TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2020

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Every year the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) conducts the Combined Civil Services Examination Group II (CCSE-II) to recruit candidates for various Civil Services in Tamil Nadu. TNPSC conducts CCSE-II exams for Group 2 and 2A posts. Before start preparation for the exam it is advisable to go through the exam pattern and syllabus of the TNPSC Group 2 exam. The commission release the vacancies under two division, Group 2 and Group 2A. Group 2 and Group 2A have only one exam difference i.e., interview. Group 2 include vacancies having interview while Group 2A have vacancies without interview. Check the detailed syllabus and exam pattern of TNPSC Group 2 exam in the article.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Overview

Let's have a look at the TNPSC Group 2 exam. In the table given below you can check the important points of the exam.

Name of the Exam Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Group 2 Exam
Frequency of Exam Once a year
TNPSC Group 2 Selection Process
  • ➤ Preliminary Exam

  • ➤ Mains Exam

  • ➤ Interview (only for Group 2 Posts)

Total Marks
  • ➤ Prelims: 300 Marks

  • ➤ Mains: 300 Marks

  • ➤ Interview: 40 Marks

Duration of Exam
  • ➤ Prelims: 3 hours

  • ➤ Mains: 1 hour 30 minutes (Paper I)+ 3 hours (Paper II)

Language of Exam English, Tamil
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Counselling Offline

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Exam Pattern

The TNPSC Group 2 Exam consists of 3 phases: Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The services are divided into Group 2 and Group 2A. Interview is conducted for only Group 2 vacancies. For Group 2A vacancies there is no interview.

Subject Duration Maximum marks Qualifying Marks
Preliminary Exam 3 hours 300 90
Mains Exam: Paper I 1 hour 30 minutes 100 25
Mains Exam: Paper II 3 hours 300
  • ➤ 90 out of 300 marks for Non-interview Post

  • ➤ 102 out of 340 For Interview Post (300 + 40 marks of interview)

Interview No fix duration 40 Not Defined

TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam Pattern

Before going to the syllabus, check the prelims and mains detailed exam pattern. The Prelims exam is just to screen the non serious candidates from the exam process. The prelims exam is only qualifying in nature. Here we have provided the main highlight of TNPSC Group 2 Prelims exam.

Subject Duration Maximum marks Number of questions
General Studies (Degree standard) 3 hours 300 175
Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (S.S.L.C. Std) 25
Total 200

Important Points:

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus For Prelims

The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Syllabus will have 200 Objective Type Questions. The prelims exam is divided into 2 parts, General Studies and Aptitude test. Here we had listed all the important topics of both general studies and general aptitude. The Subjects which are asked in the TNPSC Group 2 Prelims are given in the table below:

General Science Current Events
Geography of India History & Culture of India
Indian Polity Indian Economy
Indian National Movement History, Culture, Heritage and Socio-Political Movements in Tamil Nadu
Development Administration in Tamil Nadu Aptitude and Mental Ability

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Topic-wise Prelims Syllabus

Check the subject/topic-wise syllabus of TNPSC Group 2 prelims in the table below.

Subject Topics
General Science         Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper - Power of Reasoning - Rote Learning Vs Conceptual Learning - Science as a tool to understand the past, present and future
Nature of Universe - General Scientific Laws – Mechanics - Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy - Everyday application of the basic principles of Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser, Electronics and Communications
Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides
Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Human diseases
Environment and Ecology
Current Events History - Latest diary of events - National symbols - Profile of States - Eminent personalities and places in news – Sports - Books and authors
Polity - Political parties and political system in India - Public awareness and General administration - Welfare oriented Government schemes and their utility, Problems in Public Delivery Systems
Geography - Geographical landmarks
Economics - Current socio-economic issues
Science - Latest inventions in Science and Technology
Geography of India Location – Physical features - Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate - Water resources - Rivers in India - Soil, minerals and natural resources - Forest and wildlife - Agricultural pattern
Transport - Communication
Social geography – Population density and distribution - Racial, linguistic groups and major tribes
Natural calamity – Disaster Management – Environmental pollution: Reasons and preventive measures – Climate change – Green energy
History & Culture of India Indus valley civilization - Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas - Age of Vijayanagaram and Bahmani Kingdoms - South Indian history
Change and Continuity in the Socio-Cultural History of India
Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity – Race, language, custom
India as a Secular State, Social Harmony
 Indian Polity   Constitution of India - Preamble to the Constitution - Salient features of the Constitution - Union, State and Union Territory
Citizenship, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental duties, Directive Principles of State Policy
Union Executive, Union legislature – State Executive, State Legislature – Local governments, Panchayat Raj
Spirit of Federalism: Centre-State Relationships
Election - Judiciary in India – Rule of law
Corruption in public life – Anti-corruption measures – Lokpal and Lok Ayukta - Right to Information - Empowerment of women - Consumer protection forums, Human rights charter
Indian Economy Nature of Indian Economy – Five year plan models - an assessment – Planning Commission and Niti Ayog
Sources of revenue – Reserve Bank of India – Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy - Finance Commission – Resource sharing between Union and State Governments - Goods and Services Tax
Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land reforms and Agriculture - Application of Science and Technology in agriculture - Industrial growth - Rural welfare oriented programmes – Social problems – Population, education, health, employment, poverty
Indian National Movement National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule - Indian National Congress - Emergence of leaders – B.R.Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O.Chidambaranar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose and others
Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant movements
Communalism and partition
History, Culture, Heritage and Socio-Political Movements in Tamil Nadu History of Tamil Society, related Archaeological discoveries, Tamil Literature from Sangam age till contemporary times
  • ➤ Significance as a Secular literature

