WBCS Exam Pattern 2020
Updated on Jan 21, 2020 - 11:04 a.m. IST by Shristi Kirti
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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.
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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.

WBCS Exam Pattern 2020 - Stages

As per the exam pattern of WBCS 2020, the selection process comprises of the following three stages:

  • Prelims/Screening test

  • Mains

  • Personality test

WBCS Exam Pattern 2020 Prelims

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

Subject

Marks

No. of questions

Duration

English Composition

25

25

150 minutes

General Science

25

25

Current Events of National and International Importance

25

25

History of India

25

25

Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal

25

25

Indian Polity and Economy

25

25

Indian National Movement

25

25

General Mental Ability

25

25

Total

200

200

WBCS Exam Pattern 2020 – Mains

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

Paper

Subject

Type of Questions

Marks

Duration

Paper 1

Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali

Conventional type

200

3 hours

Paper 2

English

Conventional type

200

3 hours

Paper 3

General Studies 1

Objective type

200

3 hours

Paper 4

General Studies 2

Objective type

200

3 hours

Paper 5

The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India

Objective type

200

3 hours

Paper 6

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning

Objective type

200

3 hours

Paper 7

Optional Paper

Conventional type

200

3 hours

Paper 8

Optional Paper

Conventional type

200

3 hours

Total

1600


WBCS Exam Pattern 2020 – Personality Test

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.

WBCS Exam Pattern 2020 - Marking Scheme

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

Stages

Prelims

Mains

Marks

200 marks

1600 marks

WBCS Syllabus 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.

WBCS Prelims Syllabus 2020

Sections

Topics

English Composition

  • Synonyms and antonyms

  • Idioms and Phrases

  • Vocabulary Test

  • Phrasal Verbs

  • Same words bearing different meanings

  • Use of appropriate and qualifying words

General Science

  • General appreciation

  • 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

History of India

Social, economic and political aspect of Indian history

Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal

Physical, social and economic geography of India; main features of Indian Agriculture and natural resources with special reference to West Bengal

Indian Polity and Economy

to test knowledge of country's Political System, Panchayat Raj, Community Development and Planning in India

Indian National Movement

  • Nature and character of Nineteenth Century Resurgence

  • Growth of Nationalism

  • Attainment of Independence

General Mental Ability

  • Logical perception

  • Understanding

  • Natural conclusion

Also Read:

WBCS Admit Card
WBCS Result
WBCS Cut Off

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - WBCS Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Will there be any negative marking in WBCS preliminary exam?

Answer:

Yes, in case of any wrong response given by the candidate, 1/3rd mark will be deducted.

Question: Is the exam of WBCS conducted in online mode?

Answer:

As per WBCS exam pattern, thye test is offline held in pen and paper mode.

Question: How much time will I get to complete the prelims exam of WBCS?

Answer:

To complete the prelims exam, you will get a total of 150 minutes.

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can I change my optional subject ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Dec, 2019

hi,

you did not mention the exam name which you have applied under west bengal public service commission, however if you are asking about wbcs (west bengal civil service), you can not change the optional subject name once you have final submitted the application form.

hope you may understand. for more exam updates follow careers360 website.

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will reading of the text from class five to ten be sufficient for cracking any wbcs post? how can i enhance the possibility of getting any job?

Shareef 5th Sep, 2019
Hello,
.
I don't think just 1 to 10th covers whole syllabus of WBCS exam
.
Here is the syllabus you need to cover.
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Language
English
General studies
The constitution on India and economy
Arithmetic
Analytical reasoning
.
You have may more things to get Understand.
You have different syllabus for prelims exam like
English composition
General science
History of India etc,
.
And these are again divided into different topics.
I would suggest you to visit the below mentioned link for a brief and clear cut information.
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https://competition.careers360.com/articles/wbcs-syllabus

Please refer it.You will get the information you should know before going to attempt exam.Thank you
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