BPSC 68th application deadline extended: Major changes in marking scheme, number of questions

BPSC 68th Exam: There will be negative marking in all questions for prelims. Candidates can apply till December 30 at bpsc.bih.nic.in.


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BPSC 68th prelims and mains 2023, major changes introduced in exam. (Representative image)BPSC 68th prelims and mains 2023, major changes introduced in exam. (Representative image)

Anu Parthiban | December 22, 2022 | 10:57 AM IST

NEW DELHI: The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has announced major changes for the upcoming BPSC 68th combined competitive exam prelims 2023. The commission has reduced questions in Mains optional paper and announced a negative marking scheme in all questions for prelims exam.

The BPSC has also extended the last date to apply for BPSC 68th prelims exam 2023. Candidates who missed the deadline will be able to apply for the exam till December 30 at bpsc.bih.nic.in.

As per the changes announced, the BPSC 68th mains exam will have 100 questions in optional paper instead of 300. Additionally, BPSC Mains 2023 will have multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

Earlier, the BPSC 68th prelims exam had negative marking for a selected number of questions. “For example, if 50 out of 150 questions i.e. l/3 questions are selected for negative marking, then l/3 questions from each section shall be selected. Such selected questions should have 2 marks for correct answer and l/2 for wrong answer.”

However, now the negative marking will be uniformly distributed on all the 150 questions. For each correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded and for each wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

BPSC 68th Mains: Marking scheme

Candidates can look at the new marking scheme for the BPSC Mains 2023 exam from the table below. As per the new changes, it is mandatory for candidates to qualify the optional paper to be shortlisted.

BPSC 68th Mains


General Hindi


General Studies 1


General Studies 2




Optional paper


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