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How to Prepare For WBCS ( Preliminiary ) Examination

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The Syllabus of the WBCS ( Preliminary) Examination has been set as under:

(i)English Composition25 marks
(ii)General Science25 marks
(iii)
Current events of National & International Importance
25 marks
(iv)History of India25 marks
(v)Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal25 marks
(vi)Indian Polity and Economy25 marks
(vii)Indian National Movement25 marks
(viii)General Mental Ability25 marks


WBCS Preliminary is a multiple choice question paper, it needs a different preparation and a proper strategy. The paper of WBCS (Preliminary) Examination will be of two and half hours duration. The Syllabus thus has three broad divisions: (1) English (2) General Studies and Current Affairs and (3) Mental Ability. The weightage of marks of WBCS (Preliminary) Examination is high on General Studies and Current Affairs – a total of 150 marks. However English Composition and Mental Ability – each one has a wide coverage. Adequate planning, studies and practice is therefore essential for these three sections. Moreover , English is also part of WBCS ( Main) syllabus. The foundation has to be built right at the WBCS (Preliminary) stage.


On an average one gets around 45 seconds for each question. The main constraint is the time one gets to answer questions. A lot of time is wasted in signing attendance sheets etc, therefore there is a lot of need for effective Time Management not only for the exam but in the preparation as well. Speed and Accuracy are important, so solving model question papers on a regular basis would be a great help.

Time Management and strategy for WBCS ( preliminiary):

One should read the entire syllabus by covering each and every aspect. This provides a candidate with loads of self-confidence and knowledge to answer the questions correctly. The first thing a candidate needs to bear in mind is that the examination is designed to evaluate certain qualities like a sharp memory and basic retention power.

Considering the general nature of the examination the tactics must be to focus on greater rather than intensive coverage. One is expected to know history, science, polity, geography, economy and other such disciplines, all at the same time. However, only basics of each of the disciplines is needed. Hence one must concentrate on basics and acquire as much facts about basics as possible but avoiding the element of over-kill in preparations.

Many aspirants prepare General Studies in terms of "reading" (once, twice, thrice etc.) with or without underlining the important facts or memorizing a huge number of questions printed on so called guide books available in market. It results not only in longer time of preparation, but also many important points may skip. Also, even if you underline the highlighting points, most of you have the tendency to read the text in full while going for the subsequent readings. It is, therefore, advisable that texts must be read once and all important points (likely to be forgotten) recorded separately so that you need not study volumious texts again. This would save on your time and should result in greater efficiency. Further, while Prelims is only a screening test, it is on the basis of your performance in Mains, on which mainly depends the final outcome of your efforts. Strategically, therefore, the preparation for the examination should start about one year in advance and you should think about appearing in the Prelims only when you have had a strong grip over the Mains' subject matter.

Answering Strategy:

As the questions in the Preliminary examination are objective in nature and there is no negative marking in the exam, it is suggested not to leave any questions unanswered and intelligent guesswork may be used to answer questions when you don’t know the precise answer. Do not get stuck at any question. Move on from question to question and attempt the difficult ones at the end. While solving the paper you may take three rounds. In the first round, attempt only the answers which you are sure of. In the next round, try to eliminate as many options as you can and darken the ovals which are the only one left out after elimination. In the next round, try to eliminate as many options as you can and darken the ovals which are the only one left out after elimination. If you are confused between just two options, it is advisable to make an intelligent guess. If you are left with about five to 10 minutes, select one option out of A,B,C or D and go on dealing with the left out questions.

Refference Books for WBCS ( Preliminiary):

The questions asked in the General Studies paper are of 10+2 level . Therefore emphasis has to be on conceptual clarity. Any concept has to be understood with its origin, merits and de-merits, then it needs to be analysed with other relevant topics and lastly it has to be correlated with the events that have taken place during the year. If one wants to have command over General studies , then he has to prepare 7 major area i.e. - History , Geography, Polity, Science, Economy, Current AffairsGeneral Knowledge. For all the above topics, best way to start is from Basics i.e. NCERT Books of Class 6th to Class 12th.

  • For History - NCERT + Book of Kiron Chowdhury.

  • Geography - NCERT + Any reference book of secondary standard + a good atlas like Orient Longman /Oxford.

  • Polity - NCERT + book of Sen, Sen & Mukherjee / Jojo Mathews's Indian constitution and polity.

  • Science – NCERT class 6th to class 12th is more than enough.

