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How to prepare for group II exam

March 7, 2012 400 comments

 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.

APPSC Group I and Group II Selection procedure changing ?

November 10, 2011 254 comments

Reports are making rounds in media about the changes coming up in APPSC Group I and Group II in the upcoming notifications. These changes are aligning the Group exams in line with UPSC Civil services. These proposals are sent by APPSC for consideration to Govt. Proposed changes are

Group I (NOT IMPLEMENTED IN CURRENT GROUP-I-2011)

1) Introducing reservation in prelims while calling for Mains exam. This means the present practice of calling for mains from common merit list  of prelims is abandoned . Read more…

APPSC Group II Exam

September 21, 2011 144 comments

Latest News :  APPSC  Group II exam was conducted on oct 15-16, 2011  after Group I Mains( Sept 25-Oct 03, 2011).

Group II is one of the competitive exam conducted by APPSC for recruitment  of various posts under the Executive and non executive cadre in various AP government depts. Various posts filled under group II will be like

Deputy Tahsildar
Assistant Commercial tax officer
Municipal commissioner-grade III (i.e, smaller municipalities)
Prohibition & Excise SI
Extension officer in Panchayat raj
and other section officer,junior assistant positions.

You can see the complete list of positions,syllabus and reservation from the notification here.

Category wise Exec/Non exec positions as mentioned in the notification are here

What should your rank be in order of merit to get a group II executive position?

OC-Men => Your rank must be less than equal to 153 to get a guaranteed executive position

OC-Women => Your rank must be less than equal to (153+82=235) 235 to get a guaranteed executive position

For those above 30 years age, you need to remove Excise SI posts

OC-Men => Your rank must be less than equal to (153-72=81) 81 to get a guaranteed executive position but possible to get one up to 153 depending on how many before you opted for Excise S.I position

OC-women => Your rank must be less than equal to (81+42=123) 123 to get a guaranteed executive position but possible to get one up to 235 depending on how many before you opted for Excise S.I position

Here i listed only for OC candidates as the rank for them is compulsory to get an executive position, else they won’t get it. For other categories the order of merit(rank) varies depending on how many from their category got positions in OC-General list , the more they get from OC-General list the farther their rank can be to obtain a group II exec/non exec position. The above rank is for guaranteed position only but not for your required post as it varies according to preferences of those before you.

 

Group II Study plan

September 2, 2011 42 comments

Following is a basic study plan for Group II aspirants

The total duration of syllabus completion and revision is 5 months

Stage 1 :First reading   => 3 months (For entire reading of syllabus and preparing important notes)

Stage 2 :Revision one   => 1 month  (For revising the above prepared notes)

Stage 3 :Revision two    => 15 days

Stage 4 :Revision three => 8 days

Stage 5 :Revision four    => 4 days

Depending on your present situation you need to decide from which stage to start with. If you starting from scratch start from Stage 1, if you had finished your First reading and ready with your notes then start from stage 2 and do the revision. The key to success is the number of times you revise your notes so that it will stick into your mind for a long time as the exam date approaches. If you haven’t prepared or gathered notes it will be difficult for you to revise many times as the time for revision decreases in every stage.

Regular study should not be less than 6 to 8 hours per day during Stage 1 as you need cover entire syllabus. Dedicate 1 to 2 hours of your daily time for current affairs aligning with the exam syllabus over and above the regular study time as current affairs orientation is increasing in every group services exam.

Topics to be covered  under Group II syllabus  in

Paper I (General Studies)

 

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Group II Paper I (General Studies)

May 16, 2011 27 comments

1.General Science

This is studied under Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science & Technology

Physics:

Force & pressure,Friction,gravitation,solar system,mechanics(newton laws, centripetal,centrifugal forces,projectiles,angle of banking,potential & kinetic energy),liquids(capillarity,surface tension, viscosity),Sound,Heat,light,Electricity, Magnetism,satellites, modern physics (atomic energy, radio activity,cosmic, x rays, visible spectrum),Nuclear,space technology in India(latest happening in these areas)

Biology:

Cell structure,living organisms classification,life processes of plants and animals (nutrition,digestion, respiration, circulatory system,blood, excretion), control &coordination(nervous system, eyes,ears),endocrine system & reproduction,digestive enzymes,hormones,vitamins,infectious diseases,natural resources management(air, water, soil pollution,wetlands, forestry, wildlife)applications of biology(plant breeding, animal breeding, pesticides, bio fertilisers, biotechnology,stem cells),Institutions of National importance.

Chemistry:

Physical & chemical changes,Atoms &molecules,Acids,bases & salts,metals &non metals, fibers, periodic table classification,carbon compounds(hydrocarbons, polymers), bio molecules (carbohydrates,proteins,fats),nuclear fission, nuclear fusion,breeder reactors, metallurgy.

Science & Technology

Submarines, ISRO launches,DRDO tests,Antarctic/Arctic expeditions,Super computers,Science congress

All the above topics are the areas one need to look into but the scope of questions in exam may or may not be limited to above topics.

Suggested Reading:

NCERT Text books : class 6 to 10 (Science).There are 3 to 4 books for every class,so please download all the books.
Science section in India Year Book latest.
AP State Syllabus: class 6 to 10 (These books are also good ,you can use them in place of NCERT books)

General Studies Manual by Tata McgrawHill (For those who want all material in a single book)

2.Indian Geography

Physical features of India ,landforms & their evolution,drainage basins,climate,soils,minerals,natural vegetation and wild life,population(growth,density,migration,sex ratio, occupation structure),economic activity in agriculture,industry,tourism,trade,transportation,services.

