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WBCS RECRUITMENT - Notification, eligibility, Important Dates, Admit Card and more 2021


West Bengal Civil Service or W.B.C.S. acts as the civil service commission responsible for recruiting numerous state government officials. Alternatively termed as West Bengal Administrative Service, the commission foresees the state government employees working under its umbrella. Thousands dream of clearing the WBCS examination every year, but it’s only the best who prepare and show resilience to be worthy of the vacant positions.

Due to the pandemic, many of the previously announced dates stand altered, but here are the details you might need:

WBCS 2021 At A Glance

OrganizationWest Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC)
Vacant PostsTo be notified (Group A, B, C, D Posts)
Total VacanciesTo be notified
Application ModeOnline
Selection ProcessWBCS Prelims Exam, WBCS Mains Exam, WBCS Personality Test
LocationWest Bengal
Official Website

WBCS 2021 Notification

As per the notification dated 21 December 2021, the WBCS Prelims will be held on 22 August 2021. The earlier WBPSC official notice stating Written Examinations scheduled between 7 May 2021 and 30 June 2021 still stands postponed as of this date. You can view it here.

WBCS Exam Dates 2021

The online application for WBCS 2021 has already begun. While the specific dates for the exam haven’t yet been finalized, you can find all the important notifications here in the table below:

WBCS Notification Date20 December 2020
Start Date for Online Application24 December 2020
Last Date for Online Application20 January 2021
Last Date for Fee Payment Online21 January 2021
Last Date for Fee Payment Offline21 January 2021
WBCS Prelims Exam22 August 2021
WBCS Prelims Answer-key Release7 days within Prelims
WBCS Mains ExamTo be notified
WBCS InterviewTo be notified
Result DeclarationTo be notified

Eligibility Criteria for WBCS Posts

Luckily for WBCS employees, the WBCS recruitment exam doesn’t have stringent eligibility criteria. Here’s how it looks like:

  • A graduate degree from a recognized state university in any field of discipline
  • Adhering to the age limit of 21 to 36 years for services included in Group ‘A’ and ‘C’, 20 to 36 years for Group B services, and 21 to 39 years for Group D services.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak Bengali, unless your mother tongue is Nepali

Note: Please take note of the age relaxation guidelines listed under the 'Age Limit' section.

Age Limit

Here is a list of the age limits you have to adhere to for applying for the vacant posts:

  • Services included in Group ‘A’ and ‘C’: 21 to 36 years
  • West Bengal Police Service (Group ‘B’ Service): 20 to 36 years
  • Services included in Group ‘D’: 21 to 39 years

Note: If you are born between 1 Jan 2000 and 1 January 2001, you can apply for Group B only.

WBCS Age Relaxation:

  • SC/ST/BC from West Bengal: 5 years
  • SC/ST from the Other States: 5 years
  • OBC (Non-Creamy Layer): 3 years
  • Persons with Disabilities (PwD): up to 45 years

WBCS Exam Application Fee

  • General/ OBC/ EWS: INR 210 + GST
  • SC/ST/ PwD (for West Bengal): Nil
  • SC/ST/ PwD for other states: INR 210 + GST

Note: The application fee is non-refundable.

WBCS 2021 Application Form

It had been notified that the WBCS online applications were available from the following dates:

24 December 2020 to 20 January 2021

You can apply for WBCS recruitment 2021 here.

Steps to Apply for WBCS Recruitment 2021

If you are planning to sit for the WBCS exam of 2021, here’s the application procedure you need to follow diligently:

  • Go to the official website and register yourself with your email ID and phone number.
  • Following OTP validation, fill out the WBCS application form 2021.
  • Upload the required scanned photographs and documents.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Keep a copy of the submitted form for future reference.

Admit Card

The admit cards for the WBCS exam 2021 are yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to get access to the admit cards.

List of Vacancies

You can find more about the list of vacancies in Group A below:

West Bengal Civil Service (Executive)To be notified
Assistant Commissioner of RevenueTo be notified
West Bengal Co-operative ServiceTo be notified
West Bengal Labor ServiceTo be notified
West Bengal Food and Supplies ServiceTo be notified
West Bengal Employment ServiceTo be notified

Here's a list of vacant posts in the Group B division:

West Bengal Police ServiceTo be notified

The vacant posts for Group C and Group D are yet to be released.

WBCS 2021 Reservation List

The reservation list for WBCS entails reserving seats for the different categories of candidates appearing for the exam. WBCS Exam 2021 follows the same reservation rules as mandated by the Government of India.

To know more about the vacant seats and reservation guidelines, visit the official site.

