Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has released the official notification for the 64th Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) 2018. The examination is conducted for recruiting eligible candidates for various posts in departments/ministries under the Bihar government. Also known by other names viz. Bihar Provincial Civil Service (PCS) Examor Bihar Civil Services Exam, it is a highly competitive exam. The examination is conducted in two phases – Preliminary and Main. For now, the application process has been released only for the Preliminary phase. This article covers complete information related to eligibility, important dates, exam pattern and syllabus. Read on to know more.
BPSC Civil Services 2018 Latest Updates: The admit card for the Preliminary phase of the Bihar Civil Services exam are available on the official website. The preliminary phase exam is scheduled to be conducted on 16th December. The application process for BPSC Civil Services/64th CCE 2018 had ended on 10th September.
BPSC Civil Services Exam 2018: Overview
|Name of the Exam||Bihar Civil Services Exam/BPSC Combined Competitive Examination|
|Name of the Organizing Body||Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Number of vacancies||1465 [1255 (initial) + 140 (increased) + 70 (increased)]|
BPSC Exam 2018 Important Dates
The BPSC Civil Services notification had been released only for the Preliminary phase application process. The schedule for preliminary examination and other important dates for the Main examination will be updated as soon as the official announcement is made.
|Exam Events||Important Dates|
|Notification released||2nd August 2018|
|Registration started||3rd August 2018|
|Registration closed||30th August 2018|
|Online payment process started||4th August 2018 (after 11:00 AM)|
|Last date of online application fee payment||3rd September 2018|
|Last date of online application submission||10th September 2018|
|Availability of Admit Card||28th November 2018|
|Last Date to Download Admit Card||14th December 2018|
|Exam Date for Preliminary Exam||16th December 2018|
BPSC Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus
BPSC CCE 2018 Exam Pattern
BPSC conducts the Combined Competitive Examination in three phases:
Preliminary Exam Pattern
The preliminary exam will be conducted through offline (pen and paper) mode. The General Studies paper comprises Objective Type and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) of total 150 marks. Here are the details of the exam:
|Exam Name||Type of Questions||Paper||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|BPSC Preliminary Exam||Objective Type and Multiple Choice Questions||One Paper – General Studies||150||2 hours|
The preliminary exam is of qualifying nature. It is mandatory to qualify the exam by securing the minimum marks set by the Commission. Eligible candidates for the Main exam are selected on the basis of their performance in the Preliminary examination. Marks of the preliminary exam are not considered while preparing the final selection list.
Main Exam Pattern
The Main exam consists of 4 papers as follows:
|Subject Code||Subjects||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|02||General Studies (Paper I)||300||3 hours|
|03||General Studies (Paper II)||300||3 hours|
|04||Optional Subject*||300||3 hours|
Candidates are required to secure a minimum of 30% marks in Hindi, however; these marks will not be considered while preparing the final merit list.
* For the optional subject, candidates are required to select one subject from the list of available subjects for the Main examination. Here is the list of subjects:
List of Optional Subjects
|Subject Code||Subject Name|
|05||Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science|
|10||Commerce & Accountancy|
|16||Labour and Social Welfare|
|23||Political Science and International Relations|
|29||Hindi Language & Literature|
|30||English Language & Literature|
|31||Urdu Language & Literature|
|32||Bangla Language & Literature|
|33||Sanskrit Language & Literature|
|34||Persian Language & Literature|
|35||Arabic Language & Literature|
|36||Pali Language & Literature|
|37||Maithili Language & Literature|
The list of candidates who qualify the Main examination is published on the official website. These candidates are called for the interview round. The final merit list is prepared after considering the marks of main exam and interview round.
BPSC CCE 2018 Syllabus
Preliminary Exam Syllabus
BPSC CCE Preliminary exam syllabus includes topics from Current Events of National and International importance, General Science, History of India and salient features of history of Bihar, General geography and geographical division of Bihar and its major river systems, Indian Polity and Economy, Major changes in the economy of Bihar post-independence, Indian National Movement and contribution of Bihar, and questions from General Mental Ability.
Main Exam Syllabus
Hindi – The paper will comprise of questions on essay writing (30 marks), grammar (30 marks), sentence syntax (25 marks), and précis-writing/summary (15 marks). Questions will be of the Secondary Level of Bihar School Examination Board.
General Studies (Paper I) – Current events of national and international importance, the modern history of India and Indian culture, and statistical analysis, graphs & diagrams.
General Studies (Paper II) – Indian Polity, India Economy and Geography of India, and the role and impact of science and technology in the development of India.
Optional Subject – Candidates have to select from one of the optional subjects for this paper. The detailed syllabus for each subject is available on the official website.