How to Prepare for APPSC Group 2 Exam – Study Plan

APPSC Group -2 Services Screening Test Preparation tips, Strategy & Study plan

How to prepare for APPSC Group 2 and how to clear Group -2 Screening Test?

APPSC Group -2 Services Exam is a prestigious and a challenging exam at the State-level. Posts in Group -2 include Deputy Tahsildar(DT), Assistant Commercial Tax Officer (ACTO), Municipal Commissioner Grade -III, Sub Registrar etc. All these posts are high entry-level jobs in the State.

In the APPSC Group -2 Examination process, there are two stages:

  1. Screening Test
  2. Mains Examination

Screening Test

This is the first-level exam to screen worthy 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. 

We will now discuss on how to prepare for APPSC Group 2 exam.

Broadly, Screening Test syllabus can be divided into these categories:

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?

  1. 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.
  2. In reading English newspaper, you have to be smart. Read the first and Second page of the paper to check for any important event or incident happened. After this, you can directly go to the Business and Science Page (Generally, newspapers publish this page weekly). After this read the Sports page and concentrate more on sports like Tennis, Badminton. If you are preparing only for Group -2, no need to read editorial page. Editorial page will be helpful only in descriptive type of examinations like Group -1 and Civils.
  3. Reading any Telugu newspaper is must for all candidates as events related to State importance are covered in Telugu newspapers only.
  4. Candidates must prepare daily notes from newspapers. You must note down important news items daily.
  5. It is better to maintain a diary with daily notes, so that you can revise and refer the notes very 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

 Indian Economy:

It is a main topic for the Screening test. However, only basic questions on Indian Economy will be asked in this paper. NCERT Books on Economics are more than sufficient in answering subject-based questions. You can download these NCERT Economics Text books from here: NCERT Economics Text Books


Candidate must prepare the latest statistics on various aspects like Poverty, Unemployment, Growth rate, Census related aspects etc, as direct questions from these topics can be asked in the exam.

We have prepared complete Indian Economy Material especially for APPSC Group -2 Exam in Telugu as per Group -2 syllabus. You can download this material from here: Indian Economy Material

Indian Polity

It is another important topic of Screening Test. Around more than 50 questions can be expected from this topic in the Screening Test. Hence, this topic will decide the fate of the candidates. However, only basic questions can be expected in the paper.

Candidates must prepare important features of Indian Constitution, Government programs and policies. Candidates must also prepare for important Andhra Pradesh 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 AP Polity, candidates must prepare for latest and important government programs and policies. You can also read AP SCERT Social studies textbooks.

We have prepared complete Indian Polity Material especially for APPSC Group -2 Exam in Telugu as per Group -2 syllabus. You can download this material from here: Indian Polity Material


Geography topic is not explicitly mentioned in the Screening test syllabus. However, Human geography topics such as Population and Economic Geography topics like Agriculture are mentioned in the syllabus, Therefore, for the screening test you can mainly focus on these topics. You can postpone other topics to the Mains test. Reading NCERT books on Geography will cover will suffice for these two topics for the exam.

Moreover, 2011 census and its important aspects like Child Sex Ratio, Female Ratio, Literacy Ratio, Urban-Rural Population Ratio, etc for overall country, Top -5 and Bottom -5 states in the country and for Andhra Pradesh must be remembered.

Download these NCERT Geography Books from here: NCERT Geography Books


General Science:

In this topic, focus must be on current affairs related information like ISRO Satellite launches, Missile Launches,  Mangalyaan, Chandrayaan Programmes, Latest Prizes and other scientific developments etc, .

However, candidates must read AP SCERT Text books on General Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry from Class 6 to Class 10 to get basic understanding of this subject. These books are very easy to understand for everyone.

You can download these books from here: English Medium || Telugu Medium


English Medium candidates can also NCERT textbooks on Science.

You can download them from here: NCERT Science Books


Reading these textbooks will suffice in answering subject-based questions in the exam.

We have also compiled important aspects of General Science material especially for APPSC Group -1 Prelims in Telugu. You can download this material from here: General Science Material

There will be some 10-15 questions only from this topic. Hence, this topic should be given least priority compared with other subjects.

Indian History:

Candidate must focus mainly on Economic aspects of Medieval and Modern Indian History for Screening test, as in Screening test syllabus, APPSC has mentioned about Economy in Medieval India and Pre-independence period. For other aspects of history, you can postpone it to the Mains test.

NCERT Textbooks 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


Current Affairs related questions will be asked from this subject. International events and conferences on environment protection like UNDP, Sustainable Development Goals, UNFCCC meetings must be prepared as direct questions can be asked from these.

 Practicing What You have Read:

It is the most important step in the preparation process. Practice is that line which separates the successful persons from others.Without good practice, it is impossible to clear to the exam. candidates must practice various previous year questions and model questions.

You must practice all previous question papers from 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Some questions will be repeated always from the previous papers. Even if some 5 questions were repeated, that will give you an extra advantage compared to other, if you practice all past papers.

You can download and practice Group 2 previous question papers from here: Group -2 Previous Papers


Moreover, we are posting free online tests on all subjects of APPSC Group -2 exam 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


Read this article on How to be motivated to achieve success in the Group -2 exam: How to be motivated for success?


Essential Books List for APPSC Group -2 Screening Test:

  1. NCERT Text Books 
  2. AP SCERT Text Books 
  3. M. Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity. Buy this latest edition Book from Amazon from here at cheapest price:
    Telugu Medium
    English Medium
  4. Daily News paper
  5. SmartPrep Indian Economy Material
  6. SmartPrep Current Affairs

There is no substitute for hard-work in our life. If you work hard with dedication and, 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 APPSC Group -2 Mains Exam shortly. Please stay tuned to our site for updates.


9 thoughts on “How to Prepare for APPSC Group 2 Exam – Study Plan”

  1. Hi,

    You are doing a great job by posting the related information.Small help required from your end…. you have posted smartprep indian economy material and polity material in telugu right… Can you please provide that in english too… while posting for Mains..
    Its my humble request.

  2. smart preparation is the best site for every psc aspirant i hope,can anyone please provide recent statistical data for economy part…regarding census,poverty, etcc as mentioned above…. and also have confusion regarding economy preparation… can anyone help me….please..? For indian polity according to syllabus thr is adequate material…..and also number of sites thr for polity bits…. but for economy.. is that material.. provided above is sufficient… and how should i practice…those…? feeling confusion…kindly do help… Thanks in advance.. eagerly waiting for the valuable reply

    1. In the Economic Development Topic of the syllabus, APPSC has clearly mentioned about “Economy in Medieval India and Pre-Independence Indian Economy”. So reading Medieval and Modern Indian History from economic point of view is must.
      Population topic is part of Human geography. Agriculture also covered in geography subject from non-economic point of views.

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