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Everything You Need To Know About WBCS Preparation

WBCS exam preparation requires hard work and the correct guidance which will be provided by online or offline WBCS coaching classes. Let us tell you everything about the WBCS exam preparation.

Table of Contents

  1. About WBCS Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in WBCS Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for WBCS - Online WBCS Course
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for WBCS ?
  5. Stages of West Bengal Civil Services Examination
      • Preliminary Examination
      • Mains Examination
      • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria
      • Educational Qualification
      • Age Limit
  7. Cut-off Marks
  8. How to prepare for West Bengal Civil Services
      • For Prelims
      • For Mains
      • For Interview
  9. Booklist for WBCS preparation

About WBCS Examination

West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) is a recruitment body for the vacancies in State Services in the state of West Bengal through the most prestigious exam of the state, the WBCS examination. WBCS releases notification and invites applications to this examination every year for recruitment into various posts in departments/ministries under the government of West Bengal. So, eligible candidates can apply for this examination online after the release of notification. The purpose of this article is to give complete information about the WBCS examination and guidance for WBCS exam preparation. You can prepare for the WBCS exam either through offline or WBCS online coaching classes.

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Role of Coaching in WBCS Preparation

Coaching plays an important role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. Furthermore, coaching acts as a catalyst in the preparation process and increases the chances of success. It solely depends on the candidate whether to choose it or not. In addition to increasing chances, coaching can reduce the workload of the candidate by guiding the student to study what is exactly needed. Coaching also provides an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics of the exam. However, it is to be noted that WBCS coaching is not a guarantee of your success. It will provide an environment for overall development which is essential for success in any exam.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for WBCS – Online WBCS course


  • Your time, Your Place: While offline WBCS coaching has a fixed schedule, online coaching is flexible. Aspirants can save time from traveling between home, college, and other places.
  • Rescheduling: One of the biggest advantages of online WBCS coaching is that no lecture or topic will be missed as you can watch it anytime and anywhere on your laptop or mobile. Online coaching is the only and best way to prepare for WBCS, especially for those who are working or are housewives as they can watch online classes any time when free.
  • Super Affordable Fees: Usually, the cost of coaching for WBCS exam preparation is approximately between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.75,000/- whereas online coaching costs very less.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for WBCS

Chahal Academy is like the panacea to all your queries in the field of Civil services. Along with a quality faculty team, we also ensure that high-quality study material is provided and students do not have to hustle for collecting the same. Candidates can rely on Chahal Academy for their WBCS exam preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through a learning environment.

Chahal Academy is providing a Specialized Online Course for WBCS which includes –
  • 400+ hours of WBCS Complete Foundation Course lecture series. This course includes detailed Topic-wise Coverage of the WBCS Syllabus. This course is taught by the most reliable, and senior faculty and subject matter experts supported by a dynamic and up-to-date content team. You also get personal attention from the mentors in case of difficulty.
  • 24 x 7 availability of best quality WBCS video lectures- watches from the comfort of any of your devices. It includes specialized & Digitized Classes focused on building a conceptual knowledge base of Students. Technological support and Feedback is provided by Subject Matter Experts.
  • You can choose to learn according to your time and place.
  • This course is available at Super Affordable fee structure.
  • Regular tests are conducted to improve accuracy and time management.
  • Complete study material is available in soft copy which covers static as well as updated daily & monthly Current Affairs.

Stages of West Bengal Civil Services Examination

West Bengal Civil Services conducts the examination in three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

Preliminary Examination

WBCS Test Series

The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers, viz., "General Studies Paper-I" and "General Studies Paper-II". The papers will be of objective type consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. The papers will carry 200 marks each and each will be of 2 hours duration. The "General Studies Paper II will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in both the papers for the purpose of evaluation. A candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers. The standard of the papers will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a Graduate of any faculty of a recognized University.

General Studies Paper-I

General Studies Paper-I will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge:-

(Ⅰ) English Composition
(Ⅱ) General Science
(Ⅲ) Current Events of National and International Importance
(Ⅳ) History of India
(Ⅴ) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
(Ⅵ) Indian Polity and Economy
(Ⅶ) Indian National Movement
(Ⅷ) General Mental Ability

General Studies Paper-II

General Studies Paper-II will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge:-

(Ⅰ) Comprehension
(Ⅱ) Interpersonal skills including communication skills
(Ⅲ) Logical reasoning and analytical ability
(Ⅳ) Decision making and problem solving
(Ⅴ) General mental ability
(Ⅵ) Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) -- Class X level.

