About WBPCS 2020

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, 2020. 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. 

WBPCS 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name West Bengal Public Service Commission Exam
Short Exam Name WBPCS
Conducting Body Public Service Commission West Bengal
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Languages Bengali, English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 210 Rs [Offline] +1 More
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Counselling Offline
WBPCS Preliminary Exam - Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes +1 More

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WBPCS 2020 Important Dates

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WBPCS Preliminary Exam (Session 2020)

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09 Feb, 2020

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WBPCS (Session 2020)

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05 Nov, 2019 - 26 Nov, 2019

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05 Nov, 2019 - 25 Nov, 2019

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05 Nov, 2019 - 25 Nov, 2019

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04 Nov, 2019

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WBPCS 2020 Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Candidates must not below 21 years and not more than 36 years on January 1 of the year of examination 
  • Candidates should not have born earlier than January 2, 1983, and not later than January 1, 1998. 

For Group 'B' Service of the West Bengal Police Service only 

  • Age not below 20 years but not more than 36 years on the January 1 of the year of examination i.e. candidates born not earlier than January 2, 1983, and not later than the 1st January 1999).
  • For Group 'D' Service of the West Bengal Police Service only 
  • The age should not be below 21 years and not more than 39 years on the January 1 of the year of the examination i.e. candidates should have born not earlier than January 2, 1980, and not later than January 1, 1998. 
  • Those candidates whose date of birth lies between January 1, 1998, & January 1, 1999, i.e. candidates whose age is between 20 & 21 years as on 01.01.2020 may apply for Group B only 
  • WBPCS 2020 Concession in age: The upper age limit for S.C., S.T. & B.C. (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates of West Bengal, by 5 years for S.C. & S.T. candidates and by 3 years for B.C. (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates. In the case of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), the upper age limit is relaxable up to 45 years. For S.C./S.T./B.C. candidates of other States shall be treated as general candidates

Nationality for WBPSC

The candidate must be either of the following can apply for WBPSC

  • A citizen of India (either natural or by registration)
  • Such other nationals as declared eligible by the Government of India

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.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
OBC, General Online, Offline Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 210

WBPCS 2020 Syllabus

English composition

General science

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


Bengali: Unit 01
Topics from the history of Bangla language
Bengali: Unit 02
Process of phonetic changes in Bangla language
Bengali: Unit 03
Problems of standardization and reform of alphabet and spelling and those of transliteration and romanization
Bengali: Unit 04
History of Bangla literature
Bengali: Unit 05
Tagore and Post Tagoreans (upto the decade of fifties)
Bengali: Unit 06
Fiction, major authors
Bengali: Unit 07
Women and Bangla literature
Bengali: Unit 08
Vaishnava Padavali (Calcutta University publication)
Bengali: Unit 09
Chandimangal: Kalketu episode by Mukunda (Sahitya Akademi)
Bengali: Unit 10
Meghnadbadh Kavya by Michael Madhusudan Dutta - 1st, 2nd and 3rd cantos
Bengali: Unit 11
Rajani by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay
Bengali: Unit 12
Kapalkundala by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay
Bengali: Unit 13
Samya and Bangadesher Krishak by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay
Bengali: Unit 14
Punascha by Rabindranath Tagore
Bengali: Unit 15
Bichitra Prabandha by Rabindranath Tagore
Bengali: Unit 16
Chacha kahini by Sayed Muztaba Ali
Bengali: Unit 17
Chandragupta by Dwijendralal Roy
Bengali: Unit 18
Grihadaha by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay
Bengali: Unit 19
Adhunik Bangla kabita
Bengali: Unit 20
Prabandha samgraha by Pramatha Choudhuri
Bengali: Unit 21
Pather panchali by Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay
Bengali: Unit 22
Ekaler galpo sanchayan
Bengali: Unit 23
Shrestha Kavita by Jibanananda Das
Bengali: Unit 24
Jagori by Satinath Bhaduri
Bengali: Unit 25
Ebam Indrajit by Badal Sircar


