WBCS Exam Preparation- Booklist, Strategies

West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) conducts the WBCS exam. The three stages – Preliminary, Mains and Interview have defined syllabus.

In this article, an aspirant will get to know detailed WBCS exam preparation strategy and a comprehensive booklist. There are few books that will work for both WBCS prelims and Mains and then there are few that will exclusively work for each Exam.

To get the details of WBCS 2019, check the linked article.

Before we discuss preparation for WBCS Exam Preparation, check below important information about WBCS 2019:

WBCS Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

The WBCS Exam is conducted annually or when announced by West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC.) The commission recruits for groups A, B, C and D and various posts under these groups.

Refer to the official website of the commission- pscwbonline.gov.in for more updates.

WBCS Preparation

The civil services examination is an eminent one and the standard of papers designed for it, are such that test analytical and conceptual clarity of the candidates.

Few tips that can help candidates track their preparation are:

  • Each topic that finds its place in WBCS syllabus is important and an aspirant should never skip any of those.
  • For State Service Exams, candidate should read the state board textbooks as these give pertinent information on various topics mentioned in the syllabus.
  • Each topic like History, Geography, Polity, etc. should also be read keeping in mind the state’s aspects.
  • Source of practise is past years’ question papers. Find those in the official websites

Let us decode each topic for you and provide you with a best possible manner in which you can prepare for the same.

WBCS Prelims has below-given topics:

  1. English composition– Candidates should know that the standard of questions asked under this section lies between moderate and difficult. Segregating the section into topics would help applicants simplify their preparation.


    WBCS Preparation Books

    Synonyms and Antonyms

    Choose anyone from the following:

    • S.P Bakshi (arihant Publication)
    • K D Sarkar
    • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin

    Idioms and Phrases

    Vocabulary Test

    Phrasal Verbs


    Fill in the qualifying words

  2. General Science


    WBCS Preparation Books

    General appreciation

    Choose anyone from the following:

    • Magazine- Chronicle (Science)
    • State Board Textbooks

    Understanding of science

    Matters of everyday observation

    Experience as expected from an educated person not having made special studies of scientific disciplines

  3. Current Events of National and International Importance


    WBCS Preparation Books

    Social, Political, Economic or Geographical issue that affects India and its policies in national and international front

    Choose anyone from the following:

    • Pratiyogita Darpan (Magazine)
    • Yojana (Magazine)
    • Competition Success Review (Magazine)
    • The Hindu (Newspaper)
    • Telegraphy (Newspaper)
  4. History of India


    WBCS Preparation Books


    Choose state board textbook or Magbook India History



  5. Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal


    WBCS Preparation Books

    Physical Geography

    Choose state board textbook or read Majid Hussain or Orient Longman

    Social Geography

    Economic Geography

  6. Indian Polity and Economy


    WBCS Preparation Books

    Indian Constitution

    Read Laxmikant for Indian Polity and can go through Ramesh Singh for Economics. Aspirant can go through school textbooks to understand basic concepts.

    Panchayati Raj

    Constitutional Bodies, etc.

  7. Indian National Movement


    WBCS Preparation Books

    Nature and character of Nineteenth Century Resurgence

    Read school textbooks and refer one from the below:

    • Bipin Chandra
    • Romila Thapar

    Growth of Nationalism

    Attainment of Independence

  8. General Mental Ability



    Logical Reasoning

    Practising from R.S. Aggarwal will suffice

    Common Aptitude

WBCS Mains

The major topics given in WBCS Syllabus are History, Geography, Polity, Economics and Current Affairs.

WBCS Preparation books for Mains are:

  • History- Bipin Chandra
  • Polity- Laxmikant
  • Geography- Lexicon or Majid Hussain or G.c. Leong
  • Economy- School Textbooks or Ramesh Singh
  • Current Affairs- The Hindu/ Monthly Compilation of any good magazine

Apart from the books above, few other recommended reading sources are:

  1. Budget and Economic Survey
  2. State Board books
  3. NCERT books – Download NCERT books PDF here (only English medium)
  4. To prepare for compulsory paper number I and II where knowledge of Bengali language is significant, candidates should practise report-writing and translations from school textbooks and Bengali newspapers.

Some important points to keep in mind regardingWBCS Exam Preparation:

  1. Practice previous years’ question papers
  2. Do MCQ solving practice for Prelims
  3. Do answer writing practice for Mains

For other PSC Exams, an applicant can check the linked article.

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