WBCS Preparation Tips - How to Prepare for the WBCS exam 2020?

WBCS Preparation Tips 2020 – West Bengal Public Service Commission (WB PSC) conducts the WBCS exam to recruit candidates in Assistant Commercial Tax Officer, Police Service, Joint Block Development Officer & many more Group A, B, C & D services in the West Bengal state. WBCS Prelims was held on February 09, 2020. Now is the high time to prepare for the mains exam so that you don’t have to rush at the last moment. In this article, a candidate will get to know detailed preparation strategy & a comprehensive booklist for the WBCS exam.

After going through this article, along with the some useful preparation tips for WBCS, candidates will also get the answers to the following questions:

  • How to start the preparation for WBCS exam?
  • How to make notes for the exam?
  • What are the best books for the preparation of prelims & mains?
  • How to prepare for prelims?
  • Which books to refer for each topic?
  • What is the preparation strategy for mains exam?
  • How to strategically do the revision?
  • How to analyze the question paper?
  • How to increase speed in solving the question papers?

Below are some important West Bengal PSC preparation tips to prepare well for the exam.

WBCS Preparation Tips #1: Starting the Preparation

  • First you should prepare yourself mentally & physically before you start the preparation for the WBCS exam.
  • Proper goals must be set.
  • Proper time should be given to each & every goal you have set.
  • Candidates must go through the eligibility criteria for the exam.
  • All the aspirants must know the exam pattern of WBCS in a detailed manner which is a 3 stage process.
Stages Name Of The Exam
Stage 1 Prelims
Stage 2 Mains
Stage 3 Interview
  • Knowing the entire syllabus of WBCS is very important so that candidates must not waste their time on topics that are not related to the exam.

West Bengal PSC Preparation Tips #2: A Scheduled Time Table

  • A proper time table is required before you start the preparation.
  • A timetable will make your preparation straightforward & efficient.
  • To complete the deadlines that come with the timetable, a candidate will work in a much better & faster way.

WBCS Exam Preparation Tips #3: Understanding the Syllabus

  • Getting familiar with the syllabus is the first priority before going through any of the study material or books.
  • Proper syllabus has been provided by WBCS for the Preliminary & Mains exam in a descriptive manner.
  • To understand the complete syllabus, you should first know the exam pattern for WBCS exam.

Prelims Exam Pattern

In the prelims examination, there will be a total of 200 questions that are objective-type carrying one mark for each question. All the aspirants are required to complete the exam paper within two and a half hours. There will be total of eight different sections carrying 25 marks each. All the candidates will have to qualify for the preliminary test in order to get shortlisted for the mains exam. There will be negative marking for every wrong question in MCQ.



Marks Allotted

Time Duration


General Mental Ability


Two and a half hours


Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal



History of India



English Composition



Indian Polity and Economy



General Science



Indian National Movement



Current events of National & International Importance


Mains Exam Pattern

As per the new exam pattern, the mains examination will have six papers that are compulsory and one optional paper (which consists of two papers) for group A and/B that have to be chosen by the aspirants from the list of optional subjects mentioned in the notification. Check the table given below for more details.



Marks Allotted


Paper I



3 Hours

Paper II



3 Hours

Paper III

General Studies - I


3 Hours

Paper IV

General Studies - II


3 Hours

Paper V

The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India. 


3 Hours

Paper VI

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning


3 Hours

Paper VII

Optional Paper (Paper I)


3 Hours

Paper VIII

Optional Paper (Paper II)


3 Hours



  • Knowing the syllabus for WBCS exam will give the candidates a better idea of how to prepare for the topics mentioned in the exam pattern. The syllabus will help the candidates to choose the study material which is required. Check the below mentioned important topics & how to prepare for them:

Preparation Tips for WBCS Exam #4: How to Prepare for WBCS Prelims?