Hindi: Unit 01
Hindi linguistic and grammatical references
Hindi: Unit 02
History of Hindi language and Nagari lipi
Hindi: Unit 03
History of Hindi literature
Hindi: Unit 04
Kath sahitya
Hindi: Unit 05
Drama and theatre
Hindi: Unit 06
Hindi: Unit 07
Kabir - Kabir vani, ed. by Parasnath Tiwari, first 25 padas
Hindi: Unit 08
Surdas - bhramar gitsar, ed. Ramchandra Sukla, first 25 padas
Hindi: Unit 09
Tulsidas-Vinay patrika-Geeta press, first 15 padas
Hindi: Unit 10
Bihari -Ritikavya sanghra ed. Jagadish Gupta, first 25 dohas
Hindi: Unit 11
Prasad -Kamayani (shraddha and ira sarga)
Hindi: Unit 12
Nirala -Saroj Smriti, jago phir ek bar
Hindi: Unit 13
Mahadevi Varma - mai neer bhari dukh ki badli, Ravindra ke mahaprasthan par
Hindi: Unit 14
Agyeya-asadhya vina, hamne poudhey se kaha
Hindi: Unit 15
Nagarjun-bahut dino ke bad and pret ka byan
Hindi: Unit 16
Dhumil-mochiram, roti aur sansad
Hindi: Unit 17
Sarveshvar Dayal Saxsena -tumhare sath rah kar, soundryabodh
Hindi: Unit 18
Muktibodh - mai dur hun, bhool galati
Hindi: Unit 19
Bharatendu - andher nagri
Hindi: Unit 20
Mohan Rakesh - ashad ka ek din
Hindi: Unit 21
Ramchandra Shukla-shraddha aur bhakti, krodha
Hindi: Unit 22
Premchand-godan (novel), paush ki raat, badey ghar ki beti, ahuti, mukti marg, idgah (stories)
Hindi: Unit 23
Prasad - dhruswamini
Hindi: Unit 24
Phanishwar nath renu - Tisari Kasam, Panchlight, Rasapriya(stories)
Hindi: Unit 25
Manu Bhandari - Mahabhoj
Hindi: Unit 26
Bhairv Prasad Gupta-Ganga maiyya
Hindi: Unit 27
Harishankar parasai - Matadin chand par, viklanga shraddha ka dor
Hindi: Unit 28
Hazari Prasad Divedi-Vasant a gaya, Devdar


Sanskrit: Unit 01
Sanskrit linguistics
Sanskrit: Unit 02
Sanskrit grammar- Siddhanta Kaumudi-karaka and samasa
Sanskrit: Unit 03
Translation from vedic texts into English
Sanskrit: Unit 04
Translation from sanskrit into English
Sanskrit: Unit 05
Paragraph in Sanskrit
Sanskrit: Unit 06
History of vedic and classical Sanskrit literature
Sanskrit: Unit 07
Texts (meant for general acquaintance and not for minute study)


English: Unit 01
William Shakespeare- -Macbeth -as you like it
English: Unit 02
Christopher Marlowe - Edward II
English: Unit 03
John Donne- - 'canonization'; -' death be not proud'; -'the good morrow'
English: Unit 04
Andrew Marvell-'to his coy mistress'; -'the garden'
English: Unit 05
John Milton-'lycidas'; -paradise lost, book i
English: Unit 06
Alexander Pope - the rape of the lock
English: Unit 07
William Wordsworth- -'ode on intimations of immortality'; -'tintern abbey'
English: Unit 08
Samuel Taylor Coleridge -'Kubla Khan'; -'dejection: an ode'
English: Unit 09
Percy Bysshe Shelley- - 'ode to the westwind' ; -' ozymandias'
English: Unit 10
John Keats- -'ode to a nightingale' -'ode on a grecian urn'
English: Unit 11
Alfred Tennyson-'ulysses'; -'the lotus eaters'; -'Tithonus'
English: Unit 12
Robert Browning-'the last ride together'
English: Unit 13
Elizabeth Barrett Browning-' how do i love thee!'
English: Unit 14
Jane Austen- pride and prejudice
English: Unit 15
Charles Dickens-great expectations
English: Unit 16
Thomas Hardy-the mayor of Caster Bridge
English: Unit 17
Mark Twain-the adventures of Huckleberry Finn
English: Unit 18
Emily Bronte-wuthering heights
English: Unit 19
Mary Shelley-Frankenstein
English: Unit 20
Critical analysis/response to an unseen passage in prose/verse
English: Unit 21
W. B. Yeats-'Easter 1916'; , -'sailing to byzantium';, -'Leda and the swan'
English: Unit 22
T. S. Eliot-, -'the love song of J. Alfred Prufrock'; -'the journey of the magi'; -'burnt norton'
English: Unit 23
W.H. Auden- -'in memory of W.B.Yeats'; -'lay your sleeping head, my love'; -'the shield of Achilles
English: Unit 24
John Osborne-look back in anger
English: Unit 25
Samuel Beckett-waiting for Godot
English: Unit 26
Sylvia Plath - -'mirror'; - 'nick and the candlestick'
English: Unit 27
Henry Louis Vivian Derozio-'to India my native land'; -'my country'
English: Unit 28
Kamala Das -' an introduction
English: Unit 29
D.H. Lawrence-the rainbow
English: Unit 30
Raja Rao-kanthapura
English: Unit 31
Amitava Ghosh-the shadow lines
English: Unit 32
Chinua Achebe-things fall apart
English: Unit 33
James Joyce -a portrait of the artist as a young man
English: Unit 34
Rabindranath Tagore - 'crisis in civilization'
English: Unit 35
Virginia Woolf - 'a room of one's own


