West Bengal Civil Services: WBPCS Preparation Strategy!!

By Ashutosh Yadav|Updated : April 1st, 2021

WBPCS Preparation Strategy!! WBPCS Preliminary exam is going to be held in April/May. Public Service Commission, West Bengal organizes the Civil Service Exam for Various Posts in the State Government. Read in this article, the complete strategy with notes and guidance to succeed in the WBPCS Preliminary Exam!!

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West Bengal PCS Preparation Strategy

West Bengal Public Service Commission conducts the West Bengal Civil Service Examination for recruitment in vacancies in various posts in Bengal State Services of Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D like WB Civil Services, Assistant Commissioner of Revenue, Labour Service, Food and Supply Service, West Bengal Police Service, etc. It is undeniably one of the most lucrative government service exams for aspirants of West Bengal.

The West Bengal Civil Service Exam is conducted in 3 phases:

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview Round

WBPCS exam is bent towards a factual aspect rather than conceptual understanding. The nature of questions varies from medium difficulty level to hard. Current affairs also play a very important role in the WBPCS exam and it can not be ignored in preparation.

Before preparing for an exam like WBCS it is very important to have a clear understanding of the pattern, syllabus, and other important aspects. In this article, we will see a sound strategy and cover all aspects of the WBPCS Prelims exam to ease your preparation for clearing the preliminary round of West Bengal Civil Service exam.

Preliminary Exam:

The preliminary exam of the WBPCS will have a single objective type of paper. It will have 200 questions with 1 march each. There will also be a negative marking of 1/3rd marks for each incorrect answer. 

The paper will be of 2½ hours duration. The question paper will be of the level of knowledge that is to be expected of a graduate of any field of a recognized University. The paper will consist of the questions covering the following subjects:

Topics

Marks

English Composition

25 marks

General Science

25 marks

Current events of National & International Importance

25 marks

History of India

25 marks

Geography of India (special reference to West Bengal)

25 marks

Indian Polity and Economy

25 marks

Indian National Movement

25 marks

General Mental Ability

25 marks

 As we can see in the above table there is a clear demarcation of subjects in the question paper by the commission. The paper will consist of 8 sections of 25 marks each. The Sections are divided based on subjects which are English Composition, General Science, Current Affairs, History, Geography, Polity and Economy, Indian National Movement, General Mental Ability.

According to the official notification, the Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a Screening Test only for the purpose of selection of candidates for the Main Examination. The marks obtained in this examination by the candidates will not be considered for final selection. Only those candidates who will be declared qualified at the Preliminary Examination in a year shall be eligible for admission to the W.B.C.S. (Exe.) etc. (Main) Examination of that year.

Now before we start the discussion on WBPCS Exam Strategy, You must ask yourself a single question: Why do you want to be a Civil Servant?

This question is going to be your one single motivating factor during the long hours of preparation. So, a candidate must never forget why he/she chose to start on the path of civil services.

Let us first see the exam syllabus as mentioned by the commission for the above subjects:

Topics

Syllabus

English Composition

Questions on English Composition will cover Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, Vocabulary test, Phrasal Verbs, the same words bearing more than one meaning, use of appropriate and qualifying words etc

General Science

Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.

Current events of National & International Importance

Awards, Summits and Conference, Government schemes in news, Books and Authors, Appointments, Places in News, GI tag, Ranking, Reports, International Relations etc

History of India

In History, emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, and political aspects.

Geography of India (special reference to West Bengal)

Questions on the Geography of India will relate to Physical, Social and Economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian Agricultural and Natural Resources with special reference to West Bengal.

Indian Polity and Economy

Questions of Indian Polity and Economy will test the knowledge of the country’s Political System, Panchayati Raj, Community Development and Planning in India

Indian National Movement

Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the Nineteenth Century Resurgence, Growth of Nationalism and Attainment of Independence.

General Mental Ability

General Mental Ability will relate to Logical perception, understanding and natural conclusion.

Let us see a few questions that were asked in the WBCS Prelims Exam:

  • Who is the author of Flood of Fire?
  • First Railway Line was started in West Bengal between?
  • The tropic of cancer does not pass through which of the following?
  • The Asiatic Society of Bengal was founded by?
  • When did Vasco-da-Gama come to India?
  • In the constitution of India, the promotion of international peace and security is enshrined in which section?

These questions have been asked in the previous year's papers of WBPCS Prelims. After analyzing the questions, it is very clear that the questions asked from all the subjects are straightforward and factual in nature. Unlike the UPSC Civil Services Exam, for WBPCS, a candidate will have to study the same subjects keeping in mind that the preparation, revision etc must focus on the factual information.

Now for successfully clearing the WBPCS Examination a candidate must carefully go through the follow the following pointers. These will prove to be the difference between success and failure if followed properly:

Syllabus:

A candidate must understand the syllabus before starting the preparation. It is the key to your success in WBPCS preliminary examination. Everything you need to study has been given in the Syllabus.

Books and Sources:

A candidate must decide the standard books and stick to them in the whole course of preparation. Sticking to one source of information has been suggested by all the successful candidates. You must choose the books and sources carefully and revise the short personal notes you make from them on a regular basis, instead of buying a new book every month for the same subjects. It will only increase the confusion and reduce your retention rate.

There are some standard books that will give you a strong base for the subjects and are enough for the preliminary level of preparation. You can find the list of these books below:

Book List for WBPCS 

Schedule:

Every Candidate must develop a timetable which is suitable to him. Do not try to copy someone else in this matter, it might be counterproductive. Making a schedule and following it are completely different things, so if you make a schedule make sure you follow it religiously, It is the only way to succeed.

In your schedule give proper time to each subject, Do not skip a subject because you find it too easy or too hard. WBPCS demands your complete attention to all subjects.

Mock Test:

A candidate must regularly solve the Mock test. They will not only give you an idea of the real exam but will also provide you with data on what portions of your syllabus are weak and what portions are strong. A candidate must analyse the progress and change the studying pattern accordingly. A systematic manner with careful planning is needed to clear the preliminary round.

Previous Year Papers:

A candidate must go through the previous year's question papers. They not only provide you an idea of what the actual paper will look like but will also act as a confidence booster after solving them. Questions have often been repeated from previous years directly or indirectly. Hence you can never go wrong by solving the previous year's question papers multiple times.

Current Affairs, English and General Ability

In WBPCS 75 Questions have been allotted to these three sections, No candidate, no matter how strong his preparation is must not ignore these sections. Current affairs must be repeatedly revised through tests and quizzes. A candidate must form a habit of reading a newspaper daily without break. It will not only prepare your current affairs but will also improve your vocabulary and writing skills.

English Composition and General Mental Ability questions must be practiced on a regular basis as they can provide you an edge over the candidates who have only focused on the General Studies Syllabus.

Health:

At the end, the candidates are advised to take a 7-hour sleep and have regular mental and physical exercise. Meditation must be practised at least 10 minutes a day. Most candidates even after studying properly and having knowledge are not able to succeed in WBPCS because of stress and anxiety. Meditation, Proper Sleep and Exercise will take the edge off and boost your chances of Success.

Remember West Bengal Civil Service is an exam that tests not only your knowledge, but also the character, patience and overall personality and being an aspirant, you must work on all these aspects and not just the study part.

If you follow the above points and work hard you will definitely achieve success in the West Bengal Civil Services.

All the Best!! 

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