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WBCS Scheme and Syllabus

Overview of WBCS Exams

What is WBCS?

West Bengal Civil Service Exams

WBCS is the backbone of state machinery like IAS at the central level. Both UPSC and WBCS is the same, still there are a few differences. The difference is in the posting, which the aspirant gets after passing the examinations. Posting is restricted up to principal secretary but in case of UPSC it can be moved upwards to the extent of cabinet secretary. The eligible criteria are same as UPSC. The syllabus remains same like in UPSC but extra part is some topic related to West Bengal.

West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) officers, popularly known as WBCS officers, are servants of the state of West Bengal, India. They come to the service either on promotion from feeder services or directly. For the feeder services and WBCS (Exe) and other comparative posts Public Service Commission of West Bengal arranges competitive examinations in three phases every year. These phases are Preliminary, Main and interview. There are different groups in recruitment of such examination based on choice and merit of scored number. These are Group A, Group B (only for W.B. Police Service), Group C and Group D.

WBCS Scheme and Syllabus

WBCS Exam Pattern

Examination is conducted in three stages

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Personality Test

The scheme and syllabus of the examination shall be given below


The Preliminary Examination will consist of only one paper, viz., a paper on General Studies”. The paper will be of an objective type consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. The paper will carry 200 marks and will be of 2 hours duration. The standard of the paper will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University. The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge.


The Main Examination will consists of 6 Compulsory papers and 1 optional subject (Only for candidates applying for group A and / or 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.


A number of candidates selected in order of merit on the results of the Main Examination for all the services and posts included in Groups A, B, C and D will have to appear at the Personality Test. Each 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., alertness of mind, power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership and also the candidate’s range of interests. Candidates for Group ‘B’ Service (West Bengal Police Service) will be specially tested at the interviews with regard to their suitability for the service.