DCECE 2023: Application Form, Dates, Eligibility

DCECE 2022, expanded to Diploma-Certificate Entrance Competitive Examination 2022, is conducted by the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) for admission into various Polytechnic diploma courses in the institutes of the state. Through this state-level entrance exam, candidates will be provided admission to diploma courses in streams such as Pharmacy, Health Science, Agriculture, and Paramedical, offered by the Polytechnic Engineering institutions of Bihar. Only the candidates who satisfy the domicile requirements set forth by BCECEB are eligible to apply for the competitive entrance exam and will be considered for the admission process. Get detailed information on DCECE 2022 exam here.

Jan 25, 2023 | Engineering


DCECE 2023 exam notification will be released in May 2023, on the official website by the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB). Diploma Certificate Entrance Competitive Examination (DCECE) is conducted for students looking to pursue a diploma from leading Polytechnic Engineering Institutions of Bihar state.

Go through this page to learn all about DCECE 2023 and how to prepare for the examination.

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Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) is expected to release the official notification for DCECE 2023 in May 2023.

Bihar Polytechnic DCECE is a state-level entrance examination for admission into various Polytechnic courses in Bihar. This state-level entrance examination will be held for candidates to get admission into undergraduate Pharmacy, Health Science, Agriculture, and DCECE Paramedical courses in Bihar. DCECE exam will be conducted and organized by the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board.

Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) has all authority to DCECE 2023 entrance exam. Candidates can take up the exam and achieve the minimum qualifying marks to secure a seat in any of the reputed institutions of Bihar.

DCECE 2023 Exam Highlights
Exam Name DCECE
Full Form Diploma-Certificate Entrance Competitive Examination
Conducting Body Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB)
Language English and Hindi
Exam Mode Offline
Exam Duration 2 Hours 15 Minutes
Helpdesk 0612- 2220230/0612-2225387
Official Website bceceboard.bihar.gov.in 

DCECE 2023 Exam Dates

Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) will announce the schedule for DCECE 2023. The table below provides information about the important events associated with DCECE 2023.

DCECE 2023 Important Dates

Events Dates (Tentative)
DCECE 2023 Application Form Release Date May 2023
Last Date to Submit DCECE 2023 Application Form Jun 2023
Last Date of Payment of DCECE 2023 Application Fee Through Challan Jun 2023
Last Date of Payment of DCECE 2023 Application Form Through Net Banking/ Debit Card/ Credit Card Jun 2023
Application Form Correction Window Jun 2023
DCECE 2023 Admit Card Jun 2023
DCECE 2023 Exam Date Jul 2023
Declaration of Results Jul 2023
Counselling for PM/ PMM - Registration Starts Aug 2023
Counselling for PM/ PMM - Registration Ends Aug 2023
Seat Allotment Result for PM/ PMM- Round 1 Aug 2023
Downloading of Allotment Order - Round 1 Aug 2023
 Document Verification and Admission - Round 1 Aug 2023
Provisional Seat Allotment Result for PM/ PMM- Round 2 Sep 2023
Downloading of Allotment Order - Round 2 Sep 2023
 Document Verification and Admission - Round 2 Sep 2023
Commencement of Classes Sep 2023

Note: It is up to the authority to decide on the dates of the exam and the other schedule of the admission process. The committee will not entertain requests from the candidate's side. They also reserve the right to change DCECE 2023 exam dates in case of emergencies or whenever it is required.

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DCECE 2023 Eligibility

DCECE board has a set of eligibility criteria for the candidates to fulfil in order to appear for the DCECE 2023 examination. The eligibility criteria has been laid down by the organizing body, BCECEB, and the candidates have to make sure that they clear the required criteria before applying. Detailed information on DCECE 2023 eligibility is given below.

DCECE 2023 Domicile Criteria

A candidate can register for DCECE 2023 exam only if,

  • The parent is a permanent resident of Bihar.
  • The parent enjoys refugee status in the state.
  • The parent is employed with the Bihar government.
  • The parent is employed with the central government in Bihar.
  • The parent works with the UN and is currently posted in the state.

