Bhubaneswar: The state Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved a proposal to amend Odisha Civil Services (Combined Competitive Recruitment Examination) Rules-1991.
As per the proposal, the state government has decided to amend Odisha Civil Services Rules-1991 in consonance with the provisions made by the UPSC Central Civil Services Examination.
Henceforth, the candidates appearing for Odisha Civil Services Examinations, conducted by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC), will have to choose only one optional subject for the Main written examination. Earlier, it was mandatory that the candidates would choose two optional subjects for the Main written examination.
Now, the candidates will have to write four papers on general studies in the Main written examination. Earlier, there were only two papers on general studies in the exam.
Earlier, the candidates were appearing for 2,250 marks in the Main written examination and personality test for the Odisha Civil Services. With the amendment to the Odisha Civil Services Rules, the candidates will have to appear for 2,000 marks in the Main written examination and personality test for the civil services.
As per the amendment, candidates from the Unreserved category will have six attempts for Odisha Civil Services. Earlier, they had only four attempts.
The candidates from SEBC category will have nine attempts. Earlier, they had seven attempts for the Odisha Civil Services.
The candidates from ST and SC category will have unlimited attempts for the civil services in Odisha.
“The UPSC had introduced the one optional subject method in the Main written examination for the Central Civil Services Examinations some years ago. The candidates from Odisha were facing difficulties to prepare for UPSC and OPSC examinations simultaneously. With the amendment to the Odisha Civil Services Rules-1991, the candidates from Odisha will not face any difficulty in this regard,” said Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra.
Notably, the Cabinet gave its approval to eight important proposals today.