APPSC has made a few significant changes to the scheme of examination for all job recruitments. One of the changes is the introduction of a common paper, called “General Studies & Mental Ability”. This paper is not new to Group-I, Group-II, and Group-III exams. But it is new to the rest of the examinations. All general studies papers are printed only in English as per the official source released by the APPSC.
The syllabus is mostly coinciding with Group-III Panchayat Secretary Examination and then with Group-II Examination. So if you follow the books and resources that are listed for APPSC Group-III Services – Panchayat Secretary Grade – IV, then you can easily clear the General Studies and Mental Ability paper. If you still have time and patience, then you can also prepare according to APPSC Group II Exam. There is only a minor difference between Group-II and Group-III syllabus. Group-II syllabus is 10% more than Group-III syllabus. So you can follow either of them. You can verify the previous question papers to get a comfort level with the common paper.