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OPSC Syllabus

The Scheme Of Examination

The Competitive Examination shall comprise as follows, namely

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Personality Test or Interview

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.

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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. –

Subject Marks
Paper – I General Studies 200 Marks
Paper – II General Studies 200 Marks
  • Current events of National and International importance;
  • History of India and Indian National Movement;
  • India 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.
  • Economic and Social Development-sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate change that do not require subject specialization, and
  • General Science.
  • Comprehension;
  • Interpersonal Skills including communication skills;
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytic ability;
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving;
  • 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).

The Main Examination shall consist of the following papers and each paper shall be of three hours duration.

Compulsory papers – 1400 marks

Subject 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.


  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Education
  • Fisheries Science
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Home Science
  • HistoryIndian Language & Literature (any 1): (a) Odia (b) Hindi (c) Sanskrit (d) English (e) Persian (f) Urdu
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology


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.

Odia Language
  • Precis writing.
  • Translation from English to Odia.
  • Essay Writing.
  • Expansion of an idea etc.
English Language
  • Translation from Odia to English.
  • Precis writing
  • Essay Writing.
  • Expansion of an idea etc.
General Studies I
  • History of Modern India and Indian Culture.
  • Geography of India.
  • Indian Polity.
  • Constitution of India.
  • Current National issues.
  • Human Resource Development.
  • Social issues and Social Welfare problems.
  • Legal and Environmental issues.
  • Ecological issues.
  • Role of National Institutions.
General Studies II
  • India and the World.
  • Foreign Affairs.
  • External Security.
  • Indian Economy.
  • International Affairs.
  • International Institutions.
  • Science & Technology.
  • Space Technology.
  • Statistical Analysis.

This is the last stage of the OPSC OAS Examination before the final results are declared. Officially it is called the Interview/Personality Test and known to be a part of the Mains Examination for merit ranking purposes. From a preparation point of view, it is considered the third stage as preparation strategies and approaches for the written and interview stages are different. As per the OAS exam pattern, this consists of an interview by the OPSC board to assess the candidates’ suitability for a state civil services career and associated responsibilities attached to the post. The board consists of competent and unbiased observers who have a record of the candidates’ career (filled by the candidate in the Detailed Application Form). The board would judge the candidates mental, emotional and social traits by asking questions of general interest. Some of the qualities that the board looks for are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, attitude, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, team work, intellectual and moral integrity.

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