WBCS Syllabus 2020 Check Pre and Mains Exam Pattern, Syllabus

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The WBCS Syllabus is available on the official website for the upcoming Civil Service exams to be held in the coming days. The students who are yet to appear for the examination can download the WBCS Syllabus in the pdf format at the end of the article. In this article, I have mentioned the WBCS Syllabus, subjects, exam pattern, and all the details related to the examination.

WBCS Syllabus

The West Bengal Public Service Commission has released the WBCS Syllabus for the students who have applied and will be appearing for the examination. Just like other PSC examinations, the WBCS syllabus is also the same and asks questions on the same pattern and subject. The only changes that exist between a state PCS and Union PCS are the coverage of the syllabus. The state pcs is based on the history and geography of the state itself. I have explained the WBCS Syllabus and the exam pattern in detail in this article.

Summary of West Bengal Civil Service

Recruiting OrganisationWest Bengal Public Service Commission
Notified PostWest Bengal Civil Service. WBCS
Notification DateFebruary 2020
Application ProcessOnline
Latest DatesPreliminary Exam- 09-02-2020
Mains Exam- To be announced later
QualificationThe candidate needs to have completed his graduatio/ post-graduation from a recognised institute.
Selection processPreliminary Exam
Mains Exam
Group Discussion and Interview
WBCS Admit Card LinkAvailable soon
Result Link for CBT 1Available soon
Official WebsiteClick Here
Official NotificationRead Here

WBCS Syllabus Preliminary

Subjects Syllabus
General ScienceGeneral appreciation
Matters of everyday observation
Understanding of science
Indian Polity and EconomyIndian Constitution
Panchayati Raj
Constitutional Bodies
Indian Laws and Planning in India
Indian Culture
Political System,
Public Policy,
Rights issues, etc
Indian HistoryAncient History
Medieval History
Modern History and the great revolution in India.
Freedom movement,
Growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence
Indian National MovementNature and character of Nineteenth-Century Resurgence
Growth of Nationalism
Attainment of Independence
General Mental AbilityQuantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability
Elementary Mathematics
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning
Problem Solving & Decision Making
Indian Geography with special reference to West BengalPhysical Geography
Social Geography
Economic Geography
EnglishReading Comprehension
Precise and summary writing
Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms and Phrases
Vocabulary Test
Phrasal Verbs
Fill in the qualifying words
Current Affairs based on India and WorldCurrent Affairs and news.

WBCS Syllabus Mains

Paper NoSubjectSyllabus
Paper no 1Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali• Letter writing
• Report Writing
• Precise Writing
• Composition
• Translation from English to Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali
Paper no 2English• Letter writing
• Report Writing
• Precise Writing
• Composition
• Translation from English to Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali
Paper no 3General Studies – I• Indian History with an emphasis on the National Movement
• Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
Paper no 4General Studies – I• Science and Scientific & Technological advancement
• Environment
• General Knowledge
Paper no 5The Constitution of India and Indian EconomyIndian Economy in detail
Indian Economy and its reforms
Planning Commission
Banks and its system
Reserve Bank of India
Paper no 6Arithmetic
Analytical Reasoning: Data Sufficiency
Logical Reasoning:
The question will be asked from the class 10th level of the West Bengal
Logical Reasoning:
• Logical Deduction
• The forcefulness of the Arguments
• Implication of sentences
• Inferring from diagrams
• Letter series
• Number series
• Inferring from Data
• Analogy tests
• Symbol Interpretation
• Mathematical puzzles
• Odd man out
• Perception test
• Non-verbal reasoning
• Selecting the correct sequence
Paper no 7Optional Paper 1Based on the student’s choice
Paper no 8Optional Paper 2Based on the student’s choice

WBCS Exam-Pattern

Preliminary Exam

The preliminary examination will be held for the following subjects, the examination will be held for 200 marks and 200 questions will be asked. The total test duration will be 2.5 hours, there will be 1 mark for each correct answer. This examination does not has a negative marking for any incorrect answer.

SubjectMarksNo.of QuestionsDuration
Current Affairs based on India and World2525              2.5 Hours
History of India2525
Indian Geography with special reference to West Bengal2525
Indian Polity and Economy2525
English Composition2525
General Science2525
Indian National Movement2525
General Mental Ability2525

Mains Exam

The West Bengal Mains examination is held once the preliminary exam is over for the students. The Mains exam is conducted for all those candidates who clear the preliminary examination. The mains exam consusts of optional papers and compulsory papers evenly distributed in the following ways:

 Group ‘A’Group ‘B’Group ‘C’Group ‘D’
General Studies – Paper I200200200200
General Studies-Paper II200200200200
Constitution of India and Indian Economy200200200200
Language Paper (Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali)200200200200
English Paper200200200200
Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning200200200200
Optional Subject – (One subject: Two papers of 200 marks each)400400NANA
Personality Test200200150100
Total Marks1800180013501300

Recommended Books for WBCS

The books recommended for the preparations of West Bengal Civil Services are as follows:

SubjectRecommended Books
History of IndiaHistory of India and Indian National Movement by J.K. Chopra
NCERT History textbooks from class 6th to 12th standard.
Bharater Itihas by Atul Chandra Roy
Current Affairs based on India and WorldManorama Yearly Book
English CompositionObjective English for Competitive Examination by Hari Mohan Prasad and Uma Rani Sinha
Synonyms & Antonyms for all Competitive Exam by Roshan Tolani
Indian GeographyGeography Textbook by Kartick Chandra Mondal
Geography of India by Majid Husain
Indian PolityIndian Polity by M. Laxikanth
Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
Political Theory by O.P Gauba
General Mental AbilityQuantitative Aptitude and Reasoning by R.S Agarwal:

Paper codes for Optional Subjects

The optional subjects hold a lot of importance in the WBCS examination every year. The optional subjects are 2 in number counting for 400 marks in the mains exam for West Bengal Civil Services.

Comparative Literature11
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science13
Civil Engineering17
Commerce and Accountancy18
Computer Science19
Electrical Engineering21
Mechanical Engineering28
Medical Science29
Political Science33

When will be the Mains examination of WBCS held?

The Mains examination of WBCS will be held in September 2020.

What is the exam pattern of WBCS?

The exam pattern of WBCS is based on a preliminary, a main exam and a interview.

What is the eligibility for WBCS?

The eligibility for WBCS is having a graduation degree in an of the subjects.

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