**WBCS Exam Pattern & Selection Procedure (Updated)

The West Bengal Civil Services 2017 Exam is a national level examination conducted by the WBCS. Every year lakhs of aspirants appear for the exam to get elected in various administrative jobs in the government of West Bengal. If you desire to go for the exam then the very first thing you have to is to check WBCS Exam Pattern and Selection Procedure to plan your preparation.

In accordance with the WBCS Recruitment Rules, the Commission will conduct a two Tier (Prelims and Mains) exam for the selection of candidates. On the results of the recruitment test merit list of finally selected candidate will be published on the official website and newspaper. Let us check out the WBCS 2017 Exam Pattern and Selection Procedure.


WBCS Exam Pattern and Selection Procedure


The WBCS examination is a two-tier written exam to check an individual knowledge and Intelligence level. The written exam is the ladder to your success and scoring great is the only way through which you can make it to the job. Let us find out the selection procedure to this very prestigious examination.

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Personal Interview
  • Medical Examination

Now, let us discuss the WBCS Exam pattern and Selection Procedure in brief.


Preliminary examination (Objective Type)


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, each carrying one mark. The total time duration will be of 2½ hours. The standard of the paper will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University.

WBCS Exam Pattern

The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge.

Subject  Marks
English Composition  25
General Science  25
Current events of National & International Importance 2  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 Examination (Conventional Type-Written)


The Main Examination will consist of six Compulsory papers and one optional subject to be chosen by the candidates from the list of optional subjects given below. There will be two 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.

Compulsory Paper in WBCS Mains Exam

Out of six compulsory papers four papers i.e.

  • General Studies- I
  • General Studies- II
  • The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India and
  • Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning

will be of MCQ Type to be answered in OMR answer sheets. Remaining two compulsory papers i.e. Paper– I and Paper – II will be of conventional

List of Compulsory Papers

Now let us check the List of Compulsory papers for WBCS 2017 Mains.

  • The 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
  • In Paper III: General Studies-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.
  • In 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.


Candidates on the basis of their results in the Preliminary Examination will be allowed admission to the Main Examination and based on the marks you scored in Main Exam, you will be allowed to the personality test. Every year 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 for a 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, the power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership and also the candidate‘s range of interests.

Medical Examination.


Candidates who will be selected for appointment will be required to appear before a Medical Board for certificates of their fitness for Government service in the form prescribed for the purpose.

Aspirants May Also Check these Important links related to 2017 WBCS Examination.

Subject Description
Download WBCS 2017 Official Bulletin (PDF) Click Here
Read Complete WBCS 2017 Notification Click Here
Best Recommended Books for WBCS Preliminary Exam 2017  Click Here
WBCS Cut-off (Expected and Previous Year) Click Here
WBCS Sample Paper (By Previous Year Toppers) Click Here
Download Latest Updated WBCS 2017 Prelims Syllabus Click Here
WBCS Syllabus (Prelims + Mains) Updated Click Here
Detailed Salary, Job Profile and Promotions as a WBCS officer Click Here
WBCS Previous Year Question Papers in PDF Click Here
Study Materials for WBCS Examination (Prelims + Mains) Click Here

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Read Also: UPSC Civil Services Prelims syllabus/ Exam Pattern/ Elementary Resources.

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