BPSC Full Form, BPSC Age Limit, BPSC Syllabus: All about BPSC !

BPSC (full from of BPSC: Bihar Public Service Commission) selects applicants for civil service jobs in the Indian State of Bihar according to the merits of the applicant. It was formed in 1956, by the Constitution of India. Let’s find out about BPSC Age Limit & BPSC Syllabus!

BPSC Age Limit & Recruitment process

BPSC recruits applicant either by conduction exam which includes Preliminary test followed by  a written examination (mains) and a personal interview or through promotion through the Department Promotion Committee.

The age limit and other BPSC eligibility criteria vary for different services and categories.

Post/Service Name Minimum Age
Deputy Superintendent of Police 20 years
Probation Officer 21 years
Rural Development Officer 21 years
Labour Enforcement Officer 21 years
Block SC/ST Welfare Officer 21 years
Supply Inspector 21 years
All other posts 22 years

The upper age limit for BPSC is given in the table:

Category BPSC Age Limit- Upper Limit
General Category – Male 37 years
General Category – Female 40 years
BC/OBC (Male, Female) 40 years
SC/ST (Male, Female) 42 years



Preliminary test (Objective 150 marks)  – General Science

Current events of national and international importance. History of India and salient features of the history of Bihar.

General Geography and geographical division of Bihar and its major river systems.

Indian Polity and Economy and major changes in the economy of Bihar in the post independence period.

Indian National Movement and the part played by Bihar in it and also Questions on General Mental Ability.

Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and under-standing of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience, as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline. In History, emphasis will be on broad general under-standing of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. The candidates are expected to be familiar with the broad aspects of the history of Bihar. In Geography, emphasis will be on geography of India and Bihar. Questions on the Geography of India and Bihar will relate to physical, social and economic Geography of the country including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources. Questions of Indian Polity and Economy will test knowledge on the country’s political system, panchayati raj, community development and planning in India and Bihar. Question on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence and candidates will be expected to answer questions on the role of Bihar in the freedom movement of India.


Mains (Written):

Paper 1: General Hindi (Qualifying)

Paper 2: General Studies 1:

(1) Modern History of India and Indian culture

(2) Current events of national and international importance

(3) Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams.

Paper 3: General Studies 2:

(1) Indian Polity

(2) Indian economy and Geography of India; and

(3) The role and impact of science and technology in the development of India.

Paper 4: Any Optional Subject :

In BPSC Mains, candidates have to select one optional subject out of 34 subjects. There will be only one optional subject exam for 300 marks and the questions will be of Honours Level (3-year course in Patna University). The choices are given below and the syllabus for optional subjects can be viewed in the BPSC Syllabus PDF.

Optional Subjects in BPSC Syllabus are:

  1. English Language and Literature
  2. Urdu Language and Literature
  3. Hindi Language and Literature
  4. Persian Language and Literature
  5. Arabic Language and Literature
  6. Pali Language and Literature
  7. Maithili Language and Literature
  8. Bangla Language and Literature
  9. Sanskrit Language and Literature
  10. Chemistry
  11. Sociology
  12. Physics
  13. Agriculture
  14. Statistics
  15. Botany
  16. Zoology
  17. Philosophy
  18. Political Science and International Relations
  19. Psychology
  20. Public Administration
  21. Labour and Social Welfare
  22. Management
  23. Mathematics
  24. Mechanical Engineering
  25. Geography
  26. Geology
  27. History
  28. Law
  29. Civil Engineering
  30. Economics
  31. Commerce and Accountancy
  32. Electrical Engineering
  33. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  34. Anthropology

BPSC Interview Test

Candidates who had qualified the BPSC Mains Exam would be called for the ‘Interview’ Round. Candidates are interviewed by a Board appointed by the Commission. 

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