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How to prepare for group II exam

March 7, 2012 386 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


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.

Group II Paper I (General Studies)

May 16, 2011 27 comments

1.General Science

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


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)


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.


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

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

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)

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

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

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 written by politicians and others

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)