WBCS Preparation 2024: Tips, Strategy & Guide

West Bengal Civil Service 2024 ( WBCS )

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Rachit Kumar Saxena

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Updated on May 1, 2024 17:56 IST

The candidates are suggested to start the WBCS 2024 preparation based on the official syllabus, exam pattern and the previous year's question papers. The candidates should analyse the topics ginve in the WBCS syllabus and questions asked in the previous year's exams to ascertain the importance of the topic. The West Bengal Public Service Commission mention the total marks allotted to a section but within a section, it does not mention the importance of topics. WBCS exam dates also play an important role in the WBCS exam preparation. The candidates should prepare their study plan based on the exam dates of the WBCS exam. Along with it, the candidates are suggested to analyse the official answers mentioned in the WBCS answer key so that in case of repeated questions, such questions give them an edge over others. 

Q:   What are the languages allowed for the WBCS Exam?

A:

The West Bengal Public Service Commission notify the languages in which the candidates can answer in the WBCS main exam. The WBCS prelims exam is an objective type exam and the candidates are required to select correct answer from the given options. 

In the WBCS main exam, the candidates can answer in Bengali, English and Nepali. The candidates can write the answers in Nepali for the following two subjects

1.   Political Science 

2.   Botany

 

Q:   When will WBCS 2024 notification be released?

A:

The West Bengal Public Service Commission is expected to release the WBCS 2024 notification online in May 2024. The Commission is expected to conduct the WBCS 2024 prelims exam in July 2024. The Commission will notify all the WBCS dates in the official exam calendar.

The WBPSC is yet to release the WBPSC 2024 exam calendar on its official website. Meanwhile the Commission has migrated its official website to psc.wb.gov.in for security purposes.

 

Q:   When will WBCS 2024 Prelims be conducted?

A:

The West Bengal Public Service Commission is expected to be conducted in August 2024. The Commission is expected to release the WBPSC 2024 exam calendar on its official website. The Commission will mention the tentative dates in the official exam calendar. The Commission will also mention the notification and exam dates in the official exam calendar.

The WBCS 2023 prelims exam was conducted on December 16, 2023. 

 

Know the WBCS Exam Pattern 2024

West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) is not expected to change the syllabus and exam pattern for the WBCS 2024 exam. The candidates should prepare all the topics mentioned in the official syllabus. The candidates can take references from the previous year's question papers to get an idea of the most important topics asked in the exam. The main exam is a combination of objective and subjective papers. The main exam is followed by the interview for all groups of services. The candidates need to tread and understand the WBCS exam pattern in detail. The candidates should understand the critical points of exam such as the time limit, negative marking and shift timing so that it can help them score better in the exam. The candidates should practice with the mock test and the previous year's paper to get abreast with the WBCS exam pattern. 

Q:   Is there Interview for the WBCS Group D Services?

A:

The West Bengal Public Service Commission mention the WBCS exam pattern in the official notification. The Commission also mention that there will be interview for all the posts included in the West Bengal Civil Service Exam. The Commission assign less marks to the WBCS Group D Interviews. The candidates can see here the marks assigned for the WBCS Group D Interviews:

Group & Post

Maximum Marks

Group ‘A’ & ‘B’

200

Group ‘C’

150

Group ‘D’

100

 

Q:   How many marks are assigned to each subject in WBCS prelims exam?

A:

The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) releases the marks pattern for the prelims exam. The Commission has assigned a set quota of marks to each of the topic. The candidates can see here the WBCS prelims marks pattern.

Sl. No

Subject

Marks

1

English Composition

25

2

General Science

25

3

Current events of National & International Importance

25

4

History of India

25

5

Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal

25

6

Indian Polity and Economy

25

7

Indian National Movement

25

8

General Mental Ability

25

Total

200

 

Q:   Is there any negative marking in WBCS Prelims exam?

A:

Yes, there is negative marking in the WBCS preliminary and main exams. 

In the WBCS prelims exam, the quantum of negative marking is one by third. The negative marking makes the exam difficult. For each incorrect answer, the Commission will deduct 1/3 of the marks assigned for correct answer.

