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OPSC OAS Exam 2024 Syllabus and Topicwise Notes available


The OPSC exam is conducted for the recruitment of various positions such as Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Director, Block Development Officer, and many more.

The OPSC conducts the Odisha Civil Services Exam to recruit candidates for various Group A and Group B posts under the Odisha Government. Candidates who have completed graduation are eligible for this exam. The selection process for OPSC OAS includes Prelims, Mains (Written) Exam, and Interview.

The exam is conducted in three stages given below:

  1. Preliminary Exam (Objective Type)
  2. Main Exam (Descriptive Type)
  3. Interview/Personality Test

The syllabus for the OPSC exam generally covers topics related to Indian polity, history, economy, geography, environment, science and technology, current affairs, and general knowledge. The level of questions asked in the exam is generally of graduation level.

To prepare for the OPSC exam, candidates should start by understanding the exam pattern and syllabus. They should then create a study plan and devote sufficient time to each subject. Candidates should also practice previous years' question papers and take mock tests to assess their preparation and identify areas of improvement.

Overall, the OPSC exam is a highly competitive exam, and candidates need to work hard and stay focused to crack it. They should stay updated with current affairs and read newspapers regularly to be aware of the latest happenings in the state and the country. Candidates can also take coaching from reputed coaching institutes or refer to study materials provided by them.

OPSC has released the provisional list of 8220 qualified candidates for the Odisha Civil Services Main Written Examination-2022 based on the Preliminary Examination results. Scheduled tentatively for February 2024, the Main Examination details will be available on the OPSC website.

The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) has released the list of provisionally qualified candidates for the Odisha Civil Services Main Written Examination-2022. A total of 8220 (2730-w) candidates have been shortlisted to appear for the Main Examination based on their performance in the Preliminary Examination held on October 15, 2023.

The Main Written Examination is scheduled to be tentatively held in the month of February 2024.

This is for the Mains Exam of the 2022 cycle. The exam will be held from 25th February to 3rd March 2024. For the latest 2023 cycle, the OPSC has announced 399 vacancies for recruitment through the Odisha Civil Services Exam 2023. 

Interested candidates can apply online from 17th January 2024 to 16th February 2024.

The recruitment is also ongoing for Odisha Civil Services 2021, and 2022 cycles.


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Selection Process/Examination Pattern

The Examination process for OPSC OCS 2022 consists of 3 stages:

1). Preliminary Term (Objective MCQs Type)

2). Mains Exam (Subjective Type)

3). Personality Tes

The whole OPSC OCS examination process will be in offline mode. Following is the detailed exam pattern information regarding all the three stages

Preliminary Examination

OPSC OCS 2022 Preliminary Term

Paper Name No. of Marks Time Passing Criteria
General Studies 1 200 2 Hrs Cut-off Based
General Studies 2 200 2 Hrs Qualifying Paper – 33% marks

The candidates must know that there is a negative marking of one-fourth for each wrong answer.  

The Preliminary Examination shall consist of two papers of objective type (Multiple choice questions) and each paper shall be of two hours duration –

Total - 400 Marks

Paper - I : General Studies : 200 Marks {duration 02:00 hours (120 minutes)}

General Science

Current events - International & National

History of India and Indian National Movement

Indian Geography

World Geography

Indian Polity

Indian Constitution

Indian Economy

General Mental Ability

Paper - II : 200 Marks (duration 02:00 hours (120 minutes)


Interpersonal Skills

Logical Reasoning

Analytical Ability

Decision Making

Problem Solving

General Mental Ability

Basic Numeracy

Data Interpretation

English Language

NOTE : Second paper is qualifying of nature with secure 33% marks only.

For OPSC Prelims Exam detailed Syllabus click here

The Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as screening test only. The marks obtained in Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to main examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination would be 12 times of the total number of vacancies advertised.

Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in Preliminary Examination against a particular advertisement will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination against the said advertisement.

OCS Main Examination Pattern

The nature and standard of questions in this paper will be such that a welleducated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study.  The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services.

The Mains paper consists of 5 compulsory and 4 optional papers:

OPSC OAS Compulsory Papers Syllabus

Paper- Syllabus-
Paper 1- Odia Language
Paper 2- English
Paper 3- English Essay
Paper 4- General Studies I
Paper 5- General Studies II

OPSC OAS Compulsory Papers Syllabus

  • Comprehension of a given passage;
  • Short Essay of approximately 1000 words;
  • Translation from English to Odia;
  • Precis writing with a passage of approximately 1000 words;
  • Grammar, usage and vocabulary;
  • Expansion of an idea.
  • Comprehension of a given passage;
  • Short Essay of approximately 1000 words;
  • Translation from Odia to English;
  • Precis writing with a passage of approximately 1000 words;
  • Grammar, usage and vocabulary;
  • Expansion of an idea.
English Essay- Writing an essay on a specific topic
General Studies I-
  • Constitution of India;
  • Indian Polity;
  • Legal & Environmental Issues;
  • History of Modern India along with the Indian Culture;
  • Indian Geography;
  • Operation of the political system of India;
  • Current national issues and topics which are socially relevant;
  • Demography and Human Resource Development;
  • National Institutions:
  1. Role;
  2. Relevance;
  3. Need for change.
  • Social, behavioral issues and social welfare problems.
General Studies II-
  • Important Indian and Global events;
  • Indian Economy;
  • International Affairs and Institutions;
  • Statistical Analysis including graphs, pie charts and diagrams;
  • Important events in world and global affairs;
  • Development of Science & Technology along with communication;
  • Odisha Economy;
  • Foreign Affairs;
  • Regional Disparity;
  • External Security and other allied matters.

OPSC OAS Optional Paper 2023

Apart from the compulsory papers mentioned herein, candidates are also required to take optional papers. The subjects from which they are required to choose from are given in the table below:

Paper- Topics-
Optional Paper-
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science;
  • Agriculture;
  • Anthropology Agricultural Engineering;
  • Botany;
  • Civil Engineering;
  • Chemistry;
  • Commerce and Accountancy;
  • Electrical Engineering;
  • Economics;
  • Education;
  • Forestry;
  • Fisheries Sciences;
  • Geography;
  • Geology;
  • History;
  • Home Science;
  • Law;
  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • Mathematics;
  • Management;
Indian Language and Literature in any one of the mentioned languages:
  • Hindi;
  • Odia;
  • Sanskrit;
  • Persian;
  • English;
  • Urdu;
  • Philosophy;
  • Politics;
  • Physics;
  • Public Administration;
  • Psychology;
  • Political Science & International Relations;
  • Sociology;
  • Statistics;
  • Zoology.

However, while choosing the optional subjects there are some criteria the candidate is required to follow. The candidates cannot pair the following subjects together:

  • Any 2 engineering subjects;
  • Any 2 languages;
  • Political Science & International Relations with Public Administration;
  • Anthropology & Sociology;
  • Mathematics & Statistics;
  • Agriculture & Agricultural Engineering;
  • Education & Psychology.

All question papers will be addressed in English barring the language papers of the exam.

Personality Test / Interview

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 qualities (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.

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