OPSC 2021: Eligibility, Application Form, Syllabus, Admit Card, Exam Pattern and Result

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Apr 16, 2021

Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) is the state agency that can give permission for organizing Civil Services Examination. The exams are conducted for entry-level appointments to the various civil services of Odisha. A few of the examinations taken by the Odisha Public Service Commission include:

Crash Course
  • Junior Lecturers in O.E.S.
  • Odisha Civil Service Examination
  • Odisha Judicial Service Examination
  • Odisha Education Services
  • Odisha Municipality Administration Service
  • Asst. Section Officer
  • Tourist Officer
  • Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil & Mechanical)
  • Assistant Executive Engineer (Electrical)
  • Junior Assistant in the Office of OPSC

Latest news:

  • April 16, 2021: OPSC Post Graduate Teacher recruitment notification has been released. Read more
  • April 6, 2021: The exam date has been released for OPSC Ayurvedic lecturer exam. Read more
  • April 6, 2021:Biodata plus attestation form has been released for the post of Private Investigator by OSSC DV. Read more
  • April 5, 2021: SSB Odisha Lecturer recruitment is ongoing. Read more
  • March 23, 2021: OPSC Group A and B Prelims exam was conducted today. Read more
  • February 11, 2021- OPSC Prelims admit card is going to release in the second week of February. Check details here

Role and responsibilities of OPSC include

The roles and functions of the OPCS Commission are segmented into different categories including:

  • The commission is responsible for laying new recruitment rules and amendments regarding recruitment and conditions of service of Group 'B' posts/services.
  • They are responsible for offering advice relating to the promotion of officers and fixation of inter-seniority, etc.
  • The commission appoints candidates for different posts available in Group 'B' jobs.

Odisha PCS Exam: Main highlights

  • Name of the exam: OPSC Combined Competitive Exam
  • Body who takes the exam: Odisha Public Service Commission
  • Method of examination: Online
  • Levels in Exam: OPCS Prelims Exam, OPCS Mains Exam, and OPCS Personality Test
  • Exam conducted: once a year
  • Eligibility Criteria: Graduation degree required
  • Language used to write the exam: English & Odia
OPSC Exam Dates 2021

Odisha Civil Services Exam Date 2021

Events Exam Date
OPSC 2021 Official notification announced January 12, 2021
Issue date of Admit Card The second week of February
Odisha Civil Services 2021 Exam Date February 24, 2021
Result date announced Will be updated later
OPSC Eligibility 2021

What is the Eligibility Criteria of the OPSC?

  • He/she must be an Indian citizen.
  • The candidate appearing for OPCS exams must be less than 32 years and above 21 years of age. ( as on 1st day of January 2021)

Educational Qualification:

  • 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,
  • Or
  • Cleared HSC or equivalent exam with Odia as the medium of examination.
OPSC Appplication Process

OPSC Application Form

New candidates can apply for the OPSC recruitment 2021 next year. Below steps can be followed while filling the application form:

  • Refer to the official website.
  • After that candidates have to click on the link related to the latest notifications.
  • Cross check all the information mentioned by the OPSC board in the official notification.
  • Start the registration process.
  • Fill up the required details while filling the application form.
  • Upload all the needed documents in the prescribed format while applying.
  • After that pay the application fees.
  • Click on submit button, post completing the filling process

Application Fee

The candidates appearing for these exams need to pay a non-refundable and non-adjustable amount of INR 500.

Note- SC/ ST candidates of Odisha and persons having 40% disability don’t need to pay the application fee.

OPSC Salary

Sr. No. Post Pay Scale
Group A
1 Odisha Administrative Service, Group A post INR 56,100 at level 12 in the pay matrix
2 Odisha Police Service, Group A post INR 56,100 at level 12 in the pay matrix
3 Odisha Finance Service, Group A (Junior Branch) INR 56,100 at level 12
Group B
4 Odisha Co-operative Service Group B INR 44,900 (level 10 in the pay scale)
5 Odisha Revenue Service, Group B INR 44,900 (level 10 in the pay matrix)
6 Accounts Service and Odisha Taxation, Group B INR 44,900 (level 10 in the pay matrix
7 Odisha Employment Service INR 44,900 at level 10 in the pay matrix
OPSC Exam Pattern

OPSC Exam Pattern

Candidates have to qualify all the three stages in the OPSC 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).

Mains- Stage II

Mains exam includes 5 compulsory papers along with 4 optional papers (2 Optional Subjects)

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 OPSC. 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.

OPSC Syllabus

OPSC Syllabus

Prelims Syllabus

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

Mains Syllabus

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

Optional Subjects

Agriculture Philosophy Chemistry Mathematics Civil Engineering
Zoology Mechanical Engineering Geography Political Science and International Relation Indian Language and Literature, (any from Odia, Hindi, Sanskrit, English, Persian, Urdu)
Eco Psychology Fisheries Home Science Anthropology
Law Veterinary Science Physics Statistics Engineering (Electrical)
Botany Commerce Geology Public Administration 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 Engineering
  3. Maths and Stats
  4. Anthropology and Sociology
  5. Political Science, Public Administration, and International Relations
  6. Commerce and Accounts, and Management
  7. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  8. Public Administration and Management
  9. Psychology and Education
OPSC Admit Card

Admit Card

The admit card for the OPSC 2021 exam are released a few days before the exam date. Admit card is the mandatory document and is required to write the exams. Steps to download the OPSC admit card include:

  • Visit the official website (
  • After that tap on ‘Hall Ticket’ Link and write your credentials over there.
  • Tap on ‘Admit Card’
  • Take a printout of the Hall Ticket.

List of Exam Centres for Prelims Exam

The Odisha Civil Services Prelims and Mains exams are conducted at five Zonal Centers of Odisha including Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore, and Sambalpur. The name of the zone will be presented in the admit card of the candidate.

OPSC Result

OPCS 2021 Results

  • Candidates have to check the official site of OPSC.
  • After that click on the ‘Result’ option available on the right side of the page.
  • Submit all the important details like Date of Birth, Roll Number, Name, and Password
  • After that tap on the ‘Submit’ Button
  • Results will appear on the main screen.
  • You are supposed to take a print out of the PDF for future use

Odisha Civil Services Answer Key 2020

OPSC normally announces the answer key of prelims exam and mains exam on its official website. The final answer key will be made official after the commission judge the objections raised against the provisional answer keys announced for the Odisha Civil Services Examination.



Ques. What are the jobs under OPSC?

Ans. OPSC conducts the examination for various Group A and Group B jobs such as

  • Odisha Administrative Service
  • Odisha Police Service
  • Odisha Finance Service
  • Odisha Co-operative Service (ARCS/AGCS)
  • Odisha Revenue Service
  • Odisha Taxation and Accounts Service
  • Odisha Employment Service

Ques. What is the age limit for the OPSC exam?

Ans. The age limit for OPSC examination for the general category is between 21 years to 32 years.

Ques. How do I clear my OAS exam?

Ans. Candidates must begin with understanding the OAS syllabus and exam pattern. Prepare a study plan and follow it diligently to cover the entire syllabus within the time frame. After completion of the topics, students must practice and revise using the OPSC OAS mock test.

Ques. How many vacancies were announced in OPSC CSE 2020?

Ans. This year, OPSC announces 153 vacancies through OPSC CSE 2020.

Ques. How many optional subjects are there in OPSC?

Ans. Students need to select two subjects (optional) from the complete list of subjects that are not mandatory to choose. There are 4 papers, two for each optional subject in OPSC Mains exam.

Ques. Can you tell the dates on which OPSC CSE Main Exam 2020 will be conducted?

Ans. OPSC CSE main exams got delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The commission will announce the revised dates in near future.

Ques. What is the date for OPCS 2020 Mains exam?

Ans. Odisha Civil Services 2019-2020: key Dates

Event Dates
Starting date of application process November 13, 2019
Last Date to submit application process December 10, 2019
Last date to pay OPSC fee December 16, 2019
Admit Card for prelims March 2020
Prelims Exam Date of Odisha Civil Services March 15, 2020
Odisha Civil Services Mains Exam Date Expected soon

Ques. Which posts are categorized under the appointment of Grade A and Grade B of OPSC Civil Services Exam 2019?

