APSC Combined Competitive Exam 2022

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 31st January, 2022

APSC Combined Competitive Examination, popularly known as ACS exam is conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission once a year to recruit qualified candidates in various administrative positions like the Assam Civil Services (Jr. Grade), the Assam Land and Revenue Service (Jr. Grade), the Assam Police Service (Jr. Grade), Labor Officer, Superintendent of Taxes etc. under the Government of Assam.

The APSC CCE is highly competitive, and to have an edge in it, careful planning, meticulous preparation, and unwavering dedication is required. Thousands of candidates appear annually in this exam, and the availability of services is subjected to vary based on the number of vacancies available in the particular year.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidates in various posts of civil service.
Conducting Body Assam Public Service Commission

APSC CCE Exam Eligibity Criteria 2022

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must be a graduate from a recognised University.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the APSC CCE examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 38 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    OBC/MOBC 41 years
    SC/ST 43 years
    PwD 48 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

APSC CCE Exam Important Dates 2022

Event Date
Starting Date of Application March 24, 2021
Last Date of Application April 23, 2021
Admit Card August 27, 2021
Starting Date of Preliminary Examination September 12, 2021
Date of Result November 5, 2021
Mains Exam Application Starting Date November 16, 2021
Mains Exam Application Last Date December 1, 2021
Mains Admit Card February 14, 2022
Mains Exam February 21, 2022

APSC CCE Exam Pattern 2022

Combined Competitive Examination consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination consists of two papers of objective type carrying 200 marks of 2 hours duration.
Stage II: After that, Mains examination consisting of ten papers of conventional essay type/objective type.
Stage III: This stage consists of a Personality Test (Interview).

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies I
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins One fourth (0.25) of the marks shall be deducted from each wrong answer. 200
2 Paper II: General Studies II
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins One fourth (0.25) of the marks shall be deducted from each wrong answer. 200

Pattern for Main Exam

In the Mains examination besides 8 compulsory papers, there will be two optional papers from one subject. The candidate will have to select any of the following subjects:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Anthropology
  3. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce & Accountancy
  8. Chemical Engineering
  9. Computer Science
  10. Economics
  11. Education
  12. Electrical Engineering
  13. Electronics
  14. Fisheries
  15. Geography
  16. Geology
  17. History
  18. Law
  19. Mathematics
  20. Mechanical Engineering
  21. Medical Science
  22. Philosophy
  23. Physics
  24. Political Science
  25. Psychology
  26. Sociology
  27. Statistics
  28. Zoology
  29. English
  30. Assamese
  31. Bengali
  32. Hindi
  33. Arabic
  34. Persian
  35. Sanskrit
  36. Bodo
Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper A: Assamese/Bengali/ Bodo

Candidates belonging to Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts who did not have any of these languages in High School Leaving Certificate Examination shall be exempted from appearing in Paper A of Qualifying Papers.

Qualifying Nature Descriptive 180 mins 300
2 Paper B: English
Qualifying Nature Descriptive 180 mins 300
3 Paper 1: Essay
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
4 Paper 2: General Studies I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
5 Paper 3: General Studies II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
6 Paper 4: General Studies III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
7 Paper 5: General Studies IV
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
8 Paper 6: General Subject Paper on Assam
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
9 Paper 7 (Optional Subject)

This is the first paper on an optional subject.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
10 Paper 8 (Optional Subject)

This is the second paper on an optional subject.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
Total Marks* 2000

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 275

The candidates shall be interviewed by the Board constituted by the Assam Public Service Commission.

APSC CCE Exam Syllabus 2022

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I: General Studies I

  • 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
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public
    Policy, Rights issues etc,
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
    Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environment ecology, Bio-Diversity and Climate Change- that do
    not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

2 Prelims Paper II: General Studies II

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level)
  • Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level)

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains Paper A: Assamese/Bengali/ Bodo

  • Comprehensive of given passages
  • Precis writing
  • Usage and vocabulary
  • Short Essay
  • Translation from English to Indian language and vice-versa

2 Mains Paper B: English

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis writing
  • Usage and vocabulary
  • Short essay

3 Mains Paper 1: Essay

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

4 Mains Paper 2: General Studies I

  • Indian culture shall cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present
  • The freedom struggles
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • Salient features of Indian society, Diversity of India
  • Role of women and women’s organization
  • Effects of Globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, Regionalism and Secularism.

5 Mains Paper 3: General Studies II

  • Indian constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, powers and privileges
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
  • Statutory, regulatory and various Quasi judicial bodies
  • Government policies and interventions.
  • Role of civil services in democracy

6 Mains Paper 4: General Studies III

  • Indian economy and issues relating to planning
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it
  • Government Budgeting
  • Food processing and related industries in India
  • Land reforms in India
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models
  • Science and Technology
  • Disaster and disaster management with emphasis on Assam
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

7 Mains Paper 5: General Studies IV

  • Ethics and Human Interface- Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions
  • Human values- lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders
  • Attitude: Content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partnership
  • Emotional intelligence- concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption
  • Case studies on above issues.