English Composition

All the candidates should know that the type of questions that are asked under this section lies between difficult and moderate. Dividing the section into topics would help candidates to simplify their preparation. Topics which are included under English composition are mentioned in the table below with the books that are necessary for them:

Topics WBCS Preparation Books
Synonyms and Antonyms Choose any one from the following:

  • S.P Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
  • K D Sarkar
  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
Idioms and Phrases
Vocabulary Test
Phrasal Verbs
Fill in the qualifying words

General Science

Topics WBCS Preparation Books
General appreciation Choose any one from the following:

  • Magazine- Chronicle (Science)
  • State Board Textbooks
Understanding of science
Matters of everyday observation
Experience as expected from an educated person that are not having made special studies of the scientific disciplines

Current Events with Importance of National & International Events

Topics WBCS Preparation Books
Social, Political, Geographical or Economic issue that affects India and its policies in the international and national front Choose any one from the following:

  • Pratiyogita Darpan (Magazine)
  • Yojana (Magazine)
  • Competition Success Review (Magazine)
  • The Hindu (Newspaper)
  • Telegraphy (Newspaper)

History of India

Topics WBCS Preparation Books
Ancient Choose the state board textbook or Magbook India History

Geography of India with reference to West Bengal

Topics WBCS Preparation Books
Physical Geography Choose the state board textbook or read Orient Longman or Majid Hussain
Social Geography
Economic Geography

Indian Polity & Economy

Topics WBCS Preparation Books
Indian Constitution Read Laxmikant for Indian Polity and can go through Ramesh Singh for the topic of Economics. Aspirants can go through school textbooks to understand all the basic concepts.
Panchayati Raj
Constitutional Bodies, etc.

Indian National Movement

Topics WBCS Preparation Books
Nature and character of Nineteenth-Century Resurgence Read the school textbooks and refer one from the below:

  • Bipin Chandra
  • Romila Thapar
Growth of Nationalism
Attainment of Independence

General Mental Ability

Topics WBCS Preparation Books
Logical Reasoning Practicing from R.S. Aggarwal will suffice
Common Aptitude

West Bengal PSC Preparation Tips #5: How to Prepare for WBCS Mains exam?

The main & important topics that are given in WBCS Syllabus are namely Polity, Economics, History, Geography, and Current Affairs.

Books that are required or Mains preparation are as follows:

  • History - Bipin Chandra
  • Polity- Laxmikant
  • Geography - Lexicon or G.c. Leong or Majid Hussain
  • Economy - Ramesh Singh or School Textbooks
  • Current Affairs - The Hindu/ Monthly Compilation of anyone good magazine

Apart from the books mentioned above, a few other recommended useful reading sources are:

  1. Budget and Economic Survey
  2. State Board books
  3. NCERT books
  4. To prepare for the compulsory paper I and II where the knowledge of Bengali language is necessary, all the candidates should practice translations and report-writing from school textbooks and several Bengali newspapers.

Preparation Tips for WBCS Exam #6: Precise Short Notes

  • Make short notes of all the past year topics.
  • These short notes will help you in quick revision at the last moment.
  • You should make this a habit to daily revise these notes.
  • These notes must be short & to the point.

WBCS Preparation Tips #7: Solve Previous Years WBCS Question Papers

  • Solving the previous year’s question papers will help you to examine the ongoing trend in the WBCS exam.
  • Previous years papers will help you to find out the most important areas in the exam.
  • With the help of these papers, you can predict the difficulty level of the WBCS exam.

Preparation Tips for West Bengal PSC Exam #8: Online Mock Tests

  • Take several mock tests that are available online.
  • This will increase their question-solving speed.
  • With the help of the mock test, your question-solving speed will increase & you will be able to solve the actual exam paper in the given time.

West Bengal PSC Preparation Tips #9: Revision

  • Revision is a must for any exam.
  • You will forget things as the syllabus is quite vast.
  • To avoid forgetting, timely revision is required.

WBCS Preparation Tips #10: Do & Don’ts

  • Do not skip final revision,
  • Do not pick any new topics at the last moment.
  • Sleep on time and eat healthy food.
  • All the candidates must drink water properly.
  • Do not take any stress.
  • Do take short breaks of 5 minutes after every hour.
  • Revise topics in a regular manner.
  • Always stay positive & confident.


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