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About West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) exam is organized by the Public Service Commission, West Bengal (PSCWB) for the recruitment of eligible applicants for numerous posts in the Ministries and departments in the Government of West Bengal. The exam is held yearly. Desiring applicants can apply for the exam in online mode through the official website.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Conducting Body:

West Bengal Civil Services exam is organized by the West Bengal Public Service Commission. West Bengal PSC conducts the Civil Services Exam yearly for aspiring applicants.  

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Important Dates:

Events

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Preliminary Exam Date

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Mains Exam Date

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Result Date

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Mode to apply

Online

Link to apply

Click here

Official Notification

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West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Selection ProcedureThe selection procedure for the West Bengal Civil Services exam is as follows:-

The exam is held in three phases-

  • Preliminary Exam

  • Mains Exam

  • Interview

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Exam Pattern:

Preliminary Exam:- The preliminary examination is of qualifying nature and is conducted offline. There is only One Paper in the prelims examination which consists of 8 sections of Objective type questions, having 25 questions of 1 mark each. The total time duration of the examination is two and a half hours. The examination pattern of the preliminary examination is as follows:-

Parts

Subject

Marks

Part-1

English Composition

25 marks

Part-2

General Science

25 marks

Part-3

Current events of Importance (National & International)

25 marks

Part-4

History of India

25 marks

Part-5

Geography of India (with reference to West Bengal)

25 marks

Part-6

Indian Politics and Economy

25 marks

Part-7

Indian National Movement

25 marks

Part-8

General Mental Ability

25 marks

 

Total

200 mark

Note:- There is a negative marking of one third marks for each wrong answer.

Mains Exam:- The candidates who are shortlisted from the preliminary examination are allowed to sit for the mains examination.  Mains examination has papers of Objective as well as of Descriptive nature. There are  7 papers in the Mains Examination. The first two papers are on Languages. The next two papers on which candidates have to write an essay. The last three papers related to General Studies. The exam pattern is as follows:

Paper

Type of Exam 

Marks

Bengali / Hindi / Urdu / Nepali

Descriptive

200 marks

English

Descriptive

200 marks

General Studies-I

Objective

200 marks

General Studies-II

Objective

200 marks

Polity, Constitution of India and Indian Economy

Objective

200 marks

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning

Objective

200 marks

Optional Subject Paper-1 (One subject to be chosen)

Descriptive

200 marks

Optional Subject Paper-2 (One subject to be chosen)

Descriptive

200 marks

Total

--------

1600 marks

The list of Optional Subjects are as follows:-

Bengali

Electrical Engineering

Hindi

Geography

Sanskrit

Geology

English

History

Pali

Law

Arabic

Mathematics

Persian

Management

French

Mechanical Engineering

Urdu

Medical Science

Santali

Philosophy

Comparative Literature

Physics

Agriculture

Political Science

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Psychology

Anthropology

Zoology

Botany

Sociology

Chemistry

Statistics

Civil Engineering

Zoology

Commerce & Accountancy

Computer Science

Economics

 

Interview:- The candidates who are shortlisted from the mains examinations are called for the interviews to judge their mental ability, decision making, and their suitability for the service.

  • The interview is held for 200 marks.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nationality: Must be a citizen of India,

  • Age Limit:- 19 to 36 years.

  • Age Relaxations:-

Category

Upper age limit relaxation

Candidates belonging to the SC/ST community notified by Govt. of West Bengal

Up to 05 years

Candidates belonging to the OBC community notified by Govt. of West Bengal

Up to 03 years

PWD

Up to the age of 45 years

  • A resident of Nepal,

  • A resident of Bhutan,

  • A refugee from Tibet who migrated to India with the intention of permanently settling,

  • People who migrated from Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and East African Countries, but must be of Indian origin, with the intention of settling in India permanently. 

WBCS Educational Qualification: A candidate should possess a graduation degree in any discipline with a second division in marks.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Exam Syllabus: For Prelims and Mains

Paper I: In Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali

  • Letter writing

  • Drafting of Report 

  • Precis Writing

  • Composition

  • Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali

Paper II: English

  • Letter writing

  • Drafting of Report

  • Precis Writing

  • Composition

  • Translation from Bengali/ Hindi/Nepali/ Urdu/ Santali to English.

