Odisha Subordinate Staff Selection Commission has decided to reschedule the date of Excise Constable exam from September 8 to September 15. Exam timings will be 10 am onwards. For the new exam date, OSSSC will release admit card on September 1.
The one week delay in exam date has been done upon the request of candidates. Detailed explanation on why the date change was requested by candidates has not been officially stated. However it could be because initially there was a shorter gap between declaration of PET, PST shortlisted candidates with exam date, and the exam date. With the new date, candidates are getting one more week to prepare for the exam.
Such candidates who have been shortlisted to appear in the written test need to visit osssc.gov.in and login with username, password in order to download hall ticket from the prescribed new date. In case the password is forgotten, it can be retrieved or reset using username or email ID and mobile number. Earlier, the call letter was supposed to be released on August 24.
As per the plan of examination, candidates will get marks out of 3 for physical standards measurement, 30 for physical efficiency test, 7 for educational achievement, and 60 for written exam. The written examination will be of 60 marks, containing MCQ based question. Candidates have to attempt all of these at one go within 2 hours.
There will be 40 questions of 20 marks each in the sections mathematics, general knowledge on excise matters, translation and retranslation of Odia and English. Thus the paper will have 120 questions of 60 marks. It will be a pen and paper based exam.
OSSSC will prepare merit lists district wise, EI and EB division wise, flying squad division wise and category wise, on the basis of total marks in physical standards, PET, educational achievement, written exam.
On August 8, the commission had released the provisional list of candidates roll number wise, who had qualified in PET and PST and are being allowed to appear in the written exam. OSSSC Excise Constable recruitment was notified in October last year. Applications were invited from October 12 to November 12. Thereafter physical efficiency test and physical standards test were held from January 18 to January 31 this year. The recruitment is for 219 vacancies.
The reason behind huge popularity of this exam is attributed to the fact that it requires applicants to be either class 8 pass or class 10 pass with Odia as a medium. The qualification requirement made a large number of government job seekers eligible for the post, thereby leading to a number of applications, and in turn quite a large number of candidates will be appearing for the written exam on the new date.
Excise constables will be in pay band 1 that is Rs 5,200-20,200 + grade pay of Rs 1,800. Their consolidated revised monthly remuneration will be Rs 8,750.