Everything you need for Assam Public Service Commission Exams

The pattern for the exam has changed this year, so for the aspirants appearing again, they need to pay proper attention to the details, syllabus changes and exam pattern. Also, the aspirants appearing for the first time, ASPC has increased the number of exams to be taken in order to be selected.

Preliminary Exam

  • The questions are of multiple-choice objective types.

  • The exam consists of two papers.

  • Duration of each paper is 2 hours.

  • OMR answer sheet will be provided for answering questions.

  • Candidates will have to use ONLY BLACK BALL PEN.

  • This Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only.

Exam Type: Objective Type

Subject: General Studies 1, Marks: 200, Duration: 2 Hours

Subject: General Studies 2, Marks: 200, Duration: 2 Hours

Total Marks: 400

General Studies- 1 Syllabus

  • Current events of national and international importance

  • History of India and Indian National Movement.

  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the world.

  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policies, Right Issues etc.

  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

  • General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization.

  • General Science.

Note- 30-35% questions will relate to Assam.

General Studies-2 Syllabus

  • Comprehension.

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

  • Logic reasoning and analytical ability.

  • Decision making and problem-solving.

  • General mental ability.

  • Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation.

NOTE- The qualifying marks for GS-2 is 33% of the total.

Mains Examination

The Mains Examination will be a long haul for the students. The exam consists of a written exam which has 1 essay paper, 5 papers of general studies, the information of which will be provided below and 2 papers from the list of optional subjects. After that, there will an interview test. The marks of the interview will be added on to give the final rank of the aspirants.

Note- Before you give the Mains you will have to give two language exams.


Marks: 300

Duration: 3 hours

Any Language from Assamese, Bengali, Bodo. Certain areas are exempted from giving this exam.


Marks: 300

Duration: 3 hours

English Language Paper.

After you have appeared and cleared these exams you will start with the Main exams consisting of 8 papers Essay type/Objective type. Here are the details for those

Paper 1: Essay, Paper Marks: 250, Duration: 3 hours

Paper 2 to 6: General Studies, Marks: 250 each, Duration: 3 hours each

Paper 7: Optional Subject, Marks: 250, Duration: 3 hours

Paper 8: Optional subject, Marks: 250, Duration: 3 hours

Optional Papers:

The list of Optional Subjects for the Main Examination are as follows (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

You can find the tentative exam schedule. And find the syllabus here.

NOTE: The exam holds negative marking and extensive essay questions, so you need to work on writing your answers to prepare for the final examination well.


The interview will be the final step and the marks gained in the interview will be totaled with the main examination marks to give you, your rank. You can only appear for the interview if you clear the written exam cut-off which is decided by the ASPC just before the release of results.

You should prepare well without keeping a minimum score in mind, rather you should aim for the highest.

The interview will be of 250 marks as well but the time constraint will be decided on the capability of each student.


While you are preparing for your preliminary exams you should already have completed your preparation for Mains because the exam schedule doesn’t allow you to complete the extensive course after you have cleared your Prelims.

Happy Learning!

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