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Odisha Civil Service Exam


The Odisha Public Service Commission was formed on 1 April 1949 after its bifurcation from Bihar and Odisha Joint Public Service Commission. At the time of formation of the Commission, the strength was only three including the Chairman. However, the strength was increased to six by the year 1996. The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) is the state government agency authorized to conduct Civil Services Examination to fill different vacant posts/services under the State Government that belongs to Group ‘B’ and above.

However, Odisha Public Service Commission has faced many criticisms for not conducting the examination on time and for the delay in the releasing final results. For example Odisha Civil Service, 2011 final result was declared on February 2016 after a gap of four years. Even, in the recruitment Assistant Section Officer there was a gap of four years between advertisement & exam, and even after nine months of the exam, OPSC has not released the date of the result announcement. Other popular state service examinations in the country are Haryana Civil Services, Gujarat Civil ServicesNagaland Civil Service Exam, WB Civil Service Executive Exam, etc.


Odisha public service commission recruits eligible candidates for the posts/services under Category I/Group A and Category II/Group B in the State Government. The list of some posts and their pay scales are given in the below table.

Posts and Pay Scale

Post Name Pay Scale Grade Pay
Group A/Category I
Orissa Administrative Service, – Group-A (JB) Rs.15,600-39,100 Rs.5400
Orissa Police Service, Group-A (JB) R.s 15,600-39,100 Rs.5400
Group B/Category II
Orissa Co-operative Service, Group –B(ARCS/AGCS) Rs.9,300-34,800 Rs.4600
Orissa Revenue Service, Group-B Rs.9,300-34,800 Rs.4600
Orissa taxation & Accounts Service-B Rs.9,300-34,800 Rs.4600

Eligibility criteria

  1. The candidates applying for the post must be a citizen of India
  2.  Upper age limit 32 and he should not less than 21 years of age
  3. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university
  4. Candidates must be able to speak, write and read Odiya language fluently
  5. Candidates must have been passed middle school examinations with Odia as the language subject or the candidates must have studied in Odia medium.
  6. Candidates with more than one living spouse are not eligible
  7. Govt employees should get no objection certificate from the competent authority after the qualification of preliminary examination
  8. The candidates should have physical and mental fitness to discharge duties
  9. A candidate has only four attempts


  1.  The upper age limit will be relaxed for five years for SC, ST, Socially and Economically backward class (SEBC), eligible ex-service men and women
  2.  For Differently abled persons (PwD) the upper age limit is relaxed for 10 years.
  3.  A candidate can get only one type of age relaxation
  4.  SC and ST has no limit on number of attempts
  5.  Socially and Economically backward class (SEBC) candidates can give seven attempts.


Apart from this notification, other government job notifications released in Odisha are Orissa Forest, Orissa JL, Orissa Police, Orissa TET, etc. Drona provides required updates about all these  notifications.

  • Current Notifications
  • Upcoming Notifications
  • Previous Notifications


Candidates must ensure their eligibility before applying and should keep scanned copies of Photograph, Full Signature & Left Thumb Impression (LTI) as per guidelines given. Before starting to fill the application form it’s better to go through the advertisement thoroughly.

  1. a)   After filling the application form, candidates should take a printout Online Application Form for future use and should take a printout of Online Challan for payment of exam fee at any State Bank of India (SBI) Branch.
  2. b)   After successfully submitting, a Unique Registration ID will be generated and candidates are requested to note it for future correspondence.
  3. c)   Hall tickets will be uploaded online in the official website
  4. d) After qualifying prelims, candidates are required to send a Printout / Hard copy of the Online Application Form, bank Challan ( OPSC copy ) and photostat copies of specified certificates in an envelope super scribing “Application for the Post of Odisha Civil Services (Main) Examination 2016″ by Registered Post or Speed Post to the below given address :
  • Special Secretary,
  • Odisha Public Service Commission,
  • 19, Dr. P.K. Parija Road,
  • Cuttack – 753 001.

Selection Procedure

Candidates are screened by at three stages namely

  1. Preliminary examination
  2. Mains examination
  3. Interview/Personality test


  1. Preliminary examination is of qualifying nature and the marks are not counted for ranking The qualifying marks will be decided the commission
  2. After qualifying prelims candidates needs to attend mains examination
  3. Examination board determines the cutoff mark for selecting the candidates for interview.
  4. After interview, the rankings are given based on the total marks obtained in mains examination and interview together.

