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WBPSC (West Bengal State Public Service Commission) Syllabus 2021

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Jan 11, 2021

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.

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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.

  • Both of these exams will be paper-based tests, in offline mode.
  • In Prelims, questions will be objective in nature of 200 marks, to be completed in 2 ½ hours.
  • For the Mains exam, there are a total of six compulsory papers and two papers on an optional subject; time given for each paper will be 3 hours. Questions may be objective or subjective in nature.
  • The aspirants will get a deduction if they put wrong answers.
  • Candidates appearing for Group A & B will have to appear for six compulsory papers and two optional papers in Mains.
  • For Group C & D, shortlisted candidates will have to give only six compulsory papers in Mains.
  • Marks allotted for Interview will range up to 200 for various groups.

WBCS 2021 Prelims: Syllabus

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.

  1. English Composition – Synonyms and Antonyms, Phrasal verbs, Homophones, General Grammar knowledge, Idioms and Proverbs, Vocabulary test, use of appropriate words, etc.
  2. General Science – concepts based on Physics, Biology and Chemistry.
  3. Current Affairs – recent happenings on National and International level.
  4. History of India – based on social, economic and political aspects of History of India.
  5. Geography of India, with special reference to West Bengal – Physical, Social, Economic Geography including features of Indian agriculture and natural resources, with special attention to Geography of West Bengal.
  6. Indian Polity and Economy – Political system, Panchayati Raj, Community development and Planning in India.
  7. Indian National Movement - Nature and character of 19th century Resurgence, Growth of Nationalism and attainment of Independence.
  8. General Mental Ability – Logical perception and understanding and natural conclusion.

WBCS 2021 Mains: Syllabus

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 Subject Syllabus
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.

Subject Subject Code
Bengali 01
Hindi 02
Sanskrit 03
English 04
Pali 05
Arabic 06
Persian 07
French 08
Urdu 09
Santali 10
Comparative Literature 11
Agriculture 12
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Service 13
Anthropology 14
Botany 15
Chemistry 16
Civil Engineering 17
Commerce and Accountancy 18
Computer Science 19
Economics 20
Electrical Engineering 21
Geography 22
Geology 23
History 24
Law 25
Mathematics 26
Management 27
Mechanical Engineering 28
Medical Science 29
Philosophy 30
Physiology 31
Physics 32
Political Science 33
Psychology 34
Sociology 35
Statistics 36
Zoology 37

WBCS Exam: Recommended Books

A list of recommended books has been provided below. These recommendations are applicable for Prelims as well as Mains exams of WBCS.

Subject Book Authors Publisher
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
Chronicle Magazine
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.