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Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) is a constitutional body. Its mandate is to recruit group ‘A’ officers for Goa State Services. Moreover, this service provides opportunities for candidates to serve society and the country. The civil services exam is dynamic and complex and preparing for it, requires hard work and the correct guidance. Chahal Academy is determined to provide you with the best guidance in online or offline GPSC coaching classes. Let us tell you everything about the GPSC exam preparation.

About GPSC Examination

Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) recruits for the vacancies in State Services in Goa through the most prestigious exam, the GPSC examination. Further, GPSC releases notifications and applications for this examination every year for the recruitment of different posts in departments under the government of Goa. Eligible candidates can apply online after the release of the notification. The main purpose of this article is to provide complete information about the GPSC examination and guidance for the preparation.

To sum up, the candidates can prepare for the exam either through offline or online coaching classes.

Role of Coaching in GPSC Preparation

Coaching plays a vital role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. It helps you in the preparation and increases the chances of success by reducing the workload of the candidate and giving what is exactly needed. Coaching also gives an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics. However, it completely depends on the applicant whether to choose it or not. It should be noted that coaching cannot guarantee your success but provides you an environment for learning and applying that in all three stages of the exam. An amalgamation of these two polishes the student to crack the exam even in the first attempt.

Why one should join Bodhi Academy for GPSC preparation?

Bodhi Academy is a one-stop solution to all your queries in the field of Civil services because we have an expert faculty team. Also, we provide high-quality study material and candidates do not face any difficulty in collecting the same. Moreover, candidates can trust Bodhi Academy for GPSC preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through a learning environment.

Instructions for the posts of Junior Scale Officer of Goa Civil Service:


In view of anticipated large number of applications that the Commission may receive for these positions, the Goa Public Service Commission has decided to conduct an additional Pre-screening test prior to a Screening Test for appointment to the posts of Junior Scale Officer of Goa Civil Service, Government of Goa. This additional Pre-screening test will be conducted as follows:


I. General Intelligence, reasoning and numerical aptitude:-

Number Series, Verbal Classification, Analogies, Matching Definitions, Verbal Reasoning, Statement and Assumption, Statement and Conclusion, Judgments on Cause and Effect, Letter and Symbol Series, Essential Part problems, Artificial Language, Making Judgments, Analyzing Arguments, Course of Action, Logical Problems ,Theme Detection, Statement and Argument, Odd Man Out and Series, Problems on Ages/ seating , word formation, Ranking Arrangements , Venn Diagrams , arrangement /Family trees ,coding decoding ,Problems on time /distance and similar topics

II. English Comprehension


The minimum passing marks at this pre-screening test shall be as follows:

In order to afford those candidates who have scored border line marks at this pre-screening test and have therefore failed to qualify, the Commission has decided to allow these candidates another opportunity by conducting a repeat pre-screening test


This repeat pre-screening test will be conducted within a period of two weeks from the conduct of the pre-screening test and those candidates who score the following marks at the pre-screening test will be permitted to answer this repeat pre-screening test.

Candidates are to note that they will not need to apply to answer this repeat pre-screening test since the Commission will collate the data of all those candidates who secure marks as listed above and inform them of the date, time and venue of the repeat pre-screening test through their registered email address and SMS on their registered mobile number. Syllabus for the repeat pre-screening test will be the same as that of the first pre-screening test.


All those candidates who qualify at this pre-screening test whether at the first attempt or the repeat attempt will be admitted to the Screening Test required for shortlisting of candidates, and the syllabus for the screening test will comprise the following:


Topic Marks
I. History of India and Indian National Movement
- 5 marks
II. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayat Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- 10 marks
III. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change, Air and Water Pollution and its Effects, Forest Conservation.
- 5 marks
IV. Science, Technology and Innovation: Startups, Seed Funding, Venture Capital, Angel Funding. Aims and Objectives of National Innovation Council, various Government Authorities dealing with Innovation in the Country. Government Initiatives in Innovation.
- 5 marks
V. Current Affairs and Events of National and International Importance
- 10 marks
VI. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic. Geography of India and the World
- 5 marks
VII. General English, Comprehension including Grammar
- 10 marks
VIII. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
- 25 marks


The Minimum passing marks at the screening test shall be as follows:

Only those candidates who pass the screening test with a minimum of the above percentage in their respective categories will be invited to answer the competitive written examination. The syllabus for the screening test is already uploaded on the website of the Commission.


The candidates shortlisted by the Commission on the basis of results of the screening test will be subjected for competitive written examination which shall be of 250 marks as per below mentioned details:

Part A-General Intelligence, Reasoning and Numerical Aptitude

50 Marks

60 Minutes

Part B- Basics of Constitution of India, Governance and Administration

75 Marks

120 Minutes

This Component is aimed at testing the candidate’s knowledge and aptitude on issues and themes relating to Constitution of India, Governance and Administration. On the Constitution, the student must be familiar with the key provisions of the Constitution of India having a direct linkage to the functioning of the Indian Democracy and also the debates surrounding Constitutional Reform/ Amendment. With reference to Governance and administration, he must be familiar with the role of bureaucracy, Central, State and local level governance mechanisms (with reference to India and the state of Goa), fundamentals of good Governance and emerging issues in society-bureaucracy interface. The select themes shall include:

Part C- General knowledge and current affairs

75 Marks

120 Minutes

This component is intended to test the candidate’s awareness and knowledge on general issues of both historical and contemporary nature relating to India and the State of Goa. The questions aim at testing both the factual as well as the analytical grasp of the candidate on such issues without actually testing deeper knowledge on the subject. It may contain questions on history, geography, culture, scientific developments and current affairs. The select theme shall include:

Part D- English Comprehension

50 Marks

90 Minutes

The syllabus for the competitive written examination is published in Official Gazette Series I, No. 34 dated 18.11.2021 and can be seen at The same is also available on Commission’s website.

The minimum passing percentage for competitive written examination will be as under:

The Commission shall invite five times the number of candidates as against the number of vacancies advertised, for the oral interview purely on merit of the competitive written examination only, with due regard to the policy on reservation. In case there are more candidates securing the same number of marks as the last candidate, all such candidates shall also be called for the oral interview.

The marks allotted for competitive written examination are 250 and for oral interview are 40.


All candidates called for the oral interview should obtain a minimum of 50% marks at the oral interview to be eligible for final selection based on 18 below, subject to them obtaining a minimum final combined marks (competitive written examination and oral interview) as under:

See Explanatory Note below.

The final selection will be in order of merit based on the combined marks scored by the candidates in competitive written examination and oral interview.

Individual call letters along with hall ticket will be sent by e-mail to the candidates with detailed instructions for examination. The date of competitive written examination and screening test shall be published in local dailies and shall also be uploaded on the Commission’s website.

The selection of candidates is further subject to the relevant rules in force.

If there are any difficulties with respect to submission of online application form, candidate should contact Technical Officer at Commission’s office before 27.10.2023.

Explanatory Note:

Example 1. A candidate (unreserved category) scoring 167 marks in competitive written examination and 24 marks in oral interview will be eligible to be included in the merit list as the final combined score i.e. 167 + 24 = 191 marks which is greater than minimum prescribed at 65%.

Example 2. A candidate (unreserved category) scoring 162.5 marks in competitive written examination and 20 marks in oral interview will not be eligible to be included in the merit list as the final combined score i.e. 162.5 + 20 = 182.5 marks which is less than minimum prescribed at 65%.

Example 3. A candidate (unreserved category) scoring 189 marks in competitive written examination and 19 marks in oral interview will not be eligible to be included in the merit list as the oral interview marks is less than 50%.