WBCS Exam 2024: Notification, Eligibility, Application Form, Selection Process, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card etc

WBCS Exam 2024: WBPSC 2024 exam schedule is expected to be released by West Bengal Public Service Commission in April of the same year. In the official notification, the Commission will also note the notification dates as well as the WBCS Application Form 2024.


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WBCS vacancy will be released by the commission separately, it is not included in the official WBCS notification. Applicants need to know that the WBCS 2024 notice will be the official document mentioned in case of disputes. The tentative dates of WBCS 2024 examination will also be included in the WBCS notification.

WBCS Notification 2024

The official document of WBPSC for the candidates is the WBCS Notification 2024. Exam notifications for West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) and West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) are available. It contains all the guidelines and specifications that WBPSC has established for recruiting the selected applicants.

To understand the requirements of the entire WBCS recruitment process, candidates must read the WBCS notification. Apart from the WBCS 2024 notification process, it is necessary to understand the syllabus and exam pattern.

WBCS Notification 2024 Overview

Every year, WBPSC releases the WBCS notification. This website has all the information you need to take the WBCS exam 2024. A summary of WBCS Notification 2024 is given below.

Exam Conducting Authority West Bengal Public Service Commission’s (WBPSC)
Name of Exam West Bengal Civil Service exam
Exam Year 2024
Advertisement Number To be declared
Notification Release Date February 2024 (Expected)
Vacancy Not Declared
Type of Post Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D
Selection Process Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, Interview
WBCS Preliminary Exam Date June 2024 (Expected)
Category Recruitment
Official Website www.wbpsc.gov.in
Eligibility Criteria Graduation in any stream
Mode of Application Form Submission Online
Posting Location Anywhere in West Bengal

WBCS Exam 2024 Dates

WBPSC has published WBCS exam dates for 2024 on its official website. The commission will conduct the WBCS preliminary exam in February 2024. Candidates can find all the information they want regarding WBPSC WBCS Exam Dates 2024 in the table.

Notification released date February 2024
The online application form starts from March 2024
The online application form ends on March 2024
Submission of fees online ends on March 2024
Fee Submission Last Date (Offline) March 2024
Editing window of WBCS Application Form April 2024
Date of Pre-Examination April/May 2024
Result To be updated.

WBCS 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Through official recruitment notification, West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) will release the WBCS Eligibility Criteria 2024. Applicants have to read the WBCS Eligibility Criteria 2024 carefully. This will help the applicants to know about the important issues including WBCS age limit, educational criteria, nationality requirements and physical measurements.

Hopefully the criteria to qualify for WBCS Exam 2024 will not change from last year. Any amendment in this will be communicated by the officials through official notification. If applicants do not fulfill the minimum eligibility standards then they will not be allowed to participate in the WBCS Notification 2024.

WBCS Eligibility Criteria Age Limit

Groups WBCS Age Limit
WBCS Age Limit for Group A 21-36 years
WBCS Age Limit for Group B 20-36 years
WBCS Age Limit for Group C 21-36 years
WBCS Age Limit for Group D 21-39 years

WBCS Eligibility Criteria Age Relaxation

Category WBCS Age Relaxation
SC/ST from West Bengal 5 years
OBC (Non Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (40% or more) Up to 45 years

WBCS Eligibility Criteria Qualification 2024

Candidates must ensure that they fulfill all the educational requirements listed in the notification except WBCS 2024 age limit. They must meet the WBCS Exam 2024 requirements listed below by the application due date.

  • Graduation degree from a reputed university is required.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Bengali is essential. However,
  • Those whose native language is Nepali are not required to apply.

WBCS Exam Eligibility Criteria nationality

Apart from WBCS Exam age limit and other requirements, nationality of the applicant plays an important role in the recruitment process. Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Indian citizens (naturalized or by registration)
  • Other nations as deemed eligible by the Government of India.

WBCS Eligibility Criteria Physical Requirements

Before submitting the online application, candidates must ensure that they meet the physical standards and WBCS age limit besides other relevant attributes. Male and female applicants must satisfy a certain height requirement as part of the WBCS physical standard.

