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APPSC Group 2 Exam Syllabus Details:

Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)’s Group II exam syllabus details are given below…

Syllabus of the Screening Test Examination:

General Studies & Mental ability (150 M):

Indian History (30 M):

Ancient History: Salient features of Indus Valley Civilization and Vedic age Emergence of Buddhism and Jainism  Mauryan Empire and Gupta Empire: Their administration, SocioEconomic and Religious Conditions, Art and Architecture, Literature  Harshavardhana and his Achievements.

Medieval History: The Chola Administrative System  Delhi Sultanate and The Mughal Empire: Their Administration, SocioEconomic and Religious Conditions, Art and Architecture, Language and Literature  Bhakti and Sufi Movements Shivaji and the rise of Maratha Empire Advent of Europeans.

Modern History: 1857 Revolt and its Impact  Rise and Consolidation of British Power in India  Changes in Administration, Social and Cultural Spheres  Social and Religious Reform Movements in the 19th and 20th Century  Indian National Movement: it’s various stages and important contributors and contributions from different parts of the country  Post Independence Consolidation and Reorganization within the country.

Geography (30M)

General and Physical Geography: The Earth in our Solar System  Interior of the Earth  Major Landforms and their features  Climate: Structure and Composition of Atmosphere  Ocean Water: Tides, Waves, Currents  India and Andhra Pradesh: Major Physiographic features, Climate, Drainage System, Soils and Vegetation  Natural Hazards and Disasters and their Management.

Economic Geography of India and AP: Natural resources and their distribution – Agriculture and Agron based Activities  Distribution of Major Industries and Major Industrial Regions. Transport, Communication, Tourism and Trade.

Human Geography of India and AP: Human Development  Demographics – Urbanization and Migration  Racial, Tribal, Religious and Linguistic groups

Indian Society (30M):

Structure of Indian Society: Family, Marriage, Kinship, Caste, Tribe, Ethnicity, Religion and Women

Social Issues: Casteism, Communalism and Regionalization, Crime against Women, Child Abuse and Child Labour, Youth Unrest and Agitation

Welfare Mechanism: Public Policies and Welfare Programmers, Constitutional and Statutory Provisions for Schedule Castes, Schedule Tribes, Minorities, BCs, Women, Disabled and Children

Current Affairs (30M):

Major Current Events and Issues pertaining to

 National and

 State of Andhra Pradesh

Mental Ability (30 M)

Logical Reasoning (Deductive, Inductive, Abductive): Statement and Assumptions, Statement and Argument, Statement and Conclusion, Statement and Courses of Action.

Mental Ability: Number Series, Letter Series, Odd Man out, Coding  Decoding, Problems relating to Relations, Shapes and their Sub Sections.

Basic Numeracy: Number System, Order of Magnitude, Averages, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Work and Time and Distance. Data Analysis (Tables, bar diagram, Line graph, Piechart).

Syllabus for Mains Written Examination

Paper I (150 M)


Social & Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh (75 M)

1.Pre – Historic Cultures – The Sattvavahana’s, The Ikshvaku’s: Socio – Economic and Religious Conditions, Literature, Art and Architecture – The Vishnukant, The Eastern Chalukya’s of Vengi, Andhra Cholas: Society, Religion, Telugu Language, Art and Architecture.

2.Various Major and minor dynasties that ruled Andhra Desa between 11th and 16th centuries A.D. – Socio – Religious and Economic Conditions, Growth of Telugu Language and Literature, Art and Architecture in Andhra Desa between 11th to 16th centuries A.D.

3.Advent 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 Movement – 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 Samanthalee and Women Participation.

4. Origin 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 and Tribal Culture.

5. Events leading to the Formation of Andhra Pradesh State – Visal Andhra Mahasabha – States Reorganization Commission and its Recommendations – Gentlemen Agreement – Important Social and Cultural Events between 1956 to 2014.

Indian Constitution (75 M)

6.Nature of Indian Constitution – Constitutional Development – Salient features of Indian Constitution – Preamble – Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy and their relationship – Fundamental Duties – Amendment of the Constitution- Basic Structure of the Constitution.

7. Structure and Functions of Indian Government – Legislative, Executive and Judiciary – Types of Legislatures: Unicameral, Bicameral – Executive – Parliamentary – Judiciary – Judicial review – Judicial Activism.

8. Distribution of Legislative and Executive Powers between the Union and the States; Legislative, Administrative and Financial Relations between the Union and the States – Powers and Functions of Constitutional Bodies – Human Rights Commission – RTI – Lokpal and Lok Ayukta.

9. Center-State Relations – Need for Reforms – Rajmannar Committee, Sarkaria Commission, M.M.Punchchi Commission – Unitary and Federal features of Indian Constitution – Indian Political Parties – Party System in India – Recognition of National and State Parties – Elections and Electoral Reforms – Anti-Defection Law.

10.Centralization Vs Decentralization – Community Development Programmer – Balwant Rai Mehta, Ashok Mehta Committees – 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts and their Implementation.

