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APSC stands for Assam Public Service Commission. This exam recruits officers to the state government of Assam. Moreover, this service provides opportunities for candidates to serve society and the country. APSC exam preparation requires hard work and the correct guidance will be provided by online or offline APSC coaching classes. Let us tell you everything about the APSC exam preparation.


Table of Contents

  1. About APSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in APSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for APSC
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for APSC preparation
  5. Stages of Assam Public Service Commission Examination
    • Prelims
    1. Paper - I
    2. Paper - II
    • Mains
    1. General Studies Paper
    2. General English Paper
    • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria - Important for APSC Preparation
    • Nationality
    • Educational Qualification
    • Age Limit
    • Age Relaxation
  7. How to prepare for Assam Public Service Commission ?
      • Prelims of APSC
      • Mains of APSC
      • Interview
  8. Booklist for APSC preparation
  9. Editor's Note on APSC
  10. FAQs Regarding APSC

About APSC Examination

Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) recruits for the vacancies in State Services of the state of Assam through the prestigious exam the APSC examination. APSC releases notifications and applications to this examination every year for the recruitment of different posts in departments under the government of Assam. So, eligible candidates can apply online after the release of notification. Also,

The main purpose of this article is to provide complete information about the APSC examination and guidance for the preparation. To sum up, candidates can prepare for the exam either through offline or online coaching classes.

Role of Coaching in APSC Preparation

Classroom Teaching

Coaching plays a vital role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. Moreover, coaching helps you in the preparation and increases the chances of success by reducing the workload of the candidate and gives what is exactly needed. However, it completely depends on the applicant whether to choose it or not. 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 learning and applying that in all the three stages of the exam. An amalgamation of these two polishes the student to crack the exam even in the first attempt.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for APSC – Online APSC course

Teaching

  • Your time, Your Place: Offline APSC coaching has a fixed timetable but online coaching is very flexible. Moreover, the candidate saves time from traveling between home and coaching.
  • Rescheduling: The biggest advantage of online coaching is that no lecture will be missed because 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 a working professional/college-going student or a homemaker. Also, you can watch the videos whenever you are free.
  • Super Affordable Fees: Generally, the cost of coaching for APSC exam preparation is approximately between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.75,000/-. But online coaching is inexpensive.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for APSC preparation

Chahal Academy is a one-stop solution to all your queries 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 the same. Moreover, candidates can trust Chahal Academy for APSC preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through a learning environment.

  • Firstly, more than 400 hours of the APSC Foundation Course lectures are provided.
  • Secondly, the course includes coverage of a Topic-wise Syllabus. Also, it is taught by the most trusted and senior faculty members of our academy. 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.
  • Also, regular tests improve time management and accuracy.
  • Most importantly, the videos of lectures are available 24 x 7. So, you can watch the videos according to your preference.
  • Above all, the course is super inexpensive.Chahal Academy focuses on strengthening the base of the student.

Stages of Assam Public Service Commission Examination

The APSC exam is divided into 3 stages - Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Prelims

It is the first stage of the examination of APSC. Further, the exam consists of 2 papers, and each paper is of 200 marks. Also, the duration is 2 hours for each paper. However, the 1st paper is the general studies paper and the 2nd paper is the optional subject paper. So, the candidate has to select the optional subject.
Paper Subject Marks Duration
Paper-I General Studies 200 2 hours
Paper-II One Optional Subject 200 2 hours

Prelims Syllabus

Paper-I

General Studies

  • Indian Polity
  • Political System in India
  • Current events of National and International Importance
  • Indian Economy
  • Planning process in India
  • Geography of India, Assam, and world
  • Role of Science and technology in India
  • Culture and Literature of Assam
  • History of India and Assam
  • Indian National Movement with special reference to Assam
  • General Mental Ability

Paper-II

The candidate has to choose any one subjects from the list given below for this paper -
  • Agriculture
  • Geography
  • Anthropology
  • Geology
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Indian History
  • Botany
  • Law
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Medical Science
  • Commerce
  • Philosophy
  • Computer
  • Science Physics
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Sociology
  • Electronics
  • Statistics
  • Fishery Science
  • Zoology

Mains

It is the second stage of the APSC examination. However, this round has a total of six papers. Also, all papers are completely descriptive in nature and the total duration is of three hours.

