APPSC Group 1 Syllabus


APPSC Group I Syllabus Details: Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission  Group – 1 Examination Syllabus details are given below….

Syllabus of the Written examination:

Preliminary Examination -The Similarly General Studies and Mental Ability
1. General Science – Contemporary developments in Science and Technology and their implications including matters of every day observation and experience, as may be expected of a well-educated person However and also who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.
2. Current events of national and international importance.
3. 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.
4.  Finally, World Geography and Geography of India with a focus on AP.
5. The Indian polity and Economy – including the country’s political system and also- rural development –Planning and economic reforms in India.
6. Mental ability – reasoning and inferences.
7. Disaster Management
1. Similarly Concepts in disaster management and vulnerability profile of India / State of A.P.
2. Earthquakes / Cyclones / Tsunami / Floods / Drought – causes and effects.
3.Man-made disasters – Prevention strategies.
4. Mitigation strategies / Mitigation measures

Main Examination (Conventional Type):
General English

1. Comprehension
2. Precis-writing
3. Re-arrangement of sentences
4. Correction of sentences
5. Synonyms
6. Antonyms
7. Filling in the blanks
8. Correction of spellings
9. Vocabulary and usage
10. Idioms and phrases
11. Verb Tenses
12. Prepositions
13. Active voice and Passive voice
14. Parts of speech

                                         Paper – I:

General Essay: However  Candidate have to write three Essays one from each section
Unit-I: The Crisis management, Social problems,and also Analysis, and solutions.
Sect -II: The  Current events of national and also international importance.
Section –III: The Current events relating to State.

                                            Paper – II

Section – I: The  History and Cultural Heritage of India  on 20th Century History of India
1. The Indus Civilization – Vedic Civilization and aslo Distinction between Indus Civilisation and Vedic Civilisation – Evolution of Varna, Jathi/caste system – Religious condition – Emergence of Religious Movements (Jainism, Buddhism, and other sects) –similarly Rise of Magadha Imperialism – Rise of Mahayana and Development of Art.

2.The  Advent of Islam and its impact –however Influence of Islam on Indian Culture – Religious Movements – Nature and significance of Bhakti Movements – Growth of vernacular languages, literature, fine arts, architecture.

3. The Stages of colonialism – changes in administrative structure and politics – factors leading for the British supremacy, assistance of Indian Powers and the causes of failures – Civil rebellions – Revolt of 1857 and its impact – Rise of nationalist consciousness and factors for the growth of Indian Nationalism and Freedom Struggle.

4. 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.

5. Nationalist Literature – the growth of peasant and labor movements – a 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: The  Social and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh

1.  Satavahanas and their contribution – and also religious conditions –growth of literature and painting – Ikshvakus and their cultural contribution – Growth of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh and also 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.

2.The  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.

3. Modern Andhra – Socio-cultural awakening in Andhra – Brahma Samaj, Arya Samaj, Theosophical society – Adi-Andhra, Movements and role of Veereshalingam and others – Non-Brahmin, Adi- Andhra /Dalit and Justice/self – respect movements

4. Asafjahi Dynasty – socio-cultural awakening in Telangana -Adi-Hindu Movement – Nizam Rashtra Janasangham – Andhra Mahasabha – Andhra Saaraswata Parishat – The role of Hyderabad State Congress and Vandemataram Movement.

5.The  Telangana People’s Armed Struggle –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


1. And the Nature of the Constitution – constitutional developments – salient features – Preamble – Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy and their relationship – Fundamental Duties, Distinctive features of the Indian Federation.

2. Similarly Distribution of Legislative Powers between the Union and the State; Administrative and Financial relations between the Union and the States

3. Unicameral and Bicameral Legislatures – Functions and crises of accountability, the decline of the legislature and Judicial control over the delegated legislation – Judicial review of administrative action.

