The BPSC Head Teacher Exam: A Complete Guide 

The BPSC Head Teacher Exam: A Complete Guide 
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Have you set your dream of serving Bihar as a Head Teacher? If so, you must plan to qualify for the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) Head Teacher exam, which will be the gateway to your dream career. This blog will equip you with all the essential information to navigate the exam confidently. Let’s dive into The BPSC Head Teacher Exam: A Complete Guide. 

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Eligibility Criteria for BPSC Head Teacher

  • Educational Qualification: A Bachelor’s Degree in Education (B.Ed.) or equivalent qualification from a recognized university.
  • Experience: Hold at least five years of teaching experience in a recognized school.
  • Age Limit: As of March 1, 2024, you must be between 21 and 58 (age relaxation will apply to reserved categories).

Exam Pattern of BPSC Head Teacher

  • General Knowledge: Covering current affairs, Indian history, politics, economics, and geography.
  • Mental Ability: Assessing reasoning, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Pedagogy of Primary Education: This course tests your knowledge and understanding of teaching methodologies, child psychology, and curriculum development in the context of primary education.
  • Hindi Language: Evaluating your proficiency in comprehending, interpreting, and writing Hindi.

Important Dates for BPSC Head Teacher

  • Notification Date: March 1, 2024
  • Application Submission Window: March 11, 2024, to April 2, 2024 (tentative)
  • Exam Date (To be announced)

How to prepare for BPSC Head Teacher 

Understand the syllabus and examination pattern

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

Create a study plan.

Once you have the perfect materials, you must create a study plan. This will help you stay on track and cover all 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 topic and revise what you have already learned.

Self-Study or Coaching 

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

Work on fundamentals 

Developing fundamental concepts should be given top priority before moving on to BPSC exam-level questions. So focus on studying basic concepts and practicing 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. Move from lower to higher-difficulty questions. Reviewing the concepts a few times through practice can help you prepare for the BPSC exam.

Analysis of test

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

Practice regularly

One of the best approaches to preparing for the BPSC examination is to practice answering questions regularly. You can do this by solving exercise papers and taking mock tests. Many special exercise papers and mock tests are available on the Internet and 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 know 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 BPSC examination also asks about current affairs. Therefore, it is essential to be updated on modern events. You can use newspapers, observe information channels, and follow information websites and social media pages to stay updated.

About the syllabus of the BPSC HEAD TEACHER exam

General Knowledge

  • Current Affairs: National and international events, focusing mainly on issues related to India and Bihar; 
  • Indian History: Indian history focusing on major events, significant personalities, and landmarks; 
  • Indian Polity: Indian Constitution, political system, government structure, and fundamental rights; and 
  • Indian Economy: Basic economic concepts, current economic policies, and their impact on the nation.

 Mental Ability

  • Number series
  • Analogies
  • Coding and decoding
  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning
  • Logical puzzles and syllogisms

Pedagogy of Primary Education

  • Teaching methodologies: Various teaching methods like activity-based learning, storytelling, and interactive sessions suitable for young learners.
  • Child psychology: Child development stages, learning styles, and ways to cater to individual needs.
  • Curriculum development: National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for primary education and its implementation strategies. 

Hindi Language

  • Comprehension: Understand and interpret passages in Hindi.
  • Grammar and vocabulary: Hindi grammar rules and a vast vocabulary to effectively communicate and write in Hindi.

Which books do you prefer for the BPSC HEAD TEACHER exam

General Knowledge

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge 
  • Manorama Yearbook 
  • Current Affairs Monthly Magazines (e.g., Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition in Focus)

Mental Ability

  • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.K. Gupta 
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey 
  • Cognitive Ability for Competitive Examinations by Arun Sharma 

Pedagogy of Primary Education

  • Foundations of Education by N.L. Kundu
  • Educational Psychology by Santrock 
  • Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools by Srinivasan

Hindi Language

  • Arihant’s Essential Hindi Grammar 
  • Rachna Sagar’s Shabdkosh (Hindi Dictionary) 
  • Hindi Newspaper (e.g., Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan)

Common mistakes to avoid in BPSC HEAD TEACHER

  • Not analyzing the examination pattern, questions, and syllabus: It is essential to clearly understand the study program and which topics to focus on. 
  • Not managing time effectively: Time management is essential in any competitive exam.
  • Not practicing regularly: One excellent method for preparing for the BPSC examination is to practice answering questions regularly.
  • Making common mistakes: Concentrating and avoiding careless mistakes in competitive exams is crucial.
  • Do not focus on weak areas: As you practice answering questions, you will become aware of your weak areas.


Mention if there are any reservations/ special provisions for specific categories of candidates in the BPSC selection process.

Yes, the Government of India offers reservations for eligible candidates belonging to

  • Scheduled Castes (SCs), 
  • Scheduled Tribes (STs), 
  • Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 
  • Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

How can you crack the BPSC HEAD TEACHER without joining any coaching institute?

  • Self-study with structured resources.
  • Form study groups or online communities.
  • Seek individual mentorship.
  • Focus on self-awareness and learning styles.

How do I manage time effectively during my preparation?

  • Create a realistic study schedule. 
  • Utilize your commute or breaks for revision.
  • Optimize your study sessions.
  • Delegate and prioritize.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Am I eligible to apply for the BPSC Head Teacher Exam if I have experience in a private school? 

The BPSC notification generally specifies that teaching experience must be in a “recognized school” & this generally refers to government/ government-aided schools. 

What is the selection procedure after the written exam?

After the written exam, shortlisted candidates are referred to an interview. The interview normally assesses your personality, conversation skills, subject-specific knowledge, and grasp of current issues. The weightage of the written examination and interview may additionally fluctuate depending on the particular notification for every examination year.


Qualifying for the BPSC examination is your gateway to achieving your dream job as a Head Teacher in Bihar. 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 critical 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 of becoming a Head Teacher. Let’s start your journey today! 

Vaisakh V K

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