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All you need to know about BPSC preparation – The Complete Guide

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BPSC exam preparation requires hard work and the correct guidance which will be provided by online or offline BPSC coaching classes. Let us tell you everything about the BPSC exam preparation.


Table of Contents

  1. About BPSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in BPSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for BPSC - Online BPSC Course
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for BPSC ?
  5. Stages of Bihar Public Service Commission Examination
      • Preliminary Examination
      • Mains Examination
      • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria
      • Educational Qualification
      • Age Limit
  7. Cut-off Marks
  8. How to prepare for Bihar Public Service Commission
      • For Prelims
      • For Mains
      • For Interview
  9. Booklist for BPSC preparation

About BPSC Examination

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) is a recruitment body for the vacancies in State Services in the state of Bihar through the most prestigious exam of the state, the BPSC examination. BPSC releases notification and invites applications to this examination every year for recruitment into various posts in departments/ministries under the government of Bihar. So, eligible candidates can apply for this examination online after the release of notification. The purpose of this article is to give complete information about the BPSC examination and guidance for BPSC exam preparation. You can prepare for the BPSC exam either through offline or BPSC online coaching classes.

Role of Coaching in BPSC Preparation

Classroom Teaching

Coaching plays an important role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. Furthermore, coaching acts as a catalyst in the preparation process and increases the chances of success. It solely depends on the candidate whether to choose it or not. In addition to increasing chances, coaching can reduce the workload of the candidate by guiding the student to study what is exactly needed. Coaching also provides an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics of the exam. However, it is to be noted that BPSC coaching is not a guarantee of your success. It will provide an environment for overall development which is essential for success in any exam.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for BPSC – Online BPSC course

Teaching

  • Your time, Your Place: While offline BPSC coaching has a fixed schedule, online coaching is flexible. Aspirants can save time from traveling between home, college, and other places.
  • Rescheduling: One of the biggest advantages of online BPSC coaching is that no lecture or topic will be missed as you can watch it anytime and anywhere on your laptop or mobile. Online coaching is the only and best way to prepare for BPSC, especially for those who are working or are housewives as they can watch online classes any time when free.
  • Super Affordable Fees: Usually, the cost of coaching for BPSC exam preparation is approximately between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.75,000/- whereas online coaching costs very less.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for BPSC

Chahal Academy is like the panacea to all your queries in the field of Civil services. Along with a quality faculty team, we also ensure that high-quality study material is provided and students do not have to hustle for collecting the same. Candidates can rely on Chahal Academy for their BPSC exam preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through a learning environment.

Chahal Academy is providing a Specialized Online Course for BPSC which includes –
  • 400+ hours of BPSC Complete Foundation Course lecture series. This course includes detailed Topic-wise Coverage of the BPSC Syllabus. This course is taught by the most reliable, and senior faculty and subject matter experts supported by a dynamic and up-to-date content team. You also get personal attention from the mentors in case of difficulty.
  • 24 x 7 availability of best quality BPSC video lectures- watches from the comfort of any of your devices. It includes specialized & Digitized Classes focused on building a conceptual knowledge base of Students. Technological support and Feedback is provided by Subject Matter Experts.
  • You can choose to learn according to your time and place.
  • This course is available at Super Affordable fee structure.
  • Regular tests are conducted to improve accuracy and time management.
  • Complete study material is available in soft copy which covers static as well as updated daily & monthly Current Affairs.

Stages of Bihar Public Service Commission Examination

Bihar Public Service Commission conducts the examination in three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

Preliminary Examination

  • In prelims, there is one Paper only. It comprises 150 questions of General Studies as well as questions on aptitude. It is important to remember that marks of Preliminary examination will be counted in preparing the merit list only and will not be counted in the final selection of candidates. Only marks of mains examination and interview will be counted in preparing the cutoff of the Bihar Public service Commission Examination.
  • Also, candidates should note that the paper of prelims is for two hours and there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

Paper I: General Studies

Paper Subject Total Questions Duration of Exam Max Marks
Paper 1 General Studies 150 (1 mark/question) 2 hours 150 Marks

Syllabus of Preliminary Examination:

General Science:

  • In general science, questions are generally asked from; Physics, Chemistry, Biology up to 10th standard.

