WBCS Syllabus 2020

The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) appoints candidates in the West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS). The WBCS is one of the major exams conducted by the West Bengal State Govt. The WBCS Exam is also known as the W.B.C.S.(Executive).

WBCS recruits eligible candidates in Group-‘A’, Group-‘B’, Group-‘C’ and Group-‘D’ Services. Every year candidates in large nos. apply for the WBCS Exam. In order to be eligible to work in WBCS, it is important to get enlightened with the syllabus and the exam pattern.  Therefore, for the convenience of the WBCS job aspirants, we have discussed in detail the syllabus as well as the exam pattern for WBCS Exam or WBCS Exec. 

WBCS Syllabus: WBCS Exam Pattern

The WBCS Exam Pattern comprises of the following stages.

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

WBCS Exam Pattern

The WBCS Exam Pattern is given below. The Preliminary stage consists of one paper on General Studies and one on Aptitude Test. The WBCS Exam Pattern is given for the Prelims.

WBCS Prelims Exam Pattern

Tier Name of the Exam Type Of Exam Number of question papers Marks Duration
I Preliminary Exam Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ)
  1. General Studies
200 2.5 hours

WBCS Prelims Syllabus

The Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a Screening Test only for the purpose of selection of candidates for the Main Examination. The marks obtained in this examination by the candidates will not be considered for final selection. The WBCS Prelims Exam consists of only one paper, i.e. “General Studies”.

WBCS Prelims Syllabus

The WBCS Prelims Syllabus is discussed below.

Subject Topic
English Composition
  1. Synonyms and Antonyms
  2. Idioms and Phrases
  3. Vocabulary Test
  4. Phrasal Verbs
  5. Homophones
  6. Fill in the qualifying words
General Science
  1. General appreciation
  2. Understanding of science
  3. Matters of everyday observation
  4. Experience expected from an educated person not having made special studies of scientific disciplines.
Current events of National & International Importance
  1. Awards & Honours, Latest Appointments & Discoveries.
  2. Significant events affecting India and its relations with the world
History of India
  1. Emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects.
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
  1. Physical, Social and Economic Geography of the country.
  2. Main features of Indian Agricultural and Natural Resources with special reference to West Bengal
Indian Polity and Economy
  1. Knowledge of the country’s Political System, Panchayati Raj.
  2. Community Development
  3. Planning in India
Indian National Movement
  1. Nature and character of the Nineteenth Century Resurgence
  2. Growth of Nationalism
  3. Attainment of Independence.
General Mental Ability
  1. Logical perception & understanding.
  2. Common Aptitude
  3. Natural conclusion.

WBCS Mains Exam Pattern

There are six compulsory subjects in WBCS Mains Exam. Two Papers are optional. The list of optional subjects that a candidate can choose is given below on this page.

WBCS Mains Exam Paper Compulsory  Papers Marks
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Paper-I Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali 200 200 200 200
Paper-II English 200 200 200 200
Paper-III General Studies-I 200 200 200 200
Paper-IV General Studies-II 200 200 200 200
Paper-V The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India 200 200 200 200
Paper-VI Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning 200 200 200 200
Paper-VII Optional Subject – One subject to be chosen 400 400

WBCS Syllabus: WBCS Mains Exam Syllabus

The Main Examination shall consist of six compulsory papers and one optional paper consisting of two papers to be chosen by the candidates. Out of six compulsory papers four papers i.e. (i) General Studies- I, (ii) General Studies- II, (iii) The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India and (iv) Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning will be of MCQ Type to be answered in OMR answer sheets and remaining two compulsory papers i.e. Paper – I and Paper – II will be of conventionally written exam.

For Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ Services & Posts: All 6 compulsory papers and one optional subject consisting of two papers.
For Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ Services & Posts: All 6 compulsory papers.

WBCS Mains Exam Syllabus

Paper I

Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali.

Paper II

English – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali to English

Paper III

General Studies-I : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.

Paper IV

General Studies-II Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and
Current Affairs.

Paper V

The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.

Paper VI

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning. The Compulsory Mathematics paper will be of the standard of Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal.

Paper VII

Optional Paper: This will comprise of two papers. The list of optional papers that a candidate can choose is given below. The candidates can choose any one of the subjects given below.

wbcs-list-of-optional-paper

Personality Test

The candidates selected in order of merit on the results of the Main Exam for all the services and posts included in Groups A, B, C and D shall have to appear at a Personality Test. Each candidate will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The objective of the test will be to assess the candidate’s personal qualities e.g., alertness of mind, power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership and also the candidate’s range of interests.

Note: No separate Personality Test will be held for different groups viz. Group-‘A’, Group-‘B’, Group-‘C’ and Group-‘D’ in respect of a candidate. Marks will be awarded according to different services against allotted full marks for Personality Test.

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