APPSC Panchayat Secretary 2020: Exam Date, Notification, Syllabus, Hall Ticket, Result, Salary, Key, Model Papers

Exam Date : September 20, 2020

Panchayat secretary exam is conducted by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC). The authorities at APPSC conduct many exams for the recruitment of candidates into various disciplines. Candidates who have the necessary qualifications and who want to get into government sector jobs can go ahead and apply to the relevant roles.

Latest Updates: 

  • APPSC Panchayat Secretary 2020 written examination is going to be held on September 20, 2020. However, the dates may differ.
  • Admit card for APPSC Panchayat Secretary 2020 written examination will be released soon at the official website. 

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What is Panchayat Secretary Exam?

The Panchayat Secretary Grade (V and VI) comes under the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Subordinate System. It is a state-level examination conducted by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission. The appointed candidates will be deployed/transferred to work in the Village Secretariats established in the Gram Panchayats.

The candidates after being appointed will be paid INR 15,000 per month as consolidated pay for a period of 24 months. Once the candidates complete 2 years of probation, they will be given a regular scale of pay after satisfactory performance.

Panchayat Secretary Exam Highlights

Organization Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj
Name of the post Panchayat Secretary 
Job Type State Government
Post Grade Grade V, Grade VI
Mode of Exam Offline
Number of vacancies

Grade V - 61

Grade VI - 1134

Total - 1195 

Category Government Jobs
Job Location Andhra Pradesh

Candidates can find the official prospectus which contains detailed information about the exam and its prerequisites here: click here

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Exam Date

The conducting body follows a schedule for the successful conduction of the exam. The important dates related to the Panchayat Secretary exam for the APPSC Panchayat Secretary 2020 recruitment is given below. Candidates must keep these dates in mind and follow the instructions in order to ease the examination process.

The application form for APPSC Panchayat Secretary 2020 exam started on January 11, 2020 and the last date to fill the form was on January 31, 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the exam was postponed. In a recent notification, it was published that the exam will be conducted in September 20, 2020 and the admit cards were released on September 11, 2020.  

Events Dates
Application Start Date January 11, 2020 
Application End Date January 31, 2020 
Release of Panchayat Secretary Admit card September 11, 2020 
Panchayat Secretary Exam Date  September 20, 2020 
Panchayat Secretary Result Declaration To be announced

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Eligibility Criteria

There are certain eligibility criteria that a candidate must know before applying to the Panchayat Secretary Exam. The candidate must have good health and active habits. There should not be any bodily defect that would make him/her unfit for the position. The candidate should be a citizen of India. The candidate must have good character and healthy habits which will qualify him/her to the service.

Age Limit:

  • There is an eligibility criterion based on age and the age of the candidates should not be less than 18 years and not more than 42 years old.
  • The upper age limit relaxation for OBC/SC/ST category candidate is 5 years and for PWD candidates, it is 10 years. The age relaxation for all the reserved category candidates is given below.
Category Age Limit Relaxation
SC/ST and OBCs 5 years
Physically Handicapped 10 years
Ex-Servicemen Allowed to deduct from his age a period of 3 years in addition to the length of service rendered in the NCC/ Armed forces/
N.C.C (who have worked as an instructor in NCC)
A.P State Government Employees (Employees of APSRTC, Corporations, APSEB, Municipalities etc are ineligible) Up to a maximum of 5 years based on the length of regular service.
Retrenched employees in the State Census Department with a minimum service of 6 months 3 years
Widows, Women judicially separated from their husbands who are not remarried, divorced women and belonging to SC/ST category Upper age limit - 48 years
Widows, Women judicially separated from their husbands who are not remarried, divorced women and not belonging to SC/ST category Upper age limit - 43 years

Educational Qualification

  • The eligibility criteria based on the educational qualification is that the candidates should have compulsorily completed a degree from any university in India recognized by the UGC (Union Grants Commission).

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Application Process

Candidates who are interested in the Panchayat Secretary exam must complete the application process before the deadline. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria set by the APPSC before registering for the exam. The application process is online and the application form needs to be filled and submitted within the specified dates.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Exam Application Fee

The application fee for the Panchayat Secretary 2020 exam is as follows. Candidates must pay the fee before the last date of payment. 

Category Application Fee Examination Fee
General INR 250 INR 80
SC/ST/BC/PH/ESM INR 250 Exempted
Household Supply White Card INR 250 Exempted
Unemployed Youth INR 250 Exempted

How to apply for the Panchayat Secretary 2020 Exam?

The step by step process to follow while filling the Panchayat Secretary 2020 application form is as follows.

Step 1: Candidates need to first visit the official website - gramasachivalayam.ap.gov.in

Step 2: On the homepage of the website, candidates must complete the One Time Profile Registration (OTPR) first. Candidates need to obtain the OTPR ID first to complete the application form

Step 3: Fill in all the mandatory which includes basic details such as Candidate's name, Father's name, Mother's name, gender, date of birth, mobile number, email ID, religion, correspondence address etc and education details such as graduation degree, year of passing, CGPA/Percentage obtained etc. Candidates must be very careful while filling all the details.