DCECE 2023 Eligibility for PE

  • Academic Qualification: Candidates should have passed class X conducted by the Bihar Board or an equivalent. Candidates should have secured at least 35% marks. Candidates who are appearing for the final exams of class X are also eligible to apply.
  • Age Limit: There is no particular age limit for the candidates to be eligible for DCECE 2023.

DCECE 2023 Eligibility for PEE

  • Academic Qualification: Candidates must have cleared the class X exam or an equivalent and also hold a two-year ITI certificate.
  • Age Limit: Candidates have to be 18 years of age as of Jul 1, 2023.

DCECE 2023 Eligibility for PMD

  • Academic Qualification: Cndidate should have passed class X or an equivalent exam with Science and English as compulsory subjects.
  • Age Limit: The candidate should be between 15 and 30 years of age.

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DCECE 2023 Application Form

DCECE 2023 application form will be released on the official website in May 2023. Once the candidates register for DCECE 2023, they will receive an email notification that will have the login credentials. Candidates must go through the instructions before filling up the Bihar Polytechnic form 2023.

DCECE 2023 Application Fee

Candidates can pay DCECE 2023 application fee either online or offline.

Online Payment: In case the candidates want to pay the application fee online, they can use one of the options, such as, net banking or credit card or debit card and pay the fee (additional transaction fee may be charged by the bank).

Offline Payment: In case the candidates want to pay using the offline mode, they will be required to drop a State Bank Challan for the required amount at the nearest State Bank branch. Candidates will be required to pay the application fee within 7 days from filling in the application form and submitting it.

The status of the payment will be reflected in the applicant's login, for which the candidates must use the login credentials to check. There will not be any relaxation concerning the application fee. All the candidates irrespective of the categories they belong should pay the application fee.

Note: Candidates must save the payment receipt that will be displayed on the screen and the payment receipt given by the bank for future reference.

DCECE Application Fee
Courses Applied General SC / ST/ PWD
1 Course INR 750 INR 480
2 Courses INR 850 INR 530
3 Courses INR 950 INR 630
4 Courses INR 1150 INR 730

The detailed information and steps to pay the fees for DCECE 2023 exam are given below.

Payment of DCECE 2023 Application Fee

After filling in the necessary information and uploading the documents, candidates can pay the application fee online as well as offline. For online payment, candidates can use net banking, or credit card, or debit card.

For offline payment, candidates are supposed to take a printout of the State Bank's challan and submit the required amount of fee to the nearest branch of the State Bank of India. The candidate must deposit the money within 7 days of filling up the application form. Candidates can check their payment status in the applicant's login menu using their login credentials.

Documents Required for DCECE 2023 Application

Candidates will be requested to upload a couple of documents while filling in the application form. Candidates cannot submit the application form without uploading the document. The conducting authority has set some parameters to upload the documents.

  • Candidate's Photograph: The size of the photograph should be less than 100 KB, and if the photograph is more than the file size it will not be uploaded. The dimension of the photograph is 35mm X 45mm. The format of the file should be JPEG.
  • Candidate's Signature: The dimensions of the signature should be 45mm X 35 mm. The size of the signature should be less than 100 KB. The format of the file should be JPEG. The signature will not be uploaded if they are not in the specified details.

DCECE 2023 Application Process

DCECE 2023 application process involves candidates checking the information and accordingly applying for the same. They must go through the given instructions prior to applying for DCECE 2023 exam, in order to make sure that they are aware of the requirements since there are minimal chances of rectifying the errors later.

It is also very important for the candidates to make sure that they clear DCECE 2023 eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. Canddiates are required to look into the below-mentioned aspects during the application process.

Registration for Bihar Polytechnic Exam

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of DCECE 2023.
  • Step 2: Check for 'Click Here to Apply' and click on it.
  • Step 3: Fill in the basic information such as name, date of birth, contact number, registered email address.

