17 December 2016

Kakatiyas - APPSC Groups Exam Bit bank #3

History of Andhra Pradesh - Kakatiyas

  1. The reign of Rani Rudramana Devi was _____.
  2. The number of 'Aayagars' during Kakatiyas was _____.
  3. Early Kakatiyas followed the religion _____.
  4. The steps to Srisailam were built by the Kakatiya king _____.
  5. A dealer was called as _____ during Kakatiya period.
  6. What is the philosophy of worship of Tikkana?
  7. In Andhra desha, the first maternity hospital was established during the periood of _____.
  8. Who wrote 'Ranganatha Ramayanam'?
  9. Ramappa temple was built during the time of _____.
  10. 'Kreedaabhiraamam' is a _____.
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  11. Nellore lake was constructed during the time of _____.
  12. What is 'Siddayakam'?
  13. Who wrote 'Madana Vijayam'?
  14. Motupalli sea port is in the district of _____.
  15. The ruler who cut down forests and made agriculture near Kurnool was _____.
  16. Temple of 1000 Lingas was built during the period of _____.
  17. Who is described as the 'Pioneer among travelers'?
  18. The tax collected during Kakatiyas for the expenditure on town security gaurds was _____.
  19. The old names of Krishna Patnam, a place for trade meetings during the Kakatiya rule were _____, _____.
  20. Markapuram stone pillar ordinance, evacuated by Jayanti Ramayya contains the details of _____.

Answers

  1. 1269 - 1289
  2. 12
  3. Jainism
  4. Prolaraja II
  5. Behari
  6. HariHaranatha philosophy
  7. Rani Rudrama Devi
  8. Gona Budha Reddy
  9. Ganapati Deva
  10. Street drama
  11. Ganapati Deva
  12. Agricultural tax
  13. Raavipaati Tripuraantaka
  14. Prakasam
  15. Pratapa Rudra II
  16. Ganapati Deva
  17. Marcopolo
  18. Talari tax
  19. Palakkad, Gandagopala patnam
  20. Rudrama Devi

13 December 2016

Andhra Pradesh History and Culture for APPSC Groups exams #2

History and Culture of Andhra Pradesh

  1. Thallapaaka Annamacharya composed _____ Kirtanas.
  2. Who is the author of Shri Rangaraja Charita?
  3. Who is the father of the movement for people's dialect in Telugu language?
  4. What are the fine arts involved in Burrakatha?
  5. Who is the author of 'Thrunakankanam'?
  6. Who established the first Telugu daily, Andhra Patrika?
  7. Who is the father of Telugu musical discourse?
  8. Who is the producer of the movie 'Bhakta Prahalada'?
  9. What is the natural drinking water lake in Andhra Pradesh?
  10. Draksharamam is one of the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas situated in _____ district.
  11. Who complimented that Andhra culture represents the heart of North Indians and the brain of South Indians?
  12. The science used in the construction of temples is _____.
  13. The temple constructed by Virupana, the treasurer in the court of Sri Krishnadevaraya is _____.
  14. Kuchipudu dancers are also called _____, because, they popularised the Bhagavata stories.
  15. The first independent Telugu drama was written around _____.
  16. Andhra Pradesh Sangeeta Nataka Academy established in_____.
  17. The brother of Tenali Ramakrishna, who wrote Srisaila Mahatyam was _____.
  18. What are the titles of Errana?
  19. Dance form gaining importance in Andhra Pradesh along with Kuchipudi and Bharathanatyam, _____.
  20. Telugu belongs to _____ linguistic family.

Answers

  1. 32000
  2. Narahri Gopala Krishna Chetty
  3. Giddu Krishnamurhty
  4. Music, Dance, Drama
  5. Rayaprolu Subbarao
  6. Kasinathuni Naheswararao
  7. Aadhibhatla Narayana Dasu
  8. H M Reddy
  9. Kolleru Lake
  10. East Godavari
  11. Sarojni Naidu
  12. Aagama Sastra
  13. Veerabhadreswara temple in Lepakshi
  14. Bhagavatas
  15. 1860
  16. 1957
  17. Srigiri
  18. Sambhudasa, Prabandhaparameswara
  19. Perini Tandavam
  20. Dravidian

