Sunday, June 7, 2020

Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 1 June to 7 June 2020

 SVR ACADEMY aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise at ease with Current Affairs Quizzes section. The week's updated quizzes cover topics such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2020, UNSC Elections, Rajya Sabha Elections and Global Alliance for Vaccines among others. 

1.Who has been nominated by the BCCI for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2020?
a)Rohit Sharma
b)Virat Kohli 
c)Shikhar Dhawan
d)KL Rahul

2.How many Rajya Sabha seats will be up for elections on June 19?

3.Which nation’s candidature was approved unanimously for non-permanent membership of UNSC from the Asia Pacific category?
d)Sri Lanka

4.Which nation is the smallest ever nation to secure a UNSC seat?
a)St. Vincent and the Grenadines 

5.What was the theme of World Environment Day 2020?
a)Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife trade
b)Beat Plastic Pollution
c)Connecting People to Nature

6.India has pledged how much amount for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation?
a)USD 15 million
b)USD 20 million
c)USD 10 million
d)USD 5 million

7.Which state has launched a corona mobile application to provide information regarding hospital beds and ventilators?
c)Madhya Pradesh

8.Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away on June 4, 2020. He had won a National Award for which film?
a)Khatta Meetha
c)Chhoti Si Baat

9.Who launched a national awareness campaign on Prevention of Human, Animal Mortality on Highways on June 5?
a)Nitin Gadkari 
b)Prakash Javadekar
c)Piyush Goyal 
d)Amit Shah

10.Which nation has ended its relationship with the World Health Organisation?


1.(a)Rohit Sharma
The BCCI has nominated Rohit Sharma for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2020. Among other nominations, the BCCI nominated Shikhar Dhawan, Deepti Sharma and Ishant Sharma for Arjuna Awards. 

2.(b) 18 
The Election Commission of India on June 1 announced that the Rajya Sabha elections for pending 18 seats will now be held on June 19, 2020. The elections were earlier scheduled to be held on March 26 but were deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

3.(b) India
India is set to be re-elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council during the elections in June 2020. India’s candidature for the Asia Pacific seat in the non-permanent category was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia Pacific grouping including Pakistan and China in 2019 for a two-year period, 2021-2022.

4.(a) St. Vincent and the Grenadines 
Five nations including Vietnam, Niger, Estonia, Tunisia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines were elected to the UNSC earlier this month for a two-year term beginning January 2020. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the smallest-ever nation to secure a UNSC seat.

5.(d) Biodiversity 
The theme of World Environment Day 2020 is ‘Biodiversity’.The World Environment Day 2020 theme is extremely important, especially with the recent events of major bushfires in Australia, Brazil and the United States.

6.(a)USD 15 million
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged USD 15 million to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). He made the announcement during the Global Vaccine Summit hosted by the United Kingdom (UK) on June 4, 2020.

7.(b) Delhi 
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched 'Delhi Corona' mobile application to help track hospital beds and ventilators for COVID-19 patients. The app is available for download on Google Play. 

8.(d) Durga
Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away on June 4, 2020 due to age-related health issues. He was 93. He had won the National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for his film Durga. Besides this, he had won the IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He has also won several Filmfare awards. 

9.(a)Nitin Gadkari
The Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on June 5, 2020 launched a national awareness campaign on Prevention of Human and Animal Mortality on Highways. While launching the campaign through Video Conference, the Union Minister underlined the need for generating awareness and education for the masses at large towards reducing or eliminating mortality on the roads. 

10. (a)US
The United States has officially terminated its relationship with the World Health Organisation. The US President in a live speech accused China of having total control over WHO despite paying only USD40 million a year compared to what the US’s 450 million a year.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

APPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2020  EXAM PATTERN 

APPSC Group 2 is the second most important exam conducted by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC). It is only second to the APPSC Group 1 exam conducted in the state. The APPSC Group 2 exam notification notifies the executive and non-gazetted posts. The APPSC Group 2 syllabus is the mixed bag of topics applicable to both positions.
The APPSC Group 2 exam is conducted in two stages and each stage is important and mandatory to pass to appear in the next stage. The two stages of the APPSC Group 2 exam are as follows.
  • Prelims- offline
  • Main-online
The APPSC Group 2 exam pattern is unique in the sense that the prelims exam is offline and the main exam is online. Besides the aforesaid stages of APPSC Group 2 exam, the candidates need to pass a computer test conducted after the main exam.