Application Form

  • Information such as candidate's name, parents' name, nationality, date of birth, course applied for, gender, qualifying examination, residential address, permanent address, registered phone number, etc., should be entered in DCECE 2023 application form.
  • It is important to note that the email address and the phone number should be valid. It must belong to the candidate since most of the communication happens through the registered contact information.

Documents Upload

  • Candidates will be required to upload their photograph and signature in DCECE 2023 application form.
  • The photograph should be a recent one and clear.
  • Candidates are not supposed to wear sunglasses, caps, or any other accessories that covered up the face.
  • The photograph and signature should be in the specified format, dimension, and file size.

Read More: DCECE 2023 Application Form

DCECE 2023 Admit Card

DCECE 2023 admit card will be released by the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board on their official website. It is mandatory for the candidates to carry the admit card with them during the examination. Failing to do so will result in not being permitted to enter the examination hall.

The detailed information for downloading DCECE 2023 admit card is given below for the candidates to make a note.

Steps to Download DCECE 2023 Admit Card

The following are the steps involved in downloading DCECE 2023 admit card.

  • Step 1: Go to the official website.
  • Step 2: Click on the link that says 'Admit Card'.
  • Step 3: Provide the login credentials to log into the account. The login credentials will be provided to the candidate when the registration is complete.
  • Step 4: Register number and date of birth will be the login credentials.
  • Step 5: View DCECE 2023 admit card. Download and take a few printouts and keep it till the admission process is complete.

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DCECE 2023 Exam Centres

Candidates must choose DCECE 2023 exam centres according to their convenience during the registration process. The exam will take place in around 40 districts of Bihar.

DCECE Exam Centres 2023
BCECE Exam Centre Centre Code BCECE Exam Centre Centre Code
Patna 1 Darbhanga 21
Bhojpur 2 Samastipur 22
Buxar 3 Madhubani 23
Rohtas 4 Saharsa 24
Bhabua 5 Madhepura 25
Nalanda 6 Supaul 26
Gaya 7 Purnia 27
Nawada 8 Katihar 28
Aurangabad 9 Kishanganj 29
Arwal 10 Araria 30
Jahanabad 11 Bhagalpur 31
Saran 12 Banka 32
Siwan 13 Munger 33
Gopalganj 14 Begusarai 34
Vaishali 15 Khagria 35
Muzzafarpur 16 Jamui 36
Sitamarhi 17 Lakhisarai 37
Sheohar 18 Shekhpur 38
East Champaran 19 Jharkhand 98
West Champaran 20 Other cities outside Bihar 99

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DCECE 2023 Exam Pattern

DCECE 2023 exam pattern will be set by the BCECE. Candidates are required to go through the exam pattern, prior to starting the preparation for the exam. Knowing the exam pattern helps the candidates to understand the types and the distribution of questions throughout the exam. This way candidates can plan and prepare accordingly, and eventually score high marks in DCECE 2023 exam.

DCECE 2023 Exam Pattern for DCECE PE and PPE

  • The duration of the DCECE 2023 exam is 2 hours and 15 minutes (145 minutes).
  • There will be a total of 90 questions
  • There will be a total of three sections.
  • Each section has will have 30 questions.
  • The candidate will be awarded 5 marks for every correct answer.
  • The total marks will be 450.
  • The question paper will be set in English and Hindi.
  • Candidates will be given OMR sheets to mark the answers for the questions provided.
Bihar DCECE 2023 Exam Pattern
Sections Number of Questions Marks
Physics 30 150
Chemistry 30 150
Mathematics 30 150

DCECE 2023 Exam Pattern for DCECE PM

  • The question paper has 90 objective-type questions, and each question carried five marks which amounted to a total of 450 marks.
  • Candidates will be given 145 minutes to complete the exam.
  • Candidates will be given OMR sheets to mark the answers to the questions provided.
  • The question paper will be set in English and Hindi.
DCECE 2023 Exam Pattern - PM
Subject Questions Marks
General Science (Chemistry, Physics, and Zoology) 25 125
Hindi 15 75
General Knowledge 20 100
Arithmetic 15 75
English 15 75

