APPSC Group 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern- Get the Subject-wise syllabus here



The Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission will soon be conducting recruitment for Group 2 services. Candidates should be aware of the APPSC Group 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern in order to qualify for the exam. In this article, we will cover the details of the syllabus for the APPSC Group 2 Recruitment.

APPSC Group 2 Prelims Syllabus 

Check the syllabus for the APPSC Group 2 Preliminary stage here.

AGeneral Studies and Mental AbilityEvents of national and international importance current affairs- international, national, and regional General Science and its applications to day-to-day life. Contemporary developments in Science & Technology and Information TechnologySocial-economic and political history of modern India with emphases on the Indian national movement.Indian polity and governance: constitutional issues, public policy, reforms and governance initiativesGeography of India with focus on Andhra Pradesh.Disaster management: vulnerability profile, prevention, and mitigation strategies, Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the assessment of DisasterSustainable Development and Environmental ProtectionLogical reasoning, analytical ability, and logical interpretation Data Analysis: Tabulation of data Visual representation of data Basic data analysis (Summary Statistics such as mean, median, mode and variance) and InterpretationBifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its Administrative, Economic, Social, Cultural, Political, and legal implications/problems
BSocial and Cultural History of Andhra PradeshSocial and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh: Geographical Features of Andhra – Its Impact on History and Culture – Pre-historic Cultures – The Satavahanas, The Ikshvakus – Socio-Economic and Religious Conditions – Literature, Art and Architecture – The Vishnukundins, The Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi, Telugu Cholas– Society, Religion, Telugu Language, Literature, Art and ArchitectureVarious Major and Minor dynasties that ruled Andhradesa between 11th and 16th centuries A.D. Socio-Cultural and Religious conditions in Andhradesa between 11th to 16th centuries A.D, Social Structure, Caste System, Status of Women. Growth of Telugu Language, Literature, Art, Architecture and PaintingAdvent of Europeans- Trade centers- Andhra under the Company– 1857 Revolt and its impact on Andhra- Establishment of British Rule- Socio-Cultural awakening, Justice Party/Self Respect Movements- Growth of Nationalist Movement in Andhra between 1885 to 1947– Role of Socialists– Communists– Anti- Zamindari and Kisan Movements. Growth of Nationalist Poetry, Revolutionary Literature, Nataka Samasthalu and Women ParticipationOrigin and growth of Andhra Movement- Role of Andhra Mahasabha’s- Prominent Leaders- Events leading to the formation of Andhra State 1953. Role of Press and News Papers in the Andhra Movement. Role of Library Movement and Folk & Tribal CultureEvents Leading to the Formation of Andhra Pradesh State – Visalandhra Mahasabha States Reorganization Commission and Its Recommendations – Gentlemen Agreement – Important Social and Cultural Events between 1956 and 2014.
CIndian ConstitutionNature of the Indian Constitution – Constitutional Development – Salient features of Indian Constitution – Preamble – Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy and their relationship – Fundamental Duties, Distinctive features – Unitary and FederalStructure and functions of Indian Government- Legislative, Executive and Judiciary- Types of Legislatures- Unicameral, Bicameral- Executive – Parliamentary, Judiciary- Judicial Review, Judicial ActivismDistribution of Legislative and Executive Powers between the Union and the States; Legislative, Administrative and Financial relations between the Union and the States– Powers and the Functions of Constitutional Bodies- UPSC, State Public Service Commissions, CAG and Finance Commissioncenter-state relations- Need for Reforms- Rajmannar Committee, Sarkaria Commission, M.M. Punchchi Commission – Unitary and Federal features of Indian ConstitutionAmendment Process to the Constitution – Centralization Vs Decentralization – Community Development Programs- Balwantray Mehta, Ashok Mehta Committees 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts and their ImplementationIndian Political Parties- National, Regional- One Party, Bi-Party, Multi-Party Systems- Regionalism and Sub-Regionalism–Demand for New States – Sri Krishna Committee – National Integration- Threats to Indian UnityWelfare Mechanisms in India-Provisions for Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Minorities, Reservations for SCs, STs and Backward Classes- Prevention of SCs and STs Atrocities Act- National and State SCs, STs and BCs Commissions, Women’s Commission, National, and State Minorities Commissions – Human Rights Commission- RTI- Lokpal and Lok Ayukt.
DPlanning and EconomyIndian Economy and present status Socio-Economic – Goals and Achievements – New economic reforms 1991. Regulation of the Economy – Creation of regulatory bodies-NITI Aayog- Co operative Federalism and decentralization of financial resources – Lack of inclusive growth and sustainable development: causes, consequences, and solutions Economic Policies Agricultural policies – Contribution of agriculture to India’s GDP – Issues of financing, production, marketing and distribution of agriculture. Industrial policies– Main features of industrial development in India – sectoral composition – Roles of private and public sectors in employment, productivity – Role of IT industries in development Resources and Development Types of resources – Physical capital and finance capital – Population- size, composition, and growth–Trends; Occupational Distribution of Workforce –Human Development Index as a measurement of development. Demographic DividendMoney, Banking and Public Finance Monetary policy of RBI – Fiscal policy – Objectives – Fiscal Imbalance and Deficit Finance –New Foreign Trade Policy. Current account imbalances; FDI. Inflation, its causes, and remedies; Budget – taxes and non-tax revenue. Goods and Service Tax (GST)National Income National Income and concepts – Gross Domestic Product – Net Domestic Product, Per capita income Economic Policies of Andhra Pradesh: Socio-Economic welfare Programmes of Government of Andhra Pradesh. Composition of Population in Andhra Pradesh – Rural-Urban, Sex Ratio, Age DistributionAgriculture and Industrial Growth of Andhra Pradesh Contribution of agriculture to income and employment in Andhra Pradesh. Land reforms in Andhra Pradesh – Cropping pattern – Irrigation Policy of Andhra Pradesh – sources of agricultural finances -agricultural subsidies – public distribution system in Andhra Pradesh. Industrial Development in Andhra Pradesh – Growth and structure of industries – – Incentives to industries – Industrial corridors in and SEZs in Andhra Pradesh – Bottlenecks for industrial development – Power projects Resource Development of Andhra Pradesh- Andhra Pradesh Budgetary resources and constraints – Fulfillment of the conditions of A.P Bifurcation Act – central assistance and issues of conflict – public debt and projects of external assistance. Andhra Pradesh State Gross Domestic Product – Comparison with India and neighboring States.