Current Affairs of National/International importance:

  • The dynamic portion of the syllabus is to be covered through Current Affairs.
  • For current affairs, candidates must prepare for at least 12 months. In recent times, old current affairs have also being asked by the BPSC Body. Also, make sure to pay attention to facts and data related to the state of Bihar.

History of India and Bihar:

  • General understanding of the subject with broad aspects of the history of Bihar.
  • Read the history of India and Bihar and compare how things have changed in the present. You have to read with a critical bend of mind. Try to connect how the the past has shaped the state of Bihar today.

Geography of India and Bihar: General geography and geographical division of Bihar and its major river systems:

  • Read about the physical, social, and economic geography of the country. Also, read about the main features of the Indian agricultural system and natural resources
  • Read particular industries and their location. Subsequently, practice mapping work to point out important sites.

Indian Polity

  • Questions will test your knowledge of the country’s political system, Panchayati Raj, community development, and planning in India and Bihar, etc.

Indian Movements and Contribution of Bihar in it

  • Read about 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


Mains Examination

In mains examination, you will have total of four papers:

  1. Paper-I: Language Paper(Hindi)( 100 marks, 3 hours, minimum qualifying marks-30)
  2. Paper-II: General studies paper ( 300 marks, 3 hours)
  3. Paper-III: General studies paper ( 300 marks, 3 hours)
  4. One optional paper (300 marks, 3 hours)
Total Marks of Mains Examination – 900 marks

List of 34 optional papers
Agriculture Statistics Hindi Language and Literature Persian Language and Literature
Arabic Language and Literature Pali Language and Literature Maithili Language and Literature Chemistry
Sociology Physics English Language and Literature Urdu Language and Literature
Botany Bangla Language and Literature Sanskrit Language and Literature Zoology
Philosophy Political Science and International Realtions Psychology Public Administration
Labour and Social Welfare Management Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
Geography Geology History Law
Civil Engineering Economics Commerce and Accountancy Electrical Engineering
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Anthropology

Interview Stage

BPSC Mock Interview

  • The interview is of 120 marks. Basically, it is a viva type Q & A type series where questions pertaining to current affairs and educational background are being asked from candidates.
  • The Viva-voce tests the personality of the candidates. You will be asked about general events in and around the world. The interview panel tests your presence of mind and alertness. You do not have to be very intelligent or very smart. You must have an idea of your surrounding and a sensible approach to it. Your overall health and fitness will also be considered. You can choose to either speak in English or Hindi.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for BPSC preparation

You have to fulfill certain criteria to be able to sit in the WBPSC examination. We will lay down the important criteria required for appearing in the WBPSC exam.

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must have a degree from any recognized university. This should be equivalent to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Arts, Commerce, or any technical subject.
  • Aspiring candidates in the last year of their graduation can also sit in this examination.

Age Limit

  • Minimum WBPSC Age Limit for:
  • Group A and C - 21 years
  • Group B - 20 years
  • Group D - 21 years
  • Maximum WBPSC Age Limit for:
  • Group A and C - 36 years (As on January 1 of the year of the examination)
  • Group B - 36 years (As on January 1 of the year of the examination)
  • Group D - 39 years (As on January 1 of the year of the examination)
  • The lower age limit for the WBPSC is 21 years and the upper age limit is 37 years of age for the general category of students. The SC, ST and OBC candidates can claim age relaxation of 5 years over and above the upper age limit.