Examination pattern

Preliminary Examination

Preliminary examination consists of two papers the questions will be on general studies and current affairs.

Mains examination

Mains examination consists of nine papers and each paper carry 300 marks expect paper III which carries only 200 marks. Last four papers will be from the optional subjects selected by the candidates. The first two paper are qualifying nature and the marks are not counted for final rankings.


Candidates need to select their two subjects as their options from the below listed subjects. There will be two papers for each optional. However, some subject combinations are not allowed. The list is given below.

List of Optional Subjects

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Agricultural Engineering
  5. Botany
  6. Chemistry
  7. Civil Engineering
  8. Commerce & Accountancy
  9. Economics
  10. Electrical Engineering
  11. Education
  12. Fisheries Science
  13. Forestry
  14. Geography
  15. Geology
  16. Home Science
  17. History
  18. Indian Language & Literature (anyone)
  19. (a) Oriya, (c) Sanskrit, (b) Hindi,  (d) English,  (f) Urdu, (e) Persian
  20. Law
  21. Management
  22. Mathematics
  23. Mechanical Engineering
  24. Philosophy
  25. Physics
  26. Political Science & International Relations
  27. Public Administration
  28. Psychology
  29. Sociology
  30. Statistics
  31. Zoology

Interview/Personality Test

The Examination board will determine the cutoff marks and calls the candidates for interview. The interview panel tests the suitability of the candidates for the post and maximum marks allotted will be 250. Based on the total marks of mains examination and personality test the candidates will be given ranks.


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Exam Resources

  • Previous papers


Indian Languages and Literature’s

Indian Language and Literature Paper I – Click Here

Indian Language and Literature Paper II – Click Here

Indian Language & Literature Hindi Paper I – Click Here

Indian Language & Literature Hindi Paper II – Click Here

Indian Language & Literature Sanskrit Paper I – Click Here

Indian Language & Literature Sanskrit Paper II- Click Here

English – Click Here

English Paper I – Click Here

English Paper II – Click Here

English Essay – Click Here

Odia language – Click Here

Paper I

General Studies Paper I – Click Here

Agriculture Paper I – Click Here

AH & V Science Paper I – Click Here

Anthropology Paper I – Click Here

Agricultural Engineering Paper I – Click Here

Botany Paper I – Click Here

Chemistry Paper I – Click Here

Civil Engineering Paper I – Click Here

Commerce and Accountancy Paper I – Click Here

Economics Paper I – Click Here

Electrical Engineering Paper I – Click Here

Education Paper I – Click Here

Fisheries Science Paper I – Click Here

Forestry Paper I – Click Here

Geography Paper I – Click Here

Geology Paper I – Click Here

Home Science Paper I – Click Here

History Paper I – Click Here

Law Paper I – Click Here

Management Paper I – Click Here

Mathematics Paper I – Click Here

Mechanical Engineering Paper I – Click Here

Philosophy Paper I – Click Here

Physics Paper I – Click Here

Public Administration Paper I – Click Here

Psychology Paper I – Click Here

Sociology Paper I – Click Here

Statistics Paper I – Click Here

Zoology Paper I – Click Here

Paper II

General Studies Paper II – Click Here

Agriculture Paper II – Click Here

AH & V Science Paper II – Click Here

Anthropology Paper II – Click Here

Agricultural Cultural Engineering Paper II – Click Here

Botany Paper II –  Click Here

Chemistry Paper II – Click Here

Civil Engineering Paper II – Click Here

Commerce and Accountancy Paper II – Click Here

Economics Paper II – Click Here

Electrical Engineering Paper II – Click Here

Education Paper II – Click Here

Fisheries Science Paper II – Click Here

Forestry Paper II – Click Here

Geography Paper II – Click Here

Geology Paper II – Click Here

Home Science Paper II – Click Here

History Paper II – Click Here

Law Paper II – Click Here

Management Paper II – Click Here

Mathematics Paper II – Click Here

Mechanical Engineering Paper II – Click Here

Philosophy Paper II – Click Here

Physics Paper II – Click Here

Public Administration Paper II – Click Here

Psychology Paper II – Click Here

Sociology Paper II – Click Here

Statistics Paper II – Click Here

Zoology Paper II – Click Here

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