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West Bengal PCS Preparation Strategy 2022

The preparation strategy of the aspirants for WBCS Exam consists of a thorough understanding of the exam pattern & the syllabus, kinds of questions asked in previous year papers, question papers, pdf, booklist, mock test, and more.

The  West Bengal Civil Service Examination is conducted by West Bengal Public Service Commission 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. 

WBCS Preparation Tips 2022 - Exam Scheme

Aspirants must have a look at the WBCS exam pattern since knowledge of the exam scheme is important for a better strategy for the exam.

The preliminary exam of the WBCS will consist of a single objective type of paper, with a total of 200 questions with 1 march each. There will also be a negative marking of 1/3rd marks for each incorrect answer. The mains exam has 6 compulsory and 2 optional subject papers for Group A and B posts.

The question paper will be of graduation level of understanding of any field of a recognized University. The paper will consist of the questions covering the following subjects:

WBCS Exam Pattern 2022






Prelims Exam

Objective Exam



Mains Exam

      Paper 1 (Subjective)

      Paper 2 (Subjective)

      Paper 3 (Objective)

      Paper 4 (Objective)

      Paper 5 (Objective)

      Paper 6 (Objective)

      Paper 7 & 8 (Objective)

200 marks for each paper




      200 (Group A & B)

      150 (Group C)

      100 (Group D)

It is very important for aspirants to have a clear understanding of the pattern, syllabus, and other important aspects.

      WBCS 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 WBCS exam and it can not be ignored in preparation.

WBCS Preparation 2022 - Syllabus

Here we have provided the subject asked in the prelims exam. You can check the detailed syllabus from the linked page.



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 a 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 the 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.

WBCS Preparation Analysis: Questions Asked

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 the WBCS exam.

      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.

WBCS Exam Preparation 2023

WBCS aspirants must carefully go through the following pointers which will prove to be the difference between success and failure if followed properly.

Understanding the Syllabus

Aspirants must understand the syllabus before starting the preparation. As they should know the topics which they need to study.

WBCS Preparation books

Books and Sources: Aspirants must study the standard WBCS books and stick to them in the whole course of preparation. They should choose the books and sources carefully and revise the short personal notes made from them regularly, instead of buying a new book every month for the same subjects, which will only increase the confusion and reduce retention rate.

We have provided some standard books that will give a strong base for the subjects and are enough for the preliminary level of preparation.



General Science

LUCENT General Science and Lucent’s GK, NCERTs


S.P. Bakshi, Wren & Martin, NCERTs

History and Indian National Movement

Spectrum, Bipin Chandra


G.C. Leong

General Mental Ability

R.S. Aggarwal

Polity and Economy

Laxmikanth (Polity), Ramesh Singh(Economy)

Current Affairs

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

Aspirants must develop a timetable which suits them. They must not try to copy someone else in this matter, because making a schedule and following it are completely different things. They must allot proper time to each subject and not skip a subject because it is too easy or too hard. 

WBCS Mock Test

They must regularly solve the Mock test to not only get an idea of the real exam but to know which portions of the syllabus are weak and what portions are strong. 

WBCS Previous Year Papers

A candidate must go through the previous year's question papers so as to get an idea of what the actual paper will look like but will also act as a confidence booster after solving them. Sometimes they might find repeated questions from previous years directly or indirectly. 

Current Affairs, English and General Ability

There are 75 Questions allotted to these three sections and they must not ignore these sections. Current affairs should be repeatedly revised through tests and quizzes. They must form a habit of reading a newspaper daily without break in order to prepare current affairs but will also improve vocabulary and writing skills.

English Composition and General Mental Ability questions must be practiced regularly.


Lastly, it is advised for aspirants that they should take a 7-hour sleep and have regular mental and physical exercise. Meditation, Proper Sleep, and Exercise will take the stress off and boost chances of success.

WBCS Preparation FAQs

How to prepare for WBCS Exam?

Here Avision exam prep has provided the best preparation strategy for the WBCS Exam. It includes knowledge of prelims and mains exam pattern, syllabus, questions asked, books, and more. Go through the strategy to get good marks in WBCS Exam.

What is the total time required for WBCS Preparation?

It depends on the individual. Some are able to crack the exam in 3 months some are not able to clear it in 3 years.

How do I state my WBCS preparation?

Before starting your preparation first go through the eligibility criteria. After that follow the given steps:

      Understand the latest pattern & syllabus

      Make a suitable study schedule

      Collect good books to study

      Attempt mock test, the question paper to track improvement

      Revise in a systematic manner

      Take experts class at BEP if required.

Can I crack WBCS exam in 6 month of preparation?

Yes, you can clear the exam in less than 6 months if you religiously follow the WBCS preparation strategy provided here. Many students had already cleared the exam by following the given tips.

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