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WBCS Examination 2024 : Notification Overview

The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) has released the exam date for WBCS Prelims 2024 and WBCS Mains 2023. WBPSC is yet to release the WBCS Exam 2024 Notification on their official website. The commission conducts the WBCS Examination to recruit officers for various posts in Group A, Group B, Group C, and Group D across different departments. Below we have provided the summary of the notification in a table format.

Events Date
Conducting Body West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC)
WBCS Job Category Group A, B, C and D
WBCS Official Website www.wbpsc.gov.in
WBCS Exam Stages Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test
WBCS Eligibility Graduation Degree

WBCS 2024: Exam Dates

The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) has officially announced the WBCS (West Bengal Civil Service) Prelims 2024 and Mains 2023 Exam Dates. Check the exam dates and other important exam related information in the table given below. Mark your calendars and prepare yourself accordingly.

Exam Name West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS)
WBCS 2024 Application To be announced
WBCS 2024 Application & Fee(online) To be announced
WBCS Offline Fee Submission To be announced
West Bengal Civil Service (Exe) etc (Main) Examination 2023 16, 17, 18 and 20th August, 2024
West Bengal Civil Service (Exe) etc. (Preli.) Examination, 2024 15th December, 2024

WBCS Examination 2024 : Application Form Fill Up Process

Steps to follow for applying for WBCS Examination

  • Go to the official website of WBPSC.
  • Click on the “One Time Registration” button on the homepage to start the registration process.
  • Fill in the necessary details to create your registration ID and password. WBPSC will send you an SMS or email with your registration information.
  • Log in using the same registration ID and password.
  • Complete the application form by providing all the required information.
  • Pay the application fee and submit the form. Don’t forget to print a copy of the submitted application form for future reference. Candidates belonging to the unreserved category need to pay the application fee. However, candidates from SC/ST/PWD (with 40% disability or more) categories in West Bengal are exempted from paying any kind of fee for appearing for the WBCS Examination.
Category Fee
Unreserved / BC / EWS To be announced
SC / ST / PWD of WB To be announced

WBCS 2024 : Salary Details

Salary of WBCS Officers vary depending on the group and designation. In the table below we have provided specific details about the salary structure released in previous years.

Name of the Post – WBCS Group A Pay Scale (Rs.)
Executive 56,100 – 1,44,300
Assistant Commissioner of Revenue in integrated WB Revenue Service 56,100 – 1,44,300
WB Co-operative Service 56,100 – 1,44,300
WB Labour Service 56,100 – 1,44,300
WB Food & Supplies Services   56,100 – 1,44,300
WB Employment Services (Except technical) 56,100 – 1,44,300
Name of the Post WBCS>Group B Pay Scale (Rs.)
WB Police Service 56,100 – 1,44,300
Name of the Post – WBCS>Group C Pay Scale (Rs.)
Superintendent, District Correctional Home/Deputy Superintendent, Central Correction Home 35,800 – 92,100
Joint Block Development Officer 35,800 – 92,100
Deputy Asst. Director Of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices 35,800 – 92,100
WB Junior Social Welfare Services 35,800 – 92,100
WB Subordinate Land Revenue Service Grade 1 35,800 – 92,100
Assistant Commercial Tax Officer 35,800 – 92,100
Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation) 35,800 – 92,100
Chief Controller of Correction Services  35,800 – 92,100
Joint Registrar 35,800 – 92,100
Name of the Post – WBCS>Group D Pay Scale (Rs.)
Inspector of Co-operative Societies 32,100-82,900
Panchayat Development Officer under the Panchayat & Rural Development Dept.   32,100-82,900
Rehabilitation Officer under the Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Dept. 32,100-82,900

WBCS Examination 2024 : Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the WBCS exam, it is crucial for candidates to carefully review the WBCS eligibility criteria. This includes considering both the educational qualification and age limits. Any discrepancy found during the verification process may result in the cancellation of the candidate’s candidature. Let’s take a look at the WBCS Educational Qualification and Age Limit Criteria to better understand this aspect:

Category Age Limit (2024 TBA)
For Group A & C Posts 21 – 36 years
For Group B 20 – 36 years
For Group D 21 – 39 years
Category Age Relaxation (2024 TBA)
SC/ST of WB 5 years
SC/ST (Other States) 5 years
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 45 years

WBCS Examination 2024 : Educational Qualification

In order to appear for the WBCS Examination 2024, candidates need to have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university on any stream. Furthermore, it is necessary for candidates to have proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing Bengali. There is an exception for the Nepali WBCS candidates.

WBCS Examination 2024 : Syllabus

In order to qualify the WBCS (West Bengal Civil Service) 2024 examination, candidates need to be familiar with the syllabus. The WBCS syllabus for 2024 is yet to be released on the official website of the West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC). It is important for the candidates to refer to the official website for a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the syllabus. It includes all the necessary information about the topics and subjects that will be covered in the examination.

