Candidates who will qualify in the. Preliminary Examination shall be called by the Commission, to appear in the Main Examination. The qualifying marks in the Preliminary Examination shall be such as may be fixed by the Commission. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination shall not be counted for ranking. The Main Examination shall comprise Odia-language, English, English Essay, General Studies-I & II papers, two optional subjects having two papers each as prescribed in Scheduled-III.
Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion shall be called for personality test. The personality test or interview shall carry 250 Marks and no minimum qualifying marks for personality test or interview shall be fixed.Total marks thus obtained by the candidates in the written examination and personality test or interview would determine their ranking. Candidates shall be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences indicated by them for various services.
Scheme and subjects for the Examination-
The Preliminary Examination shall consist of two papers of objective type (Multiple choice questions) and each paper shall be of two hours duration. –
|Paper – I General Studies||200 Marks|
|Paper – II General Studies||200 Marks|
The Main Examination shall consist of the following papers and each paper shall be of three hours duration.
Compulsory papers – 1400 marks
|Paper – I Odia Language||300 Marks|
|Paper – II English||300 Marks|
|Paper – III English Essay||200 Marks|
|Paper – IV General Studies-I||300 Marks|
|Paper – V General Studies-II||300 Marks|
|Optional Pagers – (Paper VI, VII, VIII & IX)||1200 Marks|
Two subjects to be selected from the list of Optional subjects set out below. Each subject will have two papers and each paper carrying 300 marks.
Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
Personality Test or Interview shall carry … 250 Marks
Note (I) -The candidates must opt for two optional subjects for Main Examination in the respective Box of the online application. Request for change of Optional Subjects will not be entertained.
(II) Candidates shall not be allowed to opt for the following combinations of optional subjects.
a) Odia, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu, English
b) Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering.
c) Mathematics & Statistics
d) Anthropology & Sociology
e) Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration.
f) Commerce & Accountancy and Management.
g) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
h) Management and Public Administration.
i) Education and Psychology.
k) Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering.
(III) Each of the Papers i.e. Paper-I (Odia language) and Paper-II (English) will be of Matriculation standard and shall be qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in these two papers shall not be counted for ranking.
(IV) The papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects of only those candidates shall be evaluated who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers in Odia Language and English.
The candidate shall be interviewed by a Board to be constituted by the O.P.S.C. for the purpose. The said Board will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview will be to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service. The object of test shall be to judge the mental caliber of a candidate, his intellectual qualities as well as social traits and his interest in current affairs. Further some of the qualifies (to be judged will be) like mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity, are to be judged by the said Board.