Assam Public Service Commission (APSC)| A Brief Introduction

Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) is one of the most trending career topics among the young generation those who are aware of it. Nowadays young aspirants target Civil Services Examination, and after UPSC the state level PSC examinations are the trending examinations to become a Civil Servant. Without having the knowledge of APSC’s Examinations and its related career benefits Job seekers of Assam move forward for other career options. In my opinion, those who are eligible for APSC Examinations must think once whether he/she can choose Civil Services as a Career. Most of the candidates never give a look on What is actually APSC CCE? I think you just need to read this article today to have a clear view!!

Here today I am going to cover each of the topics on the FAQ basis. I have discussed the probable question that might arise in your mind regarding APSC. If there is something that you might want to know; mentioned it in the comment section at the bottom. Before I start the core topic of today first let us understand better about APSC; for that, we have to move a few steps backwards to the history.

ALERT!!!! If you are a good reader then only proceed further; because this article is going to be a long one.

Introduction to APSC (History Behind the PSC’s):

Did you ever thought-How or Why PSC is formed? If Yes, then you might have the knowledge about PSC. For those who are really interested to know about APSC and how it’s formed; here I have done my research on that and sharing with you guys.

Before 1857: Formation of Public Service Commission

After 1826, Yandaboo Treaty Assam’s became an integral part of India under British Rule. The Britishers reforms the administration bit by bit in India; as well as in its provinces (earlier there was no state; these were formed after India became Independent). British India Introduced lots of Act under which few of them were for Civil Servants. I hope you guys were well aware that the East India Company ruled India for almost 100 years. Earlier the civil servants for East India company are directly recruited by the superiors of the company in London. After that, they were sent back to India. In 1854, the concept of a merit-based modern Civil Service competitive examination in India was introduced. Hence in 1864, Shri Satyendranath Tagore ( siblings of Rabindra Nath Tagore) was the first Indian to succeed in the competitive exam, despite of all the hurdles provided by Britishers.

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Similarly, the competitive examinations for other departments like Police Service, Forest Service etc. were held under the hood of Britishers.

After 1857: Modern GOI Act.

It was in the second half of 19th Century, i.e 1858 when East India Company was demolished and British Civil Service took on its administrative responsibilities. Why the British had to do that? It’s because of the Indian Rebellion in 1857 (Know more about that on Wikipedia).

When the World War-I is coming to an end; the origin of the Public Service Commission in India; was found in the First Dispatch of the Government of India on the Indian Constitutional Reforms on the 5th March 1919; which referred to the need for setting up some permanent office charged with the regulation of service matters.

After various ups and downs, finally, in October 1, 1926, the Public Service Commission was set up in India for the first time; which was possible due to the Lee Commission in 1924 and the provisions of Section 96(C) of the Government of India Act, 1919. Most Notably the GOI Act, 1935 is the one because of which today’s scenario is possible. Government of Indian Act 1935 forecast the provisions of Public Service Commission for the Federation and a Provincial Public Service Commission for each Province or group of Provinces.

Hence, in 1937 Assam Public Service Commission also came into existence because of the GOI Act 1935. The first Chairman of APSC was Mr James Hezelett, a retired ICS officer from London.

Finally, after drafting the Indian Constitution on 26 January 1950, the Federal Public Service Commission came to be known as the Union Public Service Commission. All the Constitutional Provisions like functions, appointment & Promotions, Removal & suspension etc process for Public Service Commission, were included on Chapter-II of Part-XIV of Article 309 to 323 of the Constitution.

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After placing the first trace back in 1937, APSC had five more retired ICS officers as chairman until introducing new regulation of 1951. Accordingly, Shri Kameswar Das, an educationist of repute of Assam, was the first non-official Chairman of the Commission after the promulgation of the APSC Regulations 1951. He held the office till July 1952.

Constitutional Provision: As I mentioned earlier the Public Service Commission is a Constitutional Provisions made by the Constitution of India. The provisions in the Constitution ensure the capability of the Commission to deal with matter relating to the State Service and enable them to discharge their duties in a fair and impartial manner free from influence from any quarter. Governor of the State appoint the Chairman and Members of the Commission. Also, the Chairman or any other Member of the Commission can hold office for a period of six years or till he/she attains the age of 62 years whichever is earlier.

However, the structure of the Commission undergone various changes on due times. Finally, by an amendment of 2005, the strength of the Commission was fixed at seven comprises of one Chairman and six Members.

