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BCECE Math Section- Improve your Problem Solving Ability

Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (BCECE) is a state level entry exam for medical, agriculture and engineering courses in Bihar. It is a two-tire annual examination organized by the BCECE board every year. Stage 1 of the exam is scheduled for April 16, 2018, while stage 2 of the exam will be held on May 14, 2018. Application forms for BCECE 2018 will be available on the official website from first week of February and will continue till the first week of March, 2018.

In order to score good in the exam, candidates must focus on every subject. The exam is divided in two categories: PCM and PCMB – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology respectively. Both the tires of the BCECE, tire I as well as tire II, are comprised of science subjects in which physics, chemistry and mathematics are compulsory.

In both the options, Mathematics is a crucial subject and is often tricky for those who lack practice. A wrong calculation may lead to wrong answer and deduction of marks. This part also takes maximum time as candidates have to solve questions based on different concepts along with lengthy calculations.

Not everyone is good at Mathematics but one can surely improve by following the below mentioned expert tips and tricks to enhance your problem solving abilities.

Time management

In stage I of BCECE, a candidate has to solve 150 questions in 135 minutes. So, mathematically, 0.9 minutes is alloted for each question. It is not easy to solve all the math problems at this speed therefore, instead of giving equal time to each subject, one has to save time for maths by solving physics and chemistry questions more rapidly. The exam duration can be divided in the following simple time slab- 60 minutes for 50 maths questions and the rest 100 questions for physics and chemistry can be solved in 75 minutes. This way you can give more time to Mathematics and would not make silly mistakes while having to calculate fast due to time constraint.


Try to learn all the short cut methods to solve problems whether it is algebra or ratio-fraction. Tricks like abacus can also help you in saving time. one can do fast calculations via the same. Candidates must practice the entire exam syllabus from NCERT and important reference books to gain understanding of the topics.

Test-paper solving

After learning tricks and methods, candidates must solve test papers to improve their time management skills and understand the paper pattern. Analyse your performance to know where you lag and enhance your preparation by working on it.

Understanding the basics

A candidate must practice a particular topic from different books. A single question can consist of different concepts while at the same time, different questions can be based on a single concept. Thus understanding the basics play a key role in your preparation. Try solving questions of different patterns to help gain clarity.

Ask your queries:

In case you find yourself stuck on a particular topic, don’t be afraid to ask your teachers or your fellow classmates. Group studies can also help a candidate look at a particular problem with a different perspective.


Keeping separate time for relaxing/ meditating or sme physical activity can also help the candidate. Long study hours can leave the mind exhausted. This will not only affect the aspirant’s health, it will also affect his/ her performance. Take breaks at regular intervals to relieve your brain of pressure. Candidate will be able to concentrate more easily after a break, with a fresh mind.


Candidates must be determined enough to crack the exam. Positivity can take a candidate a long way. While worrying about the examination and the result will only lead to silly mistakes in the examination and useless anxiety.

Mathematics is not that difficult and with proper tricks and guidance, one can definitely ace the examination.


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