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How to prepare for group II exam

 Please read this piece of advice before committing yourself for Groups preparation

As with every competitive exam the first thing one need to look at is the Selection process and exam Syllabus.Next thing you need to do is gather material.

Selection Process

This is a single stage process consisting of only objective examination and no interview.  Executive positions & Non executive positions are filled only with objective marks merit list  and there is no waiting list.

what we don’t need

Every photocopy of material published by every training institute
Every magazine in the market that recycles material & mock tests

What we need

General studies paper I

Standard NCERT textbooks of Science( physics,chemistry, biology) , Social science from 6th to 10th standard .Geography, History and political science  of 11th and 12th standard download here or here free.

State syllabus books of science and social from 6th to 10th standard, get them from your book shop or library.

Good School Atlas

Ancient India and Medieval India by R.S. Sharma

Both the books are of excellent quality and published by NCERT for class 11 and 12 reading reference (Or) you can also use the following books for Indian history

Ancient & Medieval History

Modern History

భారతదేశ చరిత్ర (TM) – బి.ఏ చరిత్ర 1st year book — తెలుగు అకాడమి

Indian national movement/Freedom struggle – Bipin chandra

Good summary of Indian National Movement

Current affairs daily from one english/telugu, Hindu/sakshi/eenadu including editorials without spending not more than 90 minutes daily.Sakshi (Bhavitha , Thursday edition) and eenadu (pratibha) provides good coverage in their district editions almost daily.If one can afford they can buy Vivek, Vijetha competitions,Udyoga sopanam fortnightly (Rs 20 –Telugu medium only) from bookshops or get them from nearby library.These magazines provide summary of current affairs in polity, economy, exam dates and a good amount of inspiration for various govt jobs.

For Science & technology refer to S&T section in India book 2010. For the latest in S&T refer to wiki like here here or go to their websites.

For mental ability in general studies paper-I one can go for Quicker Maths by M.Tyra(or) Quantitative aptitude by R.s Agarwal

General Studies –Tata McGraw Hill(If you can afford around Rs 1000) is also good

paper II -History

Section -I

History & culture of AP (English medium) — P Raghunadha rao

(or)

Adhunika andhra pradesh charithra (ఆధునిక ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ చరిత్ర TM) —  P Raghunadha rao

Another good book on AP history(Ancient & Medieval).please download here

Section -II

Indian polity — M Laxmikanth

Constitution Of India

paper III – Economy

Section -I

Indian Economy —-Dutt& sundaram (or) Mishra & Puri

Bharata ardhika vyavastha- samasyalu (భారత ఆర్ధిక వ్యవస్త - సమస్యలు ) –Telugu academy competitive exam book

Section -II

Andhra pradesh ardhika vyavastha- Abivriddhi( ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ ఆర్ధిక వ్యవస్త- అభివ్రిద్ధి)  –Telugu academy competitive exam book.

Socio Economic Survey of Andhrapradesh(2011-12)

Socio Economic Survey of Andhrapradesh (2010-11)

AP Statistical Abstract 2009

In addition to the above books one need to study India book 2010, latest Economic survey summary(centre & state),Budget highlights(central & state), 13th Finance commission report summary, About Human Development Index (HDI), Human development report of AP , India HDI , UNDP India 2011 HDI rank,Directorate of economics and statistics, AP review.

Various websites to gather more info include Yojana, parliament of india, planning commission.

If you come across any coaching institute material make sure why you are buying that material. Are you able to find something in those book which is not easy to get information on (or) You are buying it simply because it is a great coaching institute or you have seen everyone carrying it around or your friend recommended it. If you follow the second way you will end up buying every institute material and reading nothing but spending your money on useless bunch of books. So before buying any material first go through the syllabus and make sure you got all info from the above said books, incase you don’t get then think of buying material with that “specific topic”. By focusing on the above 6 to 8 books and the latest current affairs mostly you don’t need any other material. All we need is 120 in every paper and another 20 in interview( total 380) to get a group 2 service.

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  1. Dileep
    June 27, 2012 at 2:14 AM | #1

    Hii sir… I want to get the English medium Text books for Group2 in specific(Not the institute) notes… But the standard books like Dutt n sundaram is vast which is some what more to prepare at this point……
    Telugu academt books *andhra arthikivyavastha) as such these books cant I download in English medium…

    • June 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM | #2

      Hi Dileep,
      Al the standard books are mentioned in this post http://dilipvaka.wordpress.com/category/group-ii/ and standard books by nature are elaborate.At this stage you must follow only institute notes if you want to completely revise G-2 syllabus and there is no alternative.

