10 November 2016

APPSC Group II - Detailed Scheme and Syllabus

APPSC Group II Examination

Scheme of the Exam

  • Screening Test → 150 marks
  • Mains examination → 450 marks
    • Paper I → 150 marks
      • General Studies and Mental ability
    • Paper II → 150 marks
      • Social history of Andhra Pradesh i.e., the history of various social and cultural movements in Andhra Pradesh
      • General Overview of the Indian Constitution
    • Paper III → 150 marks
      • Planning in India and Indian economy; Contemporary problems and developments in rural society with special reference to Andhra Pradesh

Detailed Syllabus of Group II exam

Screening Test

  1. Current Affairs
    • Issues of National and International importance in
      • Politics
      • Economics
      • Society
      • Science
      • Technology
      • Arts
      • Sports
      • Culture
      • Governance
  2. Constitution of India with emphasis on
    • Fedaralism
    • Fundamental Rights
    • Fundamental duties
    • Union government
    • State governments
    • Judiciary
    • Judicial review
    • Local government
    • Directive Principles of state policy
    • Union and State Legislature
    • Administrative and Legislative relations between union and state governments
    • Scheduled and tribal area administration
  3. Economic Development of India
    • Economy in medieval India
    • Pre-independence Indian economy
    • Development plans
    • Economic and industrial policies of independent India
    • Liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Globalisation
    • Labour policies of union and state governments
    • Role of agriculture and Green revolution in India
    • Economic disparities between regions 
    • Population categories

Mains Examination

Paper I

General Studies and Mental Ability

  1. Events of national and International importance
  2. Current affairs
    • International
    • National
    • Regional
  3. General Science and its application to the day to day life. Contemporary developments in
    • Science and technology and
    • Information technology
  4. Social-economic and political history of modern India with emphasis on
    • Indian National Movement
  5. Indian polity and governance
    • Constitutional issues
    • Public Policy
    • Reforms
    • e-governance initiatives
  6. Economic development in India since independence
  7. Geography of India with focus on
    • Andhra Pradesh
  8. Disaster management
    • Vulnerability profile
    • Prevention strategies
    • Mitigation strategies
    • Application of remote sensing and GIS in the assessment of disaster
  9. Sustainability development and environmental protection
  10. Mental ability
    • Logical reasoning
    • Analytical ability
    • Data interpretation
    • Data analysis
      • Tabulation of data
      • Visual representation of data
      • Basic data analysis 
      • Interpretation
  11. Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh

    • Problems/Implications
      • Administrative
      • Economic
      • Social
      • Cultural
      • Political
      • Legal
      • Loss of capital city; Challenges in building new capital; It's financial implications
      • Division and rebuilding of common institutions
      • Division of employees, relocation and nativity issues
      • Effect of bifurcation on commerce and entrepreneurs
      • Implications to financial resources of state government
      • Task of post-bifurcation infrastructure development and opportunities for investment
      • Socioeconomic, cultural and demographic impact of bifurcation
      • Impact of bifurcation on river water sharing and consequential issues
      • AP Reorganisation act 2014, on AP and arbitrariness of certain provisions

Paper II

Section I

Social and cultural history of Andhra Pradesh

  1. Social and cultural history of Andhra Pradesh
    • Geographical features of Andhra
    • Its impact on history and culture
    • Pre-history
      • The Satavahanas
      • Ikshvakus
        • Socio, economic and religious conditions
        • Literature, art and architecture
      • The eastern Chalukyas of Vengi
        • Society, Religion
        • Telugu Language
        • Literature, art and architecture
  2. Various kingdoms that ruled Andhra Pradesh between 11th and 16th centuries
    • Socio, cultural and religious conditions n Andhradesa between 11th to 16 centuries AD
    • Growth of Telugu language
    • Literature, art, architecture and painting
  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 awakening movements
    • Growth of nationalist movements in Andhra between 1885 to 1947
    • Role of socialists, communists
    • Anti zamindari and Kisan movements
    • Growth of nationalist poetry
  4. Origin and growth of Andhra movement
    • Role of Andhramahasabhas
    • Prominent leaders
    • Events leading to the formation of Andhra state 1953
    • Role of news papers in Andhra Movemet
  5. Events leading to the formation of Andhra Pradesh state
    • Visalandhra Mahasabha
    • State reorganisation commission and its recommendations
    • Gentleman agreement
    • Important social and cultural events between 1956 and 2014

