APSC CCE Syllabus – Exam Pattern, Syllabus & Model Paper
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APSC CCE Syllabus – Exam Pattern, Syllabus & Model Paper

APSC CCE Syllabus

Assam Public Service Commission has recently released the official notification of Combined Competitive Examination, 2023 ( APSC CCE 2023). This notification has been released for the recruitment of 235 vacancy in various cadres under Govt. of Assam. In this article, we will discuss about recently published APSC CCE Syllabus.
APSC has already uploaded the new amended Assam Public Services Combined Competitive Examination (Amendment) Rules, 2019 in its official website. The CCE syllabus has been changed accordingly from the earlier one.

Government of Assam has made a few new provisions and set the following rules to amend the Assam Public Services Combined Competitive Examination Rules, 1989.
Here is the list of key modifications supposed to be implemented in Combined Competitive Examination conducted by Assam Public Service Commission from the next time. 

APSC CCE Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Name of exam: Combined Competitive Examination

Name of organization:
Assam Public Service Commission (APSC)

The Combined Competitive Examination consists of following two successive stages :-

(i) The Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)
(ii) The Main Examination (Written & Interview Test)

Preliminary Examination: The Preliminary Examination consists of 2 objective type General Studies question paper with 200 marks each.

Main Examination: The Main Examination shall consist of written examination and interview tests. The written examination shall consist of six papers on the subject of General Studies . Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the main examination (Written Part as well as Interview) would determine their final ranking. 

Related Article: Prelims Exam Tips

Schemes and Subjects for the APSC Preliminary Examination

The APSC CCE Preliminary Examination consists of two objective type multiple choice question papers of two hours duration each.

Name of exam: APSC CCE Preliminary Examination 2023

Date of exam:
18th March, 2024 (Monday)

Type of questions: Objective type questions

No of question paper: 2 papers

Name of question paper: General Studies-I & General Studies-II

Total marks: 400 marks (200 marks each)

Duration of exam: 2 hours for each paper.

Negative marking: One-fourth of the total mark assigned to one question will be deducted for wrong answer marked by a candidate.

Exam centres: Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Biswanath Chariali, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Diphu, Goalpara, Golaghat, Guwahati, Haflong, Hamren, Hatsingimari, Hojai, Jorhat, Kajalgaon, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Majuli, Mangaldoi, Morigaon, Mushalpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, North Lakhimpur, Silchar, Sivasagar, Sonari, Tezpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri. 

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

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

Important Web-Links of APSC CCE Prelims Syllabus

General Studies-I
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General Studies-II
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Model Question Paper (GS-I)
Set-I | Set-II
Model Question Paper (GS-II)
Set-I | Set-II

Schemes and Subjects for the APSC Main Examination

The Main Examination consists of

I. Written Examination and

II. Interview Test / Personality Test (After qualifying in written test)

I. Written Examination

On the basis of the result of the Preliminary Examination, the number of candidates to be admitted to the written part of the Main Examination will be 11 to 12 times the number of vacancies notified for each category. The written examination shall consist of six papers of conventional essay type/objective type with limited words.

Name of exam: CCE Main Examination 2023

Date of exam:
June/ July 2024

Type of questions: Descriptive and Objective type questions

Medium of exam:
A candidate shall be allowed to write his/her answer papers in English or Assamese language.

Total papers: 6 Papers

Total marks: 1500 Marks (250 marks each)

Duration of exam:
3 Hours for Each Paper

Exam centre:

Details of Papers for Main Examination:

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

(ii) Paper 2 to 5
Type of Paper: General Studies
Marks: 250 for each paper
Duration in hours: 3 for each paper 
(iii) Paper 6
Type of Paper: General Subject Paper on Assam
Marks: 250 for each paper
Duration in hours: 3 for each paper 
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II. Interview Test/ Personality Test

Name of exam:
CCE Main Examination 2023

Type of exam: Interview

Total marks: 180 Marks

Exam centre:

On the basis of result of the written part of the Main Examination, candidates will be called for interview in the ratio of 1:3 against the number of vacancies advertised.

The candidates will be interviewed by a board that will have before them a record of his/her career. He/She will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and Iogical exposition, balance of .judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own State or Country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

The interview, however, will not have any qualifying marks. The marks scored at the interview will be added to the marks scored in the Written Examination (Main).

The Commission shall recommend exactly the same number of candidates for different posts as notified. The Commission shall not recommend a candidate for a post which he/she has not opted for.

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (Written Part as well as Interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates shall be allotted to the various services keeping in view of their ranks in the examination and (respective) preference expressed by them for different posts (i.e. on the basis of Merit cum Preference opted by the candidates in their applications for the Main Examination) and reservations therein.
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Recommended Books for APSC CCE Exam

The APSC CCE (Combined Competitive Examination) is a highly competitive exam, and to prepare for it, you will need to study a wide range of topics. 
Here is a list of books for APSC CCE examination 2023. We shortlist the most important book for each section. You may buy these books online or from your nearby book shop.

Rather than purchasing substandard guidebooks, we suggest you to stick to the base books so that you can accumulate knowledge and clear doubts. 


Apart from these, you should also regularly read newspapers and magazines like The Hindu, The Indian Express, and Yojana to keep yourself updated with current affairs. Additionally, you can also take mock tests and solve previous years' question papers to improve your preparation.

Important Web-Links of APSC CCE Syllabus

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