Applying for WBCS: From Groups to Eligibility, everything you need to know

Mehwash Hussain
Mehwash Hussain
Posted on 20 Aug 2022
11:58 AM

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WBCS is one of the most sought-after government jobs in the state of West Bengal
These are some of the most competitive exams conducted in the state and thorough preparation is a must to crack them

West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) is one of the state's most prestigious and sought-after government jobs. After all, the position of State Civil Services Officer is highly esteemed among state-level government employees. Every year more than 3 lakhs aspirants appear for the examination. Are you also one of those candidates who want to have a career in the West Bengal Civil Service? Then read on to know more about the position and get a thorough understanding.

About WBCS

The West Bengal Civil Service examination is annually held by the West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) to recruit qualified applicants for 19 civil services posts divided into Group A, B, C, and D.


These 19 posts included in the West Bengal Civil Services Exam (EXE.) administered by the WBPSC are:

Group A

  1. West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)
  2. Assistant Commissioner Revenue in the integrated WB Revenue Services
  3. West Bengal Cooperative Service
  4. West Bengal Labour Service
  5. West Bengal Food and Supplies Service
  6. West Bengal Employment Service

Group B

  1. West Bengal Police Service

Group C

  1. Superintendent, District Correctional Home / Deputy Superintendent, Central Correctional Home
  2. Joint Block Development Officer
  3. Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices
  4. West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
  5. West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade-I
  6. Assistant Commercial Tax Officer
  7. Joint Registrar (West Bengal State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission under the Consumer Affairs Department, Government of West Bengal
  8. Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation)
  9. Chief Controller of Correctional Services

Group D

  1. Inspector of Co-operative Societies
  2. Panchayat Development Officer under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department
  3. Rehabilitation Officer under the Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department

Eligibility Criteria for WBCS

The eligibility for the various posts and departments that fall under the WBCS varies. The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) publishes these Eligibility Criteria in the official recruitment notification. Candidates must carefully review the WBCS Eligibility Criteria prior to applying. Meeting the criteria is mandatory and your candidature will be cancelled if you do not meet them. Here are some indicative figures to give you an idea:

Age Limit category-wise:

  • Group A and Group C - 21 to 36 years
  • Group B (West Bengal Police Services) - 20 to 36 years
  • Group D - 21 to 39 years
  • Upper age limit relaxation of 5 years and 3 years is provided to SC/ST and OBC candidates, respectively.
  • PWD candidates are recruited up to the age of 45.

Educational Qualifications:

  • You must have a degree from an accredited university.
  • You must be fluent in Bengali, speak, read and write, as this position is a part of the West Bengal Public Service Commission.
  • However, if your mother tongue is Nepali, proficiency in the same is accepted and you need not be fluent in Bengali.


  • You must be a citizen of India and may be asked to present documentation to prove your citizenship.
  • You can also apply if you are a permanent resident of the country, provided you can produce the official documents showing that you have been granted permanent residence.

Physical Requirements (only for Group B i.e, West Bengal Police Service)

Male Candidates

Height: 165cm

Female Candidates

Height: 150 cm

Relaxations are given for Gorkhas, Rajbanshis, Garwalis and Scheduled Tribes candidates.

How To Apply for WBCS?

Candidates who are interested in appearing for the West Bengal Civil Service Examination must have a solid understanding of how to apply and what to do next. Check out the steps given below to apply for the WBCS posts:

Step 1: Visit the official website of WBCS

Step 2: Search for the official notification of WBCS recruitment

Step 3: Read the notification thoroughly and if you meet the eligibility criteria then follow to the next step

Step 4: Register on the website (if you are a new user) and after receiving the login credentials login to the portal

Step 5: Fill out the application form for the post you are interested in and upload the scanned documents

Step 6: Pay the application fee and submit the form

Step 7: After submitting the application form, download it as a PDF and take a printout as well for future reference

Know more about the State PSC Examination here.

Exam Pattern for WBCS

To be eligible for appointment for the WBCS positions, candidates must pass all three of the selection steps that make up the WBCS Exam Pattern. The preliminary exam, main exam, and personality test are the three steps of the selection process. For candidates applying to West Bengal Police Services, there is an additional Physical Measurement Test that must be cleared before the Main Examination. Only candidates who pass one round of the screening procedure are allowed to participate in the subsequent round. Candidates must receive marks that are equal to or higher than the cut-off marks in order to progress through the selection process.

  • Preliminary Examination: Consists of 200 MCQs

The duration of the exam is 2.5 hours

The total marks of the examination are 200

On every incorrect answer, there’s a negative marking.

  • Main Examination: 6 Compulsory papers and 2 optional papers

All 8 papers, including the optional ones, are of 200 marks each

The duration of the examination is 3 hours.

On every wrong answer, there will be a negative marking.

Candidates must pass all 6 compulsory papers and 1 optional paper.

  • Personality Test: The marks allotted to each group for the personality test are as follows:

Group A&B: 200 marks

Group C: 150 marks

Group D: 100 marks

​​​​​​​Preparation Tips for WBCS

The competition stakes are anticipated to be high, as they are every year, but with the right preparation materials, approach, and study plan, you can expect to ace the exam.

  • Thorough understanding of exam patterns and syllabus

To understand the difficulty level of the different parts of the exam, distribution, and weightage in both the Prelims and Mains syllabus, candidates must work through the complexities of the WBCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern.

  • Having a study schedule

WBCS demands your undivided attention for all Preliminary sections and Mains papers. Therefore, in order to dedicate the same amount of time to both the required and optional papers, you must create a proper WBCS study schedule. One must follow it strictly and on a daily basis.

Check out the 7-step guide to prepare for Government Examinations

  • Go through previous year's papers

Previous years’ papers play an important role in the preparation of any competitive examination. To concentrate properly on the question trends and weighted significance of every given subject, ensure that you read through WBSC Previous Year Papers.

  • Take regular mock tests

It is essential for aspirants to take regular mock tests on every topic they study in order to examine their preparation for the examination and understand what areas require improvement and effort. Taking mock tests also helps you to improve your speed - which is one of the most crucial aspects of taking any competitive exam. Mock test papers can be found online as well as offline and solving one paper daily would be beneficial for aspirants.

While there are a variety of private job opportunities in the state of West Bengal, there is still a significant number of people who regularly apply for and take the exams for public service recruitment. After all, the perks and stability that government employment offers are rarely matched in the private sector. Obtaining a government position may not be simple, but once you do, you will find that it was well worth the effort Now that you know the details of WBCS, are you set to achieve your dreams?

Last updated on 26 Aug 2022
13:16 PM
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