APSC CCE Syllabus: Exam Pattern and Detailed Syllabus

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 Government of Assam. Here in this article, we shall discuss about the published APSC CCE Syllabus.

1.Name of exam: Combined Competitive Examination

2.Name of organization: Assam Public Service Commission (APSC)

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

(i) The Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)

(ii) The Main Examination (Written & Interview Test)

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.

Preliminary Exam Pattern and Syllabus :

Preliminary Examination Pattern:

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

Paper Duration Type Total marks
General Studies I 2 hours Objective 200
General Studies II 2 hours Objective 200


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

Prelims Syllabus 2024

Paper I

Current Affairs :-

  • Current events of National and International importance, Awards, Sports, Discoveries etc.

Indian National Movement :-

  • National Renaissance
  • Early uprising against British rule
  • Indian National Congress
  • Emergence of National leaders
  • Satyagraha and Militant Movements

Indian History:-

  • Medieval India
  • Advent of Europeans
  • Revolt of 1857
  • Indian National Movement

General Science :-

  • General Physics
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biology

Paper II

Reasoning :-

  • Logical Venn Diagrams
  • Directions
  • Number
  • Ranking & Time
  • Sequence
  • Figural Pattern
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Analogies
  • Arrangements
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Number Series
  • Number Ranking
  • Figurative Classification
  • Classification of Blood Relations
  • Venn diagrams
  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Coding-Decoding

English :-

  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Error Spotting
  • Comprehension Passages
  • One-Word Substitution
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms/ Antonyms
  • Cloze Test

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. 

Main Exam Pattern and Syllabus :

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. 

Main Examination Pattern:

Paper ( written) Duration Type Total marks
Paper I 3 hours Essay 250
Paper II – VI 3 hours each General studies  250 each


Mains Syllabus:

Name Syllabus
Paper-1 Essay

To be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice. Candidate is required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given.

Paper-2 click here
Paper-3 click here
Paper-4 click here
Paper-5 click here
Paper-6 click here


Interview Test/ Personality Test :

Exam center: Guwahati

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/her intellectual capabilities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. 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. 

Official website click here
Official Syllabus click here
Online application click here
Detailed explanations on APSC CCE EXAM by Nimashree Dauka ( 3rd rank holder in APSC exam) click here


Suggestion and Recommendations :-

  1. Apart from regular studies it is extremely important for any aspirant to have good knowledge about their surrounding, state, world. We suggest aspirants to regularly read newspapers, journals, articles, research papers and magazines like The Hindu, The Indian Express, and Yojana to keep yourself updated with current affairs. Additionally, it would be helpful if you take mock tests and solve previous years’ question papers to improve your preparation.
  2. We also suggest aspirants to watch credible videos to get deeper knowledge about topics. It helps to understand about particular things in less time.
  3. It is important to inculcate recreational activities in daily life.
  4. We highly suggest to take out at least half an hour to invest in meditation, yoga, exercise or any form of physical activity as it helps to relax our mind from ongoing hassle and it also helps to concentrate.

****Note****We have tried to sum up all necessary details regarding APSC CCE examination syllabus. We would recommend every aspirant to check the official website of APSC for updates and any change in exam pattern, syllabus or related matter. The important links are provided below.

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