The Civil Services Examination was administered on this Sunday by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC). The Preliminary examination saw participation of around 2.45 lakh candidates fighting for one of the 642 posts notified under the exam. The 60th, 61st & 62nd Common Combined Competitive Examination (preliminary) was conducted in a single shift from 12 noon to 2 pm at 390 test centers across the State. The preliminary exam will serve as a screening test, based on which, around 6,420 candidates will be shortlisted for the mains exam.
Question Paper Leak reports
The Civil Services prelims exam was conducted peacefully at almost all the test centers, except for one center in Patna city. Some candidates appearing for the paper at D.B.R.K. Jalan High School, Patna city alleged that the question paper was leaked. They claimed so because the seal of one of the packets containing the question paper was broken and there was evident delay in the distribution of question paper. The Commission, in response, said that there were no irregularities in the exam. Umesha Kumar, magistrate posted at the test center later explained the confusion. He said, each packet contained 40 question papers which were to be distributed in the numerological order and as 16 question papers were distributed from one packet in one room, remaining 24 question papers were distributed in the next room. This is the reason that the seal of the packet was broken.
The officials posted at the center tried to calm down the candidates, but some of them turned abusive. The officials informed the nearest police station and based on the complaints, 6 candidates were arrested.
Apart from the above incident, many candidates reached other examination centers and registered protests. Around 13 thousand applicants were not issued the admit cards for the preliminary exam. The Commission said those applicants whose application was not received in order, were not issued admit cards.
Changes in the exam pattern
The BPSC had earlier announced some major changes in the exam pattern. All the objective type questions had five options, instead of four, which confused the candidates. Many candidates responsed that the fifth option in each question confused them and only those having deep understanding of the topics could have answered the question correctly. The History section was toughest amongst all, while the questions in current affairs section were mostly from the events held in the year 2016.
The Commission has also changes the exam pattern for mains exam. From now on, there wil be only one option subject paper of 300 marks, earlier, there used to be 2 optional subject papers of 200 marks each.
Owing to the provision of five options in the questions, the difficulty level of the question paper increased and hence the cut-offs might reduce this time.