WBCS Syllabus 2019

West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) sets the WBCS exam syllabus. There are three tiers in the examination– Preliminary, Mains and Interview.

In this article, candidates will understand the WBCS Syllabus and the exam pattern of both prelims and mains.

Read the salient points of WBCS Syllabus 2019 below:

  1. The WBCS Prelims will have only one paper- General Studies. There is no Aptitude Test, unlike various other State Service Exams.
  2. The WBCS Mains Exam has 8 papers out of which 4 are of MCQ-type. (Optional Subjects are meant to be taken by candidates opting for Group A and Group B services.)
  3. The Mains Exam (Conventional/Essay) is allowed to be taken only in Bengali/English language.
  4. There is a deduction of 10% of the total marks secured by the candidate if he/she discloses his/her identity by writing his/her roll number/name.

Candidates may check the table below to know about WBCS Exam Pattern:

WBCS Exam Pattern

Tier

Name of the exam

Type of the exam

Number of question papers

Marks

I

Preliminary Exam

Objective

  1. General Studies

200

II

Mains

Objective+Conventional

Eight;

  1. Paper-I (Conventional Type)
  2. Paper-II (Conventional)
  3. Paper-III (Objective)
  4. Paper-IV (Objective)
  5. Paper-V (Objective)
  6. Paper-VI (
  7. Paper-VII & VIII (Optionals)

200 for Paper-I to Paper VI

400 for Paper-VII and Paper VIII

III

Personality Test

Interview

200

WBCS Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

WBCS Syllabus In Detail

The State Service Examinations of most of the states are aligned on the similar pattern of IAS Exam. The Preliminary stage consists of one paper on General Studies and one on Aptitude Test. In WBCS exam, the preliminary stage has only one paper, which is of General Studies. There is no Aptitude Test paper to qualify for the next stage. Mains examination has eight papers. Candidates can read WBCS Mains syllabus in the article below.

To know about the WBCS Exam Preparation, you may check the linked article.

Candidates may read below the details of WBCS Prelims and Mains:

WBCS Prelims

The WBPCS Prelims Exam takes place at various centres in Kolkata and few other districts of West Bengal. Darjeeling as a centre is allowed to be chosen only by the Scheduled Tribes of the Darjeeling district and by candidates from three hill-divisions: Darjeeling Sadar, Mirik and Kurseong.

Candidates can check the linked article to know about the WBPSC Eligibility.

The WBCS Preliminary Syllabus comprises eight subjects/topics. Each topic is assigned 25 marks. The Prelims is only a screening test, and its total marks (200) are not considered for final selection. The commission has clearly stated in its notification that the Prelims Exam tests the level of knowledge as that of a graduate of any faculty from any recognized university.

The eight topics given in WBCS Prelims Syllabus are:

  1. English Composition
    1. Synonyms and Antonyms
    2. Idioms and Phrases
    3. Vocabulary Test
    4. Phrasal Verbs
    5. Homophones
    6. Fill in the qualifying words
  2. General Science
    1. General appreciation
    2. Understanding of science
    3. Matters of everyday observation
    4. Experience as expected from an educated person not having made special studies of scientific disciplines
  3. Current Events of National and International Importance
    1. Significant events affecting India and its relations with the world
  4. History of India
    1. Ancient
    2. Medieval
    3. Modern
  5. Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
    1. Physical Geography
    2. Social Geography
    3. Economic Geography
  6. Indian Polity and Economy
    1. Indian Constitution
    2. Panchayati Raj
    3. Constitutional Bodies, etc.
  7. Indian National Movement
    1. Nature and character of Nineteenth Century Resurgence
    2. Growth of Nationalism
    3. Attainment of Independence
  8. General Mental Ability
    1. Logical Reasoning
    2. Common Aptitude

The official notification has mentioned about the WBCS Prelims Syllabus:

WBCS Prelims Syllabus

WBCS Mains Syllabus

The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) in its official notification has mentioned the WBCS Mains Syllabus. After Preliminary Stage, shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Mains Exam. The WBCS Mains exam comprises six compulsory papers and one optional subject that consists of two papers. Only candidates appearing for Group A and Group B exam have to take exams for Optional Subject. Candidates enrolled for Group C and Group D have to only take the six compulsory papers.

Six compulsory papers and two papers of Optional Subject (List will be provided by the commission) will be of 200 marks each. Duration for all the papers will be of 3 hours.

Candidates may check the six compulsory subjects given in WBCS Mains Syllabus below:

WBCS Main Exam

Subject

Marks

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Paper-I

Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali:

Letter writing

Précis Writing

Composition and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali

200

200

200

200

Paper-II

English:

Letter writing

Précis Writing

Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali to English

200

200

200

200

Paper-III

General Studies-I:

Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement

Geography of India with

special reference to West Bengal

200

200

200

200

Paper-IV

General Studies-II:

Science and Scientific & Technological advancement

Environment

General Knowledge

Current Affairs

200

200

200

200

Paper-V

The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India

200

200

200

200

Paper-VI

Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning

200

200

200

200

For the above-mentioned papers, WBCS in its notification has mentioned:

WBPSC Syllabus- Mains

List of Optional Subjects:

WBPSC Syllabus- Optional Subjects 1

WBCS Optional Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

WBCS Personality Test

For the third stage of the examination, which is the Interview stage, the official notification has stated:
WBPSC Syllabus- Personality Test

Candidates can also check the WBCS Notification 2019 in the linked article.

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