New BCS exam rules: MCQ marks doubled

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Bangladesh Civil ServiceThe government has brought in some changes to the rules of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination, by repealing the rules of 1982 and introducing new ones in the same name.

The Public Administration Ministry yesterday disclosed the Bangladesh Civil Service (Age, Qualification and Examination for Direct Recruitment) Rules 2014, which was published on Thursday.

The new rules are expected to be in effect from the next (35th) BCS exam, said Public Service Commission (PSC) officials.

Under the new rules, the marks for multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in the BCS preliminary examination were increased to 200 from 100 and the duration from one hour to two.

The minimum pass mark for viva will be 50%, instead of the existing 40%; the pass mark for the written test will remain the same on 50%.

The rule reads that a candidate with less than 30% marks in the written exam, instead of the existing 25%, would be considered to have received no number.

PSC chairman Ekram Ahmed said they had not yet received the copy of the gazette, adding that the circular for the 35th BCS examinations would be issued within 24 hours of receiving the gazette copy.

He said the new rules would be applicable from the upcoming 35th BCS examination.

The gazette also reads that the exam fee for the BCS examination was increased to Tk700 from Tk500, while the fees for aspirants of the technical posts will be Tk800 from Tk700. However, the fee for the under-privileged and disabled people was reduced to Tk100 from Tk250.

A BCS candidate would get one mark for each correct answer, while 0.50 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer, according to the new rules.

No change was brought regarding the age of the BCS candidates. The age of freedom fighter’s family members, disabled and health cadre was fixed at 21 to 32 while the age of general candidates will be 21 to 30.

The public administration ministry took initiatives to amend the previous rules last January.

A draft of the amendment was sent to the Secretary Committee on Administrative Reforms which approved it on May 11.

The PSC and Public Administration Ministry officials said the initiative to change the previous rules – which were prepared during the tenure of military rulers – came after a court judgement that declared previous military rules illegal.

At the same time, the authority taking into consideration the huge participation of candidates, took the initiative to fix test schedule, allot new test centres and evaluate test papers, in a bid to reduce the obstacles of holding the test.

Around 221,575 aspirants filled up the forms against 2,052 posts of 34th BCS exam. A total of 46,250 candidates qualified in the written test.

Earlier, State Minister for Public Administration Ismat Ara Sadique told the parliament that they were going to recruit 1,749 officers from the 35th BCS exam.

Source: DT

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