Telangana State Public Services Commission (TSPSC) Group-1 Services Preliminary Exam Preparation tips, Strategy, Study plan, Pattern, Syllabus, Books list, Material/Notes:
How to prepare for TSPSC Group 1?
TSPSC Group-1 Services Exam is the most prestigious and the challenging exam at the State-level. Posts in Group-1 include Deputy Collector (RDO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Commercial Tax Officer (CTO), Municipal Commissioner, District Registrar etc. All these posts are highest entry-level jobs in the Telangana State.
In the TSPSC Group-1 Examination process, there are three stages:
- Preliminary Examination
- Mains Examination
This is the first-level exam to screen good candidates to the next Mains-level. This exam will be of objective type only.
There is only one paper in this exam. It carries 150 questions and 150 marks. There is no negative marking in this exam. A candidate must secure more than 100+ Score in the prelims exam to qualify for the Mains exam. (This is as per the previous trends, this score may change depending upon the number of posts, candidates applied and the difficulty level of the exam).
The detailed syllabus for Group-1 preliminary exam can be accessed from this link: Prelims Syllabus
Broadly, Prelims syllabus can be divided into these categories:
1. Current Affairs
There will be around 20-30 questions asked for the current affairs. It include events and news of Regional, National and International importance.It is the most important topics in the paper as questions in this topic are related with other subjects like Science, Economics and Polity.
How to Prepare for Current Affairs?:
One must essentially read one newspaper daily. Telugu Medium candidates can read Eenaadu or Sakshi. English medium candidates can read Times of India or The Hindu.Reading any Telugu newspaper is must for all candidates as events related to State importance are covered in Telugu newspapers only. Candidates must prepare daily notes from newspapers. You must note down important news items daily. It is better to maintain a diary with daily notes, so that you can revise the note easily.
Apart from reading newspapers, you must also follow any other current affairs magazines. We have prepared monthly current affairs, daily current affairs and important events in 2016 in Telugu. You can download these material on current affairs in Telugu from here: Current Affairs in Telugu
2. General Science
English Medium candidates can also read NCERT textbooks on Science. It is very common that many questions are directly taken from the NCERT books as they are very standard in nature.
You can download them from here: NCERT Science Books
We have also compiled important aspects of General Science material especially for TSPSC Group -1 Prelims in Telugu. You can download this material from here: General Science Material
However, for current affairs related general science questions, candidates must also focus on scientific developments in the news while preparing for current affairs like ISRO Satellite launches, Awards, Missile launches etc.
There will be some 15-20 questions only from this topic. Hence, this topic should be given least priority compared with other subjects.
This subject includes topics like Planning in Indian Economy, Economic issues and Economic reforms. Questions in Indian Economy will be of basic nature. NCERT Books on Economics are more than sufficient in answering subject-based questions. You can download these NCERT Economics books from here: NCERT Economics Text Books
However, there is more scope for current affairs related questions in this topic. Hence, candidates must prepare for Indian Economic issues and events while preparing for current affairs. Moreover, candidate must prepare the latest statistics on various aspects like Poverty, Unemployment, Growth rate, 2011 Census related aspects like Child Sex Ratio, Female Ratio, Illiteracy etc, as direct questions from these topics can be asked in the exam.
There are three parts in in this topic, they are World, Indian and Telangana Geography. Reading NCERT books on Geography will cover both the World and Indian Geography and that will suffice for these two topics for the exam.
Both the Old and New NCERT Geography textbooks are good. You can chose any of these. Moreover, GC Leong’s Physical Geography covers all aspects of World Geography and Physical Geography.
For Telangana Geography,We have compiled all important aspects of Telangana Geography in Telugu. You can download this material from here: Telangana Geography
5. Indian History
There are two sub topics in this, Indian History and Telangana History. Candidate must focus on Political, Economic, Social, Art, Literature, Cultural and Architectural aspects of history.
NCERT Text books History will suffice for Indian History, more specifically Old NCERT History Books. You can download these NCERT Books on History from here: New NCERT History Books || Old NCERT History Books
For Telangana History, Telugu Akademi’s Telangana Intermediate First Year and Second Year History Books will suffice.
6. Indian Polity
Candidates must prepare important features of Indian Constitution, Government programs and policies. Candidates must also prepare for important Telangana Government’s programs and policies. Reading NCERT textbooks on Polity will give a broad understanding of Indian Polity. You can download these books from here: NCERT Polity Text Books
In Telangana Polity, candidates must prepare for latest and important government programs and policies. You can also read Telangana SCERT Social studies textbooks.
We have prepared complete Indian polity material required for TSPSC Group -1 exam in Telugu for Telugu Medium candidates. You can download this material from here: Indian Polity in Telugu Material
7. Environment and Disaster Management
This topic includes various types of pollution, sustainable development, environmental degradation like soil erosion, global warming, climate change, biodiversity and environmental protection measures. You can download AP SCERT Textbooks on Environmental Studies of Class 9 and 10. They cover all basic aspects of Environment.
Moreover, this topic has more scope for current affairs related questions. Hence, candidates must focus on Environmental issues like important events and conferences, Sustainable Development Goals, UNFCCC meetings while preparing for current affairs.
Another important topic here is the Disaster Management. Reading CBSE text books on Disaster management will cover all aspects of disaster management. Current Affairs related information of Disaster Management like Sendai Framework, National Disaster Management Plan must be prepared by the candidates.
8. Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning
This topic is the most mark fetching topic in the paper, especially for Maths and Science background students. However, Arts background students can also fetch maximum marks in this section with good preparation.
It includes data interpretation, logical reasoning, data analysis etc. Practicing R S Agarwal’s books on Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning and General English will suffice for the exam.
9. Practicing What You have Read
It is the most important step in the preparation process. Without good practice, it is impossible to clear to the exam. candidates must practice various previous year questions and model questions.
We are posting free online tests on all subjects of TSPSC Group -1 in subject-wise. These tests cover all aspects of all subjects like Indian Polity, Indian History, Indian Geography, Economics, General Science etc. Please bookmark this link to stay updated with the online tests, You can access these free online tests from here: Online Practice Tests
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10. Essential Books List for TSPSC Group-1 Prelims Exam
- NCERT Text Books
- Telangana SCERT Text Books
- R S Agarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, General English Books
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- M. Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity
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- CBSE Text Books on Disaster Management
- Telugu Akademi’s Telangana Intermediate History Books
- Daily News paper
- Good current affairs magazine
- NIOS Text books on Environment
If you follow this strategy and plan, your success in the preliminary exam is a sure-shot and there will no stopping to you in the exam.
We will post a separate article on how to prepare for TSPSC Group -1 Mains Exam shortly. Please stay tuned to our site for updates.