APPSC Group 1 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

APPSC Group 01exam pattern

Andra Pradesh Public Service Commission(APPSC) has invited applications from the eligible graduates to the state’s most prestigious Group 01 service. 160 vacant positions are reported across the state. The APPSC main examination is scheduled for December 2019 (12/12/2019
to 23/12/2019, 07 offline Sessions). Here we are bringing you the details of APPSC Group 01 exam syllabus and exam pattern.


APPSC Group 01 Exam Pattern

APPSC Group 01 Services selection process includes two stages of written examination followed b the oral interview.

Preliminary Examination

APPSC Group 1 exam pattern preliminary

Main Examination

APPSC Group 1 Main exam pattern

  • For every wrong answer, there will be a negative mark of 1/3.

APPSC Group 01 Exam Syllabus

APPSC Group 01 Exam Syllabus Preliminary Examination

Part 01 General Studies

History and Culture
  • Indus Valley Civilization: Features, Sites, Society, Cultural History, Art and Religion. Vedic Age- Mahajanapadas, Religions-Jainism and Buddhism.
  • The Maghadas, the Mauryan, Foreign invasions on India and their impact, the Kushans. The Sathavahanas the Sangam Age, the Sungas, the Gupta Empire -their AdministrationSocial, Religious and Economic conditions-Art, Architecture, Literature, Science and Technology.
  • The Kanauj and their Contributions, South Indian Dynasties – The Badami Chalukyas, the Eastern Chalukyas, the Rastrakutas, the Kalyani Chalukyas, the Cholas, the Hoyasalas, the Yedavas, the Kakatiyas and the Reddis.
  • The Delhi Sultanate, the Vijaynagar Empire and the Mughal Empire, the Bhakti Movement and Sufism – Administration, Economy, Society, Religion, Literature, Arts and Architecture.
  • The European Trading companies in India- their struggle for supremacy-with special
    reference to Bengal, Bombay, Madras, Mysore, Andhra and Nizam, Governor-Generals
    and Viceroys.
  • Indian War of Independence of 1857 – Origin, Nature, causes, consequences and
    significance with special reference to Concerned State, Religious and Social Reform
    Movements in the 19th century in India and Concerned State, India’s Freedom Movement, Revolutionaries in India and Abroad.
  • Mahatma Gandhi, his thoughts, Principles and Philosophy. Important Satyagrahas, the Role of Sardar Patel, Subash Chandrabose in Freedom Movement and Post-independence consolidation. Dr B.R. Ambedkar, his life and contribution to the making of the Indian Constitution, India after Independence – Reorganization of the States in India.
 Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations
  • Indian Constitution: Evolution, features, Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental
    Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy, Amendments, Significant Provisions and Basic Structure.
  • Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States, Parliament and State
    Legislatures: Structure, Function, Power and Privileges. Issues and challenges pertaining
    to Federal Structure: Devolution of Power and Finances up to local levels and
    Challenges therein.
  • Constitutional Authorities: Powers, Functions and Responsibilities – Panchayati Raj –
    Public Policy and Governance.
  • Impact of Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization on Governance – Statutory,
    Regulatory and Quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Rights Issues (Human rights, Women rights, SC/ST rights, Child rights) etc.
  • India’s Foreign Policy — International Relations — Important Institutions, Agencies and
    Fora, their structure and mandate – Important Policies and Programmes of Central
    and State Governments.
Indian and  Andra Pradesh Economy and Planning
  • Basic characteristics of Indian Economy as a developing economy – Economic
    development since independence objectives and achievements of planning – NITI Ayog and its approach to economic development – Growth and distributive justice – Economic
    development Human Development Index – India’s rank in the world – Environmental
    degradation and challenges – Sustainable Development – Environmental Policy
  • National Income and its concepts and components –India’s National Accounts –Demographic issues – Poverty and Inequalities – Occupational Structure and Unemployment – Various Schemes of employment and poverty eradication – Issues of Rural Development and Urban Development
  • Indian Agriculture –Irrigation and water – Inputs of agriculture – Agricultural Strategy and Agricultural Policy – Agrarian Crisis and land reforms – Agricultural credit – Minimum Support Prices -Malnutrition and Food Security – Indian Industry – Industrial Policy – Make-in India – Startup and Stand-up programmes – SEZs and Industrial Corridors – Energy and Power policies – Economic Reforms – Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalization –International Trade and Balance of Payments – India and WTO
  • Financial Institutions – RBI and Monetary Policy – Banking and Financial Sector Reforms –Commercial Banks and NPAs – Financial Markets –Instabilities – Stock Exchanges and SEBI –Indian Tax System and Recent changes – GST and its impact on commerce and Industry –Centre, States financial relations- Financial Commissions – Sharing of resources and devolution –Public Debt and Public Expenditure – Fiscal Policy and Budget
  • The characteristics/ basic features of Andhra Pradesh economy after bifurcation in 2014 – Impact of bifurcation on the endowment of natural resources and state revenue – disputes of river water sharing and their impact on irrigation – new challenges to industry and commerce – the new initiatives to develop infrastructure –power and transport -information technology and e-governance – Approaches to development and initiatives in agriculture, industry and social sector – Urbanisation and smart cities – Skill development and employment – social welfare programmes.
  • A.P. Reorganisation Act, 2014 – Economic Issues arising out of bifurcation – Central
    government’s assistance for building a new capital, compensation for loss of revenue,
    development of backward districts – Issues such as Vizag railway zone, Kadapa steel factory, Dugarajapatnam airport, Expressways, and industrial corridors, etc., – Special Status and Special Assistance- Controversy – Government’s stand and measure.
  • Earth in Solar system, Motion of the Earth, Concept of time, Season,
    Internal Structure of the Earth, Major landforms and their features. Atmosphere-structure and composition, elements and factors of Climate, Airmasses, and Fronts, atmospheric disturbances, climate change. Oceans: Physical, chemical and biological characteristics, Hydrological Disasters, Marine and Continental resources.
  • World, India and concerned State: Major physical divisions, Earthquakes, landslides, Natural drainage, climatic changes and regions, Monsoon, Natural Vegetation, Parks and Sanctuaries, Major Soil types, Rocks and Minerals.
  • World, India and concerned State: distribution, density, growth, Sex-ratio, Literacy, Occupational Structure, SC and ST Population, Rural-Urban components, Racial, tribal, religious and linguistic groups, urbanization, migration and metropolitan regions.
  • World, India and concerned State: Major sectors of the economy, Agriculture, Industry and Services, their salient features. Basic Industries-Agro, mineral, forest, fuel, and manpower based Industries, Transport and Trade, Pattern and Issues.

