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APSC CCE Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022: Selection Process, Subject-wise Syllabus, Detailed Stage-wise

APSC CCE Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022: APSC CCE Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022 have been released by the APSC board.

Candidates should have begun their preparations by now, and if they haven’t, now is the time to do so. Before beginning their preparations, aspirants must first review the APSC CCE Syllabus and Exam Pattern.

Throughout the year, the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) holds various examinations for the recruitment of Group ‘B’ and ‘C’ officers. The Combined Competitive Exam (CCE) is held by the commission for the appointment of officers to various posts in the Assam government.

The APSC (Amendment) Rules, 2019, divide the entire recruitment process into three exams: the preliminary exam, the main exam, and the personal interview. The APSC CCE Exam prelims consist of objective-based questions worth 400 marks, and candidates who pass the prelims will be shortlisted for the mains exam.


APSC CCE 2022 Exam Pattern

The APSC CCE Prelims exam, which will be worth 400 marks, will be held soon. Candidates who pass the preliminary exam will be eligible to take the main exam, which will have 11 to 12 times the number of vacancies available.

Further details are provided in the table below:-

Preliminary Exam – 400 Marks
Paper Name Marks Duration of Exam
General Studies Paper-I 200 Marks 2 Hours
General Studies Paper-II 200 Marks 2 Hours
Mains Exam – 2275 Marks
Paper-I (Essay Writing) 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper-II to Paper-VI (General Studies) 250 Marks Each 3 Hours for Each Paper
Paper- 1 & 2 of Optional Subject 250 Marks Each 3 Hours for Each Paper
Language Paper-A (Assamese/Bengali/Bodo) 300 Marks (Qualifying Nature) 3 Hours
Language Paper-B (English) 300 Marks (Qualifying Nature) 3 Hours
Personality Test – 275 Marks
Personal Interview 275 Marks

To assist CCE candidates, the APSC has also published a few model papers for the prelims exam (GS-I&II). It’s also worth noting that 30-35 percent of the questions in the preliminary exam will be about the state of Assam. Candidates can also look at previous year’s papers and model papers for more information.

  • In the Prelims paper, there will be a total of 400 questions, with each correct answer receiving a +1 mark.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer marked.
  • Count the number of answers marked correctly and the number of answers marked incorrectly to calculate the grade.
  • Multiply 0.25 by the number of incorrectly marked answers, then subtract from the total number of correct answers.
  • Number of correct answers marked – 0.25 X number of incorrect answers marked = approximate marks.

Soon after the Prelims results are released, the APSC CCE Main Exam 2022 will be held. Candidates will be called for the Interview round after they have passed the Main examination. The main exam consists of a written test and an interview.

  • Paper A (300 marks, 3 hours): any one of the Assamese, Bengali, or Bodo languages. Candidates from the districts of Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong, and West Karbi Anglong who have not studied any of these languages in school will not be required to take this Paper A.
  • English (Paper B) (300 marks- 3 Hours duration)

APSC CCE 2022 Exam Selection Process

Candidates who pass the preliminary exam will be invited to take the mains exam.

  • The language papers in the mains exam are qualifying, and candidates must achieve minimum qualifying marks in those papers in order to be considered for the personal interview.
  • Candidates who qualify in the language papers will have their papers checked, and a merit list will be created based on their scores in the mains written exam.
  • Candidates who pass the mains exam will be shortlisted for the personal interview round, which carries a total score of 275 marks.
  • The final merit list and candidate selection will be based on their overall performance in the mains written exam (excluding language papers) and their performance in the personal interview round.

APSC 2022 Syllabus

Before beginning any exam preparation, it is absolutely essential to first understand the APSC syllabus. On its official website, the APSC has published syllabi for each of its papers. Here are the paper-by-paper syllabi for the APSC CCE Prelims and Mains examinations.

APSC Prelims Exam Syllabus

The APSC CCE preliminary exam consists of two general studies papers, each with 100 objective-type questions. The table below lists the topics on which questions in the APSC CCE Prelims are asked.

APSC CCE Prelims Syllabus

APSC Prelims GS Paper-I Topics
  • History of India
  • General Science
  • Physical, Social & Economical Geography of Indian & World
  • Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • Indian National Movement
  • Current Affairs – National & International
  • Economic & Social Development
APSC Prelims GS Paper-II Topics
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Interpersonal Skills & Communication Skills
  • Analytical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic Numeracy (Class X level)
  • Data Interpretation (Class X level)
  • Problem Solving
  • English Comprehension

APSC Mains Exam Syllabus

The APSC CCE Mains Exam is made up of eight papers, two of which are qualifying in nature. Essay writing is the first paper of the APSC Mains exam.

APSC CCE Mains Paper : Essay

  • This is a descriptive section in which the candidate must write an essay in the language he or she selected while filling out the application.
  • The candidate must write an essay in the language of his or her choice on a specific topic.

The following are the topics covered in the other APSC Mains written examination papers.

