West Bengal Public Service Commission is expected to initiate the recruitment process for WBCS (Executive) and Other Services by November this year. Exams might start from January - February in 2021. Candidates can apply online for various posts under four categories – Group A, B, C and D. Graduates from any discipline can apply for any of these posts. To start preparing for WBCS exam 2021, it is important to know the exam pattern and the syllabus first.
Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of written examination and personality test. The former test will consist of two phases – Preliminary and Mains examinations. On qualifying the Preliminary round, candidates will be allowed to appear for the Mains exam.
Unlike many other state-level civil service exams, WBCS has only one paper to appear for in preliminary tests. Questions are asked from eight subjects, each with around 25 marks weightage.
After clearing the Prelims, candidates will have to get ready for the Mains exam. There are in total of 8 subjective papers, so the syllabus is quite big. It is advisable that candidates start preparing for Mains simultaneously with Prelims prep. Let us take a look at the syllabi of the compulsory papers that applicants of posts from all groups have to appear for.
|Paper I||Language paper (Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali)||Letter or report writing, precise writing, composition and translation from English to Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali|
|Paper-II||English||Letter or report writing, precise writing, composition and translation from Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali to English|
|Paper III||General Studies I||Indian History specially Indian National Movement
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
|Paper IV||General Studies II||Science and scientific & Technological advancements
Environment - Biodiversity and Coastal Regulation Zone, Global Warming, Industrial and Environmental Pollution, Ozone Layer and other related issues.
Current Affairs (National and International level)
|Paper V||Indian Polity and Economy||Polity – The Constitution of India
Economy – Role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India including Centre - State relations and devolution of central funds to state, planning Process and Five Year Plans, functions of RBI and Monetary Policy, central and State Finance commission, Fiscal Policy of the Government of India
|Paper VI||Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning||General Arithmetic (of Class X level)
Analytical Reasoning - Data Sufficiency
Logical Reasoning - Logical deduction, forcefulness of arguments, implication of sentences, inferring from diagrams
Series - Letter series, Number series, inferring form data, analogy, symbol interpretation, mathematical puzzles, odd one out, perception test, non – verbal reasoning, correct sequence selection
One optional subject will have to be chosen at the time of application. Candidates will have to answer two papers based on the chosen optional subject. Each paper will be of 200 marks. The list provided by WBPSC for optional subjects is given below. Please check the official website to know more about the syllabus of these subjects.
|Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Service||13|
|Commerce and Accountancy||18|
A list of recommended books has been provided below. These recommendations are applicable for Prelims as well as Mains exams of WBCS.
|English||Objective General English||S. P. Bakshi||Arihant|
|High School English Grammar and Composition Book||Wren and Martin||S. Chand|
|A Textbook of Higher English Grammar, Composition and Translation||P. K. De Sarkar||Calcutta: Book Syndicate|
|General Science||General Science for Civil Service Examinations (for Prelims and Mains)||Tara Chand and others||McGraw Hill|
|History of India and Indian National Movement||History of Modern India||Bipin Chandra||Orient Black Swan|
|India’s Struggle for Independence 1857 - 1947||Bipin Chandra and others||Penguin|
|India since Independence||Bipin Chandra||Penguin|
|Geography||Geography of India||Majid Hussain||McGraw Hill|
|Indian and World Geography for Civil services Preliminary and Mains examination||Majid Hussain||McGraw Hill|
|Any accessible book on West Bengal Geography|
|Indian Polity||Indian Polity for Civil Services and Other State Examinations||M. Laxmikanth||McGraw Hill|
|Indian Economy||Indian Economy for Civil Services, Universities and Other State Examinations||Ramesh Singh||McGraw Hill|
|General Mental Ability||A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning||R. S. Agarwal||S. Chand|
|Any book or competitive exam magazine for Mathematics|
For updates on Current Affairs, candidates should refer national dailies like The Hindu, The Telegraph, etc. Other than these, various magazines are available in online or offline mode, for example, Pratiyogyita Darpan, Competition Success Review, Yojana and the like. These are published monthly. Candidates can refer to NCERT books, state board prescribed books or other school books for all subjects.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.