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OAS Exam

The Odisha Commission conducts the Civil services exam every year for recruitment under Group A and Group B posts such as Odisha Administrative Service, Odisha Police Service, Odisha Revenue Service and others. To fetch recruitment in the Odisha civil services, candidates need to appear for three rounds. These three phases are Prelims exam; Mains exam and Personality Test or Interview. It is mandatory for the candidates to qualify each round separately.
Odisha PCS Exam: Main highlights

What is the Eligibility Criteria of the OCS? Educational Qualification: OCS EXAM PATTERN Candidates have to qualify all the three stages in the OCS exam to get shortlisted for a government job.
Stage I- Preliminary Exam
This stage includes 2 papers, objective type (MCQs) will be asked.
Paper I- General Studies (maximum marks 200)
The merit list of the test takers will be finalized based on their marks in the Paper I.
Paper-II: Paper 2 includes aptitude questions and weightage is 200 marks. Paper 2 will be
qualifying in nature and it is mandatory for the candidates to get a minimum of 33% in the
Paper-II else their Paper I will not be evaluated.
Both paper 1 and paper 2 will have a duration of 2 hours (each).
Stage II- Mains
Mains exam includes 5 compulsory papers along with 4 optional papers (2 Optional

Mandatory Papers:
Paper Subject Marks Duration (hours)
Paper I Odia Language 300 3
Paper-II English 300 3
Paper III English Essay 300 3
Paper IV GS I 300 3
Paper V GS II 300 3
Optional Papers
The aspirants need to select two optional subjects from the below mentioned optional subjects-
Subject Paper Marks Duration (hours)
Optional Subject I Paper I 300 3
Paper II 300 3
Optional Subject II Paper I 300 3
Paper II 300 3

Stage III- Personality Test
Only those who qualify the mains examination will be called for a personality test round interview. The personality test has a weightage of 250 marks. This round is included to test candidates' mental alertness, logical skills, critical skills, variety, and depth of interest, and most importantly their ability to become leaders and give a balanced judgment. Candidates qualifying the Main exam will get a call for an interview from the Board constituted by the OCS. The Interview round holds 250 marks. The aim of including this section is to check candidates’ suitability for the job. Interview will be arranged to judge the below-mentioned traits of the candidates:

The final list of selected candidates will be prepared based on the overall marks achieved in the Mains examination and the personality test. OCS SYLLABUS SYLLABUS (PRELIMS) Prelims Paper I SYLLABUS (MAINS)

Odia Language English Language General Studies I General Studies II
Marks Expansion of
an idea
of a given
Legal and environmental
Developments in the field of
communications, science &
technology and space
Comprehension of a
given passage
Precis writing Indian Polity India and the World
Grammar, usage,
and vocabulary
Translation from
Odia to English
History of Modern India
and Indian Culture
International Affairs &
Translation from
English to Odia
Grammar, usage,
and vocabulary
Geography of India Indian Economy
Precis writing Short Essay Current National events
and topics of social
Statistical Analysis, Graphs &
Short Essay Marks Expansion
of an idea

Agriculture Philosophy Chemistry Mathematics Civil Engineering
Zoology Mechanical
Geography Political Science
Indian Language and
Literature, (any from Odia,
Hindi, Sanskrit, English,
Persian, Urdu)
Eco Psychology Fisheries Home Science Anthropology
Law Veterinary
Physics Statistics Engineering (Electrical)
Botany Commerce Geology Public
Engineering (Agricultural)
History Education Forestry Management Sociology
The following combination of optional subjects will not be permitted:
  1. Odia, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu, English
  2. Civil Engineering, Agriculture Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical
  3. Engineering
  4. Maths and Stats
  5. Anthropology and Sociology
  6. Political Science, Public Administration, and International Relations
  7. Commerce and Accounts, and Management
  8. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  9. Public Administration and Management
  10. Psychology and Education
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