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How to prepare for WBCS ( Main) Examination

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TIPS FOR WBCS ( MAIN ) EXAMINATION
The preparation of WBCS (Mains) should start before or at least concurrent with WBCS (Prelims). aspirants never get enough time after the declaration of WBCS (Prelims) results. Further, while WBCS (Prelims) is only a screening test, it is on the basis of their performance in WBCS (Mains), on which mainly depends the final outcome of their efforts. Strategically, therefore, the preparation for the WBCS examination should start about one year in advance and aspirants should think about appearing in the WBCS (Prelims) only when they have had a strong grip over the WBCS ( Mains) subject matter. WBCS aspirants should be mentally fully prepared to bear the strain of this one-year-long exam; and second, candidate should have (or develop) a sound expression (written as well as verbal) in the medium (language) they want to appear with. Once they have obtained these two qualifications, other issues regarding preparation for the exam can be handled better and easily.
First understand what are the papers the WBCS aspirants will have to give in the mains examination:
  • One Indian Language Paper (100 marks)
  • One English Essay, Composition etc. Paper (100 marks)
  • One General Knowledge paper (100 marks)
  • One Constitution, Five Year Plan papers (100 marks)
  • One Arithmetic, Test of Reasoning Paper ( 100 marks)
  • Four Optional subjects papers (100 marks each)
In case any confusion about what "Four optional subject papers" means, let us just clear that up first. For the "mains exam" one have to select two optional subjects. And on each of these optional subject, you will have to give two papers. So that makes Four optional subject papers in all!
While studying for the prelims, one should study the “general studies” really well! If one do this, he can use the same knowledge to give the mains exam. It will reduce your study load for the mains exam a lot! When studying for the mains exam, and a lot of the “General Knowledge paper” and “Constitution, Five Year Plan papers”syllabus will be covered!
How to choose the first optional subject?
On the first thought of appearing in the WBCS examination, the first issue is the selection of optional subjects. In a way, selection of right optional subjects is the most crucial step. Post-graduates in any discipline, generally prefer taking up their parent subject for optional. Though such selection is quite logical, aspirants with any science discipline as their base subject must ponder over the issue more seriously. Maths, Physics, Chemistry etc., optionals for main must be opted for, only if one is out and out thorough with the subject. Aspirants with a science subject must judge themselves correctly regarding their own capability. Some of the social sciences (e.g. History, Economics , Public Administration) opted by quite a significant majority can, however, be a much safer bet, particularly for those (ordinary science graduates) who do not have any specific parent subject or for those who are not able to develop confidence in their parental subject. In either case, the formal preparation must start from the basic fundamentals, even if a person is already a post-graduate in that subject.
How to choose the second optional subject?
To select the second optional subject, one must decide on basis of two factors:
  1. The availability of study material/books etc. on the subject you select.
  2. The amount of interest the aspirant has in that subject!

Study material is generally a problem! So one should keep a look out for good books etc. that cover the syllabus of the optional subjects he selects. The second optional subject could be something like “history” or “geography” or “Anthropology” etc. if he can mug-up a lot of facts! On the other hand, if one have interest in some other subject and he can find enough study material on it, he should definitely go for that subject.
Here is the link to the mains syllabus of these subjects!Please Note: There are many languages listed about as optional subjects. In case of these languages, the syllabus consists of literature etc. that is written in that language. You can check out the syllabuses here.
It is also important to remember that the level of questions asked is of the Masters level examination. The questions have an added spin in order to bring out the grasp of the candidate with regard to the basic concepts of the subject. Hence, if one chooses subjects in which he does not have a basic grounding, it would be advisable to start from simple books. After getting the grasp of the basic concepts, start with higher level study material. Here again, reflections on basic concepts and their application in real life is important. For best preparation and a success plan, it is suggested that the candidate make a habit of beginning his study by writing answers to two questions each day, one each from two optional subjects. Questions should be chosen from previous years' papers and the answer writing should be preceded by study on the subject.
What is the “Indian Language paper” all about?
However, if aspirants are from a non-English medium school, they have on thing in their favor. The “Qualifying Indian Language paper” will be easy for them!This paper is just like the English language paper. It is designed to prove that the aspirants have a good command over some Indian language. One can give this paper in one of the following Indian languages:

  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • Nepali
  • Urdu
This paper generally consists of the following:
  1. Essay writing.
  2. Precis Writing.
  3. Composition.
  4. Translation from English to the Indian language.
If the aspirant do not have command over any of the language mentioned above, this paper could be a problem for him. He might have to read up and concentrate on the paper until he get a hang of the language he select. If he has a good command over the language, he will not have worry too much about this paper. Just worry about his presentation and practice writing a few papers!

What is “English Essay etc.” paper? What do they ask in that paper?
The paper will consist of:
  1. Essay writing.
  2. Precis Writing.
  3. Composition.
  4. Translation from the Indian language to English.
If aspirants have studied in an English medium school, this paper will be easy for them to prepare for. This format is very similar to the format that the school English papers have!
If they have not studied in an English language school they will have to take some effort to master the English language. They can do this by reading a lot. They need to read and try to properly understand what they read. Keep a dictionary and English grammar book with them always. Keep referring to in with any new word they come across. Interact with fluent English speakers. All this will give them control over the language.
In this paper, one will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of topic will be given. They should keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange theirr ideas in orderly fashion, and to concisely!
Just to give an idea, here are the topics of the 2008 English Essay type paper.
Write an essay on ANY ONE of the following topics: ( The candidates are expected to keep closely to what is strictly relevant to the topic in question and write to in an organized way. Credits will be given to precision and exactness of expression)
  1. Global warming as a threat of civilization.
  2. Secularism and India
  3. Impact of globalization on India.
  4. Panchayeti Raj as implemented in India.
  5. The role of poets in a traditional society.

So, how to tackle the essay type paper?Read a lot of essays. Read as many essays as one can get his hands on. One good source of high-quality essays, are the essays published in the Competition Success Review or Employment News. Try to get a hold of these magazines. It is full of useful information!
Make sure read only “great” essays by “top” authors! This will give a feel of how essays are written. Also try to get a good book on writing Précis. There will be many available in local book store. There is pattern or way in which you Précis must be structured. All this can be learnt from a good book on writing Précis.
Finally, practice! Write essays and Précis on challenging topics and get them read by friends and colleagues or teachers who have a degree in the English language. They may be able to give some good pointers to improve presentation on performance.
What is the “Composition and Translation from Bengali / Hindi / Urdu /Nepali into English ” all about?
The section of the paper is designed to prove that the aspirants have a good command over the English language.

What is the “General Knowledge and Currents Affairs paper” and “The Constitution of India and the Five-year Plans”all about?
For the main examination, the study should be done in more detail.
To study current affairs, it is essential to read one national newspaper and the Competition Success Review. When he is studying the round up of national and international affairs, efforts should not be merely taking up the information but also to understand the issues involved. Go into the background of events.
With regard to Constitution of India and Five-years Plans the books published by the NCERT are the best source of study. Take up the text-books for classes IX, X standards. The reference books of Sen, Sen & Mukherjee are also good source of study.One important aspect of the WBCS (Mains) Exam is that the questions do not ask for mere information as a reply, but seek analysis backed with arguments from the candidates. . Usually, one gets the impression that one knows everything but thoughts do not flow out naturally as one puts pen to paper. Hence, writing down the answers is an important aspect of the preparation. Another thing is that the candidate must carefully read the questions in order to make out what the examiner is asking. Having done that, it is important to organise one's thoughts before writing and the sequence of the answer should be from the most important/potent aspect to less important aspects.
With regard to the General Knowledge, the books published by the NCERT are the best source of study. Take up the text-books for classes IX, X standards. India year book and the Manorama Year Book are also good sources of study.
What is the “Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning” all about?
With regard to the Arithmatic, the books published by the NCERT and books duly approved by WB Board of Secondary Education are the best source of study. Take up the text-books for classes IX, X standards. Practice problems repeatedly is only solution to get marks from this paper.
This section- Test of Reasoning – tests the person’s logical faculty. This faculty includes understanding, insight, sensing and perceiving the underlying principle or pattern that is concealed in the questions of different kind. With regard to the Test of Reasoning, the book written by R.S.Agarwal is one of the best sources of study.

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Anonymous said...

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prabhav parchh sristilai prakashko gatima.

matri bhasa me siksha nadena sukshma gati se das banana.


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Anonymous said...

sarva siksha matri bhasama.

Anonymous said...

nice

Budha said...

I could not find any previous exam papers of WBCS for Electrical Engineering in the market. :(

Anonymous said...

kindly can you tell me the two subjects in which I can easly obtain good marks...

Anonymous said...

yes,i can.. anthro and psycho

Anonymous said...

Is the arithmetic paper reqires solving of problems in an elaborate manner or it's like CSAT objective type

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Anonymous said...

guys dont ask others which optionals to take ! r u nuts?
take that subject in which u do hav a command or in which u hav that interest...
stop asking and start doing ...
i tuk political science and history inspite of coming from commerce background.
i never asked any1.
" I DONT TAKE RIGHT DECISIONS , I TAKE DECESIONS AND MAKE THEM RIGHT"

Anonymous said...

