How to Prepare for Kerala PSC Overseer Civil Examination

Kerala PSC Overseer Civil Examination
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How to Prepare for Kerala PSC Overseer Civil Examination

Kerala PSC has released the notification for the post of Overseer Civil (Grade 1,2, and 3). The candidates aiming for these technical exams should kick start their preparation right away. 
Read on to know the Kerala PSC Overseer Civil Notification details and how to prepare for this examination. 

Kerala PSC Overseer Civil Notification – Important Details

Post Name Overseer Grade 2
Department Irrigation/ Public Work Department
No of Posts 12
Notification Date 16th November 2020
Last Date 23rd December 2020
Exam Date Yet to be notified
Final Result Yet to be notified


Kerala PSC Overseer Civil Examination – Age limit

Minimum age – 18 years and Maximum age – 36 years 

Overseer Civil Syllabus & Exam Pattern


Basic Drawing Techniques

  • Drawing Instruments, Equipment and Materials
  • Lettering, Dimensioning and Scale
  • Plane Geometrical Construction
  • Conic section and Projection


  • Conventional Surveying
  • Introduction and terms used in Chain, Compass, Plain Table and levelling survey
  • Principles of levelling, Types of levelling, Reduction of levels
  • Contouring, Theodolite survey
  • Modern and advanced surveying instruments


Building Materials and Construction

  • Stone, Bricks, Tile, Cement, Lime and filler materials
  • Plane cement concrete, Reinforced Cement Concrete
  • Timber
  • Foundation, Masonry, Roofing, Flooring
  • Building finishes and services
  • Temporary structural treatment for building construction



  • Introduction to AutoCAD
  • Basic Commands
  • Drawing toolbar and modifying toolbar
  • Plotting and Printing

Building Drawing and Estimating

  • Building rules and Byelaws
  • Estimation, Rules and methods of measurements for work
  • Rate analysis and valuation


Hydraulics and Irrigation

  • Terms used in Irrigation
  • Storage and diversion headworks
  • Reservoir, Dams, Canals, Cross drainage works
  • Properties of fluid
  • Measurement of Pressure
  • Types of Hydraulic energy


Units and Mensuration

  • Units of measurements
  • Measurement of Perimeter and Area of triangles  Polygons and circles
  • Volume of Solids

Applied Mechanics

  • Simple Mechanics- Load and effort, Mechanical Advantage, Velocity Ratio,  efficiency
  • Work, Power and Energy
  • Simple stress and strain
  • Friction, Shear force and bending moment
  • Speed and velocity


Quick Preparation Tips for Kerala PSC Overseer Civil Examination


Solve previous question papers

In your preparation, solving and analysing previous question papers will be extremely beneficial. In the upcoming examinations, you should expect some repetitive questions.

Regular mock tests

Regularly taking mock tests will help you maintain the race pace. And will help you analyse your weaknesses and strengths. 

Analyse your performance

Only attempting a mock test won’t help you clear up the exam. It is more relevant to examine the mock. The analysis will help you find out what went wrong and how to stop it from happening again in the real exam.

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