APSET Exam 2023 Recruitment: Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

    APSET or Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test

    Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test or APSET is an exam conducted for recruitment to the position of Assistant Professor / Lecturer in the various Universities of Andhra Pradesh, India. Candidates should have done Post Graduation with at least 55% marks to be eligible to sit for the exam. The APSET exam will be conducted for 31 subjects out of which candidates must select one subject of their choice in order to appear for the exam. Get all information related to APSET Exam such as Exam Date, Eligibility criteria, Syllabus, Application Fee, Apply Online, Exam Pattern, Vacancy, Salary, Job profile, etc.

    APSET 2021 Exam Highlights

    APSET Exam Overview 2021
    Exam Name Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test (APSET)
    Official Website APSET Official Website
    Exam Conducting Body Government of Andhra Pradesh – Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
    Notification Release Date 5th August 2021
    Applicate Start Date 11th August 2021
    Late Date to Apply 13th September 2021
    Late Date to Apply with Late Fee 8th October 2021
    Admit Card Release Date 22nd October 2021
    APSET Exam Date 2021 31st October 2021
    Result Date Will be updated
    Mode of Exam Online Examination

    APSET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of APSET in order to be eligible to apply for the APSET exam. There are two eligibility criteria: 1) age and 2) education qualification


    As per the eligibility criteria of APSET, there is no upper age limit determined by the exam conducting authority.

    Education Qualification

    • Candidates must hold Master’s Degree from universities/institutions recognized by UGC with at least 55% marks.
    • Candidates under reserved categories like BC, SC, ST, PWD must have scored 50% marks for the same.
    • Candidates who are in the final year of their Master Degree or those candidates whose results are awaited are also eligible to apply provided they complete their P.G within one year from the date of declaration of APSET result with at least 55% marks for general and 50% marks for BC/SC/ST/PWD.
    • Ph.D. degree holders who completed Master’s level examination before September 19, 1992 (irrespective of the result dates) will get 5% relaxation in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) to appear in SET.
    • All those who have P.G.diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University/Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University/Institute must ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.

    APSET Application Fee 2021

    The APSET application fee varies depending on the category of the candidate. The fee can be paid in online mode (Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking). Below is the category-wise application fee details:

    Category Application Fee
    General INR 1,200/-
    BC INR 1,000/-
    SC/ST/PWD INR 700/-

    Note: The payment of late fees will be applicable to all category candidates.

    Late Fee 

    Candidates who miss applying to APSET 2021 exam between 11 Aug 2021 – 13 Sep 2021 can apply with a Late Fee. Below are the details:

    14 Sep 2021 – 21 Sep 2021 — The late fee will be INR 1,000/-

    22 Sep 2021 – 28 Sep 2021 — The late fee will be INR 2,000/-

    29 Sep 2021 – 08 Oct 2021 — The late fee will be INR 5,000/- (examination center at Visakhapatnam only)

    APSET Apply Online 2021

    • Step 1: Click on the link that has been mentioned above.
    • Step 2: Start filling up the application form with all details like; personal information, exam/subject choices, educational details, etc.
    • Step 3: Upload your photograph and signature and other documents as required.
    • Step 4: Candidates have to then pay the application fee based on the category they fall under.
    • Step 5: Before submitting the application, check if all details are correctly mentioned.
    • Step 6: Click on the submit button and also take a copy of the application form for further reference.
    • Note: No applications will be accepted by the board after the last date of application.

    APSET Exam Pattern 2021

    The APSET examination will consist of two papers. Paper-I will be a General Paper, and Paper-II will be the subject the candidate has chosen. The APSET Exam Pattern is as follows.


    No. of Questions  Marks 


    General Paper 50 100 1 hour
    Specific Subject Paper 100 200 2 hours
    Total 150 300 3 hours
    • The exam consists of two papers. (General paper and Subject-Specific paper)
    • The General paper will weigh 100 marks with a total of 50 questions.
    • The specific subject paper will consist of 100 questions with a total of 200 marks.
    • +2 marks will be awarded for each right answer.
    • There is NO Negative Marking.

    APSET Subjects 2021

    The candidates attending the APSET exam 2021 have to select any one subject to appear for the examination. There are a total of 30 subjects on the list. The APSET subject list is as follows.

