The full form of WBPSC is West Bengal Public Service Commission. WBPSC has issued a notification for the WBCS Exam 2024 on its official website. Interested candidates can refer to the advertisement and start applying for the same.
This article gives detailed information about WBPSC 2024 notification, including exam date, eligibility criteria, application process, admit card, exam pattern, syllabus, result, etc.
Important Note: Candidates are advised to check the WBCS 2024 exam date on the commission’s official website.
Eligibility Criteria for WBCS Exam
- Nationality: The candidate must be a citizen of India. The exam is open to interstate candidates as well, owing to certain standard conditions.
- Education Qualification: Graduation or equivalent from a recognized university. Candidates must have the ability to understand, read, write, and also speak in the Bengali language. Candidates whose native language is Nepali are barred from the requirement of knowing the Bengali language.
- Age Limit: Candidates should be above 21 years and below 32 years as on 1st August 2021 to appear for the exam.
- Age Relaxation: Age relaxation is not applicable to unreserved category candidates. It is only applicable to reserved category candidates. Below are the details of age relaxation for different categories:
- SC/ST candidates – 5 years in upper age limit specification.
- Backward classes candidates belonging to non-creamy layer – 3 years in upper age limit specification.
- Number of Attempts: There is ‘No’ specific information regarding the number of attempts a candidate can make, but they should strictly stick to the upper age limit specified in the official notification.
WBCS 2024 Application Form
The WBSC application form can be submitted only online. Candidates who submit more than one application for the examination will be disqualified.
Candidates must enter their preferred services they are applying for with care. Once entered, the choice can’t be altered at a later stage. Below, we have provided the detailed step-by-step WBPSC 2024 application process.
- Visit the WBPSC official website – pscwbonline.gov.in
- Click on the tab indicating an ‘Online Application Form’
- Register and Login on the website.
- Enter all relevant details with correctness. Enter only that information that is supported by proofs or documents.
- Entering all data in the first part completes Part-I of the application.
- Check all the details twice and submit them. A reference id will be created.
- Check Part-II of the application with login details.
- Enter fee details – online/ offline mode of payment, etc.
- Upload all relevant documents pertaining to details entered, plus scanned the latest photograph and scanned signature of the candidate.
- After all, entries are accurate, click on the submit button.
- All data is thus recorded in the application form, and the same would be submitted to the commission.
- Candidates should make a note of the reference if for all future uses.
Candidates can pay the application fees in two modes – online and offline modes. In online mode, the fee can be paid via Internet banking/ debit card/ credit card, etc. In offline mode, the fee will be remitted in any recognized SBI branches upon which challan will be issued.
The challan number is to be entered in the online application. The WBSC application fee for each category varies, and the same has been given for quick reference:
- General Category and Backward Classes – INR 210. (additional service charge of 1% to be paid in case of online submission)
- For SC/ST Candidates – No Fees.
- Persons with Disabilities having more than 40% of disability rate – No Fees.
WBCS Exam Pattern
The West Bengal Civil Service Exam is a three-tier exam consisting of two written rounds and an interview round. The written exams include the preliminary and the main exam rounds.
Prelims Exam Pattern
The marks obtained in the preliminary exam are not considered for totaling in the final merit list. The preliminary round is only qualifying in nature, and it screens candidates to move ahead for the next main exam round. The prelims round will contain 200 objective type questions with multiple choice answers. Each question carries 1 mark, and hence, the total marks are 200.
|Current events of National & International Importance
|History of India
|Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
|Indian Polity and Economy
|Indian National Movement
|General Mental Ability
Mains Exam Pattern
- WBSC Main Exam consists of a total number of eight papers
- Descriptive Type of questions.
- Six compulsory papers and one optional subject consisting of two papers.
- Each paper will carry 200 marks and is conducted for a duration of 3 hours.
|General Studies I
|General Studies II
|Constitution of India an Indian Economy
|Arithmetic and Reasoning Abilities
|Optional Subject – Paper I
|Optional Subject – Paper II
- All candidates who successfully clear the main round of examination will be called in for the next round of interview/personality test.
- Marks obtained in the interview round will be calculated and considered for shortlisting.
- The total marks comprising the main exam and interview round will decide the ranking of the candidate in the final list.
Below, we have provided the WBPSC 2024 Syllabus in detail.
- General English Composition – Synonyms and Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, Vocabulary Test, Phrasal Verbs, Homophones, Fill in the qualifying words
- General Science – General appreciation, Understanding of science, Matters of everyday observation, Experience as expected from an educated person not having made special studies of scientific disciplines.
- Current affairs at local, national, and international levels – social, economic, and political news.
- History of India with importance to freedom struggle movement – ancient, medieval, and modern history.
- Geography of India and geographical features of West Bengal in particular – physical, social and economical geography, natural resources, agriculture, etc.
