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AbbreviationAndhra Pradesh Public Service Commission
TypeConstitutional body
HeadquartersVijayawada AP
Region served
Andhra Pradesh
Damodar Goutam Sawang IPS

The Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) was formed when the state of Andhra Pradesh formed on 1 November 1956. Earlier, the commission was known as the Andhra Service Commission (formed in 1953) which is based on the regulations of Madras Public Service Commission. Later in 1956, APPSC was formed by merging the Andhra Public Service Commission and Hyderabad Public Service Commissions.


On the eve of the formation of 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 strength of the Commission to Chairman and 5 Members 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 also.[1] After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in accordance to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 the Head quarters of PSC was shifted from Telangana to Vijayawada.

Present Chairman

The present Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission is Damodar Goutam Sawang, IPS.[2]

Duties and functions

Widely known as APPSC which is a part of the Andhra Pradesh government. The Public Service Commissions had been established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. The functions of the Commission are enumerated in Article 320 of the Constitution.

The statutory functions of the Commission are as follows

Direct Recruitment (Article 320 (1)) Recruitment by transfer (Article 320(3)(b)) Statutory rules relating to services (Article 320 (3)(a) and (b)) Disciplinary cases (Article 320 (3)(c) and regulations 17 (1)(a) to (e)) Reimbursement of legal expenses (Article 320 (3)(d)) Wound and extraordinary pension cases (Article 320 (3)(e))

Commission is entrusted with the following items of work

Conduct of departmental tests for several departments Conduct of examination for admission to RIMC, Dehradun. Conduct of half yearly examination for IAS and IPS Officers and proficiency tests for AIS Officers. Watching of temporary appointments exceeding 3 months and according to concurrence for their continuance (regulation 16) Consultation in cases of appointment of contract extending over 5 years (regulation 16).[3]

See also


  1. ^ "History of APPSC". APPSC. Retrieved 18 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission". Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Position Under Constitution". Retrieved 18 August 2023.