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BPSC Exam Pattern 2023 (Released) - Stages, Duration, Total Marks, Mode, Sections

BPSC Exam Pattern 2023 (Released) - Stages, Duration, Total Marks, Mode, Sections

Edited By Devnath Tiwari | Updated on Jul 15, 2023 10:24 AM IST | #BPSC Civil Services

BPSC Exam Pattern 2023 - The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has mentioned the BPSC exam pattern in the official notification of BPSC. According to the exam pattern of BPSC 2023, there are three stages of the BPSC 69th exam - prelims, main and interview round. The BPSC 69th 2023 exam will be conducted across the state of Bihar. It is one of the most toughest yet popular competitive state PSC exams in India.
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Candidates planning to appear in the BPSC 2023, can check the exam pattern to know about the stages, subjects, time duration and marking scheme of the exam. The exam pattern of BPSC 2023 acts as a very important document for aspirants. In this article on the BPSC exam pattern 2023, candidates can check the detailed exam pattern along with the syllabus, question papers and preparation tips.

BPSC 2023 Exam - Stages

The BPSC exam consists of three stages -

  • Preliminary

  • Mains

  • Personality Test

BPSC Prelims

BPSC Mains

BPSC Interview

One Paper

150 marks

2 hours

Objective Type

Offline (Pen-Paper)

4 papers

One qualifying paper (Hindi) + 3 merit ranking papers

900 marks (300*3)

3 hours for each paper

Subjective Type

Offline (Pen-Paper)

120 marks

Merit list based on marks in Mains + Interview

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BPSC Exam Pattern 2023 - Preliminary

The preliminary exam is the first stage of the BPSC recruitment process. Candidates who successfully submit their application form will be issued the admit card of BPSC, with the help of which they will be able to appear in the prelims exam. In the prelims exam, a lot of candidates are scrutinized and the shortlisted ones are then eligible for the mains stage. As per the BPSC 2023 exam pattern, the preliminary exam will be conducted in offline mode and the question papers will be in MCQ mode.

BPSC 2023: Preliminary Exam Pattern


General Studies (One paper)

Duration of time

2 hours

Total number of questions


Total marks


Question types


Mode of Exam

Offline (Pen and Paper-based)

BPSC Exam Pattern 2023 - Mains

The second stage of the BPSC exam is the main stage. As per the exam pattern of BPSC 2023, the mains stage will have descriptive-based questions and there will be 4 papers in the mains exam written in essay-type nature.

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BPSC 2023: Mains Exam Pattern


Total Marks


General Hindi


3 hours

General Studies Paper 1


3 hours

General Studies Paper 2


3 hours

Optional Paper


3 hours

BPSC 2023 Optional Subjects



Hindi Language and Literature

Persian Language and Literature

Arabic Language and Literature

Pali Language and Literature

Maithili Language and Literature




English Language and Literature

Urdu Language and Literature


Bangla Language and Literature

Sanskrit Language and Literature



Political Science and International Relations


Public Administration

Labour and Social Welfare



Mechanical Engineering





Civil Engineering


Commerce and Accountancy

Electrical Engineering

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science




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BPSC 2023 Syllabus

The exam conducting authority has mentioned the syllabus in the official notification and will release it on its website. The BPSC syllabus 2023 consists of all the important information like the subjects, topics, and sub-topics which candidates need to study while preparing for the exam. There is a separate syllabus for both the prelims as well as the main stages.

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BPSC Preparation Tips 2023

The BPSC exam is one of the competitive exams in India as a lot of aspirants appear for it. Candidates who prepare for the exam strategically will qualify for the exam with flying colours. From the following points, candidates can find some quick tips.

  • Read current affairs on a daily basis.

  • The current affairs will be the latest from 4-6 months ago.

  • Refer to the books recommended by toppers, coaching institutes and various education portals. Don't change books on the basis of feedback given by random people. It may hamper the preparation flow.

  • Make short notes and keep them handy to read in between time and odd jobs.

  • Make sure to give some time to yourself for meditation, yoga activities and stay hydrated. Eat energy-rich food.

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BPSC Question Papers 2023

The Bihar Public Service Commission will release the official question papers in online mode on the official website. The question paper of BPSC 2023 will be released a few days after the respective stage of the exam is over. Candidates who are planning to prepare for the exam can download the question papers from the official website for practice.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What is the pattern of the BPSC exam?

The exam pattern of BPSC consists of the stages, sections, marking scheme, time duration of the BPSC prelims as well as the mains exam.

2. How many papers are there in BPSC?

There are 5 papers in the BPSC exam. one paper in the prelims while four in the mains exam.

3. Is there a negative mark in Bpsc?

No, there is no negative marking in the BPSC exam.

4. Is BPSC difficult?

Yes, the exam is difficult as a lot of candidates appear in the exam making it tough.

