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OPSC OAS Prelims 2021 Syllabus:

OPSC OAS Prelims exam consists of two papers:

  1. General Studies Paper I

    100 questions, 200 marks (2marks for a correct answer, -0.5 for every wrong answer, 0 if not attempted)

  2. General Studies Paper II (This is a qualifying paper and 33% is the pass mark)

    80 questions, 200 marks (2marks for a correct answer, -0.5 for every wrong answer, 0 if not attempted). The marks obtained in this paper is not used to draw up the merit list.

The syllabus for both these papers are outlined below:

General Studies Paper I

  1. Current affairs of Odisha, National, International importance

  2. General Science

  3. History of India & Indian freedom movement

  4. Odisha, Indian & World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic

  5. Economic & Social Development - Sustainable development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social sector initiatives

  6. Environment - Ecology, biodiversity, climate change

  7. Indian polity & Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public policy, Rights

General Studies Paper II

  1. Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability

  2. English Comprehension

  3. Basic Numerical calculations

  4. General Mental Ability

  5. Communicative skills

OPSC OAS Mains Syllabus

The OPSC Mains exam is descriptive in nature and students are required to write down the answers. It consists of following papers:

QUALIFYING PAPERS: *Qualifying only, marks not added in the merit list
QUALIFYING PAPERS: *Qualifying only, marks not added in the merit list
  Topic Marks
Paper I Odia Language 300
Paper II English Language 300
Paper III English Essay 200
Paper IV General Studies - Paper I 300
  History of modern India & Indian Culture  
  Indian Polity  
  Legal & Environmental issues:  
Paper V General Studies - Paper II 300
  India & the world  
  International Institutions & Issues  
  Science & Technology  
  Statistical Analysis  
Paper VI Optional Subject 1 - Paper I 300
Paper VII Optional Subject 1 - Paper II 300
Paper VIII Optional Subject 2 - Paper I 300
Paper IX Optional Subject 2 - Paper II 300
  Total marks for Mains written 2000
  Interview 250
  Total Marks for ranking 2250

OPSC OAS Odia Language Syllabus (Qualifying Paper)

  • Odia comprehension

  • Precis Writing

  • Translating from English to Odia

  • Short essays

  • Odia Grammar

  • Odia language usage

  • Odia Vocabulary

OPSC OAS English Language Syllabus (Qualifying Paper)

  • English comprehension

  • Precis Writing

  • Translating from Odia to English

  • Short essays

  • English Grammar

  • English language usage

  • English Vocabulary

English Essay Syllabus

  • The candidate will have to express their views on a particular topic given by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC).

General Studies I Syllabus

  • Indian Culture and History of Modern India

  • Latest National Events and other topics of social relevance

  • Issues related to legal matters

  • Environmental Issues

  • Indian Geography

  • Indian Polity

General Studies II Syllabus

  • India and the world

  • Indian Economy

  • International affairs and International Institutions

  • Developments related to the field of science and technology

  • Developments taking place in the field of communications

  • Development taking place in the field of space

  • Statistical Analysis, Graphs, and Diagrams

List of Optional Subjects for OPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

For the OPSC OAS Mains Exam, candidates need to choose any 2 subjects from the list of subjects given below. Each optional will have two papers.

  • Zoology

  • Statistics

  • Sociology

  • Public Administration

  • Agriculture

  • Physics

  • Geography

  • Law

  • Psychology

  • Chemistry

  • Philosophy

  • Botany

  • Management

  • History

  • Economics

  • Home Science

  • Geology

  • Mathematics

  • Forestry

  • Fisheries Science

  • Education

  • Indian Language & Literature (Any one of these- Oriya, Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Urdu & Persian)

  • Agriculture Engineering

  • Anthropology

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Anthropology

  • Commerce & Accountancy

  • Civil Engineering

  • Agriculture Engineering

  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

  • Political Science & International Relations

OPSC OAS Interview

The OPSC OAS interview is the final stage of the exam. It has 250 marks.

The main aim of the interview is to assess the candidate’s attitude and personality. The interviewing board tries to find the suitability of the candidate for administrative services, i.e. how well they will be able to handle challenges and adversities faced by the civil servants on duty.

The candidate’s knowledge and the ability to articulate and communicate their thoughts and opinions are also judged by the interviewing board. However, no specific details of the interview are specified by OPSC in the OAS exam notification.

Marks obtained by the candidates in the interview are added to the marks obtained in the mains exam for the final merit list.

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