- Buy maximum 2 books if necessary for every GS subject.
- Complete those books totally by heart as if you wont forget ever!
- Don’t go on collecting short questions day after day as MCQ form web or magazine or buy many books & study materials for every subject.
- For MAINS you have to understand & evaluate your answer.
- Keep a magazine with yourself every month to stay up to date. ACHIEVERS (Bengali) version for current affairs & GK.
- Read the syllabus in detail
- Find out the important books to read
- Go through previous year questions paper.
- Make note of every important topic
- Revise on a regular basis
- Practice more and more
- Start from NCERT and state text books. Before reading any other book, go through the text books one more time. Once you are done with it, you can consider any of the WBCS General Studies Books.
- Prepare your study plan and stick to it.
- Whenever you finish a topic, attempt some mock tests related to it.
- Take short notes. You will find it handy during revision.
- Set aside some duration for the practice sets. Attempt as many as you can.
Books To Read
History: Magbook (INDIAN HISTORY) for prelim + Krishna Reddy’s (INDIAN HISTORY) for Mains.
Geography: Class 9 WB govt geography book for WB Geography & Khullar or Majid hussain for the Indian geography.
Polity: only Laxmikanth.
Economy: Census & All Five year plan full from internet, (INDIAN Economy) Ramesh singh’s book.
Science & Technology: Encyclopedia of General science Arihant & technology part follow internet sites or magazine.
English: buy previous (10 year prelim solved question-paper book) do all & P K De Sarkar’s book. For Mains read any English newspaper editorial daily.
Bengali (Mains): Bengali newspaper editorial.
Maths & Reasoning: R S Agarwal’s book.
Making notes is the essential part of any exam. Candidates are advised to short notes every day for whatever they study each day. The notes will be really helpful at the last time of revision to take quick recaps and also at the time taking tests. Solve WBCS questions paper and make important notes by yourself.
Sample and Previous Papers
If right from the very step you want to prepare yourself with the vision of WBCS Main Exam, practice is the core ingredient to help you throughout. Try to solve as many as the sample and previous year question papers to ensure that you are getting good practice.
Time Management and strategy for WBCS
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.
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.
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 not know or you don't have the 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.
It is not necessary that classroom training is the only way to crack WBCS/UPSC examination. One can prepare by itself and crack it. Self study is a must in preparing civil services examination. …There is a lot of time wastage in classroom training and travelling from one place to another…Of course you can seek the help of tutors and teachers in solving your questions.After being fully prepared start solving mock tests papers and practice papers
- Quiz Hard (for GK)
- Improve GK by trying to investigate every small thing you see in this world, and dissecting it to it’s smallest detail, to improve your GK.
- Brush up on writing good answers, and associated language skills, in Bengali and English.
- After completing all the previous year questions of WBCS, try some other papers like UPSC prelims, SSC CGL, or UGC NET.
- Don’t just restrict yourself to WBCS, and apply to UPSC too.
- Make it a top priority on solving MCQs and expand your notes and revise regularly.
- Search previous year solved questions on google instead of spending money on it.
- Read daily news articles, magazines, journals to be regular updated about the current affairs.