  2. Suneetha
    June 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM | #3

    sir,
    i realised that i am following s.chand’s Datt & Sundharam instead of Dutt & Sundaram for indian economy for grp-2. is it ok?

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    June 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM | #5

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  4. Suneetha
    June 28, 2012 at 1:54 PM | #6

    sir,
    yes, exactly the same book as you referred. thank u so much

  5. snehal
    July 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM | #7

    Hi Sir..m snehal..i completed my MCA..actually m preparng for bank xams..and i appld fr gropu2 and group4..m basically from telugu medium..just i saw those syllabus..i dont knw anything..ther is no more time but nw i wanted to g2 &g4…what hav to do..plz suggest me…

    • July 3, 2012 at 10:24 PM | #8

      Hi snehal,
      You better go for bank coaching this time as G-2 and G-4 application dates are closed for this year.You better try for G-2 next year when the new notification announced as you need preparation time of 6 months.In the mean time read the science and social textbooks of class 6 to 10th to get the concepts and make a habit of reading newspaper like sakshi/eenadu to follow the current affairs.In the mean time follow this link http://sakshieducation.com/%28S%28moyjffe5xesk0q55pdox1m45%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx and see the sample of syllabus and material for G-2 and G-4 on left hand side.

  6. bhagi
    July 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM | #9

    SIR Wat about new APPPSC system….

    • July 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM | #10

      Hi Bhagi,
      Better to wait until the final word comes from govt and APPSC on any changes.

  7. Lavanya
    July 11, 2012 at 8:32 AM | #11

    Hi Sir..m lavanya .i completed my MCA..am preparng for group 2 and 4 exams..and i appld fr gropu2 and group4..m basically from telugu medium..just i saw those syllabus .and i dnt know how to prepare. and theory is very tuff ,,i i forgot all..what am do sir

  8. jayakanthan
    July 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM | #13

    thank u much

  9. July 27, 2012 at 7:20 PM | #14

    Hi Sir I am Baba from kadapa. I got a 230 marks in last group2. When the next Gr-2 notification. please give me an Information

    • July 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM | #15

      Hi baba,
      I don’t know when the next G-2 notification will be issued.

  10. Sameer
    August 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM | #16

    Hello sir…I just checked the group 2 paper 3 key by vijetha magazine & it differs from sakshi’s key by nearly 25 marks…my score gets a major boost if vijetha’s key happens to be the correct..plz shed some light on this topic..

    • August 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM | #17

      Hi sameer,
      Sakshi key is very reliable but i didn’t refer vijetha key.In my previous experience vijetha key is not a reliable one.

  11. vijay
    August 6, 2012 at 5:58 AM | #18

    Where i get appsc assistant social welfare officer previous papers

    • August 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM | #19

      Hi Vijay,
      I don’t know either.It would be on the standard of G-2.

  12. Sajid
    August 13, 2012 at 3:14 AM | #20

    Hi Sir,
    i appeared for group 4 2012 and i got 196 marks.. i belong to zone-4, BC-E category.Are there any chances of getting a job? And what could be the cut-off marks this time. Please suggest
    Thanks.

  13. prudhvi
    August 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM | #21

    sir,
    how many marks we need to score in group2 examination in order to pass..and what is the cut off mark for BC candidates

    • August 28, 2012 at 12:27 PM | #22

      Hi Prudvi,
      G-2 is competitive exam and the cut off varies for each reserved category depending on competition in that category.

  14. d balaraju
    August 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM | #23

    sir i am preparing group2 but i not knowing reference books please kindly telling group2 reference books

  15. Siva Kumar
    September 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM | #25

    Sir, i am BTech 2012 passed out. I know nothing about groups exams, but i want to prepare for group2. please suggest me best coaching centre in Hyderabad. and i have a doubt can i clear the exam in first attempt without having much knowledge on group exams?????