IF ANY ONE NEEDS ANY HELP DO ASK ME !
TODAY IS MID OF APRIL , HONESTLY SPEAKING YOU STILL GOT TIME TO PREPARE FOR WBCS2011
JUST MAKE A ROUTINE OF UR DAILY LIFE .
OUT OF 24HRS ATLEAST GIV 10/12 HRS IN STUDIES.
4HRS FOR UR PRELIMS , 4 HRS IN PRACTISING MATHS ENGLISH AND INDIAN LANGUAGE AND DA REST 4HRS IN ONE OF YOUR OPTIONALS.
IT GONA B TOUGH BT FRIENDS NOTHING COMES EASY IN LIFE....

Anonymous said...

CRACK THIS EXAM ND BE A WBCS OFFICER...
IF U CANT STUDY FOR YOURSELF . . .
THAN STUDY FOR YOUR PARENTS WHO WANTS YOU TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE . IF U CANT DO THAT STUDY FOR YOUR "LOVE"... IF U HAV SOMEONE SPECIAL IN YOUR LIFE THAN JUST GO AHEAD AND DETICATE UR SUCCESS TO HIM/HER.
AND EVEN IF U CANT DO THAT THAN STUDY FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHOM YOU CAN BRING A CHANGE INTO THEIR LIVES AFTER BEING A WBCS OFFICER...

Anonymous said...

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BY THE WAY THIS IS ADNAN . . .

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Anonymous said...

I want EE main paper....help me out plzzz

Anonymous said...

can any one help me out.
Is public administration subject in wbcs?

Anonymous said...

havent recieved my mains admit card....:(...what should i do???helpp

Anonymous said...

Hi! I want to be a WBCS officer.Pls tell me how do I start and From where???

Anonymous said...

can I choose public administration and economics as my optional papers in WBCS exam?

Anonymous said...

is it important or shall i say necessary to have a masters degree in any subj. to become a wbcs?

Anonymous said...

can i write one optional paper in bengali and another one in english?

victor said...

Hi , I am a student of B-Tech computer science.
I am now preparing for preli . Please provide me some previous computer science question paper.
my id i victordey2007gmail.com .Thanks in advance

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

plz help me find a good institute for wbcs main coaching kolkata my opt. psycho and geo suggest me some good books plzzzz....thanks

Anonymous said...

kindly suggest a coaching institute that offers correspondence coaching for English literature.

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rit said...

when will we can expect our main xm? What abt prelim result and cut off for gen?

Anonymous said...

I am a BCA student..6th sem.can I sit for the WBCS exam????? kindly suggest me

d crng said...

when can we expect our prelims result..??any idea..lemme know..

laptop said...

how to get w.b.c.s main exam note

laptop said...

hot wbcs note publish

Anonymous said...

When can we expect prelims result? What is the expected date for mains exam ?

Soumaya K said...

Sir, I am Soumaya K, can anyone please advice me on essay writing technique..Please help..

Anonymous said...

huge syllebus ,tough practice and less time left

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me whether I can write in bengali in the exam. What is the mode of language?

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Anindita said...

Please guide me if History and Psychology will be a good choice as optional ... Both the subjects are new to me. My subject was English with philosophy and pol sc. as pass subject. Please guide me before 2013 form fill up.

Anonymous said...

Please suggest some guidance on English.
I have taken English paper as my 2nd optional.
Please suggest some books,and guidance on this subject.

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Subhoshree Ray Chatterjee said...

Hi Anindita the subjects, you have chosen are scoring and interesting too. For guidance and study material Please contact me in 9051970420. I am a WBCS cleared person and working as a state Govt. employee.

jhulon said...

you are doing a great job...can you give the answer
keys of last prelim...if possible.. plz do that..thank you.

Anonymous said...

I DO WANT TO KNOW IN THE SYLLABUS OF WBCS MAIN OPTIONAL GEOGRAPHY THE QUESATION ARE FROM WORLD GEOGRAPHY BUT IN THE SYLLABUS IT IS WRITTEN THAT GEOGRAPHY OF INDIA AND WEST BENGAL. AFTER ALL HUGE SYLLABUS OF GEOGRAPHY AND WHERE DO I GET NOTES. PLEASE REPLY.

Anonymous said...

Can u specify me some books for Preli and some best books for anthro & pshyco

Anonymous said...

Is history and political science a good option for main exam?

Anonymous said...

Is there going to be any change in 2013 in the question paper pattern (marks division) in the optional subjects?

Anonymous said...

that was really helpful..thanx a lot...

Anonymous said...

I have one question.
Can we write two optional papers in two different languages, say opt 1 in englsh and opt 2 in bengali?
Pl help.....

subrata chatterjee said...

yes u can write in two papers in two different languages

subrata chatterjee said...

yes u can write in two papers in two different languages

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Anonymous said...

where do I get notes on anthropology and history and economics ( compulsary)

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where do i get the previous years question of optional papers????????

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