ORC indexes are used only for the selection of stripes and row groups and not for answering queries.
You can enable hive.compute.query.using.stats flag to answer queries using metadata. When this flag is enabled, hive metastore is checked to see if column statistics exists for the required columns. If column statistics exists, then certain queries like min, max, count etc. will be answered without ever scanning the table.
This is the JIRA that added the above feature (its available in hive version 0.13.0)
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