Pali: Unit 01
Pali linguistics
Pali: Unit 02
Pali grammar
Pali: Unit 03
Pali: Unit 04
Essay in Pali
Pali: Unit 05
History of canonical literature
Pali: Unit 06
Non-canonical literature
Pali: Unit 07
History of early Buddhism
Pali: Unit 08
Development of Buddhism
Pali: Unit 09
Critical study of selected Pali texts
Pali: Unit 10
Poetry texts
Pali: Unit 11
Prose texts
Pali: Unit 12
Critical study of chanda and alamkara
Pali: Unit 13
Vuttodaya - samavutta chanda
Pali: Unit 14
Subodhalankara - yamaka, upama, rupaka, vyatireka


Arabic: Unit 01
Arabic linguistics
Arabic: Unit 02
Arabic grammar
Arabic: Unit 03
Translation from Arabic into English
Arabic: Unit 04
Translation from English into Arabic
Arabic: Unit 05
Arabic rhetoric and prosody
Arabic: Unit 06
History of Arabic literature
Arabic: Unit 07
Texts (meant for general acquaintance and not for minute study)
Arabic: Unit 08
Arabic: Unit 09
Sab’a Mu’allaqa
Arabic: Unit 10
Arabic: Unit 11


Persian: Unit 01
Persian linguistics
Persian: Unit 02
Persian grammar
Persian: Unit 03
Translation from Persian into English
Persian: Unit 04
Translation from English into Persian
Persian: Unit 05
Persian rhetoric and prosody
Persian: Unit 06
History of Persian literature
Persian: Unit 07
Texts (meant for general acquaintance and not for minute study)
Persian: Unit 08
Shahnama of firdausi
Persian: Unit 09
Chahar Maqala of nizami aruz
Persian: Unit 10
Persian: Unit 11
Persian: Unit 12
Masnavi of Jalaluddin Rumi
Persian: Unit 13
Naldaman of Fayzi


French: Unit 01
Translation from French into English
French: Unit 02
Translation from English into French
French: Unit 03
French grammar
French: Unit 04
History of french literature
French: Unit 05
French: Unit 06
French: Unit 07
French: Unit 08


Urdu: Unit 01
Development of Urdu language
Urdu: Unit 02
Western Hindi and its dialects
Urdu: Unit 03
Daccani Urdu origin and development, its significant linguistic feature
Urdu: Unit 04
Fort William college and its contribution to Urdu literature
Urdu: Unit 05
Genres and their development
Urdu: Unit 06
Significant features
Urdu: Unit 07
Bagho bahar
Urdu: Unit 08
Abe hayat
Urdu: Unit 09
Urdu: Unit 10
Ghubar-e- khatir
Urdu: Unit 11
Urdu: Unit 12
Urdu: Unit 13
Toba Tek Singh
Urdu: Unit 14
Maqualate Sir Syed
Urdu: Unit 15
Ganjhaye giramaya
Urdu: Unit 16
Safaid khoon
Urdu: Unit 17
Literary criticism and its development
Urdu: Unit 18
Essay writing


Santali: Unit 01
Topic from the history of Santali language
Santali: Unit 02
Process of phonetic changes in Santali languages and necessity of ‘OLCHIKI’ script
Santali: Unit 03
Problems of standardization and reform of alphabet and spelling and those of transliteration and inevitability of ‘OLCHIKI’ script. Ill effects of use of other script in writing santali excepting ‘OLCHIKI’ script
Santali: Unit 04
History of Santali literature
Santali: Unit 05
Majhi Ramdas Tudu (reska), Sadhuram Chand Murmu and pandit Raghunath Murmu (upto 1950)
Santali: Unit 06
Fiction - major authors
Santali: Unit 07
Sadhuram Chand Anolmala
Santali: Unit 08
(Horkoren mare hapram koreyah katha) rev. L. O. Skrefsud:
Santali: Unit 09
Kherwal bansha dharam puthi - Rajhi Ramdas Tudu (reska)
Santali: Unit 10
Sansar phend - a drama by Sadhuram Chand Murmu
Santali: Unit 11
Bidu chandan - a drama by pandit Raghunath Murmu
Santali: Unit 12
Sidu kanu santal hool - a drama by pandit Raghunath Murmu
Santali: Unit 13
The jamsim binti by Nayke Mongal Ch. Saren
Santali: Unit 14
Pandit raghunath murmu (biography) by ramchanda murmu
Santali: Unit 15
Santal folk tales (Collected) Vol-I By P. O. Bodding
Santali: Unit 16
Saohend mohank - a collection of selected essays by Subodh Hansda and Debdulal Murmu
Santali: Unit 17
Sai serma renah anorhe - a collection of Santali poems of 100 year with Bengali translation
Santali: Unit 18
Mit gel hor kahni salah mit sai mit kahni - a collection of ten santali folk tales and 101 short stories
Santali: Unit 19
‘Paschimbangla’ (Sadhu Ramchand Murmu memorial edition - govt. of West Bengal)
Santali: Unit 20
Saotal bidraher 150 bochhor - ‘Paschimbanga’ special issue

