WBCS Selection Process: West Bengal Civil Service (Exe.) Etc. Candidates are selected base on their performance in Preliminary Examination (Objective Type), Main Examination (Convention Type Written) and Personality Test.
WBCS Preliminary Examination: The Preliminary Examination consist only 1 paper, that is General Studies and the paper carry 200 marks, and 200 objective type multiple-choice question. Duration of the Preliminary Examination will be 2.30 hours. Standard of the Preliminary Examination paper will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate. The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge:
i)English Composition-25 Marks
ii)General Science-25 Marks
iii)Current events of National & International Importance-25 Marks
iv)History of India-25 Marks
v)Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal-25 Marks
vi)Indian Polity and Economy-25 Marks
vii)Indian National Movement-25 Marks
viii)General Mental Ability-25 Marks
WBCS Syllabus for Preliminary Examination: Questions on English Composition will cover Antonyms, Synonyms, Idioms and Phrases, Phrasal Verbs, Vocabulary test, the same words bearing more than one meaning, use of appropriate and qualifying words etc. Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline. In History, emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to Physical, Social and Economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian Agricultural and Natural Resources with special reference to West Bengal. Questions of Indian Polity and Economy will test the knowledge of the country’s Political System, Panchayatee Raj, Community Development and Planning in India, Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the Nineteenth Century Resurgence, Growth of Nationalism and Attainment of Independence. General Mental Ability will relate to Logical perception, understanding and natural conclusion.
The Preliminary Examination only for the purpose of selection of candidates for the Main Examination (Conventional Type-Written).
Main Examination: The Main Examination consist of 6 Compulsory papers and 1 optional subject( for group A / B) to be chosen by the candidates from the list of optional subjects given below. There will be 2 papers of the optional subject of 200 marks each. Each paper, Compulsory or Optional, will carry 200 marks and will be of 3 hours duration.
Paper I: Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Precis Writing, Composition and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali
Paper II: English – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Precis Writing, Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali to English
Paper III: General Studies-I : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.
Paper IV: General Studies-II : Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
Paper V: The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India.
Paper VI: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning.
Personality Test: The selected candidates in order of merit on the result of the Main Examination will have to appear at the Personality Test. Candidate will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the test will be to assess the candidate’s personal qualities e.g., power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, alertness of mind, leadership and also the candidate’s range of interests.
For Group-B Service (West Bengal Police Service) candidates will be specially tested at the interviews with regard to their suitability for the service.