The Exam Pattern for Group 1 Services in Andhra Pradesh is set by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC).
The APPSC conducts various recruitment exams and assists the state government in matters of recruitment, transfers and disciplinary action.
The APPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern is broadly similar to the pattern of the IAS Exam which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
Via the Group 1 Exam, the APPSC recruits civil servants to fill prestigious posts such as Deputy Collector, Assistant Commissioner (Tax), Dy SP etc in the Andhra state administration.
The APPSC Exam Pattern for Group 1 Services Exam 2020 is:
- There are three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview
- The Prelims is a Screening Test which consists of two papers for a total of 240 marks
- There is negative marking in Prelims
- Candidates who clear Prelims, reach the Main stage of the exam
- The Mains is a written-descriptive type exam which comprises 7 theory papers
- There are two qualifying papers in Mains – Telugu and English
- Candidates’ marks in Mains and Interview (out of a total of 825) are counted for the final merit list
- Date of APPSC Group 1 Prelims 2020 – May 2020 (Tentative)
- Date of APPSC Group 1 Mains 2020 – December 2020 (Tentative)
- Date of APPSC Group 1 Prelims 2019 – May 26, 2019
- Date of APPSC Group 1 Mains 2019 – Original Dates (12-12-2019 to 23-12-2019) Revised Dates (04-02-2020 onwards)
For exam dates, notification, online application etc., see the APPSC Group 1 Exam 2019 article.
As many aspirants prepare for state service exams and IAS Exam simultaneously, it is important to understand the UPSC Exam Pattern along with the APPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern.
The detailed APPSC Exam Pattern for Group 1 Services Exam is given below.
APPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern
Candidates should check the latest notification for the detailed exam pattern. Here, we are giving the exam pattern as per the APPSC Notification for the Group 1 Exam 2019.
APPSC Group 1 Notification 2019:-Download PDF Here
Stage 1: Prelims Exam Pattern
The APPSC Exam Pattern for Group 1 Services Preliminary Exam is:
|Paper I – General Studies||Paper II – General Aptitude|
|Number of questions: 120 questions||Number of questions: 120 questions|
|Nature of questions: Objective Type (MCQ)||Nature of questions: Objective Type (MCQ)|
|Duration: 120 minutes||Duration: 120 minutes|
|Maximum Marks: 120 marks||Maximum Marks: 120 marks|
|Negative Marking: 1/3rd of the marks prescribed for the question||Negative Marking: 1/3rd of the marks prescribed for the question|
Both the papers of Preliminary exam are conducted on the same day in offline mode (Pen-Paper).
Candidates can read/download the detailed APPSC Group 1 Syllabus for Prelims and Mains 2019 from the linked article.
Stage 2: Mains Exam Pattern
The APPSC Exam Pattern for Group 1 Services Mains Exam is:
|Number of Papers||Seven (2 qualifying papers + 5 papers counted for merit ranking)|
|Duration of Exam||180 minutes each|
|Nature of Questions||Essay-descriptive type|
|Maximum Marks||150 marks each|
|Papers counted for Merit Ranking||
The candidates who clear the Mains stage are then called for an interview with the APPSC board. Usually, candidates are called in the ratio of 2:1 with respect to the number of vacancies.
The final merit list is prepared based on:
- Candidates’ marks in Mains: out of 750 marks (150 * 5)
- Interview: 75 marks
- Thus, out of a total of 825 marks.
For more information on APPSC Group 1, aspirants can check the below articles: