Important Dates - APPSC Exam Dates
The important dates of APPSC Group I are prescribed below in the table.
|Online Application for APPSC Starts from||31 Dec 2016|
|Last date for submission of Application Form||30 Jan 2017|
|Availability of Admit card||7 Days before the examination.|
|Date of APPSC Prelims Examination||07 May 2017|
|Date of APPSC Main Examination||17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 Aug 2017|
APPSC Exam Pattern
Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)’s Group I exam pattern details are given below
APPSC Group – 1 Exam is Conducted in 3 Stages:
1) Preliminary Examination (Objective paper)
2) Main’s Examination (Conventional Type)
APPSC Exam Syllabus for Preliminary Examination
The preliminary exam is a screening test conducted to shortlist the candidates for the next stage of examination. The exam consists of one objective type paper. Minimum qualifying marks will be given for reservation candidates as per the rules.
|Subject Name||No.of Questions||Maximum Marks||Time Duration|
|General Studies & Mental Ability
APPSC Exam Syllabus for Main Examination
Candidate’s who are qualified in the preliminary examination are qualified for the main examination which contains five papers in conventional type & is of degree standard syllabus. The General English paper is of qualifying one and its marks are not counted for final ranking. All the question papers except General English may be answered either in English or Telugu or Urdu was chosen by the candidate. Minimum qualifying marks will be given for reservation candidates as per the rules.
|Paper I||General Essay English (Conventional type)||150|
|Paper II||i. History & Cultural heritage of India with emphasis on the 20th-century history of India.
ii. The social history of Andhra Pradesh i.e., the history of various social and cultural movements in Andhra Pradesh iii. A general overview of the Indian Constitution
|Paper III||i) Planning in India & Indian Economy
ii) Land Reforms and social changes in Andhra Pradesh after independence iii) Andhra Pradesh’s Economy, present status
|Paper IV||The role and impact of Science &Technology in the development of India with emphasis on the applied aspects
ii) General awareness of the modern trends in life sciences.iii) Development and environmental problems
APPSC Exam Syllabus
APPSC Exam Syllabus for Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) - General Studies and Mental Ability
The APPSC Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)’s Group – 1 Examination Syllabus details are given below
The APPSC General science subjects topics are specified below
Current events of national and international importance.
History of India – emphasis will be on the broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, cultural and political aspects with a focus on AP Indian National Movement.
World Geography and Geography of India with a focus on AP.
Indian polity and Economy – including the country’s political system- rural development –Planning and economic reforms in India.
Mental ability – reasoning and inferences.
Concepts in disaster management and vulnerability profile of India / State of A.P.
Earth quakes / Cyclones / Tsunami / Floods / Drought – causes and effects.
Man made disasters – Prevention strategies.
Mitigation strategies / Mitigation measures.
APPSC Syllabus for Main Examination - General English
The General English for X class Standard topics are prescribed below
Re-arrangement of sentences
Correction of sentences
Filling in the blanks
Correction of spellings
Vocabulary and usage
Idioms and phrases
Active voice and Passive voice
Parts of speech
Paper – I:
Candidate should write three Essays one from each section compulsorily. Each section contains three topics. Each Essay carries 50 marks.
Section -I: Crisis management, Social problems, Analysis, and solutions.
Section -II: Current events of national and international importance.
Section –III: Current events relating to State of Andhra Pradesh.
Paper – II
Section – I: History and Cultural Heritage of India With Emphasis on 20th Century History of India
The Indus Civilization
Vedic Civilization – Distinction between Indus Civilisation and Vedic Civilisation
Evolution of Varna, Jathi/caste system – Religious condition
Emergence of Religious Movements (Jainism, Buddhism and other sects)
The rise of Magadha Imperialism – Rise of Mahayana and Development of Art (Gandhara, Mathura and other Schools).
Advent of Islam and its impact
Influence of Islam on Indian Culture – Religious Movements
Nature and significance of Bhakti Movements – Growth of vernacular languages, literature, fine arts, architecture, monuments,
Indo-Persian art and architecture – Vijayanagara empire and their contribution to art, literature, and culture.
Socioeconomic conditions, administration, fall of Vijayanagar empire – the Great Mughals and their contribution to Indian Fine Art, Architecture, and Fine Arts – Rise of Shivaji.
Rise and growth of Socio-Religious-cultural
Anti-caste, Dalit, and non-Brahmin, Justice/self-respect movements in modern India.
Social reform organizations and role of intellectuals – Raja Ram Mohan Roy – Dayanand Saraswathi – Jyotiba Phule – Narayana Guru – Mahatma Gandhi – Ambedkar and others.