    • September 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM | #26

      Hi Sivakumar,
      First educate yourself about the G-2 exam syllabus from the G-2 notification on this blog homepage.Read the syllabus thoroughly and evaluate how much you can manage on your own and what you need from coaching.Go through http://sakshieducation.com/%28S%28534mbq55nolmts45atpgozyp%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx to see the previous papers and some material to know the depth of exam.

      Without doing homework don’t expect to join coaching.Few good institutes are RC reddy study circle,lakshya and others and all of them based in Ashoknagar, hyderabad.

  16. geethanjali
    September 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM | #27

    hi sir… iam anjali.i completed my mca.during my mca i got marriage.i hav one kid.now again iam pregnent.now i want to prepare group 2.because it is nessesary for me.can i manage and can i prepare without coaching.is it tough?please suggest sir.

    • September 15, 2012 at 8:09 PM | #28

      Hi Anjali,
      Most people attempt groups exam while doing job or people like you who got break.Before thinking about coaching go through the syllabus thoroughly and see what you can manage on your own and also through previous papers to know the depth of exam.You must do this piece of homework before evaluating your need for coaching,as coaching requirements varies according to individual.As you will be at home it will be a good idea to prepare as much syllabus as possible at home following coaching institutions notes and reading reference books.

      Lot of people clear groups without coaching and coaching provides guidance on those topics you can’t handle.You can find lot of information at http://sakshieducation.com/(S(534mbq55nolmts45atpgozyp))/GroupII/Index.aspx and across various comments in this blog.

  17. Siva kumar
    September 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM | #29

    Sir thank u for ur valuable suggestion. i want 2 get complete english medium meterial where can i get it, since iam a EM guy..

    • September 15, 2012 at 8:15 PM | #30

      Hi sivakumar,
      The books to be referred by both medium students are same and available at the above post you read.You don’t get all material in a single book and you need to refer various books for each paper or you can buy any coaching institute material available for each paper.The list of reference books are also available at http://sakshieducation.com/(S(534mbq55nolmts45atpgozyp))/GroupII/Index.aspx

  18. rakesh
    September 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM | #31

    hi sir
    I was searching for B S L Hanumanth rao’s andhra history to buy online but couldnt find it on net,as i dont stay in andhra pradesh can u cite any links where i can buy it online or any option of bookpost?? flipkart infibeam and amazon are out of stock.thanx in advance

  19. Sameer
    September 30, 2012 at 2:40 AM | #33

    Hello sir…when is the group 2 result expected to be released? I didnt follow as i was out of station..

    • October 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM | #34

      Hi sameer,
      There is a court case regarding usage of whitner in previous G-2 2010 and the judgement expected in a month or two.G-2 2012 results are expected only after announcement of G-2 2010 results.

  20. sai krishna
    October 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM | #35

    sir dis is sai krishna………

    me completed b.tech in 2012……….

    i want to crack group 2……….

    my doubts are………

    1) from 1st 2 10th i studied in telugu medium am good in telugu ………so i want to prepare in telugu only………

    i want to know what telugu books i have to read?
    i mean authors?
    and how much time it will take to complete whole preparation once ?

  21. sai krishna
    October 1, 2012 at 11:16 PM | #37

    please post all topics with recomended books………for telugu medium students……….

  22. Sameer
    October 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM | #38

    Hello sir..I request you to tell me the group 2 results expected time.

  23. Nagi
    October 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM | #39

    Hello sir…..i went through the syllabus notification of group 2, in that they mentioned only about andhra history and andhra economical situation….is there anything to ask about indian and world history in group 2 exam……..?

    • October 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM | #40

      Hi nagireddy,
      Indian history and a overview of world geography will be covered in G-2 paper-1 General studies exam but there is no need to study world history.

  24. sashidhar
    October 8, 2012 at 9:11 PM | #41

    Dear Dilip
    i heard about telugu version of NCERT books is it true if true where i ll get that books?

    • October 14, 2012 at 7:01 PM | #42

      Hi sashidar,
      I haven’t seen them anywhere even though i also heard about them!

  25. Hema Sundar
    October 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM | #43

    Hi Dilip,
    I have purchased the General Studies part – 1 & 2 by Tata Mcgraw Hill. Are these 2 books sufficient for Grp-2 exam (excluding current affairs)?

    • October 30, 2012 at 8:02 PM | #44

      Hi Hemasundar,
      Tata-Mc graw hill is good book covering all aspects except current affairs.But for G-2 studying school books 6-10 th class (Science & social) is good enough as they cover most fundamental aspects.

