OSSC BSSO Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Block Social Security Officer


OSSC is going to conduct the OSSC Block Social Security Officer exam very soon. OSSC Exam Date will be announced on the OSSC website. Here we have given OSSC BSSO Syllabus, OSSC BSSO Exam Pattern for Block Social Security Officer Examination. If you are preparing for the BSSO Examination then read this post, it will help in your exam preparation. OSSC Block Social Security Officer examination will be conducted in Three phase. That is Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, Computer Skill Test and Certificate Verification. Prelim Exam  of 1:30 Hour duration and 100 Marks, Objective type and question will be asked from “General Awareness”. The details syllabus is mentioned below.

OSSC BSSO Exam Pattern:


Preliminary Exam 1:30 Hours 100 Objective Type withMultiple Choice The Examination is of qualifying in nature.
Candidates numbering about 12 times the vacancies advertise. category wise in order of me it will be shortlisted to appear t e Main Written Examination a d Computer Test.
There will be minus mark o 0.25 per wrong answer.
Main Written Examination 3 Hours 200 Marks Objective Type withMultiple Choice Only the candidates qualifying in the Preliminary examination shall be allowed to appear in his exam.
Computer Skill Test 1 Hour 50 Marks Practical knowledge of the candidates in computer will be tested Only the candidates who hav appeared in the Main Written Examination shall be allowed appear in the Computer Skill Test.
Certificate verification  Candidates two times of the vacancies advertised category wise in order of merit shall be shortlisted for certificate verification basing on the marks in the Main Written Examination and Computer Test.


Block Social Security Officer Exam  Syllabus


(a) Preliminary Examination: 100 Marks

There shall be a Preliminary examination in single sitting of 1:30 hours duration in “General Awareness”. The questions shall be of objective type with multiple choices of answers to be answered in OMR Sheet. The questions shall be from the fields covering General Science, Current events, History and Geography of India, world with special reference to Odisha’s art, literature and Culture etc., Political & Economic scenario of the country, International relations, Reasoning , Aptitude etc. The standard of questions will be such that as generally expected from a graduate.

  • The preliminary examination may be dispensed with if number of candidates is less than five thousand.
  • There will be minus mark of 0.25 per wrong answer.
  • Candidates numbering up to 12 times the vacancies advertised category wise in order of merit will be shortlisted to appear the Main Written Examination and Compute Skill
  • Preliminary examination is qualifying in nature only and shall not be counted towards final merit list.

(b) Main Written Examination- 200 Marks

There shall be a Main Written Examination of single sitting of 200 marks of 3 hours duration.

  • The question will be of objective type with multiple choices of answers to be answered in OMR sheet.
  • There will be no negative marks in this section.
  • Candidates who will qualify in the preliminary examination shall be allowed to appear in the main examination.
  • There shall be 20 questions carrying one mark each from each Unit of subjects as The detailed syllabus is mentioned below.

Subject of Main Written Exam :

  1. Unit-1: Basic concepts of Social Work:
  2. Unit-II: Basic concepts of Sociology:
  3. Unit-III: Basic concepts of Psychology:
  4. Unit-IV: Basic concepts of Economics:
  5. Unit-V: Basic concepts of Political Science:
  6. Unit-VI: Human Rights, Social Legislations and Social Policy
  7. Unit-VII: Basic Understanding of Disability:
  8. Unit-VIII: Basic Managerial Skills:
  9. Unit-IX: Emotional Intelligence:
  10. Unit-X: Ethical Underpinnings of Social Security

Details syllabus is mentioned below

(c) Computer Skill Test:- 50 Marks;

The candidates who will appear the Written Examination shall be allowed to appear in the Computer Skill Test. The Computer Skill Test will be of one hour duration carrying 50 Marks.

The Computer Skill Test (CST) will be a practical test on knowledge of candidates about proficiency in use of Computer in practical field of works. The practical test consists of MS-Word, Excel, Window and use of Internet, e-Mail, word processing, data analysis and presentation. Candidates to note that Computer Skill Test is not qualifying and the marks secured in this test will be counted towards merit.

(d) Certificate verification and submission of Detail Application Form (DAF)

Candidates two times of the vacancies category wise shall be shortlisted for certificate verification basing on their sum total of marks secured in the Main Written Examination and Computer Skill Test taken together in order of merit.

The candidates will be required to produce their Original Academic Certificates, Mark sheets, caste certificate, special category certificate, Treasury Challan in Original and other documents as mentioned in Para-1(c) for verification along with a set of self attested photocopy of the same and OSSC copy of the application duly signed by the applicant.

Select list- The merit list shall be prepared basing on the sum total of marks secured in the Main Written Examination and the marks secured in the Computer Skill Test taken together of the candidates who have successfully completed the certificate verification. The final select list shall be prepared category wise as per vacancies advertised from the said merit list. The select list will be published after approval of Govt. in Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department.


Detail Syllabus for Block Social Security Officer 



Definition, Basic Assumptions, Objectives, Scope, functions and methods of Traditional Social Work, radical Social Work, Gandhian Social Work, SocialService, Social Welfare, Social Security, Social Defence, Social Reform Social Justice, Human Rights, Human Development, Social Development, Social Inclusion and Empowerment.

History of social Work Practice and Education in U.K. USA and India.

Methods of Social Work. Definitions, principles, Skills, techniques and process of Social Case Work, Counselling, Social Group Work, Community Organisation, Social Action and Social Advocacy.

Social Work Ethics; Basic Values, Philosophy and Principles, Ethical dilemma in Social Work practice.

Fields of Social Work Practice: Social Work with Persons with Disabilities, Social Work with Persons with Substance Addiction, Social Work with Transgender Persons and Social Work with the Elderly.


