BPSC Mains Syllabus

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General Hindi is a qualifying paper. You need to obtain 30% to pass the Hindi paper. It is not added to prepare the merit list.

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

1.GENERAL STUDIES PAPER- I- 300 mark

  • Modern History of India and Indian culture.
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams.

Modern History of India and Indian Culture

  • It will cover the broad history of the country (with special reference to Bihar) from about the middle of the nineteenth century.
  • It would also include questions on Gandhi, Tagore and Nehru.

The modern history of Bihar

  • It will include questions on the introduction and expansion of western education (including technical education).
  • It will also have questions on Bihar’s role in the freedom struggle of India.
  • Questions will relate to the Santhal Uprising, 1857 in Bihar, Birsa movement, Champaran Satyagraha and the Quit India Movement 1942.
  • A knowledge of the chief features of Mauryan and Pal art and Patna Qulam painting will be expected from the examinees.

Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams

  • It will include exercises to test the candidate’s ability to draw common sense conclusions from information presented in the statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies therein.

2. GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-II – 300 mark

Indian Polity

It will include questions on the political system in India including Bihar.

Indian economy and Geography of India

The questions will be put on planning in India and the physical, economic and social geography of India and Bihar.

The role and impact of science and technology in the development of India

The questions will be asked to test the candidate’s awareness of the role and impact of science and technology in India and Bihar Emphasis will be on applied aspects.

3. Optional Paper- only one optional paper of 300 mark


    1. AGRICULTURE
    2. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND VETERINARY SCIENCE
    3. ANTHROPOLOGY
    4. BOTANY
    5. CHEMISTRY
    6. CIVIL ENGINEERING
    7. COMMERCE AND ACCOUNTANCY
    8. ECONOMICS
    9. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
    10. GEOGRAPHY
    11. GEOLOGY
    12. HISTORY
    13. LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE
    14. LAW
    15. MANAGEMENT
    16. MATHEMATICS
    17. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
    18. PHILOSOPHY
    19. PHYSICS
    20. POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
    21. PSYCHOLOGY
    22. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    23. SOCIOLOGY
    24. STATISTICS
    25. ZOOLOGY
    26. ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
    27. HINDI LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
    28. URDU LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
    29. BENGALI LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
    30. SANSKRIT LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
    31. PERSIAN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
    32. ARABIC LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
    33. PALI LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
    34. MAITHILI LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

4. Interview- 120 marks