BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008, Bihar Service Public Commission

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008, Bihar Service Public Commission

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) will conduct 60th, 61st and 62nd Combined Examination 2016-2017 for the recruitment of Deputy Collector (DC), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and other Class– I officers in Bihar State Government.  BPSC Preliminary exam is to be held on 12 February 2017. The total number of vacancies in BPSC recruitment is 642.

BPSC had conducted the same examination in the year 2008. Over here, we will help BPSC aspirants to get a flavour of BPSC exam structure by introducing BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008.


BPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The very first step is to get familiar with BPSC Prelims Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2016-17. Let us have a look at the various phases involved in the BPSC Selection process. The Examination structure for BPSC Recruitment 2016-17 will follow a three phase selection process:

  1. BPSC Preliminary Exam
  2. BPSC Mains Exam
  3. Interview

Let us focus on the initial phase i.e BPSC Prelims written examination.

Subject Number of Questions Total Marks Duration
General Studies 150 150 120 Minutes
  • The BPSC Prelims Exam will consist of one paper namely, General Studies.
  • BPSC Exam will comprise 150 MCQ objective type questions.
  • Each question will carry 1 mark.
  • BPSC paper will be set in both English and Hindi.
  • The duration of the examination will be two hours i.e. 120 minutes.

After getting in touch with BPSC Prelims Exam pattern, let us now move towards the nucleus of our article i.e BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008.


BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008

The Preliminary Exam serves as a screening test only and is only for qualification purpose. Only if you clear this exam, you will be allowed to appear for the mains. In order to prepare well for the exam, it is of primary importance that you must know about the pattern of the examination and what has been asked in the previous years. By analyzing the trends of previous year’s paper, we will get a basic understanding and insight on what to prepare and how to prepare. Also, we get to know which topics are important by evaluating the distribution of questions amongst various topics. The Preliminary Examination comprises the topics list below:

  • History
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian Polity
  • Geography
  • General Science
  • Mathematics
  • Bihar GK
  • Miscellaneous
  • Current Affairs & Static Affairs

These topics are distributed over a total of 150 questions. Below is a simple bar graph representing the distribution of questions in BPSC (48th-52nd) Prelims 2008.

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: Distribution of Questions

As we can see in the above bar graph, the maximum number of questions i.e. 44, have been asked from History section in the BPSC(48th-52nd) Prelims Exam. The second highest number of questions have been asked from Geography i.e. 20, closely followed by Indian Economy and Current Affairs and Statistics with 16 questions each from these topics. More than 60 percent of the paper was based on these topics which is huge.
BPSC Questions 2008

These topics are extremely important from the examination point of view and one cannot even think of clearing the prelims or qualifying for the mains without scoring in these subjects. And to score in these subjects, one needs to have command over these. All these subjects are theoretical in nature and require a lot of memorizing along with the ability to retain it for the examination. Now, let us shift our focus towards section-wise distribution of questions divided under these topics by representational pie charts and graphs. 

Let us now analyse BPSC Prelims 2002 Exam topic wise with the number of questions asked in BPSC Prelims 2002 Exam.

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: History

In the following table, we can clearly see a large portion of the questions in history have been asked from the topic of ‘Struggle of Indian Independence’ as compared to the other topics. Also, a good deal of questions has been asked from other topics as well.

Subject Section Name of topic Number of Questions
History Ancient India Religious Awakening 3
Mauryan Empire 6
Medieval India Delhi Sultanate 2
Mughal Dynasty 3
Modern India European Invasion 3
Revolt of 1857 6
Struggle of Indian Independence 21

History is an integral part of the examination with the main focus being on Modern History. So, it becomes mandatory for the candidates to be well-versed with this subject with slightly more focus towards modern history.

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: Indian Polity

A total of 15 questions were asked from this topic which is descent number. Most questions were related to Indian Parliament.

BPSC Questions 2008 Polity

As it is a state level exam for Bihar, more state-relevant questions are expected from this section.

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: Indian Economy

The highest number of questions in this section were asked from topics like Basics of Indian Economy and Banking and finance.

Name of Topic

Number of Questions
Basics of Indian Economy


Mineral Resource, Energy and Industries

Banking and Finance


Economical Planning




A sum total of 15 questions were asked from Indian Polity Subject. The question asked were of moderate level of difficulty.

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: Geography

A total of 20 questions were asked form this topic. Geography is considered to be a significant part of state-level exams and we can see a good deal of questions from this subject in almost every paper and this exam is no exception.

World Geography

Indian Geography

Physical Geography


Physical geography


Rivers Worldwide


Multi-Purpose Projects


Space Science and Environment


Indian Industries and Transportation


Indian Population and Urbanization


Indian Tribes


Here, we can see a more questions have been asked from Indian Geography specially questions that were related to Bihar as it is a state-level exam.

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: General Science

Not many questions were asked from this topic and whatever was asked most of it was from biology, which is evident from the data below.BPSC Questions 2008 General Science

Let us now move to other section in BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008.

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: Current Affairs & Static Affairs

A total of 16 questions were asked from this topic with most questions being from International Current Affairs. Out of 16 questions, 10 were from this topic. The number of questions from this topic is generally high for most of the public-sector exams. This is done to check that how aware is a candidate about national and international events.BPSC Questions 2008 Current AffairsFor getting recruited to an administrative job, this is a must. So, always stay informed of the latest events in the country or outside it as this is one subject which cannot be crammed but can only be developed or learnt over a period of time.

BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008: Mathematics and Bihar GK

Mathematics: A total of 10 questions were asked from this section. The questions were easy and were of elementary level. So, it is important for the candidates to focus on this section as mathematics requires constant practice. Also, try to learn shortcut techniques for various questions.

Bihar GK: Since, this is a state-based exam, questions related to Bihar are very prominent in the paper. Also, a candidate is expected to have full knowledge and information about the events and happenings in Bihar. So, to test that knowledge, a fair deal of questions can be asked from this topic. Likewise, in the BPSC (48th-52nd) Prelims, around 17 questions were asked from this section.

So, here we conclude our article on BPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2008. If you have any queries/ doubts, post them in the comment section below. Stay connected for more information regarding BPSC Recruitment 2016-17. To excel in State Exams, download the Best State Exam Preparation App for free.

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