11 December 2016

Andhra Pradesh History for APPSC Groups Exam #1

Andhra Pradesh History for APPSC Groups Exam 


  1. The purana that narrated the history of Satavahanas is _____.
  2. What is the official language of Satavahanas?
  3. Satavahana kings used to conduct business with _____ empire for luxurious goods.
  4. To which religion does 'Pratiyutphada Samutpada Siddantam' belongs?
  5. Sivagupta served as a minister in the court of _____.
  6. To which dynasty do Saka Rudra Daman Belongs?
  7. Which is the capital of Ikshvakus?
  8. The dynasty that came into power after the decline of Ikshvakus in the northern region of River Krishna is _____.
  9. What was the capital of Andhra during Mauryan Rule?
  10. Who was the founder of Vishnu Kundin Dynasty?
  11. What was the inscription issued by Damodara Varma?
  12. Who laid foundation for 'Suddha Areca Vidya'?
  13. The rulers who discontinued the policy of appointing Brahmins as pradhans, giving chance to all the sections of the society were _____.
  14. Dasakumara Charitra was written by _____.
  15. The name Kakatiyas came after the name of _____.
  16. The battle in which Mahendra Varma was defeated in the hands of Pulakesini II  was _____.
  17. Errana, the last poet of Kavitrayam was the court poet of _____.
  18. The place famous for knifes during the Kakatiyas was _____.
  19. Vijayanagaram was also called _____ because of many temples.
  20. Who wrote 'Kumaragiri Rajiyam'?

Answers

  1. Vishnu Purana
  2. Prakrit
  3. Roman empire
  4. Buddhism
  5. Gautamiputra Satakarni
  6. Kardamaka dynasty
  7. Vijayapuri
  8. Brihatpalayana dynasty
  9. Suvarnagiri
  10. Madhava Varma I
  11. Mattipadu inscription
  12. Acharya Dijnaga
  13. Kakatiyas
  14. Ketana
  15. Goddess Kakati and Kakatipuram
  16. Pullalur battle
  17. Prolaya Vema Reddy
  18. Nirmal
  19. Kovelapuram
  20. Kataya Vema Reddy

9 December 2016

Geography of Andhra Pradesh

Geography of Andhra Pradesh for APPSC Groups exams

  1. Introduction

  2. Andhra pradesh is located in the south eastern region of India. Till, 2 June 2014, Andhra Pradesh had three regions, Telangana, Rayalseema and Coastal Andhra. On 2 June 2014, Telangana got separated from Andhra Pradesh to form a separate state. Now AP has only 2 regions, Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra.
  3. Location

  4. Andhra Pradesh is located in the South Eastern Coast of India. The latitudinal and longitudinal location of Andhra Pradesh is 15° 54' North and 79° 44' East.
  5. Size 

  6. The area of Andhra Pradesh is 1,60,205 sq. km. Area wise, Andhra Pradesh stands in the 8th place among the states of India. The area of Andhra Pradesh is 4.87% of the total area of India.

    The population of Andhra Pradesh is 4,93,86,799. Population wise it occupies the tenth place. The population of Andhra Pradesh is 4.08 % of the total population of India.

    The sex ratio of Andhra Pradesh is 996. It has a population density of 308 persons per sq. km. The literacy rate of Andhra Pradesh is 67.41%.
  7. Boundaries

  8. Andhra Pradesh is land locked on three sides and one side it is surrounded by water. The side surrounded by water is the it. In the east Andhra Pradesh is surrounded by Bay of Bengal. In the North, it is surrounded by Odisha and Chhattisgarh; In the west, it is surrounded by Telangana and Karnataka; In the south, surrounded by Tamil Nadu.
  9. Administrative Divisions

  10. Each state is divided into administrative divisions and revenue divisions for the better management of the society and the people. Administrative divisions are the districts of the state. There are 13 administrative divisions in Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is again divided into 42 revenue divisions. Of these, East Godavari has 5 making it the highest, where as the lowest is Vizianagaram with 2 revenue divisions.
  11. Constituencies

  12. There are two types of constituencies. Assembly constituencies and MP Constituencies. Andhra Pradesh has 175 assembly constituencies and 25 MP constituencies. Out of the 175 assembly constituencies, East Godavari has highest number of 19 constituencies, while Vizianagaram las lowest of 9 constituencies.

1 December 2016

Reference books for APPSC Group II exam

Reference books


For APPSC Groups exams, both English and Telugu medium.

Before going into the books, first we review briefly the syllabus, so that, we can choose the books accordingly.

Syllabus of Screening Test Group II exam


  • 150 Marks
  • Current Affairs
  • Constitution of India
  • Economic Development of India

 English Medium


Current Affairs

  • Read the news paper either The Hindu or The Indian Express
  • Give importance to the Editorial section
  • Take down notes of important things.

