OPSC 2020 - OCS 2020 Notification, Application Form, Eligibility and Vacancy Details

OPSC 2020 - Odisha Public Service Commission has released OCS 2020 notification at its official website on December 31, 2020. With the release of official notification, the commission has invited applications for the Odisha Civil Services Examination 2020. The online application link will be available from January 12, 2021 - February 11, 2021. The last date to fill registered OPSC Application Form is February 18, 2021. The commission has yet not released the OCS Prelims exam date. 

Odisha Civil Services exam is conducted to recruit candidates in Group A & Group B post/services. Candidates can check their result by visiting the official website. This year, a total of 392 vacancies will be filled through OPSC civil services exam. The exam is conducted in three stages - Prelims, Mains, and Personality Tests. Continue reading the article to get details about the exam and upcoming events. 

OPSC 2019 - Recent Updates

OPSC has successfully conducted OCS Mains exam 2019 from December 7 - 31, 2020. The GS Paper 1 and 2 was postponed to be held on January 2, 2021. The commission will soon release the list of candidates who will be eligible to appear in the final personality test. 

Check Odisha Civil Services 2020 Official Notification

OPSC 2020 Exam - Important Dates

Candidates willing to take the exam can go through the important dates tabulated below: 


Important Dates

OCS 2020 Notification Out

December 31, 2020

OPSC online application releases

January 12, 2021

Last date to apply for OPSC

February 11, 2021

Last date for payment of fees

February 18, 2021

OPSC Prelims admit card 

To be Notified

OPSC Prelims exam

To be Notified

OPSC Prelims result

To be Notified

OPSC Mains exam

To be Notified

OPSC 2020 Application Form 

The application form of OPSC 2020 will be available in online mode from January 12, 2021, onwards. Candidates who were eligible to apply for the exam can register themselves by February 11, 2021. The last date to submit the registered application and pay the application fee on February 18, 2021. To fill the application form candidates were required to fill in the basic details, academic details, contact details and upload the scanned images in the prescribed format.

After completing all these, candidates had to pay the application fee of Rs.500 in offline mode. It is to be noted that the candidates who belong to the SC, ST category of Odisha were exempted to pay the application fee. 

How to Apply for OPSC OCS 2020 exam? 

Check below the steps to fill the OPSC application form

  • Filling all the details
  • Uploading of scanned images
  • Preview
  • Final submission
  • Payment of application fee 

OPSC 2020 Eligibility Criteria 

The exam conducting body prescribes the eligibility criteria of OPSC along with its notification. Candidates are advised to check the Odisha PSC eligibility criteria in order to avoid rejection. The eligibility criteria are based on nationality, age, and educational qualification: 


Candidates must be a citizen of India


Candidates whose minimum age is 21 years as of January 1, 2019, and the maximum age is 32 can apply for the OPSC 2020. Also, candidates belonging to reserved categories will be given upper age relaxation as per the government norms. Check below the table to know the upper age relaxation:


Upper Age Relaxation


5 years

PwDs with 40% disability

10 years

Educational Qualification:

To appear for OPSC 2020, candidates must have a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized Government institution. Apart from this, candidates must know how to read, write and speak Odia. They must also have:

  • Completed Middle School Examination with Odia or
  • Must have passed HSC or equivalent examination with Odia as a medium of
  • Examination or
  • Have Odia as a language subject in the final examination of Class-VII from a School or Educational Institution recognized by the Government of Odisha or the Central Government; or
  • Must have passed a test in Odia in Middle English School Standard conducted by the School & Mass Education Department of the Government of Odisha.

Number of attempts 

Eligible candidates can appear four times in the OPSC exam. However, candidates belonging to SC/ST have no such limitation on the number of attempts. 

OPSC 2020 Exam Pattern 

OPSC exam 2020 is held in three phases - Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test/Interview. The exam pattern for the written test has been prescribed by the exam conducting body along with the notification. OPSC exam pattern 2020 will help the candidates in getting information about the number of questions asked in the exam, marking scheme, mode of exam, time duration, and type of questions, etc. Candidates can check below the exam pattern of OPSC 2020 from the table below:

OPSC 2020 - Prelims

The prelims exam of OPSC is held for two papers - General Studies I and General Studies II. Both the papers are held for 200 marks and candidates are required to complete the paper within two hours. There will be objective type of questions. Check below the table:


Marks Allotted

Time Duration

General Studies I


Two hours

General Studies II


Two hours

OPSC 2020 - Mains 

As per the exam pattern of OPSC, the mains exam will have five compulsory papers. The compulsory subjects constitute a total of 1400 marks. And there will be four optional papers and candidates will have to select any two papers. The optional paper will carry a total of 1200 marks. 