  • ➤ Relevance to Everyday Life

  • ➤ Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity

  • ➤ Thirukkural and Universal Values - Equality, Humanism, etc

  • ➤ Relevance to Socio - Politico-Economic affairs

  • ➤ Philosophical content in Thirukkural

Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle - Early agitations against British Rule - Role of women in freedom struggle
Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political movements in Tamil Nadu - Justice Party, Growth of Rationalism - Self Respect Movement, Dravidian movement and Principles underlying both these movements, Contributions of Thanthai Periyar and Perarignar Anna
Development Administration in Tamil Nadu Human Development Indicators in Tamil Nadu and a comparative assessment across the Country – Impact of Social Reform movements in the Socio-Economic Development of Tamil Nadu
Political parties and Welfare schemes for various sections of people – Rationale behind Reservation Policy and access to Social Resources - Economic trends in Tamil Nadu – Role and impact of social welfare schemes in the Socio-Economic development of Tamil Nadu
Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones of Socio-Economic development
Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu
Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth
Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various fields
e-governance in Tamil Nadu
Aptitude and Mental Ability Simplification – Percentage - Highest Common Factor (HCF) - Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
Ratio and Proportion
Simple interest - Compound interest - Area - Volume - Time and Work
Logical Reasoning - Puzzles - Dice - Visual Reasoning - Alphanumeric Reasoning – Number Series

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus :Mains Exam Pattern

The TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam have two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Paper I is qualifying in nature while Paper II is both scoring and qualifying in nature.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who qualify the prelims exam are going to appear for the mains exam. The mains exam is divided into two parts i.e., Paper I and Paper II. The sheet of paper II of those candidates who score minimum qualifying marks in paper I will be evaluated.

TNPSC Gr 2 Mains Paper- I (S.S.L.C. Standard) (Duration: 1 Hours 30 Minutes)
Paper No. of Questions Marks Total Marks Remarks
Tamil to English Translation 2 25 50
  • ➤ Total Marks -100

  • ➤ Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • ➤ Minimum Qualifying Marks – 25

  • ➤ Marks not included in merit list

English to Tamil Translation 2 25 50
TNPSC Gr 2 Mains Paper- II (Degree Standard) (Duration: 3 Hours)
Precis Writing 3 20 60  
  • ➤ Total Marks: 300

  • ➤ Duration: 3 hours

  • ➤ This part has to be answered fully either in Tamil or in English only.

  • ➤ Marks included in merit list

Comprehension 3 20 60
Hints Development 3 20 60
Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ 3 20 60
Letter writing (Official) 3 20 60

TNPSC Group 2 Mains: Qualifying Marks

Check the minimum qualifying marks in TNPSC Group 2 Mains:

Interview Post (Group 2) Non-Interview Post (Group 2A)
  • ➤ Main Written Examination: 300 Marks

  • ➤ Oral Test: 40 Marks

  • ➤ Total Marks: 300+40 = 340 Marks

  • ➤ Minimum Qualifying Marks for all Communities: 102 out of 340

  • ➤ Main Written Examination: 300 Marks

  • ➤ Total Marks: 300

  • ➤ Minimum Qualifying Marks for all Communities: 90 out of 300

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Mains Syllabus

The TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam will be written in nature. It comprises of two papers: Paper I and Paper II.

Let us look at the TNPSC Group 2 Mains Syllabus.

TNPSC Group 2 Paper-I Syllabus

TNPSC Group 2 Paper-II Syllabus

Syllabus for Paper I (Tamil to English translation and English to Tamil translation) and Paper-II (Precis writing, Comprehension and Hints Development):

History, Culture and Heritage of Tamil Nadu
Origin and Development of Tamil Civilization: From classical antiquity to modernity.
Sangam Period Literature along with the historical events related to Language Development.
Musical Tradition of Tamil Nadu - Folklore - music, dance, Musical instruments and folk drama - From classical age to post-modern age with its modifications.
Dramatic Art Form - Street Theatre - Folk Theatre - Conventional Theatrical techniques.
Socio-Economic History - Overseas trade - evidence from classical literature like "Pattinapalai".
Rationalist Movements - Dravidian Movement and Self Respect Movement.
Contribution of Social Reform Movements in the implementation of Social Welfare Measures and Socio-Economic Development of Tamil Nadu - Reservation Policy and its Benefits - Contribution of Social Justice and Social Harmony in the Socio Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.
Feminism – Socio - feminism, Literary feminism - Different Concepts and Perceptions.
Contemporary Tamil Language - Computer Tamil Diction - Legal Tamil - Tamil as Administrative Language - New genres.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus Faqs

Q 1. Is there a negative marking in TNPSC Group 2 exam?

Ans. No, there is no negative marking in TNPSC Group 2 exam.

Q 2. Is knowledge of Tamil needed?

Ans. Yes, candidates have to qualigy the translation paper, which invlolve English to Tamil tranlation, vica-versa.

Q 3. How many stages are there in TNPSC Group 2 exam?

Ans. There are three stages for Group 2 and two for Group 2A in TNPSC Group 2 exam.

Q 4. What is the total marks of TNPSC Group 2 Prelims exam?

Ans. TNPSC Group 2 Prelims exam is of 300 marks.

Q 5. What is the total marks of TNPSC Group 2 Mains exam?

Ans. TNPSC Group 2 Mains exam consists of 300 marks.