WBCS Examination – Preparation Tips and Strategy

A structured and systematic approach is required for better preparation of the (WBCS) Prelims and Mains. WBCS preparation requires an organized study plan and understanding of the exam format, syllabus and type of questions asked in previous year examinations. Here in this blog we have covered the effective tips and strategy which will help you crack WBCS Examination in the first attempt. 

Step 1: Understand the WBCS Exam Pattern

First familiarise yourself with the WBCS exam pattern for both Prelims and Mains. 

Note: The exam pattern may change over time, so make sure to check the latest official notification.

WBCS Prelims Exam Preparation

  • For the Preliminary exam, focus on General Studies, including subjects like Current Affairs, Geography, Indian Polity, Science and Technology, and History.
  • Practice questions or MCQs from previous year's papers and give online mock tests to improve your time management and accuracy.

Total MCQs: 200 MCQs worth 200 marks

WBCS Mains Exam Preparation

  • Mains syllabus consists of 6 compulsory papers and 2 papers on one optional subject for only WBCS Group A and B posts.
    • Mains exam includes descriptive questions, so enhance your writing skills. Start practicing writing essays in order to improve. 
  • Concentrate on the optional subjects and General Studies papers, including various subjects like History, Geography, Political Science, etc. 

WBCS Personality Test

  • Candidate will be called for the personality test after clearing the WBCS mains exam
  • This test is conducted to know about candidates' personal qualities like alertness of mind, power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership, etc


Total marks for groups A and B post is 200.

Total marks for groups C and D post is 150.


Step 2: Make a Study Plan

Create a study plan that covers all the subjects and topics included in the WBCS syllabus. Allocate specific time slots for each subject and ensure a balanced approach.


Step 3: Revision

Regularly revise all the subjects and topics. Create short notes and flashcards to aid in quick revision.


Step 4: Stay Informed About Current Affairs

Stay updated on current affairs by reading newspapers, and magazines, and following reliable online sources. Focus on national and international events, government policies, and schemes.


Step 5: Previous Year Papers (PYQs) and Mock Tests

Make sure to give regular mock tests and solve previous year's question papers to get a feel of the actual exam. Aspirants can also join the test series for more practice. Analyse your performance in mock tests to identify weak areas and work on them.


Always keep in mind that it is important to start preparing early, revise your learnings according to a set schedule, and maintain good health so your brain works at its best. You need to be consistent in order to succeed.