The online application process for Group 1 services exams is currently under way and the last date for the same is 1st September 2009. Once the application process is finished, all the applicants will be starting their preparation for probably the prestigious competitive exam in Andhra Pradesh. So in this regard let us see, what is this Group 1 process is all about and what is its exam pattern and syllabus.
It is an acceptable belief that the candidates preparing for UPSC Civil services exam will find the Andhra Pradesh Group exams easier compared to others as the Syllabus largely coincides, at least in relation to India and Andhra Pradesh.
The Group 1 services exam is divided into 5 papers besides the General English and General studies and Mental ability paper.
The 5 papers in Groups are:
Paper 1, which is further divided into 3 sections. This paper is for 150 marks and the Aspirants are expected to write 3 essay’s, one from each section. Each essay caries 50 marks.
For papers 2, 3 and 4, there will be 3 sections in each of these papers with each section having 5 units. There will be 2 questions from each unit from which the aspirant has to write only 1. Each answer carries 10 marks and so effectively each of these 3 papers is for 150 marks.
Paper 5, is also for 150 marks. This paper will have 3 sections. There will be 5 questions from each section and the aspirant has to write all the 5 questions from a section. The first section in this Paper will be on Data interpretation (DI), the second paper will be about drawing conclusions from data represented in the form of tables, graphics and other diagrammatical formats and the third section will be about problem solving questions from Sequence and series, coding-decoding, Situational analysis/passage analysis, Data time and arrangement related problems.
Apart from these 5 papers, there will also be a General English paper for 150 marks which is only for qualifying purpose and a General Studies and Mental ability paper which will be for 150 marks and will last for 150 minutes.
The above paper viz, General Studies and Mental ability will be conducted as a screener (prelims) before the main exam (mains) and will be in objective mode and those aspirants who qualify in Prelims will only be eligible to appear for Mains.
The syllabus for the same (prelims) will be:
Latest developments in science and technology and their effects.
Current affairs including national and International.
History of India, with special focus on AP.
Geography of World, with an emphasis on India and in particular AP.
India politics and economical progress.
And finally some mental ability questions which includes reasoning, DS, simple puzzles etc.