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West Bengal Civil Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 2nd April, 2021
UPSC

West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) examination is a state-level civil service examination conducted by the West Bengal Public Service Commission to recruit eligible candidates to various posts of civil services in the state of West Bengal. The examination can be taken by those candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university.

There are different groups in the recruitment of the examination based on choice and merit of scored number. These are Group A, Group B (only for West Bengal Police Service ), Group C and Group D.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English, Bengali
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam WBCS examination is conducted to recruit eligible candidates to various civil services posts such as Group A, B, C and D
Conducting Body West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC)
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WBCS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
    •  The candidate must be
      (a) A citizen of India (either natural or by registration), or
      (b) Such other nationals as declared eligible by the Govt. of India.
      Provided that a candidate belonging to category (b) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government.
    • The candidate must have good health and character and suitability in all respects for appointment to Government service.

  2. Educational Qualification
    • Candidates should possess bachelor’s degree from any recognized university
    • Candidates must possess the ability to read , write and speak Bengali

  3. Age Limit
  4. The lower age limit of the candidates for the posts included in Group ‘A’, ’C’ and ‘D’ is 21 years and for Group ‘B’ is 20 years. The upper age limit of the candidates for the posts of Group ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’, is 36 years. For services and posts included in Group ‘D’, the age should not be more than 39 years.


    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    Service Group A/B/C (SC/ST) 41 years
    Service Group A/B/C (B.C) 39 years
    Service Group D (SC/ST) 44 years
    Service Group D (B.C.) 42 years
    PWD 45 years
    *Note

    The upper age limit is relaxable for S.C., S.T. & B.C. (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates of West Bengal, by 5 years for S.C. & S.T. candidates and by 3 years for B.C. (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates. In the case of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), the upper age limit is relaxable up to 45 years. S.C./S.T./B.C. candidates of other States shall be treated as general candidates.

  5. Restrictions on Attempts
  6. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

WBCS Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application December 24, 2020
Last Date of Application January 15, 2021
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Starting Date of Preliminary Exam After 15th May 2021
Result of Preliminary Examination To be notified

WBCS Exam Pattern 2021

The 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 MCQ Type) and (ii) Main Examination (Both Objective MCQ Type 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. There will be negative marking for objective type questions.

Pattern for Preliminary Examination

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies
Qualifying Nature 200 Objective (Multiple Choice) 150 mins 200

Pattern for Mains Exam

After qualifying Prelims examination, candidates will be able to appear for the Mains Examination. Total marks of the mains examination will be different for each group. Total Marks for Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ are 1800, for Group ‘C’ 1350 and 1300 for Group ‘D’.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: Language Papers

One of the languages to be selected by the candidates from the languages including Bengal/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
2 Paper II: English
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
3 Paper III: General Studies-I
Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 200
4 Paper IV: General Studies-II
Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 200
5 Paper V: The Constitution of India and Indian Economy
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
6 Paper VI: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning.
Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 200
7 Paper VII (Optional)
Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 200

Pattern for 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. Total marks of the Personality Test for Group ‘A’ & ‘B’, are 200 Marks, for Group ‘C’ 150 marks and 100 marks for Group ‘D’.

WBCS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination

1 Prelims Paper I: General Studies

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

Syllabus for Mains Exam

1 Mains Paper I: Language Papers

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.

2 Mains 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.

3 Mains Paper III: General Studies-I

  • Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement
  • Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.

4 Mains Paper IV: General Studies-II

Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.

5 Mains Paper V: The Constitution of India and Indian Economy

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

6 Mains Paper VI: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning.

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) The implication of sentences (iv) Inferring from diagrams, Series: (i) Letter series, (ii) Number series, Inferring from Data, Analogy tests, Symbol Interpretation, Mathematical puzzles, Odd man out, Perception test, Non-verbal reasoning & Selecting the correct sequence.

7 Mains Paper VII (Optional)

  • Optional Paper is Objective type in nature.
  • The list of optional subjects are given below.

Points Related to the Mains Exam

The subjects available for Optional Paper are: Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, English, Pali, Arabic, Persian, French, Urdu, Santali, Comparative Literature, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Mathematics, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physiology, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology.

Syllabus for 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.

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