Part -II — General Aptitude

General Mental and Psychological Abilities
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability.
  • Number Series, Coding-Decoding.
  • Problems Related to Relations.
  • Shapes and their Sub-sections, Venn Diagram.
  • Problems based on Clocks, Calendar and Age.
  • Number system and order of Magnitude.
  • Ratio, proportion and variation.
  • Central Tendencies – mean, median, mode — including weighted mean.
  • Power and exponent, Square, Square Root, Cube Root, H.C.F. and L.C.M.
  • Percentage, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and loss.
  • Time and Work, Time and Distance, Speed and Distance.
  • Area and Perimeter of Simple Geometrical Shapes, Volume and Surface Area of Sphere,
    Cone, Cylinder, cubes and Cuboids.
  • Lines, angels and common geometrical figures — properties of transverse and parallel lines, properties of triangles, quadrilateral, rectangle, parallelogram and rhombus.
  • Introduction to algebra — BODMAS, simplification of weird symbols.
  • Data interpretation, Data Analysis, Data sufficiency, and concepts of Probability.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and analyzing emotions, Dimensions of emotional intelligence, coping with emotions, empathy and coping with stress.
  • Social Intelligence, interpersonal skills, Decision making, Critical thinking, problem-solving and Assessment of personality.
Science and Technology
  •  Nature and Scope of Science & Technology; Relevance of Science & Technology to the day to day life; National Policy on Science, Technology, and Innovation; Institutes and Organization in India promoting the integration of Science, Technology and Innovation Contribution of Prominent Indian Scientists.
  • Nature and Scope of ICT; ICT in day to day life; ICT and Industry; ICT and Governance – Various government schemes promoting the use of ICT, E-Governance programmes and services; Netiquettes; Cyber Security Concerns – National Cyber Crime Policy.
  • Evolution of Indian Space Programme; Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) — it’s activities and achievements; Various Satellite Programmes — Satellites for Telecommunication, Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) Satellites; Satellites for defence, Eduset or Satellites for academic purposes; Defence Research and Development Organization
    (DRDO)- vision, mission and activities.
  •  India’s existing energy needs and deficit; India’s Energy Resources and Dependence, Energy policy of India Government Policies and Programmes. Solar, Wind and Nuclear energy
  • Issues and concerns related to the environment; Its legal aspects, policies, and treaties for the protection of environment at the national and the
    international level;
  • Biodiversity- its importance and concerns; Climate Change
  • International Initiatives (Policies, Protocols) and India’s commitment
  • Forest and Wildlife – Legal framework for Forest and Wildlife Conservation in India; Environmental Hazards, pollution, carbon emission, Global warming. National Action plans on Climate Change and Disaster management. Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
  • Current Affairs of Regional, National and International Importance

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APPSC Group 01 Exam Syllabus Main Examination