Comparative literature+

Comparative literature: Unit 01
Theories of literature : dates terms and concepts
Comparative literature: Unit 02
Literature of the ancient world; (i) Indian, (ii) western
Comparative literature: Unit 03
Bangla sahitya : 1 (baishnab padabali theke Bankimchandra)
Comparative literature: Unit 04
Bangla sahitya : 2 (rabindranath of uttorkaal)
Comparative literature: Unit 05
Bengali literature in translation
Comparative literature: Unit 06
Indian literature other than Bengali in translation
Comparative literature: Unit 07
Western literature


Agriculture: Unit 01
Agro-ecological factors
Agriculture: Unit 02
Cropping pattern and cropping system
Agriculture: Unit 03
Weeds- definition, characteristics, dessimination and control
Agriculture: Unit 04
Agro forestry
Agriculture: Unit 05
Agriculture: Unit 06
Agriculture: Unit 07
Water use efficiency and dryland farming
Agriculture: Unit 08
Dryland farming
Agriculture: Unit 09
Farm management
Agriculture: Unit 10
Agriculture: Unit 11
Agriculture: Unit 12
Agriculture: Unit 13
Crop improvement
Agriculture: Unit 14
History of plant breeding
Agriculture: Unit 15
Principles of plant physiology
Agriculture: Unit 16
Seed production, testing, certification and storage
Agriculture: Unit 17
Food and nutrient security

Animal husbandry and veterinary science+

Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 01
Animal nutrition
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 02
Livestock production management
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 03
Animal genetics and breeding
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 04
Animal reproduction
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 05
Livestock products technology
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 06
Extension education
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 07
Veterinary anatomy
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 08
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 09
Pharmacology and toxicology
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 10
Basic veterinary microbiology, pathology and parasitological
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 11
Animal diseases
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 12
Veterinary public health and epidemiology
Animal husbandry and veterinary science: Unit 13
Wild/zoo/lab animal health care


Anthropology: Unit 01
Introducing anthropology
Anthropology: Unit 02
Meaning and scope of anthropology
Anthropology: Unit 03
Major branches of anthropology
Anthropology: Unit 04
Human evolution and hominization process
Anthropology: Unit 05
Human genetics
Anthropology: Unit 06
Human variation
Anthropology: Unit 07
Human growth and nutrition
Anthropology: Unit 08
Concept of health and disease
Anthropology: Unit 09
Human adaptation
Anthropology: Unit 10
Cultural evolution
Anthropology: Unit 11
Theories and concept of culture and society
Anthropology: Unit 12
Culture and civilization
Anthropology: Unit 13
Elements of social organization
Anthropology: Unit 14
Economic anthropology
Anthropology: Unit 15
Political anthropology
Anthropology: Unit 16
Anthropology of religion
Anthropology: Unit 17
Social stratification
Anthropology: Unit 18
Ecological anthropology
Anthropology: Unit 19
Emerging fields of social-cultural anthropology
Anthropology: Unit 20
Basic methods of data collection and interpretation
Anthropology: Unit 21
History and development of anthropology in India
Anthropology: Unit 22
Evolution of Indian culture and civilization
Anthropology: Unit 23
Emergence of man in India and contemporary variation
Anthropology: Unit 24
Demographic profile of India
Anthropology: Unit 25
Anthropological approaches to Indian civilization
Anthropology: Unit 26
Aspects of Indian village
Anthropology: Unit 27
Weaker sections
Anthropology: Unit 28
Tribal situation in India
Anthropology: Unit 29
Anthropology of development
Anthropology: Unit 30
Emerging issues in Indian anthropology