  • Economy - NCERT class 11th and 12th + book of Sen, Sen & Mukherjee + Read and make notes of newspaper about current economy.

  • Current Affairs - one has to be thorough with newspaper readings of at least one year back from the date of exam.General Knowledge - India year book + Manorama year book.

Again remember read thoroughly and underline the relevant portion for further revise or make short notes on each topic of general studies so that the entire syllabus can be revised a day before the exam. The most important technique is doing regular revision. This helps in retaining the maximum information. A separate time slot should be given to doing not only regular but multiple revisions like daily, weekly, monthly etc. Many candidates make a mistake of overloading themselves with lots of information and end up remembering nothing. One should be able to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information. Since the WBCS (Preliminary) Examination is an elimination round the candidate should also learn to focus only on the information needed and filter out the rest.

  • For Mental Ability - R.s.Agarwal.
  • English- P K De Sarkar / Wren and Martin is more than enough.

If one is thorough with the above topics from the above materials, then he/she will definitely crack this exam easily.

TIPS: Dos and Don'ts

  • Final preparation must start by testing self with the revision-type Model Test Papers.
  • Emphasis on your weak-spots.
  • Keep testing yourself at a regular interval.
  • Make a mental note of areas you have covered and what remains to be covered.
  • Be analytical in response.
  • Revise your stuff a number of times.
  • A calm mental state is most important.
  • There is negative marking in the exam, it is suggested to leave questions which you do know or you have not correct answer.
  • Do not get stuck at any question. Move on from question to question and attempt the difficult ones at the end.
  • In the first round, attempt only the answers which you are sure of.
  • In the next round, try to eliminate as many options as you can and darken the ovals which are the only one left out after elimination.
  • If you are confused between just two options, it is advisable to leave that question.

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122 comments:

Anonymous said...

"There is no negative marking"...Is this a correct information? Please confirm.

WBCSguru said...

There is negative marking. (1/3) is duducted for one mistake. Thank you for your comment.

Goutam said...

please give indian national movent material

Anonymous said...

can the students who belong to general caste appear the wbcs xam repeatedly?

Anonymous said...

Hi...this is being of great help...I want to know the gross and in-hand salary of a WBCS EXECUTIVE Officer in Group-A at the entry level..and one more thing, where will i get model test papers?? are they the previous years' papers? is attending a coaching for the exams going to help?

Amit Ray said...

Please give some study material for English prelims.

Anonymous said...

Payel said.....
Can you please tell me how should I analyse my analytical skill for WBCS Preliminary Exam.

prit d sharma said...

i deadly need agriculture optional paper study mats....plz uplaod...

Anonymous said...

Please give some study material for Histoy ,National Movement,polity & Economyprelims.

Anonymous said...

Please send to Email ID some study material for Histoy ,National Movement,polity & Economyprelims.
Email ID:rautmanoj89@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

please send study mat to Email ID:rautmanoj89@gmail.com on optional paper History & pol.science.

ayush said...

pleace send study met. send my email address.my email address is ayushdas97@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lovely study meterial.

INDIAN said...

please send me the book names for indian national movement.my emailid is sayanb0@gmail.com.also which magazines should be followed in wbcs.

susmita said...

Plz send me the books name of Indian national Movement and which magazines should be followed in WBCS.

My email. ID - bhagabati_ica@reddifmail.com.

Anonymous said...

wat is the last date for submitting forms ?

Anonymous said...

pls suggest me how i shall prepare for my history paper for preliminary exam?

Anonymous said...

SIR I HAVE MAKE A MISTAKE BY CHOOSING OPTIONAL PAPERS.
1) COMMERCE & ACCOUNTANCY
AND
2) MANAGEMENT

IS MY FORM BE DECLARED AS CANCELED

PLEASE ADVICE ME
PLEASE
AT amit789jad@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

DO YOU THINK NCERT BOOKS ARE PERFACT FOR PRELI?
OR I FOLLOW THE OTHER BOOKS?
please advice
at sharmi.qds@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Sir how much time will be taken for Admit Card which will confirm me either i can appear in exam? Is there any Email ID to confirm about Admit Card?

sanjitmahapatra92@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

maddy...WBCSguru please clarify our doubts...many doubts are pending here..what are you doing???

Sujan kumar said...

we are in msc.are we able to this exam?

Rohan said...

can you send me some studymet.My mail ld is :rohanmajhi@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

please can you send me the study material for geogarphy and english and the name of the books i could take reference of to my email adress:monikabhowmick83@gmail.com

SANU said...

