Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 11:
Odisha Civil Service Preliminary Examination, 2015, conducted by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC), will be held on November 8, official sources said today.
Preliminary and Main examination will be held at five Zonal Centres across the state. The centres are: Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Baleswar, Brahmapur and Sambalpur.
A notification in this regard was published in the official website of OPSC— www.opsc.gov.in.
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 and II papers, two optional subjects having two papers each as prescribed.
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 candidate in the written examination and personality test or interview would determine the 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 to 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 than 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 be an incorrect response.
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 and Paper II (General Studies) will carry 200 marks each.