About TNPSC Group I Examination

Posting Name

  • Deputy Collector
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (Category-I)
  • Assistant Commissioner (C.T.)
  • Deputy Registrar of Co-operative Societies
  • District Registrar
  • Assistant Director of Rural Development
  • District Employment Officer
  • District Officer (Fire and Rescue Services)

Selection Process

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

Age Limit

Name of the PostMinimum Age (should have completed as on 01.07.2019)Maximum Age (should not have completed as on 01.07.2019)
SCs, SC(A)s,STs, MBCs/ DCs,BCs, BCMs and DWs of all categories“Others” i.e applicants not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs /DCs, BCs, BCMs and DWs of all categories
1. For all the posts except thepost of Assistant Commissioner (C.T)21Years37 Years32 Years
2. Assistant Commissioner (C.T.)
(i) For applicants possessing any degree21 Years37 Years37 Years
(ii) For applicants possessing B.L. degree of any University or Institution
recognized by the University Grants Commission.
21 Years38 Years33 Years

Exam Pattern

Preliminary Exam Pattern

Name of the subjectMaximum MarksMinimum Qualifying Marks for selectionDuration
SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/ DCs, BC(OBCM)s and BCMsOthers
General Studies (Degree Standard)150300901203 hours
Aptitude & Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard)150
Total300 Marks

Mains Exam Pattern

Subject General Studies – Descriptive type (Degree Standard)DurationMaximum MarksMinimum Qualifying Marks for selection
Paper – I3 hours250255340
Paper – II3 Hours250
Paper – III3 Hours250
Interview & Records100


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Exam Syllabus

Preliminary Examination

General science

Physics ‐ Universe ‐ General Scientific laws ‐ Scientific instruments ‐ Inventions and discoveries‐National scientific laboratories‐Science glossary‐Mechanics and properties of matter‐Physical quantities, standards and units‐Force, motion and energy‐ electricity and Magnetism ‐ electronics & communications ‐ Heat, light and sound‐Atomic and nuclear physics‐Solid State Physics‐Spectroscopy – Geophysics ‐ Astronomy and space science.

Chemistry ‐ Elements and Compounds‐Acids, bases and salts ‐ Oxidation and reduction – Chemistry of ores and metals ‐Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds‐Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides‐Biochemistry and biotechnology‐Electrochemistry‐Polymers and plastics

Botany ‐ Main Concepts of life science‐The cell‐basic unit of life‐Classification of living organism‐Nutrition and dietetics‐Respiration‐Excretion of metabolic waste‐Biocommunication

Zoology ‐ Blood and blood circulation‐Endocrine system‐Reproductive system‐Genetics the science of heredity‐Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Bio‐ diversity and its conservation‐Human diseases, prevention and remedies‐Communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases‐Alcoholism and drug abuse‐Animals, plants and human life.

Current Events

History ‐ Latest diary of events – National ‐ National symbols ‐Profile of States‐Defence, national security and terrorism‐World organizations‐pacts and summits‐Eminent persons & places in news‐Sports & games‐Books & authors ‐Awards & honours‐Cultural panorama‐Latest historical events‐ India and its neighbours‐ Latest terminology‐ Appointments‐who is who?

Political Science ‐ India’s foreign policy ‐ Latest court verdicts – public opinion ‐ Problems in conduct of public elections‐ Political parties and political system in India‐ Public awareness & General administration‐ Role of Voluntary organizations & Govt.,‐ Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility

Geography ‐ Geographical landmarks‐Policy on environment and ecology

Economics‐ Current socio‐economic problems‐New economic policy & govt. sector

Science ‐ Latest inventions on science & technology ‐ Latest discoveries in Health Science ‐ Mass media & communication


Earth and Universe ‐ Solar system ‐ Atmosphere hydrosphere, lithosphere ‐Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate ‐ Water resources ‐ rivers in India ‐ Soil, minerals & natural resources‐Natural vegetation‐Forest & wildlife‐Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheries‐Transport & communication‐Social geography population‐density and distribution‐Natural calamities – disaster management‐Climate change ‐ impact and consequences ‐ mitigation measures‐Pollution Control

History and culture of India

Pre‐historic events ‐Indus valley civilization‐Vedic, Aryan and Sangam age‐Maurya dynasty‐Buddhism and Jainism‐ Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas‐Age of Vijayanagaram and the bahmanis‐ South Indian history‐Culture and Heritage of Tamil people‐Advent of European invasion‐Expansion and consolidation of British rule‐Effect of British rule on socio‐ economic factors‐Social reforms and religious movements‐India since independence‐ Characteristics of Indian culture‐Unity in 18 diversity –race, colour, language, custom‐ India‐as secular state‐Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music‐Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN‐Political parties and populist schemes – Prominent personalities in the various spheres – Arts, Science, literature and Philosophy – Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar , M.S.Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J.Krishnamoorthy etc.

