OPSC Exam: Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) conducts exam to recruit people for the posts of civil services. The posts bring values and status to the holder. Know the details of the eligibility, exam pattern and syllabus of the OPSC exam.

Created On: Sep 6, 2019 20:07 IST
OPSC Exam: Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus
OPSC Exam: Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) invites application from time to time to recruit for various posts of civil services. These posts are of status and utmost responsibility. The candidates have to appear for the exam to get recruited for these posts. It is important to note that there are several posts that are on offer under civil services. The posts that are on offer are under Administration, Police, Finance, Co-Operative, Employment, Revenue, Taxation and Accounts Services. The OPSC issues notification from time to time for these posts and the candidates apply for the same. In this article, we shall discuss the eligibility, exam pattern and syllabus of the OPSC exam.

OPSC 2015 General Studies (Paper - I)

OPSC 2015 General Studies (Paper - II)

Eligibility Criteria for OPSC Exam

The candidates who are planning to appear for the OPSC exam need to know if they are eligible to apply. Checking eligibility is the first step in the process. If the candidates do not check their eligibility then their candidature will be rejected summarily. So, lets find out the eligibility of the OPSC exam.

(a) Citizenship: The candidates who want to apply for the posts under OPSC must be a citizen of India.

(b) Age: 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.

NOTE: The candidates should know that age relaxation is available as per the govt rules.

(c) Educational Qualification: The candidates who want to appear for the exam should also know the educational qualification for the exam. The details of the educational qualification is given below:

(i) The candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognised University.

(ii) The candidates must be able to read, write and speak the local language i.e. Odia. Also, the candidates must have:

passed  Middle School  Exam with  Odia as a Language subject


passed HSC or equivalent exam with Odia as medium of examination in a non-language subject


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 2016 General Studies (Paper - I)

OPSC 2016 General Studies (Paper - II)

Exam Pattern of OPSC

Once, the eligibility criteria is known to the candidates, they need to know the exam pattern so that they can prepare for the exam in the same way. If the candidates know the exam pattern, then they will be able to figure out what they need to study and how much they need to study. The exam pattern of the OPSC contains Prelims exam, Mains exam and Personality Test & Interview. The candidates who qualify all the stages of the test are declared qualified for selection.

Prelims Exam

The candidates have to appear for the Preims exam which is the first step in the selection process. The Prelims exam has two papers both of which are in MCQ forms. The Prelims exam of OPSC has a total duration of 4 hours; 2 hours for each paper.

Type of Exam





General Studies Paper I


 2 Hours

General Studies Paper II


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.

Mains Exam

If the candidates qualify in the Prelims exam of OPSC then they will be called for the Mains exam. The Commission fixes a cut off for the Prelims exam and those, who are placed above the cut off, 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. The pattern of the Mains exam is as follows:

Exam Type










Conventional (Written/Descriptive Type)

Paper I

Odia Language


3 Hours

Paper II



3 Hours

Paper III

English Essay


3 Hours

Paper IV

General Studies I


3 Hours

Paper V

General Studies II


3 Hours

Paper VI

Optional Subject I


3 Hours

Paper VII


3 Hours

Paper VIII

Optional Subject II


3 Hours

Paper IX


3 Hours

OPSC 2017 General Studies (Paper - I)

OPSC 2017 General Studies (Paper - II)

The candidates will have to choose two subjects as an optional paper. Total marks in the optional paper is 1200. Here is a list of the optional subjects that can be chosen by the candidates:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Botany
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Fisheries Science
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Home Science
  • History
  • Indian Language & Literature (Any one of these: Oriya, Urdu, Sanskrit, English, Hindi and Persian)
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Public Administration
  • Physics
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Personality Test and Interview

The candidates who qualify both the exams i.e. Prelims and Mains, are called for the Interview. This is the last stage of the selection process. The interview will be conducted by the OPSC for which it forms a board. The board asks questions based on various areas from the candidates.

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 2018 General Studies (Paper - I)

OPSC 2018 General Studies (Paper - II)

Syllabus of OPSC

Now, another important thing to know is the syllabus of the OPSC exam. The candidates must know the syllabus of the exam so that preparation can be done in an easy manner. Here is the detailed syllabus of the OPSC exam.

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

Paper II

  • 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

The candidates, on having idea of the syllabus, need to start preparing for the exam so that they can score well in the exam. The syllabus is exhaustive and they will have to put extra efforts while preparing the same.

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