APSC: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 9, 2022

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APSC Syllabus And Exam Pattern

The Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) announces details about CCE 2022 exam for each of the post having vacancies on their official website in the form of notification. This notification has all the required details for the exam like eligibility criteria, exam pattern, APSC CCE syllabus, event calendar and recommended resources etc. along with how to apply for the exam.

The syllabus contains information about topics and subjects that will be asked in particular exam and books or resources to prepare from. APSC CCE Syllabus will help candidates appearing APSC CCE 2022 exam to plan and prepare for the exam.

APSC Syllabus

Candidates appearing APSC CCE 2022 exam can find syllabus on APSC official website https://apsc.nic.in under syllabus section. The details about prelims and mains exams of APSC CCE 2022 are described here.

APSC CCE 2022 Preliminary Exam Syllabus

APSC CCE 2022 preliminary exam has two papers –General Studies I and General Studies II, The subjects and topics covered in the syllabus on each of these papers are listed below

General Studies I Syllabus (Total Questions – 100)

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and theWorld.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, PublicPolicy, Rights issues etc,
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
  • Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environment ecology, Bio-Diversity and Climate Change- that donot require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Note – General Studies Paper I will have 30-35% questions related to Assam.

General Studies II Syllabus (Total Questions – 80)

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision making and problem solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level),
  • Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level)

APSC CCE 2022 Mains Exam Syllabus

APSC CCE 2022 Mains examination will have total of 8 (eight) papers. The subjects and topics covered in the syllabus on each of these papers are listed below. The topics varies as per the post for which APSC CCE exam is being conducted.

Paper I –EssayThe first paper of APSC CCE Mains exam is Essay. The language of answering the paper will be the one candidate has selected while filling the application form. The paper will contain 2 sections – each section has 4 essay topics – candidates have to answer 1 topic from each section) each essay will be of 125 marks. Candidate should be able to express his views in clear easy to understand manner in written English or language he has selected during applying for the exam.

There are 5 (five) papers on General Studies, General Studies I to General Studies 5

General Studies I Mains Syllabus

  • Indian Culture – Art forms, Literature & Architecture from ancient to modern times
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the 18th century
  • The Freedom Struggle
  • Post-independence consolidation & reorganization of country
  • Indian Society & its Diversity
  • Role of Women and Women’s Organization
  • Population & Associated issues
  • Poverty and Developmental Issues, Urbanization, their problems and their remedies
  • Globalization, Social Empowerment, Regionalism and Secularism
  • Salient Features of India’s & World’s Geography
  • Distribution of Key Natural resources
  • Important Geophysical phenomena

General Studies II Mains Syllabus

  • Constitution of India
  • Functions & Responsibilities of the Union
  • Separation of Powers and dispute redressal mechanism
  • Parliament & State legislatures
  • Structure, Organization & Functioning of Government Judiciaries and Departments.
  • Representation of People’s Act
  • Government Policies and their implementation for development in various sectors
  • Development processes and the development industry
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population
  • Health, Education & HR Development related issues
  • Role of Civil Services in Democracy
  • India & its neighbourhood relations
  • Effects of policies and politics of developed countries on India
  • Important international institutes, organizations, and forums

General Studies III Mains Syllabus

  • Indian Economy & its issues
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it
  • Government budgeting
  • Major crop cropping patterns in various parts of the country
  • Irrigation and farming methods
  • Food processing and related industries in India
  • Land reforms in India
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models
  • Science and technological adaptations and their effects
  • Indigenization of technology and development of new technology
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, etc.
  • Environmental issues
  • Disaster and its management
  • Challenges to internal security
  • Various Security forces and agencies

General Studies IV Mains Syllabus

  • Ethics and human interface
  • Human values – lessons from great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society, and educational institutions in inculcating values
  • Attitude – Content, Structure, Functions, its influence and relation with thought and behaviour
  • Moral & Political attitudes, social influence and persuasion
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship
  • Objectivity, Empathy, Tolerance and Compassion for weaker sections
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities in civil services
  • Public/Civil service values and ethics in public administration
  • Probity in Governance
  • Charters, work culture, quality of service delivery, utilization of public funds and challenge of corruption
  • Case studies on the above-mentioned issues.

General Studies Paper V Mains Syllabus

General Studies Paper V will be based on Assam. Candidates should prepare all the topics and subjects related to Assam. The topics covered are

  • History of Assam,
  • Heritage, Culture, Geography of Assam
  • Governance,
  • Polity,
  • Social Justice, International Remedies,
  • Economic Development, Bio-diversity,
  • Environment, Security, and Disaster Management of Assam

Exam 7 and 8

Paper VII and VIII are qualifying paper, candidates have to secure passing marks in these papers. Candidates can appear these papers in Assamese/Bangali/Bodo any of one of the languages selected during application. The total marks for each paper VII & VIII is 300 marks. The subjects asked in both these papers are on following

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precise Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essay

Paper VII has additional task for translation, English to Indian language and vice versa.

Paper VII and VIII are optional subject-based. The candidates have to choose from the subjects provided by the exam authorities. The list of optional subjects is given below-

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Hindi, Sanskrit, English
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

APSC Exam Pattern

APSC CCE Preliminary Exam Pattern

The APSC CCE preliminary exam pattern 2022 has following structure

PaperTotal questionsTotal marksDuration
General Studies I1002002 hours
General Studies II802002 hours

These papers are of objective type and have multiple choice of answers to select from. There is a negative marking for each incorrect answer, one-fourth (0.25) of marks assigned to the question will be deducted as a penalty. There will be no penalty for every unanswered question.

