The following Examinations are conducted by the APSC:

  1. Combined Competitive Examination
  2. Departmental Examinations

Combined Competitive Examination

As per requisition of the Govt. of Assam for recruitment in various posts to the Civil Services, advertisement is generally published through print media inviting applications in prescribed form. The written examination consists of two stages:

  1. The Preliminary
  2. The Main Examination

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 Main examination are not counted for determining the final selection. The questions are of multiple choice objective types:

Paper Subject Marks Duration
Paper-I General Studies 200 2 hours
Paper-II One optional subject to be selected from the list of optional subjects 200 2 hours


Main Examination and Interview

The Main Examination consists of a written Examination and a viva-voce test as below:
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:

Paper Subject Marks Duration
Paper-I General English 300 3 hours
Paper-II General Studies 300 3 hours
(a & b)
Any two optional subjects to be selected from the list of optional subject (two papers each) 200 3 hours
200 3 hours
(a & b)
Any two optional subjects to be selected from the list of optional subject (two papers each) 200 3 hours
200 3 hours
Total   1400  


List of optional subjects-C.C. Exam.(Main)-(Total-29)

1.       Agriculture

2.       Anthropology

3.       Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

4.       Botany

5.       Chemical Engineering

6.       Civil Engineering

7.       Chemistry

8.       Commerce

9.       Computer Science

10.    Economics

11.    Education

12.    Electrical Engineering

13.    Electronics

14.    Fisheries

15.    Geography

16.    Geology

17.    History

18.    Law

19.    Modern Languages and Literature &
Classical Language (any one only)
(h) Bodo

20.    Mathematics

21.    Mechanical Engineering

22.    Medical Science

23.    Philosophy

24.    Physics

25.    Political Science

26.    Psychology

27.    Sociology

28.    Statistics

29.    Zoology


Candidates are not allowed the following combinations of subjects

  1. Anthropology & Sociology
  2. Mathematics & Statistics
  3. Philosophy & Psychology
  4. Agriculture & Animal Husbandry & Vety. Science
  5. Of the Engineering subjects not more than one subject

The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the Examination.

Interview Test: Marks 200

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.

Departmental Examination

The APSC also has to conduct Departmental Examinations in every six month for different categories of Govt. officers including All India Service Officers serving under the Govt. of Assam. For this purpose, APSC advertises seeking applications from the intending candidates through all leading news papers of Assam.