8 Mains Paper 6: General Subject Paper on Assam

  • History, Art, Culture,Literature, Tradition and Heritage of Assam
  • Geography of Assam
  • Political and Administrative System of Assam
  • Economy of Assam
  • Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management with relevant emphasis on State of Assam

9 Mains Paper 7 (Optional Subject)

See the table given below in the note.

10 Mains Paper 8 (Optional Subject)

See the table given below in the note.

Points Related to the Main Exam

ACS mains exam syllabus for optional subjects

Sl. No Optional Subjects (Assam) Paper I Paper II
1. Agriculture
  • Ecology and its relevance, natural resources
  • Cropping patterns, Organic and Precision farming
  • Farm management, Marketing management
  • Agricultural extension, socio-economic survey
  • forestry plantations, Propagation of forest plants
  • Heredity and variation
  • Seed technology and importance
  • Enzymes and plant pigments
  • Diseases pests of field
  • Strong pests of cereals and pulses
  • Food production and consumption trends in India
2. Animal Husbandry And Veterinary Science
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal physiology
  • Livestock Production and Management
  • Milk Technology
  • Population Genetics
  • Breading Systems
  • Health and Hygiene
3. Anthropology
  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Human Evolution
  • Elements of Genetics and Race
  • Prehistory
  • Social Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Religion in Primitive/Non­literate Societies
4. Botany
  • Morphology
  • Anatomy
  • Cryptogams Algae


  • Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Economic Botany
5. Chemistry
  • Unit I: Wave Particle Duality
  • Unit II: Nature of Chemical Bonding
  • Unit III: Gaseous State of Matter
  • Unit IV: Chemical Thermodynamics I
  • Unit I : Structure of the Atom
  • Unit II : Periodic Laws and Periodic Properties of Elements
  • Unit III :Acids and Bases
  • Unit IV : Radio­activity
6. Civil Engineering
  • Theory and Design of Structures
  • Theory
  • R. C. Design
  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering
  • Building Constructions
  • Railways and Highways Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
7. Commerce & Accountancy
  • Important provisions of the IncomeTax Act, 1961
  • Nature and functions of Cost­Accounting
  • Significance of the attest function
  • Concept and Scope of Financial Management
  • Financial goals of Corporations
  • Organisation and deficiencies of Indian Money Market
8. Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technology (Organic)
  • Chemical Engineering (Thermodynamics)
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Mechanical Operations
  • Instrumentation And Process Control
  • Mass Transfer Operations
  • Heat Transfer Operations
9. Computer Science
  • Formal Languages
  • Computer Organisation
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Structures
  • Principle of Programming Languages
  • Database Management
  • Data communication and computer Networks
10. Economics
  • Price mechanism
  • National income estimate
  • Money, origin nature
  • Nature and scope of Public Finance
  • Indian economy
11. Education Part I

  • School and community
  • Teacher

Part II

  • Psychology- meaning
  • Physical basis of mental lif
  • Charter Act of 1813
  • Anglicist
  • Lord Curzon’s educational policy
12. Electrical Engineering
  • Network
  • Measurement
  • Electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Machines
13. Electronics
  • Device physice
  • Diodes
  • Circuits
  • VLSI design
  • Discrete Fourier Transform
  • FFT
  • Classification of signals & system
  • Image parameters
  • Antenna and waveguides
14. Fisheries
  • Fishery Biology
  • Hydrography
  • Aquaculture
  • Fishery Technology
  • Fishery Management
  • Fishery Extension Education
15. Geography
  • Physical Geography: Geomorphology, Climatology, Oceanography, Soil Geography, Biogeography and Ecosystem,
  • Human and Economic Geography: Human Geography,
  • Regional Geography: Regional Geography of India and North East India.
  • Political Geography
  • Cartography and Quantitative Methods in Geography
16. Geology
  • General Geology
  • structural geology
  • Paleontology
  • Crystallography and mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Economic Geology
  • Stratigraphy
17. History Indian History

  • Indus Valley Civilisation
  • Origin of the Rajput
  • The Arab invasion of Sind
History of Great Britain 1485-1945

  • Importance of the Tudor periods
  • The Stuart
  • The restoration under Charles III.

Modern Europe (1789-1945)

  • France on the eve of the Revolution of 1789
  • The summoning of the States General.
18. Law
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Criminal Procedure Code of India
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Law of Evidence : Indian Evidence Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Law of Contract : Indian Contract Act
19. Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Complex Analysis
  • Topology
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Vectors
  • Trigonometry
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
20. Mechanical Engineering
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Theory of Machines
  • Mechanics of solids
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Machanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Energy Conversion
  • Environment Control
21. Medical Science
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Dermatology
22. Philosophy Logic

  • Nature and Scope of Logic
  • Immediate inference
  • Analysis, figure and mood of syllogism
  • Relation of logic to psychology


  • Definition, Nature, Scope and utility of psychology.
  • Factors and conditions of memory
  • Causes of forgetting
General Philosophy (Western and Indian):

  • Definition and scope of philosophy.
  • Empiricism
  • Values.

