WBCS Age Limit - Eligibility, Qualification, Physical Fitness

WBCS Age Limit - Eligibility, Qualification, Physical Fitness

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Apr 26, 2023
Candidates should check the WBCS age limit carefully. Check complete eligibility requirements in the eligibility criteria. Get details of the WBCS age limit, education qualification, and age relaxation here.

WBCS age limit is an important prerequisite for filling out the application form. The eligibility criteria was recently updated by the West Bengal Commission. Eligibility criteria is vital for online applications. If you are eligible then only your application will be accepted. Candidates should check the complete exam eligibility which includes the WBCS age limit for general & other categories, WBCS qualification, nationality, and more.

Candidates need to necessarily be Indian citizens if they wish to apply for the WB PCS exam. It is equally important to be aware of the WBCS age limit failing which candidates may have to face rejection of candidature in the further recruitment process. Therefore, it is advised that candidates should carefully go through the entire eligibility criteria before moving on with application and preparation.

WBCS Eligibility Criteria 2023

Candidates who wish to apply for the WBPSC exam 2023 must go through the detailed WBCS eligibility before applying online. There is a set eligibility criterion, set by the commission, which the candidates need to qualify to take the exam. For the WBPSC Mains exam, the eligibility is to pass the Prelims exam. 

The official recruitment notification lists the following eligibility criteria for WBCS 2023 exam. If it is found that a candidate cannot meet any of the eligibility criteria at any stage, their application would be canceled immediately. The eligibility criterion guidelines have been mentioned for the following categories:

  • Age limit
  • Qualification
  • Nationality
  • Number of vacancies
  • Physical standards

WBCS Age Limit

The West Bengal Public Service Commission specifies proper age criteria for various posts falling under different groups such as Group A, B, C, and D. There are separate provisions for the WBCS age limit for General, OBC, and others.

  • For the General category for Group A, B, and D, the lower age limit is 21 
  • The maximum age bracket for Group A, B, and C is 36 years
  • For Group C, the minimum age bracket is 20 years, for West Bengal police services only 
  • For Group D, the maximum age bracket is 39 years

WBPSC Age Relaxation

In the case of special categories, the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission provides a few conditions on upper age relaxations. The upper age limit is different for various categories.


Relaxation (Upper Age Limit)

SC/ST from West Bengal (Non-creamy layer)

5 years extension

OBC from West Bengal (Non-creamy layer)

3 years extension


Up to the age of 45 years

WBCS Qualification 2023

The WBPSC examinations are held to fill the vacant positions of various posts. Apart from the WBCS age limit, all these posts require certain qualifications. Candidates are required to possess a minimum educational qualification which will make them eligible to apply for the exam. All candidates should:

  • Possess a degree from a recognized university in India
  • Be able to read, write and speak in Bengali
  • Not have Nepali as their mother tongue, or else they would be exempted
  • Must be well-versed with the current events both at the national and international levels

WBCS Eligibility 2023- Nationality

Besides all the important eligibility guidelines, the nationality of the candidates also forms a significant criterion during recruitment. The candidates applying to the WBPSC exam must:

  • Be a citizen of India, or
  • Be a permanent citizen of the country and should possess government-approved documentation for verification of the same

WBCS Physical Standards

Under the WBCS recruitment process, candidates applying for the various posts should possess certain physical standards to be eligible therein. These guidelines are provided, and advertised, by the West Bengal Police Department.

The WBCS physical standards include the respective eligible height for men and women. Certain concessions, in this respect, are provided to candidates belonging to certain specific races or tribes, like Garhwalis, Gorkhas, Assamese tribals, and some others. The required physical standards have been given in the table below:



Height (Cm)

West Bengal Police Services

Male Candidates


Female Candidates


WBCS Eligibility 2023- Important Points 

The official WBCS notification has highlighted certain key points regarding the eligibility for the exam. The candidate has to pay an examination fee of Rs. 210, excluding the service charges and GST, However, this fee is exempted for SC, ST, and PwDs. The present recruitment drive is acceptable only for online applications. 

Depending on the post chosen, the candidate has to be between the age bracket of 20 to 39 years. Certain categories get an extension for the upper age limit. The candidate should have government-approved proof of their nationality of being an Indian, or as a permanent resident of India.

  • As per the requirement in the respective positions, the candidates should have physical and medical fitness as per the eligibility guidelines
  • The candidates should have the printouts and scanned copies of the required documents handy for verification for document verification.
  • All three rounds of examinations are critical to deciding upon selecting the opted course for the WBCS.
  • Candidates should source their information from the official recruitment notification regarding the eligibility criteria for the WBPSC posts as other information elsewhere may be misleading and untrue.
  • The candidates must be able to read, write and speak in Bengali
  • The age for the recommended courses would stand valid as recorded only in their Madhyamik, or any other equivalent certificate.

FAQs on WBCS Eligibility Criteria

  • The WBCS eligibility includes the age limit, educational qualifications, nationality, and physical standards. Candidates should be Indian citizens to apply. You can view the whole criteria in the official recruitment notification for the WBCS posts or you can also check it on our page here.

  • The WBCS age limit for the general category is different for different categories. The minimum age limit for the Group A, B, and D posts is 21 years, and for Group C is 20 years. The maximum age limit for the Group A, B, and C posts is 36 years and for Group D posts it is 39 years.

  • The candidates must have completed their Graduation to be eligible for the WBCS exam. Candidates must be able to read, write, and speak the Bengali language except for the Nepali candidates.

  • Yes, WBCS age relaxation is applied for all the category candidates as per the central government and state government rules. Check the category-wise age relaxation below:

    • SC/ ST - 5 years
    • OBC - 3 years
    • PwD - 45 years of age.
  • The maximum age limit for OBC in WBPSC recruitment is given a relaxation of 3 years. All other candidates belonging to the General category need to fall within the age bracket of 20-39 years to be eligible.

  • No, there is no such limit on the number of attempts in the WBPSC exam. Candidates can appear for the exam until they reach the maximum permissible age.

  • The maximum age limit for Group A in the WBCS exam is 36 years. The minimum age limit is 21 years. This age will be calculated as per the cut-off date provided by the West Bengal Public Service Commission.

  • For WBCS Group B, the age limit for Group B has been defined as between 20 - 39 years. Candidates need to conform to this criterion failing which their candidature can be canceled in the future.