Syllabus of OPSC OAS Preliminary Examination 2020-21

The Preliminary Examination shall consists of two papers of objective type (Multiple choices questions) and each paper shall be of two hours duration as follows:

Paper-I: General Studies- 200 marks

Paper-II: General Studies- 200 marks

NB: General Studies Paper-II is qualifying in Nature and the candidates have to secure minimum 33% to qualify.

1. Current events of national and international importance.
2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
5. Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
7. General Science.

1. Comprehension
2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4. Decision-making and problem-solving
5. General mental ability
6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data
7. Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
8. English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).


1. The Preliminary examination is meant to serve as screening test only. The marks obtained in Preliminary examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to main examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the main examination belonging to each category would be as nearly as many be but not more than 12 times of the total number of vacancies advertised.

2. The candidates securing same marks at the cut-off point of each category would be admitted even if it exceeds 12 times to that extent only

3. In the Preliminary examination, candidates shall be awarded marks for correct response of each question. On-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.

4. There shall be four responses in each question to be answered and only one correct response shall be made to that.

5. 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 response happened to be an incorrect response.