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The West Bengal College Service Commission was established by an Act passed in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1979. Its main functions are to select and recommend Assistant Professors, Librarians and Principals to the Government-aided Colleges (nearly 450) in West Bengal, as well as to conduct the State Eligibility Test (SET). The Act of 1979 was revised in 2012 and 2017.

Activities of the College Service Commission
A. Recommendation for the Posts of Principal in Govt.-aided Colleges has been made nearly four hundred twenty five (425) in last 10 years as mentioned below.
ADVT. NO. Vacancy Status Recommended
1 1/2013 214 126
2 2/2015 172 66
3 2/2017 150 66
4 2/2019 110 69
5 1/2022 97 95
B. Recommendation for the Posts of Assistant Professors & Librarians in Govt.-aided Colleges has been made more than eight thousand five hundred (8500) in last 10 years as mentioned below.
ADVT. NO. STATUS UR OBC-A OBC-B SC ST PH/VH TOTAL
1/2012 Vacancy 822 173 202 785 216 63 2261
Recommended * 847 111 177 676 70 26 1907
1/2015 Vacancy 1092 378 357 1296 610 131 3864
Recommended * 1230 310 357 1153 131 79 3260
1/2017 Vacancy 50 53 18 20 16 13 170
Recommended 43 36 04 09 12 02 106
1/2018 Vacancy 861 291 188 655 509 120 2675
Recommended 861 281 182 576 275 97 2323
1/2019 Vacancy 44 - - 7 - - 51
Recommended 44 - - 7 - - 51
1/2020 Vacancy 326 82 77 279 264 58 1086
Recommended 326 76 74 236 224 40 976
* Excess for City Group of Colleges    

State Eligibility Test (SET)

Since 1994 the West Bengal College Service Commission conducted University Grants Commission (UGC) accredited State Eligibility Test (SET) Examination on behalf of the Government of West Bengal.

The synopsis of SET mentioned below :
YEAR OF
ADVT.
NO. OF APPEARED
CANDIDATES
NO. OF QUALIFIED
CANDIDATES
PERCENTAGE OF
QUALIFIED
CANDIDATES
1 2013 26111 1643 6.29
2 2014 26380 859 3.26
3 2015 32207 1047 3.25
4 2017 43692 2842 6.5
5 2018 50908 3374 6.63
6 2019 48769 3586 7.35
7 2021 66017 4794 7.26
8 2022 68079 4931 7.24
9 2023 61185 4428 7.24