The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) recently released an official notification regarding the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) exam. It will be filling about 405 vacancies across various government services in Odisha.

This exam will likely help the aspirants land their dream jobs in various services such as police, cooperative, administrative, labour, revenue, and others. As the exam will recruit for various posts, the eligibility and pattern will differ accordingly.

This article shall focus on the OPSC OAS books. The difficulty level of this exam will be high. Therefore, aspirants need to prepare accordingly and select suitable books for clearing this exam.

Candidates can also visit the linked article and get details about the upcoming
government exams that comprise current affairs and general awareness as an important topic in the syllabus.

Syllabus and Topics

The board will conduct the preliminary parts of the OPSC OAS exam in two parts, General Studies Paper 1 and Paper 2.

The syllabus for paper 1 is as follows.

  • National and international events
  • Indian and world geography
  • Indian history
  • Economic and social development
  • Indian polity and governance
  • General issues on environmental ecology, climate change and biodiversity
  • General Science

The syllabus of the comprehension is as follows.

  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • General Mental ability
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Basic numeracy and data interpretation
  • English Language Comprehension Skills

The main exam, on the other hand, comprises five papers. These include the following.

Paper 1: Odia Language

  • Translation from English to Odia
  • Essay and précis writing
  • Comprehension, grammar, vocabulary

Paper 2: English

  • Translation from Odia to English
  • Essay and précis writing
  • Comprehension, vocabulary and grammar

Paper 3: English Essay

  • Essay writing
  • Broad views on given topics

Paper 4: General Studies I

  • Indian geography, constitution, polity and history
  • Human resources development
  • Social issues and social welfare problems
  • Environment and ecology
  • Role of National institutions

Paper 5: General Studies II

  • Indian economy
  • International Institutions
  • External security
  • Foreign affairs
  • Space and other technologies
  • Statistical analysis

Paper 6, 7, 8, 9 – Optional Papers

To know the OPSC Exam Pattern in detail, check the linked article.

Get OPSC Exam related details from the links provided below:

Best Books for OPSC OAS Exam

When it comes to choosing the best books for the OPSC OAS exam, it should depend on the aspirants. However, some of the best choices have been listed below.

General Studies

Name of the book


General Knowledge

Manohar Pandey

General Knowledge Manual

Pearson Publications

General Studies by Disha

Disha Experts

Basic Numeracy and Data Interpretation

Name of the Book


Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha/McGraw Hill Education Publications

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

R.S. Aggarwal/S. Chand Publications

Reasoning and Mental Ability

Name of the Book


A New Approach to Reasoning

Arihant Publications

English and Odia Language

Name of the Book


Objective General English

BK Publications

Objective General English

S. Chand Publications

English & Odia Language

BK Publications

ESSAYS for Civil Services and Other Competitive Examinations

Pulkit Khare/Arihant Publications

Indian History

Name of the book


A Brief History of Modern India

Spectrum publications

Concise History of Modern History

Sujata Menon

History of Mediaeval India

Satish Chandra

Ancient History


Facts of Indian Culture

Spectrum publications

Indian Polity

Name of the Book


An Introduction to the constitution

DD Basu

The constitution of India

PM Bakshi

Indian Polity



Name of the Book


Old NCERT books


Physical Geography

Goh Cheng Leong

School atlas



Name of the Book


Indian Economy

Ramesh Singh

Indian Economy

Mishra and Puri

11th and 12th standard books


NCERT books are universally recommended as the starting point for Civil Services preparation. Making notes from NCERT books is important as it helps during revision time.

From the links below, you can download the NCERT notes for free.

  1. NCERT Notes: Ancient Indian History Notes
  2. NCERT Notes: Medieval Indian History Notes
  3. NCERT Notes: Modern Indian History Notes
  4. NCERT Notes: Art And Culture
  5. NCERT Notes: Geography Notes

The OPSC OAS book list described above might not be enough for preparations. For the remaining subjects such as ecology, current affairs, science and technology, aspirants can take help from some credible newspapers, such as the Hindu, Economic Times, The Indian Express, etc. They can also take help from online resources in this regard.

Thus, hopefully, this article on OPSC OAS books will assist the aspirants regarding the right resources and materials to follow for clearing this exam. They can follow the information provided in these books while preparing.

Applying and clearing an OPSC OAS exam is never easy, mainly because of difficulty and competition.

For the Best preparation strategy for competitive exams candidates can visit the linked article and get detailed study material and preparation tips to excel in the examination.

Aspirants who shall be appearing for the exam for the first time and are willing to get some preparation tips and study material for the competitive exams can turn to BYJU’S for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions about OPSC OAS Books

What are the required qualifications for OAS?

The candidates should complete their graduation degree from a recognised university or equivalent.

What is the salary of an OAS employee?

The basic in-hand salary of an OAS employee is about Rs. 56,100 at level 12.

Aspirants preparing for multiple state examinations can go through preparation articles for important PSC exams below:

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