Constitution of India

  • NCERT text books

    • Class 9: Democratic Politics
    • Class 10: Democratic Politics
    • Class 11: Indian Constitution at work
    • Class 12: Political Science II
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth

Economic Development of India

Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh



తెలుగు మీడియం 

వార్తా విశేషాలు

  • ఈనాడు
  • సాక్షి

భారత రాజ్యాంగం

భారత్ లో ఆర్ధిక అభివృద్ధి

ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ విభజన 

Tamil Nadu Textbooks

Reference books for Group II mains exam 

  • 450 MarksEach paper 150 Marks

General Studies

10 November 2016

APPSC Group II - Detailed Scheme and Syllabus

APPSC Group II Examination

Scheme of the Exam

  • Screening Test → 150 marks
  • Mains examination → 450 marks
    • Paper I → 150 marks
      • General Studies and Mental ability
    • Paper II → 150 marks
      • Social history of Andhra Pradesh i.e., the history of various social and cultural movements in Andhra Pradesh
      • General Overview of the Indian Constitution
    • Paper III → 150 marks
      • Planning in India and Indian economy; Contemporary problems and developments in rural society with special reference to Andhra Pradesh

Detailed Syllabus of Group II exam

Screening Test

  1. Current Affairs
    • Issues of National and International importance in
      • Politics
      • Economics
      • Society
      • Science
      • Technology
      • Arts
      • Sports
      • Culture
      • Governance
  2. Constitution of India with emphasis on
    • Fedaralism
    • Fundamental Rights
    • Fundamental duties
    • Union government
    • State governments
    • Judiciary
    • Judicial review
    • Local government
    • Directive Principles of state policy
    • Union and State Legislature
    • Administrative and Legislative relations between union and state governments
    • Scheduled and tribal area administration
  3. Economic Development of India
    • Economy in medieval India
    • Pre-independence Indian economy
    • Development plans
    • Economic and industrial policies of independent India
    • Liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Globalisation
    • Labour policies of union and state governments
    • Role of agriculture and Green revolution in India
    • Economic disparities between regions 
    • Population categories

Mains Examination

Paper I

General Studies and Mental Ability

  1. Events of national and International importance
  2. Current affairs
    • International
    • National
    • Regional
  3. General Science and its application to the day to day life. Contemporary developments in
    • Science and technology and
    • Information technology
  4. Social-economic and political history of modern India with emphasis on
    • Indian National Movement
  5. Indian polity and governance
    • Constitutional issues
    • Public Policy
    • Reforms
    • e-governance initiatives
  6. Economic development in India since independence
  7. Geography of India with focus on
    • Andhra Pradesh
  8. Disaster management
    • Vulnerability profile
    • Prevention strategies
    • Mitigation strategies
    • Application of remote sensing and GIS in the assessment of disaster
  9. Sustainability development and environmental protection
  10. Mental ability
    • Logical reasoning
    • Analytical ability
    • Data interpretation
    • Data analysis
      • Tabulation of data
      • Visual representation of data
      • Basic data analysis 
      • Interpretation
  11. Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh

    • Problems/Implications
      • Administrative
      • Economic
      • Social
      • Cultural
      • Political
      • Legal
      • Loss of capital city; Challenges in building new capital; It's financial implications
      • Division and rebuilding of common institutions
      • Division of employees, relocation and nativity issues
      • Effect of bifurcation on commerce and entrepreneurs
      • Implications to financial resources of state government
      • Task of post-bifurcation infrastructure development and opportunities for investment
      • Socioeconomic, cultural and demographic impact of bifurcation
      • Impact of bifurcation on river water sharing and consequential issues
      • AP Reorganisation act 2014, on AP and arbitrariness of certain provisions

Paper II

Section I

Social and cultural history of Andhra Pradesh

  1. Social and cultural history of Andhra Pradesh
    • Geographical features of Andhra
    • Its impact on history and culture
    • Pre-history
      • The Satavahanas
      • Ikshvakus
        • Socio, economic and religious conditions
        • Literature, art and architecture
      • The eastern Chalukyas of Vengi
        • Society, Religion
        • Telugu Language
        • Literature, art and architecture
  2. Various kingdoms that ruled Andhra Pradesh between 11th and 16th centuries
    • Socio, cultural and religious conditions n Andhradesa between 11th to 16 centuries AD
    • Growth of Telugu language
    • Literature, art, architecture and painting
  3. Advent of Europeans
    • Trade centers
    • Andhra under the company
    • 1857 revolt and its impact on Andhra
    • Establishment of British rule
    • Socio, cultural awakening
    • Justice party/self respect awakening movements
    • Growth of nationalist movements in Andhra between 1885 to 1947
    • Role of socialists, communists
    • Anti zamindari and Kisan movements
    • Growth of nationalist poetry
  4. Origin and growth of Andhra movement
    • Role of Andhramahasabhas
    • Prominent leaders
    • Events leading to the formation of Andhra state 1953
    • Role of news papers in Andhra Movemet
  5. Events leading to the formation of Andhra Pradesh state
    • Visalandhra Mahasabha
    • State reorganisation commission and its recommendations
    • Gentleman agreement
    • Important social and cultural events between 1956 and 2014

