Syllabus & Exam Pattern for APSC Combined Competitive Examination

The Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) is a state level competitive examination conducted by APSC annually for recruitment to various posts of Civil Services.

Selection Process for APSC CCE: APSC CCE consists of three stages:

  • Preliminary Examination (Objective type)
  • Mains Examination (Descriptive Type)
  • Personality Test (Interview)

The Preliminary Examination will consists of two objective-type papers- General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II and the Mains Examination will consists of written examination and Personality Test. The written examination shall consists of one Essay paper, five papers on the subject of General Studies and two papers on any one subject from the lists of Optional Subjects. There shall be two qualifying papers to test the language communication skills of the candidates.

Following are the services which one gets on qualifying the Combined Competitive Examination:

1.The Assam Civil Service (Jr. Grade)

2.The Assam Land and Revenue Service (Jr. Grade)

3.The Assam Police Service (Jr. Grade)

4.Labour Officer

5.Superintendent of Taxes

6.Superintendent of Excise

7.Assistant Registrar of Co-operative Societies

8.District Transport Officer

9.Inspector of Labour

10.Inspector of Taxes

11.Inspector of Excise

12.Senior Inspector / Auditor of Co-operative Society

13.Assistant Employment Officer

14.Block Development Officer

15.Extension Officer (Credit)


17.Child Development Project Officer (CDPO)

18.Inspector of Legal Metrology

19.Assistant Manager of Industries

20.Any other Services and Posts which the Government may include in consultation with the Commission



  1. The candidate must be a permanent resident of Assam.
  2. The candidate must produce PRC issued in Assam for educational purpose as a proof of residency.

II.Educational Qualification:

A candidate who has completed graduation from any recognized institute or university can apply for the Combined Competitive Examination.

III.Age Limit:

21-38 years as on the first January of the year in which the examination is advertised.

Relaxations in Upper Age Limit:

  • 3 years for OBC/MOBC candidates
  • 5 years for SC/ST candidates
  • 10 years for PWD candidates

The complete list of topics for the Combined Competitive Examination syllabus as per the APSC is given below:

Preliminary Examination Pattern

1.General Studies Paper-I

Duration: 2 Hours

Marks: 200

2.General Studies Paper-II

Duration: 2 Hours

Marks: 200

Total Marks: 400

Note 1: In General Studies Paper-I, 30-35% questions will be related to Assam.

Note 2: In General Studies Paper-II, minimum qualifying marks shall be 33%.


General Studies Paper-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 World.
  • 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 Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

General Studies Paper-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)

Mains Examination Pattern:

1.Paper A (Qualifying Only)-Language Papers

Duration: 3 Hours

Marks: 300

2.Paper B (Qualifying Only)-English

Duration: 3 Hours

Marks:  300

3.Paper 1- Essay

Duration: 3 Hours

Marks:  250

4.Paper 2 to 6- General Studies

Duration: 3 Hours for each Paper

Marks:  250 for each Paper

5.Paper 7- Optional Subject Paper 1

Duration: 3 Hours

Marks:  250

6.Paper 8- Optional Subject Paper 2

Duration: 3 Hours

Marks:  275

7.Interview Test (After Qualifying in the Written Test)

Marks: 250



1.Paper A- Language Papers: Any one of the language from Assamese/Bengali/Bodo.

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.
  • Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.

Candidates from Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong Districts who had not studied any of these languages in school shall be exempted from appearing the qualifying language papers.


2.Paper B- English:

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.

3.Paper I– Essay: Candidate is required to write an essay on a specific topic. The essay is to be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice.

4.Paper II- General Studies I: Indian History, Heritage, Culture and Society and Geography of the India and World.

5.Paper III- General Studies II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations.

6.Paper IV- General Studies III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

7.Paper V- General Studies IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

8.Paper VI- General Subject Paper on Assam: History, Heritage, Culture, Geography, Governance, Polity, Social Justice, International Relations, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management of Assam.

Optional subjects for Mains Examination:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Anthropology
  3. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Literature of any of the languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Hindi, Sanskrit, English
  15. Management
  16. Mathematics
  17. Mechanical Engineering
  18. Medical Science
  19. Philosophy
  20. Physics
  21. Political Science and International Relations
  22. Psychology
  23. Public Administration
  24. Sociology
  25. Statistics
  26. Zoology

Personality Test (Interview):

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest.

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