In the main exam, the quantum of the negative marking is 10% of the marks assigned to the question.

 

How to prepare for WBCS 2024?

The WBCS preparation requires over one year of preparation and the candidates need a consistent study with the right strategy. The candidate should start with the newspaper and a monthly current affairs magazine. Besides the current affairs, the candidates should start making notes from the NCERT books.

See here: How to read Newspaper?

Make a study plan

Candidate should make a study plan as per their strength and weaknesses. The academic background of the candidate plays a big role in making the study plan for the WBCS exam. The study plan is very important because the candidate will be comfortable in the topics associated with his or her academic background. So they will allocate less time to those topics. Divide the whole syllabus between the concrete and small parts and try to finish the topics within the shortest possible time.

Always make provisions for the revision of the topic.

See here: Important Topics for WBCS exam

NCERT Books

NCERT books are the best source to get the initial knowledge and understanding of the subject. NCERT books systematically introduce complex topics to the reader in the easiest way. The WBCS syllabus is very similar to the IAS syllabus and there are NCERT books for all the subjects mentioned in the syllabus.

The NCERT books, though not sufficient but essential for the WBCS preparation. After completing the NCERT books, the candidates should prepare quick notes about the factual information given in the NCERT books. The candidates should try to write the answers to the questions given after each of the chapters.

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Previous Year Question Paper

The WBCS question papers can immensely help the candidates to understand the gravity of the efforts required to clear the WBCS exam. WBCS question papers provide a deep understanding of the exam. The candidates should always use the previous year's question papers as mock test papers and solve them in a time-bound manner. By solving the previous years' paper in a time-bound manner can give them a feel of the proper examination.

The previous year's questions also gave insight into the most important topics for the exam. The candidates can stress those topics while preparing for the exam.

See here: WBCS Question Paper

Government Sources

The candidates should have an eye on the latest reports of the government and its associated bodies. These reports are very important because the exam bodies can ask direct questions from these reports. Forest reports, Finance Commission reports, NITI Aayog reports, State government reports, Union Budget and State budget are some of them.

Government Schemes are also very important for the WBSC exams. The WBPSC always ask the state-centric government schemes run by the Union and the state government. The candidates should prepare notes of the government schemes and the facilities provided under the scheme.

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Current Affairs

Current Affairs is the mainstay of the WBCS exam. The WBCS preparation of current events of national and international importance is essential for WBCS preparation. Current affairs are the most dynamic section of the WBCS syllabus. The candidate should focus on national issues and the issues important for the development of the state. The current affairs syllabus is very broad and the candidates need to understand the current affairs syllabus to prepare it well.

See here: Current affairs syllabus

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Preparing Notes

Preparing self-notes is the key to success in the WBCS exam. Notes immensely help in exam times. The self-prepared notes are easy to remember. Self-prepared notes are very helpful in doing quick revisions. The self-prepared notes can be easily amendable. Candidates should always arrange to amend the notes in the future. Additional space should be left blank for such a purpose.

Revision

Revision is key to remembering anything. Timely and repeated revision is the only way to cover and remember the facts and analysis. The WBCS syllabus is so broad that it cannot be covered without revision.

The candidate should make provisions about the revision in their study plan. The first revision should be done within a day of the first reading. The second revision should be within a week and the third revision should be in a month. After the three revisions, the candidates can also go for a fourth revision within two or three months.

See here: WBCS Important Dates

Q:   How many papers are there in the WBCS exam, and what are they on?

A:

In the WBCS exam, there are a total of eight papers. These papers include:

  • Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali
  • English
  • General Studies - I
  • General Studies - II
  • The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including the role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India
  • Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning
  • Optional Subject - 1 subject to be chosen; 2 papers of 200 marks each
  • Personality Test
 

Q:   What are the similarities between the WBCS prelims and Mains syllabus?