Paper III: General Study 1

  • Indian History with a special focus on the National Movement.

  • Geography of India (special reference to West Bengal).

Paper IV: General Study 2

  • Science & Technological advancement

  • Environment

  •  General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Paper V: 

  • Indian Polity and Economy

  • Constitution of India

  • Functions of Reserve Bank of India

Paper VI:

  • Arithmetic and Reasoning

  • Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Letter series & Number series

  • Analogy tests

  • Symbol Interpretation

  • Mathematical puzzles

  • Odd One out

  • Perception test

  • Non-verbal reasoning 

  • Selecting the correct sequence.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) FAQs:

Ques 1. From where can an applicant get the information regarding the exam?

Ans. A candidate can get the information from the Official website.

Ques 2. How can an applicant apply for WBCS?

Ans. By a post Online through the Official site.

Ques 3. How many times a candidate can give WBCS?

Ans. There is no limit as such but the age criteria must be followed.

Ques 4. Is Bengali compulsory to appear in WBCS?

Ans. No, the Bengali language is not compulsory since there are other options for the Language paper but the knowledge of the language is surely be considered while preparing the merit list.

Ques 5. What is the highest post of WBCS?

Ans. The highest post of the exam officer is Secretary under the Government of West Bengal.

Ques 6. Is there negative marking in the exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking in the exam. 

Ques 7. Can an applicant studying in the final year of graduation apply for WBCS?

Ans. No. The minimum requirement is the candidate must have completed the Graduation.

Ques 8. Does marks in Graduation matter for WBCS?

Ans. The minimum criteria is Graduation completed so the marks do not matter.

Ques 9. What is the age limit to appear in WBCS?

Ans. For Group A, B & C the upper age limit is 36 years and for Group D the limit is 38 years.

Ques 10. What should be the size of the signature and the photo?

Ans. The size of the photograph and size should be between 10-20 kb.

Ques 11. How can candidates pay the application fee?

Ans. By online as well as offline.

Ques 12. Which category is exempted from fee submission?

Ans. SC/ST applicants are exempted.

Ques 13. What are the assigned centers for the pre-exam?

Ans. Following are the centers:

Kolkata (North)

Burdwan

Berhampore

 Barrackpore

Kolkata (South)

Asansol

 Malda

Barasat

 Howrah

Medinipur

Jalpaiguri

Siliguri

 Alipurduar

Tamluk

Baruipur

 Kalimpong

Coochbehar

Bankura

Diamond Harbour

Darjeeling

Ques 14. How many papers are there in WBCS Mains?

Ans. There is a total of six papers out of which 2 are General Study, 1 Paper is of Optional language, 1 paper is of General English, 1 paper is of Polity & Indian Economy and 1 paper is of Arithmetic and Reasoning. There are Optional subjects as well and 2 papers are conducted for optional subjects.

Ques 15. What precautions should be taken by a candidate while filling up the Online Application Form?

Ans. Please read the instructions attentive before filling up the Online Application Form.

Conclusion: This exam is an offline based exam. The exam consists of 3 stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview. Applicants are advised to visit the official website regularly for future updates. This is good occasion for the applicants to join the WBPSC. Aspirants must take the advantage of this opportunity that is given to them by this exam. The team of estudentbook wishes you all the best for your upcoming future.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Eligibility Criteria

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nationality: Must be a citizen of India,

  • Age Limit:- 19 to 36 years.

  • Age Relaxations:-

Category

Upper age limit relaxation

Candidates belonging to the SC/ST community notified by Govt. of West Bengal

Up to 05 years

Candidates belonging to the OBC community notified by Govt. of West Bengal

Up to 03 years

PWD

Up to the age of 45 years

  • A resident of Nepal,

  • A resident of Bhutan,

  • A refugee from Tibet who migrated to India with the intention of permanently settling,

  • People who migrated from Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and East African Countries, but must be of Indian origin, with the intention of settling in India permanently. 

