TNPSC (Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission) formed in 1923 as the successor of Madras Service Commission as a constitutional body responsible for conducting various exams for recruitment for various posts intoTamil Nadu government. TNPSC deals with all the procedures and protocols regarding the mode of conduct of exam, appointment etc., TNPSC notifications for the successive calendar year is usually published in the official website as well as through other official modes, enabling the aspirants to prepare accordingly. The recruitment process takes place on annual basis.

The exams are conducted in various groups like Group I, Group II, Group II A, Group IV etc. Certain groups have only written and screening for final selection. Certain groups have three level screening i.e. Preliminary, Main and Interview. The preliminary Examination is of qualifying in nature. However the marks obtained by them in the preliminary examination will be an entry ticket to the Main examination and the marks obtained at the preliminary will not be taken into account for the final merit list. Applied candidates are also provided with needed information from time to time.

The detail syllabus for TNPSC exams are published in the official website. The syllabus comprises subjects like General Tamil, General English, General Studies and Mental ability. The level of the questions asked varies from SSLC standard to Post Graduate standard depending upon the requirement of the post.


  • Personal Clerk in Finance Department, Secretariat
  • Personal Clerkin (other thanLaw and Finance Department) Secretariat
  • Personal Clerk in Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission
  • Personal Clerkin Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly,Secretariat
  • Assistant in Commissioner of Revenue Administration Department
  • Assistant in Prison Department
  • Assistant in Police Department
  • Assistant in Medical and Rural Health Services Department
  • Assistant in Transport Department
  • Assistant in Registration Department
  • Assistant in Labour Department
  • Assistant in Highways Department
  • Assistant in Archives and Historical Research Department
  • Assistant in Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department
  • Assistant in Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department
  • Assistant in NCC Department
  • Assistant in Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department
  • Assistant in School Education Department
  • Assistant in Social Defence Department
  • Assistant in Social Welfare Department
  • Assistant in Directorate of Vigilance and Anti CorruptionDepartment
  • Assistant in Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission
  • Lower Division Clerk in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
  • Commissioner of Commercial Taxes etc…

TNPSC GROUP IIA Eligibility Criteria

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) conducts Combined Civil Services Examination-II (Non-Interview Posts) (Group-II A Services). The candidates who are applying must have the specified age and necessary educational qualification. The following are the eligibility detail…

I. Age Limit:

Name of the PostMinimum Age (For all)Maximum Age
“Others” [i.e Candidates not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and BCMs]Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyars), Scheduled Tribes, Most Backward Classes / Denotified Communities, Backward Classes, Backward Classes (Muslims) and Destitute Widows of all castes
For all the posts18 Years30 YearsNo Maximum age limit

II. Educational qualification:

S.NoName of the PostEducational QualificationTechnical Qualification
1.Personal Clerk in Tamil Nadu Public Service CommissionBachelor’s Degreei. Must have passed the Government Technical Examination in Typewriting: both by Higher Grade in Tamil and English and
ii. Must have passed the Government Technical Examination in Shorthand: both by Higher Grade in Tamil and English.
Total3 Hours300
S.NoName of the PostEducational Qualification
1.Assistant in Commissioner of Revenue AdministrationA degree of B.A./B.Sc./ B.B.M/ B.Com. of any University/ B.O.L of Annamalai University/ B.B.A of Madurai Kamarajar University/ B.Litt. of Madras University/ Bharathiyar University.
2.Assistant in the following departments Civil Supplies and Consumer Production, Industries and Commerce, Land Administration, Land Reforms, Prison, Medical and Rural Health Services, Transport, Registration, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Backward Classes, Fisheries, Technical Education, National Cadet Corps, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, School Education, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Survey and Land Records, Urban Land Ceiling and Urban Land Tax Departments, Divisions of Commercial Taxes and Tamil Nadu Public Service CommissionAny Degree
3.Planning Junior Assistant, Tamil Nadu State Planning CommissionA degree of B.A./ B.Sc./B.Com. of any University.
4.Assistant in Finance Department in the Tamil Nadu SecretariatA Bachelor’s degree in Commerce or Economics or Statistics of any University or Institution recognised by the University Grants Commission
5.Lower Division Clerk in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly SecretariatB.A./ B.Sc./ B.Com. of any University recognised by the University Grants Commission.
6.Junior Co-operative AuditorA degree of B.B.M. Degree or B.Com. Degree or B.Com (Computer Application) Degree or B.A. (Co-operation) Degree or B.A. (Economics) Degree or B.A. (Corporate Secretaryship) Degree or B.B.E. Degree awarded by any University.
  • 1. The said prescribed educational qualification for these posts should have been obtained by passing the required qualification in the order of studies 10th, HSC, UG Degree and PG Degree.
  • 2. Persons claiming equivalence of qualification should furnish the details of evidence for such claim when called for, failing which their application will be summarily rejected.
  • Knowledge of Tamil:

    Candidates should possess adequate knowledge of Tamil.


Unit-I 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 – Heat, lightand sound – Atomic and nuclear physics.

Chemistry-Elements and Compounds – Acids, Bases and salts – Oxidation and reduction – Chemistry of ores and metals – Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds – Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides.

Botany-Main Concepts of life science – The cell – Basic unit of life – Classification of living organism – Nutrition and dietetics – Respiration.

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 non communicable diseases.

Unit-II Current Events

History-Latest diary of events – National – National symbols – Profile of States – Eminent persons &places in news – Sports & games – Books & authors – Awards & honours – Latest historical events – India and its neighbours – Appointments – Who is who?

Political Science-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-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.

Unit-III Geography-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 – Social geography – Population – Density and distribution – Natural calamities – Disaster management.

Unit-IV History and culture of India– 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 – Socialreforms and religious movements – India since independence – Characteristics of Indian culture – Unity in diversity–race, colour, language, custom – India-as secular state – Organizations for finearts, 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, PanditRavishankar, M.S.Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J.Krishnamoorthy etc.

Unit-V INDIAN POLITY Constitution of India – Preamble to the constitution – Salient features of constitution-Union, State and territory – 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 – Elections – Election Commission Union and State – 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.

Unit-VI INDIAN ECONOMY Nature of Indian economy – Five year plan models – an assessment – Land reforms & agriculture – Application of science in agriculture – Industrial growth – Role of public sector & disinvestment-Development of infrastructure – National income 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.

Unit-VII INDIAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT Early uprising against British rule-1857 Revolt – Indian National Congress-Emergence of national leaders – Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji – Growth of militant movements – Communalism led topartition – Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar& Others – Birthof political parties/political system in India since independence.

Unit-VIII APTITUDE & MENTAL ABILITY TESTS Conversion of information to data – Collection, compilation and presentation of data Tables, graphs, diagrams – 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 Decision making and problem solving – Logical Reasoning – Puzzles – Dice – Visual Reasoning – Alpha numeric Reasoning – Number Series – Logical Number/Alphabetical/Diagrammatic Sequence.

TNPSC GROUP IIA Selection Process

TNPSC Group 2 Selection Procedure Details:

The selection of candidates for appointment to the interview or non interview posts included in the Group 2A (CSSE-I) Examination will be made in two successive stages.


  • 1. The Preliminary examination is of Objective Type, which consists General Knowledge, General English, General Tamil.
  • 2. Two Types of Question Papers will be set. One is general Knowledge with General Tamil and another one is General Knowledge with General English.
  • 3. The question paper will be framed in such a way that 100 questions will be on General Knowledge & remaining 100 questions will be either in General English or General Tamil.
  • 4. The questions on General Knowledge will be set both in English and in Tamil and it is of Degree standard, the questions on General Tamil/General English will be set in the respective languages and it is of SSLC standard.
  • 5. Time duration is 3 hours and maximum marks are 300 .
  • 6. Minimum qualifying marks for written test is 90 marks




Exam Pattern

TNPSC Group 2A Exam Pattern Details: Candidates who possess eligibility to apply for the examination can check the Exam Pattern details given below…

SubjectDurationMaximum MarksMinimum Qualifying marks for selection for all communities
Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) General Studies (Degree Standard) (75 items) Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (S.S.L.C. Std.) (25 items) + General Tamil / General English (S.S.L.C. Std.) (100 items) (Total – 200 items)3 Hours150 + 150= 30090
Total3 Hours300