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


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 TestThe 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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