ODISHA CIVIL SERVICE
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
Odisha PCS Exam: Main highlights
What is the Eligibility Criteria of the OCS?
- Name of the exam: OCS Combined Competitive Exam
- Body who takes the exam: Odisha Public Service Commission
- Method of examination: Online
- Levels in Exam: OCS Prelims Exam, OCS Mains Exam, and OCS Personality Test
- Exam conducted: once a year
- Eligibility Criteria: Graduation degree required
- Language used to write the exam: English & Odia
- He/she must be an Indian citizen.
- The candidate appearing for OCS exams must be less than 32 years and above 21
years of age. ( as on 1st day of January of that year)
- However, age is relaxed for various reserved categories. Have a look:
- SC/ST/SEBC/Women/Ex-Servicemen: 5 Years
- PwD: 10 Years
- PwDs in SC/ST/SEBC category: 15 Years
OCS EXAM PATTERN
- Bachelor’s Degree: candidates must have obtained an undergraduate degree from
any recognized University.
- The aspirants should read, write and speak in the regional language that is Odia.
- He/she must have passed in Odia as a Language subject in middle school
- Students should complete their Class-VII education from a School or Educational
Institution recognized by the Government of Odisha
- Candidates must have cleared a test in Odia in Middle English School Standard
arranged by the School & Mass Education Department of the Government of Odisha,
- Cleared HSC or equivalent exam with Odia as the medium of examination.
Candidates have to qualify all the three stages in the OCS exam to get shortlisted for a
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.
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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
| Paper I
The aspirants need to select two optional subjects from the below mentioned optional
|Optional Subject I
|Optional Subject II
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:
- Mental caliber
- Intellectual qualities
- Mental alertness
- Social traits
- Candidates’ Interest in current affairs
- Critical powers of assimilation
- Variety and depth of interest
- Intellectual and moral integrity
The final list of selected candidates will be prepared based on the overall marks achieved in
the Mains examination and the personality test.
Prelims Paper I
- Latest events that are nationally and internationally important.
- General Science
- Economic and Social Development, Poverty, Demography, Development, Initiatives
in the Social sector, etc.
- Country’s Social and Economic Geography. Indian and World Geography-Physical.
- Issues related to Biodiversity, Environmental Ecology, Changes in climate, and
- Indian Polity, Political System
- Governance, Constitution, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues
- History of India and Indian National Movement, etc.
Prelims Paper II
- English Language Comprehension Skills (studied till Class X)
- Communication skills
- Reasoning and Analytical skills
- Mental Ability
- Numeracy (including numbers, orders of magnitude, etc.) studied till class-X level.
- Interpretation of data (through Charts, Data Sufficiency, Graphs, Tables, etc.) of
class-X level; and
- Decision Making and Problem Solving
||General Studies I
||General Studies II
|Marks Expansion of
of a given
|Legal and environmental
|Developments in the field of
communications, science &
technology and space
|Comprehension of a
||India and the World
Odia to English
|History of Modern India
and Indian Culture
|International Affairs &
English to Odia
|Geography of India
||Current National events
and topics of social
|Statistical Analysis, Graphs &
of an idea
The following combination of optional subjects will not be permitted:
|Indian Language and
Literature, (any from Odia,
Hindi, Sanskrit, English,
- Odia, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu, English
- Civil Engineering, Agriculture Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical
- Maths and Stats
- Anthropology and Sociology
- Political Science, Public Administration, and International Relations
- Commerce and Accounts, and Management
- Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
- Public Administration and Management
- Psychology and Education