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 Preliminary examination by the candidates will not be counted for merit list rather will be qualifying in nature. Only those candidates who will be declared qualified at the Preliminary Examination in a year shall be eligible for appearing at the West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) etc. (Main) Examination of that year.

Mains Examination

  1. The Main Examination shall consist of a Written Examination and Personality Test.

  2. The Written Examination shall consist of Ten papers of conventional type out of which two papers viz:', Bengali/Nepali as paper 'A' and English as Paper 'B' carrying 300 marks each shall be of qualifying in nature.

  3. Marks obtained in all the Compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VIII) and marks obtained in Personality Test shall be counted for final merit list.

  4. Each compulsory and Optional Papers shall carry 250 marks and shall be of 3 (Three) hours duration.

  5. Candidates opting for Group “C' and Group 'D' Services & Posts need not to appear at the Paper VII and Paper-VIII.

  6. The Written Examination shall consist of the following papers:

Paper-A : Bengali/Nepali - 300 Marks

The paper will include questions covering the following topics:
Letter writing, Drafting of report, Precis writing, Comprehension, Translation from English to Bengali/Nepali, Short Essay.

Paper-B : English - 300 Marks

The paper will include questions covering the following topics:
Comprehension of a given passage, Precis writing, Usage and Vocabulary, Short Essay, Letter writing/Drafting of Report, Translation from Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali to English.

Note: These papers will be of Madhyamik or equivalent examination standard and will be of qualifying nature only. Marks obtained in Paper-I to Paper-VIII of only such candidates will be taken into consideration who obtains marks or more in each of the Paper-A and Paper-B. The marks obtained in these papers shall not be considered for Merit List.

Papers to be counted for merit:

Number Of Paper Topics Marks
Paper-I English Essay and composition 250
Paper-II Tradition and Culture of Bengal.
(a) Cultural aspects of Bengal
(b) Art forms including Folk Art and Music of Bengal
(c) Literature of Bengal
(d) Architectural Heritage From ancient to modern times of Bengal.
Paper-III General Studies-I 250
Paper-IV General Studies-II 250
Paper-V General Studies-III 250
Paper-VI General Studies-IV 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject-Paper 1 250
Paper-VIII Optional Subject-Paper 2 250
  • The question paper will be of conventional type.
  • Each paper will be of three hours' duration.
  • Answers in all papers whether compulsory or optional, may be written either in English or in Bengali.

Candidates opting for Group ‘C & D’ Services & Posts need not appear at the Paper-VII & paper-VIII.

Distribution Of Services In Different Groups:

Group Services Pay Level
1 A West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)
West Bengal Revenue
West Bengal Co- Operative Service
West Bengal Labour Service
West Bengal Food and Supplies Service
West Bengal Employment Service
Pay Level 16
2 B West Bengal Police Service Pay Level 16
3 C Superintendent, District Correctional Home/Deputy Superintendent, Central Correctional Home Pay Level 15
Joint Block Development Officer
Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices
West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service,Grade – I Assistant Commercial Tax Officer
Joint Registrar (W.B. State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission)
Pay Level 14
Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation) Chief Controller of Correctional Services Pay Level 12
4 D Inspector of Co-operative Societies
Panchayat Development Officer under Panchayat and Rural Development Department
Rehabilitation Officer under Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department
Pay Level 10

Distribution of Total Marks among different Groups of W.B.C.S (Exe.) etc.
Examination: Written Examination:

Group Distribution Of Marks
1 A 8 Papers of 250 Marks each | Total 2000 Marks
2 B 8 Papers of 250 Marks each | Total 2000 Marks
3 C 6 Papers of 250 Marks each excluding Optional Papers | Total 1500 Marks
4 D 6 Papers of 250 Marks each excluding Optional Papers | Total 1500 Marks

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: Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning: (i) Logical Deduction (ii) Letter series, Inferring from Data, Analogy tests, Symbol Interpretation, Mathematical puzzles, Odd man out, Perception test, Not-verbal reasoning, Selecting the correct sequence.

The standard of other compulsory papers will be of the level of learning expected from a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University.