DCECE 2023 Exam Pattern for DCECE PMD

  • The question paper will be available in English and Hindi.
  • The duration of the exam will be 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  • OMR sheets will be provided for the candidates to answer the questions.
  • There will be a total of 90 questions.
  • The Polytechnic entrance exam model paper in Hindi and English will be available on the official website of DCECE 2023.
DCECE 2023 Exam Pattern - PMD
Subject Questions Marks
Hindi 10 50
General Knowledge 10 50
English 10 50
Mathematics 10 50
Physics 20 100
Chemistry 20 100
Zoology 10 50

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DCECE 2023 Syllabus

DCECE 2023 syllabus has been set by the organizing body. Candidates must go through the syllabus carefully prior to preparing for the exam, in order to be very familiar with the topics and their distribution throughout the different subjects. DCECE exam consists of 5 subjects, which are given below.

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Agriculture

Candidates should prepare for Bihar DCECE 2023 according to the prescribed syllabus and exam pattern. The students must be familiar and well-practiced as per the given Bihar DCECE 2023 syllabus.

DCECE 2023 Syllabus
Subject Syllabus
Physics Units and Dimensions
Scales & Measurements
Scalars & Vectors
Circular Motion
Simple Harmonic Motion
Rotational Motion and Moment of Inertia
Current Electricity & Magnetism
Modern Physics
Physical World and Measurement
Electronic Devices
Communication Systems
Oscillations and Waves
Mathematics Algebra
Sequence & Series
Principle of Mathematical Induction
Permutation and Combination
Binomial Theorem
Determinants and Their Properties
Matrix Algebra
Complex Number
Complex Number
Trigonometric Ratios of Compound Angle up to Conditional Trigonometric Identities
Properties of Triangle
The solution of Triangles & General Value
Inverse Circular Function
Coordinate Geometry
Two Dimensional: Up to Equation of Circles
Three Dimensional: Up to Straight Line
Chemistry Solid State
Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
Structure of Atom
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
Redox Reactions
General Introduction of P-Block Element
Organic Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Chemical Kinetics
Surface Chemistry
P-Block Elements
D-and F-Block Elements
Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers
Organic compounds containing Nitrogen
Chemistry in Everyday Life

Read More: DCECE 2023 Syllabus

DCECE 2023 Reference Books

DCECE 2023 reference books that cover the topics for different subjects are tabulated below. Students can refer to these books at the time of preparation for the exam.

DCECE 2023 Reference Books
Subject Book Title Author/ Publisher
DCECE Combined Entrance Examination Dr. Lal
DCECE Entrance Exam Guide Vidya Editorial Board
DCECE Combined Entrance Examination Solved Papers (Engineering Group) Pratiyogita Darpan
DCECE 18 Practice Sets (Combined Entrance Test with Solved 2014 Entrance Paper) 2015 GKP
DCECE Sanyukt Pravesh Pariksha Solved Papers (Engineering Pathyakram) N/A
NCERT Biology Book of Class XI and XII -
Trueman’s Biology Class XI and XII -
BCECE Explorer by MTG or BCECE Arihant
B.Sc Agriculture Entrance Exam. Dr. Lalita Gaur
Agriculture at a Glance Revised Edition (An Enhanced Competition Explorer) R.K.Sharma, S.K.Bhoi, N.Pandey, and S.Shinde
B.Sc. Agriculture Entrance Exam 2019 Arihant Experts

DCECE Previous Year's Question Papers/ Model Papers

Apart from preparing from books, candidates can also prepare from DCECE previous year's model papers and question papers, which will give them the idea of the exam pattern and time management so that they can score better marks in the examination.

