APSC 2018 Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Pattern and Preparation

APSC is the short form of Assam Public Service Commission. APSC conducts the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) examination time to tme for the recruitment of candidates in various posts to the Civil Services. For this exam, advertisement is generally published through print media inviting applications in prescribed form.


APSC Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Pattern and Preparation

There are Two types of examinations which are carried out by APSC.

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  1. APSC Combined Competitive Examination
  2. Departmental Examinations



APSC Combined Competitive Examination:

This is a combined examination for various departments of Govt of Assam.


Eligibility of APSC Exam:

Assam Public Service Commission’s  (APSC) Combined Competitive Examination eligibility details are as follow:


The Candidate must be an Indian citizen.


Age Limit:
Candidate should not be less than 21 years and more than 38 years.

The upper age limit is relaxed able by five years for SC/ST candidates i.e. up to 43 years.

There will also be the relaxation of upper age limit in respect of Persons with Disability by five years i.e. up to 43 years. The Matriculation/HSLC will calculate the age limit of the candidates Admit Card/Certificate issued by a recognized Board/ Council, and no other document shall be accepted in lieu thereof for the purpose.


Educational Qualification for Assam public service commission exam:

  1. The candidate must hold a Degree from any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of Central or State Legislature in India.

  2. Or other Educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be Deemed as a University under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess such qualification as may be declared equivalent by the Government.

  3. Candidates awaiting results of the qualifying examination on the closing date of submission of an application need not apply.

  4. Persons with Disability should ascertain the post for which a particular category of disability is entitled to the reservation as per the advertisement and should apply/opt the preference accordingly at the time of filling up forms for Main Examination.




Exam Pattern & Syllabus of APSC CC Exam:

The Examination consists of two stages-

  1. The Preliminary
  2. The Main Examination


Assam public service commission Preliminary Examination:

This exam consists of two papers and for each paper, 2 hours is allocated. A screening test is evaluated in this examination.

Multiple choice questions are there in this section. Aspirants must pass this examination to proceed in the main examination.


The two papers of Pre Exam are-

  1. General studies (200 Marks)
  2. One Optional Subject (200 Marks)


The list of optional subjects is as follows-

  1. Agriculture
  2. Anthropology
  3. Animal Husbandry & Vety Science
  4. Botany
  5. Chemical Engineering
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Chemistry
  8. Commerce
  9. Computer Science
  10. Economics
  11. Education
  12. Electrical Engineering
  13. Electronics
  14. Fisheries
  15. Geography
  16. Geology
  17. Indian History
  18. Law
  19. Mathematics
  20. Mechanical Engineering
  21. Medical Science
  22. Philosophy
  23. Physics
  24. Political Science
  25. Psychology
  26. Sociology
  27. Statistics
  28. Zoology


From the above-given list, you can choose one subject.




Main Examination and Personality Test:

Candidates who are declared qualified for the Main Examination will allow for a written test and a personality test.

The main written test carries 1400 marks. The written exam consists of four papers of three hours each.

This examination is considered as subjective type.  Optional subject consists of 200 marks each.


The four papers of the written test are:

  1. General English (300 Marks)
  2. General Studies (300 Marks)
  3. Two Optional Subjects (200 Marks)
  4. Two Optional Subjects (200 Marks+200Marks)


Optional Subject list for the main exam:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Anthropology
  3. Animal Husbandry & Vety Science
  4. Botany
  5. Chemical Engineering
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Chemistry
  8. Commerce
  9. Computer Science
  10. Economics
  11. Education
  12. Electrical Engineering
  13. Electronics
  14. Fisheries
  15. Geography
  16. Geology
  17. History
  18. Law
  19. Modern Languages and Literature &
  20. Classical Language (any one only)
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  21. Mathematics
  22. Mechanical Engineering
  23. Medical Science
  24. Philosophy
  25. Physics
  26. Political Science
  27. Psychology
  28. Sociology
  29. Statistics
  30. Zoology


Personality Test (Interview)

Candidates who are declared qualified in the Main Examination shall be summoned for a viva-voce test. The viva-voce test carries 200 marks with no qualifying marks.

A board will check the candidates personality and their academic career.

The marks scored in the interview are also added to the marks of the written examination (Main). Marks of these two tests will show on the final merit list.

The rankings of the candidates are determined on the basis of the total marks obtained.

In interview aspirant capabilities are examined, how he/she can represent, all these factors are there in the interview.




Assam public service commission Departmental Examinations:

The APSC also has to conduct Departmental Examinations in every six months.

This exam is conducted for different categories of Govt. officers including All India Service Officers serving under the Govt. of Assam.

For this departmental examinations, APSC advertises through all leading newspapers of Assam seeking applications from the intending candidates for the various posts .



Assam public service commission Reservation System:

The percentage of reservations as prescribed by the Govt. of Assam are as follows:

Category Percentage
SC 7%
STP 10%
STH 5%
Physically Handicapped 3% (subject to a condition prescribed by the Govt.)
Women 30% (against reserved and unreserved categories)


How to prepare for Next APSC Exam?

You know that this is one of toughest exam in Assam. As APSC selects the top candidates for the top posts of the Assam Govt, selection process of this exam is not easy.

I have discussed the procedure of selection in the above paragraphs. Read this post again before starting your preparation.

I have also written an article describing how to crack APSC Exam in the first chance. Read this article too.


Here are some resources of Assam public service commission Study materials-



Practice is the Key:

For the best result in the Assam public service commission exam read all the topics details and start practicing.

Solve mock tests as much as you can.

Solving old papers will also enhance your preparation and you will get the perfect knowledge of the syllabus and exam procedure of Assam Public Service Commission Exam.

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