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.
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||
|Duration of Exam||
|Language of Exam||English, Tamil|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Mode of Counselling||Offline|
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||
|Interview||No fix duration||40||Not Defined|
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|
➤ All questions will be bilingual i.e., they are available in both the English and Tamil languages.
➤ The minimum qualifying marks for TNPSC Prelims Exam is 90 out of 300.
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|
Check the subject/topic-wise syllabus of TNPSC Group 2 prelims in the table below.
|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|
|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|
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.
➤ The marks secrued in the Mains exam will be considered for the final merit list.
➤ This exam is divided in 2 papers: Paper I and Paper II.
➤ Paper I: This paper have 2 questions for each Tamil to English Translation and English to Tamil Translation.
➤ Paper II: It has 15 questions, 3 each from Precis Writing, Comprehension, Hints Development and Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ and Letter writing.
➤ Paper I is only qualifying in nature. Those who qualify Paper I, there Paper II sheet will be evaluated.
➤ Minimum 102 and 90 marks required to qualify in group 2 and group 2A main exams respectively.
➤ TNPSC Group 2 exam is bilingual that available in both the English and Tamil languages.
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||
|English to Tamil Translation||2||25||50|
|TNPSC Gr 2 Mains Paper- II (Degree Standard) (Duration: 3 Hours)|
|Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’||3||20||60|
|Letter writing (Official)||3||20||60|
Check the minimum qualifying marks in TNPSC Group 2 Mains:
|Interview Post (Group 2)||Non-Interview Post (Group 2A)|
The TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam will be written in nature. It comprises of two papers: Paper I and Paper II.
➤ Paper I has 2 questions from Tamil to English Translation and English to Tamil Translation.
➤ Paper II has 10 questions from Precis Writing, Comprehension, Hints Development and Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ and Letter writing.
Let us look at the TNPSC Group 2 Mains Syllabus.
TNPSC Group 2 Paper-I Syllabus
➤ Tamil to English translation and English to Tamil translation: The topics and syllabus asked in the exam are given below. Check the detailed syllabus there.
TNPSC Group 2 Paper-II Syllabus
➤ Precis writing, Comprehension and Hints Development: The topics asked in these section of Paper II are also given below.
➤ Essay writing on the following topics from ‘Thirukkural’ (a) Significance as a Secular literature (b) Relevance to Everyday Life (c) Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity (d) Thirukkural and Universal Values – Equality, Humanism, etc. (e) Relevance to Socio- Political- Economic affairs (f) Philosophical content in Thirukkural
➤ Letter writing: Official
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.|
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.