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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

  • In preliminary examination, there is only one paper, which comprises of 200 questions of General Studies questions and Mental Ability. It is important to remember that, Preliminary examination is qualifying in nature and marks of Preliminary examination will be counted in preparing merit list of Preliminary examination only and these marks will not be counted in final selection of candididate.Hence, only marks of mains examination and interview will be counted in preparing cutoff of West Bengal Civil Services Examination.
  • Candidates should note that paper of prelims is of 2.5 hours and there will be negative marking (1/3rd) for wrong answers.
  • There are eight topics assigned by WWBCS in which each topic carrying weightage of 25 marks.

Paper I: General Studies

Paper Subject Total Questions Duration of Exam Max Marks
Paper 1 General Studies 200 (1 mark/question) 2.5 hours 200 Marks
Total 2.5 hours 200 marks

Syllabus of Preliminary Examination:

General Science:

  • In general science, questions are generally asked from; Physics, Chemistry, Biology up to 10th standard.

Current Affairs of National/International importance:

  • Current Affairs is the biggest portion from which questions are asked. Preparation of WBCS is dependent upon, how strong or weak your current portion is.
  • For current affairs candidates must prepare for at least 12 months, as in recent times old current affairs is also being emphasized by WBCS Body.

History of India and West Bengal:

  • General understanding of the subject with the broad aspects of the history of West Bengal.
  • Although the basic understanding of every topic pertaining to History of India and West Bengal is required; But, most of topics should be read in current context.

Geography of India and West Bengal: General geography and geographical division of West Bengal and its major river systems:

  • Questions will relate to physical, social and economic geography of the country including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources.
  • Most of the questions will be asked related to particular industries and their location so, mapping work is very important to understand the basic requirement of Geography preparation.

Indian Polity

  • Questions will test your knowledge of the country’s political system, Panchayati Raj, community development, and planning in India and West Bengal, etc.

Indian National Movements and Contribution of West Bengal in it

  • Question will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence with special reference to West Bengal.
  • Culture of West Bengal and understanding the people of West Bengal and their contribution.

Mental Ability

  • Number series, Letter series, Odd man out, Coding-Decoding, Problems relating to Relations, Shapes and their sub sections.

English Composition

  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Verbal verbs
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Fill in the Blanks

Mains Examination

In mains examination, you will have total of eight papers:

  • In mains examination of six compulsory papers, four are of multiple choice question types .This Includes:
    a. General Studies- I
    b. General Studies- II
    c. The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India.
    d. Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning.
  • • Candidates should note that optional paper is meant for those candidates only who are giving examination for group A and group B of WBCS.
Tier Name of the Exam Type of the exam Number of question papers Marks
I Mains Objective and Conventional Paper-I (Conventional Type)
Paper-II (Conventional)
Paper-III (Objective)
Paper-IV (Objective)
Paper-V (Objective)
Paper-VI (Objective)
Paper-VII & VIII (Optional)
200 for Paper-I to Paper VI
400 for Paper-VII and Paper VIII
II Personality Test Interview - 200
Total Marks of Mains Examination – 1600 marks
  • Each paper of mains will be of descriptive type and paper of general English and general Hindi will be up to the level of senior secondary level.
  • The number of candidates that will be admitted in mains examination will be 15 times of vacancies in category wise.

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 WWBCS 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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