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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    OPSC OAS Exam
  • Mode of Conduction
    Offline mode
  • Exam Duration
    6 hours
  • Exam Frequency
    Once a year
  • Official Website
    www.opsc.gov.in
  • Medium of the exam
    English
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    It is expected that the application process will commence from January onwards, and the last date to submit the OPSC OAS application form for 2022 was extended till February.
Eligibilty Criteria

The applicants must have the prescribed educational qualifications and must fulfill the age criteria to apply for the OPSC OAS exam.

OPSC OAS Age Limits and Relaxation

The candidate applying for the OPSC OAS Exam 2022 must fulfill the age criteria as per the official notification. The age limit criteria of preliminary and mains exam has been provided below.

  • The applicants applying for OPSC posts of Administrative Services must have attained the minimum age of 21 years and their maximum age should not be above 32 years as on January 1 2022.
  • Reserved Categories such as SC/ST/ SBEC/ Women/ Ex-Service or PWDs will receive a relaxation upto 10 years.

OPSC OAS Educational Qualifications

The OPSC OAS examination has been conducted for the Group A and Group B posts in Odisha. Below we have given the eligibility criteria of all the levels of job positions.

  • The candidates must hold a bachelor degree in a relevant stream from a recognised university.
  • Must be fluent in languages like English, Hindi or Odia.
  • They must have completed their matriculation or intermediate with Odia language as a subject.
Exam Pattern

The OPSC OAS examination is conducted on two different levels i.e preliminary and mains exam for different posts. Candidates after qualifying in the examination will be called for a personal interview round. Below we talk about the process of the exam.

The exam is conducted online and it will be based on multiple objective type questions. The total duration of the exam is two hours each for Paper 1 and Paper 2. For each correct answer, one marks are awarded and 1/4 marks will be deducted for incorrect answers.

The exam pattern of preliminary level of exam is given below

Subject Total Marks Time Allotted
General Studies Paper 1 200 2 hours
General Studies Paper 2 200 2 hours
Syllabus

OPSC OAS Preliminary Syllabus

The preliminary exam is conducted on two different papers i.e Paper 1 and Paper 2 of two hours each. The syllabus of both papers are

Paper Syllabus
Paper 1
  • Current events of National and International Importance
  • History of India & Indian Historical moments
  • Global Geography- Social, Economical and Physical Geography of India and World
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Public Policy, Political system, Panchayat Raj, Rights, Issues etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Inclusion, Sustainable development, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, Poverty, etc.
  • General Issues on the Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and climate change that do not require subject specialization
  • General Science
Paper 2
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical behavior
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation
  • English Language Comprehension skills

OPSC OAS Mains Syllabus

The mains exam is consist of 5 compulsory and 4 optional papers

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

Apart from the above mentioned compulsory subjects, candidates will also have to appear in some optional papers which are

Paper Topics
Optional Paper
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology Agricultural Engineering
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Education
  • Fisheries Sciences
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Home Science
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Indian Language & Literature in any 1 of the mentioned languages
  • Odia
  • Hindi
  • Sanskrit
  • English
  • Persian
  • Urdu
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Political Science and International Relationships (PS & IR)
  • Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

However, while choosing the optional papers there are some criteria a candidate must have to follow. The candidates cannot pair the following subjects with each another

  • Any 2 Languages
  • Any 2 Engineering subjects
  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • PS & IR with Public Administration
  • Education & Psychology
  • Agriculture & Agricultural Engineering

All the questions papers must be in English language only, except the language paper of the exam.

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