WBCS Eligibility Criteria- Qualification, Age Limit, Special Conditions

The West Bengal Civil Services Examination takes place annually or as and when announced by the West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC). The examination is conducted in three stages- Preliminary, Mains and Interview. Candidates taking the exam have to qualify WBCS eligibility criteria set by the commission. Aspirants should first check the WBCS Age Limit before they start applying for the exam.

The details of WBCS 2019 are given in the linked articles below:

WBCS Content

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WBCS 2019

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WBCS Notification 2019

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WBCS Syllabus 2019

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WBPSC Exam Preparation 2019

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For details of other PSC exams candidates may check the linked article.

WBCS Eligibility 2019

Few major takeaway points from official WBCS notification with respect to eligibility are:

  • A candidate should be able to read, write and speak in Bengali (Candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali are excluded)
  • 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)
  • Those candidates whose date of birth lies between the 1st January 1998 & the 1st January 1999 [i.e. whose age is between 20 & 21 years as on 01.01.2019] may apply for Group B only.
  • Age, as‌ ‌recorded‌ ‌only‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Madhyamik‌ ‌or‌ ‌equivalent‌ ‌certificate, will be accepted.

WBCS Eligibility Details

The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) has stated that a candidate taking the WBCS examination must have a degree from a recognized university.

Candidates may check below for further details:

WBPSC 2019- WBCS eligibility- Qualifications 2
WBPSC 2019- WBCS eligibility- Qualifications 2

Choice of Groups of Services and Allotment

As we have mentioned before that WBCS recruits for four groups-A, B, C and D; the re are few details that candidates should keep in mind about the WBCS Eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates may apply for one or more of the four groups of services.
  • All Candidates who get selected in order of merit on the result of Mains exam will have to appear for Personality Test.
  • There is no separate Personality Test for different groups of services.
  • Allotment of candidates takes place with respect to the order of merit and also the vacancies available.

Note by the Commission:

  • All appointments are made on a temporary basis in the first instance.
  • Candidates are particularly advised to note that unless they indicate a preference for a post or service they shall not be recommended for such post or service even if they may be otherwise eligible for the same on the results of the examination. Belated request for being considered for appointment to such post or service is liable to rejection.
  • Candidates suffering from blindness or low vision, locomotor disability/cerebral palsy will be allowed compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour.
  • No fee exemption is available to SC/ST/BC candidates of other states.

For further details, candidates may check below:

WBPSC 2019- WBCS Eligibility- Allotment 1
WBPSC 2019- WBCS Eligibility- Allotment 1

Special Conditions for WBCS Recruitment

The West Bengal Public Service Commission has mentioned few conditions for various posts under different groups of services.

Some basic conditions are:

  • Minimum height requirement for male- 1.65 metres
  • Minimum height requirement for female – 1.50 metres
  • Races like Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese Tribes etc. are subject to height relaxation

An aspirant may find it important to know a few special conditions about WBCS Eligibility:

WBPSC Post

Special Condition

Assistant Canal Revenue Officer

  • Will have to work in remote areas and their jurisdiction will cover a large number of villages
  • Will be required to attend Tehsil and Zilla Offices on bicycle for transport

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

For further details you may check below:

WBPSC 2019- WBCS Eligibility-Special Conditions

The Application Fee:

  • Online Payment through debit/credit card- Rs. 210/- only + Service Charge 1% of Examination Fee subject to a minimum of Rs.5/-
  • Netbanking- Rs.210/- only+ Service Charge 1% of Examination Fee subject to a minimum of Rs.5/- + Service Charge/ GST as applicable
  • Bank Counter (Offline Payment)- Rs.210/- only+ Service Charge 1% of Examination Fee subject to a minimum of Rs.5/- + Service Charge/ GST as applicable/ Service Charge of Rs.20/-

Fee Exemption for following candidates:

  • SC/ST candidates of West Bengal.
  • Persons with disabilities (PWD) having physical disability of 40% and above.

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