Odisha Civil Services New Pattern, Rules, Syllabus

OPSC Odisha Civil Services (Combined Competitive Recruitment Examination) New Pattern, Rules, Syllabus:  Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC), Cuttack has notified new Rules and pattern for Odisha Civil Services (Combined Competitive Recruitment Examination) 2015 onward.  
A. Preliminary examination
The preliminary examination shall consist of two papers of objective type (Multiple choice Questions) and each paper shall be of 2 Hours duration
Paper-I : General Studies = 200 Marks
Paper-II: General Studies = 200 Marks
Detailed Syllabus Paper-I
1. Current event 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 Initiative, etc.
6. General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change that do not require subject specialization, and
7. General Science.
Detailed Syllabus Paper-II:
1. Comprehension;
2. Interpersonal Skills including communication skills;
3. Logical Reasoning and Analytic ability;
4. Decision Making and Problem Solving;
5. General Mental Ability;
6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude) (Class-X level).
7. Data interpretation (Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data Sufficiency etc. — Class-X level); and
8. English Language Comprehension Skills (Class-X level).

B. Mains Examination New Pattern:
The Main Examination shall consist of the following papers and each paper shall be of three hours duration
Compulsory Papers - 1400 Marks
Paper-I  Odia Language = 300 Marks
Paper-II  English = 300 Marks
Paper-III  English Essay = 200 Marks
Paper-IV  General Studies- I = 300 Marks
Paper-V  General Studies- II  = 300 Marks
Optional Papers - (Paper VI, VII, VIII & IV) - 1200 Marks: Two subjects ot be selected from the list of optional subjects set out below. Each subject will have two papers and each paper carrying 300 marks.

C. Personality Test or Interview shall carry - 250 Marks

For Official Notification, Circular on Odisha Civil Services (Combined Competitive Recruitment Examination) 2015 visit: www.opsc.gov.in/Admin/ContAttach/ocs_rule_new.pdf

One Stop Center (SAKHI) inaugurated

The One Stop Center at Capital Hospital Campus has been inaugurated at 10.30 AM today by Hon'ble Minister Women & Child Development, Planning and Coordination, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Govt. of Odisha.  The objective of the One Stop Center is to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence and to facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to an integrated range of services including medical, legal and psychological and counseling support. The aggrieved girl/woman can access the One Stop Center by herself; with the help of any other person; through the medical facilities and through rescue by police or help line.
All women affected by violence, including girls below 18 years of age are to be provided services in the One Stop Center such as Medical Assistance; Assistance in lodging an FIR by linkage with the nearest Thana, Assistance in lodging a DIR(Domestic Incident Report under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act-2005) Protection Officer, Psycosocial support, counseling, legal aid by linkage with Khurda DLSA & Shelter (Ujjawala and Swadhara) run by implementing agency/people forum.
The Center is to be operated 24 hours with the help of qualified and competent staff such as Center Administrator, Case Workers-cum- Counsellors besides other support staff. Doctors, lawyers and police personnel will be available on call.  The One Stop Center is furnished with 4 beds, pantry, toilets and provisions of food and medicine.  The stakeholder departments are the Women & Child Development Department, Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar/Health & Family Welfare Department, Commissionerate of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cutack and State/District Legal Service Authority.

Pattachitra Paintings in Odisha

Pattachitra Paintings in Odisha: Pattachitra is a general term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The patachitras of Orissa are icon paintings that include the wall paintings, manuscript painting, palm-leaf etching, and painting on cloth, both cotton and silk. Chitrakar painters in and around Puri practice this living art form. The village of Raghurajpur is where many chitrakars live in an area dedicated to them called Chitrakar Sahe. This art of painting on cloth can be traced back to the establishment of the shrine of Lord Jagannath at Puri in Orissa.
The patachitra when painted on cloth follows a traditional process of preparation of the canvas. First the base is prepared by coating the cloth with the soft, white, stone powder of chalk and glue made from
tamarind seeds. This gives the cloth tensile strength and a smooth, semi-absorbent surface, allowing it to accept the paint. The artist does not use a pencil or charcoal for the preliminary drawings. It is a tradition to complete the borders of the painting first. The painter then starts making a rough sketch directly with the brush using light red and yellow. The main flat colors are applied next; the colors used are normally white, red, yellow, and black. The painter then finishes the painting with fine stokes of black brush lines, giving the effect of pen work. When the painting is completed it is held over a charcoal fire and lacquer is applied to the surface. This makes the painting water resistant and durable, besides giving it a shining finish. The materials used in the paint are from vegetable, earth, and mineral sources. Black is made out of lampblack, yellow from haritali stone, and red from hingal stone. White is prepared from crushed, boiled, and filtered shells. The subject matter of the patachitras include religious, mythological, and folk themes. Krishna leela and Lord Jagannath are important motifs. Patachitra paintings were traditionally drawn by the mahapatras or maharanas, the original artiste caste in Orissa.

Chandan Yatra in Odisha

Chandan Yatra, Puri, Odisha: Chandan Yatra also known as Gandhalepana yatra is the longest festival observed at Jagannath temple at Puri, India. Chandan Yatra is one such opportunity to engage lovingly in the service of the Lord. During this festival, to beat the blazing heat of the summer, the Lord’s body is anointed with sandalwood paste. Chandan Yatra meaning Sandalwood Voyage in Sanskrit, which continues for 42 days is observed in two parts: Bahara Chandana and Bhitara Chandana. 
This takes place in the month of Vaisaksha and continues for 42 days. But, generaly speaking and for the piligrims and visitors, it is a Festival of 21 day only. The first period known as "Bahar Chandan" or outer Chandan. During this period, the representative images of Rama, Krishna, Madanmohan, Laxmi and Biswadhatri at taken in a procession to Narendra tank. Also images of Siva from 5 Shiva Temples known as "Pancha Pandavas" accompany them in a Procession in the Narendra tank, the images play in well decorated boats and are worshipped. The second period of 21 days known as "Bhitar Chandana" is celebrated inside the Temple.