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APPSC (Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission) Syllabus 2021

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Oct 27, 2020

The Public Service Commission of Andhra Pradesh takes the APPSC Group 1 exam to appoint the best officers for different roles within the state government departments. There are numerous posts for the candidates to work towards the welfare of society. The AP Public Service Commission exam for this academic year got postponed due to the epidemic and continuous lockdown across the country. The new dates for the exam are not yet out.

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APPSC Overview

APPSC Exam Overview

Exam Name APPSC Group 1 Exam
Conducting Body Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission
Level of the exam State Level (Andhra Pradesh)
Exam Frequency Once a year
Mode Offline (Screening Exam) Computer-based online( Main Exam)
Application Fee INR 370 (The reserved category candidates have to pay INR 250)
Language English and Telugu
Purpose of the exam To give executive and non-executive posts to the shortlisted candidates
Test centres In Andhra Pradesh only
APPSC Important dates

APPSC Exam for 2021 Important dates

APPSC Expected Dates
Release of the Notification October 2020 (expected)
Availability of application form October 2020 (expected)
Last date for application submission November 2020 (expected)
APPSC prelims exam Jan 2021
APPSC result announcement March 2021
APPSC Group 1 main exam June 2021
APPSC main exam result September 2021
APPSC Interview round October 2021
APPSC Group 1 Result 2020 November 2021

The Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission is responsible for designing the course curriculum. Candidates preparing for APPSC exams can refer to the beneath detailed exam syllabus to start preparing accordingly.

APPSC Exam Pattern

APPSC Exam Pattern

The APPSC Group 1 Exam is taken in three-level including:

Prelims exam (MCQs) Two Papers:
General Studies will have 120 questions and time limit is 2 hours
General Aptitude will also have 120 questions that must be completed within 2 hours
Stage 2: Mains (Descriptive Type) This section will have seven Papers of 150 marks each, candidates have to complete it in 3 hours
Telugu – Qualifying
English – Qualifying
Paper I – Merit Ranking
Paper II – Merit Ranking
Paper III – Merit Ranking
Paper IV – Merit Ranking
Paper V – Merit Ranking
Interview 75 marks
APPSC Prelims Syllabus

Syllabus for APPSC Group 1


The APPSC Group 1 Prelims exam will have two objective type papers. The detailed syllabus for the same is presented below:

Paper 1 – General Studies

  • Indian History and Culture
  • Indian Constitution, Social Justice, Polity, and International Relations
  • Indian and Economy and Planning of the state
  • Geography

Paper 2 – General Aptitude

  • General Mental and Psychological Abilities
  • Science and Technology
  • Latest Events of Regional, National and International importance

The General Studies paper is further divided into four parts.

Section Marks
History and Culture 30 marks
Constitution polity, Social Justice and International relations 30 marks
Indian and AP Economy and Planning 30 marks
Indian Geography 30

The History and Culture part will have:

  • The Indus Valley Civilization
  • Modern Indian History
  • Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Indian history.

All the test takers have to get basis and detailed understanding of the Indian Constitution and its main roles.

In the Economy section, issues related to India and specific state-related problems will be asked.

Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations section include:

  • Indian Constitution
  • Its features, establishment, etc.
  • Fundamental Rights and its duties
  • Directive Principles of State Policy,
  • Changes, its importance, and Basic Structure.

Indian and Andhra Pradesh Economy and Planning

This section includes all the topics which are linked to the economic activities in the country and in the state as well. A few of the topics include:

  • Economy of the country
  • Macro and Micro Economics
  • Latest Budget
  • Surveys
  • Indian Banking System
  • Economic strengths of the AP’ Economy
  • Budget of the state
  • Planning in India
  • Five Year Plans

Geography section

In this section, candidates have to improve their skills on the topics related to:

  • Geography
  • Why Physical feature of India are important
  • Global Geography
  • Physical features of the state
  • Demography of Andhra Pradesh
  • Demography of the country

General Aptitude Paper

The General Aptitude paper has a huge course and in addition to preparing for maths and administrative abilities, candidates must be well-versed with the latest Science and Technological developments in the state.

General Aptitude Section Marks
General Mental Ability, Psychological Abilities, and Administrative 60
Science and Technologies 30
Important events related to Regional, National and International importance 30

The General Mental Ability, Administrative and Psychological Abilities

Topics in which candidates need to well-versed in include:

  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability.
  • Number Series, Coding-Decoding.
  • Problems Related to Relations.
  • Shapes and their Sub-sections, Venn Diagram.
  • Problems based on Clocks, Calendar and Age.
  • Number system and order of Magnitude.
  • Ratio, proportion and variation.
  • Central Tendencies - mean, median, mode — including weighted mean.
  • Square and its Roots
  • Basic and Compound Interest, Profit and loss.
  • Time and Work, Time and Distance, Speed and Distance.
  • Area, Perimeter of different Geometrical Shapes, their Volume, Surface Area, etc.
  • Cone, Cylinder, cubes and Cuboids, etc.

Science and Technology

  • Science and Technology
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Technology in Space & Defence
  • Energy Requirement and Efficiency
  • Environmental Science
APPSC Mains Syllabus

APPSC Group 1 Syllabus Mains 2020

The Mains exam includes two qualifying papers and five merit ranking papers.

Syllabus of Qualifying Papers

English (SSC Standard) Essay writing, how to write Press Release, presenting Visual Information, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, etc.
Telugu (SSC Standard) Essay, Elaborating it with Verse/Poetic, Comprehension, Speech in a formal way, Statement Preparation, Letter Writing, Application Writing, etc.

Syllabus of Merit Ranking Papers

Paper 1 – General Essay (Degree Standard) Three Essays of about 800 words each
Paper 2 – Indian History, Indian Culture, its Geography History and Culture of India, History and Culture of Andhra Pradesh, etc.
Paper 3 – Indian Politics, Constitution, Governance, Law and Ethics (Degree Standard) Indian Polity and Constitution, Ethics in Public Service and Knowledge of Law, etc.
Paper 4 – Indian Economy, its Development, Andhra Pradesh economy Major Challenges faced in Indian Economy, Resource Mobilization in Indian Economy, Government Budgeting, Inclusive Growth, etc.
Paper 5 – Science and Technology ICT, Current Affairs, Environment, Development v/s Nature, etc.


Ques. What are the minimum criteria required to appear in this Exam?

Ans. All the graduates who have successfully completed their studies in any discipline from a recognized college or university can appear in this exam.

Ques. Do I need to join a learning centre to prepare for the APPSC Group1 Exam?

Ans. Since the APPSC Group 1 exam is not that difficult, so candidates who are serious and dedicated towards their studies can prepare for this exam without any coaching as well. Whether you should join a coaching institute or not is a very subjective decision and considering all the factors, the test takers must take a better decision.

Ques. Is there any difference between the APPSC Group1 and Group 2 exams?

Ans. Since APPSC takes different exams and the most preferred exams out of many include APPSC Group 1 and Group 2 exam. These exams are different and the shortlisted candidates get a chance to work at different posts.

Ques. What are the requirements to join APPSC?

Ans. All the aspirants eyeing to be a part of the APPSC must keep on checking the notifications related to the APPSC exam. In case you meet the eligibility criteria you can fill the application form and start preparing for the APPSC exams.

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