WBPSC 2020: Syllabus, Eligibility Criteria, Pattern


The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) is carried by the State Government of West Bengal. This examination is called as West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS).

It is one of the Competitive exams conducted by the government to fulfill the recruitments for various vacant Group A, B, C and D posts. The post is given below of WBPSC,

Group – A

  • West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)
  • West Bengal Commercial Tax Service
  • West Bengal Agricultural Income-tax Service
  • West Bengal Excise Service
  • West Bengal Co-operative Service
  • West Bengal Labour Service
  • West Bengal Food and Supplies Service:
  • West Bengal Employment Service
  • West Bengal Registration and Stamp Revenue Service

Group – B

  • West Bengal Police Service

Group – C

  • Joint Block Development Office
  • Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices
  • West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
  • West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade-I
  • Assistant Commercial Tax Officer: (PB-4)
  • Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation)
  • Chief Controller of Correctional Services

Group – D

Inspector of Co-operative Societies Panchayat Development Officer under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department: Rehabilitation Officer under the Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department

Eligibility Criteria of WBPSC?

Nationality: A Candidate must be a citizen of India

Age: Candidates age should be between 21 to 32 years for services and posts included in Group A, C & D (i.e. born not earlier than the 2nd January 1985 and not later than the 1st January 1996) & 20 to 32 years (i.e. born not earlier than the 2nd January 1985 and not later than the 1st January 1997) for services and posts included in Group B. as on 01-01-2017. Age relaxation is applicable as per govt norms.

Educational Qualification:

Education Qualification differs based on what position you want in this sector, for example, to enroll as Assistant Master you should have Second Class Master’s Degree in Zoology with Botany as a Subsidiary Language from a recognized University.

Candidates should possess Degree of a recognized University, and able to read, write and speak in Bengali.

West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) Exam Pattern

Preliminary Exam Pattern

The preliminary examination consists of objective type questions (MCQs). There will be a total of 200 questions for 200 marks. Candidates just need to mark one option which they think correct.

Subjects / Topics Marks Duration
English Composition 25 2 and Half hours
General Science 25
Current Events of National & International Importance 25
History of India 25
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal 25
Indian Polity and Economy 25
Indian National Movement 25
General Mental Ability 25

Main Exam Pattern

The Main Examination consists of descriptive type questions. This exam is divided into two sections i.e. optional paper and compulsory paper. Candidates have to answer the questions according to the chosen optional subject and for all compulsory subjects.

Paper Subject / Topics Marks Duration
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Paper-I Bengali / Hindi / Urdu 200 200 200 200 03 hrs. each
Paper-II English 200 200 200 200
Paper-III General Studies-I 200 200 200 200
Paper-IV General Studies-II 200 200 200 200
Paper-V The Constitution of India 200 200 200 200
Paper-VI Arithmetic 200 200 200 200
Paper-VII Optional Subject 400 400 —– —–
Paper-VIII Personality Test 200 200 150 150
Total Marks 1800 1800 1350 1300

WBPSC Syllabus?

English Composition

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Vocabulary test
  • Phrasal Verbs
  • Same words bearing more than one meaning
  • Use of appropriate and qualifying words

General Science

In this section, questions will be asked on the general appreciation and understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and knowledge as may be expected of a well-educated person.

History of India

This section of the test includes questions on the topics of emphasis on social, economic and political aspects.


Questions will relate to Physical, Social and Economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian Agricultural and Natural Resources.

Indian Polity and Economy

  • Knowledge of the country’s Political System
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Community Development and Planning in India
  • Indian National Movement
  • The growth of Nationalism and Attainment of Independence

General Mental Ability

Questions in this section will relate to Logical perception, understanding, and natural conclusion.

Main Examination Syllabus

Optional Subject

  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • Urdu


  • Letter writing
  • Drafting of Report
  • Precise Writing
  • Composition
  • Translation from Bengali / Hindi / Urdu / Nepali / Santali to English

General Studies-I

  • Indian History with particular emphasis on the National Movement
  • Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal

General Studies-II

  • Science and Scientific
  • Technological advancement
  • Environment
  • General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs

The Constitution of India and Indian Economy

  • Role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.
  • Central State relation and devolution of central funds to state
  • Planning process and objectives of five years plan
  • Functions of RBI and Monetary Policy

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning

  • Logical Deduction
  • The forcefulness of the Arguments
  • Implication of sentences
  • Letter series
  • Number series
  • Inferring from Data
  • Analogy tests
  • Symbol Interpretation
  • Mathematical puzzles
  • The odd man out, the Perception test
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Selecting the correct sequence

Optional Subject Choice: Any One

  • Political Science
  • Botany

Personality Test

  • Matters of general interest
  • Alertness of mind
  • Power of clear and logical exposition
  • Intellectual and moral integrity
  • Leadership
  • Range of interests

How to Prepare for WBPSC?

Make your schedule of study give appropriate time to each and every topic. Read the newspaper, magazines, etc. To increase your awareness of current affairs just keep an eye on reading the various newspaper, watch television for breaking the news. Keep yourself up to date. Just go solving previous papers, make a habit of marking the key point.

Make your notes so that it will be easy while revising at last moments. Take the help of online assessment it will be better to boost your confidence level.

Self-assessment is an important preparation. Plan your studies at least two months before the exam. Questions can be asked from every nook and corner of the subject and therefore it is not all advisable to omit any chapter or area.

Practice as many mock tests as possible close to the examination environment as possible. During preparation avoid the oily food just and avoid anxiety before an exam.

If you are starting to prepare now first focus on those topics in which you are good, brush your concepts and other topics. Study at least 6 hrs a day. Make your schedule and give appropriate time for each and every topic.

Let say 2 hrs. For general studies as it carries about 150 marks if you can answer then you will get more than 120 marks. 2hrs for solving questions on the topics which you are good at. 1 hr. for brushing up concepts on other subjects.


Get your mobile and record your notes in your voice to listen whenever you are free. Practice different types of questions in each sitting. Make different notes for topics that you feel, are difficult.

Discuss with your friends/brothers/ sisters about you learn and try to explain to them the whole chapter too went through.

Do books list of  WBPSC?

  • For General Science refer NCERT books
  • NCERT Geography books
  • Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning books by R.S Agarwal.
  • Objective General English by S.P Bakshi
  • For Current Affairs refer Pratiyogita Darpan magazine
  • For History see Bharoter Itihas by Dr. Atul Chandra Roy
  • Indian Polity (English) by M Laxmikanth
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • MacBook for General Mental Ability (English)
  • Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (English) 2nd Edition by Cambridge Dictionary
  • All Competitive Exams Idioms & Phrases (English) 2nd Edition by Roshan Tolani

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