BPSC General Studies Paper - I

BPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The BPSC Main Exam have a qualifying paper General Hindi. Apart from this, there will be General Studies Paper 1 (GS-I), General Studies Paper 2 (GS-II) and Essay Writing carrying 300 marks each. There will be an Optional Paper that the candidate has chosen earlier while filling the Application Form. The Optional Paper carries 100 marksFrom 68th BPSC Mains, optional paper will be qualifying in nature.

Important Points:

  • 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 Paper.
  • The candidates who are placed suitably in the merit are called for the interview.
  • There is no negative marking in the descriptive question papers.
  • Candidates need to attempt all the papers to qualify for the Interview round.
  • This round is both scoring and qualifying in nature.
General Studies Paper - I 

(1) Modern History of India and Indian culture (3 Out of 6 Questions = 38x3=114 Marks)
(2) Current events of national and international importance (3 Out of 5 Questions = 38x3=114 Marks)
(3) Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams (3 Out of 4 Questions = 36x2= 72 Marks)

Section - I. Modern History of India and Indian culture 
  • Modern History of India and Indian Culture will cover the broad history of the country (with special reference to Bihar) from about the middle of nineteenth century. 
  • The modern history of Bihar will include questions on the introduction and expansion of western education (including technical education). 
  • It will also have questions on Bihar’s role in the freedom struggle of India. 
  • Questions will relate to the Santhal Uprising, 1857 in Bihar, Birsa movement, Champaran Satyagrah and the Quit India Movement 1942. 
  • A knowledge of the chief features of Mauryan and Pal art and Patna Qulam painting will be expected from the examinees. 
  • It would also include questions or Gandhi, Tagore and Nehru. 
Section - II. Current events of national and international importance
  • This Part will have Questions from Current Affairs covering various dimensions of News. This section is very broad in Nature. It covers all the Important News and Current Affairs from Last One Year.
Section - II. Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams (Data Interpretation)
  • The part relating to statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams will include exercises to test the candidate’s ability to draw common sense conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies therein.
Recommended Books and Study Materials 
  • Modern Indian History: Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra and Spectrum Modern History by Rajiv Ahir
  • Gandhi, Nehru and Tagore from Spectrum
  • Art and Culture: Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • KBC Nano Bihar Samagra or बिहार एक परिचय- Imtiyaz Ahmed
  • KBC Nano GS - I & II Previous Question paper 
  • Data Interpretation by Arihant Publicaiton or K Kundan
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  • Vision IAS Science and Technology Current Affairs  or Vision Mains365
  • Economic survey 2021-22 & Budget 2023-24 summary of Bihar
  • Geography : Mahesh Barnaval

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