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All you need to know about APPSC preparation – The Complete Guide

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APPSC stands for Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission. This exam recruits officers to the State government of Andhra Pradesh. To prepare for this exam, proper guidance and coaching is required. Chahal Academy is determined to provide you the best learning experience. Let us know everything about APPSC preparation.


Table of Contents

  1. About APPSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in APPSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for APPSC
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for APPSC ?
  5. Stages of Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination
      • Preliminary Examination
      • Mains Examination
      • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria
      • Educational Qualification
      • Age Limit
      • Age Relaxation
  7. Cut-off Marks
  8. How to prepare for Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission
      • For Prelims
      • For Mains
      • For Interview
  9. Booklist for APPSC preparation

About APPSC Examination

Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) recruits for the vacancies in State Services of Andhra Pradesh through the most prestigious APPSC examination. It releases notification and applications to this examination every year for the recruitment of different posts in departments under the government of Andhra Pradesh.

Eligible candidates can apply online after the release of notification. You can visit the official site to register and then log in to further continue the process. Candidates can prepare for the exam either through offline or online coaching classes.

Role of Coaching in APPSC Preparation

Classroom Teaching

Coaching plays a vital role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. With the help of coaching, you can increase your chances of success. Coaching strategies will lead you on the path of success but your 100% determination will lead you to achieve that success. Also, coaching minimizes the effort to compile study material and the load of reading everything from zero. These classes are designed in such a way that candidates just have to attend classes to understand various topics. Coaching also gives an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics. However, it should be noted that coaching cannot guarantee your success. But, it provides an environment for overall development which is needed to crack any exam.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for APPSC

Teaching

  • Time and Place : Offline APPSC coaching has a fixed time table but online coaching is very flexible. Moreover, candidates save time because they do not have to travel between coaching and home.
  • Rescheduling: The biggest advantage of online coaching is that not a single lecture will be missed. You can watch it anytime anywhere on your laptop or phone. In other words, Online coaching is the best way to prepare especially if you are preparing from home or are working individual because you can watch the videos whenever you have the time.
  • Inexpensive Fee Structure : Generally, the cost of coaching for APPSC exam preparation is approximately between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.75,000/-. But, online coaching is inexpensive and fulfills the same purpose.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for APPSC

Chahal Academy is a one-stop solution to all your problems in the field of Civil services because we have an expert faculty team. Also, we provide high-quality study material and candidates do not face any difficulty in collecting them. Moreover, candidates can trust Chahal Academy for the APPSC preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through a learning environment.

  • Firstly, more than 400 hours of the APPSC Foundation Course lectures are provided. Secondly, the course includes coverage of Topic-wise Syllabus. Also, it is taught by the most trusted and senior faculties of our team. Moreover, the subject matter experts are supported by an up-to-date content team. On the other hand, You get personal attention in case of any difficulty.
  • You can choose the desired time and place.
  • Above all, the course is super inexpensive.
  • Also, regular tests improve time management and accuracy.
  • Most importantly, the videos of lectures are available 24 x 7. So, you can watch it according to your preference. Chahal Academy focuses on strengthening the base of the student because we believe that if you have a strong base, you will be able to attempt maximum questions if not all.

Stages of Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination

Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) has divided the exam into 3 parts - Prelims, Mains and Interview. However, the syllabus of the UPSC and APPSC exam coincides to a great extent. So, you can prepare from a holistic perspective if you are planning to prepare for both.

Preliminary Examination

  • Firstly, Prelims is conducted in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Secondly, it filters and reduces the number of candidates for Mains through this exam. However, Prelims is qualifying in nature and is not considered for final merit. Also, there is Negative Marking in the Prelims paper: 1/3rd of the marks prescribed for the question is deducted in case the incorrect option is marked.