Botany: Unit 01
Botany: Unit 02
Plant pathology
Botany: Unit 03
Botany: Unit 04
Palaeobotany and palynology
Botany: Unit 05
Botany: Unit 06
Botany: Unit 07
Botany: Unit 08
Botany: Unit 09
Plant geography
Botany: Unit 10
Cell and molecular biology
Botany: Unit 11
Genetics, plant breeding, biometry and evolution biology
Botany: Unit 12
Physiology and biochemistry
Botany: Unit 13
Botany: Unit 14
Plant biotechnology and instrumentation


Chemistry: Unit 01
Atomic structure
Chemistry: Unit 02
Chemical bonding
Chemistry: Unit 03
Acid-base and redox reactions
Chemistry: Unit 04
Chemical periodicity
Chemistry: Unit 05
Gaseous state and transport phenomenon
Chemistry: Unit 06
Liquid state
Chemistry: Unit 07
Solid state
Chemistry: Unit 08
Chemistry: Unit 09
Chemistry: Unit 10
Study of mechanisms
Chemistry: Unit 11
Organic reaction types
Chemistry: Unit 12
Organic spectroscopy
Chemistry: Unit 13
Coordination chemistry - I
Chemistry: Unit 14
Coordination chemistry - II
Chemistry: Unit 15
Bio-inorganic chemistry
Chemistry: Unit 16
Organometallic chemistry
Chemistry: Unit 17
Phase-equilibria and solutions
Chemistry: Unit 18
Surface phenomena, catalysis and polymers
Chemistry: Unit 19
Chemical kinetics
Chemistry: Unit 20
Photochemistry and spectroscopy
Chemistry: Unit 21
Configuration and conformation
Chemistry: Unit 22
Chirality and stereoselectivity
Chemistry: Unit 23
Organic synthetic methods
Chemistry: Unit 24
Pericyclic and photochemical reactions

Civil engineering+

Civil engineering: Unit 01
Strength of materials
Civil engineering: Unit 02
Structural analysis
Civil engineering: Unit 03
Design of steel structures
Civil engineering: Unit 04
Design of concrete structures
Civil engineering: Unit 05
Geotechnical engineering
Civil engineering: Unit 06
Construction: materials, planning and management
Civil engineering: Unit 07
Civil engineering: Unit 08
Transportation engineering
Civil engineering: Unit 09
Water resources engineering
Civil engineering: Unit 10
Environmental engineering
Civil engineering: Unit 11
Solid waste
Civil engineering: Unit 12
Air pollution
Civil engineering: Unit 13
Noise pollution

Commerce and accountancy+

Commerce and accountancy: Unit 01
Financial accounting
Commerce and accountancy: Unit 02
Cost and management accounting
Commerce and accountancy: Unit 03
Commerce and accountancy: Unit 04
Indian financial system
Commerce and accountancy: Unit 05
Business laws
Commerce and accountancy: Unit 06
Commerce and accountancy: Unit 07
Organization behavior

Computer science+

Computer science: Unit 01
Algorithms and problem solving
Computer science: Unit 02
Number systems and arithmetic
Computer science: Unit 03
Theory of counting
Computer science: Unit 04
Graphs and algorithms
Computer science: Unit 05
Boolean algebra
Computer science: Unit 06
Models of computer machines
Computer science: Unit 07
Numerical algorithms
Computer science: Unit 08
Operations research
Computer science: Unit 09
Circuit and network theory
Computer science: Unit 10
Basic electronics
Computer science: Unit 11
Computer science: Unit 12
Digital logic and systems
Computer science: Unit 13
Data communication
Computer science: Unit 14
Data structure
Computer science: Unit 15
Operating system
Computer science: Unit 16
System analysis and design
Computer science: Unit 17
Object oriented programming, computer architecture and organization
Computer science: Unit 18
Micro processor
Computer science: Unit 19
Computer networks
Computer science: Unit 20
Database management
Computer science: Unit 21
Assembler, loader and linker
Computer science: Unit 22
Compiler : graphics and multimedia


Economics: Unit 01
Microeconomic theory
Economics: Unit 02
Macroeconomic theory
Economics: Unit 03
International trade theory
Economics: Unit 04
Public finance
Economics: Unit 05
Statistics and econometrics
Economics: Unit 06
Economics: Unit 07
The Indian economy

