Public Service Commission, West Bengal (PSCWB)
Public Service Commission, West Bengal, is the body that is responsible for recruiting the candidates in different government jobs under all the departments run by the West Bengal. This recruitment process is conducted through "W.B.C.S Examination" (West Bengal Civil Service Examination). Although the examination is named after civil service, the scope of this examination extends to several other jobs in the police departments, publication departments, agricultural department, irrigation department, and several engineering department. This examination is also conducted to recruit candidates in the position of typist, short hand reporting, sub-inspector and stenographer.
This examination is regarded as tougher than the public service examination s of the other states. After getting recruitment in the A grade government jobs, the candidates have to serve a probation period for two years. W.B.C.S (Exe) officers, in the latter stage of their career are also nominated for positions in the Indian Administrative service (IAS).
PSCWB, 2011 Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria for different positions are different in this examination. However, the eligibility criteria that are common to all are:
- The candidate should be an Indian
- He should have the ability to read and write Bengali.
- In case the candidate belongs to the Gorkha Region, then he should know how to read and write Nepali.
- He should be physically and mentally healthy (unless he is applying through the physically handicapped quota).
In order to apply for the positions in the judicial services the candidates should be more than 23 years of age but below 35 years. He should hold a graduation or a post graduation degree in law. He should be enrolled in the roll of a bar council of any state or Union Territory.
The criteria required in the position of KRISHI PROYUKTI SAHAYAK are different. This position requires the candidates to be just 12th passed from a recognized board. His age should be between 18 and 37 years.
For the position of English and Bengali reporters, the candidates should be a graduate in the respective subjects with honors. His age should not be below 21 or more than 35.
In order to apply to the positions of Sub-Assistant Engineers, the candidates should be a diploma holder in Civil/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering from any recognized university. His age should not be less than 32 years.
For the positions of stenographers, special clerk and a few other Group C examinations, the candidates must be 10th passed.
For all positions under Group D, the candidates should pass Class VIII from a school affiliated to the West Bengal Board.
PSCWB 2011 Application Procedure
In order to apply for this examination, all candidates must download the forms from the official website of the West Bengal Public Service Commission.
These forms have to be enclosed with a fee of specified amount (different for different positions and posts), and sent back in the form of Indian Postal Order/ Receipted challan from a Government treasury in West Bengal or the Reserve Bank of India, Kolkata. The SC, ST and OBC candidates need not pay any fee. The filled up forms have to be submitted in the office of West Bengal Public Service Commission within the deadline.
The documents required to be enclosed are:
1) I.P.O. or Treasury Challan in original
(2) Attested photo copies of mark certificates of the last qualifying examination and the preceding ones.
(3) Bachelor Degree certificate
(4 ) SC/ST/BC certificate (if applicable),
(5) Citizenship certificate (for candidates acquiring citizenship by registration) and
(6) Two Unstamped Self-addressed envelopes.
The candidates will be provided with the hall tickets and other details regarding the examination through email or by post.
PSCWB 2011 Examination Pattern
This examination is conducted in three stages. The first is the preliminary round, where the candidates will be screened for the second and third round. This round is compulsory. The second or the main round is only for the qualifiers of the first round. The candidates chosen in this round is three times the total number of vacancies for that post. It is during the interview when the best candidates are screened according to requirements and number of vacancies.
In most cases, the preliminary examination consists of just one paper carrying 200 marks with 200 multiple choice questions. This paper has to be completed in 2 and 1/2 hours. The standard of the paper will depend on the generic standard and qualification expected out of the candidates.
The main examination will consist of eight compulsory papers, and three optional paper chosen by the candidates. Each of these eleven papers will carry 100 marks that have to be completed within three hours.
The qualifiers of this round will be eligible for the interview or the personality test. This examination will be conducted out of 100 marks.
10% of the total marks will be deducted if the candidate disclosed his name or other identity (which are not part of the PCSWB rule) in his answer papers.
However, for certain posts like that of the stenographer and typist, the three tier examination scheme is not always applicable. Certain posts are even subjected to direct recruitment.