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OPSC Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2018

Odisha Civil Service Exam Pattern

Odisha Public Service Commission conducts Odisha civil service examination to recruit candidates for state services. The candidates are recruited for Group A and Group B services of state government. The various position of the general administration and police officers are filled by the examination.

As per the OPSC Exam Pattern, it has three stages:
  • OPSC Prelims Exam
  • OPSC Main Exam
  • Interview

OPSC Exam Pattern: Preliminary Examination

The preliminary exam consists of two papers. The exam is objective type (multiple choice question) and each exam shall be of 2 hours duration.

Paper I: The paper I consist of General studies questions. The duration of the exam is 2 hours and the total marks are 200. The merit list for the mains exam will be based on the marks obtained in the Paper I.

Paper II: The Paper II consist of aptitude questions. The duration of the exam is 2 hours and the total marks will be 200. The paper II is qualifying in nature and the candidates have to score 33% in the Paper II otherwise there Paper I will not be evaluated.

OPSC Exam Pattern: Mains Examination

The Mains exam consists of five compulsory paper and four optional paper for which candidates have to select two optional subjects.

Paper SubjectMarks Duration
PaperOdia3003 hours
PaperEnglish3003 hours
PaperEnglish Essay2003 hours
PaperGeneral Studies I3003 hours
PaperGeneral Studies II3003 hours
PaperOptional I Paper I3003 hours
PaperOptional I Paper II3003 hours
PaperOptional II Paper I3003 hours
PaperOptional II Paper II3003 hours

Personality Test

The candidates for the personality test will be selected on the basis of the merit list prepared based on the marks obtained in the mains exam. The personality test will be of 250 marks. The final list of recommended candidates will be based on the cumulative marks obtained in Mains exam and the personality test.

OPSC Syllabus

Prelims Syllabus

OPSC Prelims Paper I

  • Current event of National and International importance
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiative, etc.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change that do not require subject specialization, and
  • General Science.

OPSC Prelims Paper II

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal Skills including communication skills
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytic ability
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude) (Class-X level). Data interpretation (Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data Sufficiency etc. Class-X level); and
  • English Language Comprehension Skills (Class-X level).

Syllabus for the Mains Exam

Odia Language

  • Comprehension of a given passage
  • Precis writing
  • Translation from English to odia
  • Grammar, usage and vocabulary
  • Short Essay
  • Marks Expansion of an idea

English Language

  • Comprehension of a given passage
  • Precis writing
  • Translation from Odia to English
  • Grammar, usage and vocabulary
  • Short Essay
  • Marks Expansion of an idea

General Studies I

  • History of Modern India and Indian Culture
  • Geography of India
  • Indian Polity
  • Current National issues and topics of social relevance
  • Legal and environmental issues

General Studies II

  • India and the World
  • Indian Economy
  • International Affairs & Institutions
  • Developments in the field of science & technology, communications and space
  • Statistical Analysis, Graphs & Diagrams

List of Optional Subjects

AgricultureMechanical EngineeringPsychology
Animal Husbandary and Veterinary ScienceCommerce & AccountancyPhilosophy
ChemistryGeographyFisheries Science
MathematicsPolitical Science and International RelationHome Science
StatisticsPublic AdministrationManagement
Civil EngineeringSociologyAnthropology
Electrical EngineeringAgricultural EngineeringIndian Language and Literature, Any one (Odia, Hindi, Sanskrit, English,Persian, Urdu)
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