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.
Understanding the 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.
WBCS Preparation books
Books and Sources: A candidate must decide on the standard WBCS 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 regularly, instead of buying a new book every month for the same subjects. It will only increase the confusion and reduce your retention rate.
Some standard books 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:
LUCENT General Science and Lucent’s GK, NCERTs
S.P. Bakshi, Wren & Martin, NCERTs
History and Indian National Movement
Spectrum, Bipin Chandra
General Mental Ability
Polity and Economy
Laxmikanth (Polity), Ramesh Singh(Economy)
Newspaper-Hindu/Indian Express, BYJU'S Exam Prep Monthly Current Affairs for PCS Exams
West Bengal GK
WBCS GS Manual by Nitin Singhania
Make a Study Schedule
Every Candidate must develop a timetable which is suitable for 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.
WBCS 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 analyze the progress and change the studying pattern accordingly. A systematic manner with careful planning is needed to clear the preliminary round.
WBCS Previous Year Papers
A candidate must go through the previous year's question papers. They not only provide you with 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 regularly as they can provide you with an edge over the candidates who have only focused on the General Studies Syllabus.
In the end, the candidates are advised to take a 7-hour sleep and have regular mental and physical exercise. Meditation must be practiced for 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 your 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.