Growth of peasant and labor movements – role of leftist parties in anti-feudal and anti-colonial struggles-rise and growth of Women’s movements
Origin and growth of communalism, workers and peasant movements.
Freedom and partition of India; important historical events after independence.
Section –II: Social and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh
The Satavahanas and their contribution – social structure – religious conditions.
The growth of literature and painting – Ikshvakus and their cultural contribution – Growth of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh.
The Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi and their importance – socio-cultural contribution – growth of Telugu language & Literature.
Education and learning – Religious Sects – growth of art and architecture.
Socio-Cultural and Religious conditions in Andhra Desha between 1000 AD – 1565 AD Growth of Telugu Language and Literature – Nannaya- Molla etc., fine arts and architecture.
Monuments – Significance – Contribution of Qutubshahis to Telugu language and Literature – Art- Architecture- Monuments.
Sociocultural awakening in Andhra
Brahma Samaj, Arya Samaj, Theosophical society – Adi-Andhra, Movements, and role of Veereshalingam.
Non-Brahmin, Adi- Andhra /Dalit and Justice/self-respect movements.
Gurram Joshua, Boyi Bheemanna – Sri and others.
- The growth of Nationalist Movement in Andhra and the Andhra Leaders during the Freedom Struggle – Role of socialists – communists – anti-zamindari-Kisan movements.
- Sociocultural awakening in Telangana -Adi-Hindu Movement .
- Nizam Rashtra Janasangham – Andhra Mahasabha – Andhra Saaraswata Parishat – The role of Hyderabad State Congress and Vandemataram Movement.
Telangana People’s Armed Struggle
Ittehadul-Muslimeen – Razakars-anti-Nizam Struggles and end of Nizam’s Rule and integration of Hyderabad State in Indian.
Section –III: General Overview of the Indian Constitution.
Nature of the Constitution
- Constitutional developments – salient features – Preamble – Fundamental Rights.
- Directive Principles of State Policy and their relationship – Fundamental Duties, Distinctive features of Indian Federation.
Distribution of Legislative Powers between the Union and the State
- Administrative and Financial relations between the Union and the States – Powers and the Functions of Constitutional Bodies.
Unicameral and Bicameral Legislatures
- Functions and crises of accountability, a decline of the legislature.
- Delegated Legislation – Legislative and Judicial control over the delegated legislation – Judicial review of administrative action.
Amendment of the Constitution
Basic Structure Theory – Emergency Provisions and De-centralisation – Community development experiment.
Welfare Mechanism in India
Provisions for scheduled castes, Tribes and Minorities; Reservations for SC, ST, and Backward classes; Prevention of SC and ST Atrocities Act; National and State SC and ST Commission; Women’s Commission; National and State Minorities Commission and Human Rights Commission.
Paper – III
Section -I: Planning in India & Indian Economy
- National and per capita income and human development – Sectoral changes in the Indian Economy (GDP and work force).
Objectives, priorities, specific aims of the recent 5-year plan-experience and problems. Changes in the role of Public-Private Sectors and their
- Shares in the total plan outlay before and after economic reforms.
- Poverty and unemployment problems– magnitude and measures initiated to ameliorate them.
- Monetary policy – Structure of Indian Banking and non-banking financial institutions and reforms in them since the 1990s—regulation of credit by RBI.
- The pattern of revenue, expenditure and public debt and effects on the economy.
Section – II: Land Reforms & Social Changes In A.P After Independence
- Historical background of land reforms and the change in laws from time to time – Intermediaries abolition, tenancy reforms, ceilings on holdings and land issues in A.P.
- The structure of the Andhra Pradesh economy – its sectoral and regional distribution and the extent of poverty. Agricultural inputs and technology.
- Demographic features and social backwardness, literacy and occupation structure; changes in the sectoral distribution of income and employment. Socio-political and economic empowerment of women.
- State finances and budgetary policy – tax structure, sharing central taxes, expenditure pattern in revenue and capital account as well as plan and non-plan accounts. Public debt – composition – internal and external debt including World Bank loans.
- Five-year plans of AP – Outlays, financing public sector plan and resource allocation pattern in the recent 5-year plan.
Section –III: Andhra Pradesh’s Economy, Present Status, Its Strengths and Weakness
- Growth and structure of industries in AP; Factories, small and tiny sectors, their comparison, growth, weaknesses, and problems.
- A structure of agricultural outputs. Administrated prices including support and procurement prices – Public Distribution System in Andhra Pradesh.
- Regional disparities in income, industrial output, rainfall, irrigation, health and education in AP.