Mains Exam Pattern

The APSC CCE Mains exam pattern 2022 has following structure

From 2020, there is a change in syllabus and exam pattern for APSC CCE Mains exam. There are 8 (eight) conventional essay type in mains APSC CCE exam. From 2019, instead of separate question papers and answer sheet, candidate will be provided with combined questions and answers sheet. There will not be any extra pages provided to candidates.

Sr.NoPaperquestions / formatmarks
1EssayThe paper will contain 2 sections – each section has 4 essay topics – candidates have to answer 1 topic from each section) each essay will be of 125 marks250
2General Studies I, II, III and VThere are total 20 compulsory questions. 10 questions will be of 10 marks and remaining 10 questions will be of 15 marks250 X 4
3General Studies IVThere are total 19 compulsory questions. 13 questions will be of 10 marks and remaining 6 questions will be of 20 marks250
4Optional Papers I & IIThe paper will contain 2 sections – each section has 4 questions – candidates have to answer 2 questions and 3 questions from remaining 6 questions. Hence out of 8 questions 5 are mandatory to be attempted300 X 2
  Total Marks2100

The Interview Round of APSC CCE

After qualifying in Mains written examination (8 papers) candidates with qualifying marks are invited by APSC for an interview. The total marks for the interview is 275 marks. Candidates should be preparing for an interview from the mock tests, current affairs topics and mainly Assam related current topics. The interviewer will ask questions related to the post candidate has applied for, it is expected that candidate should answer current affairs related questions without any exaggeration.

Negative Marking in APSC CCE

Candidates should attempt maximum questions asked in the exam papers. However he should refrain from guessing the answer. Not answering the question does not have any penalty but, answering incorrectly has a penalty.

There is a negative marks in APSC CCE exam, for every incorrect answer there will be 0.25 marks deducted of the total marks for that question.

Recommended Books for APSC CCE Exam

Recommended study materials on General Studies papers

  • General Studies Paper I preliminary paper – MHE publications
  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Niraj Kumar
  • General Knowledge 2020 by Arihant Experts
  • Manorama Yearbook 2019 by Philip Mathew
  • General Knowledge 2020 by ManoharPandey
  • India 2019 by Publications division Government of India
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Wren and Martin High School English Grammar and Composition Book (Regular Edition) by N.D.V. PrasadaRao
  • Indian Art and Culture by NitinSinghania
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by BS Sijwali

Following are some additional other resources recommended by APSC

  • APSC Question Bank for ACS/ APS
  • APSC G.K. Previous Year Question Bank for All Exams: : APSC ASSAM
  • APSC GUIDE BOOK : 1000+ Multiple Choice Questions on GS
  • APSC GS Practice Sets 1-15
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra, Aditya Mukherjee, Sucheta Mahajan
  • The History of Assam: From Yandabo to Partition, 1826-1947 by PriyamGoswami
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Leong
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • The Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma
  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  • India’s Foreign Policy by VP Dutt
  • Indian Economy since Independence by Uma Kapila
  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G SubbaRao

You must also be aware of what had been taught till the 10th standard in the schools. So, you can revisit your NCERT books to do that and study the topics given in detail. Here is the list of NCERT books which you must refer to if you are going for APSC CCE:-

  • History, Civics, Geography and Economics from Class 6th to 12th
  • An Introduction to Indian Art and Living craft traditions of India of Class 11th
  • Chemistry of Class 11th– Unit 14 and Class 12th– Unit 16
  • Biology of Class 11th– Unit 4,5 and 14 and Class 12th– Unit 8,9,10,13,14,15 and 16.

These are just a few examples of the NCERT books which will help you boost your preparation. Try to cover as many topics as possible as the topics from NCERT are highly likely to be asked in the Civil Services Exam.

Preparation Tips for APSC CCE 2022 exam

  • Candidates should visit APSC official website on regular basis and keep checking for notifications related to the post they want to appear APSC CCE exam.
  • The event calendar will help candidate to plan to prepare for the exam, preliminary and mains exam papers, distribution of marks, subjects covered, syllabus and recommended books to prepare for the exam.
  • Candidates should prepare proper time table for daily completing particular topic, and weekly revising completed topics.
  • Candidates should read and listen to current affairs on television, websites, news channels to prepare for general studies paper I & II.
  • Explore various books on subjects covered in syllabus and make proper notes to revise on important topics
  • Candidates will need to prepare for atleast 6 months, read and learn minimum of 6-8 hours per day.
  • Study only relevant topics but not to waste time on irrelevant topics
  • Practice on computer based objective type multiple choice answers for the exam from previous years of questions asked in APSC CCE exam.
  • There will be essay and need to write on 2 topics, hence candidates should able to write error free grammatically correct sentences for the essay.

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Q.1 Is APSC interview tough?

Ans. There is no standard syllabus, topics or subjects listed in the syllabus to prepare for APSC CCE interview, hence it is not easy for candidates to prepare for APSC interview. Interview will be on current affairs topics and questions related to Assam. Candidates aware of the current topics of Assam will find interview to be easy compared to the candidate who have not followed what is going on in Assam.