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Part B

Combines Competitive (Main) Examination (Written and Interview)

Main Examination:

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Qualifying nature- Marks not counted- Passing mandatory

For both Paper A and Paper B, the Commission shall decide minimum qualifying marks



Assamese/Bengali/Bodo- 300 marks

                    i.            Comprehension given passages

                   ii.            Precis writing

                 iii.            Usage and Vocabulary

                 iv.            Short Essay

                   v.            Transition from English to the Indian language and vice-versa



English- 300 marks

The aim of the paper is to test the candidates ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows:

                    i.            Comprehension of given passages

                    ii.             Precis Writing  

                  iii.          Usage and Vocabulary

                        iv.             Short Essay


·         Papers to be counted for Order of merit (Written Examination)

Marks obtained in these papers shall be counted. However, the Commission shall have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.




Essay- 250 marks

To be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice. Candidate is required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given.



General Studies I- 250 marks

(Indian History, Heritage, Culture and Society and Geography of the India and World)

                    i.            Indian culture shall cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

                   ii.            Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

                 iii.            The Freedom Struggle- its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country

                 iv.            Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country

                   v.            Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India

                 vi.            Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

               vii.            Effects of Globalization on Indian society

             viii.            Social empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism


                    i.            Salient features of India’s and World’s Physical Geography

                   ii.            Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

                 iii.            Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.



General Studies II- 250 marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

                    i.            Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure)

                   ii.            Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances upto local levels and challenges therein.

                 iii.            Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

                 iv.            Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.

                   v.            Parliament and State Legislatures- structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers and privileges and issues arising out of State.

                 vi.            Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government, pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

               vii.            Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act

             viii.            Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional bodies.

                 ix.            Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-Judicial bodies

                   x.            Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

                 xi.            Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

               xii.            Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes, mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

             xiii.            Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

             xiv.            Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger with emphasis on Assam.

               xv.            Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance-applications, models, successes, limitations and potential; citizen’s charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures with emphasis on Assam

             xvi.            Role of civil services in a democracy

           xvii.            India and its neighbouring relations

          xviii.            Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

             xix.            Important international institutions, agencies and forums, their structure, mandate.



General Studies-III (250 marks)

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

        i.              Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

       ii.                Inclusive growth and issues arising from it

     iii.                Government Budgeting

     iv.                Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

       v.              Issues relating to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; technology missions; economics of animal rearing.

     vi.                Food processing and related industries in India – scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

   vii.           Land reforms in India

 viii.           Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

     ix.             Infrastructure energy, ports, roads, airports, railways etc

       x.            Investment models

     xi.                 Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life, achievements of Indians in science & technology, indigenization of technology and developing new technology

   xii.             Awareness in the fields of IT, space, computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights

 xiii.            Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

 xiv.             Disaster and disaster management with emphasis on Assam

   xv.                Linkages between development and spread of extremism

 xvi.              Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security

xvii.               Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security, money-laundering and its prevention.

xviii.             Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism with emphasis on Assam

 xix.              Various security forces and agencies and their mandate.


         Paper V

General Studies IV- 250 marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

This paper will include questions to test the candidates attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these subjects. The following broad areas will be covered.

i.                    Ethics and Human Interface- Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics, ethics in private and public relationships

ii.                   Human values- lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values

iii.                 Attitude: content, structure; function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

iv.                 Aptitude and foundational values for Civil service; integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections

v.                   Emotional intelligence- concepts and their utilities and application in administration and governance

vi.                 Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world

vii.               Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance

viii.             Probity in Governance; concept of public service; philosophical basis of governance and probity; information sharing and transparency in government, right to information, codes of ethics, codes of conduct, Citizen’s

ix.                 Charters, work culture, quality of service delivery, utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption

x.                   Case studies on above issues



General Subject Paper on Assam- 250 marks

(History, Heritage, Culture, Geography, Governance, Polity, Social Justice, International Relations, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management of Assam)

i.                    History, Art, Culture, Literature, Tradition & Heritage of Assam

Major landmarks in the history of Assam, Major Dynasties, their administrative and revenue systems, socio-cultural issues, freedom movement, political awakening and integration, salient features of architecture and monuments, Arts, Paintings and Handicrafts, important works of literature, fairs, festivals, folk music and folk dances, culture, tradition and heritage, religious movements, leading personalities

ii.                   Geography of Assam

Broad physical features, major physiographic divisions, natural resources of Assam, climate, natural vegetation, forests, wildlife and bio-diversity, mines and minerals, population and major industries

iii.                 Political and administrative systems of Assam

Governor, Chief Minister, State Assembly, High Court, Assam Public Service Commission, District Administration, State Human Rights Commission, State Election Commission, State Information Commission, Public Policy, Legal Rights and Citizen Charter

iv.                 Economy of Assam

Macro overview of economy, major agricultural, industrial and service sector issues, growth, development and planning, infrastructure & resources, major development projects, Programmes and schemes- Government Welfare Schemes for SC/ST/Backward Class/Minorities/Disabled Persons, Destitute, Women, Children, Old Age People, Farmers and Laborers.

v.                   Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management with relevant emphasis on the state of Assam