I AM DOING BACHELOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. I SHALL FINISH MY BACHELOR IN 2011 CAN I ABLE TO SEAT IN JANUARY WBCS PRELIMINARY EXAM? AND I HAVE FILLED UP MY FORM FOR 2011 PRELIMINARY AS WELL AS MAIN EXAM.BUT TILL NOW I HAVE NOT GOT ADMIT CARD FOR THE EXAM. CAN U TELL ME HOW AND WHEN I CAN GET MY ADMIT CARD? PLEASE TELL ME IN MY EMAIL ADDRESS MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS sanupnd07@gmail.com. my ph no is 9474906634. you can also call me in this number. and with the knoledge of admit card can you please send me suggestion as well as possible quistain papers for this preliminary exam. in my said e-mail address(sanupnd07@gmail.com)
thank you. soham paul(21)

Anonymous said...

IS IT POSSIBLE TO CLEAR THE PRELEMINARY EXAM OF WBCS BY DOING HEAD AND TAIL OF A INDIAN CURRENCY....:)

Anonymous said...

sir, please let me know what is the minimum no. of right answers to be done for passing wbcs prelims for gereral candidates
my id manju1333@yahoo.com

Pranab said...

It will be very helpful, if you suggest some reference books for prelim

Anonymous said...

Babul,

I am a electronic engineer may i sit for the wbcs exam & if yes which optional subject is proper for me?will u plz suggest

SK Sanour said...

I am a naval person.Now I am stand on 30.After two years I will retired.Can I apply for WBCS exam 2012.
plz inform me by e-mail
hasan.r.2020@gmail.com

$DIP MIT$ said...

Kindly send me the study materials of wbcs preliminary exam at dip72419@gmail.com

Unknown said...

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Anonymous said...

hai... i am a B.SC FINAL YEAR STUDENT AND INTENDING TO GO FOR WBCS EXM. CAN ANYBODY PLZ SEND ME SOME STUDY MATERIAL...AT MY MAIL ADDRESS??
IS THERE ANY PERCENTAGE REQUIREMENT FOR APPLYING FOR WBCS??PLZ MADE ME KNOW....
MY MAIL. ID IS(ayan.basak673@gmail.com0

Anonymous said...

what is the general cut off marks???

Anonymous said...

Sir, Please send me the study materials for prelims and history as main optional??
My id is imrashahid@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

aa arts stream student also have to study the science books of 11 nd 12...i m the srinao scared abt..4m where i should start.plz help...or som1 preparin also can suggest.u guys really thhink th id is e study centre lyk rice.mice frontline are good.my id is trina14188@gmail.com..wanna b a rank officer.help

Kishore 4ur Help said...

You people have so many doubts.If you talk to someone who has cracked it will help you a lot.
Anyone with just graduation can write this exam.

As for prelims out of 200 if get 120+ you will be through(But I can't give you the exact figure).

For the first time I have given this exam this year i.e 2011.I didn't take any coaching or guidance.This site helped me a lot providing some basic idea about the exam.

I can give you some suggestions from my experience as I have cleared the prelim at my first attempt and written the mains a few days ago........

1.Go through the previous year question papers(at least 10 years) carefully as you will get lot questions common from them and ideas about other question.

2.Buy a good book from the market dedicated to this purpose.I myself bought a book by Oriental publisher's(WBCS Prelims).Believe me this is a fantastic book.

Will add more later on.........

aamir said...

please tell me when wbcs 2012 form will come out

Nurul Sheikh said...

Really,it's to much good tips.If anyone follow these tips,i am sure they will be hundred percent successful.

Anupam said...

Hi,I am seriously preparing for WBCS-2012. Anyone who serious for the exam can contact me for group study or helpful consult....
My id- anupamdebnath11@gmail.com

debojyoti said...

Hi,
please,send me the study mat in optional subject in computer science . my id is to.debojyoti@gmail.com

sumi khan said...

HI, your tips are really good.

SUBRATA said...

please send me books name for indian national movement & general mental ability.my mail id is- s.haldar90@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

wangdup sherpai want 2 appear dis exam im really confuse how to prepare and wen the forms will be out please do help me my frends my email id wangdupsherpa@ymail.com

Anonymous said...

hi im a commerce student and have done graduation this yr and want to give the bcs exam,how to make the optional subject selection to make the thing easier in the mains ...plz suggest...my email id is daten_26665@yahoo.com

MITHU BANERJEE said...

please send me books for indian national movement, general mental ability, general science,indian polity,history of india,georgraphy of india. my email id is mithubanerjeejob@gmail.com

Dip said...