APPSC Group 2 Syllabus

The APPSC Group 2 prelims exam is an objective type exam conducted offline at various designated exam centres across the state.  The prelims exam work as a filter exam for the main exam and it weeds out the undeserving candidates from the rest of the exam process. 
The APPSC Syllabus is the same for the prelims and the main exam. The only difference is the depth of the questions asked in the prelims and the main exam. The candidates need to prepare the same topics for the prelims and the main exam. Therefore, the candidates should prepare the topic in its entirety to cover both the prelims and the main exam.
The APPSC Group 2 Syllabus is divided into four sections
  1. General Studies and Mental Ability
  2. Social and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh
  3. General Overview of the Indian Constitution
  4. Planning in India and Indian Economy Contemporary Problems and Developments in Rural Society with Special Reference to Andhra Pradesh.

General Studies and Mental Ability Syllabus

1. Events of national and international importance.
2. Current affairs- international, national and regional.
3. General Science and its applications to the day-to-day life contemporary developments in Science & Technology and Information Technology.
4. The social-economic and political history of modern India with emphases on Indian national movement.
5. Indian polity and governance: constitutional issues, public policy, reforms and e-governance initiatives.
6. Geography of India with a focus on Andhra Pradesh.
7. Disaster management: vulnerability profile, prevention and mitigation strategies, application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the assessment of disaster
8. Sustainable development and environmental protection.
9. Logical reasoning, analytical ability and logical interpretation.
10. Data analysis: Tabulation of data, Visual representation of data, basic data analysis (summary statistics such as mean, median, mode and variance) and interpretation.
11. Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its administrative, economic, social, cultural, political and legal implications/problems.

Social and Cultural History Syllabus

1. Social and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh
  •  Geographical Features of Andhra–Its Impact on History and Culture. 
  •  Pre-historic Cultures - The Satavahanas, The Ikshvakus - socio-economic and religious conditions – Literature, Art and Architecture.
  •  The Vishnukundins, The Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi, Telugu Cholas– society, religion.
  •  Telugu Language, Literature, Art and Architecture.
2. Various major and minor dynasties that ruled Andhradesa between 11th and 16th centuries A.D. 
  • Socio-Cultural and religious conditions in Andhradesa between 11th to 16th centuries A.D, social structure, Caste system, the status of Women.
  • Growth of Telugu Language, Literature, Art, Architecture and Painting.
3. Advent of Europeans- Trade centres- Andhra under the Company– 1857 Revolt and its impact on Andhra
  • Establishment of British Rule- Socio-Cultural awakening, Justice Party/Self Respect Movements.
  • Growth of Nationalist Movement in Andhra between 1885 to 1947– Role of Socialists– Communists– Anti- Zamindari and Kisan Movements.
  • Growth of Nationalist Poetry, Revolutionary Literature, Nataka Samasthalu and Women Participation.
4. Origin and growth of Andhra Movement
  • Role of Andhra Mahasabhas- Prominent Leaders- Events leading to the formation of Andhra State 1953. 
  • Role of Press and News Papers in the Andhra Movement. Role of Library Movement and Folk & Tribal Culture.
5. Events leading to the formation of Andhra Pradesh State – Visalandhra Mahasabha – States Reorganization Commission and Its Recommendations – Gentlemen Agreement –
  • Important Social and Cultural Events between 1956 and 2014.

General Overview of the Indian Constitution Syllabus

1. Nature of the Indian Constitution – Constitutional Development – Salient features of 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, Executive and Judiciary- Types of Legislatures- 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 the States– Powers and the Functions of Constitutional Bodies- UPSC, State Public Service Commissions, CAG and Finance Commission.
4. Centre-State relations- Need for Reforms- Rajmannar Committee, Sarkaria Commission, M.M. Punchchi Commission - Unitary and Federal features of Indian Constitution.
5. Amendment Process to the Constitution - Centralization Vs Decentralization - Community Development Programs- Balwantray Mehta, Ashok Mehta Committees, 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 Unity.
7. Welfare Mechanisms in India-Provisions for Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Minorities, Reservations for SCs, STs and Backward Classes- Prevention of SCs and STs Atrocities Act-
National and State SCs, STs and BCs Commissions, Women’s Commission, National and State Minorities Commissions – Human Rights Commission- RTI- Lokpal and Lok Ayukt.

