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WBCS Mains Exam Pattern Detailed Syllabus & Structure

Written Exam Pattern Marks Distribution for WBCS Mains & Interview – Download syllabus

After the prelims exam in West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS), qualified candidates are required to appear in Main exam or mains test. There are 7 papers including 6 compulsory and 1 optional papers. Syllabus for each of the paper of the WBCS MAINS exam is available to download in the post. The written exam will be subjective as well as objective. The exam pattern and structure is also analyzed in the below post. The mains test will be followed by personality test or interview.

wbcs main exam pattern syllabus

Total marks for the main exam:

Now we will discuss about how many marks exam are conducted for the WBCS Main Exam. The total marks for the exam depends on the grade you have applied for. Group wise marks distribution for main and interview is given below –

Group A – 1600 marks + 200 marks for interview – Total 1800.

Group B – 1600 marks + 200 marks for interview – Total 1800.

Group C – 1200 marks + 150 marks for interview – Total 1350.

Group D – 1200 marks + 150 marks for interview – Total 1350.

WBCS Mains Exam Syllabus and structure –

There are 6 compulsory papers and 1 optional paper. The compulsory papers are discussed below –

  1. Language Paper (Bengali / Hindi / Nepali / Urdu etc.)                                200 marks,
  2. English Paper                                                                                              200 marks,
  3. General Studies I (Indian History and Geography)                                     200 marks,
  4. General Studies II (Science, Environment and GK & Current affairs          200 marks,
  5. Constitution of India and Indian Economy                                                   200 marks,
  6. Arithmetic and test of reasoning                                                                  200 marks.

This 6 papers are common to the candidates who are applying for the Group A, B, C and D.

Optional Subject:

In addition Group A and B cadres will have to appear in Optional Papers. There will be two papers each having 200 marks consisting of 400 marks optional paper.

So, the Group A and Group B cadres will have to answer 1600 marks mains paper.

Candidates have to choose one optional paper during the time of application for the prelims. They can choose any of the subjects mentioned in WBCS prospectus. There are some restrictions on selecting the optional subjects also. Please check it out on the official website at

Main Exam Pattern:

Among the 6 compulsory papers, the last four papers mentioned above that is paper no 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be of objective type and the paper 1, 2 and optional paper (both the 2 parts) will be of subjective or descriptive type. In the 4 objective papers candidates have to answer in OMR sheet. Other 3 subjective papers are need to be answered in descriptive manner for which space will be provided.

There are negative marking for the wrongly marked answers also.

Duration of the WBCS mains exam –

The WBCS main exam will be carried out during a period of 4 days. 3 days for 6 common papers and 1 day for optional paper. The venue of the mains test will be in Kolkata Centre only. In a single day 2 papers will be held in Morning and evening session.

Each paper will be of 3 hours duration.

Optional Subject Syllabus:

WBPSC has mentioned the detailed syllabus of optional subject. As there will be two papers from the optional paper, they have mentioned part wise subject for each paper separately.

See the syllabus from here.

For more details on each step of the recruitment method please visit Official Website.


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  1. Ami w.b.c.s officer hota chai

    1. thats very good. visit our WBCS Special Page, we are providing all the info and study resources on a single page

  2. I want become B.D.O(Block Development Officer) and then S.D.O(Sub-Divisional Officer) by WBCS 2020. My contact no. is (+91)9635198728.

    1. Keep up the hope and try hard.

      1. I am studying now BA (2nd year) general degree course.Can I get prepare for giving wbcs exam after graduation.

        1. Yes. You may start preparation for the exam right now.

  3. I hope I’ll success

  4. ami o w.b.c.s officer hote chi ,
    but ke vabe preparation Nile success hobo bujte parche naa.
    Ph no-9832818027

    1. Self-preparation is the best according to me. Read some good quality standard books and revise previous years question papers for prelims and optional.

      1. sabyasachi sarkar

        could you send me pls previous 10 years old pre and main question paper….my email id is……hope you will send… thank you

  5. as per new age limit of wbsc exam can I seat in the exam as I am 35yrs old? also want to the syllabus in details along with where should i get mock interview practice?

    1. sure…try..if fedrer can win Australian open at 35 why not u?

  6. I want a detail instruction on MAINS exam pattern marks division and optional also.
    i will be thankful if you upload previous years mains question papers.
    my selective optional paper is history

  7. qualifying marks কত। (prelims)

  8. Wbcs preparation er jnno ki6u valo book er name chai.

  9. I want to ask, WBCS group B age limit raied to 39. Eta ki West Bengal Police Service?

    1. Yes it is a WBPS or West Bengal Police Service.

      1. Circular ki beriye gache age extention er? kobe exam? ( I guess Nov. e?)

  10. Can I choose optional paper in group c and is it 200 or 100 marks

  11. Any book suggestion for self practice.

  12. Main exam syllabus a science ta kon level er thakbe Madhyamik/HS

    1. Madhyamik level er science thake.

  13. I want to be a Wbcs officer.
    What I do?

  14. I am from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur Electrical Engineering.I will graduate at 2018 month of May, due to 4th yrs course( checked on google that WBCS exam will conducted on january.But I still on january 2018 won’t become Graduate.
    Can i prepared for WBCS exam which conducted on 2018 ?

    1. You can prepare, but you may not be eligible for WBCS as per their criteria of graduation.

  15. wbcs mains er paper kon kon language e thakee? r negative mark ki thakee?



  17. Ma’m pls let me know how many optionals are there(1 or 2), if I aspire for WBPS,2018

  18. Sir, I am now studying Eng. MA part 2. But now I think I am in the wrong path.

    Is it possible to GET QUALIFIED IN 2018 or 19 if I start from now?
    I don’t want to be a teacher. IS THEN MY MA Degree of no worth ?

  19. Paramita Chakrabarti

    wbcs er maths kon leveler?Madhyamik na H.S?Amar bon M.A in Bengali?O ki ei exam dite parbe?

  20. I am graduated. How i prepare for wbcs.

  21. sir, I want to know in whichs languege medium the wbcs main exam is held on?

    1. Both English and Bengali.

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