WBPSC Post Special Condition
West Bengal Police Service (Group ‘B’ Service)
  • The minimum height requirement for male candidates – 1.65 meters
  • The minimum height requirement for female candidates – 1.50 metres
  • Height requirement is subject to relaxation in the case of candidates belonging to races such as:
    a. Gorkhas
    b. Garwalis
    c. Assamese Tribal’s etc.
  • Candidates intending to be considered for this Group must indicate their height in appropriate column of the application form
Assistant Canal Reserve Officer
  • Will have to work in remote areas and their jurisdiction will cover a large number of villages.
West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
  • In homes of blind/deaf/dumb- degree or Diploma or Certificate in the training of Blind and / or Deaf and Dumb shall be an essential qualification
West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade – I
  • Has good working knowledge of the Bengali Language, written and spoken
  • Candidates with Nepali as their mother tongue will need to pass a departmental examination in Bengali in two years
  • Shall be appointed provisionally and shall undergo a period of six months’ in-service training
  • The training includes subjects such as cadastral survey, preparation of records-of-rights, revenue laws, elementary instructions in all other laws relevant for the service
  • Candidates who fail to pass the end of Training Examination shall be liable to be discharged without notice

Cut-Off Marks

  • Results for 65th Prelims Examination of 2019 of Bihar Public Service Commission were announced in which:
  • For the General category, the cutoff for prelims was: 97 marks.
  • For the EWS category, the cutoff for prelims was: 92 marks.
  • For the OBC category, the cutoff for prelims was: 92 marks.
  • For the SC category, the cutoff for prelims was: 89 marks.

How to Prepare for Bihar Public Service commission

For Prelims

  • You have to focus on the basics for the BPSC Prelims. So, read the syllabus thoroughly. Then, go through the Previous Year Question papers and understand what the exam demands. The syllabus and Questions papers will help you to decide what to study and what to omit.
  • Newspaper - Read the newspaper daily. Follow what the Centre, as well as the state, is doing for the people. You also have to pay attention to facts and famous personalities from Bihar.
  • NCERTs - These are government authorized books and form the basis of your exam preparation. you have to read these books properly to understand advanced level books. If you have read these books before, a speed reading will also do. Do not skip these under any circumstances
  • Read fewer books - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Keep your notes very short and precise. As you finish one chapter or topic, prepare notes. It will take you a long way till the final day of your exams.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. And practice answer writing from the first day itself. You will be way ahead in the competition.
  • Mock tests - Appear for multiple mock tests to polish your knowledge. Regular mock tests will train your brain to get prepared for the final day. The Prelims stage is the first most important stage because it will help you move into the Mains stage. So, keep practicing by appearing for mock tests. Further, mock tests will train your brain to acquire the technique of answering by elimination method as well.
  • To guide and help you plan a strategy, subject-wise distribution of marks from past years has been listed below:

Subject Expected number of questions as Per the current trends
Ancient History + Medieval History + Culture + Modern History 10-20
Indian Polity + International Relations 10-12
Geography 10-15
Economic & Social Development 12-18
Science + Tech 12-20
Environment + Biodiversity 10-12
Bihar General Knowledge 25-30
Current Events [National + International] 25-30
Miscellaneous (Awards, Organizations, etc.) 4-5
Logical Reasoning 3-5
Mathematical Ability 3-5
English (Comprehension, blanks) 3-5

For Mains

  • Newspaper - Again, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about your state as well.
  • NCERTs - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana , UPSC , etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Keep your shorter booklist - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
  • Mock tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.

For Interview

  • For personality test/interview, you have to sit for mock interviews. This will help you to experience Q and A round with an interviewer panel which will prepare your body and mind for the final day. So, enhance your personality through Mock Interviews. Furthermore, go through your application form from tip to toe and keep yourself updated with the latest current issues so that you are able to talk about it.

Booklist for BPSC preparation

Booklist

  1. History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
  2. Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
  3. Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
  4. General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
  5. Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
  6. Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
  7. Bihar Special: You can pick any book for Bihar special preparation book. For example, Upkar publication book for Bihar special, yearbook of PD, Ghatna Chakra yearly compilation for state special.

At last, you must have faith in yourself and prepare for this battle by giving everything by making a good strategy. This examination is not about how hard you have worked, rather it is about how smart you have worked. We wish you Good luck!! You can visit the official website of BPSC for further details.