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West Bengal Civil Service, popularly know as WBCS, is the civil service of the Indian state of West Bengal. For WBCS(Executive) and allied services, Public Service Commission of West Bengal arranges competitive examination. The W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc. Examination consists of two parts – (1) Written Examination and (2) Personality Test. Written Examination will be held in two successive stages, viz., (i) Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) and (ii) Main Examination (Both Objective and Conventional Type). A number of candidates to be selected on the results of the Preliminary Examination will be allowed admission to the Main Examination and a number of candidates to be selected on the results of the Main Examination will be called to appear at the Personality Test. The services and posts to which recruitment is made on the results of the W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc. Examination are divided into groups: A, B, C and D with a graduated syllabus. A candidate may compete for one or more groups but is required to submit one application only indicating choice of group(s).

GROUPING OF SERVICES AND SALARY

  • West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)
  • West Bengal Commercial Tax Service
  • West Bengal Agricultural Income tax Service
  • West Bengal Excise Service
  • West Bengal Co-operative Service
  • West Bengal Labour Service
  • West Bengal Food and Supplies Service
  • West Bengal Employment Service [Except the post of Employment Officer (Technical)]
  • West Bengal Registration and Stamp Revenue Service

Salary: (PB-4A) Rs.15,600/- to 42,000/- + G.P. Rs. 5,400/- Gross emoluments at the entry level : Rs.21,000/- besides D.A., M.A. and H.R.A. admissible as per rules.

  • West Bengal Police Service

Salary: (PB-4A) Rs.15,600/- to 42,000/- + G.P. Rs. 5,400/- Gross emoluments at the entry level : Rs.21,000/- besides D.A., M.A. and H.R.A. admissible as per rules.

  • Superintendent, District Correctional Home / Deputy Superintendent, Central Correctional Home
  • Joint Block Development Officer
  • Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices.
  • West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
  • West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade-I
  • Assistant Commercial Tax Officer
  • Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation)
  • Chief Controller of Correctional Services

Salary: (PB-4) Rs.9,000/- to 40,500/- + G.P. Rs. 4,800/- or Rs. 4,700/- Rs. 4,400/- Gross emoluments at the entry level : Rs.15,960/- or Rs.14,930/- or Rs.13,400/- besides D.A., M.A. and H.R.A. admissible as per rules.

  • Inspector of Co-operative Societies
  • Panchayat Development Officer under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department
  • Rehabilitation Officer under the Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department

Salary: (PB-3) Rs.7,100/- to 37,600/- + G.P. Rs. 3,900/- Gross emoluments at the entry level : Rs.12,270/- besides D.A., M.A. and H.R.A. admissible as per rules.

EXAMINATION PATTERN

I. PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

The Preliminary Examination will consist of only one paper, viz., 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 2½ 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 paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge:

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

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. Only those candidates who will be declared qualified at the Preliminary Examination in a year shall be eligible for admission to the W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc.(Main) Examination of that year.

II. MAIN EXAMINATION

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 optional subjects given below. 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. 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 conventional type written examination.

  • 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[200 Marks]
  • 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[200 Marks]
  • 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.[200 Marks]
  • Paper IV: General Studies-II : Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.[200 Marks]
  • Paper V: The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.[200 Marks]
  • Paper VI: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning.[200 Marks]
  • Optional Subject(only for group – ‘A’ & ‘B’ – One subject to be chosen, Two papers of 200 marks each).[400 Marks]

List of Optional Subjects: 01. Bengali , 02. Hindi , 03. Sanskrit, 04. English, 05. Pali, 06. Arabic, 07. Persian, 08. French, 09. Urdu, 10. Santali, 11. Comparative Literature, 12. Agriculture, 13. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, 14. Anthropology, 15. Botany, 16. Chemistry, 17. Civil Engineering, 18. Commerce and Accountancy, 19. Computer Science, 20. Economics, 21. Electrical Engineering, 22. Geography, 23. Geology, 24. History, 25. Law, 26. Mathematics, 27. Management, 28. Mechanical Engineering, 29. Medical Science, 30. Philosophy, 31. Physiology, 32. Physics, 33. Political Science, 34. Psychology, 35. Sociology, 36. Statistics, 37. Zoology

III. PERSONALITY TEST

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. Marks for the Personality Test:  1. Group A – 200 Marks, 2. Group B – 200 Marks, 3. Group C – 150 Marks and 4. Group D – 100 Marks.

