BCECE Exam Pattern 2020, Marking Scheme, and Important Books

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    BCECE Exam Pattern 2020 has been released by Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board. As per the updated exam pattern of BCECE 2020, the exam will be conducted in a single stage in offline mode. BCECE 2020 is scheduled for June 29 (Agriculture group) and June 30 (PCMB group). The exam is conducted for admission to Agriculture, Pharmacy and Health Science courses in around 17 member institutions. Read BCECE 2020 Syllabus

    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. 

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    BCECE Exam Pattern 2020 Highlights

    Mode of ExamOffline (Pen-paper bsed)
    Paper TypeObjective
    Number of Questions

    Total- 300 questions

    Physics- 100 questions

    Chemistry- 100 questions

    Mathematics/Biology- 100 questions

    Marks per Question

    4 marks each 


    Negative Marking-1 mark for each incorrect answer
    Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
    Duration of Exam

    Total- 4 hours 30 minutes

    1 hours 30 minutes for each section

    Read How to Prepare for BCECE 2020?

    BCECE 2020 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:

    SectionsQuestionsMarks per SectionExam DateDuration
    Physics100400June 301.5 hours per section
    Chemistry100400June 30
    Mathematics100400June 30
    Biology100400June 30
    Agriculture100400June 29

    Check BCECE 2020 Cutoff

    Important Books for BCECE 2020

    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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • BCECE Explorer by MTG or BCECE by Arihant

    BCECE Preparation Books for Agriculture

    • 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 2020 by Arihant Experts

    BCECE Exam Day Instructions 2020

    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 centre. 
    • 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 2020 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. 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

    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     

    *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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    Sir, mai pcb se 12th ki hu.. agriculture me admission ke liye form fill up karte time kya choose karna hoga...mujhe samajh nhi aa raha hai ..plz help me

    28 Mar, 2019 15:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi,kindly go through the Application Process of the exam to know how to fill the form for the concerned course.

    28 Mar, 2019 16:18

    Sir bcece ka from kub se fill hoga

    20 Mar, 2019 11:26
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sanjana, forms for BCECE were to be made available from March 7, 2019 (tentatively).

    20 Mar, 2019 11:32
    Sunil Kumar

    Bcece ka sllybas Kya hai sir.

    19 Mar, 2018 16:55
    Richa Sharma

    To get the information regarding syllabus of BCECE you can click on this link : Syllabus

    31 May, 2018 13:18

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