BPSC Exam Pattern 2022: Prelims, Mains Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022: Prelims, Mains Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Nov 22, 2022
BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 is explained here for Prelims, Mains and Interview. Candidates can check the latest paper pattern and marking scheme for 68th BPSC exam here to prepare for it. Know about negative marking, BPSC marks weightage here.
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BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 is notified to you by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) in its official notification. BPSC has released the 68th BPSC notification, thus, candidates in large numbers will be applying for the exam. To clear the BPSC exam, you must ensure that you have known about the latest BPSC exam pattern. BPSC exam pattern is divided into Prelims, Mains and Interview. This year, BPSC has made slight changes in the BPSC exam pattern for Prelims. There is an introduction of negative marking in the Prelims paper.

A clear understanding of the BPSC exam pattern for both Prelims and Mains will help you prepare for the exam in a more systematic manner. Below mentioned is the latest exam pattern of all stages along with the marking scheme and selection process. 

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 is segregated into Prelims and Mains. Later on, an interview is conducted for the candidates who qualify the Mains. BPSC Prelims exam is objective in nature while Mains is descriptive in nature. As per the latest BPSC 2022 notification, there is an introduction of negative marking in Prelims exam. Both Prelims and Mains shall be held in offline mode.

To give you a good knowledge about the BPSC exam pattern, the Prelims is for 150 marks and is used to weed out candidates for the next stage and is qualifying in nature. While BPSC Mains exam pattern consists of four papers that are descriptive in nature. Below you can check out the detailed BPSC exam pattern along with the marking scheme. This shall set a strategic approach for you in the exam to attempt the paper.

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 PDF Download

To help you in understanding and get familiar with the BPSC exam pattern, we have provided to you the latest exam pattern for the BPSC exam. Click on the link that is given below to download BPSC exam pattern PDF for Prelims and Mains.

BPSC Exam Pattern PDF

The BPSC exam pattern informs you of the marking scheme for each paper for the Prelims and Mains exam. This will in turn help you to plan a strategy for BPSC exam preparation.

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 for Prelims and Mains

Here is an overview of BPSC exam pattern for Prelims and Mains exam. This shall give you detailed knowledge about the paper pattern with the marking scheme. 

BPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

BPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims

Name of Exam

Bihar Combined Preliminary Competitive Exam

Conducting Body

Bihar Public Service Commission ( BPSC )

No of Papers

1 having General Studies paper

Total Marks

150 Marks

Negative Marking 



2 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 Bihar

General Mental Ability.

BPSC Mains Exam Pattern

BPSC Exam Pattern for Mains

Name of Exam

Combined Competitive Exam (Mains)

Conducting Body

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)

No of Papers

Four Papers (4)

General Hindi – Qualifying Paper (100 marks)

General Studies 1 (300 marks)

General Studies 2 (300 marks)

Optional Subject (300 marks)


3 hours for each paper

BPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims

BPSC Prelims is the first stage of BPSC exam and is objective in nature. All the candidates who apply successfully for the 68th BPSC exam shall be called to appear for the Prelims. BPSC Prelims is a screening test.

  • BPSC Prelims exam is a single paper in the PT exam which consists of 150 questions that carry 150 marks in total.
  • As per the latest 68th BPSC notification, there is an introduction of negative marking in the Prelims paper. 0.25 mark shall be deducted for an incorrect answer while 1 mark shall be awarded for correct answer.
  • Candidates who pass the preliminary exam will be considered for the mains exam.
  • Except for the questions that are aimed to evaluate the candidate's English skills, all of the questions are set in English and Hindi.



No. of Questions

Total Marks

General Studies

2 hrs



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BPSC Mains Exam Pattern

BPSC Main exam consists of four papers i.e. General Hindi, General Studies Paper-1, General Studies Paper-2 and Optional Paper. General Hindi Paper is qualifying in nature (30 % Marks required), Its marks will not be considered in the calculation of merit list. All the papers are descriptive in nature. Here is BPSC Mains exam pattern in the table given below,

S No


Total Marks



General Hindi


3 hrs


General Studies Paper-1


3 hrs


General Studies Paper-2


3 hrs


Optional Paper


3 hrs

Total Marks



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BPSC Optional Subjects: How Many Subjects Are in BPSC Optional Syllabus?

Check the BPSC Optional Paper Subject List below. There are total 34 subjects and the candidate can choose one. It is advised that the candidates choose that subject whose knowledge is easier to grasp.

2Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
6Civil Engineering
7Commerce & Accountancy
9Electrical Engineering
13Labour and Social Welfare
17Mechanical Engineering
20Political Science And International Relations
22Public Administration
26Hindi Language & Literature
27English Language & Literature
28Urdu Language & Literature
29Bangla Language & Literature
30Sanskrit Language & Literature
31Persian Language & Literature
32Arabic Language & Literature
33Pali Language & Literature
34Maithili Language & Literature


BPSC Personal Interview

The last stage of the BPSC exam pattern is the interview or personality test. The BPSC interview is down only for those candidates who have qualified the BPSC Mains Exam. The Commission appoints a Board to interview the candidates. The BPSC Interview consists of 120 marks. The purpose of the interview is for a panel of competent and neutral observers to assess the candidate's personal suitability for a career in the state services.

The final merit list is calculated on the basis of the marks obtained by you in BPSC Mains an Interview, i.e. out of 1020 marks.

BPSC Pattern FAQs

  • BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 consists of two major stages, Prelims and Mains exam. An interview is also conducted for those who qualify the interview. BPSC Prelims exam pattern is objective in nature consisting of General Studies paper. On the other hand, the Mains exam pattern consists of 4 papers that are descriptive in nature. Both the papers are held in offline mode only.

  • BPSC Prelims exam pattern 2022 has a single paper known as the General Studies paper that is held in offline mode. The BPSC GS paper has 150 objective questions for 150 marks. In addition to this, there is no negative marking in this paper. You can check out the important topics covered in it by going through the BPSC syllabus.

  • Yes, BPSC has introduced negative marking in BPSC Prelims exam as per the 68th BPSC notification. There is a negative marking of 0.25 in BPSC GS paper while 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer key.

  • BPSC Mains exam pattern consists of 4 papers that are descriptive in nature. Out of the four papers, one paper is the General Hindi paper that is qualifying in nature. Further, there are two General Studies paper and one optional paper. The total marks for BPSC Mains is 900 marks excluding the General Hindi paper. 

  • You can download BPSC exam pattern from the official BPSC notification. Alternatively, you can also check the exam pattern for Prelims and Mains exam by clicking on the link below. 

  • There are 34 optional subjects for BPSC Optional Papers. Candidates must select that subject in which they have a keen interest. However, here are some of the most opted subjects for BPSC optional paper.

    • History.
    • Hindi Language and Literature.
    • Labour and Social Welfare.
    • Public Administration.
    • Geography.
    • Maithili Language and Literature.
    • Sociology.


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