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APSC Recruitment notification 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more


The Assam Public Service Commission was officially established in 1937 under the provision of the Government of India. The Combined Competitive Examination, commonly known as CCE, is taken by the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) to recruit deserving candidates for different posts each year. Candidates with a graduation degree from a well-known college or institute are qualified to take this test.


OrganizationAssam Public Service Commission (APSC)
Jobs offeredPosts Under Combined Competitive Examination, CCE
Kind of JobsAssam Government post
Mode of SelectionPrelims, Mains and Interview
Mode of PaymentOnline
Official website


Release of official notificationTo be announced
Online application date10 September 2020 to 10 October 2020
Date of admit card issueTo be announced
Date of the examination (prelims)12 September 2021
Date of the examination (mains)To be announced
ResultsTo be announced



Only native Indians are eligible for APSC.

Age Limit-

**** Minimum age- must be at least 21 years of age &

Maximum age- 38 years of age.

  • Applicants belonging to the reserved categories shall get age relaxation in the upper age limit.
  • Applicants belonging to ST/ SC category get relaxation by five years.
  • OBC category candidates get upper age relaxation by three years.

Educational Qualification-

Applications must have a graduation degree from a recognized university or college.

The candidates whose results will be declared after the closing date of submission are not eligible to apply.


CategoryFee (prelims)
General/EWSRs. 285.40
SC/ST/OBC/MOBCRs. 185.40
BPL/PWBD/WomenRs. 35.40


  • Candidates are supposed to access the official site.
  • On the home page, click on the APSC CCE Recruitment tab.
  • After doing APSC CCE Registration using an email ID and password, click on the Login Page and mention your credentials.
  • The candidates need to say the much-required information in the application form like complete name, address, contact number and other important information.
  • Upload your photograph, signature along with uploading all the scanned required documents.
  • Pay the application fees using your credit or debit card. Payments can be made using net banking as well.
  • Once all the processes related to the application is done successfully, candidates are supposed to click on the Submit button.
  • Candidates can take the printout of the form as it will be required in the future.


APSC CCE Admit Card can be downloaded at least 10-15 days before the exam. The candidates can check the official website to download their admit cards.

Preliminary Exam Admit Card- APSC CCE admit card of the prelims will be issued to those who have successfully registered for the APSC CCE exam within the mentioned time only.

Main Exam Admit Card- APSC admit card for mains exam can be downloaded by those candidates only who scored well in the preliminary round.


The Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has recently announced a recruitment notification related to 331 vacancies filled by deserving candidates. Candidates will be selected for different posts under Labour Inspector, Taxes Inspector, Sub Registrar, Superintendent of Taxes, Assam Civil Service, Assam Police Service, and District Transport Officer.


The Selection Process for the APSC examination is divided into the following stages:

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

The candidates must pass all the stages of the exam so that they can get selected as a Civil Service Officer in APSC. The APSC CCE will be taken Offline.


Prelims Exam Pattern-

The APSC CCE Prelims Exam is like a screening test only as the score achieved in this first round will not be considered while calculating the final scores. But it is essential to clear this stage to proceed further.

  • The APSC CCE Prelims test will have two MCQ papers, whose combined duration is 4 hours (120 minutes each).
  • All questions will be MCQs.
  • Candidates shall be provided with an optical mark recognition answer sheet.
  • Candidates are supposed to use only a black or blue colour ball pen.
  • For each wrong attempt, ¼ score will get deducted.
  • Candidates clicking on more than one answer will result in negative marking.
  • The General Studies II paper will be qualifying in nature, and one needs to get at least 33% marks.
PaperTotal MarksTime limitType of Paper
Paper-I (General Studies I)200120 minutesObjective
Paper-II (General Studies II)200120 minutesObjective

Mains Exam Pattern-

Only those who cleared the first stage will be considered to give the next round test. The questions asked in the mains exam will be of conventional type. The marks secured in these levels will not be considered at the time of the final merit list. However, the minimum qualifying marks obtained in Paper ‘A’ and Paper’ B’ is 25%. The detailed exam pattern of APPSC CCE Mains is mentioned below.

Qualifying Language Papers-

Paper A (300 marks & 180 minutes)– languages from Assamese, Bengali, Bodo. Candidates belonging to Dima Hasao, Karbi Angong, and West Karbi Anglong districts who didn’t know these languages and did not study the same in their school will exempt from giving Paper A.

Paper B- English (300 marks & 180 minutes duration).

PaperPaper nameScoreTime limit
Paper 1Essay250180 minutes
Paper 2 to 6General Studies250 (each paper)180 minutes (Each Paper)
Paper 7Optional Subject, Paper 1250180 minutes
Paper 8Optional Subject, Paper 2250180 minutes
Interview Test (After qualifying the Mains)Verbal275

Interview Test-

Marks secured in this round shall be added to the marks scored in the Mains & the ranks shall be finalized based on the overall marks obtained. Candidates qualifying for the Main exam will be called for a viva-voce test. Marks in this round will be given out of 200.


Preliminary examination-

General Studies (Paper-I)i. Current events of national and international importance. ii. History of India and Indian National Movement. iii. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World. iv. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues etc. v. Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. vi. General issues on Environment ecology, Bio-Diversity and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization. vii. General Science.
General Studies (Paper-II)i. Comprehension. ii. Interpersonal skills, including communication skills. iii. Logical reasoning and analytical ability. iv. Decision making and problem-solving. v. General mental ability. vi. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level).

