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West Bengal Civil Services Exams


West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) frequently termed as W.B.C.S.(Exe), is the civil services of West Bengal state. The recruitment for the vacant posts for different state services is made through annual Competitive Examination which is conducted by West Bengal Public Service Commission.

The selected W.B.C.S.(Exe) officers are generally appointed as “Deputy Magistrate & Deputy Collector” and usually start their career as “Block Development Officer”. These selected Officers perform key administrative functions in various departments of the state. Many of the W.B.C.S.(Exe) officers will be nominated to All India Services as IAS officers in their later stage of their careers. Gujarat Civil Services, Haryana Civil Services,  Nagaland Civil Service Exam, etc., are the other popular state civil service exams.


The W.B.C.S. (Exe.) Examination is a combined Competitive Examination having four separate and distinct examinations for selecting candidates into four separate groups of services namely A, B, C and D. A candidate can compete with one or more groups at a time.


The posts that fall under group A are given below

  • Post: (i) West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)
  • Post: (ii) West Bengal Commercial Tax Service
  • Post: (iii) West Bengal Agricultural Income-tax Service
  • Post: (iv) West Bengal Excise Service
  • Post: (v) West Bengal Cooperative Service
  • Post: (vi) West Bengal Labour Service
  • Post: (vii) West Bengal Food and Supplies Service
  • Post: (viii) West Bengal Employment Service [Except the post of Employment Officer (Technical)]
  • Post: (ix) West Bengal Registration and Stamp Revenue Service

The Pay Scale for group A posts will in the pay band 4A (PB-4A) Rs.15,600/- to 42,000/- + G.P. Rs. 5,400, and the gross emoluments for the entry level candidates will be Rs.21,000/- besides M.A., D.A., and H.R.A.


West Bengal Police Service posts will fall Under group B and the Pay Scale will be from Rs.15,600/- to 42,000/- + Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/-. The Gross emoluments at the entry level will be Rs.21,000/- besides the general emoluments like M.A., D.A., and H.R.A.


The posts that fall under group C are listed below

  • Post: (i) Superintendent, District Correctional Home/Deputy Superintendent, Central Correctional Home
  • Post: (ii) Joint Block Development Officer
  • Post: (iii) Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices
  • Post: (iv) West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
  • Post: (v) West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade-I
  • Post: (vi) Assistant Commercial Tax Officer
  • Post: (vii) Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation)
  • Post: viii) Chief Controller of Correctional Services:

The Pay Scale for group A posts will in the pay band 4 with Rs.9,000/- to 40,500/- and Grade Pay of Rs. 4,400/- with Gross emoluments of Rs.13,400/- at the entry level along with M.A., D.A., and H.R.A.


Mainly three posts will come under this category that are listed below.

  • Post: (i) Inspector of Co-operative Societies
  • Post: (ii) Panchayat Development Officer under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department
  • Post: (iii) Rehabilitation Officer under the Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department

The Pay Scale for group A posts will in the pay band 3 from Rs.7,100/- to 37,600/- + Grade Pay Rs. 3,900/- and the Gross emoluments during entry level will be Rs.12,270/- besides M.A., D.A., and H.R.A.


The eligibility criteria are given below

  • (i) Any graduation degree from a recognized University.
  • (ii) Ability to write, read, and speak Bengali and this will not be applicable for the candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali
  • (iii) The candidate’s must have a minimum of 21 years age and must not be more than 32 years for Group “A”,‟C” and “D” posts
  • (iv) The candidate must be an Indian citizen either by birth or by registration or declaration of govt of India
  • (v) The candidate must have sound physical and mental health.

Physical Standards

For Group B service, i.e., West Bengal Police Service the minimum height of the candidate should be 1.65 meters for male and 1.50 meters for female candidates.


The upper age limit shall be relaxable by 5 years for the candidates of S.C., S.T. of West Bengal, and by 3 years for the B.C candidates. For the Persons with Disabilities (PWD), the upper age limit is relaxed to 45 years. However, the candidates belonging to other States will be treated as general category candidates.


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Application Procedure

Candidates should visit the official website of the commission and should navigate to one-time registration link

  • Candidates need to fill error free data in the application and should upload scanned copies of recent passport size photo and full signature
  • After finishing the one-time registration process candidates will get User ID and Password
  • The candidates who have registered themselves earlier with West Bengal PSC need not register again as they can use their previous login credentials.
  • With the generated User ID and Password candidates need to login to their Dashboard
  • Then, the candidates needs to navigate to ‘Apply Now link’ and should submit the application form.

Selection Procedure

The selection of eligible candidates takes place in three steps i.e., written examination, physical test or medical exam and interview or personality test. Once the candidates clear written examination they should attend personality test after which they should qualify in the medical exam. Allotment of candidates to the posts will be made based on their performance in written exam and personality test. However, consideration will be given to the preferences of the candidate given in their application.

Exam Pattern

Preliminary Examination

This exam will be having 200 question from various topics of general studies carrying a total of 200 marks. This exam is qualifying in nature and total time allotted is 2 hours 30 minutes.

S.No Subjects Marks Duration
i English Composition 25 Marks 2 Hours 30 Mins
ii General Science 25 Marks
iii Current events of National & International Importance 25 Marks
iv History of India 25 Marks
v Geography of India with special reference to WB 25 Marks
vi Indian Polity and Economy 25 Marks
vii Indian National Movement 25 Marks
viii General Mental Ability 25 Marks
TOTAL 200 MCQs 200 Marks

Main Examination

The Main Examination will be consisting of six compulsory papers and an optional subject having two papers for the candidates appearing for group A and/or B. Below table summarizes the main exam pattern.

Paper Compulsory Papers Marks
Group ‘A’ Group ‘B’ Group ‘C’ Group ‘D’
I Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Composition, Précis Writing, and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Nepali/Urdu/Santali  200  200  200  200
II English – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Translation from Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali to English, Précis Writing, and Composition.   200   200   200   200
III General Studies-I : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.   200   200   200   200
IV General Studies-II: Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.   200   200   200   200
V The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India   200   200   200   200
VI Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning.  200   200   200   200
VII Optional Subject – only One subject needs to be chosen, Two papers of 200 marks each.  400  400    —    —
VIII Personality Test  200  200  150  100
Total Marks  1800  1800  1350  1300

Personality Test

The candidates qualified in mains Examination for all the services will have to appear Personality Test. The interview board assesses the candidate‘s personal qualities like the power of clear and logical exposition, alertness of mind, leadership qualities, intellectual and moral integrity. For Group A and B the total marks allotted is 200 whereas for group C is 150 and Group D is 100 marks.

However, candidates for Group ‘B’ Service will be specially tested during interviews with a special focus on their suitability for the service.


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