To crack BPSC Prelims, the candidates need to have a sound idea of the exam pattern and syllabus of BPSC. If the candidates know the exam pattern and the syllabus of the exam, then they can direct their preparation in the best way. Here, in this article, we have compiled all the necessary information that will help the aspirants prepare better for their exam appearances.
BPSC Exam Pattern Tips and Strategy
- Candidates have to qualify in General Hindi.
- Questions of General Studies are available in Hindi and English both.
- The score will be arrived at by considering the total of 900 marks in GS Paper 1, GS Paper 2 and Optional Paper.
- The candidates who are placed suitably in the merit are called for the interview.
The paper of General Hindi will be qualifying in nature. The syllabus for the qualifying paper is of the level as that of Bihar School Education Board (BSEB). The paper will be of 100 marks and subjective in nature, and the distribution of the marks is as follows:
- Essay: 30 Marks
- Grammar: 30 Marks
- Syntax: 25 Marks
- Summarisation: 15 Marks
Out of the 100 marks, candidates are required to secure the qualifying marks in the paper. For this qualifying paper, a good book of school standard is enough.
General Studies Paper
Until now, every paper that the candidates have appeared is of qualifying nature. The BPSC Prelims Exam and the General Hindi paper are just qualifying in nature. It does not matter how well the candidates have fared in these exams. The actual BPSC exam starts now with the General Studies Papers and the Optional Paper. There are two Papers for the General Studies and one for the Optional. Each Paper carries 300 marks making the total marks from all these papers to be 900.
Below is the detailed syllabus for the GS Papers and the Optional Paper:
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 nineteenth century, the introduction and expansion of western and technical education, Bihar’s role in the Indian freedom struggle, the Santhal Uprising in Bihar, Birsa movement, Champaran Satyagrah, 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.
- Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams ( Questions 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
- Indian Polity ( Questions based on the political system in India including Bihar)
- Indian economy and Geography of India (Questions 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(Questions to test awareness of the role and impact of science and technology in India and Bihar with special reference to applied
Keeping the BPSC syllabus in mind, students should make a schedule for their studies. The syllabus is vast and it requires dedicated effort. Also, there should be a constant practice so that things get easier for the students in the exam.
The candidates who qualify the BPSC Main Exam are called for the final stage of the exam i.e. Interview. The interview carries 120 marks. The final merit list will be prepared out of 1020 marks (900 for Mains + 120 for Interview). Interview judges the personality aspect of the candidates. The members of the Interview Board want to know the administrative aptitude and decision-making ability of the candidates through interview. After the interviews, comes the final BPSC result.
- The questions will be in Hindi and English language both.
- This stage is qualifying in nature.
- There is no negative marking.
- There will be 5 options for each question.
- General Science (General understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience)
- Current Affairs of National/International importance
- History of India and Bihar (General understanding of the subject with the broad aspects of the history of Bihar)
- Geography of India and Bihar (Questions will relate to the physical, social and economic geography of the country including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources)
- General geography and geographical division of Bihar and its major river systems
- Indian polity (Questions will test knowledge on the country’s political system, panchayati raj, community development and planning in India and Bihar)
- Indian economy and economy of Bihar post-independence
- Indian 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)
- Questions based on General Mental Ability
Studying well and solving some mock papers will help the candidates deal better in preparing for the BPSC Prelims Exam. Since there is no negative marking in the BPSC Prelims Exam so the candidates can mark as many questions as they can without worrying about the negative scoring.