The BPSC CDPO Exam: A Complete Guide 


Now, you had set your dream to serve Bihar as a Child Development Project Officer?  Ok then, you must plan to qualify the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)  CDPO exam and it will be the gateway to your dream career.  This entire blog will equip you with all the essential information, you want to navigate the CDPO with self confidence. Lets dive in!

BPSC CDPO Eligibility criteria:

  • Educational Qualification-> Possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks.
  • Age Limit-> As per the latest notification, the minimum age limit is 21 years and the maximum age limit is 35 years, with relaxation for reserved category candidates as per government rules.
  • Nationality-> You must be a citizen of India.

Exam pattern of BPSC CDPO:

  1. Preliminary Exam-> General Studies and General Hindi. 
  2. Main Exam-> This is a written exam with descriptive-type questions spread across four papers.
  3. Interview

Important dates for BPSC CDPO:

  • BPSC CDPO Notification Release-> March 3rd, 2021
  • Application Window (Prelims)-> March 5th – April 1st, 2021
  • Prelims Exam Date-> May 15th, 2022
  • Application Window (Mains)-> September 21st – October 7th, 2022
  • Mains Exam Date-> November 8th – 9th, 2022

How to Prepare for the BPSC CDPO Exam?

Understand the syllabus and examination pattern-

It is very essential step, to make a clear concept regarding “what to study?” & “How it will be asked?”

Create a study plan-

Once you have get the perfect materials, you need to create a study plan. This will assist you to remain on track and make sure that you covers all of the crucial topics. Your study layout has to be realistic and achievable, and it is necessary to plan practical time for every analysis of a new topics and revising what you have already learned.

Self-Study or Coaching –

The most common question in students’ minds is how to prepare for the CDPO exam and whether to take  coaching or not. The best decision will be a combination of both. Now,  CDPO  is not something  you have included in your school curriculum. Therefore, coaching will guide you  in your preparation by providing you with relevant study materials and tests. Then you can  solve exercises and review materials to study on your own.

Work on fundamentals- 

Developing fundamental concepts should be given top priority before moving on to  CDPO exam level questions. So focus on studying basic concepts and practice easy questions  first. Then gradually move on to higher level questions.

Practice lots of questions- 

After completing a topic, practice asking as many questions as possible on that  topic. Move from lower to higher difficulty  questions. Just reviewing the concepts a few times through practice can help you prepare for the CDPO exam.

Analysis of test-

A practice test is a simulation of the real test. So, as the exam approaches, taking practice tests regularly should be a part of your CDPO preparation strategy. Additionally, it is equally important to analyze the simulations you perform and identify your weaknesses.

Practice regularly-

One of the best approaches to put together for the CDPO examination is to practice answering questions regularly. You can do this by solving exercise papers and taking mock tests. There are many special exercise papers and mock tests available on the Internet and also in books.

Stay motivated-

It is essential to be stable, active and motivated throughout your preparation.

Focus on your weak areas-

As you start answering questions, you will perceive your weak areas. Once you are aware of your weak areas, you can focus your research on these topics. You will additionally need to get additional exercise material for these topics.

Stay up-to-date on current affairs-

The CDPO examination also asks for current affairs. Therefore, it is essential to be updated on modern events. You can use newspapers, observing information channels, and following information websites and social media pages to be updated.

About the syllabus of BPSC CDPO exam

Preliminary Exam Syllabus:

  • General Studies (100 Marks):
    • Current Affairs (National & International)-> Focus on recent events, government policies, socio-economic issues, and developments relevant to India and Bihar.
    • History of India-> Ancient, Medieval, Modern Indian history, emphasis on freedom struggle and Bihar’s contribution.
    • Indian Polity & Economy-> Constitution of India, fundamental rights, governance, economic policies, and development plans.
    • Geography (India & World)-> Physical features, climate, resources, demographics, and major geographical features of India and the world.
    • Science & Technology-> Latest advancements in science and technology, their impact on society, and their relevance to child development.
    • General Awareness-> Static GK covering important personalities, awards, places, organizations, and everyday knowledge.
  • General Hindi (50 Marks):
    • Comprehension-> Understanding and summarizing passages.
    • Grammar and Vocabulary-> Knowledge of Hindi grammar rules, synonyms, antonyms, and sentence construction.
    • Essay Writing and Letter Writing-> Writing skills on various topics and formats.

Mains Exam Syllabus:

General Hindi (100 Marks)-> Similar to the Prelims syllabus, with a higher level of difficulty and emphasis on writing essays and summaries on complex topics.

General Studies – Paper I (200 Marks):

  • Indian Administration and Development-> Public administration structure, governance, development plans, and social welfare schemes.
  • Economic and Social Issues-> Poverty, unemployment, social issues like gender inequality and child rights, and their solutions.
  • Planning and Development-> Five-year plans, poverty alleviation programs, and rural development initiatives.
  • Disaster Management-> Types of disasters, mitigation strategies, and disaster management policies in India.
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-> Application of ICT in various sectors, including education and healthcare.