Paper II (150 M)

A. Indian and AP Economy (75M)

1. Structure of Indian Economy, Economic Planning and Policy:
National Income of India: Concept and Measurement of National Income – Occupational Pattern and Sectoral Distribution of Income in India  Economic Growth and Economic Development  Strategy of Planning in India  New Economic Reforms 1991  Decentralization of Financial Resources  NITI Aayog.

2. Money, Banking, Public Finance and Foreign Trade:

Functions and Measures of Money Supply  Reserve Bank of India (RBI): Functions, Monetary Policy and Control of Credit  Indian Banking: Structure, Development and Reforms  Inflation: Causes and Remedies  India’s Fiscal Policy: Fiscal Imbalance, Deficit Finance and Fiscal Responsibility  Indian Tax Structure  Goods and Services Tax (GST)  Recent Indian Budget  India’s Balance of Payments (BOP)  FDI.

3. Agricultural Sector, Industrial Sector and Services in Indian Economy:

Indian Agriculture: Cropping Pattern, Agricultural Production and Productivity – Agricultural Finance and Marketing in India: Issues and Initiatives  Agricultural Pricing and Policy in India: MSP, Procurement, Issue Price and Distribution – Industrial Development in India: Patterns and Problems  New Industrial Policy, 1991  Disinvestment  Ease of Doing Business  Industrial Sickness: Causes, Consequences and Remedial Measures  Services Sector: Growth and Contribution of Services Sector in India  Role of IT and ITES Industry in Development.

4. Structure of Andhra Pradesh Economy and Public Finance:
Structure and Growth of AP Economy: Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) and Sectoral Contribution, AP Per Capita Income (PCI)  AP State Revenue: Tax and NonTax Revenue  AP Sate Expenditure, Debts and Interest Payments – Central Assistance  Projects of External Assistance  Recent AP Budget.

5. Agriculture and Allied Sector, Industrial Sector and Services Sector of Andhra

Production Trends of Agriculture and Allied Sectors  Cropping Pattern  Rural Credit Cooperatives  Agricultural Marketing  Strategies, Schemes and Programmers related to Agricultural Sector and Allied Sectors in Andhra Pradesh Including Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Forests  Growth and Structure of Industries  Recent AP Industrial Development Policy  Single Window Mechanism  Industrial Incentives  MSMEs  Industrial Corridors – Structure and Growth of Services Sector  Information Technology, Electronics and Communications in Andhra Pradesh  Recent AP IT Policy.

B. Science & Technology (75M):

1. Technology Missions, Policies and Applications:
National S&T Policy: Recent Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, and National Strategies and Missions, Emerging Technology Frontiers  Space Technology: Launch Vehicles of India, Recent Indian Satellite Launches and its applications, Indian Space Science Missions  Defense Technology: Defonce Research and Development Organization (DRDO): Structure, Vision and Mission, Technologies Developed by the DRDO, Integrated Guided Missile Development Programma (IGMDP)  Information and Communication Technology (ICT): National Policy on Information Technology  Digital India Mission: Initiatives and Impact  EGovernance Programmer and Services – Cyber Security concerns  National Cyber Security Policy  Nuclear Technology:
Indian Nuclear Reactors and Nuclear Power Plants  Applications of Radioisotopes  India’s Nuclear Programmer.

2. Energy Management:
Policy and Projections: Installed Energy Capacities and Demand in India – National Energy Policy  National Policy on Biofuels  Bharat Stage Norms  Non– Renewable and Renewable Energy: Sources and Installed Capacities in India – New Initiatives and Recent Programmers, Schemes and Achievements in India’s Renewable Energy Sector.

3. Ecosystem and Biodiversity:
Ecology and Ecosystem: Basic concepts of Ecology, Ecosystem: Components and Types  Biodiversity: Meaning, Components, Biodiversity Hotspots, Loss of Biodiversity and Conservation of Biodiversity: Methods, Recent Plans, Targets, Convention and Protocols  Wildlife Conservation: CITES and Endangered Species with reference to India  Biosphere Reserves  Indian Wildlife Conservation efforts, projects, acts and initiatives in recent times.

4. Waste Management and Pollution Control:
Solid Waste: Solid Wastes and their Classification  Methods of Disposal and Management of Solid Wastes in India  Environmental Pollution: Types of Environmental Pollution  Sources and Impacts  Pollution Control, Regulation and Alternatives: Recent projects, acts and initiatives to reduce Environmental Pollution in India  Impact of Transgenics on Environment and their Regulation – EcoFriendly Technologies in Agriculture  Bioremediation: Types and Scope in India.

5. Environment and Health:

Environment Challenges: Global Warming, Climate Change, Acid Rain, Ozone Layer Depletion, Ocean Acidification  Environmental Initiatives: Recent International Initiatives, Protocols, Conventions to tackle Climate Change with special reference to India’s Participation and Role  Sustainable Development: Meaning, Nature, Scope, Components and Goals of Sustainable Development  Health Issues: Recent Trends in Disease Burden and Epidemic and Pandemic Challenges in India  Preparedness and Response: Healthcare Delivery and Outcomes in India  Recent Public Health Initiatives and Programmes.

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