APSET 2021- Highlights, Admit card, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Cut-Off

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Mar 19, 2021

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Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test (APSET) is conducted by Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. The Andhra Pradesh State Government has entrusted the responsibility of recruiting and promoting Assistant Professors or Lecturers in the state degree colleges and universities to the Andhra University.

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  • APSET 2020 result will be released soon. Read more
  • APSET 2020 admit card has been released. Read more

APSET 2020 Key Highlights

Exam Name Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test (APSET)
Posts Assistant Professors & Lecturers in Andhra Pradesh colleges and Universities
Mode of Exam Offline
Phases of Exam Paper I & Paper II
Duration of Exam A total of 180 minutes for two papers
Official Website
APSET Important dates

APSET 2020 Important dates

It is nearly time for the release of the official notification of APSET Exam 2020. Last year the official notification was released on 20th July and applications were invited from 5th August to 11th September. The APSET exam was held on 20th October. Check the tentative APSET 2020 exam dates tabulated below.

APSET Events Dates
Release of official notification Last week of July 2020
Activation of Application Form link First week of August 2020
Availability of Admit card October 2020; at least 15 days prior to exam
APSET exam date Middle of October 2020
Preliminary Answer key Third week of October 2020
Final Answer key Second week of December 2020
Result End of December 2020
Cut-off End of December 2020
Document verification End of January 2021
APSET Eligibility Criteria

APSET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates are eligible for this test if they have secured at least 55% (without rounding off) in their postgraduate degree from a UGC recognized University or Institute. Reserved category candidates (SC/ST, BC and PwD) will have to secure at least 50% in Master’s degree or its equivalent examination.
  2. Candidates in the final year of Master’s degree, awaiting their results may also apply for this exam. However, they shall be considered eligible only after they have passed their Master’s degree examination with the required percentage of marks. Such candidates must complete their degree within two years from the date of APSET, otherwise will be treated as disqualified.
  3. Aspirants, who possess Ph. D degrees and have completed their Master’s degree by 19th September 1991, shall be allowed for a relaxation of 5% on aggregate marks obtained in Master’s (i.e. 55% will be 50%).
  4. It is advised that candidates apply for the subject of their Post-graduation only. For candidates whose postgraduate subject is not covered in the list of APSET, may appear in a related subject they have knowledge about.
  5. It is important to check the equivalence of PG Diploma or Certificate from Indian or foreign University with that of a Master’s degree of accredited Indian University from Association of Indian University (AIU), New Delhi.
  6. There is no upper age limit for applying for APSET.
  7. Candidates who have qualified earlier in APSET or UGC-NET cannot apply in the same subject they had qualified for.
APSET Exam Pattern

APSET 2020 Exam Pattern

There are two papers that are to be attempted by the applicants. The exam is usually held on the same day in two segments. Paper I is for 1 hour and Paper II is a 2 hour paper. Timings shall be specified by the authority.

  • Paper I-General paper: This paper is primarily designed to test the teaching or research aptitude of the candidates. It shall consist of 50 questions, each carrying 2 marks.
Paper Total No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Paper I- General 50 100 1 hour
Paper II- Subject Based 100 200 2 hours
  • Paper II-Subject based paper: Questions based on the subject selected by the candidate are asked in this paper. There are 100 questions, each of 2 marks in this section. Enlisted below are the subjects with the corresponding subject code.
Code Subject Code Subject Code Subject
01 Anthropology 11 Geography 21 Philosophy
02 History 12 Hindi 22 Political Sciences
03 Chemical Sciences 13 Journalism & Mass Comm. 23 Psychology
04 Commerce 14 Law 24 Public Administration
05 Computer Science & Application 15 Life Sciences 25 Sanskrit
06 Economics 16 Library and Information Sc. 26 Sociology
07 Education 17 Management 27 Social Work
08 English 18 Mathematical Sciences 28 Telugu
09 Earth & Planetary Sciences 19 Physical Sciences 29 Urdu
10 Environmental Sciences 20 Physical Education 30 Visual Arts
  • Medium of question paper: Paper I in APSET will be bilingual, in English and Telugu. Subjects like Commerce, Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Public Administration and Sociology in Paper II will be bilingual; all other subject papers will be in English only.
  • Mode of exam: Both the papers are to be held in offline mode. Candidates will be provided with an Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet to mark their responses along with the test booklet.

Note: There will be no negative marking for any wrong answer.

APSET Application Process

APSET 2020 Application Process

How to Apply for APSET 2020?

  • The application link will be activated after the official notification has been released. Form is to be filled up online through the official website.
  • Applicants have to register first by entering the required information.
  • On successful registration, user ID and password will be sent to the registered email ID of the candidates, using which candidates will log in and fill up the application form with all relevant details.
  • Preferred exam centers will have to be specified. Furthermore, scanned copies of photographs and signatures will have to be uploaded. The size and dimension will be specified on the website.

