The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has notified changes in the marking scheme and exam pattern of the 68th Combined Competitive Examination (CCE). The notification can be viewed on the official website of BPSC at bpsc.bih.nic.in. In view of the changes made, BPSC has extended the last date to submit applications from December 20 to December 30. Candidates will be allowed to make any corrections in their applications and pay the application fee by January 10.
As per the notice, negative marking will be applied on all 150 questions. One mark will be awarded for every correct response while one-fourth or 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response. A total of 0.25 marks will also be deducted if the candidate marks two answers for one question. However, there is no negative marking for giving no response.
The BPSC will conduct four subjective-type papers and one MCQ-based paper in the mains examination. The subjective papers include general Hindi, general studies paper-I, general studies paper-II, and essay writing. Candidates will get three hours each to write the exam.
According to the notification, candidates will have to score at least 30 per cent marks in the general Hindi exam to qualify it. In addition, candidates will also have to secure minimum qualifying marks in the optional subject objective-type paper.
The mains cut-off will be calculated on the basis of candidates’ performance in the general studies paper-I, general studies paper-II, and essay writing exam.
Meanwhile, state government servants will now be able to participate in competitive examinations conducted by BPSC and BSSC up to a maximum of five times in their entire service period. Earlier, there was a provision to appear in the competitive examination for a maximum of three times, which has now been increased. Similarly, Bihar government servants will continue to get five years relaxation in the maximum age limit fixed for regular appointment for appearing in competitive examinations as before.
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