Now my age is 31.I apply for wbcs
(preli)-2012.If i passed then can i sit for Main Exam?
Please inform me sir,
Email ID: rajdip2003m@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

SIR,i am reading in class 11 and want to prepare for WBCS exam,please suggest me some books to read
Email ID:rattreeban@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

hi I am mintu
plz provide me a suggest to take a prepare for english compositions
My ID:-mintusk1982@rediffmail.com

ashish4462000 said...

can any budy tell me how much marks do we need to score to qualify for the mains and is there ne negative markings in prelims

Anonymous said...

is there any negative marking or not?

joy said...

Send of the study materials of wbcs please.thanks.joyjitpal@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

im am an electronics engineer so how can i select optional for main

(krishanumitra006@yahoo.in)

Anonymous said...

group- A bdo,cto etc. but can u tell me designation of Group- B SERVICE AT ENTRY LEVEL

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sugen said...

good site for basic idea. I think regular study with sufficent and quality material is indespensible. sugen_darnal@yahoo.in

bappa said...

wbcs preli exam will be held on 19th feb 2012 so guys goodluck for all n also mine

bappa said...

target will be minimum 130 out of 200 n negetive marking (1/3) so dont worry n keep ready for goal hey god save me

Anonymous said...

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SOU DEY said...

i am a post graduate student of physiology..what subject is ideal for me as optional paper

SOU DEY said...

i am a post graduate student of physiology..what subject is ideal for me as optional paper

sushmita said...

hey fnds...here it is stated above that there will be no negative marking in the exams ,is it true ????? or what???

this is creating confusion in my mind..pls clarify it ,if anyone can.....

Ahirul sk said...

sir
I am Ahirul sk , I am a student of batchelor of arts & sir I request you to know about how many mark to obtained out of 200 mark for qulifying into the Main exam of W.B.C.S.2012.

sohan said...

what will be cut off marks for this year wbcs prelims

NABAKUMAR said...

110 for general candidate and 100 for sc/st candidate

Anonymous said...

CAN ANY BODY HELP ME BY PROVIDING THE CUT OFF MARKS OS WBCS PRELIM 2011? MY PH NO IS 9416065889/8684819178. EMAIL ID : mandal_chand@yahoo.co.in/samirsonamoni@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

what is the cut-off for sc/st prelims.......to pass the exams out of 200, how much to score?....please throw some light.

Anonymous said...

what is the cut-off for sc/st prelims.......to pass the exams out of 200, how much to score?....please throw some light.

Anonymous said...

what is the cut-off for sc/st prelims.......to pass the exams out of 200, how much to score?....please throw some light.

Anonymous said...

when will the prelims result be declared?

dipanjan said...

can anyone answer that there were some questions in wbcs priliminary exam 2012 where two answers were possible so what could be the decision of psc regarding these types of questions

santanu bhowmik said...

pls pls pls give me some advise for wbcs

Shankar Shah said...

Hi All, Graduated this year and want to prepare for WBCS. I am sure u all know more than me about this. Can u guys please assist me with the information, the study material and books for Prelims. Please write to me on shan4kb@gmail.com, thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I hv done my degree of BBA,LLB(Hons) now Can I appear for WBCS Prelim exam.

Anonymous said...

kindly send me wbcs preliminary study meterial. my mail id - julekha.khatun86@gmail.com

pls pls ans me

shruti bhattacharya said...

can i subscribe to this web portal ...?? so that i may recieve regular and timely updates.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi friends where i will get the ten years questions papers plz inform me at kuntalmondal01@gmail.com.......i'm very much interested for wbcs.............

MITHUN said...

Any book stall (Collage Street or others local book stall)

arindam said...

what about prelim result?

Soumaya Karmakar said...

When the result of WBCS examination (Preliminary 2012) will be published?? I called to PSC office also. But they are in dilemma, they could not reply properly. Please help..

Soumaya Karmakar said...

Hi friends, can you suggest me good constitution book specially designed for WBCS, because I am very weak in that subject. I face problem and I could not understand properly. Please help.

Anonymous said...

Hi all!!
Any body who wants to pursue Anthropology as an optional subject can call me..Tuition given by professor of an eminent college..notes also given aligned to WBCS exam..contact no. 8961094990

Anonymous said...

Can you plz inform me more detales on english..

Anonymous said...

