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BCECE Exam Pattern 2018- Check Marking Scheme, Syllabus

Updated On - May 2nd 2018

BCECE Exam Pattern 2018 has been released by the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board. As per the updated exam pattern of BCECE 2018, the exam will be conducted in a single stage, in offline mode. BCECE 2018 is scheduled for April 29 (PCMB group) and April 30 (Agriculture group). The exam is conducted for admission to UG engineering courses in around 14 member institutions.

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BCECE Question Paper has sections as per the subject group chosen by the candidate. Each section contains 100 MCQs. Following are the group options:

  1. PCM: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
  2. PCB: Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  3. PCMB: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology
  4. CBA: Chemistry, Biology and Agriculture

*It is compulsory to attempt Physics & Chemistry sections. Candidates who apply for engineering have to attempt Mathematics.

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Highlights of BCECE Exam Pattern 2018

Mode of ExamOffline
Paper TypeObjective
Number of Questions100 from each section
Total Marks1200
Marks per Question4 marks
Negative Marking-1 mark
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Duration of Exam4 hours 30 minutes

BCECE 2018 Marking Scheme

From this year onwards, BCECEB has eliminated the two-staged exam rounds of the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination. There will be a single offline exam for all courses. Hence, change in the marking scheme has also been notified. From now on, each question will carry 4 marks and -1 mark will be deducted for an incorrect response.

The updated section-wise marking scheme of BCECE is given below for your reference:

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SectionQuestionsMarks per SectionExam DateDuration
Physics100400April 291.5 hours each
Chemistry100400April 29
Mathematics100400April 29
Biology100400April 29
Agriculture100400April 30

Important Books to Refer for BCECE 2018

BCECE Preparation Books for Physics

  • NCERT Physics book of Class XI and XII
  • Objective Physics by Pradeep (for Practice)
  • Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma (Leave very difficult questions)
  • Previous years objective questions of JEE Mains and JEE Advanced (AIEEE and IIT)
  • BCECE Explorer by MTG or BCECE by Arihant

BCECE Preparation Books for Chemistry

  • NCERT Chemistry Book of Class XI and XII
  • Objective Chemistry by Pradeep
  • Previous years objective questions of JEE Mains and JEE Advanced (AIEEE and IIT)
  • BCECE Explorer by MTG or BCECE by Arihant

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BCECE Preparation Books for Mathematics

  • NCERT Maths book of Class XI and XII
  • R. D. Sharma Objective
  • Previous years objective questions of JEE Mains and JEE Advanced (AIEEE and IIT)
  • BCECE Explorer by MTG or BCECE by Arihant

BCECE Preparation Books for Biology

  • NCERT Biology Book of Class XI and XII
  • Trueman’s Biology Class XI and XII
  • Previous years objective questions of AIPMT and NEET
  • BCECE Explorer by MTG or BCECE by Arihant

BCECE Exam Day Instructions

These are some important instructions that candidates should follow while appearing for BCECE:

  • No candidate is allowed to appear at the examination center other than that allotted to him.
  • Any kind of tampering in the OMR Sheet may lead to the direct disqualification. 
  • Candidates should not indulge in an argument with the invigilators or other staff involved in the examination duty at the examination centre. The candidates, who will not follow the instructions, will be treated as Unfair Means and his result will not be declared.
  • Candidates are advised to bring a valid Photo Identity card (in original) along with their printout of BCECE Admit Card on the day of examination.
  • The examinee should not disturb other candidates in the examination room and maintain complete silence during the examination.
  • Candidates are not permitted to carry any electronic device and study material at examination hall like (Mobile, Bluetooth, Pager, watch, test series, books, model papers, etc.)

BCECE Exam Pattern FAQs

Ques. Is there any negative marking in BCECE exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer. Also from 2018 onwards, there will be only one paper, unlike previous years.

Ques. Will there be any instructions provided on how to navigate through the question paper during the BCECE exam and whether I can go back and answer any answered question?

Ans. BCECE exam will now be conducted in offline mode i.e. using pen and paper. So, there will not be any navigation issues which we may have in online exam.

Ques. Do I need to prepare for descriptive questions from Physics or Biology?

Ans. No, the questions asked in the exam will be multiple choice based objective type. You need to select only 1 correct answer out of 4.

Ques. Will the question paper be provided in English?

Ans. The question paper will have questions in both English and Hindi.

Ques. What subjects do I need to choose to write Pharmacy examination?

