OPSC OAS Study Material

The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) recently declared the 2022 recruitment for the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS). It is likely to fill about 405 vacancies in various Odisha government services. This exam will be conducted across three rounds, prelims, mains and interviews. Therefore, the candidates applying for this exam need to start preparing after knowing its syllabus and topics. Apart from that, they should also require books and study materials.

This article shall discuss the essential OPSC OAS study materials for the 2022 recruitment. It will help the aspirants prepare for this exam and subsequently clear it.

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.

Kickstart your competitive exam preparation now and complement it with the links given below:

OPSC OAS Study Material

The candidates can purchase the following books for their preparation for this exam. A list of best Books for OPSC OAS Exam is mentioned below:

Name of the Book Author/Publisher
OPSC General Studies for Odisha Civil Service Preliminary Exams BK Editorial Board
General Studies by Disha Disha Experts
Quantitative Aptitude For All Competitive Examinations R. S Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude For All Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha
A New Approach To Reasoning Arihant publications
Essays for Civil Services and Other Competitive Examinations Arihant publications
Objective General English BK publications
Ancient History RS Sharma
A Brief History of Modern India Spectrum publications
An Introduction to the constitution DD Basu
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh

Get OPSC Exam related details from the links provided below:

OPSC Exam Centres OPSC Exam
OPSC Exam Fees OPSC Exam Pattern
OPSC Notification OPSC Qualification
OPSC Admit Card OPSC Vacancy

List of Topics in OPSC Exam

Topics on History

Ancient India

  • Ancient Indian geography
  • Prehistoric India
  • Harappan Civilisation
  • Vedic Culture
  • Jainism and Buddhism
  • Rise of Magadha
  • The Mauryan and Post-Mauryan period
  • Gupta Age
  • Pallava, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas and Cholas

Medieval India

  • Delhi Sultanate and its rule of India
  • Bhakti Movement
  • Vijayanagar and Bahamani Kingdoms
  • Mughal rule
  • Maratha rule

Modern India

  • The Coming of Europeans and 18th Century India
  • India under Company rule (1757-1785, 1785-1805, 1805-1835, 1835-1866)
  • Education and Social Reforms
  • Revenue Administration and Economic Policies
  • Socio-Religious Reform Movements
  • British India after 1858

Indian National Movement

  • 1857 Revolt of India
  • Indian National Movement (1885-1905, 1905-1916, 1917-1947)
  • History of Independent India
  • Regional Revolts before and after 1857
  • Rise of Political Ideas and Association

Topics on Geography

Physical Geography of India

  • Size and Location
  • Physical Features of India
  • Climate and drainage
  • Soil and natural vegetation

Economic Geography of India

  • Mineral and Energy Resources
  • Land Resources and Agriculture
  • Transport, Communication and International Trade
  • Manufacturing Industries

World Geography

  • Solar System
  • Motions of the Earth
  • Latitudes and Longitudes
  • Interior of the Earth
  • Evolution of geography

Topics on Indian Polity and Governance

Indian Polity 1

  • Constituent Assembly
  • Salient Features of the Constitution
  • Sources and Preamble of Constitution
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Union and its territories
  • DPSPs and Fundamental Duties
  • Union and State Executive
  • Union and State Legislature

Indian Polity 2

  • Indian judiciary
  • Local bodies
  • Emergency provisions
  • Parliamentary committees
  • Centre and State relations
  • Political Parties and Elections
  • Constitutional and Non-Constitutional Bodies

Topics on Economic and Social Development

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Goods, Prices and Inflation
  • National Income Accounting
  • Government Budget and Economy
  • Banking economy
  • External Sector

To cover broad topics from the subjects mentioned above, candidates can take help of the following links:

Indian & World Geography
Indian Polity
Social & Economic Development
Environment, Ecology & Climate Change

Preparation Tips for OPSC OAS Exam

Candidates can follow the tips listed below for increasing their chances of getting jobs after clearing this exam.

  • Time management is an essential requirement. Candidates should be able to plan and prioritise topics based on their strengths and weaknesses. A routine of 6-8 hours can be helpful.
  • Practising previous year’s question papers and sample papers can help candidates better understand the question type. They should keep at least 2 hours of paper solving.
  • Good quality books and study materials are necessary. Various sources can give away wrong information, and it is essential to choose authentic data sources while preparing.
  • Learning shortcuts is essential for solving quantitative aptitude questions. Several books and websites offer these tricks for solving mathematical problems quickly.
  • Having a reading habit is also helpful. For example, reading the daily newspaper can keep the candidates updated regarding current affairs.
  • Taking breaks and planning a day are essential. In addition, the candidates should take frequent breaks from study and get proper sleep for better concentration.

Hopefully, this article on OPSC OAS study materials will be effective in helping the aspirants clear this exam and get government jobs in Odisha. Moreover, it will help them learn the most important topics and prepare for this exam.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions about OPSC OAS Study Material


While preparing for current affairs, how many months can be relevant in OPSC?

Current affairs of the last nine months will be satisfactory for OPSC. It should cover people and places in news, awards, defence, index, policy, reports, schemes, etc.


What is the salary of an OAS officer?

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

To get details of other PSC Examinations, candidates can check the table below:

Karnataka KAS Exam UPPSC PCS Exam
APPSC Group 1 Exam TNPSC Group 1
Kerala PSC Exam WBPSC Exam


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