      • Hema Sundar
        November 3, 2012 at 8:28 PM | #45

        ok, thanks for your suggestion Dilip. What about 11th and 12th standard books for G-2?

        • November 5, 2012 at 11:54 PM | #46

          Hi hemasundar,
          11th and 12th Geography/History/Polity books are very relevant for prelims to get a good grounding of concepts and you can also use the 11th/12th Biology books for understanding about Biotechnology useful for G-1 paper-4 mains preparation.

  26. Hema Sundar
    November 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM | #47

    Thanks Dilip for your wise advise.

  27. himabindu
    November 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM | #48

    Hi Dilip,
    I am a house wife, But because of some problems i want to write Group – 2
    Please refer a good book for polity(Telugu Medium)

    • November 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM | #49

      Hi himabindu,.
      For polity TM follow telugu academy B.A first and second year polity books.Very good EM book is Indian polity by Laxmikanth

  28. November 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM | #50

    dear sir ,
    I am uma sankar, I want text books names in telugu medium for group 2 please send me early soon as possible

  29. rashid ahmed
    November 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM | #52

    Hi Sir,
    I want to join Group 2 coaching in English medium.which is the best coaching center in Hyd for english medium?.Please advice me.

    • November 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM | #53

      Hi rashid,
      For G-2 EM laqshya and Rc reddy are offering decent coaching, but you need to inquire them in advance as EM batches are very few and they conduct only if they got sufficient people.

      • rashi ahmed
        November 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM | #54

        Hi Dilip

        Is Andhrula Charithra written by BSL Hanumanth Rao is published by Vishalandra or any other?

  30. himabindu
    November 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM | #55

    hi dilip,
    thank you very much for giving reply to my question
    is there any separate good reference books for ancient, medieval and modern history(telugu medium) or may i go through the sakshieducation material? is that material is enough
    even or all subjects also

    • November 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM | #56

      Hi Himabindu,
      The information on Sakshi website is meant of revision or for evaluation purpose only.You must read standard reference books like B.A history , first year on ancient and medieval India.Another very good TM book covering both aspects is “Andhrula charithra by B.S.L Hanumantha rao” and for modern Andhra History you can refer “Adhunika Andhradesa charithra by P. raghunadha rao”

  31. himabindu
    November 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM | #57

    hi dilip garu,
    can you please suggest any tips to write notes and how to remember as i told you that i had some problems, i can’t go for coaching. So please suggest the good telugu medium material for group 2 that i can cover 90% of the subject. I will give my 100% to get good score.

  32. manikanta
    November 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM | #58

    Hi dilip
    this is manikanta .presently i am working in mnc.last year i wrote g1 prelims i got 85 marks. i am so much intrested on groups so pls tell me how to preparation in smart way way on week ends and early mrg and evening times

  33. November 29, 2012 at 4:15 AM | #61

    I want to write group 2 exam.i don’t know how to prepare ?pls tell me how to prepare.i don’t have materials. Iam in USA . Pls tell me how to prepare in online.

  34. himabindu
    November 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM | #62

    Hi Dilip garu,
    I took P. Raghunatharao book for modern History(TM), B.S.L. Hanumantharao book for ancient & medieval history, for polity B.A 1st and 2nd year academy books and for economy also academy books mentioned by you. But recently i joined in a govt. office as a out sourcing employee, i have time to prepare in the office but i can,t write the notes, so my plan is I will finish these books for first reading after that i will buy any institute notes. Can you give any more suggestions for better score.

  35. Malluri Ramesh
    November 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM | #63

    hai gd evng,i did cmplt MAeng so i can vry intrest for groups ,hw much time will be spent for a day to preparation plz claryfy

  36. kalyani
    December 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM | #64

    hi sir,
    i completed my b.tech this year pls suggest me how to prepare for group2 whether it is possible to get gud marks without taking coaching by self preparation d pls suggest me which magazine is helpful to get grip on current affairs

  37. vinay
    December 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM | #65

    hello dilip… i am vinay, i’ve all the books which you mentioned above… but i’m in a confusion whether to take coacing or not in rc reddy… i got to know that group 2 notfctn will release in this month end… i got group 2 material from vikas book shop also.. should i read that books or material??? can we crack group 2 in 1st attempt?? i need executive post… how many marks should i score out of 500 for getting executive job?? i’ve reservation ST..

    waitng for ur reply…

  38. January 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM | #66

    wish happy new year dilipgaru

    • January 2, 2013 at 11:01 PM | #67

      Thank you Himabindu..Wish you too for a rewarding future.

