Bihar PCS (BPSC) Pre and Main Exam 2018: Important Dates, Application Process, Syllabus, Eligibility, Admit Card, Result


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) Exam or 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 application process for BPSC Civil Services/64th CCE 2018 had ended on 10th September. The exam schedule for BPSC PCS Preliminary Exam is yet to be released.

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


Mode of Application


Number of vacancies

1465 [1255 (initial) + 140 (increased) + 70 (increased)]

Available Application Forms

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

20th August 2018, 27th August 2018

30th August 2018

Online payment process started

4th August 2018 (after 11:00 AM)

Last date of online application fee payment

24th August 2018, 31st August 2018

3rd September 2018

Last date of online application submission

31st August 2018, 7th September 2018

10th September 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

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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

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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 

BPSC Exam 2018 Eligibility

Before applying for the BPSC Preliminary examination, candidates must check if they fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

Educational Qualification (as on the last date of online submission of the application form)

Candidates should have completed graduation in any discipline or equivalent level of education from a recognised college or university. Candidates are required to fill the details of their degree while filling the application form.

Age Limit (as on 1st August 2018)

Lower/Minimum Age Limit


Minimum Age Limit

Police Sub Inspector

20 years

Probation Officer, Rural Development Officer, Labour Enforcement Officer, Supply Inspector, Block SC & ST Welfare Officer

21 years

All other posts

22 years

Upper/Maximum Age Limit


Maximum Age Limit

Unreserved Male

37 years

Unreserved Female/OBC

40 years

SC/ST (both male and female)

42 years

Physical Fitness for Bihar Police Services

The following physical fitness criteria are mandatory for candidates who want to serve in the Bihar Police Services

Physical measurements

For General Candidates (male)

SC/ST candidates

For Female Candidates

Chest (Without expansion)

32 inches

31 inches

Not applicable


5 feet 5 inches

5 feet 3 inches

5 feet 2 inches

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BPSC Exam 2018 Application Process

Bihar Public Service Commission releases separate application forms for Preliminary and Main phases of the Civil Services examination. Candidates who qualify the preliminary phase are required to fill the application form for the Main phase, however; the optional subject for the Main examination has to be selected while filling the Preliminary form. Candidates are also required to submit the application fee for the Main exam. For now, here is the process for filling the BPSC CCE preliminary application form. The application process started on 3rd August and continued till 10th September. However, the registration process ended on 30th August. After 30th August, only the registered candidates were allowed to complete the application process.

Online Application Process for BPSC CCE Preliminary Exam

Candidates need to make sure that they have a valid and working email ID and mobile number before applying for the exam. Online application submission can be completed in three steps:

  • Registration
  • Payment
  • Filling the Online Application Form


  • Go to the BPSC website for online application –
  • Click on ‘ONLINE REGISTRATION’ tab.
  • Click on the ‘Apply online’ button in front of the post you want to apply
  • Enter the details asked for and check them carefully before hitting the ‘Submit’ button.
  • On successful registration, a registration ID and password will be generated.


  • The online payment link will become active on the next day of the registration after 11 AM. Click on the ‘Online Payment’ link to make fee payment.
  • Application Fee -



For General/OBC (Bihar and all categories of other states)

₹ 600/-

For SC/ST/PH/Female (only Bihar domicile candidates)

₹ 150/-

Filling the BPSC Exam Online Application Form

  • After successful submission of the application fee, the application form link will become active on the next day after 11 AM.
  • Click on the ‘Application Form’ button.
  • You will see the information you have provided at the time of registration. Fill-in the other details to complete the form.
  • Upload the scanned images of your photograph, signature (in Hindi and English). The scanned images should be in JPG/JPEG format and should not be more than 15 KB (signature) and 25 KB (photograph) in size.
  • Click on ‘Preview’ button and check all the details carefully. Make changes if required. Please make sure that all the details provided are correct before final submission.
  • ‘Submit’ the application form.
  • After successful submission, again log-in to the Dashboard and click on ‘Download Filled Application’ tab. Please make sure that all the pages of the completed application form have Registration Number, Bar Code, and Submitted Application Number. If not, the application would not be considered.

There is no information on the BPSC PCS Main examination application process till now. As soon as any official information releases, it will be updated here.

Other Details

BPSC Civil Services Admit Card 2018

Separate admit cards will be released for the Preliminary and Main phase examinations. Admit cards will not be sent through post and candidates have to download the same only through the official website.

  • Visit the Official Website
  • Click on the link for BPSC CCE Preliminary Admit Card 2018
  • You will be redirected to the candidate’s login page. Enter your username/registration ID, password and the captcha code. Submit the details.
  • The admit card will appear on the screen.
  • Check all the details and download your Admit Card
  • Take a print out.

Note: Admit card is a mandatory document for making entry to the examination hall. Candidates are advised to keep their admit cards with great care till the declaration of the result.

BPSC Civil Services Result 2018

BPSC will declare the result after the Preliminary exam as well as the Main exam. Those who qualify the preliminary exam will be eligible for the Main exam. The list of candidates who will qualify the Main exam will be called for the interview session. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of candidate’s performance in the Main Examination and the Interview round. The BPSC Civil Services result 2018 will be released on the official website.

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: When will be the application form for the CCE 2018 release?

A: The application forms for the CCE 2018 preliminary exam were released on 3rd August 2018. There is no announcement related to the Main exam application form.

Q: What is the last date for CCE Preliminary registration?

A: 30th August 2018.

Q: What is the last date for CCE Preliminary application form submission?

A: 10th September 2018.

Q: What is the educational qualification required for this exam?

A: A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university.

Q: I am a 40 years old SC category candidate. Am I eligible for this exam?

A: Yes, you are eligible for this exam as the upper age limit is for SC/ST candidates is 42 years.

Q: I am a 38 years old general category female candidate. Can I apply for the BPSC Pre Exam 2018?

A: Yes, you can apply for this exam as the upper age limit for female candidates is 40 years.

Q: What is the application fee for candidates from other states?

A: The application fee for candidates from other states is ₹ 600. The same fee is charged from all category candidates from states other than Bihar.