Odisha Civil Service Exam Eligibility Criteria
Odisha Civil Services Examination Eligibility Details are as follows.
Age Limit: A candidate age limit should be 21 to 32 years of age i.e. he/she must not have been born earlier than 2nd January, 1979 and not later than 1st January, 1990.
The age-limit is relaxable by 5 years for candidates belonging to the categories of S.C, S.T, Socially & educationally Backward Classes Women and eligible Ex-Servicemen.
Provided that a person who comes under more than one category mentioned above, shall be eligible for only one benefit of upper age relaxation, which shall be considered most beneficial to him/her.
Educational Qualification: A candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any University incorporated by an Act of the Central or a State Legislature in India or an Educational Institution established by an Act of Parliament or deemed to be a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or a Foreign University approved by the Central Government.
Other Eligibility Conditions:
1. A candidate must be an Indian citizen. 2. He/she must be able to read, write and speak Odia and have-
(a) passed Middle School Examination with Odia as Language subject ; (or)
(b) passed High School Certificate or equivalent examination with Odia as medium of examination in non-language subject; (or)
(c) passed in Odia as a language subject in the final examination of Class-VII from a School or educational Institution recognized by the Government of Odisha or the Central Government; (or)
(d) passed a test in Odia in Middle English School Standard conducted by the School & Mass Education eepartment of the Government of Odisha.
3. A candidate, who has more than one spouse living or in case of a woman candidate, if married to a person having one spouse living, shall not be eligible for appearing at the examination:
Provided that the State Government may, if satisfied that such marriage is permissible under the Personal Law applicable to such person or there are other grounds for so doing, exempt any person from the operation of this rule.
4. Government Servants, whether permanent or temporary, are eligible to appear at the Examination, provided they possess the requisite qualification and are within the prescribed age limit.
5. If a candidate has, at any time, been debarred for a certain period/chance(s) by the Odisha Public Service Commission or other State Public Service Commission or U.P.S.C. from appearing at any examination/Interview, he/she will not be eligible for such recruitment for that specified period/chance (s).
6. Only those candidate, who possess the requisite qualification and fulfil other eligibility conditions by the closing date of receipt of applications will be considered eligible.
Physical Standard: The candidate to be passed as fit for appointment, a candidate must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties on this appointment.
Odisha Civil Service Exam Pattern: Odisha Civil Service Exam pattern and scheme of examination are as follows.
Plan of Examination: The Civil Services Examination will consist of the following successive stages :-
1. Preliminary Examination, (Objective Type-Multiple Choice Questions)
2. Main Examination
3. 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 consists of General Studies for 150 Marks and Paper – II will have One subject to be selected from the list of optional subject for 300 Marks and Total is 450 Marks
List of Optional Subjects:
(ii) Agricultural Engineering
(iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
(vii) Civil Engineering
(viii) Commerce & Accountancy
(x) Electrical Engineering
(xiii) Fisheries Science
(xvi) Home Science
(xxi) Mechanical Engineering
(xxiv) Political Science & International Relations
(xxvi) Public Administration
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 – I||Oriya 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|
List of Optional Subjects for Main Examination:
2. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
4. Agricultural Engineering
7. Civil Engineering
8. Commerce & Accountancy
10. Electrical Engineering
12. Fisheries Science
16. Home Science
18. Indian Language & Literature (any one)
(a) Oriya, (b) Hindi, (c) Sanskrit, (d) English, (e) Persian, (f) Urdu.
22. Mechanical Engineering
25. Political Science & International Relations
26. Public Administration
1.Each of the Papers i.e. Paper-I (Oriya 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.
2. The question papers for the Main Examination shall be of conventional (essay) type.
3.Candidates shall have to answer all the question papers except the Indian Languages paper in English.
4.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) alculators 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
Selection Process: Odisha Public Service Commission’s (OPSC) Civil Services Exam Selection process consists of Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Personality Test or Interview.
Preliminary Examination: The Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as screening test only. The Preliminary Examination shall consist of two papers of objective type (Multiple choice questions) and each paper shall be of two hours duration. Preliminary examination will be conducted for 450 marks. The qualifying marks in the Preliminary Examination shall be such as may be fixed by the Commission. 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.
Main Examination: Candidates who will qualify in the Preliminary Examination, shall be called by the Commission, to appear in the Main Examination. The Main Examination shall comprise Oriya Language, English, English Essay, General Studies-I & II papers, two optional subjects having two papers each. Time duration for eacah paper will be three hours. 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.
Personality Test: Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion shall be called for personality test. The personality test or interview shall carry 250 Marks and no minimum qualifying marks for personality test or interview shall be fixed. The candidate shall be interviewed by a Board to be constituted by the O,P.S.C. for the purpose. The said Board will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview will be to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service. The object of test shall be to judge the mental caliber of a candidate, his intellectual qualities as well as social traits and his interest in current affairs. Further some of the qualities (to be judged will be) like mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity, are to be judged by the said Board.
Total marks thus obtained by the candidates in the written examination and personality test or interview would determine their ranking. Candidates shall be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences indicated by them for various services.
The scope of the syllabi for optional subject papers for the Preliminary/ Main Examination is broadly of the Honours Degree level, i.e., a level higher than the Bachelors Degree and lower than the Masters Degree. In the case of Engineering and Law, the level corresponds to the Bachelors’ Degree.