How to prepare for Group I
The first thing to look at is understanding the Group I Screening and Selection process.
The first stage is a Preliminary screening test(Objective type) for the purpose of admitting to Main examination.No reservation is applied for admitting to Mains exams.There is no negative marking in prelims.
This is a two stage successive process consisting of conventional descriptive Mains examination and a final interview. Reservation is applied while calling for interview after Mains exams. Selection is based on merit after taking Mains exam and Interview marks together.
What is expected from Group I aspirants?
Aspirants are evaluated of their factual and conceptual knowledge on various Socioeconomic and cultural aspects of India and world at the Preliminary screening stage. Their ability to express their thoughts in a relevant, concise and clear manner in a descriptive way is evaluated in Mains examination. Articulating one’s knowledge and emotions with composure is evaluated at final Interview stage.
Every stage is a knock out stage, those who cleared the screening prelims (in the ratio of 1:50 i.e., 50 aspirants for 1 job)are allowed for selection process to write mains exam and those who cleared mains (in the ratio of 1:2 i.e, 2 aspirants for 1 job) are called for interview. The final merit list is prepared by combining the marks from mains exam (excluding English paper marks) and interview. The preliminary marks are qualifying for mains and not counted for final merit list. There is no waiting list in Group I, i.e,any candidates who didn’t join the service those vacancies will be carried to next notification.
All these jobs carry a high degree of prestige and responsibility as these are top level jobs at state level. Only merit prevails in the selection process. There is reservation for SC&ST in recruitment as well as in promotions. For others any reservation is limited to recruitment stage only.
The entire selection process from notification to mains exam usually spread over a year, sometimes even much longer as there is no specific schedule from APPSC at the moment.