Paper No. of Questions Marks Duration
General Studies Paper - I 120 120 2 hours
General Aptitude Paper - II 120 120 2 hours

Prelims Syllabus :

  1. Firstly, the Prelims exam has 2 objective papers.
  2. Secondly, both the papers are of 120 marks each.

Paper 1 - General Studies

  1. History and Culture
  2. Indian Constitution, Polity
  3. Social Justice and International Realtions
  4. Indian and Andhra Pradesh Economy and Planning
  5. Geography

Paper 2 - General Aptitude

  1. General Mental and Psychological Abilities
  2. Science and Technology
  3. Current Events of Regional, National and International importance
  • History and cultural portion - Indus valley civilization to Modern Indian History. Moreover, it is divided into Medieval, Ancient and Modern Indian History.
  • Also, the candidate must have an understanding of the Indian Constitution's main parts - DPSPs, Fundamental Rights, Federal Structure, Amendments and much more.
  • The Economy part of the syllabus has both Pan India and Andhra Pradesh specific Issues.
  • Moreover, the 2nd paper includes questions of General mental ability, Aptitude, and current affairs.

Mains Examination

The APPSC mains are conducted offline. Further, the marks of the mains are counted to prepare the merit list. There are 7 essay type questions in the paper. But, the Telugu and English paper is qualifying in nature. On the other hand, 5 exams are of General studies with the main focus on the events of Andhra Pradesh. The mains have 2 qualifying papers and 5 merit - ranking papers.

Paper Nature of Paper Marks Duration
Telegu Qualifying 150 3 hours
English Qualifying 150 3 hours
Paper I Counted for merit 150 3 hours
Paper II Counted for merit 150 3 hours
Paper III Counted for merit 150 3 hours
Paper IV Counted for merit 150 3 hours
Paper V Counted for merit 150 3 hours
Total marks in Mains exam = 150*5 = 750

Mains Syllabus

  • Below is the syllabus of Qualifying Papers

Telegu and English: (Equivalent to SSC)
Essay, Letter Writing, Press Release, Report Writing, Precis writing, Formal speeches, Reading Comprehension, English grammar, Translation, etc.
  • Here is the syllabus of Merit Ranking Papers

Paper 1 - General
Candidates have to write 3 essays of approx. 800 words each

Paper 2 - History, Culture and Geography of India and Andhra Pradesh
History and Culture of India with special reference of Andhra Pradesh. For Geography, read about river systems, maps, places of geographic importance, etc. in Andhra Pradesh and India in general.

Paper 3 – Polity, Constitution, Governance, Law and Ethics
Public Administration and Governance. Laws related to Civil, Criminal, Cyber, Taxation, etc. Ethics in Public Administration.

Paper 4 – Economy and Development of India and Andhra Pradesh
Challenges in Indian Economy, Resource mobilization in Indian with special reference to Andhra Pradesh, Budget related to Centre and State, Development in Agriculture, Industrial policies of Centre and Andhra Pradesh, etc.

Paper 5 – Science and Technology
Current affairs, ICT, Environment related news, developments in technology, etc.
Here, APPSC's mains syllabus is comprehensive. Further, there no optional subjects. The APPSC exam pattern is very different from UPSC.

Interview Stage

APPSC Mock Interview

This the last stage and for this candidates have to go to Vijaywada for the personality test. The Personality test consists of maximum 75 marks. Moreover, the candidate must carry the original documents related to -

  • Education Qualification
  • Date of Birth
  • Category Certificate by competent Authority
  • The claim of Age Relation
  • Professional Experience
To sum up, the commission officer will verify the certificates and will also take the copy. Moreover, after the Interview, the results are declared in very less time as APPSC does not issue any waiting list.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for APPSC preparation

Firstly, the candidate needs to fulfill some criteria to be able to sit for the APPSC examination. Moreover, some basic criteria are that the candidate must be in good health and should have an appropriate character for the post. However, the candidate's eyesight is also tested and 2 eyesight tests are done.