Current Office Holder of the Commission:

1. Shri Pallab Bhattacharyya, IPS (Retd.) – Chairman
2. Shri Mukti Gogoi, IAS (Retd.) – (Members)
3. Shri Sanjib Kr. Gohain Boruah, IAS (Retd.) – (Members)
4. Shri Prafulla Kr. Hazoari, ACS(Retd.) – (Members)
5. Shri Sajalendu Das Laskar, M.Sc. – (Members)
6. Dr. Ajanta Nath, M.Sc, M.Phil, PhD – (Members)
7. Dr. Niranjan Kalita – (Members)

Other than the above some important office holder are-

  • Indira R. Kalita, (ACS) – Secretary
  • Smti Pubali Gohain, ACS – Principal Controller of Examination

Okay!!! Now that’s quite enough of some history; Let us now check the other important FAQs you guys might have in your mind! Please do share the article with your friends and do subscribe below-

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Introduction to Modern APSC:

Well if you have made this far, then you had learnt the history behind the APSC. Now let us know a little about toady’s APSC. From back 1937 to 2020, APSC has undergone many changes from the constitutional point of view and also from the presentation view. You will get a far better New APSC now; here are some important points-

  • APSC Office Address: Jawahar nagar, Khanapara, Assam, 781022. Near the Science Museum Kahanpara.
  • Official Website:
  • Chairman: Shri Pallab Bhattacharyya, IPS (Retd.).

How to make Career through APSC’s Examinations ?

It’s not that the Assam Public Service Commission is only responsible to appoint the Civil Servants. Apart from the Civil Services; APSC also responsible for recruitment in certain categories of posts on the local authority, statutory corporation, or a public institution under the provisions of Article 321 of the Constitution. For that reason, APSC has two recruitment system-

  1. Direct Recruitment (DR)
  2. APS Combine Competitive Examinations (CCE).

You want to make a career in APSC; then you can make it, only through the above mentioned two recruitment system. Now you might be thinking what the heck is these two systems? Well bear with me and read further for more details, I have explained everything in detail!

Apart from the above APSC also holds departmental Examination

What is APSC CCE Examination?

Assam Public Services Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) is the most prestigious examination; which final output produced the Civil Servants to the State Assam. You can just relate APSC CCE to UPSC CSE; just the neglecting few differences of course. APSC CCE comprises of Preliminary, Mains and Interview Test.

Recently the examination pattern of APSC CCE has been changed on 05 August 2019. This prestigious examination APSC CCE held in the duration of two years. Lastly, APSC CCE 2018 Mains examination was held in August and the result is yet to be declared. So next APSC CCE 2020 is coming on its way.

APSC CCE, itself is a brief topic, so I have covered that in another article. [Read more about the APSC Combined Competitive Examination here...]

Why to choose Civil Services as Career?

CIVIL Servants are the most necessary parts of Administration/ Government for governing the country as well as the State. Implementing any task effectively on the Country/ State from the governing point of view Civil Servants are the Keys tool. Civil Servant officers play an important role as the advisory body of modern administrative age. Therefore Civil Services are the most prestigious post which lead a State / Country more efficiently. All the young aspirants should look forward to become a Civil Servants; although there is hard work needed.

Besides those Civil Servants benefits are enormous. Here few of them is discussed-

Salary: Comparing to other Govt jobs or even the private jobs the pay scale of Civil Servants is high profile. It is around 30,000/- to 1,10,000/- ( which varies according to the department or job profile). Also a Civil Servants enjoys the benefits of Pension. Besides constitutional safeguards has been provided from the Job Security point of view.

Power: Since this is an Officer level Job profile they have the full charged on the administration of the entire prescribed area.

Security: They also get the safety guards for them as well as afaecd6s for the family if needed.  

Other Facilities: Along with the above the facilities of transportation, accommodation, subsidies etc were provided.

NOTE: When responsibility is bigger then the problem is also big. Civil Service is not an easy Job to do; although their works always inspired us. You can’t imagine the positive change a civil servant can bring to the society.

What is APSC Direct Recruitment Examination?

Assam Public Service Commission also make direct recruitment for various other posts. There are two types of selection procedures, in Direct Recruitment:

  • Written examination followed by via-voice test based on syllabus recorded in the Service Rules concerned;
  • Through vice-voice test only.

[Read more about the APSC Direct Recruitment here…]

Where DO I get APSC Recruitment Notification 2020?

Assam Public Service Commission has its own official websites- where every recruitment notification is published. Also, the notification is advertised in the Newspaper. Although on behalf of we always updated the APSC Job Notifications 2020 here. So Stay tuned and subscribed our website for APSC Latest Job News.

A noteworthy point is APSC published their updated Tentative Exam Calendars on a monthly basis. From that you can forecast the Job notification and its examination. Which ultimately give you the time to prepare yourself for the examination.

How to Prepare for APSC Examinations?

As I mentioned earlier of the two systems of Examinations- DR and CCE. Preparing for DR is pretty much easy to compare to CCE.  For the Recruitment through Combined Competitive Examination candidate have to follow the UPSC Preparation method.  Syllabus is a huge one. While for Direct Recruitment the examination, it depends on the type of the Posts and its syllabus. I have discussed the topics more elaborately on the respective Examination. Check the links above.

Conclusion: Well, this is the end of this article; So far what we had discussed above hope make any sense to you guys. And I hope that I was able to elaborate on the important points of APSC. By the way, you can visit the recommended links below for more details. If any Questions arises on your mind let me know in the comment section below!

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