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Everything You Need To Know About APPSC Preparation

APPSC stands for Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. This exam recruits officers to the State government of Arunachal Pradesh. To prepare for this exam, proper guidance and coaching is required. Chahal Academy is determined to provide you the best learning experience. Let us know everything about APPSC preparation.

Table of Contents

  1. About APPSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in APPSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for APPSC
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for APPSC preparation?
  5. Stages of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination
    • Prelims
    • Prelims Syllabus
    • Mains
    • Mains Syllabus APPSC
    • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria - Important for APPSC Preparation
    • Nationality
    • Educational Qualification
    • Age Limit
    • Age Relaxation
    • Physical requirements
  7. How to prepare for Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission • Prelims
    • Mains
    • Interview
  8. Booklist for APPSC preparation
  9. Editor's Note on APPSC
  10. FAQs Regarding APPSC

About APPSC Examination

Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) recruits officers for the vacancies in State Services in Arunachal Pradesh through the most prestigious exam the APPSC examination. So, they release notifications and applications to this examination every year for the recruitment of different posts in departments under the government of Arunachal Pradesh. In other words, eligible candidates can apply online after the release of notification. Also, the main purpose of this article is to provide you with complete information about the APPSC examination and guidance for the preparation. Also, candidates can prepare for the exam either through offline or online coaching classes.

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Role of Coaching in APPSC Preparation

Coaching plays a vital role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. Moreover, coaching helps you in the preparation and increases the chances of success by reducing the workload of candidates through proper classroom/online tutoring and the best compilation of study materials. However, it completely depends on the applicant whether to choose it or not. Coaching also gives an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics. However, it should be noted that coaching cannot guarantee your success. But, it provides an environment for overall development which is needed to crack any exam.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for APPSC


  • Your time and Place : Offline APPSC coaching has a fixed timetable but online coaching is very flexible. Moreover, the candidate saves time from travelling between home and coaching.
  • Rescheduling: The biggest advantage of online coaching is that no lecture will be missed. As you can watch video lectures anytime and anywhere on your laptop or phone, online coaching is almost everybody's favorite. In other words, online coaching is the best way to prepare especially if you are a working professional/ college students or housewives. Also, you can watch the videos whenever you are free.
  • Inexpensive Fees : Generally, the cost of coaching for APPSC exam preparation is approximately between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.75,000/-. But online coaching is inexpensive.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for APPSC

Chahal 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 them. Moreover, candidates have trusted Chahal Academy for many many years and have received desired results. APPSC preparation at Chahal will involve a learning environment for the holistic development of the candidate. Also, the reasons why you should join us have been mentioned as follows -

  • Firstly, more than 400 hours of the APPSC Foundation Course lectures are provided.
  • Secondly, the course includes coverage of a Topic-wise Syllabus.
  • Also, it is taught by the most trusted and senior faculty of our Academy. Moreover, the subject matter experts are supported by an up-to-date content team.
  • On the other hand, you get personal attention in case of any difficulty. This has helped a lot of candidates in the entire journey of their preparation.
  • You can choose the desired time and place i.e. you can learn at your own pace and location.
  • Above all, the course is super inexpensive.
  • Also, regular tests improve time management and accuracy.
  • Most importantly, the videos of lectures are available 24 x 7. So, you can watch the videos according to your preference.
  • Finally, Chahal Academy focuses on strengthening the base of the student. All teaching methods revolve around forming a strong base and then polishing the candidate's ability to answer correctly through regular mock tests and multiple revision sessions. We believe in step by step progress!!

Stages of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination

The APPSC exam is divided into 3 stages - The Prelims, the Mains and the Interview stage.


The Prelims is the first stage of APPSC which has 2 papers. The Arunachal Pradesh PSC exam is conducted in the English language only. Both the papers are of 200 marks each. Also, the duration of each paper is 2 hours.

Paper Marks Duration
Paper 1 - General Studies 200 2 hours
Paper 2 - Aptitude Test (CSAT) 200 2 hours
Total 400 Marks 4 hours

Prelims Syllabus :

Paper 1 - General Studies

  1. History of India and Indian National Movement.
  2. Current events related to National and International importance.
  3. Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic, Geography of India and the World.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance - Constitutional structure, Political System, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI’s), Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic & Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General Issues of Environment Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – Candidates do not require subject specialization.
  7. General Science

Paper 2 - CSAT

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic numeracy (Class X standard)
  • Data Interpretation (Graphs, bars, tables, data sufficiency, etc.)
Also, candidates should note that the APPSC Prelims syllabus is the similar to UPSC prelims syllabus. So, taking up APPSC coaching will also help you with UPSC preparation as well.


In the Mains exam, there are 8 papers and out of these, there is only 1 qualifying paper. There are 4 papers on General Studies and 2 papers are based on optional subjects. The Essay paper, the GS papers and optional papers are counted for ranking.

