WBCS Exam 2021: Exam Date, Admit card, Updated Syllabus Here

The WBCS Exam 2021 details are here. the WBCS (West Bengal Civil Service) 2021 Prelims exam dates were released on March 26. As per that, the WBCS Prelims 2021 will be conducted across the state on May 31, 2021. Along with the WBCS 2021 Prelims exam date, the Commission also released the WBCS Main exam dates. The WBCS Main Exam 2021will be conducted from May 17-21, 2021. Furthermore, details regarding the WBCS exam 2021 are available here. Go through the article to know complete information about the WBCs exam 2021.


WBCS Exam Dates:

Earlier, WBCS 2021 exams were postponed because of the state assembly elections in the state. The WBPSC postponed the exam on March 1. The proposed date for the WBCS Prelims exam 2021 was March 21 and for the WBCS 2021 main exam was scheduled from April 24 to 28. The WBCS exam 2021 was postponed till May 15 and the new exam dates will be released later. WBCS 2021 notification was released on December 20. The WPSC WBCS 2021 Applications commenced on December 24. The candidates can apply online for the WBCS exam 2021 till January 15. The last date to submit the application fee is January 15 and the form can be submitted till January 16. The WBCS 2021 exam date is not released yet and it will be released later. The WBCS 2021 vacancies were not notified with the WBCS advertisement. The WBPSC will notify the number of vacancies later.

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WBCS 2021 exam advertisement was released online and there are four groups of services combined to form the West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS). The details of Group A, B, C, and D services were mentioned in the WBCS 2021 notification. The WBCS exam is conducted each year to recruit the Group A officers for the West Bengal Provincial Civil Services. The officers recruited through the WBCS exam are as follows:


Group A

  • West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)
  • Assistant Commissioner of Revenue in the integrated West Bengal Revenue Service
  • West Bengal Co-operative Service
  • West Bengal Labour Service
  • West Bengal Food and Supplies Service
  • West Bengal Employment Service


Group B

  • West Bengal Police Service


Group C

  • Superintendent, District Correctional Home / Deputy Superintendent, Central Correctional Home
  • Joint Block Development Officer
  • Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices
  • West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
  • West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade-I
  • Assistant Commercial Tax Officer
  • Joint Registrar (West Bengal State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission under the Consumer Affairs Department, Government of West Bengal
  • Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation)
  • Chief Controller of Correctional Services


Group D

  • Inspector of Co-operative Societies
  • Panchayat Development Officer under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department
  • Rehabilitation Officer under the Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department


  • March 31, 2021: WBCS Main Exam result was declared. The WBCS result was released separately for each of the posts.
  • March 26, 2021: WBCS 2021 Prelims Exam dates were released by the commission. WBCS Main exam 2020 dates were also released.
  • March 1, 2021: WBCS 2021 exam postponed.WBCS Prelims and main exam 2021 was postponed because of the state assembly elections

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WBCS Exam 2021 Notification

West Bengal Public Service Commission released the WBCS 2021 notification on December 20, 2020. The WBCS notification is a gazetted document because it provides all the important information related to the WBCS application, exam dates, selection procedures, negative marking in the exams and vacancies.


WBCS Exam 2021 Highlights

Features Details
Exam Name West Bengal Civil Services
Conducted by West Bengal Public Service Commission
Exam Mode Online
Stages of Exam Two stages(Written and Personality Test)
Geographical Scope of exam State-level (West Bengal Only)
Exam frequency Once a Year
Common Eligibility Graduation Degree in any discipline
Language of question paper English and Bengali
Exam Fees Rs 210
Official website https://www.pscwbonline.gov.in/apps/home/


WBCS Exam 2021 Important Dates

West Bengal Civil Services exam is a prestigious exam for the WBPSC.  It is conducted to recruit the top state government officials. It is the most attractive job among the candidates residing in the state. Important Dates are given below:

