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BPSC 2023 Syllabus: Subject-Wise Syllabus For Prelims, Mains and Interview Stage

BPSC exam syllabus is prescribed by BPSC on its official website. Candidates can check the syllabus for prelims and mains stage in its notification. Candidates should study the BPSC exam pattern and marking scheme in addition to the syllabus.
BPSC 69th Syllabus 2023

BPSC 69th Syllabus 2023

BPSC Syllabus 2023: The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) prescribes the BPSC exam syllabus. The syllabus is released along with the official exam notification for the specific year. The BPSC syllabus is made available for candidates in PDF form. Needless to say, the syllabus plays an essential role for candidates who are appearing for the examination as without in-depth knowledge of the syllabus, candidates will not be able to prepare well for the BPSC examination. Hence, candidates are advised to check the BPSC syllabus before starting to prepare for the examination.  Meanwhile, the BPSC Mains exam is set to take place on May 12, 2023.

Aspirants must note that since the BPSC examination has three stages including the prelims, mains and interview, the syllabus for all three stages differ in nature. While the prelims stage has two subjects in the syllabus, the mains stage of the examination has 3 subjects and one optional subject, which makes the total as 4. There is no specified syllabus for the interview stage. However, candidates must brush up on what they have studied in their graduation and should also be aware of the general knowledge. 

Apart from the syllabus, candidates should also refer to the BPSC exam pattern and marking scheme as both of these aspects play an essential role for candidates appearing for the examination. While exam pattern sheds light on issues such as duration of the examination, mode of examination and other information, the marking scheme helps candidates to know which topic has the highest weightage and which topic candidates should focus more on. 

BPSC Syllabus 2023

The BPSC syllabus is laid out by BPSC in the form of PDF on the official website of BPSC. The syllabus for BPSC prelims and mains are different from one another. While the prelims have two subjects including general science and general studies, the mains have 3 subjects and one optional subject. Candidates have the facility to check the syllabus either in Hindi or in English. 

The BPSC is a recruitment examination which recruits candidates for civil service posts such as Rural Development Officers, various PCS level Officers, Sub Divisional Officers and others. Since the examination has three stages, candidates have to clear all three stages to get recruited for the post they have applied for. The recruitment examination is conducted in offline mode. However, the application process for the examination is online. It is a state-level exam which is conducted annually.

BPSC Syllabus for Prelims

Prelims is the first stage of the BPSC examination. This stage is also known as the screening stage and once the candidate qualifies the prelims, then he or she will be eligible to appear for the mains stage. Since prelims and mains are different stages, the syllabus for both stages differs in nature. 



Paper I - General Studies

  • Candidates must be aware of important current events on a national and international level. India's history and the key events in Bihar's history.
  • Indian and World Geography
  • Indian Polity and Economy
  • General Mental Ability Questions
  • General Science
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and the Indian National Movement

Paper II - General Studies

  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) and Data Interpretation
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability

BPSC Syllabus for Mains 

The second stage is the main exam. Candidates who will qualify the prelims stages will be eligible to appear for the mains stage. The mains syllabus has 3 necessary subjects, whereas the 4th subject of the examination is optional in nature which means candidates have to select one subject. 

  • Subject 
  • Topics

Paper I: General Hindi

  • वर्ण-विचार
  • शब्द-विचार
  • पद-परिचय
  • वाक्य-परिचय
  • वाक्य-विन्यास
  • वाक्य-शुद्धि

Paper II: General Studies I

  • History of Ancient India
  • History of Medieval India
  • History of Modern India
  • Indian Culture
  • Geography of India
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • International Relations

Paper III: General Studies II

  • Science and Technology
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Indian Economy
  • Social Justice and Governance
  • Ethics and Human Values
  • International Relations

Paper IV: Optional Subject

  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Agriculture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Labour and Social Welfare
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Law
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics


  • Hindi Language and Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Urdu Language and Literature
  • Bengali Language and Literature
  • Sanskrit Language and Literature
  • Persian Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Pali Language and Literature
  • Maithili Language and Literature

BPSC Syllabus for Interview 

Once the candidate has cleared the prelims and mains stage, then they will be eligible to appear for the interview stage. The interview is the final stage where the candidates will have to appear for a one-on-one round. In order to prepare for this round, candidates must brush up on whatever they have studied in their graduation level. Further, aspirants should also be well-aware of the day-to-day happenings and should have strong general knowledge. Hence, aspirants should read the newspaper and check the current affairs. 

BPSC Exam Pattern 

The BPSC exam pattern is different for prelims, mains and interviews. Hence, the candidates should check the exam pattern separately for each stage. 

BPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims 

  • The prelims consist of a total of 150 questions from the subjects which have been prescribed in the syllabus The exam will be conducted in an offline mode 
  • Candidates must note the prelims exam has negative markings and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer, whereas each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark. 
  • The deduction will still be valid if the candidate marked more than one answer. There will be no negative nor positive scoring for queries that are left unanswered.

BPSC Exam Pattern for Mains 

The BPSC mains exam pattern is different compared to prelims. Candidates can take a look at the following exam pattern given below : 

  • Similar to prelims, the mains will also be held in offline mode. 
  • The main exam has three necessary subjects and 1 optional subject. 
  • The BPSC 68th mains exam papers will take place separately and the total marks in the exam will be 1000 
  • The duration of mains examination is 3 hours for each paper 
  • The exam consists of negative marking and the questions asked in the examination will be in MCQ format. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who releases the BPSC syllabus?

The BPSC syllabus is released by BPSC on its official website. The syllabus is released along with the official notification. 

Does the BPSC exam have negative marking?

Yes, the BSPC examination has negative marking which means that the 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer, whereas candidates will be given 1 mark for each right answer. 

How many subjects does the BPSC prelims exam have?

The BPSC prelims exam has 2 subjects. Both subjects are general studies, however, the topics in both subjects are different from one another. 

What is the examination duration for BPSC mains exam?

The BPSC mains exam will be conducted for 3 hours. Each subject will get 3 hours of time to complete the examination. 

How many rounds does the BPSC exam have?

The BPSC exam has three stages including the prelims, mains and interview. Candidates have to complete all three levels in order to qualify for the examination.


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