Section II

General overview of the Indian constitution

  1. Nature of the Indian constitution
    • Historical Background
    • Constitutional development
    • Salient features of the Indian constitution
    • Preamble
    • Fundamental rights
    • Directive principles of state policy and their relationship
    • Fundamental Duties
    • Distinctive features - Unitary and Federal
  2. Structure and functions of Indian Government
    • Legislative
      • Types of legislature
        • Unicameral
        • Bicameral
    • Executive
      • Parliamentary
    • Judiciary
      • Judicial review
      • Judicial activism
  3. Distribution of legislative and executive powers between the union and the states
    • Legislative, Administrative and Financial relations between the union and states
    • Powers and functions of constitutional bodies
      • UPSC
      • State Public Service Commissions
      • CAG
      • Finance commission
  4. Center and state relations
    • Need for reforms
      • Rajmannar committee
      • Sarkaria commission
      • MM Punchchi commission
    • Unitary and federal features of Indian constitution
  5. Amendment process to the constitution
    • Centralisation Vs. Decentralisation
    • Community development programs
      • Balwantry Committee
      • Ashok Mehta Committee
    • 73rd and 74th constitutional amendment acts and their implementation
  6. Indian political parties
    • National, Regional
    • One party, Bi-party, multi party systems
    • Regionalism and sub-regionalism
    • Demand for new states
    • Sri Krishna Committee
    • National Integration
    • Threats to Indian union
  7. Welfare mechanisms in India
    • Provisions for Scheduled Castes, Tribes, and minorities
    • Reservations for SCs, STs and backward classes
    • Prevention of SC, ST atrocities act
    • National and State SCs, STs and BCs commissions
    • Women's commissions
    • National and state minorities commissions
    • Human rights commission
    • Right to Information act
    • Lokpal and Lokayukt

Paper III

Planning in India and Indian Economy

  1. Planning in Indian Economy and present status
    • Socio economic objectives and outlays of five year plans
    • Alternative strategies - Goals and achievements
    • Cause for failure of different plans
    • New economic reforms 1991
    • Regulation of economy
    • Creation of regulatory bodies 
      • Niti Aayog
    • Cooperative federalism and decentralisation of financial resources
  2. Indian economic policies
    • Agricultural policies
    • Industrial policies since 1956
    • IT industry
    • Monetary policy of RBI
    • Fiscal policy - objectives
    • Fiscal imbalance and deficit finance
    • New foreign trade policy
    • Current account imbalances
    • FDI
  3. Availability of natural resources and development
    • Population - size, composition and growth - trends
    • Occupational distribution of work force
    • Human development index as a measurement of development
    • Demographic dividend
  4. Money, Banking and Public Finance
    • Concept of money and measures of money supply
    • Creation of credit by commercial banks
    • Determination of price level - Inflation
      • Causes and Remedies of Inflation
    • Budget
    • Taxes and non tax revenue
    • Goods and Service Tax
  5. Meaning and measurement of growth
    • Distinction between growth and development
    • Measurement of growth
    • Growth, development and underdevelopment
    • Characteristics of underdevelopment
    • Stages of development
    • Source of capital formation
    • Growth strategies
    • Deregulation and growth
  6. National Income
    • National income and concepts
    • Gross domestic product
    • Net domestic product
    • Percapita income

Economy of Andhra Pradesh

  1. Contribution of agriculture to income and employment in Andhra Pradesh
    • Land reforms in Andhra Pradesh
    • Need for Land reforms
    • Structure of land holdings, forest and sown
    • Irrigated area
    • Cropping pattern
    • Sources of agricultural finances
    • Agricultural subsidies
    • Public distribution system in Andhra Pradesh
  2. Five year plans of Andhra Pradesh
    • Outlays
    • Finance in public sector plans
    • Resource allocation n five year plans of Andhra Pradesh under development of Niti Aayog
  3. Economic policies of Andhra Pradesh
    • Industrial and implementation and mission based development of state government
    • Industries in Andhra Pradesh
    • Growth and structure of Industries
    • Role of small scale and cottage industries
    • Structure of cooperatives
      • Share of cooperatives in total credit of Andhra Pradesh
    • Energy management
  4. Service sectors of Andhra Pradesh
    • Importance - composition and growth with special reference to Power; transport and communication; Tourism and information technology in Andhra Pradesh
  5. Socio economic welfare programs of government of Andhra Pradesh
Happy Preparation......

9 November 2016

APPSC Group II Notification 2016


6 November 2016

APPSC - Geography of Andhra Pradesh


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