WBCS Exam Eligibility Criteria

West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) Examination Eligibility Details are as follows.

Eligibility Conditions: A candidate must have the following qualifications as per the notified recruitment rules issued by Govt.

I. 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.

II. Age Limit: 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, 1981 and not later than the 1st January, 1992). 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, 1981 and not later than the 1st January, 1993).

Concession in Age : The upper age limit is relaxable 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:

(i). Age as recorded only in the Madhyamik or equivalent certificate will be accepted.

(ii). The age limits apply to all candidates whether in Government Service or not.

III. Educational Qualification: Candidate must possess a degree of a recognized University and have ability to read, write and speak Bengali (not required for recruitment in the case of candidates from hill areas of the district of Darjeeling, i.e. for Nepali speaking candidates).

Note:  

(i). A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government.

(ii). Good health and character and suitability in all respects for appointment to Government service.

Exam Pattern – West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) Examination Pattern and scheme of examination are as follows.

Scheme of Examination: W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc. Examination will be held in two successive stages, viz., (i) Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) and (ii) Main Examination (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) will be called to appear at the Personality Test.

I. Scheme of the 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

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 for admission to the W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc.(Main) Examination of that year.

II. Scheme of the 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.

III. Compulsory Papers :

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.

IV. The standard of Arithmetic part of Compulsory Paper – VI (Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning) will be similar to that of the Compulsory Mathematics paper at the Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal. Test of Reasoning will cover Analytical Reasoning:Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning : (i) Logical Deduction (ii) Forcefulness of the Arguments (iii) Implication of sentences (iv) Inferring from diagrams, Series: (i) Letter series, (ii) Number series, Inferring from Data, Analogy tests, Symbol Interpretation, Mathematical puzzles, Odd man out, Perception test, Non-verbal reasoning & Selecting the correct sequence.

The standard of other compulsory papers will be of the level of learning expected from a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University.

The two papers of the optional subjects will be of conventional type and the standard of the examination will be approximately that of an Honours Degree Examination as prescribed by the recognized Indian Universities except Law, Medical Science and Engineering subjects which will be that specified for the LLB, MBBS and BE or equivalent courses respectively by recognized Indian Universities / Institutions.

The Topic -Environment‘ in paper General Studies II will include the following:- Bio diversity and Coastal Regulation Zone, Global Warming, Industrial and Environmental Pollution, Ozone Layer and related issues.

The Topic -Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India‘ of the 5th compulsory paper will consist of the following:-
Central State relation and devolution of central funds to state, Planning process and objectives of five years plan, Functions of RBI and Monetary policy, Central Finance Commission & State Finance Commission and Fiscal Policy of Government of India.

V. Answers in all the papers, Compulsory and Optional, except the language papers may be written either in English or in Bengali (unless otherwise directed in these rules or in the question papers). Answers in the following optional papers may also be written in Nepali:

Optional : (1) Political Science
(2) Botany

Note:  Candidates should write their answers to all the questions in only one and the same language in any particular paper.

Candidates may use the Devanagari or Bengali Script in the answer papers on Sanskrit, the Devanagari Script in the answer papers on Hindi or Nepali, and the Bengali, Arabic, Persian, Urdu in the answer papers on Bengali, Arabic, Persian and Urdu respectively. Questions for Santali Paper will be set in Olchiki script and answers should also be written in Olchiki.

VI. A summary of the group-wise papers in the Main Examination :

Group – A‘ &- B‘ Services & Posts : All 6 compulsory papers and one optional subject of two papers.
Group – C‘ &- D‘ Services & Posts : All 6 compulsory papers.

VII. Personality Test : 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 at 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 candidate‘s 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

VIII. Deduction of marks : In all the answer papers under examination due credit will be given for proper economy of words combined with clarity, precision and effectiveness of expression and originality of approach.

A deduction of 10% of full marks may be made from the total marks secured by a candidate in a particular paper if he / she discloses his / her identity by writing his / her name, roll number or by putting any identifying marks in the answer script of that paper.
There shall be negative marking for each wrong answer to multiple-choice questions (MCQ) type.

IX. Abstract Table of Papers / Subjects and Marks Main Examination and Personality Test:

Sl. 
No.
Compulsory Papers  Group 
A
Group 
B
Group 
C
Group 
D
1 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
200 200 200 200
2 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
200 200 200 200
3 General Studies-I : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National
Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West
Bengal.
200 200 200 200
4 General Studies-II : Science and Scientific & Technological
advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
200 200 200 200
5 The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and
functions of Reserve Bank of India
200 200 200 200
6 Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning. 200 200 200 200
7 Optional Subject – One subject to be chosen, Two papers of 200 marks
each.
400 400
8 Personality Test 200 200 150 100
  Total Marks 1800 1800 1350 1300

Selection Procedure: Candidates would be selected based on their performance in Preliminary Examination (Objective Type), Main Examination (Conventional Type-Written) and Personality Test.

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 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.

Main Examination: The candidates who will be declared qualified at the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc.(Main) Examination of that year. The Main Examination will consist of five Compulsory papers and two optional subjects (one optional subject for candidates applying only for group C and / or D) to be chosen by the candidates from the list of optional subjects. There will be two papers on each optional subject. Every paper – Compulsory or Optional – will carry 100 marks and will be of 3 hours’ duration.

Personality Test: 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.

Deduction of marks: In all the answer papers under examination due credit will be given for proper economy of words combined with clarity, precision and effectiveness of expression and originality of approach.

A deduction of 10% of full marks may be made from the total marks secured by a candidate in a particular paper if he / she discloses his / her identity by writing his / her name, roll number or by putting any identifying marks inside the answer script of that paper.

Discretion of the Commission: The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers / subjects and in the aggregate.

If a candidate fails to secure qualifying marks in any paper / subject, the marks in that paper / subject will not be considered in calculating his / her aggregate.

Syllabus:

Syllabus for 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. 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.

Syllabus for Optional Papers of Main Examination:

SyllabusWestBengalCivilServicesMainExamination (1)

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