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Chahal Academy is a one-stop solution to all your problems 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 them. Moreover, candidates can trust Chahal Academy for the APPSC preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through a learning environment.
Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) has divided the exam into 3 parts - Prelims, Mains and Interview. However, the syllabus of the UPSC and APPSC exams coincides to a great extent. So, you can prepare from an integrated perspective if you are planning to prepare for both.
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|General Studies Paper - I
|General Aptitude Paper - II
Prelims Syllabus :
- The Prelims exam has 2 objective papers and both the papers are of 120 marks each.
Paper 1 - General Studies
- History and Culture
- Indian Constitution, Polity
- Social Justice and International Relations
- Indian and Andhra Pradesh Economy and Planning
Paper 2 - General Aptitude
- General Mental and Psychological Abilities
- Science and Technology
- Current Events of Regional, National and International importance
- History and cultural portion - Indus valley civilization to Modern Indian History. Moreover, it is divided into Medieval, Ancient and Modern Indian History.
- Also, the candidate must have an understanding of the Indian Constitution's main parts - DPSPs, Fundamental Rights, Federal Structure, Amendments and much more.
- The Economy part of the syllabus covers both Pan India and Andhra Pradesh specific Issues.
- Moreover, the 2nd paper includes questions on General mental ability, Aptitude, and current affairs.
The APPSC mains are conducted offline. Further, the marks of the mains are counted to prepare the merit list. There are 7 essay-type questions in the paper. But, the Telugu and English paper is qualifying in nature. On the other hand, 5 exams are for General studies with the main focus on the events of Andhra Pradesh. The mains have 2 qualifying papers and 5 merit - ranking papers.
Total marks in Mains exam = 150*5 = 750
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||Counted for merit
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- Below is the syllabus of Qualifying Papers
Telegu and English: (Equivalent to SSC)
Essay, Letter Writing, Press Release, Report Writing, Precis writing, Formal speeches, Reading Comprehension, English grammar, Translation, etc.
- Here is the syllabus of Merit Ranking Papers
Paper 1 - General
Candidates have to write 3 essays of approximately 800 words each.
Paper 2 - History, Culture and Geography of India and Andhra Pradesh
History and Culture of India with special reference to Andhra Pradesh. For Geography, read about river systems, maps, places of geographic importance, etc. in Andhra Pradesh and India in general.
Paper 3 – Polity, Constitution, Governance, Law and Ethics
Public Administration and Governance. Laws related to Civil, Criminal, Cyber, Taxation, etc. Ethics in Public Administration.
Paper 4 – Economy and Development of India and Andhra Pradesh
Challenges in Indian Economy, Resource mobilization in India with special reference to Andhra Pradesh, Budget related to Centre and State, Development in Agriculture, Industrial policies of Centre and Andhra Pradesh, etc.
Paper 5 – Science and Technology
Current affairs, ICT, Environment related news, developments in technology, etc.
Here, APPSC's mains syllabus is comprehensive. Further, there are no optional subjects. The APPSC exam pattern is very different from UPSC.
This is the final stage and for this candidates have to go to Vijaywada for the personality test. The Personality test consists of a maximum of 75 marks. To appear for Personality Test the candidate must have to carry the original documents related to -
- Education Qualification
- Date of Birth
- Category Certificate by competent Authority
- The claim of Age Relaxation
- Professional Experience
At the center, the commission officer will verify the certificates and will also take a copy of each. After the Interview, the results are declared in very less time as APPSC does not issue any waiting list.
Eligibility Criteria – Important for APPSC preparation
Firstly, the candidate needs to fulfill some criteria to be able to sit for the APPSC examination. Moreover, some basic criteria are that the candidate must be in good health and should have an appropriate character for the post. The candidate's eyesight is also tested twice.
The basic qualification required for APPSC is graduation from any recognized University. But, the following posts need special qualifications.
- District Fire Officer in A.P. Fire Service - If there is not a degree with a B.E qualification then the degree of discipline will be considered or an engineering degree by University Grants Commission will be considered..
- Asst. Treasury Officer/Asst. Accounts Officer in A.P. Treasury & Accounts Service - A degree in Commerce, Economics, Mathematics of a Recognised University by the UGC with at least 2nd class in the subject. Also, Chartered Accountants of the United Kingdom, India, or an incorporated Accountant (London) are also eligible.
- District Social Welfare Officer in A.P. Social Welfare Service - the candidate must have a degree from any university in India established or incorporated by a central, state, or provincial act.
Age Limit for APPSC
The minimum age limit is 18 years and the maximum is 42 years.
- For Postcodes 3 and 4 - The person who is less than 21 and more than 28 is not eligible.
- For Postcode 5 - A person who is less than 21 and more than 26 is not eligible.
- For Postcode 8 - The person who is less than 18 and more than 26 is not eligible.
||Category of Candidate
||Relaxation to Upper Age Limit
||SC, ST and Backward Classes
||Physically Handicapped persons
||3 years + Service Period
||A.P. State Government Employee
||Up to a maximum of 5 Years based on the length of regular service.
The Cut-off marks for APPSC 2020 are as follows-
- For the General category, the cutoff for prelims was: 96 marks.
- For the OBC category, the cutoff for prelims was: 84 marks.
- For the SC/ST/PH category, the cutoff for prelims was: 72 marks.
How to Prepare for Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission
- Newspaper - You should read the newspaper daily. The newspaper will give you all the details on current affairs, international affairs, and much more. Read 'The Hindu' for unbiased and relevant news. You can also read the editorial analysis of 'the Hindu' to cover the important points.
- Solve Previous Year Question Papers.This step is a must. Start with your answer by writing these questions.
- Government Websites - Government websites will provide you with 100% authentic information. You should trust these authentic sites only.
- Keep your Booklist short - You do not need every book in the world for APPSC preparation. Secondly, pick selected books and keep revising them.
- Notes - Always keep your notes short and precise. Rely on it after you have made them. You no longer need books to revise from.
- Revision - Revision is the key as it will help you in the long run. The importance of revision cannot be stressed enough. You must indulge in multiple Revisions!
- Mock Tests - You should regularly appear for mock tests. It helps you to brush up on your skills and knowledge. Also, mock tests help you develop the skill of acing option selection in case you are not sure of the answer as well as time management.
- Again, the newspaper is an inevitable step. Moreover, the newspaper will keep you updated and will help you produce relevant answers.
- Make sure that you go through the Previous Year Question Papers. Practice your answer writing with these first.
- Also, you should read those books which will strengthen your base.
- Moreover, always trust government websites as they are authentic.
- You should always make your notes precisely. Also, always prepare the notes for prelims and mains together. This will save you time and scoop out more time for your studies.
- Mock tests and Revisions will increase your speed and enhance your answer writing skills.
For the last stage, you must sit for mock Interviews as they will give you the feel of a real interview environment. So, brush up your skills with Mock Interviews and enhance your personality. Further, keep yourself updated with all the current issues.
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Booklist for APPSC preparation
- History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
- Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
- Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy section come from Current affairs also.
- General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
- Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
- Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
- Andhra Pradesh Special: You can pick any book for Andhra Pradesh special preparation book. For example, Upkar publication book for Andhra Pradesh special, yearbook of PD, Ghatna Chakra yearly compilation for state special.
Finally, you must have faith in yourself and your mentors and should work hard to make it happen. Secondly, you must have a strategy for preparation. You need not worry about the strategy as we at Chahal Academy will provide the exact study plan keeping in mind the vast syllabus, your needs, and your lifestyle. For more details, you can visit the official website of APPSC.