DCECE Entrance Exams - Model Papers
Model Papers Publication
DCECE BCECE 2017 Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Experts Compilation
Solved Papers (1997-2014) DCECE Bcece 2017 Sanyukat Parvesh Pariksha Experts Compilation

Read More: DCECE 2023 Reference Books

DCECE 2023 Preparation 

It will be very important for the candidates to use certain techniques and strategies for preparing for DCECE 2023 entrance exam. Strategies and techniques will be very important for the candidates to plan and prepare for the exam exceptionally well and ultimately to score high in the exam. Few tips and tricks to crack DCECE 2023 entrance exam are as follows.

Proper Study Plan

Prepare a study plan for you, and practice according to the timetable to attain the goals. Candidates must make sure that they make a good study plan that includes all the subjects. Candidates must focus on the NCERT syllabus first so that they manage to score good marks in BCECE 2023.

Knowing the Topics

Candidates should go through the topics in and out, lesson by lesson in order to study and remember the concepts well. Another important aspect of topic-wise preparation is that the candidates will be able to remember the concepts well and can also prioritize learning them based on their difficulty or importance for the exam.

Time Management

They must give an equal amount of time to all the concerned subjects that are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. They must learn how to manage time. Writing practice papers and taking up mock tests would help them to improve their time management skills. While writing the BCECE 2023 exam, start with attempting the questions which are difficult for them.

Study Material

Collection of the reference books, previous year's question papers, sample papers, and study material will be very important for preparing for the BCECE 2023 exam. They have to use proper study material that will help them prepare for all the subjects. The questions that are going to be asked for the exam will be from the syllabus so they must have a deeper knowledge of the important topics and concepts of the NCERT syllabus. After that, they have to practice the sample paper and previous year's question papers.

Attend the Known Questions

Candidates are advised to attend the questions that they are familiar with or those that they know well prior to attending the ones that are doubtful and unknown. This way they will be able to secure the minimum scores for the questions that they know with minimal time utilization. The rest of the questions can be attended in the remaining time. Candidates can achieve time efficiency with the help of this method.

Mock Tests

Candidates should practice a lot by solving many DCECE 2023 mock tests and practice papers. This way of practicing helps them to practice well and be familiar with the type of questions and the overview of the question paper. Candidates will get an insight into how the actual exam is being conducted and can practice accordingly.

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DCECE 2023 Answer Key

The answer keys for DCECE 2023 exam will be released in two phases. The first one will be provisional, and candidates will be able to file objections against it. After due consideration of all the responses received, the conducting authorities will publish the final answer keys. Candidates must be aware that although they may object n times, they may only submit them once. If the concerns are not submitted with supporting documentation, they will not be considered.

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DCECE 2023 Result

DCECE 2023 result will be announced on the official website by the conducting body. Candidates can download the result in the form of a rank card from the official website using the roll number provided to the candidate and their date of birth. DCECE 2023 result card includes details like the candidate's total score and the qualifying status.

Steps to Check DCECE 2023 Results

The steps to check DCECE 2023 results are as given below.

  • Step 1: Go to the official website, click on 'DCECE 2023 Result' link.
  • Step 2: Use the login credentials, such as the candidate's roll number and date of birth.
  • Step 3: View the rank card on the screen and check for the marks scored in each subject.
  • Step 4: Download the rank card and take a few printouts for future reference.

DCECE 2023 Merit List

The authorities will prepare a DCECE 2023 merit list along with the rank cards. The merit list will help the candidates to figure out if they are shortlisted for the counselling or not. Downloading the merit list will be simpler, as it does not involve any credentials to be provided by the candidate.

Read More: DCECE 2023 Results

DCECE 2023 Cut Off

Here, we are providing DCECE 2023 expected cut off & qualifying marks as per the categories.

DCECE 2023 Cut Off - Expected
Candidate Category Qualifying Marks Cut Off Marks
General Category (GEN) 50% 600
Reserved Category (OBC, SC & ST) 40% 480
General Category – PH 45% 540
Reserved Category - PH 40% 480

DCECE 2023 Cut Off for PCB Group

Here, we include the PCB Group DCECE 2023 expected cut off rank according to the categories of the candidates.