Electrical engineering+

Electrical engineering: Unit 01
Electrical circuits and network
Electrical engineering: Unit 02
Signals and systems
Electrical engineering: Unit 03
Field theory
Electrical engineering: Unit 04
Analog and digital electronics
Electrical engineering: Unit 05
Measurement and instrumentation
Electrical engineering: Unit 06
Control system
Electrical engineering: Unit 07
Microprocessors and microcontrollers
Electrical engineering: Unit 08
Electrical machines
Electrical engineering: Unit 09
Power electronics and electric drives
Electrical engineering: Unit 10
Power systems and protection
Electrical engineering: Unit 11
Analog and digital communication
Electrical engineering: Unit 12
Energy sources
Electrical engineering: Unit 13
Electrical utilization and illumination engineering


Geography: Unit 01
Principles of geography
Geography: Unit 02
Geography: Unit 03
Geography: Unit 04
Geography: Unit 05
Environmental geography
Geography: Unit 06
Geography: Unit 07
Human geography
Geography: Unit 08
Economic geography
Geography: Unit 09
Population geography
Geography: Unit 10
Social and political geography
Geography: Unit 11
Settlement geography
Geography: Unit 12
Regional development and planning
Geography: Unit 13
Regional geography
Geography: Unit 14
Geography of India
Geography: Unit 15
Physical geography
Geography: Unit 16
Resource base
Geography: Unit 17
Geography: Unit 18
Geography: Unit 19
Geography of West Bengal


Geology: Unit 01
General geology
Geology: Unit 02
Structural geology
Geology: Unit 03
Geomorphology and remote sensing
Geology: Unit 04
Geology: Unit 05
Geology: Unit 06
Geology: Unit 07
Hydrology and engineering geology
Geology: Unit 08
Geology: Unit 09
Igneous petrology
Geology: Unit 10
Metamorphic petrology
Geology: Unit 11
Geology: Unit 12
Environmental geology
Geology: Unit 13
Economic geology


History: Unit 01
Ancient and medieval India
History: Unit 02
History: Unit 03
The Harappan civilization
History: Unit 04
The iron age in India, vedic society and the megalithic culture
History: Unit 05
Period of Mahajanapadas
History: Unit 06
The Mauryan empire
History: Unit 07
Post-Mauryan period
History: Unit 08
Guptas, Vakatakas And Vardhanas
History: Unit 09
The post Gupta period and the rise of regional states
History: Unit 10
Major political developments in India during 13th to 15th Centuries
History: Unit 11
Society, culture and economy during 13th and 15th centuries
History: Unit 12
Major political developments in India during 16th and 18th centuries
History: Unit 13
Society, culture and economy during 16th and 18th centuries
History: Unit 14
Modern India and the world
History: Unit 15
European penetration and rise of British power in India
History: Unit 16
Indian economy under the British colonial rule
History: Unit 17
Indian society in transition: cultural encounter and socio-cultural changes
History: Unit 18
Resistance to the British rule
History: Unit 19
Growth of nationalism
History: Unit 20
Gandhian Era (1919 – 1947)
History: Unit 21
The constitutional developments
History: Unit 22
Consolidation as a nation after 1947
History: Unit 23
Enlightenment and modern ideas
History: Unit 24
History: Unit 25
History: Unit 26
Imperialism, colonialism and war
History: Unit 27
World history from 1919 to 1945
History: Unit 28
Asia and Africa after world war II
History: Unit 29
Cold War and global scenario
History: Unit 30
Collapse of soviet union


Law: Unit 01
Constitutional law of India
Law: Unit 02
International law
Law: Unit 03
Law: Unit 04
Law of crimes and torts
Law: Unit 05
Law of contracts and mercantile law
Law: Unit 06
Indian evidence act


Mathematics: Unit 01
Linear algebra
Mathematics: Unit 02
Real analysis I
Mathematics: Unit 03
Real analysis II
Mathematics: Unit 04
Analytic geometry
Mathematics: Unit 05
Differential equations
Mathematics: Unit 06
Mathematics: Unit 07
Particle dynamics
Mathematics: Unit 08
Classical algebra
Mathematics: Unit 09
Abstract algebra
Mathematics: Unit 10
Multivariate calculus and vector analysis
Mathematics: Unit 11
Metric space and complex analysis
Mathematics: Unit 12
Numerical analysis and computer programming
Mathematics: Unit 13
Probability and Statistics
Mathematics: Unit 14
Linear programming


Management: Unit 01
Evolution and growth of management thought
Management: Unit 02
Planning and organising
Management: Unit 03
Directing, coordinating and controlling
Management: Unit 04
Organisational behavior
Management: Unit 05
Recent developments
Management: Unit 06
Marketing management
Management: Unit 07
Financial management
Management: Unit 08
Human resource management
Management: Unit 09
Strategic management
Management: Unit 10
Quantitative techniques