The minimum height requirement for male applicants to the West Bengal Police Service (Group “B”) is 1.65 metres, while the minimum height requirement for female applicants is 1.50 metres. Exemption will be given to candidates belonging to ethnic groups like Garhwali, Gorkha, Assamese tribal etc. Check the following table to see WBCS physical standard requirements:

Post Gender Height
West Bengal Police Service (Group ‘B’ Service) Male Candidates 165 cm
Female Candidates 150 cm

WBCS 2024 Application Form

Applicants can apply for WBCS Exam 2024 via the official website of WBPSC. Candidates who satisfy the eligibility requirements for EWS and who have previously submitted applications for the examination and have valid “Annexure C” can update their information in this regard using the link on the Commission’s website. EWS applicants must print out their updated information and save a copy for future use. Applicants can apply for WBCS 2024 by doing following:

  • Go to official website of WBPSC.
  • To register, click on the “One Time Registration” option on the WBPSC webpage.
  • Enter the necessary information for your registration ID and password.
  • WBPSC will send you an email or an SMS.
  • To log in use the same registration ID and password that you just used to register.
  • Please provide the information requested.
  • After paying the application fee, submit the form, take print out of it and save it for later use.

Application fee

  • For general candidates, the application fee will be Rs 210 including bank charges.
  • There will be no application fee for SC / ST candidates.
  • Payment of examination fee can be made online or offline.
  • To use the offline approach, a challan should be made before the due date of filling the application form.

WBCS Eligibility Criteria Important Points 

  • Devices containing digital and electrical components, such as smartwatches and smartphones, are prohibited in the examination room.
  • Except for water bottles, candidates are not allowed to bring any food or beverages inside the examination area.
  • Borrowing of stationary is not permitted in the hall. Applicants are required to bring their own stationery.
  • Additionally, the applicant should be proficient in Bengali language, both written and spoken.
  • Candidates should be willing to work in the areas mentioned by the appropriate department.

WBCS Prelims Exam Pattern

Two and a half hours are given to complete the WBCS Prelims question paper. Candidates who qualify the preliminary exam are invited for the main WBCS exam. The preliminary exam portion is given in the official notice. The preliminary examination will consist of the following sections:

Sl. No Subject Marks
1 English Composition 25
2 General Science 25
3 Current events of National and International Importance 25
4 History of India 25
5 Geography of India with particular reference to West Bengal 25
6 Indian Polity and Economy 25
7 Indian National Movement 25
8 General Mental Ability 25
Total 200

WBCS Mains Exam Pattern 2024

WBCS Main Examination is the most important component of the examination process as the final WBCS result is determined by the marks scored in the Main Examination. It consists of six compulsory question papers and two optional subject papers. The WBCS exam consists of eight papers. Following question papers are included in WBCS Main Examination.

SL.No Paper Name Marks
Paper I Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali 200
Paper II English 200
Paper III General Studies-I: Explore the geographical backdrop of West Bengal and its dynamic role in India’s epic struggle for freedom. 200
Paper IV General Studies-II: Science and Scientific and Technological Advancements, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. 200
Paper V Constitution of India and Indian Economy 200
Paper VI Arithmetic and exam of Reasoning 200
Paper VII Optional Subject – Paper I 200
Paper VIII Optional Subject – Paper II 200
Total 1600

WBCS Prelims Syllabus 2024

WBCS preliminary exam is expected to be conducted in June 2024 at various locations in Kolkata and other districts of West Bengal. Candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes and three hilly sub-divisions of Darjeeling district, Darjeeling Sadar, Mirik and Kurseong can appear only at Darjeeling Centre. There are eight areas or themes in the WBCS Preliminary Curriculum.