General English

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Recognition of Parts of Speech
  • Verb forms – Usage of Tenses
  • Conditional Sentences
  • Identifying and Interchange of Sentences
    (Simple, Complex, and Compound) (Active and Passive voice)
  • Use of Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
  • Articles
  • Correction of Sentences
  • Use the given Idioms and Phrases in your own Sentences
  • One Word Substitutes – Recognition and Usage
  • Synonyms and Antonyms– Recognition and Usage
  • Expansion of Proverb /Sayings
  • Write a Paragraph using the given Words/Phrases
  • Summarizing /Precis Writing
  • Essay Writing on Topics of Social relevance
  • Description of a given Picture/Symbols
  • Letter Writing (Informal & Formal)
  • Non-Verbal Communication (Body Language)

Paper-I General Essay

Candidate should compulsorily attend 03 Essays one from each section. Each section contains three topics and each Essay carries 50 marks.

  • Section-I – Crisis management, Social, Economic and Health Problems,
    Analysis and solutions, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Ecological
  • Section-II – Current events of national and international importance.
  • Section-III – Current events relating to the State of Andhra Pradesh


History and Cultural Heritage Of India
  • Indus Valley Civilization – Vedic Culture – Social Formation –
    The emergence of New Religious Sects in 6th c. B.C.E. – Jainism and
    Buddhism and Its Impact – Rise of Mauryans – Ashoka Dharma –
    Social and Cultural Life – Sangam Age and Its Literature – Kushanas
    and their Contribution to Culture – Guptas – Socio-Economic and
    Cultural Conditions – Harshavardhana and His Contribution to
  • Pallavas of Kanchi, Chalukyas of Badami and Cholas of Tanjore –
    Society, Religion, Language, Literature, Art and Architecture – Delhi
    Sultanate – Cultural Developments – Significance of Bhakti and Sufi
    Movements and Its Influence – Emergence of Composite Culture –
    Vijayanagar – Socio-Economic and Cultural Conditions.
  • Mughals – Socio-Religious Life and Cultural Developments – Rise of
    Shivaji – Advent of Europeans – Trade Practices – Rise of English East
    India Company – Its Hegemony – Changes in Administration – Social
    and Cultural Spheres – Role of Christian Missionaries – Resistance to
    British Rule – 1857 Revolt and Its Impact.
  • Socio-Religious Reform Movements – Raja Ram Mohan Roy,
    Dayananda Saraswathi, Swamy Vivekananda, Annie Besant, Sir Syed
    Ahmed Khan and Others – Non-Brahmin and Self Respect Movements
    – Jotibha Phule, Narayana Guru, Periyar Ramaswamy Naicker,
    Mahatma Gandhi, Dr B.R. Ambedkar and Others.
  • Indian Nationalism – Factors for the Growth of Nationalism – Three
    Phases of India’s Freedom Struggle – 1885-1905, 1905-1920 and
    Gandhian Phase 1920-1947 – Tribal, Peasant and Workers Movements –
    Role of Left Parties in Anti-Feudal and Anti-Colonial Struggles –
    Women and Dalit Movements – Origin and Growth of Communalism –
    Freedom and Partition of India.
Social and Cultural History of  Andra Pradesh
  • Ancient Andhra: Satavahanas, Ikshvakus, Salankayanas and
    Vishnukundins – Social and Economic Conditions – Religion,
    Language, Literature, Art & Architecture – Chalukyas of Vengi – Social
    Life, Religion, Telugu Language, Literature, Learning, Art and
  • Medieval Andhra: Socio-Cultural and Religious conditions in
    Andhradesa between 1000 to 1565 A.D – Growth of Telugu Language
    and Literature (Kavitraya- Ashtadiggajas) – Fine-Arts, Art &
    Architecture – Monuments – Significance, Contribution of Qutubshahis
    to Andhra History and Culture.
  • Modern Andhra: European Trade establishments in Andhra – Andhra
    under Company Rule – Education – Role of Christian Missionaries –
    Socio-Cultural Awakening – Veeresalingam, Raghupathi
    Venkataratnam Naidu and Others – Role of News Papers.
  • Nationalist Movement in Andhra and Role of Andhra Leaders – NonBrahmin Movement and Justice Party – Nationalist and Revolutionary
    Poetry – Gurram Jashuva, Boyi Bheemanna, Sri Sri, Gurajada Appa
    Rao, Garimella Satyanarayana, Tripuraneni Ramaswamy Choudhary
    and Others – Andhra Mahasabha – Movement for Separate Andhra State
    – 1903 to Formation of Andhra State 1953 – States Reorganisation
    Commission and Its Recommendations – Emergence of Andhra Pradesh
    1956 – Important Social and Cultural Events between 1956 and 2014.
  • Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and it’s Administrative, Economic,
    Social, Cultural, Political, and legal implications/problems.
 The Indian Constitution
  • The Indian Constitution- Making of the Constitution- Legacies of
    British Rule- Constituent Assembly- Constitutional Development –
    Salient features of the Indian Constitution
  • Structure and functions of Union Government- Legislative, Executive,
    Judiciary and their relationship- State Governments, Judicial
    Review and Judicial Activism.
  • Centre-State relations between Indian Union and StatesAdministrative, ReformsRecommendations of Rajmannar, Sarkaria and M.M. Punchchi – Role of
    NITI Aayog, UPSC, State Public Service
    Commissions, CAG.
  • Amendment Process to the Constitution, Grass root Democracies- Local GovernmentsRural and Urban- 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts and
    their Implementation.
  • Party Systems- National, Regional- Types of Party Systems- One Party,
    Bi-Party, Multi-Party- Regionalism and Sub- Regionalism – Demand for
    New States
  • Sri Krishna Committee – Threats to National IntegrationElections- Election Process- Role of Election Commission- Need for Reforms- Voting Behaviour.
  • Social Movements and Welfare Mechanisms- Agrarian, Civil Liberties,
    Women, Tribals, Dalits, and Environmental
  • Need for Reforms for SCs,
    STs and BCs- Prevention of SC’s and ST’s Atrocities Act- National and
    States SC’s ST’s and BC’s Commissions- Women CommissionMinorities Commissions- Human Rights Commission- RTI- Lokpal

