Exam Strategy for WBCS – Book Suggestion for Preliminary Exam
WBCS is a dream for every govt job aspirant who want to establish their selves as state civil service cadre in West Bengal. Here we will start about a brief discussion on exam pattern and later we will see the preparation tips and exam strategy including a recommended book list required to clear the preli exam. If you are preparing hard for WBCS and want to know which books to study for preparing the preliminary and main exam, then this article is for you.
WBCS -a brief exam pattern analysis:
West Bengal Civil Service is conducted by WBPSC that is Public Service Commission of the state. There are total 4 groups in which the recruited staffs get posted. Those whose places are on the top of the merit list, get their posting WBCS executive where they join as BDO or Block Development Officer. Obviously the exam is quite tough but comparatively easier than IAS.
WBCS is held in 3 parts, namely –
- Preliminary Exam,
- Main Exam,
Here we will only discuss about the prelims and preparation tips to clear the exam. This written objective type exam consists of 200 marks question from 8 different subjects. Details about the preli syllabus and recommended book list has been given on next para. Each question carries 1 mark and wrongly answered questions will deduct 1/3 marks. Answers have to be given in OMR sheet. You will be given 2.30 hours to answer those 200 MCQs. So, you have to be very quick marking the answers in OMR sheet.
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WBCS Preliminary recommended books:
It does not matter if you are appearing the exam for the first time or multiple times but if your preparation is not effective and efficient than you will never be successful in securing the cut off marks. Old WBCS aspirants may know each book we are suggesting here but if you are new then you must know which books to study for preliminary exam. Recommended books for WBCS are given below –
- Indian History (25 marks) and Indian National Movement (25 marks) – “Bharoter Itihas” by Dr Atul Chandra Roy. This book is in Bengali Medium. New candidates can read this book thoroughly from the first page to last page as to gain the basic knowledge. Once finished you can read History book from “Tulsi Publication”.
- General English (25 marks) – Objective General English by S.P Bakshi (arihant publication). Again this is a book for beginner. Once you complete this you may study P.K De Sarkar for English Comprehension.
- Current affairs (25 marks) – ‘Pratiyogita Darpan’ magazine publishes latest national and international articles in very smooth language which will help you in English vocabulary a Besides this you have to study newspaper regularly to get in touch with latest happenings. We also have a current affair section which is being updated in frequent intervals.
- General Mental ability (25 marks) – Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning books by R.S Agarwal.
- Indian Polity & Economy (25 marks) – Indian Polity by Laxmikanth. If you read this book from the beginning then you don’t need to study others. For economics Ramesh Singh (Indian Economy) is a good book to study.
- General Science (25 marks) – Chronicle Science books and NCERT books are easy to read and also self-explanatory.
- Geography (25 marks) – NCERT geography books from class VI to XII. This will cover from Indian, World geography and physical geography West Bengal’s geography can be studied from Class VI geography book of Bengali Medium Schools.
You may also visit our GK MCQ Section for subject wise Question Answer.
How to prepare for WBCS Preli:
Read the books mentioned above and don’t think that this is an exclusive list. Study more books which you find handy. One more thing, read these books again and again once finished. Revision is the key to get success in any civil service exam be it state or central. Study every day to get in track with preparation and never lose hope.
Other information regarding WBCS can be found on www.pscwb.org.in.