Paper Type Marks Duration
Paper I - English Qualifying 300 3 hours
Paper II - Essay Counted for merit 250 3 hours
Paper III - GS I Counted for merit 250 3 hours
Paper IV - GS II Counted for merit 250 3 hours
Paper V - GS III Counted for merit 250 3 hours
Paper VI - GS IV Counted for merit 250 3 hours
Paper VII - Optional paper Counted for merit 250 3 hours
Paper VIII - Optional paper Counted for merit 250 3 hours
Total marks in Mains exam - 1750

Mains Syllabus

Language paper - This paper is of class X standard.
The questions in this paper would be asked from the following topics:
  1. Reading comprehension
  2. Precis Writing
  3. Essays
  4. Usage and vocabulary

Paper I: Essay - Candidates have to write about various topics which will be of a generalist approach in nature. You have to ensure that your points are valid and facts, if any, must be statistically correct.

Paper II: General Studies – I – Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

Paper III: General studies II – Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

Paper IV: General Studies – III – Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

Paper V: General Studies – IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Paper VI: Optional Subject

Paper VII: Optional Subject

You may check out the list of optional subjects from the official website here.

Interview Stage

APPSC Mock Interview

  • The interview is of 275 marks. Basically, it is a viva type Q & A type series where questions pertaining to current affairs and educational background are asked from candidates.
  • The Viva-voce tests the personality of the candidates. You will be asked about general events in and around the world. The interview panel tests your presence of mind and alertness. You do not have to be very intelligent or very smart. You must have an idea of your surrounding and a sensible approach to it.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for APPSC preparation

There is some eligibility criteria that candidates need to fulfill to be eligible to appear for this exam. So, ensure that you fulfill all the important criteria before applying for the same.


The candidate must be a citizen of India.

Educational Qualification

All candidates should have a minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification from any of the streams from a recognized university. Also, candidates who have appeared and are awaiting the result of their bachelor's exam can also appear for the APPSC exam.

Age Limit

The minimum age limit is 18 years and maximum is 32 years.

Age Relaxation

  • It is 5 years for SC/ST/BC.
  • However, for disabled people it is 10 years.
  • For ex- service men or NCC it is 3 years.
  • Finally, for AP state government employees it is 5 years.

Physical requirements

There are specific physical requirements for people who want to join the Arunachal Pradesh Police Services. You can check the official website for details on the same.

How to Prepare for Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission


  • Newspaper - You should read the newspaper daily because the newspaper will give you all the current affairs, international affairs and much more.
  • Government Websites - Government websites will provide you 100% authentic information. Also, you should trust these authentic sites only.
  • Keep your Booklist short - Firstly, you should not read every book that you come across. You have to keep your list limited to avoid wastage of time and quality preparation. Secondly, pick the best books and keep it precise.
  • Notes - Always keep your notes short and precise because the shorter they are, the faster your revision! Competitive exams always boil down to your ability to retain which is only possible through multiple revisions.
  • Revision - Revision is the most important step to clearing any exam.
  • Mock Tests - You should always appear for multiple mock tests because it helps you to brush up your skills and knowledge. You will be prepared for the final day with 100% confidence.


  • Newspaper - Again, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about Arunachal Pradesh as well.
  • NCERTs - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana, UPSC, etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Keep your Booklist short - Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those readings. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.
  • Mock Tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.
  • Interview

    For the last stage, you must sit for mock Interviews because it will help to experience you the Q and A round. So, brush up your skills with the mock Interviews and enhance your personality. Further, keep yourself updated with all the current issues related to the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India, and the world. As a civil services aspirant, you must be at least aware of the important events in and around the world.

    Booklist for APPSC preparation


    1. History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
    2. 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.
    3. Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
    4. General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
    5. Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
    6. Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
    7. Arunachal Pradesh Special: You can pick any book for Arunachal Pradesh special preparation for state exams. The most reliable source which specifically talks about Arunachal Pradesh will be the government websites on Arunachal Pradesh's daily affairs like tourism, art, and culture as well as the official website of APPSC.
    8. APPSC mental ability test series by Vijetha Publications
    9. Comprehensive English by S C Gupta

    Editor's Note on APPSC

    Firstly, the candidates must have faith in themself and should work hard. Secondly, you must have a strategy for preparation. Also, the exam is hard so you must divide the syllabus accordingly. Moreover, for more details, you can visit the official website of APPSC.

    FAQs Regarding APPSC

    1. What is the reservation percentage in the APPSC exam?
    80% of the total seats in the APPSC are reserved for candidates belonging to APST category. The rest of the 20% seats are filled by other candidates (candidates from different categories or states).

    . Can people from other states appear for this examination? Sure. But, there is no reservation for people who do not belong to the state of Arunachal Pradesh.