Mains examination-

SubjectSyllabus Link
Paper-IClick here
Paper-IIClick here
Paper-IIIClick here
Paper-IVClick here
Paper-VClick here
Paper-VIClick here
Paper-VII (qualifying)Click here
Paper-VIII (qualifying)Click here


Candidates can check the official website to check the results by mentioning their credentials at the official site.


APSC cut-off 2021 will shortly be available after the examination. However, candidates can refer to previous cut-off trends placed below:

GeneralM - 263, F - 261
SCM - 228, F - 223
STPM - 236, F - 236
STHM - 219, F - 219
OBCM - 243, F - 242
PWDHI- 170, OH - 185, VI - 228


  • Prescribing the probability for Direct Recruitment on different administrations of State Government.
  • Proposing the Government the principles that should be followed to assess the satisfaction of the officers for promotion.
  • Producing the Government on all disciplinary issues affecting the individual serving under the Government.
  • Creating awareness of the Government on all matters identifying with outlining of Recruitment Rules/Draft Service Rules of various arms of the Government.
  • Advising the Government relating to the method of recruitment to Civil Services.
  • Urging the Government on issues identifying with security & obsession of pay, regarding Government employees, who were at first named according to the proposal of the Commission.


The salary will be regarded once the notification is out. According to last year, the Payscale of APSC is 22,000/- 97,000/-, Grade Pay 9,100/-, PB-3 to Payscale 30,000/- 1,10,000/-, Grade Pay 13,300/-, PB-4 as mentioned in the APSC 202 notification.


  1. Candidates must, first of all, analyze the complete syllabus of the APSC examination. Understanding the syllabus & dividing the time according to that is the most crucial step while preparing.
  2. Candidates can download the previous years' papers of APSC on the official site and practice them thoroughly before appearing for the final examination. This will help the candidates understand the paper pattern and the types of questions asked in the exam.
  3. Students must buy a well-reputed test series and give as many mock tests as possible before appearing for the final examination. This should be done with a proper time limit to provide you with the feel of the actual examination. This will also help you analyze your preparation level. Also, there are many free mock tests available online to examine your preparation in a timed fashion.


Click here to view each previous years' questions of Assam Public Service Commission.


NCERT booksNCERT books History, Polity, Geography, Economics- Standard VI-XII. Social & Political Life (Civics) – Standard VI-VIII. Indian Society- Standard XI & XII. Standard XI- An Introduction to Indian Art & Living craft traditions of India (chapter 9 & 10). Chemistry- Standard XI (Unit 14), Standard XII (Unit 16). Science & Technology- Standard VI-X. Biology- Standard XI Unit 4, 5 & 14; Standard XII Unit 8,9,10 & Unit 13, 14, 15 & 16. Study the books related to Assam's History, Geography Assam Politics (read e-magazines, newspapers)
General StudiesIndian Polity by M Laxmikanth. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh. India’s struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra.
Indian History & CultureIndia’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra. A New Look at Modern Indian History by B L Grover & Alka Mehta.
World HistoryMastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe.
Indian & World GeographyCertificate Physical & Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong. India: A Comprehensive Geography by D R Khullar. World Geography by Majid Hussain.
Indian SocietySocial Problems in India by Ram Ahuja.
Indian PolityIndian Polity by M Laxmikanth. Our Constitution by Subash Kashyap. Introduction to the Constitution of India by D Basu.
International RelationsRethinking India's Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri. India's Foreign Policy by V P Dutt.
Economic DevelopmentIndian Economy Key Concepts by K. Shankarganesh. Indian Economy Since Independence by Uma Kapila.
Ethics, Integrity & AptitudeThe Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by Niraj Kumar. Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by G Subba Rao. Ethics, Integrity & Values in Public Services by Ramesh K Arora.


A Time table- Analyze your standard long before the exam. Create a well-structured schedule for each day. To successfully crack the APSC, aspirants should start preparing ahead of time.

Learn & Revise- The vast syllabus of the examination can get you anxious. Plan your study method in such a way that you get to revise whatever you have learnt the whole day or week.

Focus on basic concepts- Candidates should be mindful of the country and its significant evolution. It is expected of the candidates to know about the country's and the state's society, culture etc.

Making evident notes- Making quick notes when you're studying helps you the next time you flip your books for revision.

Current Affairs- The examination examines an aspirant's thorough knowledge of the society in which they reside. Learning about international events is also essential, but knowing one's district, state, and country should be considered the foundation for preparation. This provides significant help in serving the nation well accordingly.

Read newspapers- The obsolete idea of keeping one updated through newspapers about what's happening in and around has made a remarkable revival through PSC exams; the aspirants are therefore suggested to look at more than one newspaper a day.

Practising questions- A crucial task to add to your daily life as an aspirant is practising previous years' question paper. Solving past year questions might sound like a mundane task, but it is worth the pain. It helps you have a better understanding of what you are going to approach.

Personality & Communication skills- The interview phase is a very significant part of the examination. Please address your thoughts transiently to the interviewers. Therefore, it is highly recommended to prepare for the interview several times, polishing your communication skills. However, a candidate has to answer all the questions with honesty.

APSC looks for good personalities with absolute honesty & a great worldview; we hope you draw yourself up like so. Best wishes!