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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.

  1. Gvc
    August 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    The ful details of topics is required

  2. Phaneendra
    September 2, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Hi Dilip ,

    I have done my graduation and working as s/w engineer in a MNC . I want to write G-1 exams Can you suggest me how to start preparing for the G-1 prelims and what books i have to read for this .

    Thanks in Advance

  3. naga
    September 2, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Still there is a clear cut error in the new key

    Number of ppl killed by natural disasters in India from 1980-2010
    Correct answer: 1,43,039
    But the new key still says: 1,23,039

    Go to Page No: 40 You’ll find in the table!
    March 2012 issue in the Archives of http://www.yojana.gov.in

  4. madhavi
    September 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    hi…… what is the cutoff mark in group 1

  5. gayathri
    September 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    sir i completed my graduation i have interst in groups give me suggestion how to prepare?how much time to read n syallabus?

  6. ChandrasekharReddy
    October 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Hi Sir,
    I am working in MNC. I want to write G-1 exams and I am free on Saturday & Sunday, Can you tell me which institutes are best in hyderabad to give G-1 training(telugu medium).

    Thanks in Advance

    • October 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Hi Chandra,
      Coaching institutes usually don’t offer weekened classes as they can’t finish in time (full time takes 4 months).Good Telugu medium institutes are RC reddy, laqshya (Both in Ashoknagar) and a few others as well.

  7. janardhan reddy
    October 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    hello dilip thanks for all the useful info abt groups. this is the best site one can refer before starting preperation.
    my doubt is at present im working in a bank as a po if i want to resign from the job i will be relieved only after 3 months from the date of resignation. so plz say the estimated time that will be after the result of group 1 and joining the job plz

    • October 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Hi janardhan,
      I believe i replied to you and this is my response

      ” Why do you want to leave the job? What is your plan B if you can’t make it in G-1 or G-2? So many prepare G-1/G-2 while doing job, so why don’t you go in that way? People respect you only when you achieve something but not your efforts.If you strongly believe you can make it in your first attempt do some homework going through the previous papers to understand the depth of exam.Make your first attempt without leaving job to test your confidence as you get some experience in job in the next one year.If after one year you realise that you can clear G-1 by doing full time preparation you can take leave for one/two months before mains.
      Currently there is no schedule for G-1/G-2 and the expected gap between mains and interview will be 1 month and results announced usually immediately after that.Joining/Training date will be 2 to 3 months after results date.”

  8. Harathi
    October 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Hi Sir..

    Will you please tell me when next notification will announced…

    • October 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Hi Harathi,
      If APPSC goes according to their plan one can expect new notifications by the end of december.

      • Harathi
        October 30, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        Thank you sir..
        Is coaching centers gave coaching now or they gave only after notification???

        • November 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM

          Hi Harathi,
          They usually start once the notification is out , but some institutes run through out the year.It would be better to join in any institute only after release of notification as you get more contacts and good staff at institute.

  9. November 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Will you please tell me when next notification will announced…(group1)

    • November 5, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      Hi phani,
      Next notification is expected by Dec 2012

  10. anand
    November 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    hii sir..
    which is the best weekly or monthly magazine(english) for current affairs…
    thank you sir…

    • November 5, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Hi Anand,
      Competition Success review is a very good one for national and international affairs, but if you want to cover at local (state) level as well you have to go for a local telugu magazine like vivek.

  11. sivareddy
    November 9, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Hi Sir,
    I am working in MNC. I want to write G-1 exams and I am free on Saturday & Sunday, Can you tell me which institutes are best in hyderabad to give G-1 training(telugu medium).

  12. uma
    November 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    sir i want to prepare for group 1 please sugest me whether it is good to prepare in home or going to inst and shall i prepare institute material or text books if text books please send me all text books and authors name my mail id is karanamumarani@gmail.com

    • November 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Hi Uma,
      Self prep/Coaching depends on your motivation level, discipline, financial resources and availability of time.Usually G-1 prelims can be done through self study and coaching may be required for G-1 mains depending on the guidance required for each paper.All the books are mentioned in the posts mentioned under G-1 prelims and G-1 mains.You can also follow http://www.sakshieducation.com/%28S%28dsnh2r45stzzjf55xuyhfuq0%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx to know more about G-1 material and previous papers to evaluate your interest.

  13. uma
    November 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    thank u sir

  14. Hari
    November 21, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Hi Sir,
    I am from vizag, could you please tell me that when will be next group 1 and 2 notification come in 2012-13?. I had heard that it will come in the month of december 2012. Which coaching institute is best for appsc group 1 and 2 in vizag. Can we prepare with 4 hrs coaching. I am doing pvt job. How much time should we dedicate for groups per day. Is it possible for preparing by doing another job?