APPSC Group 2 Syllabus for Mains 

The syllabus for the APPSC Group 2 Mains examination will be the same as that of the Prelims. Kindly refer to the Prelims syllabus.

APPSC Group 2 Syllabus for Computer Proficiency Test

Check the syllabus for the Computer Proficiency Test here.

WordCreate and save a document using MS WORD a. Deletion of Character, Word, line, and block of text b. Undo and redo process c. Moving, Copying, and renamingFormat the Text document a. Character formatting b. Paragraph formatting c. Page formattingSpellcheck the document a. Finding and Replacing text b. Bookmarks and Searching for Bookmarks c. Checking Spelling and Grammar automatically d. Checking Spelling and Grammar using DictionaryPrint the document a. Print Preview b. Print Dialog box Mail Merge in Ms-word a. Create a main document and data file for mail merging b. Merging the files c. From letters using mail merging d. Mailing labels using mail mergingTable creation in Ms-word a. Create a table in document b. Add row, and column to a table c. Changing column width and row height. d. Merge, split cells of the table. e. Use formulae in tables. f. sorting data in a table. g. formatting a table.
Ability to type on Qwerty keyboard of Computer at a speed of at least equivalent to 30 Words per 1 minute (Lower typewriting test). 
ExcelCreate and save a new workbook in ExcelEntering Data into WorksheetEditing data of WorksheetFormatting the text in the cells Formatting the numbers in the cells. Formatting cells copying format of the cell along with data format Changing the height and width of cell freezing Titles, splitting screen Enter formulae for calculation into the cells Copying the formula over a range of cells Inserting built-in functions into the cells Create graphs for the data using Chart WizardFormat graphs in ExcelPrinting of the worksheet.
PowerPointCreate and save a new presentation using the MS PowerPoint layout of the opening screen in PowerPoint the toolbars in MS PowerPointChoose Auto Layout for a new slide. Insert text and pictures into a blank slide insert new slides into the presentation apply slide transition effects Slide show Set animation to text and pictures in a slideout the sounds, order, and timing for animation. 
AccessCreation and manipulation of databases
InternetBrowse the Net using Browser software (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.)Search the Web using Search Engines. Create an E-mail account and receive E-mailE-commerce transactions Web content uploading ability to operate Mac OS/pages/keynote / Numbers. 

APPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The Preliminary stage will consist of three sections.
  • Maximum marks for the Prelims exam will be 150.
  • Negative marking of 1/3rd marks will be done for every wrong answer.
  • The type of questions asked will be Objective Type.
  • The duration of the exam shall be 150 minutes.
Section NameSubject NameTotal QuestionMaximum Marks
Section-AGeneral Studies and Mental Ability
Section- BSocial and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh and the Indian Constitution
Section-CPlanning and Economy

APPSC Group 2 Mains Exam Pattern

  • The Mains exam will consist of three papers.
  • Maximum marks for the Mains exam will be 450.
  • Negative marking of 1/3rd marks will be done for every wrong answer.
  • The type of questions asked will be Objective Type.
  • The duration of each paper shall be 150 minutes.

Total QuestionsDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-IGeneral Studies and Mental Ability150150 minutes150
(i)Social History of Andhra Pradesh i.e., the history of various social and cultural movements in Andhra Pradesh (ii)General Overview of the Indian Constitution
150150 minutes150
Planning and Economy
150150 minutes150
Total450450 minutes450

APPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern for Computer Proficiency Test

Check the details here.

PartName of the question to be answeredMarks
AExample: Typing a letter/passage/paragraph ( about 100- 150 words ) in MS-Word 15
BExample: Preparation of a Table/Graph in MS-Excel10
CExample: Preparation of PowerPoint Presentations/Slides (Two) on MS PowerPoint.10
DExample: Creation and manipulation of databases.10
EExample: Displaying the content of E-mail (Inbox).05
  • Total duration of the paper is going to be 30 minutes.

The Computer Proficiency Test will be a qualifying test. Check the details of Minimum Qualifying Marks here.

CategoryMinimum Qualifying Marks
OC/Including Ex-Servicemen and Sportspersons20

APPSC Group 2 Exam Preparation Strategy

  • Candidates should read the detailed syllabus as well as exam pattern. The study schedule should be made according to the syllabus mentioned in the notification only.
  • For the General Studies section, candidates should make regular notes of the current events taking place nationally and internationally. You can check our GK and Current Affairs page for reference.
  • Practice Logical Reasoning questions on a daily basis to make your Mental Ability section prepared.
  • Solve Mock Tests at least on a weekly basis to get used to the nature of questions. Attempt these tests within a set time limit.

Books for APPSC Group 2 Exam

It is very important to have the Best Books for APPSC Group 2 Exam. Refer to the following books for your preparation.

General StudiesObjective General StudiesPandey Manohar
Mental AbilityA modern approach to Logical ReasoningR.S Aggarwal
Social History of Andhra Pradesh History of Modern Andhra PradeshP. Raghunatha Rao
GeographyGeography of IndiaR.C Tiwari
EconomyIndian Economy Ramesh Singh

We hope this article on APPSC Group 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern was helpful for you. We wish you all the best in your preparation.

APPSC Group 2 Syllabus FAQs

What are the stages of exams that will take place for APPSC Group 2 Recruitment?

There will be Prelims Exam, Mains Exam, and a Computer Proficiency Test for the APPSC Group 2 Recruitment.

What will be the duration of the APPSC Group 2 exams?

The Prelims exam will be conducted for 150 minutes. Each paper of the Mains exam will be conducted for 150 minutes.

For how many marks will the APPSC Group 2 exams be conducted?

The maximum marks will be 150 for Prelims, 450 for Mains, and 50 for Computer Proficiency Test.

Which subjects will be included in the syllabus for Prelims in APPSC Group 2 recruitment?

The subjects included in the Prelims exam will be General Studies and Mental Ability, Social and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh and Indian Constitution, and Planning and Economy.

Will there be any negative marking in the APPSC Group 2 exams?

Yes, 1/3rd marks will be cut for every wrong answer in both Mains and Prelims exams.