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The Odisha Civil Services Examination will consist of the following successive stages :-
(i) Preliminary Examination, (Objective Type-Multiple Choice Questions)
(ii) Main Examination,
(iii) Personality Test or Intervies.

    The preliminary examination shall consist of two papers of objectives types (Multiple Choice Questions) and each paper shall be of two hours duration carrying 200 marks each.

The General Studies Paper-II of the Odisha Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. A candidate has to secure a minimum of 33% in the Paper-II of preliminary examination so as to evaluate Paper-I of the preliminary examination. (As prescribed in G.A. & P.G. Department Resolution No. 23625/Gen., dt.30.10.2018 which is available at Annexure-III).
(a) General Studies     -     Paper-I     -    200 marks
(b) General Studies     -     Paper-II    -    200 marks

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 Odia Language, English, English Essay, General Studies-I & II papers, two optional subjects having two papers .
  • 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.
  • In the Preliminary Examination, candidates shall be awarded marks for correct response of each question.
  • One-fourth marks assigned to that question shall be deducted for indicating incorrect response of each question,
  • but no deduction from the total score shall be made if no response is indicated for a question in the answer sheet.
  • There shall be four responses in each question to be answered and only one correct response shall be made to that.
  • More that one response in any question shall be treated as wrong response and marks for such wrong response shall be deducted if one of the responses happened to the an incorrect response.

Paper I - 

Total Marks : 200 Marks; 

Duration: Two Hours;  

Number of Questions: 100

Subject Area :  

Current events of national and international importance 

History of India and Indian National Movement  

Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.  

Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj , Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.  

Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.  

General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization  

General Science. 

Paper II -  

Total Marks : 200 Marks;  

Duration: Two Hours;  

Number of Questions: 80 

Marking Scheme: Total 80 questions have 200 marks, thus each question is of 2.5 marks.  

Subject Area :  


Interpersonal skills including communication skills;  

Logical reasoning and analytical ability  

Decision making and problem solving  

General mental ability  

Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitudes) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. -Class X level)  

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. In current events, knowledge of significant national and international events will be tested. In History of India, emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence. In Geography, emphasis will be on Geography of India. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to physical, social and economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources. Questions on Indian Polity and Economy will test knowledge of the country’s political system and Constitution of India, Panchayati Raj, Social Systems and economic developments in India. On general mental ability, the candidates will be tested on reasoning and analytical abilities.

A Brief on Exam Pattern of Preliminary exam is as follows


Exam Type Objective Type
Question Type

Multiple Choice

Subjects  No. of Questions  Marks
General Studies Paper I 100 200
General Studies Paper II 80 200
Total Questions 180
Maximum Marks 400 (200 for each paper)
Marks for each Correct Answer 1 (paper 1) , 2.5 (paper 2)
Negative Marks for Incorrect Answer -0.25
Marks for questions not attempted Nil
Total Time for Exam (in minutes) 240 (120 minutes for each paper)

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