should be prepared well.

For the preparation of General Studies, the first and foremost thing is to learn from the best in the industry. The examination contains Bihar special state-specific section and current affairs in the syllabus, and it is a desirable portion in the BPSC general studies curriculum.

Well, candidates need to acknowledge the BPSC as BPSC CCE, i.e., Bihar state civil services. Like UPSC CSE, the BPSC exam pattern is also divided into three stages, i.e., prelims, mains, and interviews.

Prelims- It consists of 150 questions of 150 marks. To qualify this stage, we need to focus on NCERT books of arts group (class 6–12), Lucent science for general science, Daily newspaper (The Hindu) for current affairs, any book for quantitative aptitude, KBC Nano for Bihar specific questions.

Mains- There are four papers in the BPSC mains exam-

  1. The Rest 3 papers of 900 marks are for merit.

Note- For detailed BPSC Syllabus, click-

Vital Books for Preparation

  1. Indian Politics by Lakshmikanth’s
  2. Ancient History by D.D. Kausambi’s Historical outline
  3. Medieval by J.L. Mehta
  4. BL Growers [Gandhi & Sub hash]
  5. NCERT History [Std. xi & STD Xii]
  6. R.S. Agarwal [Arithmetic]
  7. Wren & Martin [English Grammar]
  8. A Brief Introduction to Indian Constitution by Xavier’s Pinto
  9. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
  10. Basic Level Mathematics- Part 1 and Part 2 by Goyal Brothers
  11. Essential of Grammar- by Oxford Publications
  12. Upkars Today’s General Knowledge (GK) – by Khanna and Verma

All the candidates should consider these books with ample practice. All the candidates should make it a point to consult and solve and practice different problems, enabling the syllabus’s coverage with minimum effort. Candidates should focus on current affairs as well.


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