The two papers of the optional subjects ...will be of conventional type and the standard of the examination will be approximately that of an Honours Degree Examination as prescribed by the recognized Indian Universities except Law, Medical Science and Engineering subjects which will be that specified for the LLB, MBBS and BE or equivalent courses respectively by recognized Indian Universities / Institutions.

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

The Topic 'Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India' of the 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 Reserve Bank of India and Monetary policy, Central Finance Commission and State Finance Commission and Fiscal Policy of Government of India.

Answers in all the papers, Compulsory and Optional, except the language papers may be written either in English or in Bengali (unless otherwise directed in these rules or in the question papers). Answers in the following optional papers may also be written in Nepali :
Optional :
(1) Political Science
(2) Botany
Note: Candidates shall write their answers to all the questions in only one and the same language in any particular paper.

Candidates may use the Devanagari or Bengali Script in the answer papers on Sanskrit, the Devanagari Script in the answer papers on Hindi or Nepali, and the Bengali, Arabic, Persian, Urdu in the answer papers on Bengali, Arabic Persian, Urdu respectively. Questions for Santali Paper will be set in Olchiki script and answers should also be written in Olchiki.

A summary of the group-wise papers in the Main Examination:
Group 'A' & 'B' Services and Posts: All 10 compulsory papers and one optional subject consisting of two papers;
Group 'C' & 'D' Services and Posts: All 10 compulsory papers.

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 Group A, B, C and D shall have to appear for the 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.
Candidates for Group 'B' Service (West Bengal Police Service) will be tested at the interviews with regard to their suitability for the service.

Marks for the Personality Test
(i) Group 'A' and 'B' 200 Marks
(ii) Group 'C' 150 Marks
(iii) Group 'D' 100 Marks

Note: No separate Personality Test shall be held for different groups viz. Group-'A', Group-'B' , Group-'C' and Group-'D' in respect of a candidate. Marks will be awarded according to different services against allotted full marks for Personality Test.

Deduction of marks :
(i) In all the answer papers under examination, due credit will be given for proper economy of words combined with clarity, precision and effectiveness of expression and originality of approach.
(ii) A deduction of full marks may be made from the total marks secured by a candidate in a particular paper if he/she discloses his / her identity by writing his / her name, roll number or by putting any identifying marks in the answer script of that paper.
(iii) There shall be negative marking for each wrong answer to multiple choice questions (MCQ) type.

Discretion of the Commission:
(1) The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers / subjects and in the aggregate.
(2) If a candidate fails to secure qualifying marks in any paper/subject, the marks in that paper/subject will not be considered in calculating his / her aggregate.

Abstract Table of Papers / Subjects and Marks in Main Examination and Personality Test:

Compulsory Paper Marks
Group A Group B Group C Group D
1. English Essay and Composition 250 250 250 250
2. Tradition and Culture of Bengal 250 250 250 250
3. General Studies-I 250 250 250 250
4. General Studies-II 250 250 250 250
5. General Studies-III 250 250 250 250
6. General Studies-IV 250 250 250 250
7. Optional Subject-I 250 250 X X
8. Optional Subject-II 250 250 X X
Personality Test 200 200 150 100
Total 2200 2200 1650 1650

Interview Stage

WBCS Mock Interview

  • The interview is of 200 marks. Basically, it is a viva type Q & A type series where questions pertaining to current affairs and educational background are being asked from candidates.
  • The Viva-voce will be to test the personality of the candidates. This test will be in matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidate’s alertness. For instance, Intelligence and general outlook will be tested. For WBCS exam preparation, consideration will also be paid to the bearing and physique of the candidate. It will be conducted either in Hindi or in English depending upon the option selected by the candidate.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for WBCS preparation

There are certain requirements to appear for the State Services Examination. We will lay down the important criteria required for appearing in the WBCS exam.

Educational Qualification

  • In order to sit in the West Bengal Civil Services, candidates must have a degree from any recognized university equivalent to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Arts, Commerce, or of any technical subject.
  • Aspiring candidates in the last year of their graduation can also sit in this examination.