  15. madhunika
    December 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    sir i m working in sbi want to know which medium i have 2 opt for cracking the group 1 nd as well civils .till tenth studied telugu medium .is there any variation in the availability of material in these mediums.and basic foundation is in telugu so at what level i cope up with essay writing in english. and history politics… in english is it k im from biology background sir plzzz suggest me sir i unable to decide

  16. Krishna
    December 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Thanks for taking some time and putting this(Grp-I, Grp-II) up. Your elaborate replies to every comment is laudable.


  17. siri
    December 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    hi sir i m interset in group 1 plz suggest me how to prepare premils at home nd guide which books i should follow.z der any website to see old papers.for gk which book i should follow

    • siri
      December 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      siri :
      hi sir i m interset in group 1 plz suggest me how to prepare premils at home nd guide which books i should follow.z der any website to see old papers.for gk which book i should follow

  18. hemakalpana
    December 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    gd evng sir.
    nenu telugu lo group 1 n group 2 raddamani anukuntnanu.me site chusanu danlo yekkuva english medium bkse vunnay.so plz meru knchm clear ga ye paper ki ye telugu medium bk saripotundo cheptara n g1 ki preapare ayte g2 rayagalama vere preparation kavala. n yerojuku aroju current affars chadavalante ye bk r magzine chadavali,n meru chepina time tbl chala bagundi.n me blog chala chala helpful ga me toti vaalaki help cheyalana alochana bagunnay.n e bks yemi kakunda mottam rc reddy bks chadivite saripotayantara.plz help me sir chala cnfsn ga vundi.

    • January 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Hi kalpana,
      మీరు తెలుగు మీడియం లో చదవాలనుకుంటే చాలా మెటీరియల్ మీకు దొరుకుతుంది .అర్. సి . రెడ్డి మెటీరియల్ బాగా వుంటుంది కాని ప్రాధమిక భావాలు స్కూల్ పుస్తకాలు ద్వారానే బాగా అర్ధం అవుతాయి .మొదట 6 నుండి 10 వ తరగతి సైన్స్ ,సోషల్ పుస్తకాలు గ్రూప్స్ సిలబస్ ఆధారంగా చదవండి . తరువాత ప్రతి పేపరు సిలబస్ రిఫరెన్స్ పుస్తకాలు నుండి ఒకసారి చదవండి ఆ తరువాత కోచింగ్ మెటీరియల్ ప్రారంభించండి . తెలుగు మీడియం రిఫరెన్స్ పుస్తకాలు, పాత పేపర్లు మీకు ఇక్కడ దొరుకుతాయి

  19. hemakalpana
    December 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    n enadu lo editorials chaduvutunnanu sir use avtaya n hindu paper chadavala .adi chadavadam kastam ga vundi ardam kavadam ldu sir english.nenu epudu civils coaching ki veltunanu sir….a syllabus yemyna use avtunda

  20. Kumar
    December 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    I got A.C.T.O executive positin in group 2 2008 notification, for which the results were declared recently..I have a query stating that….By when, i wlll be receiving my job offer letter or joining letter. Kindly let me know the present status…By the way after inquiring in the appsc, the people there said they have already send the executive list to the concerned departments for appointments. so, how many days does they take to give the letters….Thank u..

    • December 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      Hi Kumar,
      Congratulations…you are deserved and you can guide someone now!.You will get your joining dates by Feb/March as they conduct induction/training program during that time.

  21. suresh dhondeti
    December 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Hi! Sir… Ur guidance is very useful for new aspirants…… Thanks from all the group i&II candidates……

  22. pavani induri
    January 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Hai sir..now am studying btech 2nd year..after completion of my btech i must become perfect to write group1 exam..please suggest me how to prepare…

    • January 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Hi pavani,
      You are young, so focus more on your B.Tech at the moment until you finish 3rd year.Go through this site http://www.sakshieducation.com/%28S%28vw3thw35gsmjsr55jqcrdcbw%29%29/GroupII/Index.aspx and look at the previous G-1/G-2 papers to understand the level of knowledge expected from aspirants.No one become perfect by planning/reading for years and G-1 is just any other career like engineering.Learn more about yourself and evaluate your suitability for a govt career and its challenges before you decide to put your effort and time for preparing G-1.

  23. murali
    January 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Sir which medium is best for groups preparation

  24. Harathi
    January 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Hi Sir…
    when the group 1 notification will released??
    Previously we told that its end of December..
    But they didn’t released till now??

