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APPSC 2022: Exam Pattern for Prelims, Exam Pattern for Mains, Documents Required for Application Form

Updated On - January 11 2022 by Srishti Pandey

APPSC 2022 Group 1 Exam Pattern - There are three stages to consider: Preliminaries, Mains, and an Interview. The Prelims is a screening test consisting of two papers for a total of 240 points. The mains examination is a descriptive type that consists of seven theory papers. In the Prelims exam, there is negative grading for incorrect attempts. The candidate's combined marks in Mains and Interview (out of 825) are taken into account for selection.

APPSC 2022 Prelims Exam Pattern

APPSC Group 1: Prelims 
  • The preliminary exam comprises of two papers, each worth for 120 points.
  • It is based on Multiple Choice type of Questions (MCQs).
  • It is administered in an offline (pen-paper) format.
  • There will be consequences for incorrect replies.
  • For each incorrect response in the Prelims exam, 13 of the marks given to the question will be subtracted.
  • Only those candidates who pass the Prelims exam will be eligible to take the Mains exam.
Exam Pattern for Prelims
PaperPaper I: General StudiesPaper II: General Aptitude
Questions TypeMCQs or ObjectiveMCQs or Objective
Number of Questions120 questions120 questions
Duration of Time120 minutes120 minutes
Maximum Marks Allotted120 marks120 marks

APPSC 2022 Mains Exam Pattern

APPSC Group 1: Mains 

Only those who pass the Prelims exam will be eligible for the Mains exam.

  • It is carried out in an offline mode.
  • There are seven descriptive papers, each worth 150 points.
  • It is made up of two qualifying papers: Telugu and English.
Exam Pattern for Mains
Number of Papers

Total 7 as 2 for qualifying and 5 for merit ranking

Questions TypeSubjective or Descriptive
Maximum Marks Allotted150 marks each
Time Duration for Exam180 minutes each
Qualifying Papers

English and Telugu 

Merit Ranking Papers
Paper 1: Essay topics including issues of regional National international importance and contemporary themes
Paper 2: Indian and the state History and Culture, Geography
Paper 3: Political topics including Governance, Constitution and Law
Paper 4: Indian and Andhra Pradesh Economy and Development
Paper 5: Technology, Science and Environmental Issues
Mode of Language

English, Telugu or Urdu (depends on the preference mentioned in the online application form)

Note: All the exam papers must be written in the same language.

APPSC 2022 Documents Required for Application Form

  • 10th and 12th Marksheet
  • Educational Certificate
  • Experience Certificate (if any)
  • Certificate of Qualification
  • Certificate of Category
  • Certificate of Qualification (if any)

All candidates are urged to upload all of the correct documents and information; otherwise, if you upload incorrect information, you will face issues during the document verification step. Also, keep an eye on the newest news and developments to ensure that no APPSC notification for 2022 or the following year is overlooked.

APPSC 2022 Exam Centers for Interview

The candidate who passes the APPSC Group 1 main exam is called for an interview and document verification. The interviews are held at the APPSC office in Vijayawada. The applicants were required to come to the office and participate in the interview.

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