BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 - Prelims, Mains Exam Pattern

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 - Prelims, Mains Exam Pattern

ByArpit Kumar Jain  |  Updated on: Jul 18, 2022
BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 has been provided to you here for the BPSC exam. The paper pattern and marking scheme is different for Prelims and Mains exam. Check the new BPSC exam pattern here and download pdf.
Sign up for Free Mock Test

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 is prescribed by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) for the PCS exam that is held annually. The exam pattern lets you know about the stages that are held for BPSC exam. With the announcement of BPSC exam date, it further becomes important for you to know about the paper pattern and marking scheme. The BPSC exam pattern is basically divided into the following three stages: 

  • BPSC Prelims Exam Pattern
  • BPSC Mains Exam Pattern and
  • BPSC Interview

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

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 varies on a large scale for the Prelims and Mains exam. The Prelims exam is objective in nature while Mains is descriptive in nature. In addition to this, the BPSC syllabus for Mains is vast. To give you a brief knowledge about the BPSC exam pattern, the Prelims is for 150 marks and is used to weed out candidates for the next stage. The 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

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.

Download BPSC Exam Pattern 2022

BPSC Exam Pattern 2022 - Overview

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

Duration

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

  • General Hindi – Qualifying Paper (100 marks)
  • General Studies 1 (300 marks)
  • General Studies 2 (300 marks)
  • Optional Subject (300 marks)

Duration

3 hours for each paper

BPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

BPSC Prelims exam is objective in nature. There will be a single paper in the PT exam which consists of 150 questions that carry 150 marks in total. There is no provision of negative marking for BPSC Prelims exam. 

  • Candidates who pass the preliminary exam will be considered for the mains exam.
  • In the BPSC Prelims exam, there is no negative marking.
  • The BPSC Prelims is a screening test.
  • To qualify for the mains exam, candidates must get the minimum marks set by the commission.
  • Except for the questions that are aimed to evaluate the candidate's English skills, all of the questions are set in English and Hindi.

S No

Paper

Duration

No. of Questions

Total Marks

1.

General Studies

2 hrs

150

150

Check BPSC Cutoff for Prelims Exam

BPSC syllabus and exam pattern

 

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. Thus, the syllabus for BPSC Mains is vast as compared to the Prelims.

S No

Paper

Total Marks

Duration

1.

General Hindi

100

3 hrs

2.

General Studies Paper-1

300

3 hrs

3.

General Studies Paper-2

300

3 hrs

4.

Optional Paper

300

3 hrs

Total Marks

1000

-

bpsc syllabus and exam pattern

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. 

S.No.Subject
1Agriculture
2Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
3Anthropology
4Botany
5Chemistry
6Civil Engineering
7Commerce & Accountancy
8Economics
9Electrical Engineering
10Geography
11Geology
12History
13Labour and Social Welfare
14Law
15Management
16Mathematics
17Mechanical Engineering
18Philosophy
19Physics
20Political Science And International Relations
21Psychology
22Public Administration
23Sociology
24Statistics
25Zoology
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

byjusexamprep

BPSC Personal Interview

The last stage of the BPSC exam 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 BPSC Mains exam pattern consists of 4 papers that are descriptive in nature. Both the papers are held in offline mode only.

  • No, there will be no negative marking in the BPSC prelims exam. Hence, candidates must ensure that they attempt all the questions as there is no fear of negative marking.

  • BPSC Prelims exam pattern 2022 consists of 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

BPSC

BPSCCDPOBihar Police SIBihar Police ConstableOther ExamsTest SeriesBihar Judiciary