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What is the full form of BDO?


BDO: Block Development Officer

BDO stands for Block Development Officer. He or she is the office in charge of a block for its development and activities. BDO supervises the execution of all the programs related to the planning and development of the blocks. He makes sure that plans are approved by the concerned authorities and executed properly.

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He has the power to check documents and sign agreements on behalf of the Panchayat Samiti with the prior permission of the concerned authority. He has the authority to evaluate the financial status of the Panchayats regarding the recovery of loans, maintenance of accounts, etc. The other functions of BDO include:

  • To store and distribute the agricultural supplies
  • To attend Gram Sabha and Panchayat Samiti meetings
  • To participate in works programme and campaigns
  • To disburse fund out of the Panchayat Samiti Fund
  • To remove irregularities related to Panchayat Samiti Fund
  • To ensure construction projects undertaken by the Panchayat follow the guidelines and get completed within the scheduled time
  • Prepares annual budget and shares it with the Panchayat Samiti and also prepares progress reports and shares them with Panchayat Samiti as well as with the Zila Parishad and the State Govt.
  • As a secretary, to issue a notice for the meetings of Panchayat Samiti and Standing Committees
  • Also performs emergency functions such as during floods, fire or epidemics in his area of jurisdiction

How to become Block Development Officer / Eligibility Criteria for BDO

This post comes under the State Government. Administrative Service Exam is held by the State Public Service Commission for the hiring of BDOs. After passing this written exam, the candidates have to appear for the personal interview.

To become a BDO, one has to fulfil the following conditions or eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate must be a graduate or hold a bachelor degree from a recognized university, institution or board. He can be from any stream such as arts, commerce and science
  • The age limit is 21 to 35 years. However, relaxation is provided for the candidates of reserved categories such as SC, ST, OBC, etc.

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