Planning In India and Indian Economy Syllabus

1. Indian Economy and present status Socio-Economic - Goals and Achievements – New economic reforms 1991. 
Regulation of the Economy – Creation of regulatory bodies-NITI Aayog- Co operative Federalism and decentralization of financial resources – Lack of inclusive growth and sustainable development: causes, consequences and solutions.
2. Economic Policies
Agricultural policies – Contribution of agriculture to India’s GDP – Issues of financing, production, marketing and distribution of agriculture.
Industrial policies– Main features of industrial development in India – sectoral composition – Roles of private and public sectors in employment, productivity – Role of IT industries in development.
3. Resources and Development
Types of resources – Physical capital and finance capital - Population- size, composition and growth–Trends; Occupational Distribution of Workforce –Human Development Index as a measurement of development. Demographic Dividend.
4. Money, Banking and Public Finance
Monetary policy of RBI – Fiscal policy – Objectives – Fiscal Imbalance and Deficit Finance –New Foreign Trade Policy. Current account imbalances; FDI. Inflation, its causes and remedies; Budget – taxes and non-tax revenue. Goods and Service Tax (GST)
5. National Income
National Income and concepts – Gross Domestic Product – Net Domestic Product, Per capita income.
6. Economic Policies of Andhra Pradesh:
Socio-Economic welfare Programmes of Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Composition of Population in Andhra Pradesh – Rural-Urban, Sex Ratio, Age Distribution.
7. Agriculture and Industrial Growth of Andhra Pradesh
Contribution of agriculture to income and employment in Andhra Pradesh. Land reforms in Andhra Pradesh - Cropping pattern – Irrigation Policy of Andhra Pradesh - sources of agricultural finances -agricultural subsidies – public distribution system in Andhra Pradesh.
Industrial Development in Andhra Pradesh – Growth and structure of industries – Incentives to industries – Industrial corridors in and SEZs in Andhra Pradesh - Bottlenecks for industrial development – Power projects
8. Resource Development of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh Budgetary resources and constraints - Fulfillment of the conditions of A.P Bifurcation Act – central assistance and issues of conflict - public debt and projects of external assistance.

Office Automation with Usage of Computers and Associated Software Syllabus

An office Automation with usage of computers and associated Software test will be conducted after the APPSC Group 2 main exam. This test is qualifying only and the candidates need to secure the qualifying marks in this test as follows
CategoryQualifying marks
Backward Classes17.5
O.C's (including ex-servicemen)20
Structure of the paper
Name of the SectionName of the Question to be answeredMarks
Part AExample: Typing a letter/passage/paragraph ( about 100- 150 words ) in MS-Word15
Part BExample: Preparation of a Table/Graph in MS-Excel10
Part CExample: Preparation of PowerPoint Presentations/Slides (Two) on MS-PowerPoint.10
Part D Example: Creation and manipulation of databases. 10
Part EExample: Displaying the content of E-mail (Inbox). 05
Syllabus topics are as follows
Part - A
1.Create and save a document using MS WORD
  1. Deletion of Character, Word, line and block of text
  2. Undo and redo the process
  3. Moving, Copying and renaming
2. Format the Text document
  1. Character formatting
  2. Paragraph formatting
  3. Page formatting
3. Spell check the document
  1. Finding and Replacing text
  2. Bookmarks and Searching for a Bookmarks
  3. Checking Spelling and Grammar automatically
  4. Checking Spelling and Grammar using Dictionary
4. Print the document
  1. Print Preview
  2. Print Dialog box
5. Mail Merge in Ms-word
  1. Create main document and data file for mail merging
  2. Merging the files
  3. From letters using mail merging
  4. Mailing labels using mail merging
6. Table creation in Ms-word
  1. Create a table in the document
  2. Add row, column to a table
  3. Changing column width and row height.
  4. Merge, split cells of table.
  5. Use formulae in tables.
  6. sorting data in a table.
  7. formatting a table.
7. Ability to type on Qwerty keyboard of Computer at a speed of at least equivalent to 30 Words per 1 minute (Lower typewriting test).
Part - B
1.Create and save a new workbook in Excel
2. Entering Data into Worksheet
3. Editing data of Worksheet
4. Formatting the text in the cells
5. Formatting the numbers in the cells.
6. Formatting cells.
7. Copying format of the cell along with data format.
8. Changing the height and width of cells.
9. Freezing Titles, splitting the screen
10. Enter formulae for calculation in the cells.
11. Copying the formula over a range of cells.
12. Inserting built-in functions into the cells.
13. Create graphs for the data using Chart Wizard.
14. Format graphs in Excel.
15. Printing of worksheet.
Part - C
1.Create and save a new presentation using MS Power
  • the layout of opening screen in PowerPoint
  • the toolbars in MS PowerPoint
2. Choose Auto Layout for a new slide.
3. Insert text and pictures into a blank slide.
4. Insert new slides into the presentation.
5. Apply slide transition effects.
6. Slide show.
7. Set animation to text and pictures in a slide
8. Set the sounds, order and timing for animation
Part - D
Creation and manipulation of databases
Part - E
1.Browse the Net using Browser software (Internet
Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome etc.).
2. Search the Web using Search Engines.
3. Create an E-mail account.
4. Send and receive E-mail.
5. E-commerce transactions.
6. Web content uploading.
7. Ability to operate Mac OS/pages/keynote/Numbers.

