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How to be ready as a WBCS Officer

WBCS: West Bengal Civil Service(WBCS)is a state civil service exam which is the only exam for recruiting Civil service officer throughout the Bengal. The exam is divided into three phases name as Preliminary, Main and Interview.WBCS Prelims is only a screening test. Only the marks of the Main exam will be calculated with Interview marks.

What are the subjects you have to give in the main examination?

1)One Indian Language paper(200 marks)
2)One English Essay, Composition, etc paper(200 marks)
3)One General Knowledge paper(200 marks)
4)One Constitution, Five-year plan papers(200 marks)
5)One Arithmetic, Test of Reasoning paper(200 marks)
6)One Optional subjects consisting of two papers(200 marks each)

How will you choose your optional paper?

To select the optional paper you must decide on the basis of two factors.
1)Whatever the subject you select you to have to see first the availability of study material/books etc.
2)How much interest you have on that particular subject.

What is the Indian language paper all about?

When you choose any language paper you should have good command on that paper. There is some Indian language paper namely as Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Urdu, Santali.

What are the books you can follow for each subject?

I am giving you the name of individual writer name according to subjects.
1)Indian History and Indian National Movement: “Bharoter Itihas”y Dr. Atul Chandra Roy. You can consult other books of “Tulsi Publication” after finishing it.
2)General English: Objective General English by S.P Bakshi(Arihant Publication).You may study P.K De Sarkar for English Comprehension.
3)Current Affairs: You must consult “Protiyogita Darpan” magazine. It is the best magazine for this.
4)General Mental ability: Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning books by R.S Agarwal.
5)Indian Polity and Economy: Indian Polity by Laxmikanth.You can follow Ramesh Singh(Indian Economy). It is a good book.
6)General Science: Chronicle Science books and NCERT books.
7)Geography: NCERT geography books from class 6 to class 12.

What is the exam pattern of WBCS Preliminary?

There will be a total of 200 marks. Each section carries 25 marks each.
1)English Composition-25
2)General Science-25
3)Current events of National & International Importance-25
4)History of India-25
5)Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal-25
6)Indian Polity and Economy-25
7)Indian National Movement-25
8)General Mental Ability-25

What is the pattern of WBCS Main exam?

The main examination consists of five compulsory paper and two optional paper. There are four categories of WBCS exam namely Group A, Group B, Group C, and Group D.Every paper whatever compulsory or optional will carry 100 marks and will be of 3 hours duration. Now I am giving you the details of all papers.
Paper 1: Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali Essay, Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from English into Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali (Marks 40+20+20+20).
Paper 2: English Essay, Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/ Urdu/Nepali into English (Marks40+20+20+20).
Paper 3: General Knowledge and Current Affairs (Excluding questions on the Constitution of India and the Five-year Plans(Marks 50+50).
Paper 4: The Constitution of India and the Five-year Plans (Marks 50+50).
Paper 5: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning (Marks 50+50).

How many optional subjects are there in WBCS exam?

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

What is the Age limit of WBCS Exam?

Age: You start to seat the exam at the age of 21 years after completing graduation. But your upper age should not cross 36 years.

What should be your Educational Qualification?

Educational qualification: Candidates must possess a degree from a recognized University and have the ability to read, write and speak Bengali. Candidates who are graduated from any technical or management stream like as B.Tech, BBA, BCA, etc are also eligible for giving WBCS exam