- Institutional and non-institutional sources of rural credit in AP – structure, and growth – cooperatives and their share in total credit – adequacy, and problems.
- Service Sector of AP – Importance, composition, and growth with special reference to transport and communication, tourism and information technology.
Section -I: Role and Impact of Science and Technology In the Development Of India
Unit 1: National policy of science and technology and changes in the policy from time to time, Technology Missions.
- Unit 2: Space program in India and its applications with special reference to industrial, agricultural and other rural developmental activities, INSAT and IRS systems.
- Unit 3: Role of Information Technology in Rural India, basics of computers, computers in communication and broadcasting, software development in economic growth. Broad IT applications.
- Unit 4: Energy Resources: Energy demands, renewable energy resources, nuclear energy, the development and its utilization in the country.
- Unit 5: Current Science & Technology Developments in India, Climate change, Disaster Management (Floods, Cyclones, and Tsunami); Crop science in India, Fertilisers, Control of pests and diseases – scenario in India; Drinking water and supply, urbanization and industrial development.
Section -II: General Awareness with the Modern Trends In Life Sciences
- Unit 1: Progress of Agricultural Science and its impacts – Introduction to Biotechnology: History of fermentation development, industrially important fermentation products (antibiotics, organic acids, alcohols, vitamins, amino acids (only one in each category is to be studied)) Production of low volume, high value fermentation products (insulin, growth hormones, recombinant vaccines,interferons)
- Unit 2: Plants and human affairs, characteristics of plants, usefulness for mankind, the origin of agriculture, useful and harmful plants. Introduction to Animals, Domestic and wild animals, the usefulness of animals for mankind, Exploitation of animals by man for food and medical advancements.
- Unit 3: Introduction to and applications of Genetic Engineering & Stem Cell Research: Basic concepts (the basic process of genetic engineering) – Biotechnology in agriculture (Biofertilisers, Biopesticides, Biofuels, Genetically modified crops, Tissue culture) animal husbandry (transgenic animals- applications) and environment (Biotechnology in Environmental clean up processes).
- Unit 4: Microbial infections; Common present day infections and preventive measures. Introduction to bacterial, viral, protozoal and fungal infections. Basic knowledge of infections caused by different groups of micro organisms – diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, viral infections like HIV, encephalitis, chikungunya, bird flu – preventive measures during out breaks.
- Unit 5: Vaccines: Introduction to immunity, Fundamental concepts in vaccination and traditional methods of vaccine production (production of DPT and Rabies vaccine), Production of Modern Vaccines (production of Hepatitis vaccine), Applications of immunological methods in diagnosis.
Section – III: Development & Environment Problems
- Unit 1: Environmental Segments, Promoting Environmental Protection, The Environment (Protection) Act, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, Water (Prevention and control of pollution) Act, Water pollution Cess Act, Forest Conservation Act, Environmentalism.
- Unit 2: Natural Resources: Forest Resources – Types of Forests, Uses of Forests. Water Resources- Types of Dams, Drought Occurrences, and Floods, Land Resources: Soils and Cropping patterns, Mineral resources.
- Unit 3: Eco-Systems and Bio-diversity: Terminology of Ecology, Basic Concepts of Ecology, the concept of an Ecosystem, Food Chains in Eco systems, Types of Eco systems. Biodiversity and its conservation: Types of biodiversity, Hotspots of Biodiversity, threats to diversity.
- Unit 4: Environment Pollution and Solid Waste Management: Air Pollution, water pollution, Soil Pollution, Noise pollution. Solid Waste Management: Types of Solid waste, Factors affecting the solid waste generation, Impact of solid wastes, Recycling and reuse.
- Unit 5: Role of Information Technology in Environment and Human Health. Global Environmental Issues like Climate Change, Acid Rain, Global warming, Wasteland Reclamation, Watershed management, a watershed approach for sustainable development.
Paper – V
Data Interpretation and Problem Solving
- Data appreciation and interpretation using ratios, percentages, and averages.
- Drawing conclusions from the data present in tabular, graphical and diagrammatical forms and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies therein.
- Problem-solving using the following:
- Sequences and Series: Analogies of numbers and alphabets, completion of blank spaces in a:b,c,d, odd thing out, missing number in a sequence or series.
- Coding and decoding problems: A given word or group of letters in English are to be coded or decoded based on the given code(s).
- Date, time and arrangement problems: Calendar and clock problems, blood relationship and seating arrangements.
- Passage Analysis: A duly structured situation will be presented to the candidates and they will be asked to analyze and suggest their own solution to the problem arising out of the situation. Alternatively, they may be called upon to prove the understanding of the situation by answering certain searching questions based on the situation.
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