A:

The candidates should note that the WBCS main syllabus can be said as the extension of the prelims syllabus because some of the sections are common in both the prelims and main exam. The candidates are suggested to prepare for the main exam with factual orientation so that they can answer prelims questions also. The candidates arre required to check their preparation through the previous year question papers.

The candidates can see below the list of common subjects:

  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Indian Polity and Economy
  •  Indian National Movement
  • Current Affairs
 

Q:   How negative marking impact the WBCS cutoff?

A:

The WBCS 2023 prelims exam had a negative marking of 1/3, which means that 3 incorrect answers will eat up the marks scored by 1 correct answer. This negative marking system can lead to a higher cutoff as candidates need to be more cautious while answering questions to avoid losing marks due to incorrect answers.

Additionally, the negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer implies that each four incorrect answers will result in the loss of one correct answer's marks. This system can significantly affect the cutoff marks as candidates need to balance their speed and accuracy to maximize their scores.

 

WBCS Preparation 2024 FAQs

The candidates can see here important questions related to WBCS preparation. 

Q:   When will the WBCS answer key 2024 be released?

A:

The West Bengal Public Service Commission is expected to conduct the WBCS 2024 exam in July 2024 in offline mode across the nation. The Commission is expected to release the WBCS 2024 answer key on its official website within a week of the exam.

The Commission will also ask the candidates to send objections against the incorrect answers as provided in the official answer key. The candidates can send such representation against the incorrect answers within the prescribed time limit.

 

Q:   How many stages are there in the WBCS exam?

A:

WBCS exam consists of the following stages of the exam. Each stage has an uncommon exam pattern. The WBCS stages of the exam are as follows.

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Personality Test

The candidates need to qualify in each of the stage to get finally select.

 

Q:   In which mode does the WBCS Prelims exam is conducted?

A:
The WBCS prelims and Mains exam is conducted in offline mode. The candidates have to mark their answers on the OMR sheet provided by the exam conducting body. The Commission provides the question papers to the candidates so that they can refer to the question and answers in the future. The WBCS prelims exam and most of the papers of WBCS main exam are objective type multiple choice questions. The candidates are required to select the correct answer from the given answer options.
 

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No, the age limit is not the same for all the services in the WBCS exam. The age limit varies depending on the group of services.

WBCS Age Limit for Group A & C Services

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The West Bengal Public Service Commission released the WBCS 2022 final answer key online on August 4, 2022. WBPSC released the WBCS 2022 prelims final answer key online only for the candidates so that they could check their answers and calculate their marks in the WBCS 2022 prelims exam which was c

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The West Bengal Public Service Commission releases the WBCS tentative answer key within a week from the exam. The Commission inviites representations against the incorrect answers mentioned in the WBCS answer key. The candidates are required to send the objections within the specified time limit wit

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The West Bengal Public Service Commission release the WBCS answer key in PDF. The candidates will be required to download the WBCS answer key from the official website - psc.wb.gov.in. The candidates will be required log in with their credentials and download the WBCS answer key. The Commission will

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The WBCS answer key provides the correct answers to the questions asked in the WBCS Prelims exam. It is released by the West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) after the successful completion of the WBCS Prelims exam. The WBCS Prelims exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions (MCQs) carry

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The West Bengal Public Service Commission provides the time frame for sending objections against the answers mentioned in the WBCS answer key. The Commission will give 5-7 days after the release of the WBCS answer key to raise objections against any incorrect answers. 

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The West Bengal Public Service Commission will release the WBCS answer key within a week of the WBCS prelims exam. The Commmission will release the answers to all the questions asked in the prelims question paper. To challenge the WBCS Answer Key 2024, candidates can follow these steps based on the

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The WBCS admit card will contain the following key details:

  • Name of the candidate appearing for the exam
  • Roll Number
  • Registration Number
  • Date of birth
  • Exam Center Address and Code
  • Reporting time at the exam center
  • Candidate's photograph
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The candidates should note that the West Bengal Public Service Commission conduct the WBCS exam and releases all the public notices related to it. WBPSC releases the WBCS admit card also.If there are any discrepancies in the details printed on your WBCS admit card, the candidates should immediately

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