Saikat Biswas WBCS(Exe), 2017

Topper’s talk: Interview of Saikat Biswas WBCS(Exe), 2017 Rank 12

Topper’s Interview

Personal Details:

Name: Saikat Biswas


City/Town: Kolkata

Rank in Final List: 12

Attempt: 6

Optional Subject: Sociology

Schooling Medium: Bengali

College Medium: English

WBCS Medium: English

Work Experience: Asst Teacher in Govt High School for past 7 years

Service Preferences: 1. WBCS(EXE) 2. WBPS 3. WBRS

Educational Details:

Graduation (Subject and Percentage): Physics(Hons) 65%

Post-Graduation: Physics 64%

Hobbies: Cycling, Playing Table Tennis, Bengali Novel

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Now we shall listen to you in detail:

  1. How did you enter the field of competitive exams like Civil service, WBCS etc.?

During Masters Physics become too much complicated for me, so I decided to prepare for govt service instead of research.

  1. How did you start your prep.?

I joined ICSA for UPSC. But I had to opted for distance learning as I already started working.

  1. Self-study or Coaching or both which do you prefer and why?

As I was working full-time I had opted for self-study. But I studied Sociology from ICSA through regular classes.

  1. Which books did you follow?

History: Jibon Mukhopadhya X, Rajiv Ahir- Modern India

Geography: NCERT XI,XII-Few chapters of Majid Husain’s Geography of India, Kartik ch Mandal

Polity: Laxmikanth

Economics: NCERT XII Macroeconomics, Read some bullet points and data

Science: read few points from Lucent’s GK

Environment: studied many notes for UPSC but only some bullet points for WBCS

CA: Achievers, Affairscloud

Arithmetic & Reasoning: R S Aggarwal

I practiced MCQ from Lucent’s Objective GK, BK Publication GK, Internet etc.

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  1. How did you prepare for optional paper?


NCERT XI, XII for concept building

Paper I :

Sociogical Theory – Ritzer, Sociology Themes and Perspective- Haralambos, IGNOU  SOCIOLOGY BA notes, Sociology- C N Shankar Rao, Vikash Ranjan’s notes, Pinaki sir’s notes, Some xerox of different books.

Paper II:

Sociology of Indian Society- C N Shankar Rao, Society in India, Indian Social System, Social Problems in India – Ram Ahuja, Indian Society and Culture- Nadeem Hasnain, IGNOU SOCIOLOGY BA notes

Vikash Ranjan’s notes, Pinaki Sir’s notes, Some Xerox of different books.

  1. How did you prepare for language papers?

Regular reading of english and bengali newspaper and last minute overview of formats and types.

  1. What was your strategy for GS papers?

First I studied thoroughly basic text book for GS subjects then I practiced MCQs from different sources.

  1. Which was the most difficult part you have come across during your prep.?

2014-15 was particularly difficult for me. Failed in UPSC Mains 2014, WBCS Mains 2014. My closest friend at that time got selected but I failed in WBCS 2013 interview.

  1. How was your interview?

Chairman was very cordial. They asked very simple question apart from formal interaction.

  1. Mock tests are helpful to which extent?

If one prepare seriously and revise regularly then mock tests are definitely helpful.

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  1. What are your suggestions to the beginners?

Start in a very focused way. Pinpoint your strength and weakness. ‘Self belief and hard work will always earn you success’- Virat Kohli.


  • Thank you Saikat Biswas for your valuable inputs! We wish you all the best!