APPSC District Probation Officer Syllabus 2022 – Download Exam Pattern & Syllabus

APPSC District Probation Officer Syllabus 2022: Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) has released the Syllabus for the District Probation Officer Posts. You can check the exam patterns and download the syllabus pdf now at

About Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission: The A.P. Public Service Commission came into existence on 1st November 1956 with the formation of the State of Andhra Pradesh. Before this, there was Andhra Public Service Commission in the Andhra State and Hyderabad Public Service Commission in the Hyderabad State. Andhra Service Commission came into existence only in 1953 after the bifurcation of composite Madras State into Andhra and Madras States.

On the eve of the formation of the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission, Andhra Public Service Commission was functioning with a Chairman and two Members, and Hyderabad Public Service Commission was functioning with one Member. Hence, A.P. Public Service Commission was constituted with a Chairman and 3 Members. With increasing workload, Government enhanced the Members to five in the year 1981 and later to Chairman and 7 Members in the year 1983. The government again reviewed the strength in 1994 and enhanced it to Chairman and 9 Members. This is the present strength.

APPSC District Probation Officer Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2022

Exam Pattern

Exam Type Sections Subjects Questions Marks Exam Duration
Objective Type Paper-I General Studies & Mental Ability    150  150  150
Paper-II Social Work & Criminology/ Psychology  150  150  150
Total    300 Questions 300 Marks    5 hours

Section-A: General Studies & Mental Ability:

  • Events of national and international importance.
  • Current affairs- international, national, and regional.
  • General Science and it applications to the day-to-day life Contemporary developments in Science & Technology and Information Technology.
  • The social- economic and political history of modern India with emphasis on Andhra Pradesh.
  • Indian polity and governance: constitutional issues, public policy, reforms and e-governance initiatives with specific reference to Andhra Pradesh.
  • Economic development in India since independence with emphasis on Andhra Pradesh.
  • Physical geography of Indian sub-continent and Andhra Pradesh.
  • Disaster management: vulnerability profile, prevention and mitigation strategies, Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the assessment of Disaster.
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection.
  • Logical reasoning, analytical ability, and data interpretation.
  • Data Analysis:
    a) Tabulation of data.
    b) Visual representation of data.
    c) Basic data analysis (Summary Statistics such as mean, median, mode, Variance, and coefficient of variation) and Interpretation.
  • Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its Administrative, Economic, Social, Cultural, Political, and Legal implications/problems.

Section-B: Social Work and Criminology

Unit I: Definition and Scope of Social Work – Social Work Values and Ethics – Social work practice in India.
Unit II: Criminology: Meaning, Concept, scope, and extent – Deviance – Definition, Concept andScope –Crime–Definition, Concept, Scope and Characteristics.
Unit III: Form of Crime; Crime in India – Patterns and trends – Punishment – Definition, Nature andTypes – Corporal and Capital – Prison as a community – Prison Programmes and reforms.
Unit IV: Administrative functions, programmes and limitations of open prisons, Borstal schools,certified schools, reformatory schools, remand homes observation homes, juvenile Homes and special home.
Unit V: Criminal Justice system: Courts and Correctional administration – Probation and Parole Origin, nature, process and practice of Probation and Parole in India – role of Probation Officer in correctional setting.

Section-C: Psychology:

1. Introduction to Psychology: Concept and definition of psychology – Nature and Scope – Branches of psychology – Application of psychology to society and social problems.

2. Methods in Psychology: Characteristics of psychological studies, Observation, Survey method, Clinical and case study method. Experimental method. Application of the method.

3. Quantitative Analysis: Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Correlation. Levels of measurement. Reliability and validity. Application in test construction.

4. Physiological Psychology: Structure of neuron, nerve impulses, synapse,s and neurotransmitters. Central and peripheral nervous system structure and neural control of behavior. Hemispheric specialization. Endocrine system and hormonal control of behavior. Application of hemispheric knowledge to diagnostic purposes

5. Development of human behavior: Individual Differences; Heredity and environment;. Life span development. Role of early experience and mastering developmental tasks. Sensitive or critical periods of development in human life cycle and its application.

6. Perception: Perceptual process. Perceptual organization. Perceptual of form, color, depth and time. Perceptual readiness and constancy. Role of motivation, social and cultural factors in Perception. Application of knowledge of Perception to skill development (e.g. for certain jobs like that driving, airline pilots, etc.)

7. Learning: Classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Modeling and observational learning. Transfer of training. Learning and motivation. Application of the above to the improvement of academic performance in education.

8. Memory: Physiological basis of memory. Memory and forgetting. Measurement of memory (Recall, Recognition, Relearning). Short-term and long-term memory. Theories of forgetting (Decay and interference theories and Repressive forgetting) Application of Mnemonic devices etc., to improve memory.

9. Cognition and Language: Concept of formation. Nature and development of thinking. Language and thought and acquisition of language. Problem-solving. Creative thinking and its applications.

10. Intelligence and Aptitude: Definition and concept. Theories and models of Intelligence. Measurement of intelligence and aptitude. Exceptional intelligence. Mental retardation. Concepts of multiple, emotional and artificial intelligence and their applications

11. Motivation and Emotion: Definition and concept. of instinct, needs, drives, and motives. Theories of motivation and their application (drive reduction theory, Maslow’s motivational hierarchy). Social motivation; Achievement, power, affiliation motives, and influence of early experiences. Physiological basis of emotion. Theories of emotion) James-Lange and Cannon-Brad theories, cognitive physiological theory)

12. Personality: Concepts and Definition of personality. Study of personality (Trait, type, and eclectic approaches) Development of personality (Freud, Erikson, Biological and socio-cultural determinants). Measurement of Personality (Projective tests, pencil-paper tests). Application of personality profiles in fitting a person to a job.

13. Adjustment and Stress: Concept and definition. Factors affecting adjustment (frustration and conflict). Sources of stress and reactions to stress. Coping with stress. Application of stress management techniques.

14. Social Behaviour: Socio-cultural factors and behavior. Development of attitudes, stereo- types and prejudice, Measurement of Attitudes (Thurstone, Likert attitude scale and Bogardus Social Distance scale). Strategies for reducing prejudice and changing attitudes. Person perception, implicit personality theory, and integrating impressions. Application of person perception to impression management.

Application of Psychology:

Health and mental health (yoga, meditation, and relaxation therapies). Education (programmed learning; self-instructional learning and learning styles). Community (self-help through group cohesiveness and leadership). Industry (Assessment center approach in selection, recruitment, and training). Environment (man-nature interaction, personal space concept, pollution reduction information technology (Application to commercial, educational and health areas).

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