Mechanical engineering+

Mechanical engineering: Unit 01
Theory of machines
Mechanical engineering: Unit 02
Mechanics of solids
Mechanical engineering: Unit 03
Engineering materials
Mechanical engineering: Unit 04
Manufacturing science
Mechanical engineering: Unit 05
Manufacturing management
Mechanical engineering: Unit 06
Elements of computation
Mechanical engineering: Unit 07
Mechanical engineering: Unit 08
Vapour power cycles
Mechanical engineering: Unit 09
Air standard cycles
Mechanical engineering: Unit 10
Mechanical engineering: Unit 11
IC engine
Mechanical engineering: Unit 12
Heat transfer
Mechanical engineering: Unit 13
Fluid mechanics
Mechanical engineering: Unit 14
Power plant

Medical science+

Medical science: Unit 01
Human anatomy
Medical science: Unit 02
Human physiology
Medical science: Unit 03
Medical science: Unit 04
Medical science: Unit 05
Medical science: Unit 06
Medical science: Unit 07
Forensic medicine and toxology
Medical science: Unit 08
General medicine
Medical science: Unit 09
General surgery
Medical science: Unit 10
Obstetrics and gynecology including family planning
Medical science: Unit 11
Preventive and social medicine


Philosophy: Unit 01
Problems of philosophy (European and Indian)
Philosophy: Unit 02
Socio – political philosophy and psychology
Philosophy: Unit 03
Ethics and philosophy of religion


Physiology: Unit 01
Biophysical principles
Physiology: Unit 02
Biochemical principles
Physiology: Unit 03
Physiology: Unit 04
Nutrition and dietetics
Physiology: Unit 05
Physiology: Unit 06
Heart and circulation
Physiology: Unit 07
Respiratory system
Physiology: Unit 08
Renal physiology
Physiology: Unit 09
Nerve-muscle physiology
Physiology: Unit 10
Nervous system
Physiology: Unit 11
Sensory physiology
Physiology: Unit 12
Skin and body temperature regulation
Physiology: Unit 13
Endocrine system
Physiology: Unit 14
Reproductive physiology
Physiology: Unit 15
Work physiology
Physiology: Unit 16
Environmental and social physiology


Physics: Unit 01
Physics: Unit 02
Special relativity
Physics: Unit 03
Waves and oscillations
Physics: Unit 04
Electricity and magnetism
Physics: Unit 05
Physics: Unit 06
Quantum mechanics
Physics: Unit 07
Statistical physics
Physics: Unit 08
Nuclear and particle physics
Physics: Unit 09
Solid state physics
Physics: Unit 10

Political science+

Political science: Unit 01
Western political thought
Political science: Unit 02
Indian political thought
Political science: Unit 03
Political concepts
Political science: Unit 04
Political ideas
Political science: Unit 05
Political ideologies
Political science: Unit 06
Different aspects of democracy
Political science: Unit 07
Political process
Political science: Unit 08
Forms of government
Political science: Unit 09
Social movements
Political science: Unit 10
Basic features of Indian constitution
Political science: Unit 11
Fundamental rights
Political science: Unit 12
Union legislature
Political science: Unit 13
Union executive
Political science: Unit 14
The judiciary
Political science: Unit 15
Government in the states
Political science: Unit 16
State legislature
Political science: Unit 17
Local government and politics
Political science: Unit 18
Political science: Unit 19
Social processes
Political science: Unit 20
Public administration
Political science: Unit 21
International relations


Psychology: Unit 01
Basic psychological processes and development
Psychology: Unit 02
Scope and methods of psychology
Psychology: Unit 03
Cognitive processes
Psychology: Unit 04
Psychology: Unit 05
Psychology: Unit 06
Motivation and emotion
Psychology: Unit 07
Psychology: Unit 08
Psychology: Unit 09
Attitude, values and interest
Psychology: Unit 10
Interest - concept and measurement
Psychology: Unit 11
Development of behavior
Psychology: Unit 12
Psychology: Unit 13
Individual difference
Psychology: Unit 14
Mental health and adjustment - concept of mental health and wellbeing
Psychology: Unit 15
Psychological disorders
Psychology: Unit 16
Psychology: Unit 17
Organizational psychology
Psychology: Unit 18
Psychology: Unit 19
Social problems
Psychology: Unit 20
Application of psychology to different fields
Psychology: Unit 21
Psychology and methodology


