Optional Subject Selection for West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS)

How to choose the best scoring optional subject in the WBCS exam?

To increase your selection chances the important part of the West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Exam is choosing the best scoring optional subject wisely.

There are a few points that you should consider while choosing the optional subject for WBCS Exam.

  1. Understand the Syllabus: Before choosing the optional subject, once go through the syllabus of each optional subject. Identify the topics that you are comfortable with and have a good understanding of.
  2. Interest and Strengths: Consider your interest, strengths, background knowledge, and the availability of study materials.
  3. Time Management: Consider the time you have for preparation and choose a subject that you can manage effectively within the available time.
  4. Previous Year Papers: Research the past years' question papers and analyze the scoring trends for each optional subject.
  5. Coaching and Guidance: Assess whether you need coaching or guidance for the optional subject. Some subjects might require expert help to understand concepts and scoring strategies.


The Mains examination will comprise eight papers, out of which candidates will need to select two papers from a list of 37 subjects for the last two papers. As part of this selection, candidates will be able to choose one optional subject, and both optional papers will contain questions from the subject they have opted for.


Here is the list of WBCS Optional Subjects:

S. No. List of WBCS Optional Subjects
1 Bengali
2 Hindi
3 Sanskrit
4 English
5 Pali
6 Arabic
7 Persian
8 French
9 Urdu
10 Santali
11 Comparative Literature
12 Agriculture
13 Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
14 Anthropology
15 Botany
16 Chemistry
17 Civil - Engineering
18 Commerce and Accountancy
19 Computer Science
20 Economics
21 Electrical Engineering
22 Geography
23 Geology
24 History
25 Law
26 Mathematics
27 Management
28 Mechanical Engineering
29 Medical Science
30 Philosophy
31 Physiology
32 Physics
33 Political Science
34 Psychology
35 Sociology
36 Statistics
37 Zoology