OPSC Exams: Odisha Public Service Commission Recruitment

OPSC Exams: Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) recruits candidates from time to time for various civil services posts. Candidates are recruited for numerous posts under Administration, Police, Finance, Co-Operative, Employment, Revenue, Taxation, and Accounts Services. All the candidates who are preparing for the recruiting can check the eligibility, exam pattern and syllabus of the OPSC exam in the post below.

OPSC Exams: Overview

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Exam Name Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC)
Conducting Authority Government of Odisha
Website opsc.gov.in
Mode of Test Online/Offline
Age Limit 21-32 years

OPSC Exams: Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizenship: The candidates who want to apply for the posts under OPSC must be a citizen of India.
  • Age Limit: Checking age limit is another step in the eligibility process. The candidates who are to apply for the posts under OPSC must be more than 21 years but under 32 years of age to apply. The cut off date for the eligibility is informed to the candidates in the notification. The candidates must check out the age before applying for the exam. Age relaxation for reserved categories is as per the govt rules.

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OPSC Exams: Educational Qualification

The candidates are preparing for the OPSC exams must know the educational qualification for the exam. The details of the educational qualification is given below:

  • The appearing candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognised University.
  • The candidates must be able to read, write and speak the Odia language. the candidates possess:
    • Passing Middle School  Exam certificate with  Odia as a Language subject
    • Passed HSC or equivalent exam with Odia as a medium of examination in a non-language subject.
    • Candidate must have passed Odia as a language subject in the final exam of class 6 from an Institution recognised by the Government of Odisha or the Central Government
    • Passed a test in Odia in Middle English School Standard that is conducted by the School & Mass Education Department of the state Government

OPSC Exams: Selection Process

The selection procedure for the OPSC Exam includes Prelims exam, Mains exam and Personality Test & Interview. The candidates who qualify all the stages of the test are declared qualified for selection.

OPSC Exams: Exam Pattern

  • Prelims Exam

The Prelims exam of the OPSC Exam has two papers. Paper I and Paper II both exams have questions in MCQ forms. The Prelims exam of OPSC has a time duration of 2 hours for each paper.

Type of Exam Subjects Marks Duration
Objective General Studies Paper I 200  2 Hours
General Studies Paper II 200 2 Hours

NOTE: The General Studies Paper-II is qualifying in nature. The candidates must score 33% in this paper to be declared qualified. If the candidates do not qualify Paper II, then his Paper I will not be evaluated.

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  • Mains Exam

All the candidates who qualify in the Prelims exam of OPSC exams are called for the Mains exam. Mains exam is descriptive in nature and the candidates have to appear for a total 9 papers. Total marks in the Mains exam is 2600. There are a total of  9 papers out of which 2 are optional papers. The candidates have to opt two subjects as optional papers. Total marks in the optional paper is 600 marks. The Mains exam pattern is as follows:

Exam Type Paper Subject Marks Duration
Conventional (Written/Descriptive Type) Paper I Odia Language 300 3 Hours
Paper II English 300 3 Hours
Paper III English Essay 200 3 Hours
Paper IV General Studies I 300 3 Hours
Paper V General Studies II 300 3 Hours
Paper VI Optional Subject I 300 3 Hours
Paper VII 300 3 Hours
Paper VIII Optional Subject II 300 3 Hours
Paper IX 300 3 Hours
  • List of Optional papers
Anthropology Indian Language & Literature (Any one of these: Oriya, Urdu, Sanskrit, English, Hindi and Persian)
Agriculture Law
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Management
Agricultural Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Botany Mathematics
Civil Engineering Philosophy
Chemistry Public Administration
Commerce & Accountancy Physics
Economics Political Science & International Relations
Education Psychology
Electrical Engineering Sociology
Forestry Statistics
Fisheries Science Zoology
Geology Home Science
Geography History
  • Personality Test and Interview

All the candidates who qualify the mains exams are called for the Interview. The interview is the last stage of the selection process. The interview is aimed at assessing the personality of the candidates and to check if the candidates is fit for public service. The board also judges the mental strength of the candidates and check if they can handle the adverse situation well or not. Interview is of 250 marks.

OPSC Exams: Syllabus

In order to prepare for the OPSC exam knowing the syllabus is very important. The detailed syllabus of the OPSC exam is listed below.

Prelims Exam Syllabus

In OPSC Prelims exam, Paper I and Paper II both are objective in nature. The syllabus of both the papers are as follows:

Paper I

  • Current events (National and International)
  • Indian History and Indian National Movement
  • Indian Geography and World Geography (Physical, Social, Economic aspects)
  • Indian Polity and Governance (Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues)
  • Economics (Sustainable Development, Poverty, Financial Inclusion)
  • Environmental and Ecology
  • Bio-diversity and Climate Change
  • General Science


  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal and Communication skills
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic numeracy (Class-X level)
  • Data Interpretation (Class-X level)
  • English Language and Comprehension (Class-X level)

Mains Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of the Mains exam is vast and the candidates have to prepare well for this. The detailed syllabus of the Mains exam is as follows:

Syllabus for Odia Language

  • Essay Writing
  • Precis writing
  • Translation from English to Odia
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Expansion of an idea etc.

Syllabus for English

  • Essay Writing
  • Translation from Odia to English
  • Precis writing
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Expansion of an idea etc.

Syllabus for General Studies I

  • Social issues and Social Welfare problems
  • Indian Geography
  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian History and Culture
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Current National issues
  • Human Resource Development
  • Legal and Environmental issues
  • Role of National Institutions

Syllabus for General Studies II

  • International Institutions
  • Foreign Affairs
  • External Security
  • India and the World
  • Space Technology
  • Indian Economy
  • International Affairs
  • Science & Technology
  • Communications
  • Statistical Analysis

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