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WBCS Exam Personality Test Interview Preparation Tips

Here is all you need to know about West Bengal Civil Service WBCS Exam Personality Test Strategy.

5 – West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) Exam Interview or Personality Test Preparation

The WBCS Interview or Personality Test is a natural, purposeful conversation with the candidates who has been recommended upon clearing WBCS  (Exe) Mains examination. The aim of the WBCS interview is to assess and examine the suitability of the candidate for the WBCS job for which he is being considered and interviewed. Therefore, when you are appearing for WBCS interview you must make it a point to know as much as possible for WBCS service for which you being considered. As regards the WBCS interview, you must know what a Civil Service officer is required to do.

Pre-Interview Preparation for WBCS (Exe):

Remember, interview preparation is not just a matter of a few days – your whole personality counts. You must acquaint yourself with your home State, District, Town/Village, School, College, Hobbies, Optional subject, general concepts of Public Administration and why you want to join WBCS services etc. Also you can brush up the material like Polity, Economy, History, current affairs etc.

Discuss with your friends and ask them to interview you, it will boost your confidence and speaking ability.


Dressing Up for WBCS (Exe) Interview:

Dressing sense is very crucial and very important ingredient of interview preparation. Light colours shall be preferred. Men are advised to wear light coloured shirt and a dark trouser with a matching tie, remember it is your important day of life, your performance will drastically impact the rest of your future. And women appears best in a Saree. It is advised to use light perfume and please do not use Red or very glossy lipstick. Please don’t use heavy make-ups.

Use convenient footwear like black or brown leather shoes .

Your dresses must be ironed properly, your shoes must be well polished, hair should be properly combed, trimmed finger nails and proper hair cut etc.

Do not wear anything that connects you with a religious or political group.

Entry to Interview Hall of WBCS : First impression is often the best impression.

Reach the Exam centre before scheduled time, so that you can have some deep breathing to maintain your cool and be charming during the interview.

Keep a file/folder to keep your certificates and documents in an organized manner. They are verified before you enter the interview room.

Do not get nervous when you are waiting for your turn for the Personality Test.

Knock at the door before entering, as it indicates basic courtesy, wait for a few seconds to observe the formality of obtaining permission to proceed inside. After getting in, close the door gently, turns on your heels noiselessly and walk up towards the desk behind which the Chairman and Members are seated.

Greet all the members cordially with pleasant smile on your lips and do not sit down on the seat without being asked to. If there is a lady member in the interview board, greet her first after the Chairman.

Men should keep the feet flat on the floor during the interview, knees at waist level, and hands on your thighs and place your elbows on the armchair. Avoid locking hands.

Women, cross your ankles or legs, but keep the bottom leg straight down and do not swing it over the top leg and keep your elbows positioned on the arms of the chair. Ladies please do not bite your lips.


During the Interview of WBCS: Be cool. Be yourself during the Interview.

The board member will assess your personality on an average 30-40 minutes, it is your responsibility to bring out your very best in front of the board.

Be attentive and listen to each question carefully. Try not to jump into an answer before the complete question has been posed as you will end up wasting time on answering a question that you were not actually asked.

If you are not sure of what was asked, you can always politely seek a clarification. Do not try to answer the question as soon as it is posed. Think over the question, take your time and organize the broad outline of the answer before airing it. Pause a while before answering, even if you know the answer. Your replies should be crisp and to the point.

Do not be be over confident and don’t try to show off or fool the Interview board members, they are very experienced in this field, in simple you can not fool them.

Accept your mistakes boldly. It is better to say ‘No’ than to bluff around. Speak honestly, truthfully and modestly. Don’t try to be too argumentative.

Take Tea or Coffee, if any member offers the same to you. This will show you are relaxed and it will also help in lightening and relaxing further proceedings and give them an informal touch. Don’t forgot to thank him/her who offered you Tea/Coffee.

Don’t criticize any government policies or even individuals, remember after few days you will contribute in making policies and those who prepared the policy are much more senior than you and well learned.

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