The West Bengal College Service Commission (WBCSC) came into existence on November 02, 1979 in terms of Act LXII of 1978. The two main functions of the Commission are:
1) To prepare merit panels of candidates eligible for recruitment to the posts of Lecturer in different subjects/disciplines of Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Commerce, Education, Physical Education, Foreign Languages, Law, Journalism and Mass Communication, Fine Arts and Music in the Degree Colleges affiliated to Calcutta University, Burdwan University, North Bengal University, Kalyani University and Vidyasagar University.
2) To recommend candidates for appointment to fill in the vacant posts of Lecturer in different subjects as requisitioned by the affiliated colleges against sanctioned posts. The Commission also recommends suitable persons for appointment to the posts of principal for affiliated Degree colleges against vacancies reported from time to time; the recruitment qualifications, age etc. are decided by the Higher Education Department, Government of West Bengal.
The Government of West Bengal in 1992-93 by an amendment of West Bengal College Service Commission Act, 1978 (Bill No. 41 of 1992) has nominated the West Bengal College Service Commission as the "State Agency" for holding the State Level Eligibility Test (SET) for Lectureship in Universities and Colleges of the state; the standard of which would be the same as that adopted at National Level (NET) held by the University Grants Commission (UGC)/CSIR. Qualifying SET/NET has been made a mandatory pre-requisite to be eligible for appointment to the basic grade posts of Lecturer in the broad disciplines of Arts, Science and Social Sciences in any University or Institution, deemed to be a University or College (Government & Non-Government, including religious or linguistic minority ones).
The WBCSC has so far conducted Sixteen SETs.