APSC syllabus - Assam Public Service Commission

APSC syllabus: Assam Public Service Commission also called as APSC. Various examinations in Assam conduct by APSC (Assam Public Service Commission) for selection of candidates for various vacancies. An officer selected into the Assam Civil Service gets exposure in very diverse roles like the DSP, ADC, FOOD & SUPPLEMENT CONTROLLER, EXCISE & TAXATION OFFICER, A CLASS TEHSILDAR, SDM, GM ROADWAYS, etc. Though APSC conducts many examinations here I am going to discuss about the APSC CC Examination. So, here in this article you will find the APSC syllabus for CCE below.

APSC syllabus – Pattern of the examination

Although the examination is commonly referred to as the ACS examination, it is officially referred to as the APSC Combined Competitive Examination. The APSC Combined Competitive Examination held in two successive stages:
APSC Preliminary Examination and
The APSC Main Examination which includes written and interview for the selection of candidates for various services and posts.
Candidates can apply for the mains only after passing the prelims.
It is a very tough examination in Assam. But it is not impossible to crack for those who are studious and hard worker.
That is why if you want to crack the APSC CCE then you must try with your best.
Every year there are thousands of candidates fill out the form for the examination. But a few candidates can crack the APSC CCE. So, if you want to be one of them you should read thoroughly from the beginning to end.

APSC syllabus: Assam Public Service Commission

The government agency responsible for selecting the right candidates for this service is the APSC (Assam Public Service Commission). Every year only around 150 candidates are selected for the services. The number of candidates who applied for APSC Combined Competitive Exam was about 2 lakh in 2016, out of which around 1.5 lakh candidates appeared on the exam day.This examination is widely regarded as the most difficult examination in India, given the duration of the examination (extends 1 year), the depth of the syllabus and the competition involved. The first stage of the examination- CCE Preliminary (objective)- is usually held in June / July and the second stage, Mains (written), in November / December. Those who clear Mains will face an interview/personality test during the period from March to May. The final result usually comes in June/July.

How to clear APSC CC Exam?

To clear the Exam, aspirants are advised to have a long-term strategy. Some candidates achieve their goal by preparing three to four years. On the other hand there are some candidates who successfully achieve their goal within a few months of quality dedicated study. So it is totally on you how you can study to achieve your goal to become an ACS officer. What is important, therefore, is not the length of preparation but the quality of the same.
A disciplined and focused mind with a passion for learning and reading is the fundamental characteristic of all successful applicants. The APSC Combined Competitive Exam is more a test of the analytic and presentation skills along with knowledge gained by the candidate rather than a test which checks candidate’s mathematical or verbal skills.

APSC Eligibility Criteria - Educational Qualification

The minimum educational qualification needed to appear in APSC CCE is a degree (graduation) from any government recognized university in any subject and any stream. Final year students can also apply.

APSC Age Limit

The minimum age to appear for APSC Combined Competitive Exam is 21 years. Upper age limit for General category is 43 years, for OBC it is 46 years while for SC/ST it is 48 years.

APSC Syllabus For Prelims

A good understanding of APSC syllabus and exam pattern is the first step for all fresher’s. The Combined Competitive Preliminary Examination consists of two compulsory papers each of 200 marks. Here is the full syllabus for prelims
Paper-1: General Studies:
  1. Indian polity
  2. Political system of India
  3. Current events of national and international importance
  4. Indian economy
  5. Planning process in India
  6. Geography of India (Assam geography and World geography)
  7. Role of science and technology in India
  8. Literature and culture of Assam, India and World
  9. History of India and Assam
  10. National movement of India with special reference to Assam
  11. General mental ability
Paper-2: Optional subjects:
  1. Agriculture
  2. Anthropology
  3. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary science
  4. Botany
  5. Civil Eng
  6. Chemical Eng.
  7. Chemistry
  8. Commerce
  9. Computer Science
  10. Economics
  11. Education
  12. Electrical Engineering
  13. Electronics
  14. Fisheries
  15. Geography
  16. Geology
  17. Indian History
  18. Law
  19. Mathematics
  20. Mechanical EngMedical Science
  21. Philosophy
  22. Physics
  23. Political Science
  24. Psychology
  25. Sociology
  26. Statistics
  27. Zoology
The type of APSC CCE preliminary is multiple choice types.
The marks in the preliminary are not counted for the final ranking but only for the main examination qualification.
A candidate’s rank in APSC Combined Competitive Exam depends only on the mark scored in Main examination and Interview.
You can download pdf file of APSC CCE prelims here

APSC syllabus for mains

General Studies: three hundred marks, one paper: 3 hours
  • Indian polity
  • Political system in India
  • Indian Economy and
  • Geography of India and Assam
  • Role and Impact of Science and Technology in India
  • Planning process in India
  • Current events of National and International
  • Indian culture
  • Ancient and Modern history of India

General English: three hundred marks, one paper: 3 hours
  • Essay writing
  • Precis on unseen passage
  • Comprehension and expression
  • Correction of common error
  • Usages of vocabulary
Test of the ability of the candidate to write the substance in correct and precise language avoiding the inessential points
Any 2 of the following Subjects you can take for optional subjects from the list of the twenty nine subjects shown below.
Each subject will have two 3-hour papers with 200 marks each.
Interview (Viva-voce): 200 marks (with no qualifying marks)
List Of Optional Subjects For Mains
  1. Agriculture
  2. Anthropology
  3. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  4. Botany
  5. Chemical Engineering
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Chemistry
  8. Commerce
  9. Computer Science
  10. Economics
  11. Education
  12. Electrical Engineering
  13. Electronics
  14. Fisheries
  15. Geography
  16. Geology
  17. History
  18. Law
  19. Modern Indian Languages and Classical languages- Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi, Bodo,Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic.
  20. Mathematics
  21. Mechanical Engineering
  22. Medical Science
  23. Philosophy
  24. Physics
  25. Political Science
  26. Psychology
  27. Sociology
  28. Statistics
  29. Zoology
Candidates won’t be allowed to supply the subsequent combination of subjects:
Anthropology and Sociology
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Psychology
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry& Veterinary Science
From the Engineering Subjects, only one you can take as optional.
Full syllabus of APSC mains in pdf
from here

  1. Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  2. Macroeconomics – NCERT Class XII
  3. Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI
  4. Economic Survey

  1. Ancient History of India
  2. Old NCERT by RS Sharma
  3. Medieval History of India
  4. Old NCERT by Satish Chandra
  5. Modern History
  6. A Brief history of Modern India- Spectrum Publications
  7. India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  8. NCERT by Bipan Chandra

Indian Art and Culture
  1. An Introduction to Indian Art – Class XI NCERT

Environment and Biodiversity
  1. Shankar IAS book

General Science

  1. General Science books – IX and X standard

  1. Fundamentals of Physical Geography XI NCERT
  2. India: Physical Environment XI NCERT
  3. Fundamentals of Human Geography XII NCERT
  4. India: People and Economy XII NCERT
  5. Certificate Physical and Human Geography: GC Leong