WBCS syllabus for state civil services

WBCS syllabus for state civil services

Public Service Commission of West Bengal has released official notification for West Bengal Civil Service (Exe) etc. Examination, 2018. The exam is conducted to fill the post of state civil services. Any graduate from a recognized university is eligible to appear for the examination. Group A, B, C and D positions will be filled by the same examination. Students applying for Group A and B have to write the additional optional paper in the mains stage of examination.

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).

Syllabi for Preliminary Examination

  • Questions on English Composition will cover Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, Vocabulary test, Phrasal Verbs, the same words bearing more than one meaning, use of appropriate and qualifying words etc.
  • Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.
  • Questions on Current affairs will cover current events of national and international importance.
  • In History, emphasis will be on the broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects.
  • Questions on the Geography of India will relate to Physical, Social and Economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian Agricultural and Natural Resources with special reference to West Bengal.
  • Questions of Indian Polity and Economy will test the knowledge of the country s Political System, Panchayati Raj, Community Development and Planning in India,
  • Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the Nineteenth Century Resurgence, Growth of Nationalism and Attainment of Independence.
  • General Mental Ability will relate to Logical perception, understanding and natural conclusion.

Syllabi for Main Examination

Paper I


Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Pr cis Writing, Composition and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali

Paper II


Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Pr cis 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.

(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. (The Topic Environment in paper General Studies II will include the following:- Biodiversity and Coastal Regulation Zone, Global Warming, Industrial and Environmental Pollution, Ozone Layer and related issues.)

Paper V

Indian Polity and Economy

The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India.(The Topic Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India of the 5th compulsory paper will consist of the following:- Central State relation and devolution of central funds to state, Planning process and objectives of five years plan, Functions of RBI and Monetary policy, Central Finance Commission & State Finance Commission and Fiscal Policy of Government of India.)

Paper VI

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning:

The standard of Arithmetic part of Compulsory Paper VI(Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning) will be similar to that of the Compulsory Mathematics paper at the Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal. Test of Reasoning will cover Analytical Reasoning

Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning:

(i) Logical Deduction

(ii) Forcefulness of the Arguments

(iii) Implication of sentences

(iv) Inferring from diagrams,


(a) Letter series,

(b) Number series, Inferring from Data, Analogy tests, Symbol Interpretation, Mathematical puzzles, Odd man out, Perception test, Non-verbal reasoning & Selecting the correct sequence.

Note - 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. Remaining two compulsory papers i.e. Paper - I and Paper - II will be of conventional type.

Optional Subject

Optional Subject of consist of two papers (Only applicable to Group A & B candidates). The candidates have to select one optional subject can be selected from the list of 37 subjects.

List of Optional Subject

HindiSantaliCommerce and Accountancy
StatisticsComparative LiteratureComputer Science
English Animal Husbandry and Veterinary ScienceAnthropology
Electrical EngineeringLawMathematics
PhysicsManagementMechanical Engineering
PhilosophyPhysiologyMedical Science
Political SciencePsychologySociology
ZoologyFrenchCivil Engineering

Personality Test

The 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 will have to appear for 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, the power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership and also the candidate s range of interests.



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