Section II

General overview of the Indian constitution

  1. Nature of the Indian constitution
    • Historical Background
    • Constitutional development
    • Salient features of the Indian constitution
    • Preamble
    • Fundamental rights
    • Directive principles of state policy and their relationship
    • Fundamental Duties
    • Distinctive features - Unitary and Federal
  2. Structure and functions of Indian Government
    • Legislative
      • Types of legislature
        • Unicameral
        • Bicameral
    • Executive
      • Parliamentary
    • Judiciary
      • Judicial review
      • Judicial activism
  3. Distribution of legislative and executive powers between the union and the states
    • Legislative, Administrative and Financial relations between the union and states
    • Powers and functions of constitutional bodies
      • UPSC
      • State Public Service Commissions
      • CAG
      • Finance commission
  4. Center and state relations
    • Need for reforms
      • Rajmannar committee
      • Sarkaria commission
      • MM Punchchi commission
    • Unitary and federal features of Indian constitution
  5. Amendment process to the constitution
    • Centralisation Vs. Decentralisation
    • Community development programs
      • Balwantry Committee
      • Ashok Mehta Committee
    • 73rd and 74th constitutional amendment acts and their implementation
  6. Indian 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 union
  7. Welfare mechanisms in India
    • Provisions for Scheduled Castes, Tribes, and minorities
    • Reservations for SCs, STs and backward classes
    • Prevention of SC, ST atrocities act
    • National and State SCs, STs and BCs commissions
    • Women's commissions
    • National and state minorities commissions
    • Human rights commission
    • Right to Information act
    • Lokpal and Lokayukt

Paper III

Planning in India and Indian Economy

  1. Planning in Indian Economy and present status
    • Socio economic objectives and outlays of five year plans
    • Alternative strategies - Goals and achievements
    • Cause for failure of different plans
    • New economic reforms 1991
    • Regulation of economy
    • Creation of regulatory bodies 
      • Niti Aayog
    • Cooperative federalism and decentralisation of financial resources
  2. Indian economic policies
    • Agricultural policies
    • Industrial policies since 1956
    • IT industry
    • Monetary policy of RBI
    • Fiscal policy - objectives
    • Fiscal imbalance and deficit finance
    • New foreign trade policy
    • Current account imbalances
    • FDI
  3. Availability of natural resources and development
    • Population - size, composition and growth - trends
    • Occupational distribution of work force
    • Human development index as a measurement of development
    • Demographic dividend
  4. Money, Banking and Public Finance
    • Concept of money and measures of money supply
    • Creation of credit by commercial banks
    • Determination of price level - Inflation
      • Causes and Remedies of Inflation
    • Budget
    • Taxes and non tax revenue
    • Goods and Service Tax
  5. Meaning and measurement of growth
    • Distinction between growth and development
    • Measurement of growth
    • Growth, development and underdevelopment
    • Characteristics of underdevelopment
    • Stages of development
    • Source of capital formation
    • Growth strategies
    • Deregulation and growth
  6. National Income
    • National income and concepts
    • Gross domestic product
    • Net domestic product
    • Percapita income

Economy of Andhra Pradesh

  1. Contribution of agriculture to income and employment in Andhra Pradesh
    • Land reforms in Andhra Pradesh
    • Need for Land reforms
    • Structure of land holdings, forest and sown
    • Irrigated area
    • Cropping pattern
    • Sources of agricultural finances
    • Agricultural subsidies
    • Public distribution system in Andhra Pradesh
  2. Five year plans of Andhra Pradesh
    • Outlays
    • Finance in public sector plans
    • Resource allocation n five year plans of Andhra Pradesh under development of Niti Aayog
  3. Economic policies of Andhra Pradesh
    • Industrial and implementation and mission based development of state government
    • Industries in Andhra Pradesh
    • Growth and structure of Industries
    • Role of small scale and cottage industries
    • Structure of cooperatives
      • Share of cooperatives in total credit of Andhra Pradesh
    • Energy management
  4. Service sectors of Andhra Pradesh
    • Importance - composition and growth with special reference to Power; transport and communication; Tourism and information technology in Andhra Pradesh
  5. Socio economic welfare programs of government of Andhra Pradesh
Happy Preparation......


  1. Please provide reference books for revised syllabus

    1. Sure, I will try my best to find them.

    2. Pls check for APPSC reference books - http://appscmanual.blogspot.in/2016/12/reference-books-for-appsc-groups-ii-exam.html

  2. Good evening mam.where to find pdf file...

  3. Good evening mam.where to find pdf file...