APPSC General Studies and Mental Ability - Common Paper for All Exams

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APPSC General Studies and Mental Ability - Common Paper for All Exams

APPSC has made a few significant changes for all job recruitments. One such change is the introduction of a common paper “General Studies and Mental Ability”. This paper is not new to Group-I, Group-II, and Group-III exams. But it is new to the rest of the examinations.

Syllabus and Books

  1. Events of national and international importance.
    • NCERT Books
  2. Current affairs- international, national, and regional.
    • Hindu Newspaper and One Regional Newspaper
    • Socio-Economic Survey of AP (Latest)
    • Budget of AP (Latest)
    • Economic Survey of India (Latest)
    • Budget of India (Latest)
  3. General Science and its applications to day-to-day life, contemporary developments in Science & Technology and Information Technology.
    • NCERT Class VI to X – General Science Books
  4. Social-economic and political history of modern India with emphasis on Andhra Pradesh.
    • Modern India – Grover & Grover (S.Chand Publications)
    • History of Modern Andhra Pradesh (1858-2016) by P Raghunatha Rao, 2017 edition.
  5. Indian polity and governance: constitutional issues, public policy, reforms and e-governance initiatives with specific reference to Andhra Pradesh.
    • Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth
  6. Economic development in India since independence with emphasis on Andhra Pradesh.
    • Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI
    • Introductory Macroeconomics – NCERT Class XII
    • Socio-Economic Survey of AP (Latest)
    • Budget of AP (Latest)
  7. Physical geography of the Indian sub-continent and Andhra Pradesh.
    • Fundamentals of Physical Geography – NCERT Class XI
    • Indian Physical Geography – NCERT Class XI (India Physical Environment)
    • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
    • Andhra Pradesh Regional Geography Telugu Academi
  8. Disaster management: vulnerability profile, prevention and mitigation strategies, Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the assessment of Disaster.
    • NCERT Geography Books are sufficient.
  9. Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection
    • NCERT Geography Books.
    • Ecology – NCERT Class XII Biology (Last 4 chapters)
  10. Logical reasoning, analytical ability, and data interpretation.
    • Logical Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal
  11. Data Analysis:
    a) Tabulation of data
    b) Visual representation of data
    c) Basic data analysis (Summary Statistics such as mean, median, mode, variance and coefficient of variation) and Interpretation
    • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Kumar (OR)
    • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Agarwal
  12. Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its Administrative, Economic, Social, Cultural, Political, and Legal implications/problems.
    • The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014

How to Prepare?

If you are from a mathematics background, then two chapters “Logical Reasoning and Data Analysis” are easy. Practice them until you get confident that you can score 90% from these two chapters.

If you are from a humanities background, a few chapters are easy based on your degree. You should complete the reading of these chapters.

Polity and Governance, History and Culture, Geography and Environment, Economy and Development are known as classic General Studies subjects. You should master at least three of these four classic subjects.

Finally, Current Affairs, Science and Technology, and any leftover topics can be read.

Current Affairs
You should read current affairs from the last 6 months to 1 year. You should cover Andhra Pradesh related current affairs first, then give importance to National Current Affairs and finally read international current affairs. Among all these, Government Policies, Schemes & Programmes of India and Andhra Pradesh are of utmost importance.

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