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1. Stages Of Exam



Interview/Personality Test

The Preliminary Examination will consist of only one paper, a paper on “General Studies”. The paper will be of an objective type consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. The paper will carry 200 marks and will be of 2.5 hours duration. The standard of the paper will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University. The Prelims is only a screening test, and its marks are not considered for final selection. Once you qualify for this exam then you will get a pass to sit for the mains exam. The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge.

English Composition 25
General Science 25
Current Events of National & International Importance 25
History of India 25
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal 25
Indian Polity & Economy 25
Indian National Movement 25
General Mental Ability 25

The eight topics given in WBCS Prelims Syllabus are:

I. English Composition
  1. Synonyms and Antonyms
  2. Idioms and Phrases
  3. Vocabulary Test
  4. Phrasal Verbs
  5. Homophones
  6. Fill in the qualifying words
  II. General Science
  1. General appreciation
  2. Understanding of science
  3. Matters of everyday observation
  4. Experience as expected from an educated person not having made special studies of scientific disciplines
  III. Current Events of National and International Importance Significant events affecting India and its relations with the world   IV. History of India
  1. Ancient
  2. Medieval
  3. Modern
  V. Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
  1. Physical Geography
  2. Social Geography
  3. Economic Geography
  VI. Indian Polity and Economy
  1. Indian Constitution
  2. Panchayati Raj
  3. Constitutional Bodies, etc.
  VII.  Indian National Movement
  1. Nature and character of Nineteenth-Century Resurgence
  2. Growth of Nationalism
  3. Attainment of Independence
  VIII. General Mental Ability
  1. Logical Reasoning
  2. Common Aptitude

All those candidates who qualify for prelims will be able to write the mains exam of WBCS. The scores of the mains exam will be considered to make the merit list .The Main Examination shall consist of six Compulsory papers and one optional subject consisting of two papers (Only for candidates applying for group A and / or B) to be chosen by the candidates from the list of 37 optional subjects given. There will be two papers of the optional subject of 200 marks each. Each paper, Compulsory or Optional, will carry 200 marks and will be of 3 hours duration. As per new rules, all the papers in MAINS will be descriptive type from 2024. The optional subject paper I and Paper II will be of conventional essay type question papers.

PaperPaper NameMarks
Paper IBengali / Hindi / Urdu / Nepali / Santali200
Paper IIEnglish200
Paper IIIGeneral Studies-I-Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal200
Paper IVGeneral Studies-II-Science and scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.200
Paper VConstitution of India and Indian Economy200
Paper VIArithmetic and Test of Reasoning200
Paper VIIOptional Subject-Paper I200
Paper VIIIOptional Subject-Paper II200
Total 1600

A number of candidates selected in order of merit on the results of the Main Examination 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 object 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.

Candidates for Group ‘B’ Service (West Bengal Police Service) will be specially tested at the interviews with regard to their suitability for the service.

WBCS Posts Marks
Group A 200
Group B 200
Group C 150
Group D 100

Marks for the Personality Test

2. Deduction of marks

  • A deduction of 10% of full marks may be made from the total marks secured by a candidate in a particular paper if he / she discloses his / her identity by writing his / her name, roll number or by putting any identifying marks in the answer script of that paper

    There shall be negative marking for each wrong answer to multiple-choice questions (MCQ) type

3. Discretion of the Commission

  • The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers/subjects and in the aggregate

    If a candidate fails to secure qualifying marks in any paper / subject, the marks in that paper / subject will not be considered in calculating his / her aggregate


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