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How to prepare for Group I

The first thing to look at is understanding the Group I Screening and Selection process.

Screening 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.

Selection Process:

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.

Other Considerations

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.

G-1 prelims preparation

G-1 Mains preparation

  1. Salam
    January 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    I want to succeed in group 1 sir. Suggest some telugu medium books .some psychological motivation to the long process .

    • January 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      Hi salam,
      Please go through this post https://dilipvaka.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/group-i-prelims-syllabus/ and refer the “suggested readings”. Also refer this link http://www.sakshieducation.com/(S(urdt3f55fwkn2wu0gfr00045))/GroupII/Index.aspx for some TM material and previous papers.The only pschological motivation required is “what is your plan B if you don’t get Group1/G-2 ?”, because a lot of people go into depression and lose interest on everything if they can’t make it to G-1/G-2 believing it is the end of world!.G-1/G-2 are like any other jobs like Bank PO/Software with added responsibility and intense stress.You should believe the subject/skills you learned while preparing for G-1/G-2 should be used for preparing other exams like Bank PO/jobs you like.G-1/G-2 are merely aspirational jobs and are very few, if you are smart and bit of luck on your side you will get it, otherwise use the skills you learned for getting another job.Developing confidence and believing in yourself is the key to success.

  2. durga prasad
    January 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    hi sir, can u please suggest me some English reference books for group-1

    • February 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Hi Durga prasad,
      Honestly there aren’t any reference books for English, and the exam standard is of 10th class.The usual most popular book “High Schhol English Grammar by wren and martin” is good for exam.

  3. harshita
    February 10, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    hi sir,
    I wanted to know if CBSE books are enough for the preparation of group 1 and 2. If so can u please suggest me from which class onwards i have to read?

  4. pramod
    February 21, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    hello sir,
    my name is pramod i have completed my b.tech i want to prepare for group exams sir so can u guide me how to prepare for the exams and which books are requied for it sir. thanq in advance

  5. lakshmi
    March 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I am a Govt. employee.I got selection in Group II service & Gazetted Examination.Now i am preparing for Group I for the last two notifications.But i could”t get chance for the interview.pl.give me the guidance for Mains.

    • March 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Hi Lakshmi,
      I hope you prepared your own notes for all the papers or at least those papers you are not good at.Use any coaching institute notes only as guidance for your own notes preparation.Don’t reproduce coaching notes in exam as everyone might write same in the exam.Another important aspect is writing only the relevant answer to the question than writing everything you know about that question.

      Evaluate which areas you are scoring low and prepare good notes on them.If you are weak at paper-I try to do exhaustive study by listing down various essay topics and prepare notes on them.Writing practice is another area which is neglected out of laziness, but forms a very important aspect in G-1 Mains.As you need to write every question in 10 minutes you must do enough writing practice in advance to get your thoughts flowing while writing real exam.Paper-5 is a real scoring one and you must get maximum marks in it to get any chance for interview.Next in line are paper-3,paper-4 which offering scope for good scoring.paper-1 and paper-2 offers equal opportunity for everyone if you are able to answer all questions as the scope for differentiation is less than other papers.

      Don’t lose your confidence as difference between getting an interview or not are only a few marks.when you identify and work on weakness you will definitely reach there.Ultimately winners are those who minimize their weakness than maximizing their strengths.

  6. Anilkumar Ratala
    April 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Hi Dilip

    I am preparing for group1. Can you please suggest me how to prepare to qualify in prelims?

  7. Mahesh
    May 20, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    I am pursuing b.tech 4 year … Am planning to prepare group1.please give suggestion to me

  8. Mahesh
    May 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Tell me… How many posts available in group 1 and group 2

    • May 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Hi Mahesh,
      Read the G-1/G-2 notification available on this blog homepage to know everything about groups.

  9. sowmya
    May 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Dear Sir,
    Thanks for your guidance. I am scoring 93 in prelims group 1. Sir, this is my first attempt and I would like to prepare my best for mains also. Sir, can you list me recommended books for mains paper wise. Sir, also if you can tell me where can i find the previous years mains questions papers. Sir, please help me out sir. You help and guidance is indeed very vluable to me.


    • May 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Hi Sowmya,
      APPSC prescribed a list of reference books here http://website.apspsc.gov.in/Documents/SYLLABUS1/81.pdf.
      But they are too many for one to refer them.Good references among them are
      paper 2:
      Ancient India , Medieval India (NCERT reference books for class 11 and 12): R.S. Sharma
      Modern India : Bipin Chandra
      History & culture of AP : P Raghunadha Rao (To cover AP Indian National Movement)
      paper 3:
      Indian Economy —-Mishra & puri/Dutt& sundaram/Dhingra
      Bharata ardhika vyavastha- samasyalu (భారత ఆర్ధిక వ్యవస్త – సమస్యలు ) –Telugu academy competitive exam book
      Andhrapradesh ardhika vyavastha-Telugu academy book
      Latest AP Socio economic survey
      paper 4:
      ISRO Website, NCERT 11,12 Science books,Dept of Atomic Energy/Science &Tech/biotech/information tech/water supply websites
      Environmental Studies:Anubha kaushik &C.p.kaushik (New Age international publishers), Environmental education(first year intermediate book)
      Science textbooks from 6-10(state syllabus)
      paper 5:
      I would recommend to buy photostat material from bookshops around RC Reddy study circle, hyd.Class notes of a lecturer called anilKumar reddy for paper 5(he also writes articles in sakshi) is pretty good to cover entire syllabus.

