The Scheme and Syllabus of the WBCS 2014 – Main Examination

Scheme of the WBCS Main Examination 2014 (New Syllabus)

The Main Examination will consist of six Compulsory papers and one optional subject (Only for candidates applying for group A and / or B) to be chosen by the candidates from the list of optional subjects given below. There will be two papers of the optional subject of 200 marks each. Each paper, Compulsory or Optional, will carry 200 marks and will be of 3 hours duration.

Out of six compulsory papers four papers i.e. (i) General Studies- I, (ii) General Studies- II, (iii) The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India and (iv) Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning will be of MCQ Type to be answered in OMR answer sheets. Remaining two compulsory papers i.e. Paper – I and Paper – II will be of conventional type written examination.

Compulsory Papers in WBCS Main Exam 2014

  • Paper I : Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali (Marks 200).
  • Paper II : English – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali to English (Marks 200).
  • Paper III : General Studies-I : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal (Marks 100+100).
  • Paper IV : General Studies-II : Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs (Marks 100+100).
  • Paper V : The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India (Marks 100+100).
  • Paper VI : Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning (Marks 100+100). 

List of Optional Subjects Name & Code in WBCS Main Exam
(Vide restriction on choice in Item No.-4 below and syllabi in Appendix-I – find below the table)

Subject Code Subject Code Subject Code
Bengali 01 Anthropology – Paper1
Anthropology – Paper2
14 Management 27
Hindi 02 Botany 15 Mechanical Engineering 28
Sanskrit 03 Chemistry 16 Medical Science 29
English 04 Civil Engineering 17 Philosophy 30
Pali 05 Commerce and Accountancy 18 Physiology 31
Arabic 06 Computer Science 19 Physics 32
Persian 07 Economics 20 Political Science 33
French 08 Electrical Engineering 21 Psychology 34
Urdu 09 Geography 22 Sociology 35
Santali 10 Geology 23 Statistics 36
Comparative  Literature 11 History 24 Zoology 37
Agriculture 12 Law 25

Click on each subject name to view the complete syllabus of the optional subjects for WBCS Main Exam.

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science 13 Mathematics 26

Restriction on choice of Optional Subjects in WBCS Main Exam

Candidates will be allowed to offer optional subjects mentioned below in the following restricted manner.

  • Bengali/Hindi/Sanskrit/English/Pali/Arabic/Persian/French/Urdu/Comparative Literature (candidates will have the option to choose if they so intend, only one of those subjects as an optional paper).
  • Commerce and Accountancy or Management
  • Sociology or Political Science or Anthropology
  • Mathematics or Statistics
  • Agriculture or Botany
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science or Medical Science or Physiology or Zoology
  • Civil Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science
  • Geography or Geology
  • Philosophy or Psychology

The standard of Arithmetic part of Compulsory Paper – V – Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning will be similar to that of the Compulsory Mathematics paper at the Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal. Test of Reasoning will cover Analytical Reasoning – Data Sufficiency; Logical Reasoning – (1) Logical Deduction, (2) Forcefulness of the Arguments, (3) Implication of sentences, (4) Inferring from diagrams; Series – (1) Letter series, (2) Number series; Inferring from Data; analogy tests; Symbol Interpretation; Mathematical puzzles; Odd man out; Perception test; Non-verbal reasoning; Selecting the correct sequence.

The standard of other compulsory papers will be of the level of learning expected of a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University.

The two papers of the optional subjects will be of conventional type and the standard of the examination will be approximately that of an Honours Degree Examination as prescribed by the recognized Indian Universities except Law, Medical Science and Engineering subjects which will be that specified for the LLB, MBBS and BE or equivalent courses respectively by recognized Indian Universities / Institutions.

The Topic Environment‘ in paper General Studies II will include the following:- Bio diversity and Coastal Regulation Zone, Global Warming, Industrial and Environmental Pollution, Ozone Layer and related issues.

The Topic  Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India‘ of the 5th compulsory paper will consist of the following:-  Central State relation and devolution of central funds to state, Planning process and objectives of five years plan, Functions of RBI and Monetary policy, Central Finance Commission & State Finance Commission and Fiscal Policy of Government of India.

Answers in all the paper – Compulsory and Optional – except the language papers may be written either in English or in Bengali (unless otherwise directed in these rules or in the question papers). Answers in the following compulsory and optional papers may also be written in Nepali :

  • Optional : (1) Political Science (2) Botany

Note : Candidates should write their answers to all the questions in only one and the same language in any particular paper.

Candidates may use the Devanagari or Bengali Script in the answer papers on Sanskrit, the Devanagari Script in the answer papers on Hindi or Nepali, and the Bengali, Arabic, Persian, Urdu in the answer papers on Bengali, Arabic, Persian and Urdu respectively.Questions for Santali Paper will be set in Olchiki script and answers should also be written in Olchiki.

A summary of the group-wise papers in the Main Examination

  • Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ Services & Posts : All 6 compulsory papers and one optional subject of two papers.
  • Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ Services & Posts : All 6 compulsory papers.

In case of a candidate competing for Group ‘A’ and / or ‘B’ along with Group ‘C’ and / or ‘D’ and offering two optional subjects the particular optional subject in which higher marks have been secured will be taken into account in calculating his / her aggregate in Group ‘C’ and / or ‘D’.

Deduction of marks

In all the answer papers under examination due credit will be given for proper economy of words combined with clarity, precision and effectiveness of expression and originality of approach.

A deduction of 10% of full marks may be made from the total marks secured by a candidate in a particular paper if he / she discloses his / her identity by writing his / her name, roll number or by putting any identifying marks inside the answer script of that paper.

Note : There shall be negative marking for each wrong answer to multiple-choice questions (MCQ) type.

Discretion of the Commission

The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers / subjects and in the aggregate.

If a candidate fails to secure qualifying marks in any paper / subject, the marks in that paper / subject will not be considered in calculating his / her aggregate.

Abstract Table of Papers / Subjects and Marks in the WBCS Main Examination and Personality Test

Sl. No.

Compulsory & Optional Papers

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

1

Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali

200

200

200

200

2

English – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from  Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali to English

200

200

200

200

3

General Studies-I : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.

200

200

200

200

4

General Studies-II : Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.

200

200

200

200

5

The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India.

200

200

200

200

6

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning

200

200

200

200

7

Optional Subject : One subject to be chosen, Two papers of 200 marks each.

400

400

NA

NA

8

Personality Test :

200

200

150

100

Total Marks :

1800

1800

1350

1300

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