OPSC Civil Services 2019 Exam Pattern

Sakunth Kumar Updated On: 19 Nov, 2019 11:18 IST

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OPSC Exam Pattern 2019 (Civil Services)

Odisha Civil Services Examination is divided into three stages such as Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Personality Test/ Interview. The candidates can check the detailed exam pattern of Odisha Civil Services Exam 2019 here.

OPSC 2019 Prelims Exam Pattern (Civil Services)

The preliminary exam of Odisha Civil Services Exam 2019 consists of two papers comprising objective type or multiple-choice questions. The duration of each paper is two hours. While the Paper I exam takes place in the morning session, Paper II exam takes place in the afternoon session. The exam pattern for Preliminary exam of Odisha Civil Services is as follows -

Name of the Subject


Paper I (General Studies)


Paper II (General Studies)


Minimum Qualifying Marks Required in OPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2019 

The candidates need to score a minimum of 33% of marks in the Odisha Civil Services Prelims Exam. However, the candidates should note that they will have to score a minimum of 33% of marks in Paper II. Only if the candidates score these marks in Paper II, his/ her Paper I will be evaluated.

OPSC Mains 2019 Exam Pattern (Civil Services)

Only the candidates who clear Preliminary exam are eligible for the Mains exam. The Mains exam comprises of the following subjects -

  • Odia Language
  • English
  • English Essay
  • General Studies Paper I & II
  • Two Optional Subjects - Paper I & II (Candidates can choose)

The exam pattern for the above subjects is as follows -

Name of the Subject


Odia Language (Paper I)


English (Paper II)


English Essay (Paper III)


General Studies I (Paper IV)


General Studies II (Paper V)


Optional Papers (Paper VI, VII, VIII & IX)

1200 (300 each)

List of Optional Subjects in OPSC Civil Services Exam 2019

The following is the list of optional subjects in OPSC Civil Services Mains Exam 2019, and the candidates are allowed to choose at least two subjects among the list of subjects available -

  • Agriculture
  • Zoology
  • Statistics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Physics
  • Philosophy
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Management
  • Law
  • Indian Language & Literature
  • History
  • Home Science
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Forestry
  • Fisheries Science
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Economics
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Agriculture Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

Restrictions on Combination of Subjects for OPSC Civil Services Mains Exam 2019

Candidates are barred from choosing the following subject combinations in the Mains Exam of OPSC 2019 -

  • Odia, English, Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi
  • Civil Engineering, Agriculture Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Agriculture and Agriculture Engineering
  • Education and Psychology
  • Management and Public Administration
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Odisha Civil Services Exam Pattern for Interview/ Personality Test 2019

Only the candidates who clear the Mains exam as per the cutoff specified by OPSC are eligible for the Personality Test or Interview. The candidates must note that the Personality Test carries 250 marks, and the commission does not fix any minimum qualifying mark for Personality Test or Interview.

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