APPSC (Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission) Preparation Tips 2020

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Oct 15, 2020

Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission is responsible for taking the APPSC Group exams. These exams are conducted to shortlist the officers for different organizational roles within the state government departments. By getting posted in these jobs, candidates can get ample opportunities to work towards the welfare of society. The APPSC Group 1 main exam is scheduled to be conducted in April each year, but amid coronavirus and continuous lockdowns across the state, the APPSC main exam got postponed to future dates. The new dates related to this exam will be disclosed later.

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  • Name of Exam: APPSC Group Exams
  • Exam Stages: Prelims, Mains & Interview
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APPSC Prelims

APPSC Group 1 Prelims (Screening) Level

The prelims exam is a screening test that is conducted offline. This exam is taken across thirteen different districts in the state. Only the ones who qualify this exam will be considered for the mains exam. Candidates will get APPSC Group 1 admit card at least 7-10 days before the exam.

APPSC Group1 Main exam

APPSC Group 1 main exam is conducted offline and the score obtained by the students will be considered while preparing the final merit list. This section includes seven essay type questions papers. And out of seven, only Telugu and English papers are qualifying nature and their marks will not be considered while selecting candidates for further round. In the remaining five papers related to General Studies, more focused is laid on understanding candidate’s knowledge and skills about the past and latest events of Andhra Pradesh.

APPSC Group 1 Interview

Successful candidates who have qualified the main exam will be asked to come for an Interview. The interview will be taken in Vijayawada. While going for the interview, all the candidate have to take the original documents with them including:

  • Educational Qualification
  • Date of Birth
  • Category certificates issued by the competent authority
  • Age Relaxation certificate (if any)
  • Professional Experience

Prelims syllabus can be divided into these categories:

  • Current Affairs
  • General Science
  • Indian History
  • Geography
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian Polity
  • Environment
  • Disaster Management
  • Aptitude and Reasoning
  • Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, etc.
Prelims Preparation Tips

Preparation for Preliminary Examination

  • In case you belong to an Engineering or Science background, then you must focus more on the Second paper – General Aptitude. You can brush up these topics quickly within a few days, focus on current affairs sections.
  • In case you belong to the Arts background, then your first area of study is First paper is General Studies. You must focus on the latest current affairs section before completing with the remaining ones.
  • Go through current affairs for the last 6 months to 1 year prior to the examination.

How to strengthen the Current Affairs section?

It is important to read at least two newspapers daily. You must read one Telugu newspaper for getting updated about the latest affairs related to Andhra Pradesh while the other paper which you must read is an English Newspaper. Reading English newspaper helps develop a better understanding of the national and international current affairs.

You can refer to Indian Express and The Hindu newspaper for getting familiarity with the global news.

How one can Prepare for General Science?

  • While focusing on this section, all the candidates must read Andhra Pradesh APSCERT Textbooks. It will help them improve their knowledge about General Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry subject. You must refer to the books studied from Class 6 to Class 10 as all the important topics related to General Science subject are included in these books. They are a good option to prepare for General Science.
  • These books can easily be downloaded from the internet.
  • If you are English Medium candidates, then you can refer to the NCERT textbooks on Science, the majority of the questions are directly asked from these books.

How to boost the History of India section

  • In this section, there are three subtopics, which candidates need to prepare for. These topics include Ancient, Medieval and Modern Indian History.
  • While preparing for the Indian History, all the test takers must stay special emphasis on subjects like Indian Political, Indian Economic, Indian Literature, Social, Art, Cultural and Architectural aspects of history.

Practice more

It is one of the most vital steps in the entire preparation process. In case you lack doing good practice, you will not be able to ace the exam with good score. All the candidates need to practice several last year questions and model questions to boost your preparation skills. Many times, direct questions from last year’s question papers are asked in the test, so practising a lot of questions referring to the last year’s sample papers will help a lot. Also, it will help the candidates the style of questions asked in the exam.

Stay motivated

It is another important point which all the candidates must keep in their mind, the importance of staying motivated. Motivation is the key factor that helps you to perform wonderfully in the exam, so stay motivated and relaxed.


APPSC Books And Current Affairs

The majority of the toppers prefer referring to the NCERT books and State board books, these books are their most preferred choice when its about preparing for the civil service exam. The NCERTs all the test takers can refer to the books they studied from class 6- 12th level, which in turn will improve their understanding.

In addition to referring to the NCERT/State board books and notes, all the candidates are advised to the most recommended books for UPSC preparation. Some of the books preferred by many aspirants include:

  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
  • Geography – Majid Hussain
  • History – Bipin Chandra
  • Economy – Ramesh Singh


Ques. Are these exams held each year?

Ans. Yes, APPSC takes these exams to appoint candidates for different services. Some of the kinds of exams include Group 1 Exam and Group 2 Exam.

Ques. What is the educational qualification needs to appear in these exams?

Ans. The candidates who have completed graduation in any discipline from any recognized and well-established university is eligible to apply for APPSC Exam.

Ques. What is the difference between the APPSC Group1 and Group 2 exam?

Ans. The APPSC takes different exams each year to select the candidates for different roles. Both these exams are different from each other and aimed at appointing the best candidates only for different services.

Ques. What subjects do I need to prepare in the APPSC Group 1 Exam?

Ans. In APPSC Group 1 Prelim and Mains, the main subjects which you need to prepare to include History, Polity, Environment, Economics, and Geography.

Ques. Will practising mock tests help?

Ans. Yes, it will help a lot and will help you to judge your performance.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.