WBCS 2020 - West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) has released the notification of WBCS 2020 exam on November 4, 2019. As per the notification, the application form can be filled from November 5 and will be available till November 25, 2019. Candidates who are citizens of India, between 20 and 36 years of age holding graduation degree can fill the application form of WBCS 2020 exam. Along with the filling of application form, candidates must also pay the prescribed application fee of Rs. 210 in online/offline mode. The online application fee can be paid till November 25 while the offline application fee can be paid till November 26, 2019.
WBCS 2020 exam for the prelims stage is scheduled to be held on February 9, 2019. The exam will be held in offline mode for filling up various state government posts under Group A, B, C & D. The exam is conducted in three phases – preliminary, mains and interview. Candidates are required to qualify in all the three stages of the exam to be recruited for the various state government posts.
Upcoming Dates and Events
05 Nov, 2019 - 25 Nov, 2019
Application fee | Mode: Online and Offline Ongoing
Application | Mode: Online Ongoing
05 Nov, 2019 - 26 Nov, 2019
Past Dates and Events
04 Nov, 2019
Advertisement | Mode: Online
09 Feb, 2020
Exam | Mode: Offline
Candidates who are applying for WBPSC are advised to read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for the exam. The detail pertaining to WBPSC eligibility is given below.
Education Qualifications for WBPSC: A candidate must have the following qualifications as clearly stated in the notification released for WBPSC. The qualifications prescribed for appearing in the exam are as per the notified recruitment rules issued by the West Bengal Government. Candidates applying for the exam must fulfill the essential qualifications by the closing date.
Candidates must have a degree of a recognized University.
Candidates must have the ability to read, write and speak in Bengali (not required for those candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali)
Age Limit for WBPSC
Age, as recorded only in the Madhyamik or equivalent certificate, will be accepted. The age limits apply to all candidates whether in Government Service or not.
Age Limit: Between 21 and 36 years
For Group 'B' Service of the West Bengal Police Service only
Nationality for WBPSC
The candidate must be either of the following can apply for WBPSC
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other
To apply for the exam, candidates had to register first by providing all information required for the exam. The application fee for the exam was Rs 210. Candidates have to pay the application fee either online or offline using credit/ debit card, net banking or bank challan. However, candidates of West Bengal belonging to SC, ST categories and PwD candidates from any State were exempted from paying the fee.
Steps to fill the WBPSC application form:
Candidates were able to register for the exam by clicking on ‘One Time Registration’ and fill all required details and upload photograph and signature. After registering, user ID and password was generated. Next, candidates had to log in to the dashboard by visiting the link ‘Login to your Account’ with user ID and password. Having logged in, the name of the exam with the link to apply was displayed. Candidates had to click on the appropriate link to open application form of WBCS 2020. In the application form, candidates must have provided personal, contact, academic and examination details. After providing the required information, candidates had to accept the declaration. Following the signing of the declaration, candidates had to click on the ‘Submit’ button. After submission, they were required to pay the application fee of Rs 210. Candidates belonging to SC and ST categories of West Bengal were exempted from paying the application fee. However, SC/ ST candidates from other states were required to pay the requisite fee. Candidates who had paid the fee were able to save and download WBCS application form 2020 by clicking on ‘Application Button’ in the dashboard.
The preparation tips of WBCS provides candidates with suggestions and instructions on how to prepare for the exam so that candidates can secure better marks in the exam. WBCS preparation tips 2020 has been provided below.
WBCS is conducted in three phases - prelims, mains and personal interview. Candidates will have to appear in all the stages to be recruited for the various posts announced under West Bengal Civil Services. The prelims exam consists of one paper which is divided into 8 sections. The paper will comprise questions from General Studies. WBCS Prelims exam will contain 200 objective type questions whereas WBCS mains 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.
The prelims exam of WBCS 2020 will comprise one paper of 200 marks. The exam will contain total 200 objective type questions. As per the marking scheme of WBCS 2020, candidates will be awarded 1 mark for every correct answer in the prelims exam. The exam pattern of WBCS 2020 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
WBCS Mains exam will contain 6 compulsory papers and two optional papers. Each paper will carry 200 marks and will be held for 3 hours. As per WBCS exam pattern, Paper 1 and 2 along with the two optional papers will consist of conventional type questions while the remaining 6 papers will comprise objective type questions. The mains exam will be held for total 1600 marks. The complete exam pattern of WBCS mains exam has been provided below.