Suggested Reading:

NCERT Text books :Class 6 to 10 (Social Science) and Class 11 and 12 (Geography)
Good School Atlas:Please make sure AP information is mentioned in it.
AP State Syllabus: class 6 to 10 Social sciences (These books are good ,refer them for AP relevant content in geography and economics)

3.History of India and Indian National Movement

History of India includes history especially cultural (arts, language & literature,architecture) from ancient,medieval and up to 1857 revolt. Indian national movement includes the personalities who shaped social reforms and freedom movement

Suggested Reading:

NCERT Text books           :Social Sciences (class 6 to 10) and History(11 and 12th class) 
Ancient India , Medieval India (NCERT reference books for class 11 and 12): R.S. Sharma (you need to buy in bookshop)
Modern India                       : Bipin Chandra

Download history study material from http://www.jeywin.com/study-material/

4.Mental Ability
This part will test the candidate ability in analytical and reasoning abilities. This includes, analogies, algebra, synonyms & antonyms,series,inferences etc.

Suggested Reading:
Quicker maths by M Tyra ( The questions in exam are of basic nature, entire content of book may not be relevant)

5.Current events of national and International importance

Summits
BRICS,World economic Forum, SAARC, G20,climate summits, WTO ministerial meets, Free trade with Europe,ASEAN and others,Nuclear Suppliers group(NSG),APEC, OPEC, EU etc. Countries visited by president,vice president and PM and treaties signed in the last one year, Energy(nuclear, oil&gas) cooperation with other countries

Domestic & international Institutions (political, economic, judicial)

UN,UNESCO,World bank,WTO,International Court of Justice,Heads of (Army, navy, airforce,ISRO,DRDO,Atomic energy commission,UPSC, Supreme court,SC,ST,BC,Women,human rights,law commissions, US ambassadors to India/from India to US & china)

Events
Recent events in the last one to one and half-year like(Japanese earthquake,laden death, Lokpal bill,Telangana struggle,Kashmir situation, wikileaks etc)

Sports
Cricket,tennis grand slam order & recent winners, commonwealth,FIFA games, Mascots, medals tally,Asian games, Olympics,chess,badminton,hockey,kabbadi,F1 tournaments etc

Prizes
Padmabhushan, jnanapith awards,Man Booker, Noble (all six),Alternate Nobel awards,Oscar awards winners(Indian entries 2010), Abel prize, Raman magsaysay, Indira Gandhi peace, Nehru awards,Cannes film festival, children film festivals etc.

Books
Books written by politicians and others

Miscellaneous
UN ambassadors of peace, Education, AIDS
UN/SAARC declaration of years
UNESCO cultural heritage, Natural heritage sites, Biosphere reserves in India.

Suggested Readings

The Hindu,Frontline,Science Reporter,Yojana,Economic and political weekly,Mainstream,Wikipedia.

Sakshi,Eenadu,Yojana (Telugu medium), Vivek , Vijetha Competitions fortnightly (Telugu)

Advice for APPSC Groups Aspirants

May 16, 2011 70 comments

Those aspiring to appear for Group I or II services in AP need to keep some hard facts on top of their mind.

1) APPSC don’t conduct groups examinations every year like UPSC or other state commissions like Tamilnadu,Maharastra.

2) APPSC don’t have any examination timetable, which means you never know when they announce notification, announce exam dates after receiving applications,when they announce results.The more stages your exam got (like Group I) the more uncertainty.

3) Most of the APPSC notifications are announced & conducted according to wishes of the government in power.This means the government may not conduct exams for 3 or 4 years and then announce a notification with large number of posts at once with age exemptions.

4) As there is no exam timetable for APPSC the gap between exam notification and conduct of examination varies from minimum 1 year(for technical posts) to 3 years or more(for popular ones like group I,II).

5)The lack of exam timetable on part of APPSC is making the students desperate to appear for Groups exams when they announce the dates and also making controversial attempts by students asking for more posts, age exemptions, reservation issues which in turn is making the already delayed process delaying further.

So those who already doing job or those who are looking for job continue with your plans and don’t wait for Groups exams.Just apply for these exams when APPSC announced notifications and continue with your job, start preparation for the exam when they announce the dates.Don’t ever quit your current job for preparation of Group I or II!!

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Should I go for coaching or self preparation

May 11, 2011 9 comments

This question often comes for those starting now or for those who got no time at hand and in need of some instant fix.

what you get through coaching?

Material of the coaching centre
Attending classes and interact with other students & faculty
Need to spend around 6 hrs daily attending classes
possibility of practising mock tests if they conduct any such
Finally all this costs around 5000 ( only coaching fee depending on institute) without including hostel/living ,travel and food expenses.
Most institutes takes 1 to 3 months to teach syllabus depending on fast track or regular batches.So in total it costs atleast 10000 to 15000.

REMEMBER COACHING IS NOT DICTATING NOTES, IT SHOULD BE A GUIDANCE TO YOUR LEARNING PROCESS

What you get by self preparation?

Remember Group II is a objective test, not descriptive.
You read the syllabus,collect the books and prepare your material
Better concentration on exam as you dont get diverted by pep talk of your collegues
It doesn’t cost you more than 3000 with all material included and no travel and living expenses as you prepare from your home/office.
You can practise the mock tests by going through previous papers, fortnighly magazines,newspapers once your preparation is finished.
So if you want control on the material preparation (yes you can do it in 3 to 4 months and you learn along the way as well!)and your costs better prepare self.If you don’t have time or you you lack the will to prepare on your own and can afford the costs go for coaching.Most people realise that they don’t need coaching and curse themselves after they took coaching!!.I prefer to prepare self than go for coaching as this is an objective test and most importantly the current affairs aspects need to be handled by you and not the institute. Crash courses are disastrous on your psyche as they dump lot of information in short period, but regular coaching can enforce some discipline and regularize your studies.

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