In accordance with the State Services Recruitment Rules, the West Bengal Public Service Commission will hold the West Bengal Civil Service (Exe) etc. Examination, [or WBCS (Exe) ]The WBCS (Exe.) etc. Examination will be held in two successive stages, viz., (i) Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) and (ii) Main Examination (Both Objective and Conventional Type-Written) and Personality Test.
A number of candidates to be selected on the results of the Preliminary Examination will be allowed admission to the Main Examination and a number of candidates to be selected on the results of the Main Examination (Written / Objective) will be called to appear at the Personality Test.
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The services and posts to which recruitment is made on the results of the W.B.C .S. (Exe.) etc. Examination are divided into groups: A, B, C and D with a graduated syllabus. A candidate may compete for one or more groups but is required to submit one application only indicating choice of group(s)
Group A consists of the following services
1. West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)
2. West Bengal Commercial Tax Service
3. West Bengal Agricultural Income tax Service
4. West Bengal Excise Service
5. West Bengal Co-operative Service
6. West Bengal Labour Service
7. West Bengal Food and Supplies Service
8. West Bengal Employment Service [Except the post of Employment Officer (Technical)]
9. West Bengal Registration and Stamp Revenue Service
Group B consist of West Bengal Police Service.
Group C consists of the following services
1. Joint Block Development Officer
2. Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices
3. West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
4.West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade-I
5. Assistant Commercial Tax Officer
6.Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation)
7. Chief Controller of Correctional Services
Group D consists of the following 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
Qualifications for WBCS (Exe) exam:
A candidate must have the following qualifications which should be clearly stated in the application.
The qualifications prescribed in the advertisement are as per the notified recruitment rules issued by Govt. Candidates must fulfill the essential qualifications by the closing date.
(i) A degree of a recognized University.
(ii) Ability to read, write and speak in Bengali (not required in the case of Nepali speaking candidates of the three Hill Sub –
divisions of Darjeeling District, viz., Darjeeling Sadar, Kalimpong and Kurseong).
(iii) Age not below 21 years but not more than 32 years on the 1st January of the year of examination for services and posts included in Group „A‟,‟C‟ and „D‟ (i.e. born not earlier than the 2nd January, 1984 and not later than the 1st January, 1995). For the West Bengal Police Service only (i.e. Group „B‟ Service) age not below 20 years but not more than 32 years on the 1st January of the year of examination (i.e. born not earlier than the 2nd January, 1986 and not later than the 1st January, 1998).
Those candidates whose date of birth lies between the 1st January, 1997 & the 1st January,
1998 [i.e. whose age is between 20 & 21 years as on 01.01.2016] may apply for Group B only.
Concession in age : The upper age limit is relax-able for S.C., S.T. & B.C . candidates of West Bengal, by 5 years for S.C . & S.T. candidates and by 3 years for B.C. candidates. In the case of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), the upper age limit is relaxable upto 45 years. S.C ./S.T./B.C . candidates of other States shall be treated as general candidates.
Note : Age as recorded only in the Madhyamik (10th) or equivalent certificate will be accepted.
The age limits apply to all candidates whether in Government Service or not.
(iv) The candidate must be
(a) A citizen of India (either natural or by registration), or
(b) Such other nationals as declared eligible by the Govt.
Provided that a candidate belonging to category (b) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government.
(v) The candidate must have good health and character and suitability in all respects for appointment to Government service.
N.B.: Candidates suffering from blindness or low vision may be allowed the help of Scribe, if required. The Commission, however, will not provide scribe for the candidates. Scribe will have to be arranged by candidates themselves.
Scheme of the WBCS (Exe) Preliminary Examination:
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. The paper will carry 200 marks and will be of 2½ hours duration. The standard of the paper will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University. The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge:
(i) English Composition : 25 Marks
(ii) General Science : 25 Marks
(iii) Current events of National & International Importance : 25 Marks
(iv) History of India : 25 Marks
(v) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal : 25 Marks
(vi) Indian Polity and Economy: 25 Marks
(vii) Indian National Movement: 25 Marks
(viii) General Mental Ability: 25 Marks
Syllabus for WBCS (Exe) Preliminary Examination
Questions on English Composition will cover Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, Vocabulary test, Phrasal Verbs, the same words bearing more than one meaning, use of appropriate and qualifying words etc.
Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.
For Current events of National & International Importance read any good news paper or magazine.
We recommend you to read “The Hindu” or “the Indian Express” news paper or monthly Current Affairs Module by VisionIAS (available for free, visit visionIAS website).
In History, emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects.
Questions on the Geography of India will relate to Physical, Social and Economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian Agricultural and Natural Resources with special reference to West Bengal.
Questions of Indian Polity and Economy will test the knowledge of the country’s Political System, Panchayatee Raj, Community Development and Planning in India, Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the Nineteenth Century Resurgence, Growth of Nationalism and Attainment of Independence.
General Mental Ability will relate to Logical perception, understanding and natural conclusion. The Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a Screening Test only for the purpose of selection of candidates for the Main Examination.
The marks obtained in this examination by the candidates will not be considered for final selection. Only those candidates who will be declared qualified at the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible to take the WBCS (Exe) Main Examination of that year.
Scheme of the WBCS (Exe) Main Examination
The Main Examination will consist of six Compulsory papers and one optional subject (Only for candidates applying for group A and / or B) 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.
Out of six compulsory papers four papers i.e.
(i) General Studies- I, (ii) General Studies- II, (iii) The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India and (iv) 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 type written examination.
Compulsory Papers for WBCS(Exe) Mains:
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 role and functions of Reserve Bank of India.
Paper VI : Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning.
List of Optional Subjects : (Vide restriction on choice in Item No.-4 below and syllabi in Appendix-I) Subject Code Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, English, Pali, Arabic, Persian, French, Urdu, Santali, Comparative Literature, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Mathematics, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physiology, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology.
A number of candidates selected in order of merit on the results of the Main Examination (Written) for all the services and posts included in Groups A. B, C and D will have to appear for the 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, power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership and also the candidates’ range of interests.
Candidates for Group ‘B’ Service (West Bengal Police Service) will be specially tested at the interviews with regard to their suitability for the service.
Marks for the Personality Test
(i) Group A & B 200 Marks
(ii) Group C 150 Marks
(iii) Group D 100 Marks