Age Limit

  • Minimum WBCS Age Limit for:
  • Group A and C – 21 years
  • Group B – 20 years (For West Bengal Police Service only)
  • Group D – 21 years
  • Maximum WBCS Age Limit for:
  • Group A and C – 36 years (As on January 1 of the year of the examination)
  • Group B – 36 years (As on January 1 of the year of the examination)
  • Group D – 39 years (As on January 1 of the year of the examination.
  • The lower age limit for the WBCS is 21 years and the upper age limit is 37 years of age for the general category of students. The SC, ST and OBC candidates can claim age relaxation of 5 years over and above the upper age limit.

WBCS Post Special Condition
West Bengal Police Service (Group ‘B’ Service)
  • The minimum height requirement for male candidates – 1.65 meters
  • The minimum height requirement for female candidates – 1.50 metres
  • Height requirement is subject to relaxation in the case of candidates belonging to races such as:
    a. Gorkhas
    b. Garwalis
    c. Assamese Tribal’s etc.
  • Candidates intending to be considered for this Group must indicate their height in appropriate column of the application form
Assistant Canal Revenue Officer
  • Will have to work in remote areas and their jurisdiction will cover a large number of villages.
West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
  • In homes of blind/deaf/dumb- degree or Diploma or Certificate in the training of Blind and / or Deaf and Dumb shall be an essential qualification
  • Male candidates will be unsuitable for the posts meant for institutions for females, and female candidates will be unsuitable for the posts meant for institutions for males.
West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade – I
  • Has good working knowledge of the Bengali Language, written and spoken
  • Candidates with Nepali as their mother tongue will need to pass a departmental examination in Bengali in two years
  • Shall be appointed provisionally and shall undergo a period of six months’ in-service training
  • The training includes subjects such as cadastral survey, preparation of records-of-rights, revenue laws, elementary instructions in all other laws relevant for the service
  • Candidates who fail to pass the end of Training Examination shall be liable to be discharged without notice

How to Prepare for West Bengal Civil Services

For Prelims

  • You have to focus on the basics for the WBCS Prelims. So, read the syllabus thoroughly. Then, go through the Previous Year Question papers and understand what the exam demands. The syllabus and Questions papers will help you to decide what to study and what to omit.
  • Newspaper - Read the newspaper daily. Follow what the Centre, as well as the state, is doing for the people. You also have to pay attention to facts and famous personalities from West Bengal.
  • NCERTs - These are government authorized books and form the basis of your exam preparation. You have to read these books properly to understand advanced level books. If you have read these books before, a speed reading will also do. Do not skip these under any circumstances.
  • Read fewer books - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Keep your notes very short and precise. As you finish one chapter or topic, prepare notes. It will take you a long way till the final day of your exams.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. And practice answer writing from the first day itself. You will be way ahead in the competition.
  • Mock tests - Appear for multiple mock tests to polish your knowledge. Regular mock tests will train your brain to get prepared for the final day. The Prelims stage is the first most important stage because it will help you move into the Mains stage. So, keep practicing by appearing for mock tests. Further, mock tests will train your brain to acquire the technique of answering by elimination method as well.
  • To guide and help you plan a strategy, subject-wise distribution of marks from past years has been listed below:

Subject Expected number of questions as Per the current trends
Ancient + Medieval History 20-25
Modern History(Indian National Movement) 20-25
Polity 20-25
Economy+ Current Affairs 20-25
Geography 20-25
Science 20-25
Math + Reasoning 25
English 25
Total Number of Questions 200

For Mains

  • Newspaper - Again, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about your state as well.
  • NCERTs - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana, UPSC, etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Keep your shorter booklist - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that you come across as the best book. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
  • Mock tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.

For Interview

  • For personality test/interview, you have to sit for mock interviews. This will help you to experience Q and A round with an interviewer panel which will prepare your body and mind for the final day. So, enhance your personality through Mock Interviews. Furthermore, go through your application form from tip to toe and keep yourself updated with the latest current issues so that you are able to talk about it.

Booklist for WBCS preparation


  1. History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
  2. Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
  3. Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
  4. General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
  5. Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
  6. Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
  7. West Bengal Special: You can pick any book for West Bengal special preparation book. For example, Upkar publication book for West Bengal special, yearbook of PD, Ghatna Chakra yearly compilation for state special.

At last, you must have faith in yourself and prepare for this battle by giving everything by making a good strategy. This examination is not about how hard you have worked, rather it is about how smart you have worked. We wish you Good luck!! You can visit the official website of WBCS for further details.

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