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Orissa PCS Exam Syllabus

The Orissa Civil Services Examination shall comprise as follows, namely:-

(i) Preliminary Examination,
(ii) Main Examination,
(iii) Personality Test or Interview.

Candidates who will qualify in the Preliminary Examination, shall be called by the Commission, to appear in the Main Examination. The qualifying marks in the Preliminary Examination shall be such as may be fixed by the Commission. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination shall not be counted for ranking. The Main Examination shall comprise Oriya Language, English, English Essay, General Studies-I & II papers, two optional subjects having two papers each as prescribed in Scheduled-III.

Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion shall be called for personality test. The personality test or interview shall carry 250 Marks and no minimum qualifying marks for personality test or interview shall be fixed.

Total marks thus obtained by the candidates in the written examination and personality test or interview would determine their ranking. Candidates shall be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences indicated by them for various services.

The Preliminary Examination shall consist of two papers of objective type
(Multiple choice questions) and each paper shall be of two hours duration –

Paper -  I General Studies......          150 Marks

Paper - II Optional Subject.......       300 Marks

                                                   Total - 450 Marks
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The scope of the syllabi for optional subject papers for the Preliminary/Main Examination is broadly of the Honours Degree level, i.e., a level higher than the Bachelors Degree and lower than the Masters Degree. In the case of Engineering and Law, the level corresponds to the Bachelors’ Degree.

Main Examination Scheme–

The Main Examination shall consist of the following papers and each paper shall be of three hours duration.

Paper – I Oriya Language …       300 Marks
Paper – II English ….                    300 Marks
Paper – III English Essay …        200 Marks
Paper – IV General Studies-I … 300 Marks
Paper – V General Studies-II … 300 Marks
Paper – VI, VII, VIII & IX……Two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects. Each subject will have two papers … 300 Marks for each paper

Personality Test or Interview shall carry … 250 Marks


Prelims Syllabus:

  • General Science

1. Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science including matters of everyday observation and experience, as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made a special study of any particular scientific discipline.
2. Questions also may be set covering facts relating to modern important scientific discoveries and prominent Indian Scientists and their contributions.

  • Current events and Developments of national and international importance.

In current events knowledge of significant state, national and international events will be tested.

  • History of India and Indian National Movement

1. In History of India emphasis will be on;
a) General understanding on social, economic and political history of India.
b) General understanding of socio-cultural and political history of Orissa.
2. Indian National Movement.
a) Nature and character of the 19th century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of independence.
b) Freedom movement in Orissa, Oriya nationalism and Formation of Orissa Province.

  • Indian and World Geography –

Emphasis will be on Geography of India and Orissa. Questions are to be set on the following;
1. Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India.
2. Main features of Indian agriculture and natural resources.
3. Natural resources of Orissa – Water, Forest and Minerals.
4. Natural disasters in Orissa, - Flood and Cyclone.

  • Indian Polity and Economy –

Questions on Indian polity and economy will test the candidate’s knowledge on the following;
1. Indian Political system and Constitution of India.
2. Social system and economic development in India.
3. Local self Government – Urban and Rural Bodies in Orissa.
4. Orissa’s economic development during the Plan periods; Agriculture, Industry, Social Sector.

  • General Mental Ability

The candidates will be tested on reasoning and analytical abilities. 


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