5. How many attempts are there in the BPSC exam?

There are 3 attempts in the BPSC exam.

6. How many stages are there in the BPSC exam?

There are three stages in the BPSC exam - Prelims, Mains and Interview.

7. In what mode the BPSC exam is conducted?

The preliminary exam is conducted in offline mode, multiple choice format. While the mains is conducted in descriptive mode. The personality test/interview is conducted in face-to-face offline mode.


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BPSC stands for Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC). It's a State Level Civil Services Exam conducted for recruitment to multiple posts such as Sub Divisional Officer, Rural Development Officer, District Sanapark Officer and other PCS level Officers etc. It has huge scope as after cracking this exam you can become civil servant and can do bring positive impact to people's life directly. If is one the most coveted and reputed jobs in India. To start the preparation, first of all you will have to download and understand the syllabus. The exam is in 3 phases (Prelims which is objective, then Mains which is subjective and then finally Personal Interview). 5-10 lakhs candidates appear for the exam and 800-1000 are selected depending on seats available in the year which you have applied. The syllabus consists of Science, History , Geography, Polity, Environment, History of Bihar, Current events in India and world etc. You can download the detailed syllabus from BPSC website and can start your preparation.

I hope this helps.


It is not a hidden fact that English language has a slightly higher edge over Hindi language(with due respect to Hindi). However it is not a bad thing if you give your BPSC exam in Hindi because in the end what matters is your selection after BPSC exam. So if you are comfortable and fluent in Hindi medium then go for Hindi language.

Hope this helps.

All the best!!!

Iske piche reason hai...deputy collector eak aisa position hai jiska posting as BDO and CO bhi hota hai. And aaj bhi bahot saare states me dekhne ko milta hai Isiliye waha aaj bhi deputy collector post exist krta...wahin bihar me 2010 ne bihar administrative services rules me changes hua jiske anusaar koi bhi bihar administrative services ka officer ka position sub division se nhi niche nahin kiya jayegaa isiliye yaha senior deputy collection ka post hota hai joh ki level 9 ka post hai.

Jab aapka BAS cadre me Senior deputy collector ke post pe selection hota hai toh waha posting kuch iss tarike se hoti hai:

District posting me aapko district ke kisi department ka head bna diya jayega or aapka designation SDC rhega. Eak district me bahot saare departments hote jaise ki establishment section, Nazarat, disaster management cell, etc and saare department ka head District Magistrate (DM) hote hai. Aap reporting authority DM hoga.

Sub division level pe bhi posting hota hai waha SDM ke role me aapka posting kiya jata hai. Kbhi kbhi bahot bada sub division hai toh eak additional post create kiya jata hai ASDM ka aur waha responsibilities distribute krdiya jaati hai.

Eak posting hota hai as sub divisional grievance redressal officer ke tor pe inka posting bhi sub division me hi hota hai.

Iske alawa OSD ( Officer on special duty) ke tor pe bhi inka posting hota district me yaa kisi ministry, mission, commission etc me

Iske alawa agar secretariat me inka posting hota hai toh as under secretary ke post me hota.

Iske alawa governor, Cm office me bhi hoti posting ya kisi minister ke secretary ke tor pe bhi.

Kbhi kbhi as jail superintendent ke tor pe bhi inki posting ki jaati agar uss zile me woh post vacant hai toh, iske alawa DTO, and nagar nigam me bhi hoti posting.

Yahi officer km se km 12 saal ke baad inko promotion milta phir ye ADM rank pe aajate. Phir 15-18 rules ke according aise jyada tym lgjata like 22 years IAS me promotion ke liye.

Kaafi versa tile job profile hai BAS officers ka.

Hello Nitish !

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) exam is conducted to select applicants for civil service jobs in Bihar. In Patna you can find several coaching centers which prepare for BPSC exam such as :

1) Achievers IAS Academy

Its situated in New Patliputra colony, Patna, Bihar. They have goal oriented program, conduct proper test series and give required study materials in order to make sure the aspirants are well equipped with relevant information.

2) Chanakya IAS Academy

Situated in Navyug Kamala Business park, East boring Canal Road, Patna, Bihar. They have structured program including the syllabus of mains and prelims along with other optional subjects.

3) Pragya Civil Services

It is situated besides central bank of India before patna college Ashok Raj Path, Patna, Bihar. It is very popular for civil service coaching in Patna. It provides quality education and prepares for interviews well.

4) Sarvodaya Civil Services

It is situated to opposite of Patna college, BM Das Road, Patna, Bihar. It is very efficient and result oriented coaching center.

5)Dhyeya IAS

It is situated in Exhibition Rd, Patna , Bihar. They cover classroom programme, Distance learner programme, IAS olympiad etc.

If you are focused, got relevant resources and manage time efficiently then no one can stop you to reach your goal.

All the Best !

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