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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 Preliminary Admit Card Download Link – Click Here 

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)
Official Website
Job Location Bihar
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
  • Main
  • Interview

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
01 Hindi 100 3 hours
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
04 Agriculture
05 Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
06 Anthropology
07 Botany
08 Chemistry
09 Civil Engineering
10 Commerce & Accountancy
11 Economics
12 Electrical Engineering
13 Geography
14 Geology
15 History
16 Labour and Social Welfare
17 Law
18 Management
19 Mathematics
20 Mechanical Engineering
21 Philosophy
22 Physics
23 Political Science and International Relations
24 Psychology
25 Public Administration
26 Sociology
27 Statistics
28 Zoology
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.

BPSC Exam 2018 Complete Syllabus – Download Here 

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