Name of the Subject WBCS 2023 Syllabus (2024 – To be announced)
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Vocabulary
  • Phrasal Verbs
  • Homophones
  • Fill in the blanks
General Science
  • General Appreciation
  • Understanding of Science
  • Matters of Everyday Observation
  • General Overview of Science subject without any High Degree Experience
  • Indian Ancient and Medieval History
  • Indian National Movement an Freedom Struggle (19th Century Resurgence)
  • Growth of Nationalism
  • Attainment of Independence
Current Affairs
  • Current Events of National and International Importance
Indian Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Panchayati Raj Institution
  • Constitutional, Non- constitutional, statutory Bodies, etc.
Geography (With special reference to WB)
  • Indian physical, economic & social geography
General Mental Ability
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Common Aptitude

The West Bengal Public Service Commission provides a list of optional subjects for the WBCS (West Bengal Civil Service) exam. Here is a simplified explanation of the optional subjects:

  • Bengali: This subject focuses on the Bengali language, literature, and grammar.
  • Hindi: This subject covers the Hindi language, literature, and grammar.
  • Urdu: This subject encompasses the Urdu language, literature, and grammar.
  • Nepali: This subject involves the Nepali language, literature, and grammar.
  • Santali: This subject deals with the Santali language, literature, and grammar.
  • English: This subject focuses on the English language, literature, and grammar.
  • Commerce and Accountancy: These subject covers topics related to commerce, accounting principles, and financial management.
  • Political Science: This subject involves the study of political theories, governance, international relations, and political systems.
  • Sociology: This subject explores the study of society, social institutions, social behaviour, and social issues.
  • Anthropology: This subject deals with the study of human evolution, culture, society, and biological aspects of humans.
  • Botany: This subject involves the study of plants, their classification, structure, functions, and ecology.
  • Physiology: This subject covers the study of human and animal physiology, including organ systems, functions, and processes.
  • Mathematics: This subject focuses on mathematical concepts, algebra, calculus, geometry, and statistics.
  • Physics: This subject involves the study of the physical properties of matter, energy, and the principles of physics.
  • Chemistry: This subject covers the study of chemical elements, compounds, reactions, and principles of chemistry.
  • Statistics: This subject deals with statistical methods, data analysis, probability, and mathematical statistics.
  • Zoology: This subject involves the study of animals, their classification, anatomy, physiology, and behaviour.
  • Agriculture: This subject covers various aspects of agriculture, including crop production, animal husbandry, and agricultural economics.
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science: This subject focuses on animal health, breeding, and management practices.
  • Civil Engineering: This subject covers various aspects of civil engineering, including construction, design, and structural analysis.
  • Electrical Engineering: This subject involves the study of electrical systems, circuits, and electrical engineering principles.
  • Mechanical Engineering: This subject covers various aspects of mechanical engineering, including thermodynamics, mechanics, and design principles.
  • Law: This subject involves the study of legal principles, constitutional law, criminal law, and civil law.
  • Psychology: This subject explores the study of human behavior, mental processes, and psychological theories.
  • Philosophy: This subject covers various philosophical concepts, theories, and thinkers.
  • History: This subject involves the study of historical events, civilizations, and major historical periods.
  • Geography: This subject encompasses the study of physical geography, human geography, and geographical concepts.
  • Economics: This subject covers economic principles, theories, and concepts related to microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Computer Science: This subject focuses on computer programming, data structures, algorithms, and computer systems.

Candidates who will appear for the WBCS Group A and Group B Examination have to choose one optional subject for the WBCS Main Exam based on their interests, background, and preparation.

WBCS 2024: Exam Pattern

The WBCS (West Bengal Civil Service) 2024 Exam consists of three stages: Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test.

1. Preliminary Examination (Prelims)

  • The Prelims stage is the first stage of the WBCS exam 
  • It consists of one General Studies (GS) paper.
  • The paper is of objective type, meaning multiple-choice questions will be asked
  • The purpose of the Prelims exam is to assess the basic knowledge of candidates.
  • Candidates should focus on general topics and are not required to specialize in any specific subject.
  • There will be negative marking for incorrect answers.
WBCS Subjects Marks No. of Questions Duration
English 25 25 2 Hours
General Science 25 25
Indian Polity & Economy 25 25
CAs of National & International Importance 25 25
History of India 25 25
Geography with special reference to WB 25 25
Indian National Movement 25 25
General Mental Ability 25 25
Total 200 200

2. Main Examination (Mains)

Only candidates who clear the Prelims exam are eligible for the Main Exam.

