Kerala PSC HSA Social Science Syllabus 2021 and Preparation Strategies – Blog | Talent Academy, Kerala


After a long wait, PSC has invited candidates for the post of high school assistant for social sciences. The candidates aiming to become high school teachers can use this opportunity to realize their dream. PSC has not yet decided the dates for the exam, but if you wish to get a government job, do not wait for the dates to come out. Without wasting a minute start working for your dream.

Educational qualification for HSA social science 

The candidate should possess a degree and B.Ed. /BT in Social Science either conferred or recognized by the Universities in Kerala. To apply to this post candidate must have passed the Kerala Teacher Eligibility Test (K-TET) 

Exemption: Candidates who have qualified CTET/NET/SET/M.Phil/Ph.D in the respective subjects and M.Ed in any subject are exempted from acquiring TET. 

You can refer the official details on age relaxation, exemptions, and educational qualification

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HSA is a state-wide exam and appointment is done based on the separate rank link made for each district. Vacancies for the post are not yet estimated and the appointment is done from the rank list during the validity of the same.

Syllabus and Exam Pattern 

Written /OMR/Online Test is conducted for the post. The exam will be conducted on 100 marks and there will be 100 questions. Each right answer gets one mark while the wrong answer gets negative 1/3 marks. Every HSA exam has 2 parts named part A and Part B. HSA social science is no exemption. Part A is general for every exam and it contains 20 marks where part B is the core subject (social science) and it carries 80 marks. 

The syllabus for HSA Social Science is as follows 

Part A 

• Module I: Renaissance and freedom movement

• Module II: General Knowledge and current affairs 

• Module III: Methodology of teaching the subject 

Part B 

• History 

• Economics 

• Politics and international organizations 

• Geography and population (For detailed syllabus of Kerala PSC HSA-Social Science, please click here)

It is a common myth that it is impossible to crack any exam on the first attempt. But if you are determined and ready to work hard for your dream then nothing is impossible. Systematic study and proper usage of time can help you to attain a top rank in the HSA exam. Now we can talk about the tips for effective preparation. 

Preparation tips for HSA- Social Science. 

Always follow the syllabus

Analyzing the syllabus is the most important and first task to finish when you start your preparation. Be a beginner or a veteran whenever you prepare for any exam get a copy of the syllabus and do a thorough analysis. This thorough analysis helps you to choose relevant resources since there are too many resources available in the market. A candidate might waste their time and effort if they keep on preparing based on all the random materials available. Choose the topics which are relevant for the exam you write. The syllabus helps you to cover required topics systematically.

Analyze previous year question papers 

Analyzing previous years’ question papers is a quick way to get the awareness of the exam you are going to write. Previous year’s questions help an aspirant to get a better view of the patterns and types of questions asked in the exam. Whenever you come across any video class or any study material you can easily identify the already asked questions and the potent questions from that area, if you have a clear understanding of the syllabus and previous year’s questions. You can analyze the general PSC question papers along with the question papers for teaching positions. Keep the syllabus in mind and sort the questions accordingly. 

Practice mock tests

Practicing is the perfect way to analyze the range and direction of your preparation. Regular practice can help you in time management and fortify the facts you have covered already. Do not just practice the mock tests; invest time in analyzing your way of writing the exam. Makeup if you find any issues and focus on strengthening the weaker areas. Avoid repeating the same mistakes in the actual exam. By familiarizing you with the exam pattern mock tests help you to reduce your stress during the actual exam. When you are clear about the syllabus part, concentrate more on practicing mock tests that ease the revision. To attend the mock tests curated based on the recent patterns on PSC, download the Neyyar learning app

Books and materials for HSA social science exam

For part A, you can use the common books used by aspirants. SCERT and NCERT books from 5 to 12 standards contribute a lot to the exams like HSA. Make notes based on the textbooks and add additional facts whenever required. In this regard LDC Fact plus can be a perfect partner for your preparation. The following list will help you to select authentic textbooks for your preparation for the subjects in module 2.

  1. History of Ancient and Early Medieval India -Upinder Singh
  2. History of Medieval India -Satish Chandra
  3. From Plassey to Partition and After, a History of Modern India, -Sekhar Bandyopadhyaya
  4. Kerala Charithram- Prof.A.Sreedhara Menon
  5. History of Kerala: Prehistoric to the Present- Rajan Gurukkal, Raghava Varier
  6. Mastering Modern World History -Lowe Norman
  7. Indian Polity – by M. Laxmikanth
  8. Indian and World Geography -Husain Majid
  9. Economics -Paul A Samuelson
  10. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh

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Make reading newspaper a habit

Newspaper is a great source for current affairs. A newspaper can help you to develop your own opinions and thoughts on everything happening around you. To get current affairs from an exam point of view you and to score in the current affairs part you can use the current affairs booklet published by talent academy. The YouTube channel of Talent academy that updates daily current affairs will be very helpful for your preparation. You can buy the current affairs book by clicking here or by clicking the image below

Join a coaching center

It requires a lot of dedication and effort to reach a position you want when nobody is around to help you. To avoid the stage of energy loss and over-stressing on the exam you should have a mentor. A mentor will make the journey to your dream a cakewalk. For the best mentoring and classes, join us as early as possible if your dream is to become a government servant. We offer different modes of coaching for the HSA exam.

The earlier you start working on something the earlier will be your results. Keep the determination and hard work throughout the preparation to earn what you want. We wish you all the best in your endeavors.

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