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 2020
The WBCS Exam Pattern comprises of three stages:
|| Preliminary Exam|Mains Exam|Interview ||
- The WBCS Prelims consists of one paper only i.e., General Studies. There is no Aptitude Test, unlike various other state Public Service Commission Exams.
- The WBCS Mains Exam has six compulsory papers and one optional subject which comprises of two papers to be attempted by the candidates.
- Optional Subjects are taken by candidates who opt for “Group A and Group B Services”.
WBCS Exam Pattern
The WBCS Exam Pattern is given below. The WBCS Prelims is of 200 marks while the WBCS Mains is of 200 marks each for all the papers. The WBCS Exam Pattern is given below.
|Stage||Name of the exam||Type of exam||Number of question papers||Marks|
|I||Preliminary Exam||Objective||General Studies||200|
||200 (each) for Paper I to VI 400 for Paper VII and VIII|
WBCS Prelims Exam Pattern
The WBCS Prelims Exam Pattern is given below. The WBCS Prelims Exam is of a total of 200 marks. GK Questions ranging from Science, History, Geography, Current Affairs, Polity, are asked. In this paper Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) are asked.
|English Composition||25||25||2 Hours|
|Current events of National & International Importance||25||25|
|History of India||25||25|
|Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal||25||25|
|Indian Polity and Economy||25||25|
|Indian National Movement||25||25|
|General Mental Ability||25||25|
WBCS Syllabus for Prelims Exam
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 comprises of eight subjects/ topics with 200 (MCQ’s) and the duration of the exam is 2 hours. The Prelims is only a screening test, and its marks are not considered for final selection. The Prelims Exam tests the knowledge of the candidate. The WBCS Prelims Syllabus for eight (8) topics is discussed below.
|Current events of National & International Importance||
|History of India||
|Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal||
|Indian Polity and Economy||
|Indian National Movement||
|General Mental Ability||
WBCS Mains Exam Pattern
There are six compulsory subjects in WBCS Mains Exam and one paper is optional. The optional paper comprises of two papers. The optional paper is to be chosen by the candidates who will be opting to join Group A and Group B services. Each of these papers will consist of 200 marks of 3 hours each. The WBCS Mains Exam Pattern is given below.
|WBCS Mains Exam Paper||Compulsory Papers||Marks|
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|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 for Mains Exam
The Main Examination shall consist of six compulsory papers and one optional paper. The optional paper will have 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
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.
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
General Studies-I : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.
General Studies-II Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and
The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.
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.
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.
|Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science||13|
|Commerce and Accountancy||18|
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.