Paper- III

Planning in India and Indian Economy
  • National income and other macroeconomic aggregates in India
  • Indian Economic Planning – Characteristics – Types – Objectives –
    Achievements and Failures – Vision and Strategy for the Twelfth Plan–
    Economic reforms and liberalization – Origin of Economic Crisis (Meltdown
    in 2007- 08) market failure – Role of Public and Private Sectors.
  • Poverty and Unemployment in India, Income inequalities – causes- measurement- Remedial Measures.
  • Monetary Policy – Objectives – Functions of Reserve Bank of India
    (RBI) – Structure of Indian Banking – Financial Sector
  • Trends in Revenue and Expenditures of the Central and State
    Governments – India’s Public Debt – Analysis of the Union Budget.
  • India’s Economic Problems: Nutrition and balanced diet – provision of
    Health care and basic education to all financing of infrastructure – PPP
  • Agrarian crisis – migration – urbanization – the growth of slums; climatic change;
    irrigation and water; skill development and demographic dividend;
    environmental degradation.
Land Reforms and Social Changes in Andra Pradesh post Independence
  • The genesis of Land Reforms – Abolition of Intermediaries – Tenancy
    Reforms – Land ceiling in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Structure of the Andhra Pradesh Economy
  • Demographic Features and Social Backwardness
  • State Finances and Budgetary Policies
  • Five Year Plans of Andhra Pradesh
Andra Pradesh  Economy, Present Status Its Strengths and Weakness
  • Growth and structure of industries in Andhra Pradesh
  • Agricultural growth in Andhra Pradesh
  • Regional disparities in income, industrial output, irrigation, health and
    education in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Agricultural credit in Andhra Pradesh
  •  Service sector in Andhra Pradesh – with special reference to Power, Transport & Communication, Tourism & IT Sectors.
  • Growth Corridors – Exploration of minerals – Infrastructural projects in
    A.P – Ports Development – World-class Educational Institutions.

Paper – IV

Role and Impact of Science and Technology in the Development Of India
  • Science and Technology
  • Nation Policies of Science and Technology
  • Space Programme in India, its Applications with Reference to
    industrial, Agricultural and other rural development activities
  • Energy Resources
  • Current Science & Technology Developments in India
  • GlobalWarming and Climate change, Floods, Cyclones and Tsunami, Natural and
    Manmade Disasters, Tsunami, Mobilization and Industrialization.
  • Biological Resources: Plants, Animals and Microbes.
  •  Plants and Animal Resources
  • Human diseases-microbial infections
  • Introduction to Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Vaccines
Ecology Natural Resources and Environmental Issues
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  • Natural Resources
  • Environmental pollution and Solid waste management
  •  Global Environmental issues and the role of information technology in
    Environment and Human Health Ozone layer depletion, Acid rain. Climate
    change and its impacts.
  • Environmental legislation


Data Interpretation and Problem Solving
  • Data Analysis
  • Time and Work, Speed -Time – Distance, Simple and
    Compound Interest, Calendar and Clock Problems, Blood
    Relation-Ship and Seating arrangement.
  • Quantitative Aptitude – Number system, Number Sequences,
    Series, Averages, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss.
  • Coding and Decoding problems
  • Passage Analysis

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