Paper Subject Marks Duration
Paper-I General English 300 3 hours
Paper-II General Studies 300 3 hours
Optional-I(I & II) Any two optional subjects to be selected (2 papers each) 200+200 3 hours
Optional-II(I & II) Any two optional subjects to be selected (2 papers each) 200+200 3 hours
Total Marks of Mains Examination – 1400 marks

Mains Syllabus

General Studies Paper

  • Geography
  • Rivers, Lakes and, Seas
  • Literature
  • Countries and Capitals
  • Civics
  • Famous Books & Authors
  • Sports
  • Famous Days & Dates
  • Indian Parliament
  • Tourism
  • Famous Places in India
  • Indian Economy
  • Artists
  • Indian History
  • Environmental Issues
  • Biology
  • Indian Politics
  • General Science
  • Inventions and Discoveries
  • Heritage
  • Current Affairs

General English Paper

  • Comprehension and language
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Translation
  • Sentence completion
  • Paragraph writing
  • Precise writing, etc.
  • General Grammar

Paper-3 (A and B)

The candidate must choose any two optional subjects from the list of available optional subjects.

Paper-4 (A and B)

For the 2nd paper also, the candidate must choose 2 optional subjects from the following list. The optional list is the same as the list for Prelims optional subjects along with the following literature subjects -

Modern languages and literature (Any 1 only) :
(i) Assamese, (ii) Bengali, (iii) English Literature , (iv) Hindi, (v) Bodo & Classical Languages ,(vi)Arabic ,(vii) Persian, (viii) Sanskrit.

Candidates are not allowed to choose the following combinations of subjects:
  1. Anthropology & Sociology
  2. Mathematics & Statistics
  3. Philosophy & Psychology
  4. Agriculture & Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  5. Not more than one of the Engineering subjects

Interview

APSC Mock Interview

  1. It is the last stage of selection for the APSC state civil service exam. Also, only those candidates who successfully clear the mains round will sit for it. It is also called the viva-voce round and it carries 200 marks.
  2. Moreover, no minimum marks are prescribed for the interview. Also, the candidates are questioned on the basis of their academic performance and credentials. Above all, total marks are taken by calculating the main exam and interview marks to decide the ranking of the candidate.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for APSC preparation

You have to fulfill certain criteria to be able to sit in the APSC examination. We will lay down the important criteria required for appearing in the APSC exam.

Nationality

The candidates must be a citizen of India to be able to sit for the APSC exam.

Educational Qualifications

  • Firstly, the candidates must have completed a graduate degree from a recognized university in India.
  • Secondly, the commission also permits any degree/qualification equivalent to three years of graduation provided it is done from a recognized university of India.

Age Limit

  • The minimum age requirement for the exam is 21 years. However, maximum age limit is 38 years.

Age Relaxation

  1. For SC/ST candidates, the age relaxation is 5 years.
  2. However, for OBC categories it is 3 years.
  3. On the other hand, for disabled people, it is 10 years and for ex-servicemen, it is 2 years.

How to Prepare for Assam Public Service commission

Prelims of APSC

  • Newspaper - You should read the newspaper daily. Because the newspaper will give you all the information on current affairs, international affairs and much more.
  • 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 the preparation. Secondly, pick the best books so you can have a shorter list which you can read again and again to polish your knowledge.
  • Notes - Always keep your notes short and precise because notes will help you remember everything and help you finish revision in lesser time before the exams.
  • Revision - Revision is the key to clearing the APSC exam. This is the only way you can retain what you have studied.
  • Mock tests - AYou should always appear for multiple mock tests. It helps you to brush up your skills and knowledge. Also, it will prepare you for the final day.

Mains of APSC

  • Newspaper - Again, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about your state as well.
  • NCERTs - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana, UPSC, etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Keep your Booklist short - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.
  • Mock tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.

Interview

For the last stage, you must sit for mock Interviews. On the other hand, it will help to experience you the Q and A round multiple times before you sit for the actual day of the interview. So, brush up your skills with the mock Interviews and enhance your personality. Further, keep yourself updated with all the current issues.

Booklist for APSC 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. Assam Special: You can pick any book for Assam special preparation book. For example, the latest Assam Year or any other yearly compilation of important events for the state of Assam.

Editor's Note on APSC

At last, you must have faith in yourself and prepare for this battle by working hard and smart by making a good strategy. This examination is not about how hard you have worked, rather it is about how smart you have worked. We wish you Good luck!! You can visit the official website of APSC for further details.

FAQ'S regarding APSC

1. What is the application fees for APSC?
A. For general category, the application fees is around 285rupees. However, for minorities like SC/ST/OBC it is 185 rupees. For women/BPL/PWBD, it is around 35 rupees.

1. Which subject combinations are not allowed for the optional papers?
  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Agriculture & Animal Husbandry & Vet. Science
  • Not more than one of the Engineering subjects