Educational Qualification

The basic qualification required for APPSC is graduation from any recognized University. But, the following posts need special qualifications.
  • District Fire Officer in A.P. Fire Service - Firstly, if there is not a degree with B.E qualification then the degree of discipline will be considered. Secondly, an engineering degree by University grants will be considered.
  • Asst. Treasury Officer/Asst. Accounts Officer in A.P. Treasury & Accounts Service - A degree in Commerce, Economics, Mathematics of a Recognised University by the UGC with at least 2nd class in the subject. Also, a Chartered Accountants of the United Kingdom, India, or an incorporated Accountant (London) will work.
  • District Social Welfare Officer in A.P. Social Welfare Service - Firstly, the candidate must have a degree from any university in India. Also, the university can be established or incorporated by a central, state or provincial act. Further, preference is given to candidates who have a degree in Social work.

Age Limit for APPSC

The minimum age limit is 18 years and maximum is 42 years.
  • For Post Code 3 and 4 - The person who is less than 21 and more than 28 is not eligible.
  • For Post code 5 - The person who is less than 21 and more than 26 is not eligible.
  • For Post Code 8 - The person who is less than 18 and more than 26 is not eligible.

Age Relaxation

Sr. No. Category of Candidate Relaxation to Upper Age Limit
1 SC, ST and Backward Classes 5 years
2 Physically Handicapped persons 10 years
3 Ex-Servicemen 3 years + Service Period
4 A.P. State Government Employee Up to a maximum of 5 Years based on the length of regular service.

Cut-Off Marks

The Cut-off marks for APPSC 2019 are as follows-
  • For the General category, the cutoff for prelims was: 90.42 marks.
  • For the OBC category, the cutoff for prelims was: 84 marks.
  • For the SC/ST/PH category, the cutoff for prelims was: 72 marks.

How to Prepare for Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission

For Prelims

  • Newspaper - You should read the newspaper daily. The newspaper will give you all the details on current affairs, international affairs, and much more. Read 'The Hindu' for unbiased and irrelevant news. You can also read the editorial analysis of 'the Hindu' to cover the important points.
  • Solve Previous Year Question Papers. This step is a must. Start with your answer writing with these questions.
  • Government Websites - Government websites will provide you 100% authentic information. Also, you should trust these authentic sites only.
  • Keep your Booklist short - Firstly, you do not need every book in the world for APPSC preparation. Secondly, pick the best books and keep revising them.
  • Notes - Always keep your notes short and precise. Rely 100% on your notes after you have made them. You no longer need books to revise form.
  • Revision - Revision is the key as it will help you in the long run. The importance of revision cannot be stressed enough. You must indulge in multiple Revisions!
  • Mock Tests - You should regularly appear for mock tests. It helps you to brush up your skills and knowledge. Also, mock tests help you develop the skill of acing option selection in case you are not sure of the answer as well as time management.

For Mains

  • Again, the newspaper is an inevitable step. Moreover, the newspaper will keep you updated and will help you produce relevant answers.
  • Make sure that you go through the Previous Year Question Papers. Practice your answer writing with these first.
  • Also, you should read those books which will strengthen your base.
  • Moreover, always trust government websites as they are authentic.
  • You should always make your notes precisely. Also, always prepare the notes for prelims and mains together. This will save you time and scoop out more time for studies.
  • Mock tests and Revisions will increase your speed and enhance your answer writing skills.

For Interview

For the last stage, you must sit for mock Interviews. Because it will help to experience you the Q and A round beforehand. So, brush up your skills with Mock Interviews and enhance your personality. Further, keep yourself updated with all the current issues.

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Booklist for APPSC preparation

Booklist

  1. History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
  2. Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
  3. Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
  4. General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
  5. Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
  6. Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
  7. Andhra Pradesh Special: You can pick any book for Andhra Pradesh special preparation book. For example, Upkar publication book for Andhra Pradesh special, yearbook of PD, Ghatna Chakra yearly compilation for state special.

Finally, you must have faith in yourself and your mentors and should work hard to make it happen. Secondly, you must have a strategy for preparation. You need not worry about the strategy as we at Chahal Academy will provide the exact study plan keeping in mind the vast syllabus, your needs, and your lifestyle. For more details, you can visit the official website of APPSC.