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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) Assistant Section Officer (ASO)
  • Mode of Conduction
    online
  • Exam Duration
    360 minutes
  • Official Website
    http://www.opsc.gov.in/
  • Exam Dates
    To be announced
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    December 31, 2021
  • Start of Registration Process
    January 20, 2022
  • End of Registration Process
    February 19, 2022
  • Last Date of Payment of Application Fee
    February 19, 2022
  • Admit Card Release Date
    To be announced
  • Display of Answer Key
    To be announced
  • Declaration of Result
    To be announced
Eligibilty Criteria

The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) has released notification for the recruitment of Assistant Section Officer (ASO). Candidates need to possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in any stream, along with knowledge in computer applications. The age range of candidates should be 21-38 years old. Upper age limit of 38 years has been increased from the previous 32 years.

OPSC ASO Educational Qualifications

Eligibility Criteria Required Skill
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline Computer Applications

OPSC ASO Overall Eligibility Criteria

The key aspects pertaining to the eligibility criteria for the OPSC ASO exam are presented in the table below:

Particulars Details
Age Limit 21-38 years
Nationality Indian
Domicile Odisha
Number of Attempts No limit until the eligibility criteria is satisfied
Important points
  • Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they can if no satisfactory score is obtained.
  • The upper age limit has increased to 38 years from the earlier 32 years.
Website www.opsc.gov.in
Exam Pattern

There are four papers for the OPSC ASO exam. Papers 1, 2 and 3 are conducted in the first stage and Paper 4 is conducted in the second stage. The pattern of the exam is described and demonstrated in the table below:

Paper Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Paper 4
Mode Online Online Online Online
Number of sections 1 2 2 1
Name of sections General Awareness
  • Reasoning and Mental Ability
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Odia
Computer Applications
Questions in each section 100 50 100 5
Duration 90 minutes 90 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes
Number of questions 100 100 200 5
Types of questions MCQs MCQs MCQs Subjective-type
Marking criteria
  • 1 mark awarded for every right answer
  • 0.25 mark deducted for every wrong answer
  • 1 mark awarded for every right answer
  • 0.25 mark deducted for every wrong answer
  • 1 mark awarded for every right answer
  • 0.25 mark deducted for every wrong answer
  • 1 mark awarded for every right answer
  • 0.25 mark deducted for every wrong answer
Language of Paper English English English (Odia for the Odia language section) English
Syllabus

The syllabus for OPSC ASO recruitment 2022 has been released through the notification. Knowing the syllabus is of extreme importance as far as acing the exam is concerned.

OPSC ASO Syllabus of Paper 1

The syllabus for OPSC ASO Paper 1 mainly consists of General Awareness. The details of the syllabus of this section is described below.

OPSC ASO General Awareness Syllabus

There would be 100 MCQs for General Awareness. The syllabus is explained as follows:

  • Current national events
  • Current international events
  • History of British Rule in India and Freedom Struggle
  • World Physical Geography
  • Physical Geography of India & Odisha
  • Indian Constitution
  • Important aspects of Governance, Transparency & Accountability, e-governance, Role of Civil Services in democracy.
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, growth, development, and employment, poverty alleviation, resource mobilization, and inflation.
  • Scientific Inventions and use of Science.
  • Issues of Environmental, Ecology, Biodiversity & Climate changes
  • Important National & International Institutions, Organizations, and fora-their Structures, Mandate, etc.
  • Defense & Indian Armed Forces

OPSC ASO Syllabus of Paper 2

OPSC ASO Paper 2 consists of two modules which are Reasoning and Mental Ability and Mathematics. The details of the syllabus of these sections are described below.

OPSC ASO Reasoning and Mental Ability Syllabus

There would be 50 MCQs for Reasoning and Mental Ability. The details of the syllabus is explained in the table below:

Sections Topics
Verbal
  • Alphabet Series
  • Test of Direction Sense
  • The problem of Age Calculation
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Coding-decoding
  • Number Series
  • Number Ranking

Non-Verbal

  • Non-verbal series
  • Grouping Identical Figures
  • Cubes & Dice
  • Embedded figures, etc.
  • Mirror Images
  • Analogy

OPSC ASO Mathematics Syllabus

There would be 50 MCQs for Mathematics. The details of the syllabus is explained below:

  • Statistics & Probability
  • Mensuration (2D & 3D)
  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic

OPSC ASO Syllabus of Paper 3

Paper 2 consists of two languages which are English and Odia. There would be 100 MCQs each for English and Odia.

OPSC ASO English Syllabus

There would be 100 MCQs for the English language. The details are demonstrated as follows:

  • Error Correction/Recognition
  • Comprehension
  • Preposition
  • Answering Questions based on Unseen Passages
  • Vocabulary
  • Antonyms
  • Adverb
  • Synonyms
  • Verb
  • Tenses
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Fill in the Blanks with Articles etc.
  • Subject-verb Agreement

    OPSC ASO Syllabus of Paper 4

    The Paper 4 is the second stage of the written exam for OPSC ASO recruitment. It is purported to test the practical knowledge of candidates in terms of computer applications.

    OPSC ASO Computer Applications Syllabus

    There would be 5 subjective questions for computer applications. The details of the syllabus are provided as follows:

    • Computer Fundamentals
    • Word Processing (MS Word)
    • Presentation knowledge (MS PowerPoint)
    • Communication Technology, Networking Concepts
    • MS-office
    • Spreadsheet (MS Excel)
    • Usage of internet services available on the Internet
    • Windows (MS-Windows)
    • MS Access

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