APSC CCE Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2024


The Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) recently released the official notification for the 2024 Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) to fill 235 vacancies across various government cadres in Assam. This crucial recruitment exam draws lakhs of aspiring candidates every year. Therefore, having a thorough understanding of the latest APSC CCE syllabus and exam pattern is essential to crack this highly competitive exam.

2-Stage ExamPreliminary and Mains + Interview
Assam FocusMinimum 30% MCQs Assam related
Negative Marking25% deduction for wrong answers
6 Mains PapersEssay, GS, Assam Subjects
Interview180 marks Personality Test
Merit RankingMains + Interview marks considered

The New APSC CCE Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The APSC has introduced some major changes to the CCE syllabus and structure in alignment with the Assam Public Services Combined Competitive Examination (Amendment) Rules, 2019. The revised exam now consists of two successive stages

Preliminary Exam (Objective MCQs)
Mains Exam (Descriptive Papers + Interview)

Let’s look at the detailed syllabus breakup and latest pattern of both Prelims and Mains.

APSC CCE Prelims Syllabus 2024

The Preliminary Examination is the first hurdle aspiring candidates must clear to proceed to the next stage. It consists of two objective type multiple choice question papers, namely General Studies-I and General Studies-II.

Exam NameAPSC CCE Preliminary Examination 2023
Date of Exam18th March 2024
Type of QuestionsObjective Type
No of Question Papers2 (General Studies-I & General Studies-II)
Total Marks400 (200 marks each paper)
Duration of Exam2 hours for each paper
Negative Marking(1/4th) One-fourth deduction for wrong answers
Exam CentresBarpeta, 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%. 

The Prelims exam will be conducted on 17th March 2024 across 25 centres in Assam. The number of candidates shortlisted for Mains will be 11-12 times the total vacancies.

APSC CCE Mains Syllabus 2024

The Main Exam tests in-depth subject knowledge through a blend of essay-type and objective papers. Here’s an overview.

1.Written Examination

Candidates who successfully clear the Preliminary Examination move on to the Written Examination. This stage comprises six papers of conventional essay type/objective type with limited words.

Exam NameCCE Main Examination 2023
Date of ExamJune/July 2024
Type of QuestionsDescriptive and Objective type
Medium of ExamEnglish or Assamese language
Total Papers6 Papers
Total Marks1500 Marks (250 marks each paper)
Duration of Exam3 hours for Each Paper
Exam CentresGuwahati

The six papers cover diverse topics like Essay Writing, General Studies, and Assam Related Subjects. Finally, shortlisted candidates undergo a Personality Test carrying 180 marks. The Mains exam result determines the final merit ranking for recruitment.

Paper 01Type of Paper: Essay
Marks: 250
Duration in hours: 3
Paper 02Type of Paper: General Studies
Marks: 250 for each paper
Duration in hours: 3 for each paper 
Paper 03Type of Paper: General Subject Paper on Assam
Marks: 250 for each paper
Duration in hours: 3 for each paper 
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2. Interview Test/Personality Test

After successfully qualifying in the written test, candidates proceed to the Interview Test or Personality Test.

Exam NameCCE Main Examination 2023
Type of ExamInterview
Total Marks180 Marks
Exam CentreGuwahati

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

Final Ranking

Marks obtained by candidates in both the Main Examination (Written Part and Interview) collectively determine their final ranking. This ranking is crucial in the selection process, and candidates must perform well in both stages to secure a higher position.

Considering the expansive syllabus, choosing the right books and resources for APSC CCE preparation can seem challenging initially. Here are some well-researched book recommendations subject-wise to simplify your study planning.

SubjectBest Reference Book
Numerical AbilityFast Track Objective Arithmetic
English GrammarObjective General English by S P Bakshi
Logical ReasoningVerbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
GK and Current AffairsLucent’s General Knowledge, Manorama Yearbook 2024
Modern Indian HistoryModern India by Rajiv Ahir
Indian EconomyIndian Economy by Pratiyogita Darpan
Indian PolityIndian Polity by M Laxmikanth
GeographyGeography of India by Majid Husain
ComputersObjective Computer Awareness by Arihant
Previous Year PapersAPSC CCE 1997-2017 Solved Papers
Additional PracticeUPSC 1995-2022 Solved Papers by Mrunal
Assam HistoryHistory of Assam by Priyam Goswami
Assam TopicsAssam Year Book by Santanu Kaushik Baruah

Besides these prep books, reading newspapers, magazines and taking mock tests will further bolster your exam readiness. Consistent hard work along with a strategic preparation plan as per the latest syllabus guidelines is key to APSC success.

We hope this detailed analysis of the revised APSC CCE 2024 syllabus and exam pattern helps channelize your preparations positively. Feel free to reach out for any queries. Best of luck!

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