WBCS Event Date Salient Features
WBCS 2021 Notification 20-Dec-2020 WBPSC issued the WBCS notification containing all the important information regarding vacancies, dates, reservations, application procedures and the likes
WBCS 2021 Application started 24-Dec-2020 The WBCS online application started on the official website
WBCS 2021 Application closed(Online Mode) 15-Jan-2021 The WBCS online application closed for Online payment mode
WBCS 2021 Application closed(Off-line Mode) 16-Jan-2021 The WBCS online application closed for the offline payment mode
WBCS Prelims 2021 30-May-2021 The WBCS Prelims exam 2021 will be conducted at 26 designated exam centres across the state
WBCS Answer key 2020 May 2021(Tentative) The WBCS prelims answer key 2021 PDF will be released within one week of the WBCS 2021 prelims exam.
WBCS Result for Prelims June 2021(Tentative) WBCS 2021 Result for prelims exam was released online
WBCS Main exam  Postponed The WBCS main exam will be conducted in Kolkata in offline mode.
WBCS Main exam result June 2021(Tentative) The WBCS result for the main exam will be declared
WBCS Interview July 2021(Tentative) The WBCS interview will be conducted by WBPSC
WBCS Final Result August 2021(Tentative) WBCS 2021 final result will be declared

The dates given above are tentative. We will update the dates once announced by the official authority.


WBCS Exam 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The WBCS 2021 eligibility criteria are given in the official notification of WBCS 2021. The WBCS eligibility conditions are given below:

Educational Qualification: A degree from a recognised university and ability to read and write Bengali but it is not required for the candidates having Nepali as a mother tongue.


Age Limit for WBCS Exam 2021

The lower age limit is 21 years and the upper age limit is 36 years. The age will be counted from January 1 of the exam year. The candidates born not earlier than January 2, 1985 and not later than January 1, 2000 will be eligible to apply.

Those candidates whose date of birth lies between January 1, 2000  and January 1, 2001 [i.e. whose age is between 20 and 21 years as on 01.01.2021] may apply for Group B posts only. The Commission will accept the date of birth as mentioned in the Madhyamik Certificate only. Madhyamik Certificate means High School Certificate. 


Age relaxation in WBCS Exam 2021

There is no age relaxation for the candidate serving in the Government. The above age limit applies to all the candidates except the following:

Category Age Relaxation
Backward Classes of West Bengal (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
SC and ST 5 years

In the case of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), the upper age limit is relaxable up to 45 years. S.C./S.T./B.C. candidates of other States shall be treated as General category candidates.


Physical Standard Required for WBCS Exam 2021

For West Bengal Police Service (Group ‘B’ Service) -The minimum height requirement is 1.65 metres for male candidates and 1.50 metres for female candidates subject to relaxation in the case of candidates belonging to races such as Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese Tribes etc. Candidates intending to be considered for this group must indicate their height in the appropriate column of the application form.


WBCS Exam 2021 Selection Process

WBCS is a two-stage exam process. As mentioned in the official notification, the Prelims and Main exam are the parts of the written stage. The other stage is the interview stage.


Stage 1: The WBCS Preliminary exam will be conducted in March/April 2021. The actual WBCS 2021 prelims exam date was not released with the official notification. Before the exam, WBCS admit cards will be issued to the candidates. The WBCS preliminary is an objective type test consisting of one paper only. The paper will carry 200 marks. The candidates passed in the WBCS preliminary exam will be eligible to appear in WBCS main exam. The  Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a  Screening Test only for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination.


Stage 2: WBCS Main exam consists of six compulsory papers and one optional subject having two papers (only for the candidates appearing for Group A or Group B services).


The six compulsory papers will be objective-type papers and the two optional subject papers will be conventional-type. There shall be negative marking in the objective type papers of Prelims as well as Mains exam.


Important Note:  The deduction of 10% of full marks will be done if the candidate tries to disclose his/her identity by writing the name or roll number on the answer script of any paper.


Stage 3: The personal interview will follow the written exam. The marks of the personal interview are given below:

Group of Service Marks of Interview
Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ 200 Marks
Group ‘C’ 150 Marks
Group ‘D’ 100 Marks

Final Result will be announced after all the stages of the WBCS exam are over. After the final result, the candidates need to appear for the document and certificate verification.