OPSC 2020 Personal Interview

The candidates for the personality test are selected on the basis of the marks secured in the mains exam. The personality test is held for 250 marks. The final list of recommended candidates will be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in the Mains exam and the personality test.

OPSC Syllabus 2020 

OPSC syllabus will include all the major topics of all the sections, from where the questions can be asked. Along with the notification, the exam conducting body has also released the OPSC syllabus for all the stages of the exam. By going through the syllabus, aspirants can prepare well for the examination. They can check below some of the sub-topics of various sections below: 

OPSC Prelims Syllabus 2020

General Studies - I

General Studies - II

History of India & Indian National Movement

Interpersonal skills

Current Events

Logical Reasoning & Analytic Ability

Indian & World Geography

Decision making & problem-solving

Indian Polity

General Mental Ability Test

General Science

Basic Numeracy

General issues on environment

Comprehension skills

OPSC Admit Card 2020 

The admit card of OPSC 2020 is released at all three stages separately. OPSC Prelims admit card is available at the official website from March 4, 2020. Candidates can download the OPSC admit card 2020 by using the required login credentials - application number and date of birth.  

Candidates who have successfully submitted the application form will only be issued the admit card of OPSC 2020. Along with the admit card, candidates will also have to carry anyone's photo identity card. The admit card will likely contain details such as the name of candidates, parent’s name, date of birth, category, roll number, date, time, and venue of examination. 

In case of any discrepancies in the OPSC 2020 admit card, candidates must immediately contact the exam conducting authority and get the corrections done in it. 

OPSC Exam Centres 2020 

Odisha Public Sevice Commission releases the exam centers for OPSC along with the notification. OPSC 2020 prelims, as well as mains, will be held in five zones of Odisha. They need to select the exam centers of OPSC while filling the application form.

The details about the venue, time of the exam, the center address will be mentioned on the admit card of OPSC. Candidates can check below the exam centers of Odisha:

S. No.












OPSC Answer Key 2020

OPSC releases the provisional and final answer key for the exam. The answer key of OPSC contains the correct answer to all the questions asked in the exam. The OPSC final answer key will be published in pdf format. Candidates can compare their answers with that of OPSC answer key 2020 and check their probable scores. The result of OPSC will be declared on the basis of the final OPSC answer key. 

OPSC Result 2020

The result of OPSC will be released separately for all three stages - prelims, mains, and personality tests. OPSC result 2020 is released in online mode in the form of pdf.  In order to get recruited, candidates will have to qualify for all three stages of OPSC. Candidates obtaining minimum qualifying marks in the mains examination will be shortlisted for personality tests. On the basis of marks secured in the mains exam and personality test, the final result of OPSC will be declared. 

OPSC Cut Off 2020

OPSC cutoff is the minimum qualifying mark that candidates have to secure to qualify for the exam. OPSC cutoff of prelims examination is calculated based on the marks secured by the last selected candidates. The exam conducting body decides qualifying marks for Odia and English (compulsory papers). The final OPSC cutoff is determined based on the total marks secured in the mains exam and interview by finally selected candidates. OPSC cutoff is released category-wise separately for male and female candidates.

OPSC 2020 - Vacancy Details 

OPSC 2020 - PayScale

Payscale is a very important criterion for the candidates who are taking the exam. For your convenience, we have tabulated the details of the pay scale of different posts through the OPSC exam. 

Name of Post/Services

Pay Scale

Odisha Administrative Service - Group A (Junior Branch)

Rs.56,100/ in level 12, Cell 1, in the pay matrix under rule 3 of ORSP rules 2017

Odisha Police Service - Group A (Junior Branch)

Rs.56,100/ in level 12, Cell 1, in the pay matrix under rule 3 of ORSP rules 2017

Odisha Finance Service - Group A (Junior Branch)

Rs.56,100/ in level 12, Cell 1, in the pay matrix under rule 3 of ORSP rules 2017

Odisha Co-operative Service - (ARCS/AGCS) - Group B

Rs.44,900/ in level 10, Cell 1, in the pay matrix under rule 3 of ORSP rules 2017

Odisha Revenue Service (Group B)

Rs.44,900/ in level 10, Cell 1, in the pay matrix under rule 3 of ORSP rules 2017

Odisha Taxation & Accounts Service (Group B)

Rs.44,900/ in level 10, Cell 1, in the pay matrix under rule 3 of ORSP rules 2017

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