      You can also get the previous papers from http://www.sakshieducation.com/%28S%283ny1dju1qn31fg55s5kfboy3%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx on the left side bottom links.Most importantly practice writing in time starting from now to manage the time in exam as every question need to be answered in 200 words within 10 min.

  10. Tejaswi
    May 29, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Hi Dilip..
    Iam hopeful of clearing prelims..Can you suggest me the bets institute for paper IV mains coaching?

    • May 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Hi Tejaswi,
      I am not aware of best institute for Paper-IV, but i heard Harikrishna(he writes articles in Sakshi) giving good training for S&T and his institute is in Ashoknagar,Hyd.Even other institutes like Laqshya also offer good training paperwise, please inquire them as you also need to accommodate the timings,fees.

      • Tejaswi
        May 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Thank you dilip..many people are telling about hari krishna sir..i ll go enquire..any idea about test series??

        • May 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

          Hi Tejaswi,
          No idea about test series but usually the institutes offer them free for those who took coaching for all subjects and for others with a fee.

  11. Tejaswi
    May 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Thanks for the info dilip..!

  12. Tejaswi
    May 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Hi Dilip..i am little confused as to which subject i should take coaching, paper IV or III. Im comfortable with paper I, II, V. Coming to paper III–though i like the subject..i dont have much grip on the topics given in the syllabus..and for paper IV..first i thought paper IV is tough..but after seeing the syllabus and previous questions..it seems to be easy..
    Am i correct in my opinion?

    Thanks in advance.

    • May 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Hi Tejaswi,
      First join coaching for paper-III and get some coaching material for paper-IV.During training you will come across colleagues who will provide necessary inputs for paper-IV and others.

  13. eswara rao
    June 29, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    hi sir my name is eswar i am a small employee in privet sector. i am haven’t compleat degree. i will pay to degree in distance, its for groups. my thought corantly i have to prepare groups. kindly my request how to prepare degree and groups. at the same time ? thanking you sir.

  14. lakshmi
    July 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    hi sir,i want to prepare for groups.but i want to know how frequently do these groups will be conducted?Do we have gud coaching centers for EM ?Can i get the counselling of these papera selection from institutes if not please suggest me papers for selecting in group1.I have done my MCA.
    kindly help me …
    Thanx in advanc

  15. lakshmi
    July 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Sir, i am not intelligent but i can work hard,and also i am not that gud at maths.but i can read theory topics .Can i take a step fwd to prepare for groups?If so wat papers should i select .I dont hav any kind of guidence from my family n friends.plz suggest me in right direction..I am in confused state.

  16. jeevan
    July 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    hello sir , i want to prepare for group 1 exam can u please suggest me some books and some sites or subjects to prepare , and also i want to know when is the exam going to be conducted and how to apply for the exam .

  17. ramakrishna
    August 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    hi sir , i am ramakrishna, i am working as asst.divisionsl engineer in APGENCO. iwant to appear very seriously for GROUP I .my date of birth is 1-6-76 with bc reservation .please give me valuable suggestion as that is my draem post.

    • August 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Hi ramakrishna,
      You are perfectly eligible for G-1 posts as there is 5 years age exemption for BC category.You can see the previous notification on the home page of this blog.You can find some good material, previous papers and syllabus of G-1 at http://sakshieducation.com/%28S%28rtffmy55e2witmn0rd1f3i55%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx to get yourself familiar with the depth of exam.Please do read the various posts in this blog to get the clarity on various aspects of G-1.

  18. radha
    October 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    sir,iam in btech 2nd year right now.i want to prepare and write the group 1 exam.can u suggest me the way of preparing and the books to be referred and the whole process of preparation etc….

  19. srikanth penumaka
    November 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    hai dilip tips of you gave clarity about the group1 exam, i just selected for fci job, i want prepare for group1, when will notification will come? 8 months i

    • November 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Hi Srikanth,
      G-1 notification expected in Dec 2012 and you must start preparation now without waiting till notification.Please don’t quit your new job in FCI until you got a confirmed better new job in G-1 or elsewhere!

  20. satya reddy
    December 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    i am a fresher to group 1 studies.. i want to take coaching in visakapaatnam firtst and next i will go to hyderabad….. or can i go to hyd first… what is the best step to me… i am 90% student.. i am telugu medium student/…

  21. vamshidhar reddy
    December 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    hello sir i am vamhidhar reddy, I has completed my B-TECH in COMPUTER SCIENCE and now am in foreign country,by seeing situations here I felt I lost my valuable time to preparing my self for foreign studies now i want to repare for groups.please suggest me.i would say thanks for giving this opportunity to me.

    • December 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Hi vamshi,
      Don’t lose your hope…you must stick to one thing and don’t do flip flop of mind as it takes you nowhere but into desert!.Try to atleast get a very good grip of one programming language C/UNIX/C++/Java as you are still pursuing studies and had time in your hand.Don’t get carried away by your friends or media noise but focus on only one goal…to be proficient in one programming language.

      You will get a load of relief if you get into job and have some social standing.If you are still young then you can prepare for groups until you are 30 (28 for uniformed services).If you don’t have any interest in computer science then you should prepare for every govt job ..not just group/Civils.You can prepare well if you do it with a group of friends as it helps to evaluate yourself.An excellent resource for all competitive exams along with G-1/G-2 and others along with a brief overview of material and previous papers are available at http://www.sakshieducation.com/%28S%28vw3thw35gsmjsr55jqcrdcbw%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx

  22. gangadhar
    January 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    sir i am studying b.tech 3rd year i want to prepare for g1&2 which mediam telugu or english good for g1 .coching is requried ?.pls replay mer

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