Ethics and Social Philosophy

  • Moral philosophy
  • Man as a social animal
  • Theories of punishment.
23. Physics
  • Mechamics, General Properties of Matter and Sound
  • Optics, Heat & Thermodynamics
  • Newton’s Laws of motion
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Field potential and their relation
  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics
24. Political Science
  • Nature and Scope of Political Science
  • Origin of the State
  • Forms of Government
  • Sovereignty
  • Political Philosophy of Plato
  • Constitution of India
  • Constitutions of the U.S.A. the U.K
  • United Nations
25. Psychology
  • Physhology as a scienc
  • Nervous system
  • Sensory Processes
  • States of consciousness
  • Basic concepts of phychophysics
  • Nature of human intelligence
  • Meaning of personality
  • Behaviour disorders
26. Sociology
  • Introduction to types of Society in India
  • Village Communities
  • Caste
  • Major Religions in India
  • Rural Power Structure
Theories by

  • Background of the Development of Sociological thought
  • Comte
  • Herbert Spencer
  • Emila Durkheim
  • Karl Marx
27. Statistics Part A

  • Probality: Event and sample space, Bay’s theorem, standard probability
  • Sampling distributions and Test of Significanance: Definiton of sampling distribution, Statistics their proertics and uses

Part B

  • Finite difference: Newton’s forward
Part A

  • Sample survey and decision of experiment
  • Sample Versus census
  • Principles of experimental design

Part B

  • Quantitative economics: Definition, construction,
    interpretation and limitation etc.
  • Demography and Psychometry: Source of demography data, definition and scope of demography etc.
28. Zoology Group A

  • General survey and classification of animal Kingdom
  • Study of the structure, bionomics
  • Anatomical structure
  • External morphology

Group B

  • Abiotic factors and their role
  • Concept, components of ecosystem
  • Kaziranga National Park.
  • Pollution in air water and land
Group A

  • Stucture and functoion of cell
  • Protoplasm
  • Cell division
  • Mendelian Laws of inheritance
  • Multiple alleles
  • Mutation

Group B

  • Physiology
  • Embryology
  • Zoo Geography
29. English Section I

  • History of English Literature

Section II (Poetry by)

  • Shakespeare
  • Milton
  • W.H. Auden
  • Drama
  • Prose Fiction
  • Novels: Robinson Crusoe
30. Assamese
  • Poetries by eminent Assamese writers and scholars like Madhava Kandali, Sankaradeva, , Madhavadeva, Kamalakanta Bhattacharya, Lakshminath Bezbarua, Chandrakumar Agarwala etc
  • Drama, Theory
  • Drama, Text: Litikai, Gaon Burha, Ahar, Labhita etc.
  • Novel: Jivanar Batat, Dawar Aru Na, Miri Jiyari
  • Short Story: Asamiya Galpaguccha (Asom Sahitya Sabha)
31. Bengali
  • Poetry by Madhusudan Dutta, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Jivanananda Das and others
  • Drama: Bisarjan, Sahjahan, Krishna Kumari
  • Prose Text : Kapal Kundala, Kamala Kantar Daptar, Manushya Phal, Pagal Manushya, etc.
  • Composition: Idioms and Phrases, Honophonous Forms etc.
32. Hindi
  • First paper will consisty of Poetry both medieal and modern Drama, a general idea of history of Hindi Literature, Idiomatic Usage of Hindi, Unseen and Precis Writing.
  • Second Paper will consist of Prose both fiction and non fiction, applied grammer, a general idea of Hindi Technical terms, Hindi as official language (noting, drafting etc.) General idea of Hindi used for commercial purposes, Journalistic letter writing and Composition
33. Arabic
  • Poetry by Imrul Qais, Diwanul Hamasah,
  • Prose: al-quran : Surah al-Fat’he, as-Sahih by Muslim, al-Bayn wat – Tabiyeen, Futuhul Buldan
  • Translation of unseen Arabic Passage into English
  • History of Arabic Language & Literature
  • History of Arabic Literature
34. Persian
  • Poetry by Mathnavi – Rumi, Shahnama-Firdawasi, Hafiz
  • Prose: Maqalah-i-Awwal, Andar Ummal wa Pursidan-iAhwal-i-Waziram wa Dabiran
  • History of Parsian Language and Literature
  • Translation, Grammar, Rhetoric, Essay
35. Sanskrit
  • Poetry by Kiratarjuniya,
  • Prose: Daskumaracarita
  • Grammar: General knowledge of Sandh, Samasa,
  • Translation : From English, Assamese to Sanskrit.
  • Drama and History of Classical Sanskrit Literature:Sakuntala, Svapnavasavadatta, History of Classical Sanskrit Literature
36. Bodo
  • Poetry by Rup Nath Brahma and Madaram Brahma
  • Pramad Ch. Brahma
  • Samar Brahma Choudhury
  • Brajendra Kr. Brahma
  • Novel
  • Short Story
  • Haribhusan Brahma

Syllabus for Personality Test

In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.