BPSC stands for Bihar Public Service Commission. It is by and for a governmental body associated with the Government of Bihar. It was set up by the constitution of India to recruit candidates for civil service posts for the Bihar Government based on the order of merit of applied and selected candidates.
The BPSC was set up way back in 1949. Initially, the capital for the commission was operational from Ranchi but later shifted to Patna.
BPSC officer, under the constitution of India, abides by following duties and reports to the government of Bihar.
The BPSC conducts exams like all India UPSC exams. The examination is a three-tier process, including the prelims, mains examination, and the interview.
This article goes through every step and detail of the BPSC Exam 2020, like important dates, eligibility criteria, online application form, 66th Admit Card, Syllabus, etc. in the following sections.
BPSC Exam Dates 2020
The Bihar Public Service Commission has published the latest information containing 66th exam date notification and other important details. All these information was made public by the state commission to open registration for the examination, and the same has been tabulated below:
|Official Notification of BPSC Exam||July 2020 (Tentative)|
|Date of commencement for Online Registration||July 2020 (Tentative)|
|Last Date to Submit Application form||August 2020 (Tentative)|
|Last date to submit hard copy of application along with fee challan||3rd week of August 2020 (Tentative)|
|Admit card issue date||Septemeber 2020 (Tentative)|
|BPSC Exam Date||Septemeber 2020 (Tentative)|
|Result announcement||December 2020 (Tentative)|
BPSC Online Application
BPSC is conducting its 66th state civil service exam in the year 2020. The tentative dates have been announced, and once the dates are confirmed and the application form is open to the public, applicants can start applying for the same. Before commencing to fill the form, applicants are required to keep all details ready so that they do not enter the wrong information. There are two modes of submitting the application form – online and offline.
Let us first understand the online process of submitting the application form.
Follow these steps to fill in the online application form
- Visit the official website of BPSC.
- Click on the online application form.
- Fill in all the relevant details with accuracy. Do not enter information that is not supported by documents or that which does not have any legal standing.
- Check all the details twice.
- Enter fee details.
- Upload all relevant documents, scanned the latest photograph, and scanned signature.
- After all, entries are correct, click on the submit button.
- Thus your information is recorded in the application form, and the same has been submitted to the committee. Please note down the reference number that you will get upon the successful submission of the form.
- The reference number is to be quoted for all future references.
Next, we understand the offline method. Download the application form and take a print copy of the same. Fill in all the relevant details manually. Attach all essential documents like photos, documents, etc. Along with this, fee paid receipt needs to be attached too.
After keeping all documents ready for submission, it is highly advisable to retain a photocopy with the candidate for future references. You can send the hard copy of your application form with all attachments to the following address: Joint Secretary cum Examination Controller, Bihar Public Service Commission 15, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg (Baily Road), Patna- 800001
BPSC Application Fees
- The fees for BPSC exam is to be paid via online mode only.
- To pay the requisite fee, kindly visit the official website of BPSC.
- Select the mode of payment. Payment can be made via debit card, credit card, internet banking etc.
- After successfully paying the fee you will get an acknowledgement for the same.
Following is the fee structure payable for different categories:
- For candidates belonging to SC/ST – INR 150.
- For female candidates – INR 150.
- For persons with disabilities – INR 150.
- For permanent residents of Bihar (All categories) – INR 150.
- Other candidates – INR 600.
BPSC Eligibility criteria
BPSC conducts the civil service exam for recruitment to Group B and Group C services in the state administration of Bihar. The exam is conducted to recruit candidates for more than 20 services. The eligibility criteria are updated from time to time, and the same can be checked on the official BPSC website. The following section explains the eligibility criteria for candidates based on different parameters.
- All citizens of India are eligible to apply for the exam.
- There is no restriction regarding the domicile particulars of a candidate. Students from other states are also eligible to apply for the exam apart from native Bihar candidates.
- All candidates must secure a graduation degree in any discipline to apply for the exam.
- Graduation or equivalent degree is also entertained, provided they are from a government recognized university.
- Candidates must note that whatever qualification they enter in the application form should match with their documents and credentials; else, they will be easily disqualified.
- Different posts have different qualification requirements; we have listed them below for your reference:
|Department name||Minimum Educational Qualification|
|Police department of state of Bihar||Graduation in any stream|
|Social Security services of state of Bihar||Graduation in any stream|
|Finance department of state of Bihar||Graduation in any stream|
|IT of state of Bihar||Graduation in computer science or allied fields|
|Cooperative department of state of Bihar||Graduation in any stream|
|Planning services of state of Bihar||Graduation in Arts / Science stream|
|Administrative department of state of Bihar||Graduation in any stream|
BPSC Age limit
- The age limit is different for every post.
