WBCS exam pattern for state civil services

WBCS exam pattern for state civil services

Public Service Commission of West Bengal conducts WBCS every year to recruit candidates for various positions in state civil services. Different positions of administrative, police, revenue services etc. are filled by the examination.

In accordance with the State Services Recruitment Rules, the Public Service Commission, West Bengal will hold the West Bengal Civil Service (Exe) etc. Examination, 2018 on 28th January 2018. On the basis of the result obtained in the exam, the positions of the West Bengal Civil Service (Exe.) and certain other services and posts will be filled.

The exam is popular among the graduates and a very good opportunity to work with the Government of West Bengal to serve the population of West Bengal. To get into the services a candidate must have a complete understanding of the examination process, syllabus and the pattern of the exam.

WBCS Exam Pattern

The examination consists of two parts:

(1) Written Examination

(2) Personality Test.

Written Examination will be held in two successive stages:

(i) Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)

(ii) Main Examination (Both Objective and Conventional Type).


WBCS Preliminary Examination Pattern

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 2 hours duration. The standard of the paper will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate of any 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)

PaperTotal QuestionsDuration of ExamMax Marks
Paper 12002 Hrs 30 Min200

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 will be eligible for admission to the W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc.(Main) Examination of that year.

WBCS Main Examination pattern

The Main Examination will consist of six Compulsory papers and one optional subject (Only for candidates applying for group A and/or B) to be chosen by the candidates from the list of optional subject. 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.

PaperSubjectMarks DurationNature of Paper
Paper IBengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali 2003 hoursEssay Type
Paper IIEnglish2003 hoursEssay Type
Paper IIIGeneral Studies I2003 hoursObjective
Paper IVGeneral Studies II2003 hoursObjective
Paper VIndian Constitution & Indian Economy2003 hoursObjective
Paper VI Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning2003 hoursObjective
Paper VIIOptional paper I2003 hoursEssay Type
Paper VIIIOptional paper II2003 hoursEssay Type



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