PCB Group DECEC 2023 Cut Off Rank - Expected
Category Rank
General 489
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 361
Scheduled Caste (SC) 352
Extremely Backward Caste (EBC) 449
Backward Caste (BC) 472
Reserved Category Girls (RCG) 464
Disabled Quota (DQ) 270

DCECE 2023 Expected Cut Off for PCM Group

In this section, candidates can check the expected PCM group DCECE 2023 cut off rank & marks.

PCM Group DCECE 2023 Cut Off Rank and Marks - Expected
Category Rank Cut Off Marks
Disabled Quota (DQ) 118 14
Service Men’s Quota (SMQ) 133 26
Open Merit (GEN) 9281 111
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 194 85
Scheduled Caste (SC) 1807 71
Extremely Backward Caste (EBC) 3397 85
Backward Caste (BC) 4377 95
Reserved Category Girls (RCG) 1880 83

DCECE Previous Year's Cut Off for Engineering

Mentioned below are the DCECE previous year's engineering streams closing cut off ranks after round 2 counselling.

Engineering Streams Closing Cut Off
Branch Closing Rank
Mechanical Engineering 478
Electrical Engineering 601
Civil Engineering 609
Electronics and Communication Engineering 1069
Computer Science Engineering 1576
Information Technology 1936
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 2434
Leather Technology 3380

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DCECE 2023 Counselling

DCECE counselling registration process will commence after the result is declared. Candidates must fill in details such as registration number, date of birth, and security code. Once the candidates have registered, they must fill in the choices in order of their preferences. It is recommended that the candidates fill in as many choices as possible because it can help them get admission.

Seat Allotment

Based on the marks secured, the seat allotment will be conducted online. Those allotted seats must report to the reporting centre on the scheduled date. If the person fails to show up for DCECE 2023 counselling process and does not abide by the polytechnic exam 2023 timetable, the conducting authority reserves the right to cancel the admission.


Candidates are supposed to pay an amount of INR 1000 through a Demand Draft that must be drawn in favour of the principle of the concerned institution.

Document Verification

Candidates are supposed to bring the listed documents for the authorities to verify if they will be original and true.

  • Copy of downloaded Part-A & Part-B of Application Form
  • Admit Card in Original
  • Rank Card
  • Copy of Allotment Letter (3 copies)
  • Passport-sized photograph (6 copies)
  • 10th Board Certificate/ Matric/ equivalent Certificate and Admit Card as proof of age and identity.
  • Aadhar Card for ID Proof.
  • School Leaving Certificate
  • Residential Proof by Natives of Bihar
  • Caste Certificate
  • Character Certificate
  • Refugee Certificate (if applicable)

Read More: DCECE 2023 Counselling

DCECE Contact Details

In case of any questions or queries, candidates can reach out to the concerned authorities through the following contact details. 

BCECE Board Patna Office Address:
BCECE Board,
IAS Association Building,
Near Patna Airport,
Patna – 800014 (Bihar).

BCECE Board Patna Contact/ Helpline Number: 0612- 2220230 , 0612-2225387.


When will the DCECE Exam be conducted?

DCECE 2023 exam will be conducted in the month of Jul 2023. The exact exam dates will be included in official notification, which will be released in May 2023.

Are there separate question papers for different courses offered through DCECE exam?

Yes, there will be a seperate question paper for each course offered through DCECE. Visit DCECE Syllabus to check the syllabus for each of these courses question papers.

Is there any age restriction for writing the DCECE Exam 2023?

No, there is no age restriction for appearing in DCECE 2023.

What are all the courses offered through DCECE exam?

BCECEB offers Polytechnic Engineering (PE), Part-time Polytechnic Engineering (PPE), Para-Medical-Dental (PMD Matric Level) and Para Medical (PM Intermediate Level) courses through DCECE exam.



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