Sociology: Unit 01
Fundamentals of sociology
Sociology: Unit 02
Pathfinders of sociology
Sociology: Unit 03
Inequality, stratification and mobility
Sociology: Unit 04
Economy and society
Sociology: Unit 05
Politics and society
Sociology: Unit 06
Religion and society
Sociology: Unit 07
Science and technology
Sociology: Unit 08
Social research and methods of enquiry
Sociology: Unit 09
Social and cultural change in modern society
Sociology: Unit 10
Society and culture in India
Sociology: Unit 11
Approaches to the study of Indian society
Sociology: Unit 12
Major social groups
Sociology: Unit 13
Some major institutions
Sociology: Unit 14
Social inequality
Sociology: Unit 15
Social change in modern India
Sociology: Unit 16
Women and children
Sociology: Unit 17
Globalisation and ecological crisis in India
Sociology: Unit 18
Social problems in India


Statistics: Unit 01
Probability theory
Statistics: Unit 02
Statistical inference
Statistics: Unit 03
Multivariate analysis
Statistics: Unit 04
Sample survey
Statistics: Unit 05
Analysis of variance and design of experiments
Statistics: Unit 06
Industrial statistics
Statistics: Unit 07
Economic statistics
Statistics: Unit 08
Population statistics
Statistics: Unit 09
Time series analysis
Statistics: Unit 10
Linear programming
Statistics: Unit 11
Official statistics


Zoology: Unit 01
Zoology: Unit 02
Zoology: Unit 03
Ecology, biodiversity and ethnology
Zoology: Unit 04
Zoology: Unit 05
Zoology: Unit 06
Cell biology and genetics
Zoology: Unit 07
Histology and endocrinology
Zoology: Unit 08
Physiology and biochemistry
Zoology: Unit 09
Developmental biology
Zoology: Unit 10
Evolution and adaptation
Zoology: Unit 11
Economic zoology
Zoology: Unit 12
Parasitological and immunology

WBPCS 2020 Preparation Tips

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.

  • Candidates must go through the syllabus and exam pattern of WBCS in order to make themselves familiar with the subjects, topics, sections, marking scheme, number of question in each sections, duration of the exam to help them prepare for the exam in an efficient way so that the syllabus is completed well before time.
  • After candidates have completed the syllabus, they can proceed with the revision process to summarise all topics they have covered for the exam. Revision is a crucial part of the preparation plan for any exam as it helps candidates brush up the concepts and basics of the topics required.   
  • After revision, candidates must start attempting previous years’ sample papers, model papers and mock test to increase their efficiency in answering questions and manage their time effectively on the day of examination.
  •  Candidates should also read newspapers, journals and magazines daily to stay updated regarding the current issues of the world.
  • Other than that, candidates must also read the best books available for WBCS as some questions may be included from them.

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. 

WBPCS Preliminary Exam Exam Pattern

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


English             Composition



2.5 hours

General Science


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




WBPCS Main Exam Exam Pattern

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.





Paper 1

Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali


3 hours

Paper 2



3 hours

Paper 3

General Studies 1


3 hours

Paper 4

General Studies 2


3 hours

Paper 5

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


3 hours

Paper 6

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning


3 hours

Paper 7

Optional Paper


3 hours

Paper 8

Optional Paper


3 hours



24 hours

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.

WBPCS Preliminary Exam Admit Card

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.

WBPCS 2020 Exam Centers

WBPCS Preliminary Exam Exam Centers

State City
West Bengal Kolkata
Diamond Harbour
Cooch Behar

WBPCS Main Exam Exam Centers

State City
West Bengal Kolkata

Documents Required at Exam

  • Aadhaar card
  • Voter card
  • Driving license
  • Identity card issued by government/ college/ university
  • PAN card
  • Passport

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.  

WBPCS Preliminary Exam Result

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. 

WBPCS Main Exam Result

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.

WBPCS Preliminary Exam Cutoff

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.

WBPCS Main Exam Cutoff

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.

WBPCS 2020 Selection Process

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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Questions related to WBPCS

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Difference between FET and FISLM and their advantage.

Awanya Dabas 19th Feb, 2020


FET, basically Fellowship Entrance Test is conducted by NBE(National Board of Examinations) for admission to various fellowship programmes that are offered by NBE. Basically, it is an entrance exam to get admission into Post Doctoral FNB programme.

FISLM refers to Faculty council of interdisciplinary Studies, Law and Management. The FISLM courses are affiliated to Faculty Council of Engineering and Technology. This exam offers a degree in M.E. or M.Tech. from Jadavpur University.

Hope this answer helps!


can I change my optional subject ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Dec, 2019


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.


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
I don't think just 1 to 10th covers whole syllabus of WBCS exam
Here is the syllabus you need to cover.
General studies
The constitution on India and economy
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.

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

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