WBCS Exam Syllabus 2021

WBCS syllabus was notified in the WBCS 2021 notification on December 20, 2020. The WBCS 2021 syllabus is the most important component of the WBCS preparation. The WBCS syllabus is very categorized in terms of marks and hence the candidates can expect a definite number of questions from a section of the syllabus. This makes the exam easy because the number of questions is fixed from every section and it makes it different from the IAS exam where the number of questions is unexpected.

The WBCS prelims and mains exams are conducted based on the WBCS syllabus given in the official notification. The WBCS prelims exam will be conducted in March/April and the WBCS answer key will be released within two days of the WBCS prelims exam 2021.


WBCS Syllabus Prelims Exam 2021

The WBCS prelims syllabus is an abridged version of the mains syllabus. The WBCS prelims exam has only one objective type question paper. The WBCS notification defines the WBCS syllabus for the prelims exam. The time allotted for the WBCS prelims exam is two-and-a-half hours. The WBCS prelims syllabus is given below.

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

The WBCS prelims exam is a screening exam and the marks scored in the prelims exam is not considered for the final result.


WBCS Syllabus Main Exam 2021

The WBCS main exam is the critical phase of the WBCS exam. The marks scored in the main exam are counted for the WBCS main exam. There are six compulsory objective type question papers and two question papers of the optional subject chosen from the given list. The syllabus for each optional subject is given in the official WBCS notification.


Each compulsory paper carries 200 marks. The time allotted for each paper is three hours. The standard of other compulsory papers will be of the level of learning expected from a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University. The WBCS syllabus for the main exam is as follows.


Paper I: Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali  

  • 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
  • General Knowledge and
  • Current Affairs.


Paper V: The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.

  • 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
  • Fiscal Policy of Government of India.


Paper VI: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning.

The standard of Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning will be similar to that of the Compulsory Mathematics paper at the Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal.

Test of Reasoning will cover

Analytical Reasoning: Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning:

Logical Deduction

(ii) The 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,
  • The odd man out,
  • Perception test,
  • Non-verbal reasoning & Selecting the correct sequence.

The two papers of the optional subjects will be of conventional type and the standard of the examination will be approximately that of an Honours Degree Examination as prescribed by the recognized Indian Universities except for Law, Medical Science and Engineering subjects which will be specified for the LLB, MBBS and BE or equivalent courses respectively recognized by Indian Universities / Institutions.


WBSC Exam 2021 FAQs:


Here some FAQs are available regarding WBCS exam 2021.


Q: What is the exam date for WBCS prelims 2021?

A: The WBCS 2021 prelims exam will be conducted on May 30. The new dates were announced on March 26. Earlier the WBCS Prelims 2021 Exam was postponed because of the announcement of State Assembly elections in the state.


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

A: Yes, there is negative marking in the WBCS preliminary and main exam. The quantum of the negative marking is 10% of the marks assigned to the question.


Q: Can the candidates write answers in Nepali in WBCS main exam?

A: The candidates can write the WBCS main exam in English or in Bengali. But the answer script for Political Science and Botany can be written in Nepali.


Q: The WBCS Prelims is conducted in Online or offline mode?

A: The WBCS prelims and mains both exams are conducted in offline mode. The candidates have to mark their answers on the OMR sheet provided by the exam conducting body.


Q: Are optional subject papers compulsory for all candidates in the WBCS main exam?

A: No, compulsory subject papers are for Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ services only. The candidates appearing in the Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ services need not appear in Compulsory subject papers.


Q: Is the WBCS main exam objective type?

A: There are six compulsory papers in WBCS main exam. Out of six compulsory papers, four papers are objective in nature. Each paper is of 200 marks.


Q: Is Bengali compulsory for WBCS?

A: Yes, reading, writing, and understanding Bengali language is compulsory for the WBCS exam. But it is not compulsory for candidates having Nepali as their mother tongue.

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