- The age limit is also subject to reservations.
- The age limit is to be taken with respect to August 01st, 2020.
- The minimum age criteria for most of the posts have been fixed at 22.
|Name of the Post||Minimum age||Maximum age|
|Police Sub Inspector , Government of Bihar||20||Subject to variation depending on gender/ category|
|Probation Officer, rural development officer, Labor enforcement officer, Supply Inspector, Block SC, and ST welfare Officer (Government of Bihar)||21||Subject to variation depending on gender/ category|
|Other posts from Government of Bihar||22||Subject to variation depending on gender/ category|
|Unreserved Male candidates||Post dependent||37|
|Unreserved Female/OBC candidates||Post dependent||40|
|SC/ST candidates, both male and female||Post dependent||42|
For candidates aspiring for Bihar Police services, the metric of physical fitness is an extra eligibility criterion. This is dependent on reservation and gender of the candidate. The table below summarizes all the details:
|Reservation / Category||Gender||Height measurements||Chest measured without expansion|
|General Category||Male||5 feet 5 inches||32 inches|
|Female||5 feet 2 inches||NA|
|SC/ST||Both Male and Female||5 feet 3 inches||31 inches|
Number of attempts
Different categories have been allotted a different number of attempts to take up the exam.
- For SC/ST, there is no limit.
- For OBC, there is a cap of 9 attempts.
- For unreserved candidates, it is 6 attempts.
- The number of attempts is common for both males and females.
BPSC Admit Card 2020
- Candidates can download admit card from the official BPSC website.
- Candidates have to log in to the official website from time to time in order to check if their admit card is available for download.
- The admit card contains all necessary details about the candidate like name, registration number, venue details etc.
- The student is advised to retain an additional photocopy of the admit card.
- The student must compulsorily carry the admit card to the examination hall without fail.
- Without the admit card, a student may be disqualified or may not be allowed to take up the examination.
How to download BPSC Admit card/ Instructions
- Candidates should visit the official BPSC website. Bpsc.bih.nic.in is the official website.
- Visit the home page.
- Click the section called ‘Subject’.
- In the subject menu, click the link which will allow you to download the admit card for BPSC 2020.
- Login with accurate details. Enter correct captcha code if any.
- Once your admit card opens, make sure all details displayed is correct.
- In case of discrepancies, immediately bring it to the notice of authorities.
You can write to the following address to address any issues regarding discrepancy in admit card:
Bihar Public Service Commission
15, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg (Bailey Road),
Patna – 800 001 (BIHAR)
BPSC Exam Pattern
- The exam pattern for BPSC is in-line with the UPSC exam, hence it is easy to follow and understand.
- Candidates need to follow prelims and mains written examination followed by interview.
- Candidates who emerge successful in all three stages will be given merit ranking.
- There is a screening process at every level and candidates who clear the previous phase will only be allowed to take up the next level of exam.
- Prelims are for 150 marks, while mains are for 900 marks and interview for 120 marks. Total is 1020 marks.
These details are tabulated below:
|BPSC Exam Phase||Exam Type||Mode||Marks||Duration|
|Preliminary exam||Objective type||Offline mode||150||2 Hours|
|Mains exam||Subjective type||Offline mode||900 (3 papers are presented. Each paper carries 300 marks)||Each paper carries 3 hour duration|
|Interview||120||Depends on the interview panel|
- The prelims are conducted for a total of 150 marks. It is an objective type of exam.
- The prelims exam is only of qualifying nature. The marks obtained are not calculated in the final calculation of marks.
- The paper is to be attempted in two hours.
- Every multiple choice question will have a choice of 5 options to choose from.
- Questions will be set both in English and Hindi.
- There is no negative marking in this exam.
The paper pattern along with necessary details is tabulated below:
|Examination stage||Topics covered||Marks||Duration|
|Preliminary examination – Objective type based.||General Studies,|
Current Affairs and latest developments in India in all spheres.
Mains Exam Pattern
Those candidates who acquire the minimum qualifying marks as decided by the authorities, they will be selected for the next round of examination.
- This exam is conducted for 900 marks.
- The first paper will be compulsory Hindi language paper, which is conducted for 100 marks, but since this paper is also a qualifying paper, marks aren’t taken into consideration.
- Next two papers are the general studies- 1 and general studies-2 papers. Each paper carries 300 marks.
- The last paper in this exam is the optional subject paper which again is for 300 marks. Kindly note that the optional subject for the mains is to be selected by the candidate while he fills up the application form itself.
- There are a total of 34 optional subjects to choose from.
