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Examination is conducted in three stages

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Personality Test

The scheme and syllabus of the examination shall be given below


The Preliminary Examination will consist of only one paper, viz., a paper on General Studies”. The paper will be of an objective type consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. The paper will carry 200 marks and will be of 2 hours duration. The standard of the paper will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University. The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge.


The Main Examination will consists of 6 Compulsory papers and 1 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 2 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.

  • Language Paper – I (200 marks)
  • Language Paper –II (200 marks)
  • Arithmetic & Test of reasoning (200 marks)
  • Science, Scientific & Technological Advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs (200 marks)
  • The Constitution of India, Economy including role & functions of RBI (200 marks)
  • Indian History with special emphasis on National movement and Geography Of India with special reference to West Bengal (200 marks)


A number of candidates selected in order of merit on the results of the Main Examination for all the services and posts included in Groups A, B, C and D will have to appear at the Personality Test. Each candidate will be asked questions on matters of general interest.

The object of the test will be to assess the candidate’s personal qualities e.g., alertness of mind, power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership and also the candidate’s range of interests. Candidates for Group ‘B’ Service (West Bengal Police Service) will be specially tested at the interviews with regard to their suitability for the service.

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