WBCS Educational Qualification: A candidate should possess a graduation degree in any discipline with a second division in marks.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Selection Procedure

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Selection ProcedureThe selection procedure for the West Bengal Civil Services exam is as follows:-

The exam is held in three phases-

  • Preliminary Exam

  • Mains Exam

  • Interview

The selection of the candidates purely depends on merit which is based on the performance in the above-mentioned rounds.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Application Process

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Application Process:

The application form can only be filled in online mode. Applicants who are eager to apply for the test can apply in online mode through the official website. The applicants must fill the application form correctly, as sometimes there is no provision of correcting the application form after the submission. To apply for the exam the applicants are required to have a mobile number, date of birth, and an email id. The steps required to follow while filling the form are as follows:

Go to the official website and after that click on Apply Online.

Then click on the New Registration in the application page and then click on the register button of the page.

Applicant is now required to fill the form and provide some basic information like the applicant’s name, parent’s name, date of birth, mobile number, email id etc.

Now, the applicant must click on the submit button to submit the online registration form. All the applicants will be issued with a registration ID for the exam.

So, now the applicant is required to login with the provided registration ID, date of birth, and password to complete the registration process.

Now the applicant is required to upload a photograph and signature. The photo must be of white color or light color background and should be more than 4kb in size. The photograph resolution must be 100 by 120 pixels in WH. The signature should be only in blue or black ink on a white sheet. The scanned copy of the applicant’s signature should be in jpg format.

Now the applicant must login with the registered ID and password to complete the part 2 of the application form.

After filling the application form the applicant must preview the entire application form to look for any mistakes.

Now click on the Final Submit button to complete the online application form. 

The last step is the payment of the application fee for the exam. The applicant must make the payment to apply successfully. The payment can be made in online mode or as suggested by the organization.

After the payment is made the applicant must submit the application form to complete the online application form process. The applicant must keep a printout of the application form for future use.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Syllabus

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Exam Syllabus:

 For Prelims and Mains

Paper I: In Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali

  • Letter writing

  • Drafting of Report 

  • Precis Writing

  • Composition

  • Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali

Paper II: English

  • Letter writing

  • Drafting of Report

  • Precis Writing

  • Composition

  • Translation from Bengali/ Hindi/Nepali/ Urdu/ Santali to English.

Paper III: General Study 1

  • Indian History with a special focus on the National Movement.

  • Geography of India (special reference to West Bengal).

Paper IV: General Study 2

  • Science & Technological advancement

  • Environment

  •  General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Paper V: 

  • Indian Polity and Economy

  • Constitution of India

  • Functions of Reserve Bank of India

Paper VI:

  • Arithmetic and Reasoning

  • Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Letter series & Number series

  • Analogy tests

  • Symbol Interpretation

  • Mathematical puzzles

  • Odd One out

  • Perception test

  • Non-verbal reasoning 

  • Selecting the correct sequence.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Results

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Results:

The applicant can check the result on the official website when the result is declared. The applicant is required to follow these steps to check the result:-

Go to the official website.

Select and click on the result tab.

Then click on the result link.

Then download the result PDF file.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Exam Pattern

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)  Exam Pattern:

Preliminary Exam:- The preliminary examination is of qualifying nature and is conducted offline. There is only One Paper in the prelims examination which consists of 8 sections of Objective type questions, having 25 questions of 1 mark each. The total time duration of the examination is two and a half hours. The examination pattern of the preliminary examination is as follows:-

Parts

Subject

Marks

Part-1

English Composition

25 marks

Part-2

General Science

25 marks

Part-3

Current events of Importance (National & International)

25 marks

Part-4

History of India

25 marks

Part-5

Geography of India (with reference to West Bengal)

25 marks

Part-6

Indian Politics and Economy

25 marks

Part-7

Indian National Movement

25 marks

Part-8

General Mental Ability

25 marks

 

Total

200 mark

Note:- There is a negative marking of one third marks for each wrong answer.