4.The  Amendment of the Constitution – Basic Structure Theory – Emergency Provisions and De-centralisation

5. And the 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

                        Paper – III

Section -I: Planning in India & Indian Economy
1. per capita income and human development – Sectoral changes in the Indian Economy

2. However Indian Planning – Objectives, priorities, specific aims of the recent 5-year plan-experience and problems. Changes in the role of public-Private Sectors and their

3. Poverty and unemployment problems– magnitude and measures initiated to ameliorate them.

4. Monetary policy – Structure of Indian Banking and non-banking financial institutions and reforms in them since the 1990s—regulation of credit by RBI.

5. The pattern of revenue, expenditure and public debt and effects on the economy.

Section – II: Land Reforms & Social Changes In A.P After Independence
1. 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.

2. Structure of the Andhra Pradesh economy – its sectoral and regional distribution and the extent of poverty. Agricultural inputs and technology.

3. 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.

4. State finances and budgetary policy – tax structure, sharing central taxes, expenditure pattern in revenue and capital account.

5. Five-year plans of AP –, 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:
1. Growth and structure of industries in AP; Factories, small and tiny sectors, their comparison, growth, weaknesses, and problems.

2. Structure of agricultural outputs. Administrated prices including support and procurement prices – Public Distribution System in Andhra Pradesh.

3. Regional disparities in income, industrial output, rainfall, irrigation, health and education in AP.

4. Institutional and non-institutional sources of rural credit in AP – structure, and growth – cooperatives and their share in total credit – adequacy, and problems.

5. 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 programme in India and its applications with special reference to industrial, agricultural and other rural developmental activities, INSAT and IRS systems.

Sec 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 – a 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  – Biotechnology in agriculture animal husbandry (transgenic animals- applications) and environment (Biotechnology in Environmental cleanup 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 microorganisms – diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, viral infections like HIV, encephalitis, chikungunya, bird flu – preventive measures during outbreaks.

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) , 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 Ecosystems, Types of Ecosystems. 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, the watershed approach for sustainable development.

                                   Paper – V

Data Interpretation and Problem Solving
1. Data appreciation and interpretation using ratios, percentages, and averages.

2. Drawing conclusions from the data present in tabular, graphical and diagrammatical forms and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies therein.

3. Problem-solving using the following:

a) Sequences and Series: Analogies of numbers and alphabets, completion of blank spaces in a:b,c,d, odd thing out, the missing number in a sequence or series.

b) 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).

c) Date, time and arrangement problems: Calender 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.

APPSC Group – 1 Exam is Conducted in 3 Stages:

1) Preliminary Examination
2) Main’s Examination
3) Interview

1) Preliminary Examination: The preliminary exam is a screening test which is 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

2) Main Examination: Candidate’s who qualified in preliminary examination will go to second stage i.e 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

 Interview/Oral Test:

Candidate’s who appeared and found eligible in the Main exam will be called for Interview which carries 75 marks. In this Interview, the board will test the candidate’s attitude and decision-making skills.

1. There will be a Screening Test finally comprising General Studies and Mental Ability. This test is meant for short-listing the number of candidates to be admitted to the Written Examination i.e., consisting of six compulsory papers. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Written examination (conventional type) would be 50 times to the vacancies available at the material time.

2. The papers except General English may be answered in English or Telugu or Urdu was chosen by the candidates. However, a candidate is not permitted to write part of the paper in English and part of it in Telugu or Urdu.

3. Candidates must appear for all the papers in the Main examination and Oral test, who qualified for the same. Similary in any of the above will be liable for disqualification.

4. The General English paper is for qualifying one and the standard of this paper is that of S.S.C. The minimum qualifying marks in this paper are 40% for O.Cs., 35% for B.Cs. and 30% for SC/ST/PH. These marks are not counted for Ranking.

5. In the event of the S.C. and S.T. candidates not coming up for selection with the existing minimum prescribed for the selection in the competitive examination conducted by the Commission, their selection shall be considered on the basis of Rank with reference to their performance in the Written and Oral competitive examination


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