BPSC Mains Exam

68th BPSC CCE 2023 Syllabus and New Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains PDF. Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) is one of the most reputed 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. Recently BPSC has changed the exam Pattern for 68th BPSC Prelim and Mains Exam. Let's have a look at the BPSC New Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2023 for the upcoming BPSC 68th exam.

68th BPSC New Exam Pattern and Syllabus for Prelims and Mains

68th BPSC Exam Pattern 2023

BPSC PrelimsBPSC MainsBPSC Interview
  • One Paper
  • 150 marks
  • 2 hours
  • Objective Type
  • 1/4th Negative Marking
  • Offline (Pen-Paper)
  • 5 papers
  • Two qualifying paper (Hindi and Optional Paper) + 3 merit ranking papers
  • 900 marks (300*3)
  • 3 hours for each paper
  • Subjective Type
  • Offline (Pen-Paper)
  • Essay Paper (300 Marks) has been introduced at the place of Optional Paper in Mains Exam.
  • In 68th Mains Optional Paper will be Qualifying in Nature as Mentioned below in Official Notification.
  • 120 marks
  • Merit list based on marks in Mains + Interview

68th BPSC: What are New Changes

As Mentioned in Official Notification

  • There will be 1/4th (0.25) negative marking in 68th BPSC Prelims exam (Latest Change).
  • The Mains Exam will consist three Paper (General Studies Paper - 1, General Studies Paper 2 and Essay Writing (New addition at the place of Optional) along with that General Hindi (Qualifying).
68th BPSC CCE 2023

68th BPSC Prelim Exam Pattern 2023

  • There will be only one paper on General Studies for two hours with 150 questions. 
  • There will be 1/4th (0.25) negative marking in 68th BPSC Prelims exam (Latest Change).
  • Marks of paper be considered for qualifying candidates for the mains exam.
  • BPSC Prelims is screening in nature.
  • Candidates need to score minimum marks as decided by the commission to qualify for the mains exam.
  • All the questions are set in English and Hindi except for those questions which are meant to test the candidate’s knowledge of English.

68th BPSC Exam Syllabus 2023 for Prelims Exam/ 68वीं बीपीएससी परीक्षा बिहार लोक सेवा आयोग (बीपीएससी) 

बीपीएससी प्रारंभिक परीक्षा प्रकृति में वस्तुनिष्ठ है। प्रारंभिक परीक्षा में एक एकल पेपर होता है जिसमें 150 प्रश्न होते हैं जिसमें 150 अंक होते हैं। 67वें बीपीएससी प्रीलिम्स प्रश्न पत्र में राजनीति, सामान्य विज्ञान, इतिहास, करंट अफेयर्स, भूगोल, अर्थव्यवस्था, पर्यावरण और पारिस्थितिकी, बिहार का इतिहास, बिहार का भूगोल, बिहार की अर्थव्यवस्था, बिहार की राजनीति, योग्यता और तर्क और बिहार करंट अफेयर्स से संबंधित प्रश्न पूछा जाता है। परीक्षा में नेगेटिव मार्किंग का प्रावधान है

History: History of India and Bihar (The question will focus on the nature and character of the nineteenth-century resurgence, the rise of nationalism, and the declaration of independence, with a focus on Bihar.)

Geography: India's geography and Bihar's geography (Questions will relate to the physical, social and economic geography of the country, including the main features of Indian agriculture and natural resources), Bihar's general geography and division into geographical regions, as well as its major river systems

Indian polity: Questions will test knowledge of the Indian political system, Panchayati Raj, community development, and planning in India and Bihar

Economy: Indian economy and economy of Bihar post-independence

General Science (General understanding of science - Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

Current Affairs of State/National/International importance 

General Mental Ability

BPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2022

The candidates are called for the BPSC main exam only if they qualify in the BPSC Prelims Exam and secure the required cut-off marks as decided by the Commission. 

  • The Mains Exam will consist three Paper (General Studies Paper - 1, General Studies Paper 2 and Essay Writing (New addition at the place of Optional) along with that General Hindi (Qualifying), Optional Paper (Qualifying)
  • The Three mandatory Paper will of 300 Marks each and Exam Duration will be 3 Hours.
  • General Hindi Paper is qualifying in nature (30 % Marks required), Its marks will not be considered in the calculation of merit list.
  • 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 Essay Writing.
  • The candidates who are placed suitably in the merit are called for the interview.

68th BPSC Mains Syllabus 2023

The BPSC mains syllabus for all 5 papers is discussed below.

Qualifying Paper: General Hindi

  • 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
    • Summarization: 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.

68th BPSC Mains: General Studies Paper - 1

  • Indian Culture
  • Modern History of India
  • Contemporary events of national and international importance
  • Statistical Analysis, diagrams and graphs

68th BPSC Mains: General Studies 2

  • Indian and Bihar Polity
  • Indian and Bihar Economy
  • Indian and Bihar Geography
  • Role and impact of Science and Technology in the development of India (and Bihar)
68th BPSC Mains: Essay Writing

68th BPSC Mains: Optional Paper

Candidates must choose one of the 34 optional subjects mentioned below. It will be Qualifying in Nature. Student need to score minimum cut off decided by the commission. Marks scored in this sectional will not be added in Merit.



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


Free Download Previous Year Optional Paper - Download BPSC Optional Papers

Detailed Syllabus of GS Paper 1

Part-I. Modern History of India and Indian culture (History of the country with special reference to Bihar in the middle of 19th 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)

Part-II. Role of Bihar in the Indian National Movement

  • Santhal uprising
  • 1857 war of independence
  • Champaran Satyagraha
  • Quit India Movement 1942

Part-III. 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)

Detailed Syllabus for GS Paper 2

Part-I. Indian Polity ( Questions based on the political system in India including Bihar)

Part-II. Indian economy and Geography of India (Questions on planning in India and the physical, economic and social geography of India and Bihar)

Part-III. 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 science.

68th BPSC Prelim and Mains Syllabus: Download Official 68th BPSC Syllabus

68th BPSC Interview Test

Candidates who had qualified for the BPSC Mains Exam would be called for the ‘Interview’ Round. Candidates are interviewed by a Board appointed by the Commission. The main fields checked by the interviewer are given below.

  • The candidate will be interviewed by a board who will have before them a record of the candidate's career and interests filled by the candidate in the Application Form.
  • The objective of the interview is to check the personal suitability of the candidate for the career in the state services by a board of competent and unbiased observers.
  • In the personality test, apart from their academic study, candidates must be aware of the affairs happening both within and outside their state.
  • The interview is more of a purpose conversation intended to explore the mental qualities and analytical ability of the candidate.
68th BPSC Exam 2023 Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many Papers are there in 68th BPSC CCE Exam 2023?
Ans. BPSC Prelims exam is based on a single paper General Studies and BPSC Main exam consists of four papers i.e. General Hindi, General Studies Paper-1, General Studies Paper-2 and Essay Writing.

Q. Is there Negative Marking 68th BPSC Prelim Exam 2023?
Ans. Yes, there will be negative marking in prelim and It will be equal to 1/4th for every wrong answer, i.e; 0.25 marks will be deducted from your score for every wrong asnwer.

Q. Do we have optional subjects in 68th BPSC Mains Exam 2023?
Ans. No, BPSC has removed optional from 68th BPSC Mains 2023 and added Essay Writing instead.

Q. Which is the language / medium of question papers in BPSC Prelim and Mains Exam?
Ans. The question papers are set in bilingual i.e. English and Hindi only.

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