- Indian Politics and Economical studies – Indian Community System, Panchayat Raj, country’s political functionary, etc.
- Indian independence struggle and freedom movement – Indian national movement, important leaders and events, rallies, movements, etc,.
- General Mental Ability – Logical Reasoning, Common Aptitude
- Paper I: Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis 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), Précis 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 the role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.
- Paper VI: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning. The Compulsory Mathematics paper will be of the standard of Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal.
- Paper VII/VIII: Paper VII & Paper VIII are Optional Paper.
- Questions of general awareness and current events can be expected. The panel will test the alertness and grasping capacity of candidates.
- The clarity in thinking and understanding, plus logical aspects of the working of the candidate will be assessed.
- Intellectual capabilities and questions on moral grounds can be asked.
- Leadership qualities and capability to lead high-rise roles.
- Questions on self-interest/ hobbies.
- Questions based on the optional chosen in the main exam.
WBPSC 2024 Admit Card
The admit card for WBCS shall be available on the official website for download from January 2024 (tentative) onwards. The admit card contains important details related to the candidate, like name, exam date, time and duration, exam center, and venue.
All candidates must carry the admit card to the examination hall. The admit card should be accompanied by a valid government-issued photo ID card/ document to the exam hall. The step-by-step process to download the WBCS 2024 Admit Card is given below.
- Log in to the official website using correct login details.
- Click on the tab indicating the download of admit card.
- Enter registration number, date of birth, and captcha code, if any.
- Download the admit card.
- Print/save as PDF for future references.
WBCS Exam Cut off
The WBCS Cut-off marks for the examination vary every year. Cut-off marks are decided by the authorities after conducting the exam. It is determined based on the number of candidates applied, the number of vacant positions, etc. Approximate cut off for 2024 is listed below:
- For unreserved categories, cut off marks could be predicted for 2020 as 110 marks.
- For SC, the range could be 98 to 100 marks.
- For ST, the range could be between 75 to 80.
- For OBC, it could be around 105.
How to Check WBPSC Result?
The result for the WBCS 2024 exam, after completion of each phase, shall be updated on the official website. Students can check the website to see if the results are announced. Results will be announced in three stages: prelims, mains, and interview round. The step-by-step process to check the WBCS Results is given below.
- Visit official website of the commission – pscwbonline.gov.in
- Click on the link that will provide results.
- Under the name of the exam, select the exam that you have applied for.
- Enter your correct registration number, date of birth, and captcha code, if any.
- Fetch your mark sheet to view your marks.
- Print/ save a PDF copy of the mark sheet for future references.
WBPSC 2024 Vacancies
The vacancies for different posts under each group are yet to be announced by the commission. Below we give a brief look at the various positions vacant.
- West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)
- West Bengal Labour Service
- West Bengal Food and Supplies Service
- Assistant Commissioner of Revenue in the integrated West Bengal Revenue Service
- West Bengal Co-operative Service
- West Bengal Employment Service [Except the post of Employment Officer (Technical)]
- West Bengal Police Service
- Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices
- West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
- Superintendent, District Correctional Home / Deputy Superintendent, Central Correctional Home
- Joint Block Development Officer
- Joint Registrar (West Bengal State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission under the Consumer Affairs
- Department, Government of West Bengal)
- Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation)
- West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade-I
- Assistant Commercial Tax Officer
- Chief Controller of Correctional Services
- Inspector of Co-operative Societies
- Panchayat Development Officer under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department
- Rehabilitation Officer under the Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department
How to Prepare for WBCS Exam?
- Every topic in the syllabus is very important. Therefore, do not leave behind any topic.
- General reading in newspapers and magazines apart from prescribed books is highly recommended.
- Stay updated with the changes in the syllabus.
- Refer to WBCS’s previous year’s question papers to better understand the question paper scheme.
- Mark all key points from study notes and previous year’s papers.
- Take up online assessments and mock test series to improve your performance levels.
- Self-assessment, through reviewing answers after attempting, is a good practice.
- Before beginning actual preparation, thoroughly review all elementary concepts and basics learned in schools and college levels.
- Minimum of 6 hours per day for at least five months is highly recommended.
- Balance and devote equal amounts of time to various sections of the exam.
- Improve your speed and accuracy levels.
Books for WBCS Preparation
- NCERT Class 11 and 12 History and Geography books
- Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal.
- Objective General English by S.P Bakshi
- Pratiyogita Darpan and Malayala Manorama Yearbook magazine.
- Bharater Itihas by Dr. Atul Chandra Roy
- Indian Polity, refer book by M Laxmikanth
- Indian Economy by author Ramesh Singh
- Mac Book for General Mental Ability for general aptitude questions.
- Handy book on Phrasal Verbs Dictionary – 2nd Edition by Cambridge Dictionary
- (Standard book )All Competitive Exams Idioms & Phrases collection – 2nd Edition by author Roshan Tolani