BPA Course, Bachelor of Public Administration 4 Year Program

The Bachelor of Public Administration course provides a basic knowledge of public administration. The program aims to familiarize the students with the concepts, theoretical approaches, and recent issues of public administration.


Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) is an academic program, created to prepare students to foster careers in public affairs management.

The BPA graduates can resolve societal challenges related to public affairs in general and particularly in good governance, project management, development management, human resource management, and leadership development as well as local governance.

General Information about BPA Course

Similarly, the BPA program provides in-depth knowledge of public administration focusing on social responsibility that befalls middle-level professionals. This program is designed to fill the gaps by developing middle-level professionals, especially in public sector organizations.

The BPA course spans four years (eight semesters). The total weightage of the program is 120 credits covering administrative sciences with 90 credits, specialization with 18 credits, computer with 6 credits, and internship and report writing with 6 credits in TU, PU, and KU.

Additionally, pupils will get the opportunity to watch a diverse workforce and community in public, private, and non-profit organizations. So, here’s a pie chart of the total number of colleges under TU, PU, and KU in Nepal.

Students will improve their understanding and skills to manage the mix of both local and regional needs. So, they can achieve good results within a multifaceted range of governmental rules and political strategies.

After completing this course, students will be able to utilize their knowledge in various areas in state and local government, public and federal agencies, and private and public organizations including non-profit sectors both in Nepal and worldwide.

Moreover, the BPA degree tries to fulfill the mission of Nepali universities like TU, PU, and KU to promote intellectual quests. The course also builds critical thinking needed in each sector of the nation.

BPA course aims to help students develop a greater public awareness and responsiveness to fellow workers within and outside the country. Public Administration is an occupation in which these skills are urgently required on a daily basis.

Teaching Pedagogy of BPA Course

The general methods of instruction in the BPA program will be a combination of class lectures, problem-solving exercises, guest lectures, case studies, literature reviews, assignments, term papers, seminar presentations, and project/fieldwork.

The teaching faculty will determine the choice of teaching pedagogy as per the need of the course.

The concerned department shall develop a detailed course of study and work plan at the start of every semester. They also recommend the basic text and other reference materials for effective learning of course structure.

Attendance and Evaluation

In the process of preparing for the final examination, a student must fulfill the necessary requirements below.

  • The student must have a minimum of 80 percent attendance in the classes actually held.
  • Pupils can not study in the second semester without appearing in the first semester of the course. The same rule will be used for all semesters.

Internal and external examinations are used to evaluate students. Except for foundations of computer and computer applications, the weightage of internal examination shall be 40% internal examination and 60% external examination.

There will be 20 marks practical examination in fundamentals of computer and computer applications. An internal examination will be conducted by the campus itself and external and practical examinations by TU, PU, and KU.

The final grade of the student shall be determined by the overall performance in internal and external examinations.

Grading System for BPA Course

In order to pass the final examination, students must secure a minimum of grade 'C' or a GPA Average of 2.00. The following is the grading system:

Letter Grade

Cumulative Grade Point Average



3.50 to 4.00

First division with distinction


2.50 to 3.49

First division


2.00 to 2.49

Second division


1.50 to 1.99

Pass in individual paper


Below 1.50


The final evaluations are done by the University for Bachelor of Public Administration in a GPA system. Students must pass with a minimum C grade in each subject and the first division is Grade B which is from 2.5 to 3.49 out of 4 those students who fall in distinction and selected in the Dean’s list of merit for degree and gold medal in the convocation ceremony is Grade A compartment from 3.5 to 4.0 out of 4 scale of BPA program.

Make-up Examination and Re-registration

In case of failure to pass one or more courses at the end of semester examinations, students can appear in make-up examinations in subsequent semesters. A student can appear only on two courses (6 credit hours) in a make-up examination.

If the pupil fails the make-up test, he or she must reregister and retake the course according to the course cycle.

In a semester, a student may reregister for no more than two courses (6 credits). The test for a re-registered course must be held in accordance with the course cycle.

Objective of BPA

The objective of the BPA program is to enable graduates to tap into the opportunities available in a multitude of employment positions in the public, private, and NGO sectors. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to:-

  • Develop your study and expertise in the leadership of the public sector;
  • Middle-level management positions in the public sector to meet the demands and problems of the delivery of public services;
  • Demonstrate understanding of and familiarity with official facilities, obligations of public personnel, and activities in the public sector management field;
  • Be qualified human resources in the field of public sector, private sector, and nonprofit management by exhibiting ethical conduct, maintaining awareness, and taking responsibility for serving the public interest;
  • Learn research activities and conduct research in different disciplines of social sciences;
  • Build theoretical and practical knowledge of various social sciences.

Eligibility for BPA

Those students who successfully completed twelve-year schooling or its equivalent (10+2 or PCL or equivalent program) in any discipline from any university, board, or institution recognized by TU, PU, and KU will be eligible to apply for this program.

Admission Criteria for BPA Students

The selection process as per directives by the University for respective Colleges offering Bachelor of Public Administration programs will be from the evaluations from the written tests, academic scores of +2 or equivalent from any board recognized by the University, and an interview to select the students shortlisted for the intake of the new session in BPA program.

Written Test: Eligible applicants are required to appear in the entrance test conducted by the Central Department of Public Administration, TU FOM. The test will follow international testing patterns and standards. It includes the following areas:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Awareness

The question format of the entrance exam for BPA admission will have objective questions of 100 full marks. There will be 25 questions in each section and on this the candidate must secure a minimum of 40 percent on the test to qualify for the interview.

Interview: Applicants securing the above cut-off point marks in the written test will be short-listed. Only those who have been selected will be evaluated and approved.

Minimum General Requirement

The following are the minimal general prerequisites for completing BPA courses:

  • Should complete all courses successfully as specified in University university-designed curriculum.
  • Maintain the minimum GPA required to graduate in the Bachelor of Public Administration program.
  • Must complete internship work and present report as specified
  • Must pass the comprehensive exams that cover core principles and concept of a Bachelor in Public Administration

Scope of BPA

These are some of the career sectors that are available to fill up and perform in organizations that look after Public Administration and welfare in common:

  • To work for the Government Administration
  • To work for a non-profit organization
  • To work for developmental agencies in Nepal
  • To work for Local governance and community development sectors
  • To work as a personal/human resource Manager of public enterprises
  • To establish networks in Public relations and communications
  • To work as a Public Policy Administrator or Analyst
  • To work as public content creators and researchers in this field of knowledge and work.

Fee Structure of BPA

The Public Colleges charge lower fees for Bachelor of Public Administration than private Colleges offering the same program. It can range from 200000 to 300000 NPR per year in Public Campuses and privates charge 300000 to 400000 NPR

Scholarship for BPA Students

There would be scholarships to needy students. Priority for providing scholarships will be given to the students who studied +2 and SLC from public schools and colleges.

There would be scholarships to needy students. In an intake of 44 students, four students will get half a scholarship in tuition fees based on academic performance, class activities, and academic progress of that student. The toppers in every semester will get a 75 percent scholarship from their tuition fees in the study of the Bachelor of Public Administration program.

We hope that this article has provided you with a helpful guide to the fees associated with BPA courses in Nepal.