Meaning, Definitions, Origin and Development of : Society, Culture, Community, Groups, Role, Status, Social interaction and Social Process: Social Groups: Types

Social Institutions: Family, Marriage, Religion, Education.

Socialization: Agents of Socialization and Theories of Socialization: C.H. Cooley’s, Theory of ‘Looking Glass Self, G.H. Meads ‘Theory of Self and Freudian Theory.

Social Change, Social Stratification, Social Control, Social Disorganization
Concepts, Types, Functions and Agencies

Concepts of Inequality, Social Exclusion and Discrimination and their bases in

Caste, Ethnicity, Gender or Disability.


Meaning, Definition, Nature and Scope of Psychology: Schools of Psychology — Structural, Functional and Behavioural, Factors influencing Human Behaviour- Heredity, Environment and Self: Methods of studying human behaviour;

Human Growth & Development: Meaning and Principles, Social, Emotional, Cognitive and Physical Stages of Development in Life Span approach from conception to old age.

Psycho-Social Bases of Behaviour: Role of environment: Pre-natal & Post natal, Social factors affecting behaviour, Socialization Process

Theories of Development & Behaviour —Freud’s Psychosexual theory, Erikson’s
Psychosocial Theory, Behavioural Theory: Classical conditioning by Pavlov and Operant

Conditioning, Humanistic Theory of Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers and Alfred Adler, Cognitive Theory of Jean Piaget.

Psychological Processes: Learning, Motivation, Frustration & Conflict, Coping/Defence mechanisms, Personality Development, Attitude — Nature and Measurement, Prejudice and discrimination.


Meaning, Definitions; Significance of : Factors of Production, Land, Capital and Organization

Economic Systems: Capitalism, Socialism, Mixed Economy: Definitions, Features, Advantages and Disadvantage

Economic Growth & Development: Definition, Indicators and Obstacles to Economic Development, Growth and Employment, Underdevelopment: Meaning, Characteristics & Causes. Inclusive Growth.

Indian Economy: Nature, Characteristics, planning and mobilization of resources, Economic Problems  Poverty, Unemployment, and Over Population: Meaning, Magnitude, Causes and Consequences, Programmes for the alleviation of poverty and unemployment, Economic Planning and Reforms: Rationale, Features and Objectives; Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization and their impact on Agriculture and Marginalized sections of India.

Rural and Urban Economy: Nature and Structure, financial structure-formal and informal Regional Rural Banks, Policy and Planning concerning development of rural areas and urban economic growth.


Indian Constitution: historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure, powers, functions and responsibilities of various constitutional posts and bodies.

Indian Political System: Parliament and State Legislatures — structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these, Federalism —issues and challenges, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels, Representation of People’s Act.

The Executive: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive, Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

India- A welfare State: Government policies and interventions, welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. The role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance­applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.


Human Rights: Concept, Scope, Classification of Human Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Human Rights in the Constitution of India, National Human Rights Commission.

Relevant International Human Rights Law: UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006). United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of (1988): UN Resolutions on Rights of the LGBT Rights; The Vienna International Plan of Action on Aging (1983)

Social Legislation: Meaning and Scope, Family Courts, Lok Adalats, Legal Aid and Assistance Government Initiatives, Public Interest Litigation, Right to Information Act (2005)

Relevant Social Legislations: Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (2016); Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act (2007); Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act; The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill (2016).

Social Policy and Programmes of the Government on : Drug Use, Prevention & Control and the Rehabilitation of Substance Users; Empowerment of persons with Disabilities; Empowerment of Transgender Rights and Care of Senior Citizens.


Concept of disability and impairment — ICIDH & WHO. Definitions, causes, types and magnitude of various disabilities and their impact on persons with disability and their families; discourses and models of disability; anti-oppressive and exclusion/inclusion lens to understanding disability

Types of disability — Physical, sensory, intellectual, multiple disabilities, learning developmental disabilities, psychosocial disability —causes, types and care for persons with disabilities (medical and other interventions including aids and appliances); process of rehabilitation early identification, education, vocational rehabilitation and social inclusion and empowerment within the family and community. Understanding the experience of disability, limitations, strengths and potentials of persons with disabilities.

Impact of disability on individuals and their families: reactions of parents/family members and ways of coping, Needs and problems of persons with disability and their families across the life span and at critical stages in their lives

Disability counselling skills and Intervention strategies at individual, group, and family levels, self help/support groups, assertiveness training, life skills enrichment; family level — family crisis intervention, family centred intervention, parent guidance, parent training, Intervention strategies in different settings such as hospital and treatment centres, home, educational institutions, vocational rehabilitation centres, the community; multidisciplinary rehabilitation team and their roles.

Disability intervention strategies at community and policy levels — awareness, community education, community based rehabilitiation, advocacy and lobbying, formation of advocacy groups, using international instruments (Salamanca Declaration, Standard Rules, UNCRPD) and legislations governing disability (Rights of Persons with Disability

Act, 2016, MHC Bill, RCI Act, National Trust Act,1999) for advocacy; State’s role in implementation of legislations.


Problem Solving and Decision Making. 8.2 Planning and Time Management.

Information Systems in Managerial Practice. 8.4 Information Systems in Managerial Practice. 8.5 Communication Skills.

Leadership and Teamwork.


Knowing yourself: developing intrapersonal skills

Working with others: applying integral interpersonal skills 9.3 Responding appropriately in key situations

Using emotional intelligence to lead by example


Belief systems that uphold the values of : I. Service

2.    Social Justice

3.    Dignity and Worth of the Individual

4.    Integrity

5.    Competence.

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