GROUP WISE SELECTION IN WBCS 2011 TO 2019

Years Group wise Total Selection Date of Publication of Result Total Selection
2019 Result Not Published Result Not Published NA
2018 Result Not Published Result Not Published NA
2017
  • Group A - 131
  • Group B - 20
  • Group C - 270
  • Group D - 51
  • Group A - 20.09.2018
  • Group B - 25.09.2018
  • Group C - 22.02.2019
  • Group D - 20.08.2019
472
2016
  • Group A - 66
  • Group B - NIL
  • Group C - 321
  • Group D - 189
  • Group A - 27.07.2017
  • Group B - NA
  • Group C - 13.03.2018
  • Group D - 27.03.2018
576
2015
  • Group A - 108
  • Group B - 5
  • Group C - 262
  • Group D - 90
  • Group A - 05.10.2016
  • Group B - 05.10.2016
  • Group C - 06.04.2017
  • Group D - 25.04.2017
465
2014
  • Group A - 145
  • Group B - 37
  • Group C - 337
  • Group D - 79
  • Group A - 20.01.2016
  • Group B - 20.01.2016
  • Group C - 15.03.2016
  • Group D - 22.04.2016
598
2013
  • Group A - 113
  • Group B - 36
  • Group C - 420
  • Group D - 62
  • Group A - 11.05.2015
  • Group B - 11.05.2015
  • Group C - 03.07.2015
  • Group D - 13.07.2015
631
2012
  • Group A - 113
  • Group B - 28
  • Group C - 393
  • Group D - 83
  • Group A - 29.09.2014
  • Group B - 29.09.2014
  • Group C - 24.03.2015
  • Group D - 08.04.2015
637
2011
  • Group A - 122
  • Group B - 28
  • Group C - 434
  • Group D - 58
  • Group A - 07.06.2013
  • Group B - 03.06.2013
  • Group C - 04.04.2014
  • Group D - 22.04.2014
642

CUTOFF MARKS OF PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION (LAST 15 YEARS)

General OBC SC ST
2019 105.13(Gen)
94.21(Gen PH)
101.05(OBC A)
101.06(OBC B)
88.78(OBC A PH)
86.11(OBC PH B)
96.18(SC)
85.21(SC PH)
73.13(ST)
51.13(ST PH)
2018 97.67(Gen)
93.67(Gen PH)
96.67(OBC A & B)
92.67(OBC PH)
89.33(SC)
85.33(SC PH)
68.67(ST)
64.67(ST PH)
2017 Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
2016 Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
2015 113 113 112 93
2014 101 101 99 78
2013 111 111 106 83
2012 109 107 103 74
2011 98 96 90 65
2010 95 90 85 65
2009 118 114 110 85
2008 108 106 101 80
2007 104 100 93 62
2006 NA NA NA NA
2005 110 105 100 65

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

West Bengal Public Service Commission’s website www.pscwbonline.gov.in or www.pscwbapplication.in can be known from this website or from the office of the Public Service Commission. We also update our website and Facebook page when notification published.

For WBCS exam, the age limit is different for different group of service i.e. Group – A, B, C and D.
Group A             36 Years
Group B             36 Years
Group C             36 Years
Group D             39 Years
Concession in age : The upper age limit is relaxable for S.C., S.T. & B.C. candidates of West Bengal, by 5 years for S.C. & S.T. candidates and by 3 years for B.C. candidates. In the case of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), the upper age limit is relaxable upto 45 years. S.C./S.T./B.C. candidates of other States shall be treated as general candidates.

The West Bengal Civil Services exam is conducted by the West Bengal Public Service Commission every year in three stages and they are:
STAGE-I          Preliminary Exam
STAGE-II        Main Exam
STAGE-III       Personality Test

The Preliminary Examination will consist of only one paper, viz., 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 2½ 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 paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge:
(i) English Composition 25 Marks
(ii) General Science 25 Marks
(iii) Current events of National & International Importance 25 Marks
(iv) History of India 25 Marks
(v) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal 25 Marks
(vi) Indian Polity and Economy 25 Marks
(vii) Indian National Movement 25 Marks
(viii) General Mental Ability 25 Marks
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. Only those candidates who will be declared qualified at the Preliminary Examination in a year shall be eligible for admission to the W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc.(Main) Examination of that year

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 optional subjects given below. 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.

Compulsory Papers : Six compulsory papers are as follows:-
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.
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 conventional type written examination.

First priority – Anthropology, Sociology, Political science and History. These optional have maintained decades of popularity. These optional can be opted by students from any educational background. Academic specialization is not required.

Second priority –Psychology, Geography, Literature and Philosophy. These are the optional which are quite famous among WBCS aspirants because of their subject interest.

Third priority – Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science and Science &  Engineering Subject. These are the optional taken by aspirants who think that they have special interest in these subjects and think that they can take up little extra efforts to master these subjects.

But if you have good in your graduate subject, then it should be taken.

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