WBCS Exam Pattern

The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) sets the exam pattern for its recruitment in its public service commission.

The WBPSC Exam Pattern is different from most of its PSC counterparts, the details of which will be discussed in this article.

Knowing the exam pattern for WBPSC will be crucial as it will give the candidates a positive edge in the examination, and possibly will help in passing the WBPSC Exam. Hence, this article will help immensely regarding the WBPSC Exam pattern

WBPSC Exam Pattern for 2022

The WBPSC Exam is conducted in three stages:

  • Preliminary Stage
  • Mains Stage
  • Interview round

As per the latest notifications released by the WBPSC, the Prelims for 2021 took place in August while the mains date is yet to be announced. To know more in detail about the WBPSC Exam dates visit the WBPSC Notification page.

WBPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Unlike other PSC exams, the West Bengal Public Service Commission only has one paper for the prelims. There is no aptitude test for WBPSC Exam.

The brief details of the exam is given in the table below:

WBCS Prelims Exam Pattern 2021
Paper Type Duration  Total Marks
General Studies – I Objective 2.5 Hours 200

The Prelims is only a screening test, and its total marks (200) are not considered for final selection.

The topics of the General Studies are as follows:

  • English Composition
  • General Science
  • Current Events of National and International Importance
  • History of India
  • Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
  • Indian Polity and Economy
  • Indian National Movement
  • General Mental Ability

To know more in detail about the WBPSC Syllabus, visit the linked article.

WBPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The WBPSC Mains Exam comprises six compulsory papers and one optional subject that consists of two papers. It should be noted that only candidates who appear for the Group A and Group B exam have to appear for the optional papers while Groups C and D need to only attempt the 6 compulsory papers. A breakdown of the WBPSC Mains Exam Pattern is given in the table below

WBCS Mains Exam Pattern – 2021

Paper Duration Marks
Paper I: Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali 3 Hours 200
Paper II: English 3 Hours 200
Paper III: General Studies-I – Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal 3 Hours 200
Paper IV: General Studies-II – Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. 3 Hours 200
Paper V: Constitution of India and Indian Economy 3 Hours 200
Paper VI: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning 3 Hours 200
Paper VII: Optional Subject Paper -I 3 Hours 200
Paper VIII: Optional Subject Paper -II 3 Hours 200

The subjects for WBPSC optionals are as follows:

WBPSC Mains Optional Subjects

Bengali Santali
Hindi Comparative Literature
Sanskrit Agriculture
English Anthropology
Pali Botany
Arabic Computer Science
Persian Economics
French Electrical Engineering
Urdu Management
Comparative Literature Mechanical Engineering
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Medical Science
Botany Philosophy
Chemistry Physiology
Civil Engineering Political Science
Commerce and Accountancy Sociology
Chemistry Zoology
Geography Statistics
Geology History
Law Mathematics
Physics Psychology

WBPSC Personality Test

Candidates who have passed the mains stage will qualify for the personality test (interview round)

As per the latest notifications from WBPSC, the breakdown of marks allotted to different categories are as follows:

  1. Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ – 200
  2. Group ‘C’ – 150
  3. Group ‘D’ – 100

The candidate will be interviewed by a board who will have a record of the candidate’s career and interests filled by the candidate in the Application Form. The aim of the interview the personality of the candidate and whether their personality is a right fit for the job

Frequently Asked Questions about WBPSC Exam

Frequently asked Questions about WBSC Exam

How many exams are there in WBPSC?

The total number of papers in the WBCS exam is Eight. The WBCS main exam consists of the following question papers. General Studies-II – Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.

What are the posts that WBPSC candidates are recruited for?

West Bengal Public Service Commission recruits posts like Civil Judge, Medical Officer, Engineer, District Organiser, Assistant Professor, Auditor, Development Officer, Supervisor, Inspector, Deputy Director and Workshop Instructor.

To know more about the WBPSC Exam, candidates can refer to the following links. To know more in detail about other Government Exams, visit the linked article.