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APSC CCE Syllabus 2020: Download Model Question Paper

APSC CCE Syllabus 2020 / Exam Pattern / Model Question Paper:

Assam Public Service Commission will be holding the next CCE as per the Assam Public Services Combined Competitive Examination (Amendment) Rules, 2019 published vide Govt. notification No. AAP 219/2018/10 dated. Dispur the 5th August, 2019 available on the Commission’s website.

In this regard, the Commission publishes few model question papers relating to the CCE (Preliminary) Examination namely, General Studies-I and General Studies-II as guidance to CCE aspirants. 

APSC CCE Model Question papers 2020

The highlight of key modifications suppose to be implemented in Combined Competitive Examination conducted by Assam Public Service Commission from the next time. 

1. Amendment in Schedule: The Assam Public Service Commission shall hold Combined Competitive Examination in two stages,

(i) Preliminary Examination and
(ii) Main Examination

2. Amendment in Age:

The minimum age for Combined Competitive Examination shall be 21 (twenty-one) years and shall not be more than 38 (thirty-eight) years on the first January of the year in which the examination is advertised by the Assam Public Service Commission with relaxation of three years in case of the candidates belonging to OBC/MOBC, five years for candidates belonging to SC/ST and ten years for the candidates of Persons with Disabilities.

3. Amendment in Main Examination: The APSC main examination shall consist of written examination and interview tests. The written examination shall consist of one Essay Paper, five papers on the subject of General Studies and two papers on any one subject from the list of Optional subjects.  The question paper shall be set out in English. There shall be two qualifying papers to test the Language communication skills of the candidates. Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the main examination (Written Part as well as Interview) would determine their final ranking.

4. Schemes and Subjects for the Preliminary Examination: 

The Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) shall consist of two papers:

1. Paper-1: General Studies I 200 Marks 2 Hours Duration
2. Paper-2: General Studies II 200 Marks 2 Hours Duration

Total - 400 Marks

The total qualifying marks of Paper-I General Studies I of Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination may be determined by the Commission.

Paper 1: General Studies I shall be set in such a way that 30% to 35% of questions shall compulsorily relate to Assam.

Paper 2: General Studies II shall have minimum qualifying marks of 33%.

5. Schemes and Subjects for the Main Examination:

The Main Examination shall consist of Written Examination and an Interview test. The written examinations shall consist of eight papers of conventional essay type/objective type with limited words and two qualifying Language papers (in the level of Class X). Marks obtained in Interview for Preliminary Test shall be counted for ranking.

Details of Papers for Main Examination:

(i) Paper 1
Type of Paper: Essay
Marks: 250
Duration in hours: 3

(ii) Paper 2 to 6
Type of Paper: General Studies
Marks: 250 for each paper
Duration in hours: 3 for each paper

(iii) Paper 7
Type of Paper: Optional Subject, Paper I
Marks: 250
Duration in hours: 3

(iv) Paper 8
Type of Paper: Optional Subject, Paper 2
Marks: 250
Duration in hours: 3

(v) Interview Test (After qualifying in written test)
Marks: 275

Total Marks: 2275

Qualifying Papers (in the level of Class X):

1. Paper A (300 Marks - 3 Hours Duration)— Any one of the language from Assamese, Bengali, Bodo. Candidates from Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong Districts who had not studied any of these languages in school shall be exempted from appearing for qualifying language papers.
2. Paper B - English (300 Marks - 3 Hours Duration)

Optional Papers:

The list of Optional subjects for the Main Examination : (The standard and syllabi of the Optional subjects are approximately those of Degree Level Course of the Universities)

1. Agriculture
2. Anthropology
3. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
4. Botany
5. Chemistry
6. Civil Engineering
7. Commerce and Accountancy
8. Economics
9. Electrical Engineering
10. Geography
11. Geology
12. History
13. Law
14. Literature of any one of the following languages Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Hindi, Sanskrit, English
15. Management
16. Mathematics
17. Mechanical Engineering
18. Medical Science
19. Philosophy
20. Physics
21. Political Science and International Relations
22. Psychology
23. Public Administration
24. Sociology
25. Statistics
26. Zoology

6. Negative Marking:

(a) There will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Multiple Choice Question Papers as decided by the Commission. There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all questions except some of the questions where the negative marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

(b) There will be four alternatives for the answers to every question in Preliminary Examination. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-fourth (0.25) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(c) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

(d) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Important Links: 

Official Notification: 

Old Official Notification: Click Here

New official Notification: Click Here

Download Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: 

Main Examination:

Download Model Questions:

General Studies-I: Set-I | Set-II

General Studies-II: Set-I | Set-II 

Optional Subjects for Paper 7 & 8: 


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