Bhubaneswar, November 11 (LocalWire): Judicious blend of preparation of general studies and proper choice of optional subjects is the key to success in the Odisha Administrative Service Examination.
If those who have made it to the state civil service are to be believed, there should be proportionate thrust on both the preliminary and main examination.
“The aspirants who are academically brilliant are found to give less importance to the preliminary examination. I have come across candidates failing in the preliminary exams though they are good academically.
The mindset to take the preliminary examination on a lighter note may prove counterproductive,” Rumana Jaffri, an officer currently posted as Block Development Officer in Madnpur–Raipur block of Kalahandi district, said.
“The rigorous preparation for preliminary examination could keep the applicants in good stead and the right frame of mind for the main examination. It needs to be taken in all seriousness.
After all, the candidates are required to answer as many as 180 multiple choice questions in 240 minutes in two sittings. That’s not quite an easy task,” she stated.
One has to keep abreast of regional, national and international events and happenings on a daily basis, Jaffri said.
The choice of optional subjects for the main examination also holds the key to crack the state civil service.
“Candidates are often confused while selecting optional subjects. One should gauge one’s expertise and depth in the optional subjects before making the final choice,” stated Pravash Kumar Beuria, a state civil servant posted as BDO in Bari block of Jajpur district.
The right choice of textbooks and study materials also add value to the preparation, he added.
“I am paying equal importance to both the preliminary and main examination and accordingly, preparing for both,” Odisha civil services aspirant Sonam Priyadarshini said.
The Odisha Public Service Commission has recently announced that state civil service examination for 153 posts for OAS, OFS, OPS jobs would be conducted soon, and the applications can be filed from 13 November to 10 December.