Mains Exam:- The candidates who are shortlisted from the preliminary examination are allowed to sit for the mains examination.  Mains examination has papers of Objective as well as of Descriptive nature. There are  7 papers in the Mains Examination. The first two papers are on Languages. The next two papers on which candidates have to write an essay. The last three papers related to General Studies. The exam pattern is as follows:

Paper

Type of Exam 

Marks

Bengali / Hindi / Urdu / Nepali

Descriptive

200 marks

English

Descriptive

200 marks

General Studies-I

Objective

200 marks

General Studies-II

Objective

200 marks

Polity, Constitution of India and Indian Economy

Objective

200 marks

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning

Objective

200 marks

Optional Subject Paper-1 (One subject to be chosen)

Descriptive

200 marks

Optional Subject Paper-2 (One subject to be chosen)

Descriptive

200 marks

Total

--------

1600 marks

The list of Optional Subjects are as follows:-

Bengali

Electrical Engineering

Hindi

Geography

Sanskrit

Geology

English

History

Pali

Law

Arabic

Mathematics

Persian

Management

French

Mechanical Engineering

Urdu

Medical Science

Santali

Philosophy

Comparative Literature

Physics

Agriculture

Political Science

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Psychology

Anthropology

Zoology

Botany

Sociology

Chemistry

Statistics

Civil Engineering

Zoology

Commerce & Accountancy

Computer Science

Economics

 

Interview:- The candidates who are shortlisted from the mains examinations are called for the interviews to judge their mental ability, decision making, and their suitability for the service.

  • The interview is held for 200 marks.

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Admit Card

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Admit Card:

The admit cards for the exam are issued by the WBPSC in online mode. The applicants can download the admit card on the official website. The applicants are able to download the admit card by using details such as registration number and date of birth. The steps required to download the admit card is as follows:

Go to the official website.

Click on the admit card tab on the page.

Click on the related website link.

Now click on the link available for downloading the admit card then enter the required details asked like roll number, registration id and date of birth.

Click on the search button.

View, download, and print the admit card.

Download West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Sample Papers

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Fee

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Exam Fee:

The fee and payment details are given below:

  • General - Rs. 210/-

  • BC/OBC - Rs. 210/-

  • SC/ST of West Bengal - Exempted

  • Payment Mode - Online through Debit card/Credit card/Net Banking etc.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) FAQs:

Ques 1. From where can an applicant get the information regarding the exam?

Ans. A candidate can get the information from the Official website.

Ques 2. How can an applicant apply for WBCS?

Ans. By a post Online through the Official site.

Ques 3. How many times a candidate can give WBCS?

Ans. There is no limit as such but the age criteria must be followed.

Ques 4. Is Bengali compulsory to appear in WBCS?

Ans. No, the Bengali language is not compulsory since there are other options for the Language paper but the knowledge of the language is surely be considered while preparing the merit list.

Ques 5. What is the highest post of WBCS?

Ans. The highest post of the exam officer is Secretary under the Government of West Bengal.

Ques 6. Is there negative marking in the exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking in the exam. 

Ques 7. Can an applicant studying in the final year of graduation apply for WBCS?

Ans. No. The minimum requirement is the candidate must have completed the Graduation.

Ques 8. Does marks in Graduation matter for WBCS?

Ans. The minimum criteria is Graduation completed so the marks do not matter.

Ques 9. What is the age limit to appear in WBCS?

Ans. For Group A, B & C the upper age limit is 36 years and for Group D the limit is 38 years.

Ques 10. What should be the size of the signature and the photo?

Ans. The size of the photograph and size should be between 10-20 kb.

Ques 11. How can candidates pay the application fee?

Ans. By online as well as offline.

Ques 12. Which category is exempted from fee submission?

Ans. SC/ST applicants are exempted.

Ques 13. What are the assigned centers for the pre-exam?

Ans. Following are the centers:

Kolkata (North)

Burdwan

Berhampore

 Barrackpore

Kolkata (South)

Asansol

 Malda

Barasat

 Howrah

Medinipur

Jalpaiguri

Siliguri

 Alipurduar

Tamluk

Baruipur

 Kalimpong

Coochbehar

Bankura

Diamond Harbour

Darjeeling

Ques 14. How many papers are there in WBCS Mains?

Ans. There is a total of six papers out of which 2 are General Study, 1 Paper is of Optional language, 1 paper is of General English, 1 paper is of Polity & Indian Economy and 1 paper is of Arithmetic and Reasoning. There are Optional subjects as well and 2 papers are conducted for optional subjects.

Ques 15. What precautions should be taken by a candidate while filling up the Online Application Form?

Ans. Please read the instructions attentive before filling up the Online Application Form.

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