There are a total of 200 questions (MCQs), each subject carrying 25 marks. The duration will be 2.5 hours. Based on their performance in the preliminary examination all the candidates are shortlisted for the main examination round. The final merit list will not be determined without taking into consideration the results obtained in the WBCS preliminary examination. Check the following topic-by-topic WBCS Syllabus 2024 for Prelims Exam:

English Composition Synonyms and Antonyms Vocabulary Test Phrases Verbs Idioms and Phrases Fill in the Qualified Words Homophones
General Science General appreciation, matters of everyday observation, understanding of science, the experience expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of scientific subjects.
History of India Ancient History, Modern History & Medieval History
Current Events of National and International Importance Significant events affecting India and its relations with the world
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal Physical Geography Economic Geography Social Geography
Indian National Movement Nature and character of the revival of the nineteenth century, attainment of independence, growth of nationalism
Indian politics and Economy Indian Constitution Constitutional Bodies, etc. Panchayati Raj
General Mental Ability Logical Reasoning Common Aptitude

WBCS Mains Syllabus 2024

Candidates who qualify the preliminary examination and are eligible will be invited to take the WBCS Main Examination. WBCS Main Syllabus has six required papers and one optional subject which is divided into two examinations. 200 marks are awarded for each main paper and the examination for each paper lasts for three hours.

Papers Subjects Topics
Paper 1 Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali Letter writing (150-word limit) Drafting of Report (200-word limit) Composition Precise Writing Translation from English to Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali
Paper 2 English Letter Writing (150 words limit) Report Drafting (200 words limit) Accurate Writing Translation from Bengali / Hindi / Urdu / Nepali / Santali to English Composition
Paper 3 General Studies – I Indian history with emphasis on the national movement, Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.
Paper 4 General Studies-II Science and scientific and technological advancement general knowledge environment current affairs
Paper 5 The Constitution of India and the Indian Economy Role of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Functions of RBI
Paper 6 Arithmetic It is similar to the compulsory Mathematics paper at the Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal.
Exam of Reasoning Analytical Reasoning: Data Sufficiency Logical Reasoning: Logical deductions, strength of arguments, drawing conclusions from diagrams, implication of sentences

Series: Alphabet Series Number Series Symbol Interpretation Mathematical Puzzles Data Analysis Drawing Conclusions from Tests Non-Verbal Reasoning Odd Man Perception Test Choosing the Correct Sequence

Paper 7 Optional Papers As per the subject opted by the aspirant
Paper 8 As per the subject selected by the aspirant

WBCS Personality exam Syllabus 

Every candidate who satisfies the requirements for the WBCS Main Examination is invited for the Personality Test. The exam aims to evaluate the candidate’s character qualities, such as leadership, intellectual and moral integrity, logical and clear presentation skills, and awareness of a variety of topics.

Each candidate will be asked questions on topics of general interest. Each service group receives different marks in the personality test. The following defines each group’s personality test scores:

WBCS Syllabus Interview
Group & Post Maximum Marks
Groups ‘A’ and ‘B’ 200
Group ‘C’ 150
Group ‘D’ 100

WBCS Notification Selection Process 2024

WBCS examination is usually conducted by WBPSC to select officers for various posts. There are three stages in the entire WBCS selection process: Preliminary, Mains and Interview. To reach the final selection round, candidates will have to go through each stage. The preliminary round will be qualifying only, which means the preliminary scores will not be included in the final merit list. For Prelims there is only one GS paper.

The WBCS 2024 Main Examination consists of one optional subject paper, two examinations of 200 marks and six papers. WBPCS offers a list of optional subjects on its official website. Any of the optional subjects in the list can be selected by the candidates based on their interests and preferences. To determine the merit list, the results of WBCS 2024 Personality Test will be added to the results of WBCS Main Exam. On the basis of merit list, list of eligible applicants will be suggested for recruitment.

WBCS 2024 Admit Card

Candidates can obtain the WBPSC WBCS 2024 Admit Card by visiting the official website of the organization. WBCS Admit Card must be shown to enter the examination hall. Admit card contains the name of the candidate, roll number, signature, photograph and other important instructions.

FAQs (WBCS Exam 2024)

Is Bengali required for WBCS?

No, there is no mention of requirement of knowledge of Bengali language to take the exam in WBCS notification. Before being allocated to the service, applicants should be able to communicate with staff members in Bengali.

How many times is WBCS conducted each year?

WBCS examination is given once a year. Every year, regardless of the circumstances, the Commission conducts its top exam.

What is the required educational qualification for WBPSC exam?

To apply for WBPCS examination, the educational requirement is a bachelor's degree in any field from a recognized university.

Is there negative marking in WBCS 2024 examination?

Yes, the WBCS 2024 exam will include negative marking for each wrong response in multiple choice (MCQ) questions.

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