APSC CCE Mains Syllabus

Paper Topics Subtopics
GS Paper-I
  • Heritage
  • Culture and Society
  • Indian History
  • Geography of the India and World
  • Indian Society & its Diversity
  • Important Geophysical phenomena
  • Population & Associated issues
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the 18th century
  • The Freedom Struggle
  • Poverty and Developmental Issues, Urbanization, their problems and their remedies
  • Post-independence consolidation & reorganization of country
  • Distribution of Key Natural resources
  • Indian Culture – Art forms, Literature & Architecture from ancient to modern times
  • Globalization, Social Empowerment, Regionalism and Secularism
  • Salient Features of India’s & World’s Geography
  • Role of Women and Women’s Organization
GS Paper-II
  • Social Justice
  • Polity
  • Governance
  • Constitution
  • International Relations
  • Indian Society & its Diversity
  • Role of Women and Women’s Organization
  • Salient Features of India’s & World’s Geography
  • Post-independence consolidation & reorganization of country
  • Indian Culture – Art forms, Literature & Architecture from ancient to modern times
  • Globalization, Social Empowerment, Regionalism and Secularism
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the 18th century
  • The Freedom Struggle
  • Population & Associated issues
  • Important Geophysical phenomena
  • Poverty and Developmental Issues, Urbanization, their problems and their remedies
  • Distribution of Key Natural resources
GS Paper-III
  • Economic Development
  • Technology
  • Security
  • Biodiversity
  • Disaster Management
  • Environment
  • Food processing and related industries in India
  • Disaster and its management
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it
  • Government budgeting
  • Challenges to internal security
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy
  • Land reforms in India
  • Environmental issues
  • Major crop cropping patterns in various parts of the country
  • Investment models
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, etc.
  • Indigenization of technology and development of new technology
  • Science and technological adaptations and their effects
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Indian Economy & its issues
  • Various Security forces and agencies
  • Irrigation and farming methods
GS Paper-IV
  • Integrity
  • Ethics
  • Aptitude
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities in civil services
  • Ethics and human interface
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship
  • Human values – lessons from great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society, and educational institutions in inculcating values
  • Case studies on the above-mentioned issues.
  • Charters, work culture, quality of service delivery, utilization of public funds and challenge of corruption
  • Public/Civil service values and ethics in public administration
  • Moral & Political attitudes, social influence and persuasion
  • Attitude – Content, Structure, Functions, its influence and relation with thought and behaviour
  • Probity in Governance
  • Objectivity, Empathy, Tolerance and Compassion for weaker sections
APSC CCE Mains Syllabus
Paper General Subject Paper on Assam
Topics
  1. Social Justice
  2. Bio-diversity
  3. Polity
  4. History
  5. Economic Development
  6. Culture
  7. Geography
  8. Governance
  9. Disaster Management of Assam
  10. Environment
  11. Heritage
  12. International Remedies
  13. Security
Subtopics
  1. Environment, Biodiversity, Security and Disaster Management with relevant emphasis on the State of Assam.
  2. Political & Administrative System of Assam -Governor, Chief Minister, State Assembly, High Court, Assam Public Service Commission, State Information Commission, District Administration, State Human Rights Commission, State Election Commission, Public Policy, Legal Rights and Citizen Charter.
  3. Geography of Assam – Natural Resources of Assam, Physical features, Major physiographic divisions, Climate, Forests, Wildlife and Biodiversity, Mines and Minerals, Natural Vegetation, Population and Major Industries.
  4. The economy of Assam – A macro overview of Economy, Industrial and Service Sector Issues, Growth, Development and Planning, Major Agricultural, Infrastructure & Resources, Programmes and Major Development Projects, Schemes Government Welfare Schemes for SC/ST/Backward Class/Minorities/Disabled Persons, Women, Children, Old Age People, Farmers & Laborers.
  5. History, Art, Culture, Literature, Tradition & Heritage of Assam- Major Landmarks In the History of Assam, Major Dynasties, their Administrative and Revenue systems, Important Works of literature, Fairs, Festivals, Folk Music and Folk Dances, Socio-cultural Issues, Salient features of Architecture and Monuments, Freedom Movement Political Awakening and Integration, Arts, Paintings and Handicrafts, Culture, Tradition and Heritage, Religious Movements, Leading Personalities.

APSC Mains Exam Qualifying Papers:

If these marks are not taken into account, only passing is required. The Commission establishes Minimum Qualifying Marks for both Paper A and Paper B.

Paper-A

This section will include 300-point questions on the language that the candidate has chosen from Assamese, Bengali, or Bodo. The following criteria will be used to ask questions:

  1. Precis Writing
  2. Short Essay
  3. Comprehension of given passages.
  4. Usage and Vocabulary.
  5. Translation i.e. English to the Indian language and vice versa.

Paper-B

The purpose of the paper is to assess a candidate’s ability to read and comprehend serious discursive prose as well as express his ideas clearly and correctly in English. It is worth 300 marks.

  1. Precis Writing
  2. Comprehension of given passages.
  3. Short Essay.
  4. Usage and Vocabulary.

Candidates who pass the Prelims and Mains Exams will be called for the Personality Test, which will determine their final selection. The final APSC cut off list will be determined by the results of the Main Exam and Personality Test.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which subject combinations are not allowed for the optional papers?

​Mathematics & Statistics
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Not more than one Engineering Subjects
Anthropology & Sociology

Are the marks obtained in the language papers of the APSC CCE Mains Exam counted while preparing the final merit list?

No, the language papers in the mains exam are only for the purpose of qualifying. When preparing the merit list, the marks obtained in the language papers will not be taken into account.

Is there any negative marking in the APSC CCE Exam for the wrong answer?

Yes, there is a negative marking system in the APSC CCE Exam. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

How to download the official APSC CCE Exam Syllabus?

The official syllabus for each APSC CCE Exam paper can be found on the APSC’s official website. Candidates can access the APSC CCE Exam syllabus in pdf format at apsc.gov.in.

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