  • For Group A, jobs include Odisha Police Service, Odisha Finance Service, and Odisha Administrative Service
  • Jobs that come under Group B include Odisha Co-operative Service, Odisha Revenue Service, etc.

Ques. Will my marking be deducted for the wrong answers in the Civil Services Exam?

Ans. Yes, candidates need to tick the correct option smartly as one -fourth marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt.

Ques. What is the way by which the candidates are shortlisted for the next level?

Ans. Total candidates in each category are selected at times more than 12 times the number of vacancies in the respective category.

Ques. Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree?

Ans. Yes, candidates must have completed their bachelor from the recognized board or university.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


Plz tell from which month current affairs are required to study for oas exam
diya suresh

There is no fixed time period from which current affairs are asked in the entrance test, so it is suggested to keep yourself updated on a regular basis to clear the section with ease. The questions will be of multipe choice type and the total duration for the exam will be 2 hours.To clear the exam, one needs to qualify preliminary exam. mains exam and interview round.

anurag majhi
Plz tell if i have not cleared odia as language in middle school but i want to fill the form for oas...and between period of whole exam can i apply for odia half yearly exam...or is it necessary to pass exam before applying for oas...pls clear my doubts
diya suresh

Hi Anurag, If you have not studied Odia as a language subject in middle school you must satisfy either of the following along with a Bachelor’s degree:

  • You must have cleared HSC or equivalent exam in Odia as medium of examination
  • You must clear a test in Odia in Middle English School Standard arranged by the School & Mass Education Department of the Government of Odisha

There are other eligibilities as well that needs to be fulfilled or visit OPSC 2021.

bhabajeeta dwibedy
Plz clear me about age limits of an ur women candidate for applying opsc
diya suresh

Hi Bhabajeets, There is no specific age limit for girls and it is same as that of other male candidates. For OPSC, your age must be in between 21-32 year as on 1st day of January 2021. There are other eligibility criterias as well that needs to be followed for appearing in the exam. For more details visit OPSC 2021.

bhabajeeta dwibedy
I belongs to ur catagory...and my last attempt I've not attend prelims exam..but apply..can it count with my attempting chance or not??
devnath tiwary

Dear Bhabajeeta Dwibedy

Greetings from Collegedunia. The OPSC 2020-21 Prelims Examination round was postponed on 8 December, 2020 due to Bharat Bandh and you have still a chance to appear in it. The Exam dates are still to be announced. For more details, kindly go through this link – OPSC 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Which subject would be good for the OPSC exam, political science or history?
jaya garg

Hi Naman. Generally, the majority of people prefer that subject which they studied in their bachelors as optional for UPSC. In case it’s not the same for you, you can take any subject which you have good knowledge about. If we compare History and Political Science, then the syllabus of both of these papers is vast and expansive, so it is you who needs to take the final call.

avinash sahu
Can a BSc nursing student take the OPSC exam?
jaya garg

Hi Avinash. Yes, you can apply for the IAS exam post completing your B.Sc nursing course. For other details related to UPSC exam, refer here.

vanshika chandra
How can I prepare for the OPSC exam? What is the syllabus?
jaya garg

Hi Vanshika. Candidates preparing for the OPSC exam must refer to the latest OPSC exam pattern and syllabus 2021 for all the stages including Prelims and Mains. The Prelims exam has two papers and all the questions will be objective in nature. Detailed syllabus for OPSC CSE prelims and mains is mentioned here.

What is the best way to prepare for OPSC OAS Civil Service Exam?
jaya garg

Hi Sameer. IAS Exam is one of the difficult government examination in India which is given by lakhs of aspirants each year. But in case you are serious towards your studies, have prepared the correct strategies, guidance, and have best study material you can get through the IAS exam. To check out OPSC OAS Exam Preparation Tips, refer here.

vishal sharma
Which mathematics book is preferable for opsc exam?
jaya garg

Hi vIshal. For maths practice, refer Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R. S. Aggarwal, Pathfinder for CDS by Arihant Experts, among other most recommended books. For more details, refer here.