Ans. The mandatory subjects required for Pharmacy examination are Physics and Chemistry. Also, another optional subject needs to be chosen from either Mathematics or Biology.

Ques. What is the marking pattern for engineering course in BCECE?

Ans. Each of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics contain 100 questions each and each question carries 4 marks. The total marks for all the 3 subjects are 1200.

Ques. Is Organic Chemistry an important chapter for Chemistry section in BCECE exam?

Ans. Yes, around 8% questions were asked from the Organic Chemistry principles and sections in the previous years. So, this is a fairly important chapter from Chemistry section.

Ques. Will there be any grace timing provided during the examination if I am not able to complete the exam on time?

Ans. No, each subject is allotted a timing of 1.5 hours and need to be completed in that time. Grace time will not be provided if the paper is not completed within that stipulated time.

Ques. Is there any book recommendation for the preparation of BCECE Agriculture?

Ans. Some of the recommended books for BCECE Agriculture preparation are:

  • B.Sc Agriculture Entrance Exam. by Dr. Lalita Gaur
  • Agriculture at a Glance Revised Edition (An Enhanced Competition Explorer) by R.K.Sharma, S.K.Bhoi, N.Pandey and S.Shinde
  • B.Sc. Agriculture Entrance Exam 2017 by Arihant Experts

Ques. What topics in Agriculture cover more weightage that needs to be prepared thoroughly for the examination?

Ans. Agrometeorology, Horticulture, Livestock Production, Crop Production are some of the important topics in Agriculture which has more weightage.

Ques. What is the best way to prepare for BCECE?

Ans. If candidates have already gone through all the topics as per the syllabus, last minute revision is really important. The concepts and important formulae need to be revised. Also, solve previous years’ papers and take as many mock tests as possible to be familiar with the examination pattern and finish the exam on time.

Ques. Can I apply for DCECE to get enrolled in the Engineering colleges as offered after completing BCECE exam?

Ans. DCECE is Diploma Certificate Entrance competitive examination for courses in Polytechnic engineering, matric and intermediate level Para medical courses. Hence, both the exams are different and one cannot get into the same courses through DCECE which BCECE offers.

Ques. I am from Darjeeling Government College. Can I write this exam to get into any other college?

Ans. Yes, if the candidate passes the qualifying exam with the required marks, that candidate can write this BCECE exam and can take admission in any Government college based on the criteria of that college. They will not be able to apply for any reservation.

Ques. I selected PCMB as my subject in the examination. Which degree courses can I choose after completing the exam?

Ans. Candidates with PCMB as a subject can take up either Engineering or Medical stream. Apart from that, candidates can also choose B.Sc degree in any program of their interest.

Ques. I was not able to choose any examination center while applying for BCECE. How can I specify my center now?

Ans. Examination centers for BCECE are randomly allocated to students. There is no option to choose any specific examination center.

Ques. Are there any other state level entrance examinations for getting admission in Government Engineering Colleges in Bihar?

Ans. Apart from BCECE examination, a candidate can also try to secure good marks in JEE Mains and Advanced to get into NIT/IIT/IIIT colleges in Bihar.

Ques. Which topics need to be covered from the Algebra section of Mathematics?

Ans. From Algebra section, the following topics need to be prepared:

  • Principle of Mathematical Induction
  • Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations
  • Linear Inequalities
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Sequence & Series

Ques. Which are the recommended books to prepare for Oscillations and Waves in Physics?

Ans. For studying the Oscillations and Waves and other topics in Physics, some of these books are recommended:

  • H.C. Verma Physics, Volume 1 and 2
  • Fundamentals of Physics, class 11, set of textbook and Practice book by David Halliday
  • How much cut off marks is expected in BCECE exam?
  • For general category candidates, expected cut off for 2018 is 600 marks. For reserved category candidates, the cut off is 480.

Ques. What topics are given more weightage in Biology paper?

Ans. Syllabus for Biology consists of subjects from class 11 and 12. Usually Class 11 subjects are given more weightage. The topics which are given more weightage are as follows:

  • Cell: Structure And Function
  • Human Physiology
  • Sexual Reproduction
  • Plant Physiology
  • Diversity In Living World     

We hope this article helped you gain enough insights on BCECE Exam Pattern 2018. Do take note of the updated paper pattern so that you do not get any surprises on the exam day. BCECE 2018 is scheduled for April 29 (PCMB) and April 30 (Agriculture group). Good Luck!

If you have any queries regarding BCECE Exam Pattern, ask in the comments below.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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