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New Updated APSC Syllabus Prelims and Mains

APSC Syllabus for Preliminary Examination:


APSC GENERAL STUDIES – Paper – I (200 marks) – 100 Questions

Duration: Two hours

i. Current events of national and international importance.

ii. History of India and Indian National Movement.

iii. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the


iv. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public

Policy, Rights issues etc,

v. Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,

Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

vi. General issues on Environment ecology, Bio-Diversity and Climate Change- that do

not require subject specialization.

vii. General Science.

Note: 30-35% questions in General Studies Paper I will be related to Assam.



APSC Paper – II (200 marks) – 80 Questions

Duration: Two hours

i. Comprehension.

ii. Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

iii. Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

iv. Decision making and problem solving.

v. General mental ability.

vi. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level),

Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level)


Syllabus for APSC Mains Examination:


APSC General Studies I - 250 Marks (Indian History, Heritage, Culture and Society and Geography of the India and World)


  1. Indian culture shall cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

  2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

  3. The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

  4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

  5. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

  6. Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and theft remedies.

  7. Effects of Globalization on Indian society,

  8. Social empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism,

  9. Salient Features of India's and World's Physical Geography.

  10. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsibie for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).

  11. Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in criticai geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes,

APSC General Studies II - 250 Marks (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)


New Updated APSC Syllabus Prelims and Mains
  1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

  2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

  3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

  4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.

  5. Parliament and State Legislatures structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and Issues arising out of these.  

  6. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/Informal associations and their role in the Polity.

  7. Sallent features of the Representation of People's Act.

  8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers,

  9. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodles.

  10. Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-Judicial bodies.

  11. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation."

  12. Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

  13. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

  14. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

  15. Issues relating to development and management ofSocial Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger with emphasis on Assam.

  16. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance-applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures with emphasis on Assam.

  17. Role of civil services in a democracy.

  18. India and its neighborhood relations.

  19. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests.

  20. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian diaspora.

  21. Important International institutions, agencies and forums, their structure, mandate.





APSC General Studies III-250 Marks (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)


New Updated APSC Syllabus Prelims and Mains


  1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

  2. Government Budgeting.

  3. Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

  4. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices: Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping, issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions;

  5. Economics of animal-rearing, Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

  6. Land reforms in India

  7. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

  8. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

  9. Investment models.

  10. Science and Technology developments and their applications and effects In everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology, Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

  11. Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

  12. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano- technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

  13. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental Impact assessment.

  14. Disaster and disaster management with emphasis on Assam.

  15. Linkages between development and spread of extremism. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

  16. Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.

  17. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism with emphasis on Assam.

  18. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.


APSC General Studies IV-250 Marks (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)


New Updated APSC Syllabus Prelims and Mains

This paper will include questions to test the candidates' attitude and approach to issues relating to Integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.

  1.  Ethics and Human Interface- Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.

  2. Human Values- lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators, role of family, society and educational institutions in Inculcating values.

  3. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

  4. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, Integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

  5. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

  6. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

  7. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

  8. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service, Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen's

  9. Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

  10. Case Studies on above issues.


APSC Paper-V: General Subject Paper on Assam-250 Marks (History, Heritage, Culture, Geography, Governance, Polity, Social Justice, International Relations, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management of Assam)



New Updated APSC Syllabus Prelims and Mains
  1. History, Art, Culture, Literature, Tradition & Heritage of Assam. Major Landmarks in the History of Assam, Major Dynasties, their Administrative and Revenue systems, Socio-cultural Issues, Freedom Movement, Political Awakening and Integration, Salient features of Architecture and Monuments, Arts, Paintings and Handicrafts, Important Works of literature, Fairs, Festivals, Folk Music and Folk Dances, Culture, Tradition and Heritage, Religious Movements, Leading Personalities.

  2. Geography of Assam Broad physical features, Major physiographic divisions, Natural Resources of Assam, Climate, Natural Vegetation, Forests, Wildlife and Bio-diversity, Mines and Minerals, Population and Major Industries.

  3. Political and Administrative System of Assam Governor, Chief Minister, State Assembly, High Court, Assam Public Service Commission, District Administration, State Human Rights Commission, State Election Commission, State Information Commission, Public Policy, Legal Rights and Citizen Charter.

  4. Economy of Assam Macro overview of Economy, Major Agricultural, Industrial and Service Sector issues, Growth, Development and Planning, Infrastructure & Resources, Major Development Projects, Programmes and Schemes- Government Welfare Schemes for SC/ST/Backward Class/Minorities/Disabled Persons, Destitute, Women, Children, Old Age People, Farmers & Laborers.

  5. Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management with relevant emphasis on State of Assam.


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