  • The Mains exam consists of both objective and subjective type questions.
  • There are several papers in the Mains exam, including compulsory papers and optional papers (based on the subjects chosen by the candidates).
  • Compulsory papers typically cover subjects like English composition, general studies, and more.
  • Optional papers are based on the subjects selected by candidates during the application process.

The Mains exam assesses the candidates’ in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subjects included in the syllabus.

WBCS Papers WBCS Group A WBCS Group B WBCS Group C WBCS Group D
Language Paper (Bengali/Urdu/Santali/Hindi) 200 200 200 200
English Language 200 200 200 200
GS Paper 1 200 200 200 200
GS Paper 2 200 200 200 200
Indian Polity & Economy 200 200 200 200
Arithmetic & Reasoning 200 200 200 200
Optional Subject (Paper 1 + Paper 2) 400 400
Personality Test  200 200 150 100
Total 1800 1800 1350 1300

3. Preliminary Examination (Prelims)

  • The final stage of the WBCS 2024 Exam is the Personality Test, also known as the Interview.
  • Candidates who qualify the Mains exam are eligible for the Personality Test.
  • The Personality Test evaluates candidates’ general awareness, communication skills, and personality traits.
  • It is conducted to assess the overall suitability of candidates for the civil service positions.
  • It is important for candidates to understand and prepare according to the exam pattern to perform well in each stage of the WBCS 2024 Exam.

WBCS Examination: Previous Years Question Papers

If you are preparing for the WBCS exam, it’s important to practice the WBCS Prelims and Mains Previous Year Papers. These question papers from previous years are valuable resources to help you prepare for the upcoming WBCS exams. By practicing these papers, you can familiarize yourself with the exam pattern, understand the types of questions asked, and improve your overall preparation. Make sure to incorporate the practice of solving previous year’s question papers into your study routine for better results.

WBCS Examination 2024: Selection Process

The WBCS (West Bengal Civil Service) 2024 Selection Process involves three stages: Prelims, Mains, and Interviews.

1. Preliminary Examination (Prelims)

  • The Prelims stage is qualifying in nature, meaning the marks obtained in Prelims are not included in the final merit list.
  • It consists of a General Studies (GS) paper.
  • Candidates need to clear the Prelims stage to move on to the Mains exam.
  • The Prelims exam assess the candidates’ basic knowledge and understanding.

2. Personality Test (Interview)

  • Candidates who qualify the Mains exam are called for the Personality Test, which is also known as the Interview.
  • The Personality Test assesses candidates’ general awareness, communication skills, and personality traits.
  • The marks obtained in the Personality Test are added to the Mains exam marks for the final merit list.

Based on the merit list, candidates who have passed all stages of the selection process will be recommended for appointment to various posts within the West Bengal Civil Services.

It is important for candidates to clear each stage of the selection process to be considered for the final appointment.

WBCS Examination 2024: Admit Card

Candidates must download the WBCS Admit Card from the official website of the West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) in order to sit for the examination. The admit card is a crucial document that candidates need to carry with them to the examination hall. It contains important details such as the candidate’s name, roll number, signature, photograph, and essential instructions for the exam.

WBCS Prelims 2024 Exam Admit Card will be released soon

WBCS Mains 2023 Exam Admit Card will be released soon

WBCS Examination 2024: Result

The WBCS Prelims 2024 and WBCS Mains 2023 Exam result dates are yet to be announced. WBCS Prelims 2023 Exam result is yet to be declared by the West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC).

WBCS Examination 2024: Cut Off

The WBCS Prelims and Mains Cut-Off marks are significant as they decide whether a candidate will progress to the next stage of the WBCS Examination or not. WBPSC will determine the cut off marks for WBCS 2024 Prelims and Mains based on the number of vacancies and the number of applications they get. Below we have provided the cut off marks of WBCS 2023, 2022,2021 and 2020 for your reference. 

Category Cut-off marks
General 101.25
OBC – A 101.25
OBC – B 101.25
SC 94.50
ST 76.25
PH – A 80.25
PH-B 57.00
PH-C 68.00
PH-D 3.75
MSP 77.75
Category Marks Obtained by Last Qualified Candidates
General 130.39
OBC – A 130.39
OBC – B 130.39
SC 124.44
ST 104.37
PH – Suffering from Blindness /Low Vision 107.79
PH (Reserved for SC) – Acid attack victims/Cerebral Palsy/Dwarfism/Leprosy Cured/Locomotor Disability/Muscular Distrophy 83.45
PH – Hearing Impaired (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) 102.15
PH – Autism/ Intellectual Disability/Mental Illness /Multiple Disabilities/Specific Learning Disability 18.98
MSP 108.81
Category Cut-Off Marks
General 121.67
OBC – A 121.67
SC 114
ST 94.33
OBC – B 121.67
Category Cut-Off Marks
General 127
OBC – A 119
SC 113.6
ST 98.3
PwD 96.3
OBC – B 122


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