WBCS Syllabus 2021 – Preliminary & Mains Exam – Latest WBCS Exam Pattern – PDF Free Download

WBCS Syllabus 2021 - Preliminary & Mains Exam - Latest WBCS Exam Pattern - PDF Free Download

The Public Service Commission, West Bengal is an authorized state agency who conduct West Bengal Civil Service Exam.  There are three Tier Exam – Preliminary, Mains & Personal Interview.

Here we have discussed, details WBCS Syllabus including Preliminary and Mains. It will help for WBCS aspirants to make a proper study plan for WBCS Preliminary & Mains Exam.

Summary for WBCS Exam

1. There are one paper with 6 subjects in WBCS Preliminary Exam. Total Marks 200 and Exam Time 2½ hrs.
2. In WBCS Mains Exam, there are six compulsory papers with one Optional subject with two papers.
3. Optional subjects only for those candidates who will apply for Group A and Group B services. For Group C and Group D candidates, there are only 6 compulsory subjects.
4. Out of 6 compulsory subjects, MCQ in 4 subjects and descriptive for two literate (Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali and English) subjects.
5. A deduction of 10% 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.
6. There shall be negative marking for each wrong answer to multiple choice questions (MCQ Type).

WBCS Exam Pattern Summary

TierName of the ExamType of the ExamQuestion PapersMarksTime
IPreliminary ExamObjective(1) English Composition252½ hrs
(2) General Science25
(3) Current events of National & International Importance25
(4) History of India25
(5) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal25
(6) Indian Polity and Economy25
(7) Indian National Movement25
(8) General Mental Ability25
IIMains ExamDescriptive(1) Paper-I (Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali)2003 hrs
Descriptive(2) Paper-II (English)2003 hrs
Objective(3) 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.)
2003 hrs
Objective(4) Paper-IV (General Studies-II : Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and
Current Affairs.)
2003 hrs
Objective(5) Paper-V (The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.)2003 hrs
Objective(6) Paper-VI (Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning)2003 hrs
Descriptive(7) Paper-VII (Optional, Only for Gr A & B)2003 hrs
Descriptive(8) Paper-VIII (Optional, Only for Gr A & B)2003 hrs
IIIPersonality TestInterview200

WBCS Detailed Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

In WBCS, syllabus pattern is like same with UPSC. But for bengali medium students, there is a opportunity to give WBCS Preliminary exam in Bengali language also. In the WBCS Preliminary Exam, there is only one paper of eight subjects – (1) English Composition, (2) General Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry), (3) Current events of National & International Importance, (4) History of India (5) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal, (6) Indian Polity and Economy, (7) Indian National Movement and (8) General Mental Ability. There will be 25 question with 25 marks of each subject. Total Marks 200 and Exam Time is 2½ hrs. The WBCS Preliminary is like screening Test. After qualifying this test, students will be qualified for WBCS Mains exam. There is no subject wise cut off marks, you total score will decide for qualifying WBCS Preliminary Exam.

The exam centre will be in Kolkata and in other districts in West Bengal. Only scheduled tribe candidates of Darjeeling district and other candidates of the three hill sub-divisions, namely Darjeeling Sadar, Mirik and Kurseong will be allowed to appear at Darjeeling centre. Similarly all candidates from the Kalimpong district will be allowed to appear at KALIMPONG centre.

The details topic covered in the Preliminary exam for eight subjects :

1. English Composition –

  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Phrasal Verbs
  • Vocabulary Test
  • Fill with qualifying words or phrases.

2. General Science

  • 10th level Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  • Science on everyday usage

3. Current events of National & International Importance

4. History of India

  • Ancient Indian History
  • Medieval Indian History
  • Modern Indian History

5. Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal

  • Geography of India like GK type
  • Geography of West Bengal like GK type

6. Indian Polity and Economy

  • Indian Constitution
  • Special reference of State (West Bengal) related Constitution like West Bengal Panchayati Raj, State Legislature, State Administration
  • Updated news/policies on Indian Economics

7. Indian National Movement 

  • Indian National Movement related Indian History (1757 to 1950)

8. General Mental Ability

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Aptitude

WBCS Detailed Syllabus for Mains Exam

The WBCS Main Examination consist of six Compulsory papers and one optional subject consisting of two papers (Only for candidates applying for group A and / or 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. (i) General Studies- I, (ii) General Studies- II, (iii) The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India and (iv) Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning will be of MCQ Type to be answered in OMR answer sheets and remaining two compulsory papers i.e. Paper – I and Paper – II will be of conventional type written examination.

Topic wise deatiled syllabus of six Compulsory Papers :
Paper I : Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Precis Writing, Composition and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali
Paper II : English – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Precis Writing, Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali to English
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.
Paper IV : General Studies-II : Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
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.

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