Indian Polity

Constitution of India ‐ Preamble to the constitution ‐ Salient features of constitution ‐ Union, State and territory ‐ Citizenship‐rights amend duties ‐ Fundamental rights ‐ Fundamental duties ‐ Human rights charter ‐ Union legislature – Parliament ‐ State executive ‐ State Legislature – assembly ‐ Status of Jammu & Kashmir ‐ Local government – panchayat raj – Tamil Nadu ‐ Judiciary in India – Rule of law/Due process of law ‐ Indian federalism – center – state relations ‐ Emergency provisions ‐ Civil services in India ‐ Administrative challenges in a welfare state ‐ Complexities of district administration ‐ Elections ‐ Election Commission Union and State ‐ Official language and Schedule‐VIII ‐ Amendments to constitution ‐ Schedules to constitution ‐ Administrative reforms & tribunals‐ Corruption in public life ‐ Anti‐ corruption measures – Central Vigilance Commission, lok‐adalats, Ombudsman, Comptroller and Auditor General of India. ‐ Right to information ‐ Central and State Commission ‐ Empowerment of women‐ Voluntary organizations and public grievances redressal ‐ Consumer protection forms

Indian Economy

Nature of Indian economy ‐ Five‐year plan models‐ an assessment ‐ Land reforms & agriculture ‐ Application of science in agriculture ‐ Industrial growth ‐ Capital formation and investment‐Role of public sector & disinvestment ‐ Development of infrastructure‐ National income ‐ Public finance & fiscal policy ‐ Price policy & public distribution‐ Banking, money & monetary policy ‐ Role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) ‐ WTO‐globalization & privatization ‐ Rural welfare oriented programmes ‐ Social sector problems – population, education, health, employment, poverty ‐ HRD – sustainable economic growth‐ Economic trends in Tamil Nadu ‐ Energy Different sources and development ‐ Finance Commission ‐ Planning Commission ‐ National Development Council

Indian National Movement

National renaissance‐ Early uprising against British rule‐1857 Revolt‐ Indian National Congress ‐ Emergence of national leaders‐ Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji ‐Growth of militant movements ‐Different modes of agitations‐Era of different Acts & Pacts‐World war & final phase struggle ‐ Communalism led to partition ‐ Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle ‐ Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & Others ‐ Birth of political parties /political system in India since independence

Aptitude & Mental Ability 

Conversion of information to data ‐ Collection, compilation and presentation of data ‐ Tables, graphs, diagrams‐ Parametric representation of data‐Analytical interpretation of data ‐Simplification‐ Percentage‐Highest Common Factor (HCF)‐Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)‐Ratio and Proportion‐Simple interest‐Compound interest‐Area‐Volume‐Time and Work‐ Behavioral ability ‐ Basic terms, Communications in information technology ‐ Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ‐ Decision making and problem solving.

Logical Reasoning ‐ Puzzles – Dice ‐ Visual Reasoning‐ Alpha numeric Reasoning‐ Number Series ‐ Logical Number/Alphabetical/Diagrammatic Sequences

Mains Syllabus

Paper I

  • Modern History of India and Indian Culture
  • Expansion and Consolidation of British Rule
  • Advent of European Invasion
  • Unity in Diversity
  • India Since Independence
  • National Renaissance
  • Dravidian Movement in Tamil Nadu
  • Indian National Congress
  • 1857 Revolt
  • Era of Different Acts & Pacts
  • Emergence of National Leaders
  • Role of Tamil Nadu in Freedom Struggle
  • Communalism Led to Partition
  • Science & Technology in the development of India & Tamil Nadu
  • General Aptitude & Mental Ability
  • Magnetism
  • National Scientific Laboratories
  • Astronomy and Space Science
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Biochemistry
  • Natural Disasters
  • Respiration
  • Biotechnology
  • Defense Research Organization
  • Blood and Blood Circulation
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Alcoholism and Drug abuse
  • Ocean Research and Development
  • Computer Science and Advancement
  • Bio‐Diversity
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Human Diseases, Prevention & Remedies
  • Remote Sensing and Benefits etc

Paper II

  • Indian Polity
  • Geography of India
  • Emerging Political Trends across the World Affecting India
  • Tamil Society, Culture and Heritage
  • Tamil Language
  • Precis Writing
  • English Language
  • Comprehension Passage
  • Essay Writing
  • Administration of Union and States with reference to Tamil Nadu

Paper III

  • Current events of National and International Important
  • Indian Economy
  • Current Economic Trends
  • India’s Crisis Responses and Challenges
  • Impact of Global Economy on India
  • Socio ­ Economic Issues in India & Tamil Nadu