These details are summarized in the table below:
|Main Examination (Fully Subjective)||General Hindi ( Compulsory for qualifying)||100||3 Hours|
|General Studies (Paper 1)||300||3 Hours|
|General Studies (Paper 2)||300||3 Hours|
|Optional subject paper ( TO be chosen by the candidate)||300||3 Hours|
- The interview is conducted for 120 marks.
- Candidates who qualify in the mains, an interview will be called in for this round off personality test.
- A panel of interviewers will question the candidates on an array of subjects and test their knowledge on various parameters, including the innate abilities of the candidate, personality traits, social and cultural awareness, etc.
- The decision of the judges will be final for this round.
- Based on marks allocation in the interview and total marks, from the mains exam, an aggregate of each student is calculated.
- The final rank list is prepared based on the merit order.
The list of selected candidates will be displayed on the official website of Bihar PSC.
After understanding the exam pattern of BPSC 2020 in detail, we now move on to the most important part – the syllabus of the exam. Kindly note that every year, there is no significant change in the syllabus. Yet, there will be slight modifications which can be tracked on the official website. You can also download the complete BPSC Syllabus PDF.
Here we present the Bihar PSC syllabus for the three rounds of the exam:
BPSC Preliminary Syllabus
The following topics are significantly covered in the syllabus when it comes to the preliminary examination:
- Basic terminology of general science
- National and international news is currently in interest.
- History and geography of India.
- History and geography of Bihar in particular.
- Indian politics, economic development and scope of improvement.
- Major developments in India and particularly in the state of Bihar.
- General reasoning, math’s ability, and analytically based questions.
BPSC Mains Syllabus
- For the general Hindi paper, candidates should focus on writing good answers and summaries, grammar, writing essays, translation, and be perfect with the syntax part.
- In General studies paper -1, the focus is on history and past developments and modernization of the country. Special focus to be laid on Bihar’s progress and development in the last decade. Keep track of technological improvements that have improved the country and also the major contribution of Bihar to the country, Current affairs, Graphs, and statistical data based questions.
- In general studies paper 2 focus on politics, economics, and geographical subjects of India and Bihar, science, and technology related questions.
- For optional paper, choose from the list of 34 subjects according to the specialization that you are comfortable with.
- For the interview, there is no prescribed syllabus as such.
- The length of the interview and the syllabus entirely depends on the panel of interviewers.
- Make sure you present yourself with good communication skills and a pleasing personality.
- Be in a position to explain you well for administrative roles and duties, why you need to be chosen for the role etc.
- Also, be abreast with current affairs and study your specializations in detail.
Every year, lakhs of students attempt the BPSC examination. The cut off percentage for the exam is decided by the committee, depending on the number of vacancies and the number of candidates applied. The toughness of the exam is also a deciding factor. The cut off percentage also varies for different categories. Below we list the probable cut-offs that was formulated for the previous year. Take a look:
- For general category – 100,
- OBC – 96-98,
- EBC – 88-93,
- SC/ST – 80-85 and
- Female reserved category – 87-90
BPSC Result 2020
The result of after every stage of the exam will be made available on the website from time to time. Kindly check the official site for updates. So you will get the results after prelims, mains and final result after interview.
Here are the steps to view your marks and download your mark sheet:
- In the home page on the left panel, click on marks sheet.
- Under the name of exam, select the exam that you have applied for.
- Enter your correct registration number.
- Also enter your date of birth details.
- Fetch your mark sheet to view your marks.
BPSC Vacancy 2020
Every year the government publishes different vacant posts for selection and recruitment. Based on the number of vacancies, the exam is conducted in accordance. Below, the tabulated and probable vacancy list is shown. You can find the same on the official site too.
