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Group I Prelims Syllabus

Scheme & Syllabus of Group I Examination [ తెలుగు / English ]

The following seven areas are prepared for Group I prelims exam. Follow this Study planto finish prelims syllabus.New topic disaster management added to prelims syllabus

1.General Science

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


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.

Topics covered are useful in Section- II ( Modern trends in Life sciences) chapters 3,4,5 in Paper -IV (Mains)


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

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.


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)

Science & Technology

Submarines, ISRO launches, Space applications, DAE, DRDO tests,Antarctic/Arctic expeditions,super computers,Science congress, IT applications,  Renewable energy.

Topics covered here are useful in Section- I (Role of S&T in development of India) of paper- IV (Mains)

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.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)

3.History of India and AP Indian National Movement

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

Topics  under History of India are covered under Section-I (History & Cultural Heritage of 20th Century India) of Paper II (Mains)

AP Indian National movement includes the social reformers of 19th and 20th centuries , Andhra leaders during national movement, sociocultural awakening in Telengana, Vandemataram movement,Hyderabad State congress, Role of communists,socialists, Anti nizam struggle and Integration of Hyderabad state.

Topics under AP Indian national movement are covered under Section-II(Social & Cultural history of AP) in 3,4,5 chapters of paper II (Mains)

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 state syllabus Indian history study material:

Ancient &medieval India

Modern India

History & culture of AP     : P Raghunadha Rao (To cover AP Indian National Movement)

4.Indian and World Geography with focus on AP geography

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

In case of world geography focus on climate regions vegetation, mountains, major drainage basins,industrial centers (manufacturing & minerals),agricultural producers,trade centers.

Topics covered under Indian geography are useful in Section- III (Development & Environment problems) 2,3 chapters under Paper- IV

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)

5.Indian polity and economy

Constitutional developments,preamble,Fundamental rights,Directive principles, fundamental duties, legislative, administrative & financial relations between union and states,constitutional bodies,planning commission,bicameral legislatures at union and state level,Supreme court/High court jurisdiction and writs,Interstate/Zonal councils,constitutional amendments, basic structure theory,Emergency provisions,panchayat raj model, 73rd and 74th amendments implementation,welfare provisions for SC/ST/OBC,Human rights/women/minorities SC/ST commissions and SC/ST atrocities act.

The above topics are covered under Section- III(General overview of constitution) of paper II(Mains).

For starters in Indian Economy I suggest you read the NCERT class 9 [Social Sciences, Economics] ,class 10 [social sciences, understanding Economic Development],class 11 Economics books to get complete idea about economy and how it works. You can download these books at http://ncertbooks.prashanthellina.com/ All this material is enough to get through prelims and also useful for mains. Most importantly daily read the Finance section in newspaper(telugu/english) to get the current affairs aspects in economy.

Sectoral changes in Indian economy(GDP and workforce) since economic reforms,Recent five year plan allocations,Poverty and unemployment estimates,Household consumption estimates (NSSO 66th Round),Latest Economic survey and union budget, HDI report,13th finance commission report,national income (base year changes), inflation, GDP/GNP and national income concept,Fiscal deficit, Rail budget,Various social and poverty alleviation programs,Millennium development goals , JNNURM, Income tax slabs, GST,financial,tax reforms,Capital market,Rupee convertibility,various committees on industrial development,FRBM act implementation,India’s biggest trading partners,current account, capital account,monetary policy of RBI, fiscal policy of govt etc.

Topics under Indian economy are covered under Section- I(Planning in India & Indian economy) of paper III(Mains) which are useful even for current affairs.

Suggested Reading:

Indian Polity : M laxmikanth
Indian Economy —-Dutt& sundaram
Bharata ardhika vyavastha- samasyalu (భారత ఆర్ధిక వ్యవస్త – సమస్యలు ) –Telugu academy competitive exam book

6.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) or Quantitative aptitude/reasoning by R.S Agarwal

7.Disaster management

This topic is new addition to syllabus. As India is prone to both natural and man made disasters this topic should be given special attention in preparation.

Suggested Reading:

CBSE books : Disaster management Class VIII, Class IX, Class X.

Excellent overview of disaster management topics here

The above topic is also useful for G-I mains essay.

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