    • January 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Hi Harathi,
      APPSC want to release new notification with all executive jobs combined from G-2 as well and waiting for the govt approval and hence the delay. we can only hope for one in Feb depending on approval of govt.

      • Harathi
        January 12, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        Thanks for your reply sir..

  25. prem
    January 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    hello sir this is prem…. i’m planning to prepare for G-1… when will the notification for G-1 exam release… will the xam be once in a year… i’ve just completed my btech in 2012… can i crack the xam…??? awaiting your reply…

  26. January 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Hi Dilip i am Preparing for Group I. i am happy that age limit for general is 36. My Dob is 25th Nov 1982. Am i eligible to write civil services prelims 2013?

    • January 16, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      Hi Ekaveera,
      You are eligible for all G-1 posts except uniformed services, as in the recent 2011 notification govt reduced Open Category candidates age limit to 34 (uniformed services 28).

  27. yeshwanth
    January 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    sir i have my b.tech % of 55 can i able to face the group 1 exams

    • January 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Hi Yeshwanth,
      Anyone with a degree can face G-1/G-2 and percentage is not relevant.

  28. January 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Thanks Dilip, what does Uniformed Services mean?

    • February 6, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Hi Ekaveera,
      Uniformed services mean police, Fire services..

  29. Keshav Ram
    January 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Hi Sir,

    Thank you for such a wonderful blog. Its helping us as a one stop solution for all of our queries. But for this, we would have been travelling direction less in our preparations.

    Regarding, Group-1 Prelimns, Could you please give us a rough weightage of each section
    4.Current events of national and International importance
    5.History of India and AP
    6.India and world Geography
    7.Polity and Economy
    8.Mental ability
    9.Disaster Management.

    Thank you

    • February 6, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Hi keshav,
      All the topics are given more or less equal weightage and sometimes they may be biased towards certain topics.

  30. srinu
    January 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    it is most useful 2 as who r g1 & g2 asiperent.

  31. ravi
    January 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    hi dilip,
    Latest notifications lo konni posts release chesadu as asst engrs in rural areas.
    Nenu btech chemcal engg chesanu vatiki nenu eligible ae na?
    Please expidite

    • February 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Hi ravi,
      It works out only for Btech/Diploma in civil/mechanical students only.

  32. vasanth
    January 30, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    sir can u tell me the books to refer for Disaster Management for g1 prelims……

  33. meghana
    February 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    hi sir,
    i got 228 marks in group-2 2012. i am female zone-1 bc-d.are there any chances for me to get a non-executive post?

    • February 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Hi Meghana,
      It is very difficult to predict for reserved categories and BC-D is a very competitive category as lot of them also get in General category as well.

  34. sushma
    May 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    hello sir,i have a doubt….do appsc group1 notification issued periodically??? like upsc civils notification is issued yearly once….

    • May 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      HI Sushma,
      Notification issued only according to the wish of AP state govt and not a regular one.

  35. anupama
    April 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    good morning sir,
    i want to prepare for group1 exams .. can u suggest me the books what to prepare and will u please tell me the selection process syllabus and division of questions according to subject

    • May 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Hi anupama,
      Please take time to read the notification available on this blog homepage and other posts/comments to clear your doubts

  36. satheesh
    June 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    namaste sir,
    iam studying btech final year. i would like to write g 1 in telugu medium …. can u tell me the time table to prepare within one year…. which material (telugu) is very much useful to me??? which books i have to refer??? and one more thing,,, now state is divided then wt abt ap histry, ecnmy??? iam frm telangana… so i have to study tg hstry n ecnmy only??? or both ap n tg??? pls tell me sir..
    thanking you…

  37. June 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    hello sir, i have completed my BBM this year,im a student who got not less than 85 percentage of marks in my academic career.. i want to prepare for group 1 and now i have started my preparation in home presently im covering ancient India but the problem is, the syllabus is vast im in confusion that where to start my preparation pls suggest me how to start and from where to start first..and pls notify me abt the imp key areas as im frm commerce background im fond of polity and economy but i have a doubt whether i cope up with physics , chemistry subjects or not pls help me out sir..

    • June 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Hi kavya,
      Being from commerce background with interest in polity and economy hekps you a lot in G-1.Physics/chemistry is relevant only for prelims and a school level conceptual understanding is enough.Syllabus seems to be huge as we didn’t study much of Indian history and about environment/technology once we left school. Take some time to go through the topics and previous question papers to become aware of the standard of questions asked in mains exam.Try to go through the following posts to know the areas of interest to examiners and a brief preparation plan.


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