OPSC OAS Exam Pattern 2021: Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

OPSC OAS Exam Pattern 2021: Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

ByArpit Kumar Jain  |  Updated on: Jul 12, 2021The OPSC exam will be conducted for the posts of Group A & Group B. The Odisha Civil Services Exam is conducted in three stages. For more detail, check the OPSC notification 2021 PDF, exam date, vacancies, apply online link, eligibility, syllabus, etc. below.
The OPSC exam will be conducted for the posts of Group A & Group B. The Odisha Civil Services Exam is conducted in three stages. For more detail, check the OPSC notification 2021 PDF, exam date, vacancies, apply online link, eligibility, syllabus, etc. below.
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OPSC Exam Pattern 2021

OPSC Exam Pattern 2021: Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) releases the OPSC OAS Exam Pattern 2021 for all aspiring candidates who wish to join the Odisha civil services. The OPSC exam pattern involves three stages, OPSC Prelims Exam, Odisha Mains Exam and OPSC Interview. For final selection, candidates are required to clear all the selection stages successfully. All candidates who want to get selected must know all OPSC OAS exam pattern 2021.

Check below all Odisha civil services exam pattern such as exam duration, types of questions involved, marking scheme, number of questions and different sections. The exam pattern for all three stages have been explained in the sections below.

OPSC OAS Exam Pattern for Prelims

OPSC OAS Prelims Exam will have two papers, General Studies I and General Studies II.  Each paper carries a total of 200 marks each for a duration of 2 hours. Both Papers are objective type papers with MCQs/ The table given below will tell you elaborately about the OPSC OAS Prelims exam pattern.

Further, you must score at least 33% in Paper 2 so that Paper 1 can be evaluated. 

OPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

Subject     

Exam Type                           

Duration

Total Marks

General Studies - Paper I             

Objective Type/MCQs        

2 Hours                 

200

General Studies - Paper-II                                           

Objective Type/MCQs        

2 Hours                 

200

OPSC OAS Exam Pattern for Mains

Candidates qualifying OPSC OAS Prelims exam will be eligible to take the Odisha OPSC Mains Exam 2021 which is descriptive in nature. 

  • The mains paper of OPSC will have a total of 9 papers. Out of the 9 papers in the mains exam, 5 papers will be compulsory papers and 4 papers will be optional papers.
  • Odisha OPSC Mains Exam will carry a total of 2600 marks.
  • The compulsory papers of OPSC OAS mains will carry a total of 1400 marks, and the optional papers will carry a total of 1200 marks.

Odisha OPSC Exam Pattern 2021 for Mains covers the following subjects:

  • Odia Language
  • English
  • English Essay
  • General Studies Paper I and II
  • Two optional Subjects: Paper I and II (To be chosen by the candidates)

Odisha OPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2021

S. No.

Subject 

Duration 

Total Marks

Paper I

English

3 hours 

300

Paper II

English Essay

3 hours

200

Paper III

Odia Language

3 hours

300

Paper IV

General Studies - Paper I

3 hours

300

Paper V

General Studies – Paper-II

3 Hours

300

Paper VI

Optional Subject I – Paper 1

3 Hours

300

Paper VII

Optional Subject I  - Paper 2

3 Hours

300

Paper VIII

Optional Subject II – Paper 1

3 Hours

300

Paper IX

Optional Subject II – Paper 2

3 Hours

300

List of Optional Subjects for OPSC OAS Mains Exam

For the optional papers, the candidates are required to choose any 2 subjects from the various subjects. Here is the list of these optional subjects: 

  • 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

Odisha OPSC Interview Exam Pattern 2021

OPSC interview or personality test is the last stage for selecting suitable candidates for OPSC exam 2021. The interview for OPSC OAS carries 250 marks. Candidates need to pass Odisha OPSC Prelims Exam and Mains Exams to be qualified for the OPSC interview. OPSC will conduct these interviews through a panel of expert people with sheer judgement and knowldge. 

The board will evaluate the personality and the mental strength of the candidate in the OPSC Interview. They will also evaluate if the candidate can work under pressure or adverse situation. Based on the interview, the board will decide if the candidate is suitable for the post or not. 

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  • OPSC OAS exam comprises of three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview/Personality test.

  • Yes. There are restrictions on choosing some subjects combinations for OPSC Mains Exam 2021. The candidates cannot choose the following subject combinations:

    • Odia, Urdu, Sanskrit, Persian, Hindi, English 
    • Statistics & Mathematics 
    • Psychology & Education 
    • Sociology & Anthropology 
    • Agriculture & Agriculture Engineering 
    • Public Administration & Management 
    • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
    • Agriculture Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Civil Engineering
  • For the OPSC OAS interview, the interview board assesses are leadership skills, mental alertness, depth of interest, logical exposition, social skills, and the ability to work under pressure. 

  • You can download the complete OPSC Syllabus 2021 and exam pattern from BYJU'S Exam Prep’s website and app.

  •  No. There is no minimum number of questions that are needed to be answered in each section for the OPSC exam 2021. However, you must ensure that you obtain the cut off marks.

  • Yes, 1/4 of the marks allotted to a question shall be deducted from the candidate’s total score in the Prelims for every wrong answer in the OPSC prelims paper.

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