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
After the conduct of the Mains exam, a personality test will be held by the Commission. Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview based on marks secured by candidates in the mains exam. The personality test/ Interview will comprise questions pertaining to general interest. The aim of the test to evaluate personal qualities of candidates. The qualities include alertness of mind, logical reasoning, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership and range of interests in candidates. The personality test will be conducted for total 200 marks.
WBCS admit card 2020 will be issued online by Public Service Commission West Bengal (PSCWB). The admit card will be released for each stage of the exam, i.e. prelims, mains and personality test. Candidates will be able to download the admit card of WBCS using their first name or enrollement number and date of birth. The admit card comprises information such as name of candidates, registration number, date, time and venue of the examination, exam day guidelines and other relevant details. If candidates notice discrepancies in the admit card, they have to contact the exam conducting body to get it resolved.
The admit card of WBPSC for the prelims stage will be released in January 2020. Candidates can download the admit card either by entering the enrollement number or first name and date of birth. Candidates can download the admit card till the day of examination. Details like name, date of birth, roll number, time of the exam, exam venue details specified in it. In case of any discrepancy in the admit card, candidates must immediately contact the commission to get it changed.
The answer key of WBCS is released in the form of pdf for prelims exam. WBCS answer key displays the correct answers of questions asked in the exam. Through WBCS answer key, candidates can check the number of answers marked correctly and incorrectly in the exam. Based on the number of correct answers, candidates can calculate their probable score.
WBCS result is declared separately for preliminary, mains and final Allotment. WBCS result of mains exam will be announced to shortlist candidates for personality test. The final allotment result of WBCS will be declared based on the marks obtained by candidates in mains and personality test.
WBCS 2020 result for prelims exam will be declared in May 2020. The result is announced in the form of PDF, containing the roll numbers of all the prelims qualified candidates. Since the prelims stage is qualifying in nature, marks obtained in prelims exam are not considered during preparation of final merit list. Candidates passing in the prelims exam will have to appear for the mains exam, the result of which will be announced in July 2020. In the prelims exam conducted in the previous year, there were a total of 15997 candidates who were shortlisted for the mains exam.
WBCS result for mains will be announced after the completion of the exam stage. Through the result of WBCS mains, candidates will be selected to appear for Personality Test. After the conduct of personality test, the Commission will prepare the final merit list on the basis of marks secured by candidates in mains and personality test. The merit list will be made available in the form of pdf file consisting the list of candidates who have been shortlisted for appointment to the posts applied under.
The exam conducting body releases WBCS cut off for preliminary examination mains and final allotment. Only those candidates are selected for the mains exam who have secured the Cutoff in the preliminary exam. The cut off for mains exam will be decided based on compulsory and optional papers. WBCS Cut off for final allotment is the marks secured by first and last recommended candidates for selection.
The cut off of WBCS is prescribed by Public Service Commission, West Bengal (PSCWB) to qualify candidates for subsequent exam stages. On the basis of the cutoff, candidates will be selected to appear for the next stage of the exam. WBCS cut off for prelims exam will be determined by PSCWB to shortlist candidates for the mains exam. Candidates appearing in the Prelims exam must obtain equal to or more than the cutoff fixed by the commission to qualify for the next stage of WBCS 2020.
After the Mains exam has been conducted, the Commission will release the cutoff of WBCS mains. Candidates securing the WBCS cutoff for Mains will be selected to appear for the interview/ personality test. PSCWB will release a final cutoff list after Personality Test has been conducted. The final cutoff will be prepared based on aggregate score in Mains and Personality Test. As per WBCS cut off, candidates securing the minimum prescribed marks will be selected for the posts they have applied.
Public Service Commission, West Bengal (PSCWB) conducts West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) in three stage - Prelims, Mains and Personality Test. Candidates will be selected for each subsequent stage based on their performance in the previous stage of the exam. Candidates will be shortlisted for Mains exam on the basis of marks obtained in Prelims. In the Mains exam, candidates securing equal to or more than the cutoff marks prescribed by the Commission will be called for Personality Test. After the conduct of the Personality Test, a final merit list will be prepared based on the combined scores of candidates in Mains exam and Personality Test. On the basis of the final merit list, candidates shortlisted for appointment to selected posts will be called to appear for a medical exam, qualifying which they will be recruited to the posts.
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