WBCS Syllabus 2020: Download Complete Prelims and Mains Syllabus PDF

WBCS Syllabus 2020

WBCS Syllabus 2020: West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) exam is conducted every year to recruit the Group A, B and C officers organized by the West Bengal Public Service Commission. The WBCS exam is held in 3 stages namely Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test. You must go through the detailed WBCS Syllabus 2020 for the West Bengal Civil Services exam to be held in 2020. The topic-wise WBCS syllabus for Preliminary and mains examination is given in this post.

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WBCS Syllabus 2020 For Preliminary Exam

WBCS Prelims Syllabus 2020 consists of eight subjects/topics. There are 200 Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ). Each topic is assigned 25 marks. The duration of the exam is 2.5 hours. Wbcs Prelims exam is only a screening test, and its total marks (200) will not be considered for the final selection.

Subject Marks No.of Questions Duration
English Composition 25 25 2.5 Hours
General Science 25 25
Current events of National & International Importance 25 25
History of India 25 25
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal 25 25
Indian Polity and Economy 25 25
Indian National Movement 25 25
General Mental Ability 25 25
Total 200 200

WBCS Syllabus For Preliminary Exam

The syllabus for WBCS Preliminary exam comprises of 8 subjects. The topic-wise syllabus is given below:

  1. English Composition
    • Synonyms and Antonyms
    • Vocabulary Test
    • Phrasal Verbs
    • Homophones
    • Fill in the qualifying words
    • Idioms and Phrases
  2. General Science
    • General appreciation
    • Matters of everyday observation
    • Understanding of science
    • Experience as expected from an educated person not having made special studies of scientific disciplines
  3. Current Events of National and International Importance
    • Significant events affecting India with its relations to the world
  4. History of India
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Modern
  5. Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
    • Economic Geography
    • Physical Geography
    • Social Geography
  6. Indian Polity and Economy
    • Indian Constitution
    • Constitutional Bodies, etc.
    • Panchayati Raj
  7. Indian National Movement
    • Nature and character of Nineteenth-Century Resurgence
    • Growth of Nationalism
    • Attainment of Independence
  8. General Mental Ability
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Common Aptitude

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WPSC Syllabus 2020: WBCS Mains Syllabus 2020

Wbcs Mains Syllabus: After the prelims exam, all the shortlisted candidates will have to appear in WBCS Mains Exam. The WBCS Mains Syllabus comprises of 6 compulsory subjects for all groups to be answered in OMR answer sheets and one optional subject with 2 papers for Group A and B will be of conventional type written examination.

WBSC Mains Exam Pattern 

The WBCS Mains exam comprises of six compulsory papers and one optional subject that consists of two papers. The optional papers in the Main Examination are only applicable for Group A and B posts. Candidates who have enrolled for the Group C and Group D posts have to only take the six compulsory papers.

WBCS Main Exam Subject Marks
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Paper-I Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santal 200 200 200 200
Paper-II English 200 200 200 200
Paper-III General Studies-I 200 200 200 200
Paper-IV General Studies-II 200 200 200 200
Paper-V Constitution of India and Indian Economy 200 200 200 200
Paper-VI Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning 200 200 200 200
Optional Subject One subject: 2 papers of 200 marks each 400 400 NA NA


WBCS Mains Syllabus 2020

The WBCS mains syllabus for the 8 papers of the mains examination has been provided in the table below:

Paper Subject Topic Wise Mains Syllabus
Paper-I Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/
  • Letter writing (within 150 words)
  • Drafting of Report (within 200 words),
  • Précis Writing,
  • Composition and
  • Translation from English to Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/Santali
Paper-II English
  • Letter writing (within 150 words)
  • Drafting of Report (within 200 words),
  • Précis Writing,
  • Composition and
  • Translation from Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu /Nepali /Santali to English
Paper-III General Studies-I
  • Indian History with special emphasis on the National Movement and
  • Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.
Paper-IV General Studies-II
  • Science and Scientific & Technological advancement,
  • Environment,
    i) Biodiversity and Coastal Regulation Zone,
    ii) Global Warming,
    iii) Industrial and Environmental Pollution,
    iv) Ozone Layer and related issues.
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
Paper-V Constitution of India and Indian Economy
  • The Constitution of India and Indian Economy
  • Central State relation and devolution of central funds to state,
  • Planning process and objectives of five years plan,
  • Functions of RBI and Monetary policy,
  • Central Finance Commission
  • State Finance Commission and
  • Fiscal Policy of Government of India.
Paper-VI Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning
  • Mathematics paper similar to the Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal
  • Analytical Reasoning: Data Sufficiency,
  • Logical Reasoning :
    (i) Logical Deduction
    (ii) Forcefulness of the Arguments
    (iii) Implication of sentences
    (iv) Inferring from diagrams,
  • Series:
    (i) Letter series,
    (ii) Number series,
  • Inferring from Data,
  • Analogy tests,
  • Symbol Interpretation,
  • Mathematical puzzles,
  • Odd man out,
  • Perception test,
  • Non-verbal reasoning &
  • Selecting the correct sequence
Optional Subject One subject: 2 papers of 200 marks each From the list of optional subjects and would be conventional type

WBCS Mains Syllabus 2020: List of Optional Subjects

Candidates can choose from the list of the optional subjects given below. There will be 2 papers for the optional subject comprising of 200 marks each. The paper will be written in a conventional type.

Subject Code
Bengali 1
Hindi 2
Sanskrit 3
English 4
Pali 5
Arabic 6
Persian 7
French 8
Urdu 9
Santali 10
Comparative Literature 11
Agriculture 12
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science 13
Anthropology 14
Botany 15
Chemistry 16
Civil Engineering 17
Commerce and Accountancy 18
Computer Science 19
Economics 20
Electrical Engineering 21
Geography 22
Geology 23
History 24
Law 25
Mathematics 26
Management 27
Mechanical Engineering 28
Medical Science 29
Philosophy 30
Physiology 31
Physics 32
Political Science 33
Psychology 34
Sociology 35
Statistics 36
Zoology 37


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WBCS Syllabus 2020: FAQS

Q. Is an optional subject mandatory for all posts of WBCS?

The optional papers in the Mains Examination are only applicable for Group A and B posts. Candidates who have applied for the Group C and D posts need not appear for the optional papers.

Q. What is the syllabus of Wbcs?

The WBCS Syllabus for Preliminary and mains examination has been provided in the post with the detailed topic wise syllabus for all subjects.

Q. How many subjects are there in Wbcs?

The Preliminary exam consists of 8 subjects and the mains exam consists of 6 compulsory papers & 2 optional papers.

Q. How do I start preparing for Wbcs?

You must start from the basics by going through the exam pattern and syllabus in detail.

Q. Is maths compulsory for Wbcs?

Yes, Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning is a compulsory subject in WBCS Mains examination for 200 marks.

Q. Which subject is best for Wbcs optional?

You must choose the optional subject for WBCS as per your convenience. You can opt for the subject you studied in graduation to make it easier.

Q. What are the marks allotted to Personality test in WBCS?

The marks alloted to personality test depends on the group you have chosen:
For Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ – 200 Marks
For Group ‘C’ – 150 Marks
For Group ‘D’ – 100 Marks

Q. What are the total marks in WBCS exam?

The merit list depends only on the mains and personality test as given below:
For Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ – 1800 Marks
For Group ‘C’ – 1350 Marks
For Group ‘D’ – 1300 Marks

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