Step 4: Once all the details are provided, click on "Submit the registration" to save details and obtain the OTPR.

Step 5: in the next step, log in again using the OTPR and password (Date of birth). After login, click on "Submit Online Application". The application ID will be generated once the form is submitted successfully.

Step 5: In the next step, proceed to payment. Click on the payment link; verify and review all the details displayed on the screen. Make the payment using net banking/ credit card or debit card. On successful payment of application fee, the reference ID is generated which indicates completion of Panchayat Secretary registration.

Step 6: Download and take a printout of the duly filled application form once complete. 

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Recruitment

Each district is the unit of appointment and the District Selection Commission will be the selection authority. Candidates will be selected for the appointment of the posts based on their performance in the OMR based written examination. Minimum qualifying marks/cut-off marks will be decided by the government based on the need. The recruitment process for the post of Panchayat Secretary has three stages which include the Screening test, Main exam, and Final interview. The candidates who finally selected are summoned for the document verification. 

Screening test: Screening test is conducted in offline mode. It will occur only when the number of applicants surpasses over 25000. It is only a qualifying round and its marks are not considered for the final selection.

Main exam: The main exam is conducted in online mode. It comprises two papers. Candidates who qualify both the papers and secure marks above the cut-off marks will be qualified for the next stage.

Final interview: Candidates will be called for the final interview if they qualify the mains examination. Document verification is also included in this stage in which the original languages are verified.

  • The minimum qualifying marks for various categories are as follows
  • 40% for Other Castes
  • 35% for Backward Castes
  • 30% for Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Vacancies

Vacancies in a lot of departments are filled based on the performance of the candidates in the respective exams. The vacancies are specified for each district. The vacancies for Grade-V and Grade-VI Panchayat Secretaries are specified along with the district names.

District Grade (V) Panchayat Secretary Vacancies Grade(VI) Panchayat Secretary (Digital Assistant) Vacancies
Vizianagaram 4 149
Srikakulam 8 121
East Godavari 129
Visakhapatnam 28 33
Krishna 15 31
West Godavari 3 117
Prakasam 1 115
Guntur 1 16
SPSR Nellore 1 46
Ananthapuramu - 119
Chittoor - 123
YSR Kadapa - 21
Kurnool - 111
Total number of vacancies 61 1134

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidates must have a clear idea about the exam pattern of the Panchayat Secretary exam in terms of the number of questions, exam duration, marking scheme etc.

There are 3 rounds of selection in the Panchayat Secretary Exam. The first one is a screening test which is followed by the Main Examination. There will be 2 main papers namely Paper-1 and Paper-2. Paper-1 consists of questions of General Studies and Mental Ability. The Paper-2 consists of questions related to the Rural Development and Problems in rural areas with special reference to Andhra Pradesh.

Marking Scheme: For every correct answer, candidates are awarded +1 mark. In case of a wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted.

Written Examination (Objective Type) Degree Standard Number of Questions Duration (minutes) Maximum Marks
Screening test 150 150 150
Main Examination Paper-1 150 150 150
Main Examination Paper-2 150 150 150

Screening Test Exam Pattern 

The exam pattern of the Screening Test is as follows:

Written Examination (Objective Type) Degree Standard Number of Questions Duration (minutes) Maximum Marks
Part A: General Studies & Mental Ability 75 75 150
Rural Development and Problems in Rural Areas with special reference to Andhra Pradesh 75 75

Mains Exam Pattern 

The exam pattern of the Mains Exam is as follow:

Written Examination (Objective Type) Degree Standard Number of Questions Duration (minutes) Maximum Marks
Part A: General Studies & Mental Ability 150 150 300
Rural Development and Problems in Rural Areas with special reference to Andhra Pradesh 150 150

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Syllabus

The official website contains the scheme and syllabus of the examination conducted. It will have a detailed scheme and syllabus for all the examinations conducted by the APPSC. The syllabus for the Screening Test, Paper-1, and Paper-2 of the Main Examination is given below.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Screening Test Syllabus

  • Current Affairs: International, National, and Regional.
  • History of modern India with emphasis upon the Indian National Movement.
  • Evolution of the Panchayat Raj system in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Current developments in the field of science and technology, Information technology.
  • Basics of general science and their relevance to the day to day life.
  • Logical reasoning, Analytical ability, and data interpretation.
  • Women empowerment and economic development through self-help groups.
  • Economic development in India since Independence.
  • Evolution of the Panchayat raj system in India including Constitutional amendments and reports of various committees.
  • The rural economy of A.P: Agriculture, Small scale businesses, Rural artisans
  • Overview of Indian Constitution.
  • Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its Administrative, Social, Economic, Cultural, Political and Legal Issues/problems.
  • Rural Credit scenario of A.P: Roles of banks, co-operatives, and Microfinance.
  • Key Schemes of Panchayat Raj Department of A.P