    1. Anthropology
    2. Chemical Sciences
    3. Commerce
    4. Computer Science & Application
    5. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Science
    6. Economics
    7. Education
    8. English
    9. Environmental Science
    10. Geography
    11. Hindi
    12. History
    13. Journalism and Mass Communications
    14. Law
    15. Library and Information Science
    16. Life Sciences
    17. Management
    18. Mathematical Sciences
    19. Philosophy
    20. Physical Education
    21. Physical Sciences
    22. Political Science
    23. Psychology
    24. Public Administration
    25. Sanskrit
    26. Social Work
    27. Sociology
    28. Telugu
    29. Urdu
    30. Visual Arts

    Note: The Syllabus and Cut Off for each subject will be different. Candidates should select the same subject as their post-graduation. If the subject is not available, he/she should select something that is similar to it.

    APSET Syllabus 2021

    APSET Paper 1 Syllabus

    Teaching aptitude

    • Teaching: Concept, objectives, levels of teaching (memory, understanding, and reflective), characteristics and basic requirements
    • Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (academic, social, emotional, and cognitive), individual differences
    • Factors affecting teaching related to: Teacher, learner, support material, instructional facilities, learning environment, and Institution
    • Methods of teaching in institutions of higher learning: Teacher centred vs. learner centred methods; off-line vs. on-line methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs, etc)
    • Teaching support system: Traditional, modern, and ICT based
    • Evaluation systems: Elements and types of evaluation, evaluation in choice based credit system in higher education, computer based testing, innovations in evaluation systems

    Research aptitude

    • Research: Meaning, types, and characteristics, positivism, and post-positivistic approach to research
    • Methods of research: Experimental, descriptive, historical, qualitative, and quantitative methods
    • Steps of research
    • Thesis and article writing: format and styles of referencing
    • Application of ICT in research
    • Research ethics


    • Passage


    • Communication: Meaning, types, and characteristics of communication
    • Effective communication: verbal and non-verbal, inter-cultural and group communications, classroom communication
    • Barriers to Effective Communication
    • Mass-media and society

    Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude 

    • Types of reasoning
    • Number series, letter series, codes, and relationships
    • Mathematical aptitude (fraction, time and distance, ratio, proportion and percentage, profit and loss, interest and discounting, averages, etc)

    Logical reasoning

    • Understanding the structure of arguments: argument forms, structure of categorical propositions, mood and figure, formal and informal fallacies, uses of language, connotations and denotations of terms, classical square of opposition.
    • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
    • Analogies
    • Venn diagram: simple and multiple use for establishing validity of arguments
    • Indian logic: means of knowledge
    • Pramanas: Pratyaksha (perception), Anumana (inference), Upamana (comparison), Shabda (verbal testimony),
    • Arthapatti (implication), and Anupalabddhi (non-apprehension)
    • Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference)

    Data interpretation 

    • Sources, acquisition, and classification of data
    • Quantitative and qualitative data
    • Graphical representation (bar-chart, histograms, pie-chart, table-chart, and line-chart) and mapping of data
    • Data interpretation
    • Data and governance

    Information and communication technology (ICT) 

    • ICT: general abbreviations and terminology
    • Basics of internet, intranet, e-mail, audio, and video-conferencing
    • Digital initiatives in higher education
    • ICT and governance

    People, development, and environment 

    • Development and environment: millennium development and sustainable development goals
    • Human and environment interaction: anthropogenic activities and their impacts on environment
    • Environmental issues: Local, regional, and global; air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, noise pollution, waste (solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous, electronic), climate change and its socioeconomic and political dimensions
    • Impacts of pollutants on human health
    • Natural and energy resources: Solar, wind, soil, hydro, geothermal, biomass, nuclear, and forests
    • Natural hazards and disasters: mitigation strategies
    • Environmental protection act, (1986), national action plan on climate change, international agreements/ efforts-Montreal protocol, Rio summit, convention on biodiversity, Kyoto protocol, Paris agreement, international solar alliance

    Higher education system

    • Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India
    • Evolution of higher learning and research in post independence India
    • Oriental, conventional and non-conventional learning programmes in India
    • Professional, technical, and skill based education
    • Value education and environmental education
    • Policies, governance, and administration

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