I would like to name my APSC CCE Strategy as CRP as my strategy involved –
Step I: clearing CONCEPTS (C)
Step II: multiple REVISIONS (R)
Step III: PRACTICE (P)
Initially I lacked proper guidance and cleared prelims with self study only. So I did a lot of trial and error with my booklist. Here I am mentioning only those resources that finally worked for me , so that the aspirants don’t get confused.
Ancient and Medieval History: Tamil Nadu Class 11 history book.
Modern History: Spectrum.
Art and Culture: Class 11 NCERT,
Nitin Singhania ( selective topics only).
Polity: Class 11 NCERT,
Took a print out of Constitution of India.
Economy: NCERT Class 9,10,11,
Environment: Shankar IAS book.
Geography: NCERT Class 11,12.
Science and Technology: Current affairs.
Assam part: Assam Year Book,
History from SPM YouTube
SPM material for mains GS V.
CSAT: Solved UPSC 10 years PYQs. Was scoring above 67 so didn’t prepare anything separately.
PSIR (Optional): The PSIR Club classes and notes,
IGNOU notes (selective reading).
Mains specific topics like disaster management, ethics, etc: SPM Classes and notes.
Initially read The Hindu, later shifted to The Assam Tribune.
Exams made simple current affairs compilation.
Prelims: UPSC and APSC Previous Year questions
Vision IAS test series booklets.
Mains: Bhadra IAS test series ( Offline).
PSIR: The PSIR Club test series.
Interview: SPM mock interview.