|Post Name ( vacancy)||Total number of Vacancies|
|Police Deputy officer (Home department, Government of Bihar)||40|
|Superintendent of Police (Home Department, Government of Bihar)||2|
|Commerce tax officer (Commercial tax department of Bihar)||10|
|Under Election officer (Election Department of Bihar)||8|
|(Under Registrar) Joint general registrar (Department of product and essay, Govt of Bihar)||8|
|District audit officer, cooperation committees and equivalent roles ( Under co-operation department of Bihar )||4|
|Planning Officer/District Planning Officer (Under Labor resources department of Bihar)||13|
|Assistant registrar, cooperation committee and equivalent posts, (Cooperative Department of Bihar)||25|
|District Minority Welfare Officer (Coming under Minority welfare department of Bihar)||6|
|Deputy Commissioner (Attached to Bihar Assembly)||24|
|Bihar Probation Service (Also called Probation Officer) (Home Department Of Bihar)||34|
|Assistant Director (Social security personnel, social welfare department of Bihar)||14|
|Cane Officer (Pertaining to Sugarcane Industry Department)||2|
|Assistant Director (Attached to Social security, social welfare department)||14|
|Labor Enforcement Officer (Department of Labor Resources of Bihar)||55|
|Rural development officer (Department of Rural Development of Bihar)||21|
|Revenue officer and equivalent roles (Revenue and land reform department of Bihar)||571|
|Block SC and ST Welfare Officer (Welfare department of SC and ST, Bihar govt)||122|
|Supply Inspector (Attached to Food and Consumer Protection Department)||223|
|Block Minority Welfare Officer (For Minority Welfare Department)||75|
|Block SC and ST Welfare Officer (For Welfare department of SC and ST)||122|
BPSC Exam Preparation tips
Every exam requires good practice and preparation of its own kind. Here we present a few valuable preparation tips to crack BPSC Exam 2020:
- Be thorough with the syllabus of BPSC 2020.
- Make yourself familiar with the toughness of exam, kind of questions that can be anticipated, etc. from refereeing to previous year question papers.
- Practice the habit of making notes.
- Stick to the prescribed syllabus in accordance with the good choice of standard prescribed books only.
- Reading at least two standard newspapers every day is a must.
- Practice comprehensive answer writing methods for mains.
- Practice through the mock test series is a value addition.
- Strategize your studies with the help of a good time table.
- Attend coaching if necessary.
- Support your answers with essential aids like diagrams, flow charts, and suggestive examples. Illustrations will also help.
Do peer discussions and group studies to clear doubts, if any.
Best books for BPSC Preparation
There are many books available to guide you through the fixed syllabus. Kindly ensure that you do not stack up a pile of books, which will leave you confused and not knowing what to do. Instead, stick to the prescribed syllabus and the respective set of standard books that will give you the best solution for a particular subject and topic.
Here is the suggestive list of books recommended by BPSC toppers
- NCERT Books (Class 6th to 12th).
- Indian Polity by Shri. Lakshmikanth
- History of Modern India by Shri. Bipin Chandra
- Quantitative aptitude series by R S Agarwal
- Spectrum modern history by Bipin Chandra
- Comprehensive Geography by Khullar
- Indian economy by Shankar Ganesh
- Lucent general science
BPSC Posts and Salary
The BPSC examination is conducted for various administrative positions of the government of Bihar. The commission conducts a survey, and the various government departments send in a proposal specifying the number of vacant posts in each department. Thus, the availability of posts is directly dependent on the number of vacancies available at the point of conducting the exam. Some of the top positions that are available commonly during every season of recruitment are specified below:
- Bihar State administrative services where candidates are allocated posts of the collector, circle officer, and senior deputy officer.
- Bihar police service for the recruitment of Deputy Superintendent of Police.
- Bihar financial service for the recruitment of commercial tax officer.
- Product officers to conduct high level quality assurance checks in manufacturing sectors across the state.
- Rural development officer to implement rural welfare programs.
- District Minority Welfare Officer for ensuring and safeguarding the interests of minorities in the state.
- Employment Officer for job creation and resource allocation.
- Bihar Labor services for the recruitment of labor officers to implement labor laws.
- Sugarcane officer to look into the welfare and development of schemes related to sugarcane farmers.
The pay scale and range for various posts are tabulated below:
|Name of the post||Approx. Salary range ( Gross pay scale per month)|
|Sub divisional magistrate||Rs. 61,472 to Rs. 71,968|
|Anchal Padadhikari||Rs 43,372 – Rs. 47,812|
|Sub Inspector, Range Officer (Forest Department)||Rs 43,372 – Rs. 47,812|
|ASI, Sub Inspector, and Inspector rank officers||Rs 42,456, Rs 49,772|
|Assistant Superintendent- Jail||Rs 35,472 – 39,876|
|Deputy Superintendent of Police||Rs 61,472 – Rs. 71,968|
|Police Constable||Rs. 26,506|
|Assistant Engineer||Rs 64,258|
|Assistant Operators in Bihar Electricity Department||Rs. 36000|
Roles and Responsibilities of officers selected through BPSC
- To maintain the decorum of the state and ensure enforcement of law and order in the state.
- Smooth functioning of government administration.
- Checking for regularities and ensuring proper tax collection processes in the state.
- Curbing any malpractice and ensuring good quality manufacture and processing of products.
- Developing initiatives and implementing rural development programs.
- Ensuring smooth enforcement of labour laws and the regulation of wages for all categories and classes of working sections.
- Ensuring the protection of women and implementing schemes for women and child development.
- Executing health monitoring programs
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