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About WBCS

About The Examination

The West Bengal Civil Services Examination (WBCS) is conducted every year by the West Bengal Public Service Commission as a common examination for recruitment to various services in civil service department of West Bengal.The Civil Services Examination, will consist of;


  • The Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective Type).


  • Main Examination (Objective & Conventional type Written Exam).


  • Personal Interview.

Examination Process

  • First the preliminary examination is conducted for screening process. The marks obtained in this examination by the candidates will not be considered for final selection.

  • Preliminary examination is likely to be scheduled in January/February.

  • Candidates qualified in the preliminary examination will only be eligible to apply for Main Examination.

  • Main examination for WBCS is likely to be scheduled in July/August.

  • Candidates who will achieved the minimum qualifying mark as set by the Commission will be eligible for the Interview by a Board of competent & unbiased members.

  • The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service.

  • Questions asked in such interview is of general interest & is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.


Scheme of Examination

Preliminary Exam :
1. General Studies Paper (200 Questions, 200 Marks, Duration- 2 & 1/2 Hrs)
2. The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge:






Main Examination :


  • The Main Examination will consist of six Compulsory papers(For Group-A,B,C,D) and one optional subject (only for Group A&B ) to be chosen by the candidates from the list of optional subjects given below. There will be two papers of the optional subject of 200 marks each.

  • Each paper, Compulsory or Optional, will carry 200 marks and will be of 3 hours duration.

Out of six compulsory papers four papers i.e.

Paper-III (General Studies-I) : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal. #MCQ TYPE. 

Paper-IV (General Studies-II ): Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. #MCQ TYPE. 


Paper-V: The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.


Paper-VI: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning. #MCQ TYPE. 

Paper I: 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. #Conventional type.

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. #Conventional type.

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 will have to appear at a Personality Test. . No separate Personality Test will be held for different groups viz. Group-‘A’, Group-‘B’, Group-‘C’ and Group-‘D’ in respect of a candidate. 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. Interview marks groupwise is given below.






Notification: Notification For WBCS is likely to be released by October/November


  • A degree of a recognized University.

  • Ability to read, write and speak in Bengali (not required for those candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali).

  • Age : Not below 21 years but not more than 36 years(Gr-A,B,C)/39 years (Gr-D) on the 1st January of the year of examination(Relaxation available for different categories).

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