Odisha Civil Service Exam Pattern:
Odisha Civil Service Exam pattern and scheme of examination are given below….
Plan of Examination: The Civil Services Examination will consist of the following successive stages :-
- Preliminary Examination, (Objective Type-Multiple Choice Questions)
- Main Examination
- Personality Test or Interview.
I. Preliminary 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 & II consists of General Studies for 200 Marks and Total is 400 Marks
Paper – I:
(i) Current events of National and International importance;
(ii) History of India and Indian National Movement;
(iii) Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World;
(iv) Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
(v) Economic and Social Development-sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
(vi) General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change that do not require subject specialization, and
(Vii) General Science.
Paper – II:
(ii) Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills
(iii) Logical Reasoning and Analytic Ability
(iv) Decision making and problem solving
(v) General Mental Ability
(vi) Basic Numeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude) (Class – X level). Data Interpretation (Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data Sufficiency etc. – Class – X level)
(vii) English Language Comprehension Skills (Class – X level).
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.
II. Main Examination: The Main Examination shall consist of the following papers and each paper shall be of three hours duration.
Paper Subject Maximum 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
Paper – VI, VII,VIII & IX Any two subjects to be
selected from the list of
optional subjects set out
below. Each subject will
have two papers. 300 Marks for each paper
III. Personality Test & Interview: 250 Marks.
List of Optional Subjects for Main Examination:
- Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
- Agricultural Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Commerce & Accountancy
- Electrical Engineering
- Fisheries Science
- Home Science
- Indian Language & Literature (any one)
(a) Odia, (b) Hindi, (c) Sanskrit, (d) English, (e) Persian, (f) Urdu.
- Mechanical Engineering
- Political Science & International Relations
- Public Administration
- The Candidate must opt for two optional subjects for main examination in the respective Box of the online application. Request for Change of Optional Subject will not be entertained.
- Candidates shall not be allowed to opt for the following combinations of optional subjects will not be entertained.
a. Odia, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu, English
b. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Agricultural Engineering
c. Mathematics & Statistics
d. Anthropology & Sociology
e. Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration
f. Commerce & Accountancy Management
g. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & veterinary Science
h. Management and Public Administration
i. Education and Psychology
j. Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering.
- 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.
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 Oriya Language and English.
- The question papers for the Main Examination shall be of conventional (essay) type.
- Candidates shall have to answer all the question papers except the Indian Languages paper in English.
- The question papers other than Indian Language and Literature shall be set in English.
(i) Candidates must answer the papers in their own handwriting and in no circumstances they will be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answer for them.
(ii) The Commission shall be competent to fix the qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
(iii) If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him.
(iv) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
(v) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
(vi) In the Question Papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of weights and measures only will be set.
(vii) Candidates shall use only international form of Indian numericals (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc.) while answering Question papers.
(viii) Candidates will be allowed the use of scientific (Non-programmable type) calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of O.P.S.C. Programmable type calculators will, however, not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates.
(ix) Candidates are not allowed to bring Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices into the premises of the Examination Centre and premises of the Commission.