WBCS Exam Pattern 2020 – West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) has released WBCS 2020 exam pattern along with the notification in online mode on November 4, 2019 at pscwbapplication.in. Candidate must go through the exam pattern of WBCS 2020 to know the sections from where the questions are asked, marking scheme, duration, etc. As per WBCS exam pattern 2020, the test is conducted in three stages – prelims, mains and personality test. WBCS prelims exam is a screening test based on General Studies. According to the WBCS 2020 exam pattern, the screening test contains eight sections of 200 marks while the mains paper contains eight papers of which six are compulsory and one is optional subject divided into two papers. Candidates who secure the qualifying marks in the prelims will have to take mains exam, while the mains qualified candidates will be called for personality test.LATEST: WBCS 2020 Admit Card Released on Jan 20. Download now !!WBCS 2020 prelims exam is scheduled to be held on February 9, in offline mode. Read the complete WBCS exam pattern 2020 in the article below.
As per the exam pattern of WBCS 2020, the selection process comprises of the following three stages:
The prelims stage or the screening test is the first stage in the selection process. WBCS prelims 2020 is:
Conducted for one paper which is divided into 8 sections wherein there are questions asked from General Studies.
WBCS prelims exam will contain 200 objective type questions.
Prelims exam is a screening test conducted to shortlist candidates for WBCS Mains. The difficulty of questions asked in the exam will be similar to the graduation level.
The complete exam pattern of WBCS prelims exam has been provided in the table below:
WBCS 2020 Exam Pattern - Prelims
No. of questions
Current Events of National and International Importance
History of India
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
Indian Polity and Economy
Indian National Movement
General Mental Ability
On the basis of the marks secured in the prelims exam, candidates will be shortlisted for the mains exam. According to WBCS 2020 exam pattern, the exam will comprise:
A total of eight papers - six compulsory papers and one optional subject divided into two papers.
All the papers will contain 200 marks each.
Candidates will be allotted 3 hours to complete each paper.
In case of wrong response, ⅓ marks will be deducted
Candidates can check the table below to know the type of questions asked in the mains exam.
WBCS 2020 Exam Pattern For Mains
Type of Questions
Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali
General Studies 1
General Studies 2
The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India
Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning
For the personality test, candidates will be selected based on their performance in the Mains examination. Questions in the test will be on matter of general interest. The aim of the test is to evaluate the alertness of candidate’s mind, logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership qualities and range of interests of candidates. The test will be conducted for a total of 200 marks.
As per the exam pattern of WBCS, the marking scheme has been determined for both prelims and mains exam. The prelims exam is conducted for a total of 200 marks wherein each question contains 1 mark each. WBCS 2020 mains exam is held for a total of 1600 marks wherein each of the eight sections contains questions of 200 marks.
Marking Scheme of WBCS 2020
Before the candidates start off their preparation, they must go through the syllabus of WBCS. By going through WBCS syllabus, candidates will be able to know what they have to study for the test. WBCS syllabus 2020 contains all the topics and the chapter at one place. Thus, along with the WBCS exam pattern, candidates must also go through the syllabus mentioned in the table below.
Synonyms and antonyms
Idioms and Phrases
Same words bearing different meanings
Use of appropriate and qualifying words
Understanding of science
Matters of everyday observation
Experience as expected from an educated person not having made special studies of scientific disciplines
Current events of National and International Importance
Knowledge on everyday occurrences around the world
Social, economic and political aspect of Indian history
Physical, social and economic geography of India; main features of Indian Agriculture and natural resources with special reference to West Bengal
to test knowledge of country's Political System, Panchayat Raj, Community Development and Planning in India
Nature and character of Nineteenth Century Resurgence
Growth of Nationalism
Attainment of Independence
Yes, in case of any wrong response given by the candidate, 1/3rd mark will be deducted.
As per WBCS exam pattern, thye test is offline held in pen and paper mode.
To complete the prelims exam, you will get a total of 150 minutes.
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