  39. kalyani
    January 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM | #68

    hi sir
    what is the difference b/n executive posts and non executive posts

    • January 2, 2013 at 11:22 PM | #69

      Hi Kalyani,
      Executive posts by their name suggest they implement or execute the decisions of government policies/Orders.Non executive posts means they “assist” the Executive staff in exercising their duties…and are mostly of clerical cadre.

  40. January 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM | #70

    Hi Dilip garu,
    I think you lost my question so, i am asking my question againI took P. Raghunatharao book for modern History(TM), B.S.L. Hanumantharao book for ancient & medieval history, for polity B.A 1st and 2nd year academy books and for economy also academy books mentioned by you. But recently i joined in a govt. office as a out sourcing employee, i have time to prepare in the office but i can,t write the notes, so my plan is I will finish these books for first reading after that i will buy any institute notes. Can you give any more suggestions for better score. I am waiting for your reply.

    • January 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM | #71

      Hi Himabindu,
      Your idea is good..first do the initial reading of those books and then go through institute notes.That will get you to cover around 85% of exam and make sure to do multiple readings of institute notes to stick into your mind.

  41. January 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM | #72

    sir ..
    i am mallikarjuna …i hav completed b.tech,i am v intrested in getting my life through group 2…as i knw i can suit fr grp 2…at present i need a good guidence from u sir hw i have to mould in groups and present situation & wat all to b kept in mind …i need a advice i am in confusion sirrr so pls. suggest

    • January 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM | #73

      Hi mallikarjun,
      If you want prepare for Govt services make sure you start now without waiting for notification.It takes around 6 to 9 months to get complete confidence on exam. First spend some time going around syllabus and previous exam papers to know your level of knowledge and your weak areas. Do a first reading on the entire syllabus for a month and evaluate your need for coaching.It depends on the individual priorities to chose coaching or not as it is not compulsory as so many succeeded without coaching.Follow this site http://www.sakshieducation.com/%28S%28nfn1h4eqhd552y3jxysuxs45%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx

  42. January 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM | #74

    sir ..

    as i am from english medium so please suggest me the books for all the subjects and material for the preparation….as u suggested i am planning to have ground preparation first and den if needed i wll go for coaching sir…..wat i need is what are the books to be reffered for each subjects ….and is there any optional subjects in grop 2…?

  43. February 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM | #76

    sir
    as u suggestd me i am willing to have a ground preparation first and den i will decide wheather to take coaching or not ..realy it is gud suggestion to follow in any domain before entering ..sir please suggest me the books which i need in this basic level of preparation and current affairs to prepare ..sir i am english medium so in that site which u gave as i have seen i dint find any english medium books so pls guide me sir thanq..!

  44. shreekanth
    February 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM | #78

    Hai sir i’m srikanth i’m post graduated in computer science… now i want to prepare group2 how much time require for that and when should i expect notification

    and one more plse help me with your guidence

  45. neeru
    February 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM | #80

    hi sir,
    i was 1st time preparing for group 2 exam.so plz tell me how to prepare this exam.which book i can study in short time. i am a telugu mediam student.so plz tell me sir how prepare for exam.i am waiting for ur reply sir. thank you

    • February 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM | #81

      Hi Neeraja,
      There is no short cut to G-2 or any competitive exam.You should prepare to achieve confidence and you can get it only if you got good basics from school level books.Study Science &social 6 to 10th school books and then get coaching material like RC reddy/Laqshya for all 3 papers ( less than 1500/).Follow current affairs daily through Sakshi/eanadu (no politics..) , buy a magazine like vivek (RC reddy publications) and finally refer http://sakshieducation.com/%28S%28yglv5455srhxrh45bfgn5245%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx for previous papers, study material and latest updates.

  46. ramana
    May 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM | #82

    hi sir
    i completed my b. tech.now i am working in news channel.i want prepare for group 2.i don’t know even the syllabus of group2.so please give me complete details of syllabus,reference books for Telugu medium because i want write this exam in tm.

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