AP TET, Pattern, Syllabus

Overview of AP TET

School Education Department, AP holds the responsibility to conduct the examination for Andhra Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test. Andhra Pradesh TET is a state-level eligibility examination. This examination serves as the eligibility criteria for the appointment of teachers. Candidates have to take two papers – Paper 1 and paper 2. Paper 1 is conducted for the teachers of class I to class V. Similarly, Paper 2 is organized for the teachers of class VI to class VIII. Applicants have to qualify the examination by securing minimum 60% marks in the examination.
After qualifying, the TET certificate is awarded to the pass candidates. This TET certificate remains valid for a time period of 07 years. Remember, AP TET is not a recruitment examination. Once aspirants qualify Andhra Pradesh TET, they become eligible to apply for the teaching jobs.

AP TET 2020 Exam Pattern

AP TET exam consist of two papers viz. Paper-I & II (A&B). Paper I is for those who aspire for recruitment as primary teacher (Class I to V) and Paper-II is for those who aspire to be an elementary teacher (Class VI to VIII). However, candidates who desire to be eligible for both levels must appear and qualify in both Paper I & II. Here we provide the complete details of the Andhra Pradesh TET 2020 exam pattern for each paper.
  • Language: Question papers will be bilingual (English and Language I chosen by candidates for all Languages except Sanskrit. Those who chose Sanskrit will get paper in Telugu followed by Sanskrit).
  • Exam mode: The exam is conducted online through a Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Number of questions: There are 150 questions in each paper.
  • Type of questions: All questions are MCQ type
  • Duration: Time allowed for each paper is 2.5 hours.
  • Negative marking: There are no provisions for negative marking in AP TET 2020

Check out the details of marks distribution in each paper below
Marks distribution in Paper I
SubjectNo. of MCQsMarks
Child Development &
Language I3030
Language II
Marks distribution in Paper II-A
SubjectNo. of MCQsMarks
Child Development
& Pedagogy
Language I3030
Language II (English)3030
(a) For Mathematics &
Science Teachers:
(b) For Social Studies Teacher:
(c) For any other Teacher
Marks distribution in Paper II-B
SubjectNo. of QsMarks
Physical Education
Language I1010
Language II
Physical Education
Incentive Marks
N/A 30

AP TET 2020 Syllabus

Department of School Education releases the AP TET 2020 Syllabus at the official website along with the official notification. The syllabus indicates the topics and subjects on which the question paper is set. Candidates can download the syllabus of AP Teacher Eligibility Test 2020 exam from the website. Besides, important instructions regarding the selection of language papers and the syllabus of the exam are notified through the information brochure. Check out the details below.

Important points about syllabus of Paper I

  • CDP section will have questions on educational psychology of teaching and learning relevant for primary classes.
  • Language I and II syllabi tests your proficiency, knowledge of language elements, communication, comprehension, all upto class X.
  • Mathematics and EVS syllabi consist of topics from class I to V. However difficulty and linkages of topics could be up to class X.

Important points about syllabus of Paper II-A, II-B

  • CDP section will have questions on educational psychology of teaching and learning relevant for elementary level for II-A, and physical education pedagogy of II-B will also be for elementary level.
  • Language I and II syllabi shall assess your proficiency, knowledge of language elements, communication, comprehension, all upto class XII.
  • Physical Education teachers’ syllabi of language I and II shall assess language skills up to class VII.

Preparation Tips for AP TET 2020

Teacher Eligibility Test may sound easy to crack but it is crucial to score the highest in the first attempt. Now, what helps a candidate to achieve the highest score he/she can attain? Here are some preparation tips to help our reader to crack AP TET exam.
Candidates must start their preparation with the help of the syllabus provided in here. It may sound cliche but AP TET syllabus helps an aspirant to prepare their exam strategy, understand the examination pattern and important topics of exam.
After completing AP TET syllabus, revise all the topics by practising previous year question paper. Not only it helps in the revision but also know about the important topics and some questions asked repeatedly.
Apart from syllabus, exam pattern and other resources, it is the preparation with the authentic and reliable preparation tips. In the video uploaded by Education Dude, candidates can find some preparation tips for the examination.
Official website:

AP TET 2020 Exam Frequently Asked Questions

Ans : AP TET consists of two papers i.e, paper I and paper II (A,B). Paper I is for candidates intend to become teachers of classes I to V, and paper II is for those who wish to teach classes VI to VIII.
Ans : The time duration of AP TET exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Ans : It is valid for a period of 7 years from the date of TET.
Ans : The marking scheme of AP TET is +1 marks for each correct answer and there will be no negative marking.

Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 1 June to 7 June 2020  SVR ACADEMY aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise at ease with Current ...