Best Books Recommended for West Bengal Civil Service Preliminary Exams 2018

From past few days, we have received a number of questions asking for books for WBCS exam preparation. You may find ample of WBCS prelims books claiming for 100% results in this prestigious examination but choosing the best one is not an easy task. Our expert and previous year toppers have made a list of top books for WBCS Exam 2018 to have an extra edge over others. Let us find out the Best Recommended Books for WBCS Examination (Prelims Only).

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West Bengal Civil Service Exam 2018

The WBCS Preliminary Examination will consist of only one paper, viz., a paper on General Studies. The paper will be objective in nature and based on the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate of any faculty of a recognised University. This article will help you to choose the best books with perhaps the most accurate contents material for the WBCS preliminary exam. The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge.

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Books for WBCS Examination (Prelims Only).

The very first stage of your dream job is to score great in the Preliminary examination. Here aspirants must keep in mind that the written examination will be objective in nature and will consist of the following parameters

Exam Pattern for WBCS 2018 (Preliminary)

English Composition 25
General Science 25
Current events of National & International Importance 25
History of India 25
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal 25
Indian Polity and Economy 25
Indian National Movement 25
General Mental Ability 25
Total 200

Now let us move to the recommended books for WBCS.

Best WBCS Books (Preliminary only)

General English (25 marks) 

The best Book for Objective General English asked in preliminary for the new aspirants is the one by S.P Bakshi (Arihant publication). For Comprehension, you may take the help from K De Sarkar. It is the best book on comprehension one can ever get for WBCS and other exams like Civil Services or other State-level Services.

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High School English Grammar & Composition Revised Edition (English) Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi:  K.De. Sarkar

WBCS Prelims Books for Current affairs (25 marks)

If you want to do great in the preliminary exam then no doubt current affairs can really help you to score good marks in short interval of time. You need not have to be a geek to mug up all the latest news and affairs, just keep updating yourself. Magazines like ‘Pratiyogita Darpan’, ‘competition success review (CSR)’, ‘Yojna’ etc will help you to understand latest buzz in most lucid manner. Apart from that reading newspaper like ‘The Hindu’, Telegraph etc will help you in English vocabulary and will also improve your general awareness.

General Mental ability (25 marks)

To get the best score in Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning you can take the help from books by R.S Agarwal.

    Watch Youtube Videos of  Short trick used in Reasoning.
 A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (R.S. Aggarwal)  A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal (S.S.Bijlani)  Videos

Indian Polity & Economy (25 marks)

If you want to score great in Indian Polity and Economic then you must have to go through your NCERT. Apart from that Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth and Indian Economics by Ramesh Singh (Indian Economy) can be a great option for you guys.

     Download the related NCERT Study Materials for Economic and Polity from the table below.
 Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth  Indian Economics by Ramesh Singh  NCERT Study Materials

 General Science (25 marks)

for general science, you don’t have to go anywhere just revise your basics of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology from the NCERT books. Apart from that, you may also take help from magazines like Chronicle science book and books by Tara Chand or, Jigeeshas Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations General Science.

    Download the related NCERT Study Materials for General Science from the table below.
 Tara Chand   Jigeeshas  NCERT Study Materials

Indian History (25 marks)

Candidate appearing for the preliminary exam, Indian history, and struggle movement can be best explained by the books written by Bipin Chandra.You can also take help from your class VI to class XII NCERT textbooks for in-depth knowledge. Books by Arihant publication can give you the best results.

 History of Modern India  India’s Struggle for Independence: 1857-1947  India Since Independence

Indian National Movement (25 marks)

To understand Indian national movement and contribution of our great freedom fighters, I would personally suggest you go through your NCERT textbooks. You can take reference from India’s Struggle for Independence and History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra.

WBCS Prelims Books for Geography (25 marks)

For geography go back to your class VI to class XII NCERT textbooks to build basic concept. Reading Geography of India by Majid Husain is strongly recommended. For special attention on Bengal Geography, you can read any reference book of West Bengal secondary standard. A good command over atlas like by Orient Longman /Oxford can help you to fetch some extra marks.

Geography of India by Majid Husain  Indian and World Geography  Longman School Atlas

NCERT Study Materials for WBCS Preliminary Exam

One has to score great to be eligible for the West Bengal civil service exam. The syllabus of General studies is as followed.

S.No Topics to be Covered Elementary Resource
1. History of India and Indian National Movement NCERT History Books from Class 6 to 12.
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2. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the worl NCERT Geography Text Books from Class 6 to 12.
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3. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political system, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues etc. NCERT Political science Textbooks
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4. Economic and Social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc. NCERT Economics Textbooks from class 9 to 12.
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5. Current events of national and international importance Newspapers & Magazines like The Hindu, CSR, Yojana
6. General science Current Events & NCERT Science Textbooks
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7. General issues on environmental ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate change that does not require subject specialisation Follow national and international events of climate change and science magazines like Science Reporter, Pratiyogta Darpan

Online Test Series for WBCS Preliminary Examination

If you have been through the top recommended books for WBCS Exams. it’sn its time to check the level of your knowledge with these specially designed test series on General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and other High Valued Subjects. Aspirants preparing for Different state and central level Competitive examination are advised to solve these test series to gain Speed and Accuracy required for the prestigious Examination.

Free Online Test for Aptitude, Reasoning, Computer Awareness, General Knowledge etc. Click Here

Download Free Study Material and Notes for WBCS Exam: 

Download Free WBCS Previous Year Paper and Model Paper


Important Links

Aspirants May Also Check these Important links related to WBCS 2018 Examination.

Subject Description
Download WBCS 2018 Official Bulletin (PDF) Click Here
Get detailed info on WBCS 2018 Notification Click Here
Expected (WBCS 2018) & Previous Year WBCS Prelims Cut-off
Click Here
WBCS 2018 Exam Pattern & Selection Procedure Click Here
WBCS Prelims 2018 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Study Materials Click Here
WBCS 2018 Sample Question Papers | Model Paper for Prelims & Mains Click Here
WBCS 2018 Eligibility Criteria | Age | Nationality | Qualification Click Here
Salary | Job Profile | Promotion | Allowances of WBCS 2018 Executives Click Here
WBCS 2018 Admit Card | Important Dates | How to Download Click Here
Download WBCS Prelims Previous Year Papers (2006 to 2016) in PDF Click Here
WBCS Prelims 2018 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Study Materials Click Here

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Best of Luck Aspirants!

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  1. icsgwbcs says:

    Nice post. Helpful for Preparation.

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