Application Fee

Applicants will have to pay the application fee through credit card, debit card, net banking or other payment gateways. The amount will be specified at the time of applying. Application fee in 2019 was as follows,

Category Application Fees
General/EWS Rs. 1200/-
Backward Classes Rs. 1000/-
SC/ST/PwD Rs. 700/-
APSET Exam center

APSET 2020 Exam center

The list of exam centers for APSET exam 2020 has not been released yet. Usually, there are 6 cities in Andhra Pradesh where exams are held. Candidates have to select their preferred exam city at the time of applying for the test. Exact location is only disclosed on the admit card of the candidate. Refer to the following table of regional test centers and center code for APSET 2019.

Centre Code Regional Centre/city
01 Vishakhapatnam
02 Rajahmundry
03 Guntur
04 Nellore
05 Anantapur
06 Tirupati
07 Kadapa
08 Kurnool
APSET Admit Card

APSET 2020 Admit Card

Admit cards shall be made available for download or print out only on the APSET website. On providing their registration number and date of birth, candidates can download their admit cards. It will contain all details of exam date, time, exam center, etc.

APSET 2020 Selection Criteria

Appearing candidates have to obtain at least 40% aggregate marks for general category and a minimum of 35% aggregate marks for reserved category candidates; this minimum aggregate mark is to be secured combining two papers. Only on achieving these marks, candidates will be declared qualified for eligibility of Assistant Professor or Lectureship.

APSET 2020 Result

The final merit list is published online on the website. Thereafter, candidates are called for document verification.

APSET Syllabus

APSET 2020 Syllabus

  • General paper (Paper I)- Teaching aptitude, Research aptitude, Comprehension, Communication, Mathematical reasoning and ability, Logical reasoning, Data interpretation, ICT, People development and environment, Higher education (5 questions each carrying 2 marks are set from each of these modules).
  • Anthropology- Introduction to Anthropology; Theories & classifications; Modern human variation; Human growth, development, and maturation; Concepts of Archaeology; Lithic periods in India; Conceptual understanding of social, economic and legal anthropology; Theories in social anthropology; Indian Anthropology; Concepts, theories & development strategies.
  • History- Negotiating sources, civilizations and periods, expansion of state system; From State to Empire, Dissolution of Empire and emergence of regional powers, Gupta age, Harsha and his times; Emergence of regional kingdoms and Early medieval India; Source of Medieval Indian History; Administration and economy; Society and culture, religion movements; Modern History- Rise of British Power; Colonial economy; Rise of Indian nationalism; Historical method, research, methodology and historiography.
  • Chemistry- Inorganic chemistry; Physical chemistry; Organic chemistry and Interdisciplinary topics.
  • Computer Science and Applications- Discrete structure and Optimization; Computer system architecture; Programming languages and computer graphics; Database management system; System software and operating system; Software engineering; Data structures and algorithms; Theory of computation and compilers; Data communication and computer networks; Artificial intelligence.
  • Economics- Microeconomics; Macroeconomics; Statistics and Econometrics; Mathematical Economics; International Economics; Public economics; Money and Banking; Growth and Development Economics; Environmental economics and demography; Indian economy.
  • Education- Educational studies; History, politics and economics of Education; Learner and learning process; Teacher education; Curriculum studies, research and Education; Pedagogy, Andragogy and Assessment; Technology in/for education; Educational Management, administration and leadership; Inclusive education.
  • English- Drama; Poetry; Fiction, Short story, Nonfictional prose; Language; English in India: History, evolution and future; Cultural studies; Literary criticism; Literary Theory post World War II; Research methods and materials in English.
  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences- The Earth and the solar system; Earth materials, surface features and processes; Interior of the earth, deformation and tectonics; Oceans and Atmosphere; Environmental Earth Science; Geology.
  • Environmental Sciences- Fundamentals of Environmental Sciences; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Biology; Environmental Geosciences; Energy and environment; Environmental pollution and control; Solid and Hazardous Waste Management; Environmental assessment, management and legislation; Statistical approaches and modeling in Environmental Sciences; Contemporary Environmental Issues.
  • Geography- Geomorphology; Climatology; Oceanography; Geography of Environment; Population and settlement geography; Geography of economic activities and regional development; Cultural, social and political geography; Geographic thought; Geographical techniques; Geography of India.
  • Journalism and Mass Communication- Introduction; Communication for development and social change; Reporting and editing; Advertising and marketing communication; Public relations and corporate communication; Media laws and ethics; Media management and production; ICT and media; Visual communication; Communication research.
  • Law- Jurisprudence; Constitutional and administrative law; Public international law and IHL; Law of crimes; Law of Torts and consumer protection; Commercial law; Family law; Environment and human rights law; Intellectual property rights and information technology law; Comparative public law and systems of governance.
  • Mathematical science- Analysis and linear algebra; Complex Analysis, Algebra and Topology; Differential equations, Numerical analysis, Calculus, Integral equations, Classical mechanics; Descriptive statistics.
  • Physical science- Mathematical methods of physics; Classical mechanics; Electromagnetic theory; Quantum mechanics; Thermodynamics and Statistical physics; Electronics and experimental methods; Atomic and molecular physics; Condensed matter physics; Nuclear and particle physics.
  • Philosophy- Classical Indian- epistemology and metaphysics; Classical western: ancient, medieval and modern epistemology and metaphysics; Indian ethics; Western ethics; Contemporary Indian philosophy; Recent western philosophy; Social and political philosophy-Indian and Western; Logic applied philosophy.
  • Political science- Political theory; Political thought; Indian political thought; Comparative political analysis; International relations; India’s foreign policy; Political Institutions in India; Political processes in India; Public administration; Governance and Public policy in India.
  • Psychology- Emergence of Psychology; Research methodology and Statistics; Psychological testing; Biological basis of behavior; Attention, perception, learning, memory and forgetting; Thinking, intelligence and creativity; Personality, motivation, emotions, stress and coping; Social psychology, Human development and interventions; Emerging areas.
  • Public administration- Introduction to public administration; Administrative thought; Indian administration; State and local administration; Comparative and Development Administration; Economic and financial administration; Social Welfare Administration; Public Policy; Governance and Good Governance; Research methodology.
  • Sociology- Sociological theory; Research methodology and methods; Basic concepts and institutions; Rural and urban transformations; State, politics and development; Economy and society; Environment and society; Family, marriage and kinship; Science, technology and society; Culture and symbolic transformations.