General Studies – Paper II (200 Marks):

  • Child Development-> Theories, stages, and challenges of child development.
  • Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)-> Importance of ECCE, Anganwadi services, and various government programs for child development.
  • Nutrition and Health-> Importance of nutrition in child development, common childhood diseases, and healthcare programs in Bihar.
  • Psychology and Sociology-> Understanding child behavior, social structures, and their impact on child development.
  • Women and Child Development-> Gender equality, women’s empowerment, and their role in child development.

Optional Subject (200 Marks):

Candidates can choose one of the following optional subjects:

  • Home Science
  • Labour & Social Welfare
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Which books to prefer for BPSC CDPO exam?

General Studies (Prelims & Mains)

  • History:
    • “Spectrum’s A Brief History of Modern India” by Rajiv Ahir () 
  • “History of Bihar” by KBC NANO () 
  • Geography:
    • “NCERT Geography Textbooks (Class 6-12)” () 
  • “Geography of India” by Majid Husain () 
  • Polity:
    • “Indian Polity” by M. Laxmikanth 
  • Economy:
    • “Indian Economy” by Ramesh Singh ( ) 
    • “Bihar Economic Survey” (Latest Edition)
  • Science:
    • “Lucent’s General Science” ( ) 
    • NCERT Science Textbooks (Class 6-10)
  • Current Affairs:
    • “The Hindu” (newspaper)
    • “Pratiyogita Darpan” (magazine)
    • “Yojana” and “Kurukshetra” (magazines focused on Indian development)

General Hindi

  • “Lucent’s Samanya Hindi” ( ) 

Lucent’s Samanya Hindi

  • Practice previous year’s BPSC CDPO question papers

Child Development, Nutrition, Psychology, etc

  • “Child Development and Pedagogy” by Disha Experts ( ) 
  • “ICDS & Anganwadi Services Schemes” (Relevant government publications and websites)
  • “Psychology” by Baron ( ) – For those choosing Psychology as an optional subject. 
  • “Sociology” by C N Shankar Rao ( ) – For those choosing Sociology as an optional subject. 

Additional Resources

  • Bihar General Knowledge: “Bihar Samagra” by KBC Nano is a good option ( ). 
  • Previous Years’ Question Papers: Practice papers are essential to understand exam patterns and question types.
  • Online Resources: Reputable websites and YouTube channels dedicated to BPSC preparation can be helpful supplements.

Common mistakes to avoid in BPSC CDPO

  •  Not analysing the examination pattern, questions and syllabus-> it is important to make a clear concept regarding study programme and which type of topics to be focused. 
  • Not managing time effectively-> Time management is very essential in any competitive exam.
  • Not practicing regularly-> One of the excellent methods to put together for the CDPO examination is to practice answering questions regularly.
  • Making common mistakes-> In any competitive exam, it is crucial to be concentrated and keep away from making careless mistakes.
  • Not focusing on weak areas-> As you practice answering questions, you will become aware of your weak areas

FAQs About BPSC CDPO Exam:

What is the salary and career probabilities of a CDPO ? 

Answer-> The salary of a CDPO in Bihar lies in the Pay Matrix Level 7 of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), with a starting basic pay of around Rs. 44,900. 

 Career progression involves:-

  • promotion to higher positions
  • Deputy Director 
  •  Director. 

What are the key qualities and skills required for a successful CDPO? 

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Leadership and organizational abilities
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Compassion, empathy, and patience
  • Commitment to social work and child development

What are some additional resources available to prepare for the BPSC CDPO exam? 

  •  coaching institutes and online courses
  • Online forums and communities
  • Bihar government websites and publications

What are the future possibilities for CDPOs in Bihar? 

Answer-> The Government of India and the State Government of Bihar are actively focusing on child improvement initiatives, which include increasing the Anganwadi community and strengthening the position of CDPOs. This shows a growing demand for professional and devoted gurus in the field, imparting promising profession possibilities and possibilities for boom in the future. 

How can I remain up-to-date on changes associated with the BPSC CDPO exam? 

Answer-> To continue to be updated on the changes associated with the BPSC CDPO exam, it is fundamental to often test the authentic website of the Bihar Public Service Commission: Additionally, subscribing to good information sources and boards associated with BPSC checks can help you remain updated about any bulletins or updates. 


Qualifying the CDPO examination is your gateway to achieving your dream job in Bihar as an Child development project office. This complete blog has equipped you with the information, resources, and techniques to navigate your preparation effectively.

Remember, a thorough understanding of the syllabus, strategic study materials, regular practice, and unwavering self belief are your key factors in attaining your goals. Avoid common mistakes, embrace valuable tips, and believe in your abilities to ace the exam. As you embark on this path, devote yourself, prepare diligently, and step up to achieve your dream job to become a CDPO officer. Let’s starts your journey today!

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