WBCS Selection Process

The WBCS 2021 recruitment takes place in the following steps:

  • WBCS Prelims Exam
  • WBCS Mains Exam
  • WBCS Personality Test

WBCS Exam 2021 Exam Pattern

You can check the WBCS 2021 exam pattern for the Prelims in the table below:

English Composition25
National and International Current Events25
Indian History25
Indian and Bengal Geography25
Indian Politics and Economy25
Indian National Movement25
General Mental Ability25
General Science25

Here’s what the exam pattern for the Mains 2021 looks like:

PaperSubjectQuestion TypeTime Duration
IBengali/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali/ HindiEssay3 hours
IIEnglishEssay3 hours
IIIGeneral Studies IObjective3 hours
IVGeneral Studies IIObjective3 hours
VIndian Constitution and EconomyObjective3 hours
VIArithmetic and Test of ReasoningObjective3 hours

WBCS Exam 2021 Syllabus

Here’s all that the WBCS Prelims exam 2021 will include:

English Composition:

  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Vocabulary Test
  • Phrasal Verbs
  • Homophones
  • Fill in the blanks

General Science:

  • General appreciation
  • Understanding of science

Current Events of National and International Importance:

  • Events affecting India and its global relations
  • History of India
  • Ancient
  • Medieval
  • Modern

Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal:

  • Physical Geography
  • Social Geography
  • Economic Geography

Indian Polity and Economy:

  • Indian Constitution
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Constitutional Bodies

Indian National Movement:

  • Nature and character of 19th-century Resurgence
  • Growth of Nationalism
  • Attainment of Independence

General Mental Ability:

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Common Aptitude

Note: For the WBCS Mains examination 2021, you must refer to the recommended books mentioned in this article.

WBCS 2021 Interview

The dates for the WBCS interview are yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to know the interview dates when they are uploaded.

WBCS 2021 Result

The dates for the declaration of results of the WBCS exam 2021 is yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to know the result dates when they are uploaded.

WBCS Exam 2021 Cut-offs

General P.H94.21
BCA P.H88.78
OBC-B P.H86.11
SC P.H85.21
ST P.H51.13

WBCS Job Profile

Here’s what the WBCS recruitment posts primarily include:

  • Assist in the administrative duties of West Bengal, including but not limited to checking files and papers related to government orders.
  • Partake in developmental as well as social welfare schemes.
  • Strive to maintain peace and integrity among the masses.

WBCS Recruitment Salary Details

Here’s what the salary structure for WBCS employees looks like:

  • Group A pay scale: Rs. 15,600 - 42,000

Grade pay: Rs. 5,400

Gross emoluments: Rs. 21,000 + allowances

  • Group B pay scale: Rs. 15,600 - 42,000

Grade pay: Rs. 5,400

Gross emoluments: Rs. 21,000 + allowances

  • Group C pay scale: Rs. 9,000 - 40,500

Grade pay: Rs. 4,800

Gross emoluments: Rs. 13,400 - Rs. 15,960 + allowances

  • Group D pay scale: Rs. 7,100 - 37,600

Grade pay: Rs. 3,900

Gross emoluments: Rs. 21,000 + allowances

WBCS 2021 Exam Analysis

These are the key topics that were noticed frequenting the WBCS exam papers:

  • Information Technology and its applications
  • General Knowledge/Awareness on current National issues
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Mathematical ability
  • Numerical Aptitude
  • General Mental ability
  • Analytical ability
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Basic Numeracy and Data Interpretation
  • Comprehension

Be thorough with each of these topics, and keep track of time.

The WBCS 2021 exam is not hard, but preparation is key. If you are familiar with current affairs, you are good to go!

WBCS Preparation Tips

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the WBCS 2021 Exam:

  • Every topic is equally important in the WBCS exam, so never skip any topic.
  • Be thorough with State-board books.
  • Study the economic trends, history, geography, and polity from India as well as West Bengal’s perspective.
  • Practice last years question papers from the official website.
  • Practice your speaking skills for the interview.
  • Read State-specific newspapers.

WBCS Question Papers

Here are a few previous years question papers for WBCS:

For the WBCS Mains exam, be thorough with the topics of Indian and Bengal economy, polity, and society in general.

WBCS 2021 Books

HistoryBipin Chandra
EconomySchool textbooks and Ramesh Singh
Current AffairsNewspapers/ The Hindu/ good monthly magazine
GeographyLexicon or Majid Hussain or G.C. Leong

WBCS Study Plan

Here's how you should plan your study hours to make to most out of them:

  • Your mind should be fresh while sitting down to study. There should be as few distractions as possible.
  • Divide your focus on your speaking skills and your theoretical knowledge.
  • Make sure you have the previous years' papers and a few mock test centres around, to sit for practice tests.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open so that you are always up to date with current affairs. This is one of the best ways to learn. Watch news channels, read newspapers and magazines.
  • If reading too many books get exhausting, switch to alternative modes of learning that are more interesting: watch videos related to your study topics, find out movies and literary works pertaining to the core themes that will help you learn without sitting down and burying your head in a book.

Keeping track of the WBCS exam 2021 details will help you inch closer to your dream employment at WBCS. Make sure you note your application number and the last date of submission for the fee and the application form.

Arrange for proper internet connectivity and a working mobile/PC to successfully register yourself and submit your online application form. Go through the syllabi and exam patterns carefully to ace the WBCS 2021 exam with flying colours!