Can any body inform me how to prepared history optional.

Subhoshree Ray (Chatterjee) said...

For history optional study notes and 10years solved paper U can call me in - 9874051924

Subhoshree Ray (Chatterjee) said...

@ Soumaya....I can help you in preparing constitution as I am a professional and preparing students for WBCS..call me - 9874051924

Anonymous said...

i am jst finished my graduation..plz suggest me some good books for W.B.C.S prelims......

Arianne Robinson said...

Thanks for the hints. I think this will help the students to learn more.

english composition

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We can do further conversation on business for this blog.

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Anonymous said...

Recently I have completed my B.A final year exam and I will get my reult in the month between Decembre to January so in this
condition can I fill up the wbcs form
and get the admit to give the exam?




Subrata Mondal said...

please send me 10 yrs question paper for wbcs preliminary examination i shall highly oblige 2 this person

Anindya Sundar Sinha said...

This is extremely helpful. In this context, i want to mention that NCERT books are fantastic. please read text books, rather than solving problems.

Anonymous said...

Which books should I have to follow to crack the WBCS Prelims exam??? Please suggest some Magazines also ??

Anonymous said...

I am Asif. IS there any one who have persian and Political Science as a optional subjects in WBCS (mains)? If yes then anyone can contact on this number 9339930995

Anonymous said...

Please give me some study materials for Indian geography .

Rahul Ghosh said...

This is a total bogus blog..The informations are totally wrong.Because there is negative marks for each wrong answer in WBCS Prelims.There is 1/3 negetive for each wrong answer.So please dont follow this blog.
Rahul Ghosh(WBCS Student)

Subhoshree Ray Chatterjee said...

Hi Anonymous,for Geography an others study material( Prelims & Mains)please contact me in 9051970420.

Anonymous said...

please suggest me what would be the cut off marks of WBCS (pre)2013.my email id is mondal15@gmail.com

Raj Kumar Das said...

pleas tell final year student can apply for these exam....

Anonymous said...

What will be the approx cut off mark for this year (2013 ) preliminary exam which was held on 7.04.2013 ? Please opine.

Anonymous said...

As per the W.B.O.S forum...Cut off is a bit more this year.Its from 140 to 150 max.

Anonymous said...

This is an absurd cut off marks. As per my info cut off never crossed 115-120 in any year as of now.

Anonymous said...

Cut off may be 110 for the Gen and 80 for the SC/ST...

WBCSPORTAL.COM said...

THE FINAL CUTOFF MAY BE AROUND 116±3 FOR GENERAL CANDIDATES. PLEASE READ OUR EXPLANATION @ WBCSPORTAL.COM

Anonymous said...

But the Cut off mark for 2012 was more than 130 without any doubt.I scored 128 and failed. my score was checked through as I had marked Qsn/Ans in exam hall itself.this year qsn was more easy....then ?

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Anonymous said...

I THINK 130+ IS A SOLID SCORE 2 CRACK PRELIMS...

Anonymous said...

I AM WEAK IN ENGLISH WHAT DO I DO ?

Anonymous said...

i am weak in mathematics ..................what to do....................plz guide me in this..........as which portion of maths i hav to improve

Amit Kumar Das said...

I can speak and read fluently bengoli langauage but
could able to write this language.am i elegible for wbcs exam.i am also permanet citizen of west bengal.please tell me sir.{Amit kumar Das}panagarh

Amit Kumar Das said...

I can speak and read fluently bengoli langauage but
could able to write this language.am i elegible for wbcs exam.i am also permanet citizen of west bengal.please tell me sir.{Amit kumar Das}panagarh

Pranoy Banerjee said...

I am studying Chemistry Honors 1st year,gonna get a bachelor degree in 2016,is it okay to start preparation for WBCS from 2nd/3rd year?And how much marks I have to secure in BSc to attend the exam?

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Anonymous said...

I am not finding the study material for wbcs pril. from your blog which have been linked.

Anonymous said...

I am a 2nd year student....should i start preparing for wbcs from now??

Prasenjit Patra said...

If i write the compulsory papers in Bengali medium, can i write one optional paper in English medium

Anonymous said...

i want to do psc increased the age of wbcs. please any one reply me.

sree chatterjee said...

I am confused about the main exam paper.how many papers i have to take?i had arts stream.so,send me the details.My mail id sree84august@gmail.com

sree chatterjee said...

can i write the whole exam in bengali medium?

Anonymous said...

how can i crack preliminary exam ? please guide me

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