Syllabi for some of the subjects have not been mentioned in this list. Please check the official website for more details.

APSET Cut off

APSET 2020 Cut off

1 Anthropology 65.33 48.00 38.67 - 49.33 - 54.00 42.00 -
2 History 52.00 48.67 50.00 41.33 50.67 44.67 46.67 46.00 44.67
3 Chemical Sciences 48.67 45.33 44.67 47.33 46.00 42.67 43.33 41.33 42.67
4 Commerce 48.00 44.67 44.00 47.33 45.33 45.33 42.00 39.33 42.67
5 Computer Science & Application 49.33 46.67 45.33 48.00 47.33 44.00 45.33 39.33 44.00
6 Economics 50.00 46.67 46.00 48.67 47.33 44.00 44.67 42.00 44.00
7 Education 48.00 45.33 46.00 46.67 45.33 44.67 44.00 44.00 42.67
8 English 47.33 43.33 44.00 46.67 45.33 43.33 42.67 41.33 40.67
9 Earth & Planetary Sciences 50.00 44.00 46.00 42.00 48.00 47.33 42.67 44.67 42.00
10 Environmental Sciences 52.67 50.00 50.67 50.00 50.67 48.67 47.33 44.67 45.33
11 Geography 50.67 48.67 40.67 - 45.33 40.67 44.67 36.67 47.33
12 Hindi 48.67 47.33 45.33 39.33 45.33 44.00 44.00 42.67 44.00
13 Journalism & Mass Comm. 58.67 50.00 53.33 57.33 55.33 52.67 55.33 46.67 44.00
14 Law 50.67 48.00 48.00 40.67 49.33 40.00 44.00 42.67 42.67
15 Life Sciences 46.67 44.00 44.00 46.00 45.33 44.00 43.33 41.33 42.67
16 Library and Information Sc. 52.00 51.33 49.33 42.00 47.33 48.67 46.67 44.67 46.67
17 Management 56.00 51.33 52.00 54.67 54.67 51.33 50.67 48.00 47.33
18 Mathematical Sciences 46.67 44.00 43.33 46.00 43.33 42.00 40.67 39.33 42.00
19 Physical Sciences 47.33 44.00 43.33 46.00 44.67 43.33 43.33 40.00 42.00
20 Physical Education 50.00 48.00 46.00 38.00 47.33 42.67 44.67 40.67 43.33
21 Philosophy 56.00 38.00 40.00 - 41.33 - 49.33 - 55.33
22 Political Sciences 52.00 48.00 46.00 45.33 50.00 40.67 46.00 44.00 42.67
23 Psychology 53.33 41.33 45.33 42.67 48.00 42.00 46.00 - 49.33
24 Public Administration 56.00 51.33 55.33 48.67 54.67 53.33 48.00 44.00 -
25 Sanskrit 52.67 50.00 46.67 - 49.33 - 44.67 40.67 44.67
26 Sociology 50.67 45.33 48.67 - 50.00 38.67 46.67 37.33 44.00
27 Social Work 48.67 47.33 44.00 44.00 47.33 43.33 43.33 41.33 45.33
28 Telugu 46.00 42.67 42.67 41.33 44.00 40.00 41.33 38.00 41.33
29 Urdu 56.00 - 46.67 - 41.33 46.67 - - 50.67
30 Visual Arts 49.33 - 42.67 - - - 43.33 40.00 -

This is the subject wise cut-off of APSET 2019 exam for all candidates (without any kind of reservation for female or PwD quota).

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