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Combined Competitive Examinations

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Ranjan K Baruah

Many students harbour dreamsof becoming civil servants. In India one may join the civil servicesat the national level or at the State level. The Union PublicService Commission organises the civil services examination nationally while the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) isresponsiblefor choosing officers for different jobs through examinations. As recent advertisements have been published forthe civil services examination, many students are going to appear for the same. Apart from the aspirants, other students should also know more about the exams and syllabus. The details are being published on the official website of APSC and I have taken inputs from the website to compile today’s article.
The APSC conducts Combined Competitive Examination and as per requisition of the Government of Assam for recruitment in various posts to the Civil Services, the advertisement is generally published through print media inviting applications in prescribed form. The written examination consists of two stages:the preliminary examination and the main examination and interview.
Preliminary Examination:The examination consists of two papers of two hours duration each. This examination is meant to serve as screening test only. The marks obtained in the preliminary examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main examination are not counted for determining the final selection. The questions are of multiple choice objective types. Paper I includes General Studies (200 marks) and Paper-II is one optional subject to beselected from the list of optional subjects (200 marks).
The list of optional subjects for C.C. Exam (Pre) includes Agriculture, Anthropology, Animal Husbandry &Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Fisheries, Geography, Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics and Zoology.
The Main Examination consists of a written Examination and a viva-voce test. Candidates who are declared qualified in the Main Examination shall be summoned for a viva-voce test. The viva-voce test carries 200 marks with no qualifying marks.The written examination consists of the following papers of 3 hours duration each. The questions of the Main Examination will be conventional essay type and in total it carries 1400 marks. Optional subjects for C.C. Exam. (Main) has 29 subjects and aspirants may choose their subjects. However, candidates are not allowed the following combinations of subjects: Anthropology & Sociology, Mathematics & Statistics, Philosophy & Psychology, Agriculture & Animal Husbandry &Veterinary.
The candidates are interviewed by a Board which takes into account their academic career. The marks scored in the interview are added to the marks scored in the written examination (Main) and the rankings of the candidates are determined on the basis of the total marks obtained. Interview carries 200 marks.
The Assam Public Service Commission will hold the Preliminary Examination of the Combined Competitive Examination, 2018 for screening candidates for the Main Examination for recruitment to the services/posts as per the actual number of vacancies in accordance with the Assam Public Services Combined Competitive Examination Rules, 1989. Aspirants may apply on or before 18th June and the preliminary examination should take place in the month of July 2018.
Many students ask me about effective coaching classes related to the civil services examinations.It is very difficult to recommend as these are private coaching institutes. Aspirants must look at the record of the coaching centre and also details about the faculty, course material, etc before taking admission to any coaching institute. Coaching institute is not mandatory but it helps to build confidences and clear doubts as many have experienced faculties.

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Ranjan K Baruah is a social activist and career mentor who has conducted career awareness programme in different parts of Assam and Northeast India and can be reached at bkranjan@gmail.com or 98640 55558 for any career related queries