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Paper-1 Syllabus

  • General Studies and Mental Ability
  • Overview of Indian Constitution.
  • Events of national and international importance.
  • Current affairs - International, National, and Regional.
  • Basics of General Science and their relevance to the day to day life. Current developments in science, technology, and information technology.
  • History of Modern India with emphasis upon Indian national movement.
  • Basic things about Disaster management(CBSE Class 8 and 9)
  • Sustainable development and environmental protection.
  • Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its Administrative, Economic, Social, Cultural, Political, and legal implications/problems.
  • Logical reasoning, analytical ability, and data interpretation.
  • Geography of India with focus on A.P
  • Economic development in India since independence.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Paper-2 Syllabus

  • Rural Development and Problems in Rural Areas with special emphasis on Andhra Pradesh
  • Key schemes of panchayat raj department of A.P
  • Community-based organizations
  • Roles and responsibilities of a panchayat secretary.
  • Evolution of the Panchayat Raj system in India including constitutional amendments and reports of various committees.
  • Women empowerment and economic development
  • Evolution of the panchayat raj system in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Flagship rural development schemes.
  • The rural economy of A.P
  • Rural credit scenario of A.P
  • Revenue and expenditure management of local bodies.
  • Rural sociology.
  • Accounting and administering funds received under various schemes.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Admit Card

Carrying the admit card to the examination hall on the day of the examination hall is a must in order to attempt the Panchayat Secretary 2020 exam. Admit cards for the Panchayat Secretary exam has been released on September 11, 2020. Candidates can view and download their e-admit card from the official website.

Candidates must strictly bring the Panchayat Secretary admit card along with a valid photo identity proof such as Aadhar card, Voter ID, Driving License, Passport etc. All the details about the Panchayat Secretary exam and exam centre will be mentioned on the admit card.

How to download the Panchayat Secretary 2020 Admit Card?

Candidates can follow the given steps to view and download the Panchayat Secretary 2020 admit card.

Step 1: Candidates need to first visit the official website - gramasachivalayam.ap.gov.in

Step 2: On the homepage of the website, click on " Download your Hall Ticket"

Step 3: A new page will be redirected where the candidate needs to enter their One Time Profile Registration ID and date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy) and click on submit.

Step 4: The Panchayat Secretary 2020 admit card will be displayed on the screen which will have all the relevant details about the exam centre. 

Step 5: Download the Panchayat Secretary 2020 admit card and take a printout for showing it during the test day.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Answer Key

After the successful conduction of the exam, the answer keys will be released on the official website. Candidates can download the answer key and verify it with the answers marked in the exam in order to get a brief idea about the score. Any objections with respect to the key answers should be filed within 3 days of the publication. The department will revise the key after taking the opinion of the expert committee and the decision will be final.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Results

The Panchayat Secretary 2020 Results will be announced soon after the exam is over. The results will be declared on the official website.

How to download the Panchayat Secretary 2020 Results?

Candidates can visit the website and in the Candidate services, they can click on the results option.

Step 1: Enter your login credentials.

Step 2: Click on the ‘View Results’ option.

Step 3: View the results.

Step 4: Take a printout of the results.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Salary

  • The pay scale of Panchayat Secretary Grade-V ranges from INR 15,030 to INR 46,060.
  • The pay scale of Panchayat Secretary Grade-VI (Digital Assistant) ranges from INR 14,600 to INR 44,870.
  • Candidates on selection and appointment will be paid INR 15,000 for 2 years as a consolidated pay.
  • Pay will be revised to Regular Scale after the successful completion of the probation period of 2 years.

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Reference Books

There are a lot of reference books available in the market. You can refer to a couple of them to understand the concepts and the level of difficulty of the questions. For effective preparation of the exams do read the reference books and make notes for further usage.

Name of the Book Author/Publication
Grama/Ward Sachivalayam General Studies and Mental Ability [English Medium] Vijetha competitions editorial board
Panchayat Secretary Part-B for Grama Savichalayam [Telugu Medium] B Krishna Reddy

Panchayat Secretary 2020 Model Papers

Model papers will help the candidates to know their strengths and weaknesses. It will also ensure in practising time management. Solving model papers and verifying the answers will help the candidate to perform better in the actual examination.

  • The official website of APPSC has a model paper for general studies and mental ability.
  • Login to take up the mock test on the official website.
  • You can refer to the previous year’s question papers to get a brief idea about the pattern.

Panchayat Secretary Previous Year Papers

Previous year Panchayat Secretary questions papers are provided below in order to help candidates practice well and improve their performance. Referring to the weightage of each topic in the previous papers will help in getting an idea about the importance of those topics. Candidates should refer to at least 2-3 years question papers before appearing to the actual exam. Previous year papers are given below. Candidates can refer to it and practise.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A minimum salary of INR 15,000 will be paid to a candidate until the completion of the probationary period.

The examination will be conducted based on the number of vacancies and not necessarily every year.

No, the Panchayat Secretary examination will have multiple choice based objective type questions.

No, if you are an aspiring candidate who satisfies all the eligibility criteria then you will have to apply for the exam Online only.

The age of the aspiring candidates should not be less than 18 years and not more than 42 years.

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