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Group 2A Prelims& Mains



Revised TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern 2019

Preliminary exam

Subject Duration Maximum marks Number of questions
General Studies (degree standard) 3 hours 300 175 items
Aptitude and Mental Ability

Test (S.S.L.C. Std.)

Total     200




Mains Exam

Parts Title No of questions Marks Total Marks Remarks Marks
Part A Tamil to English Translation 2 25 50 Total Marks -100

Minimum Qualifying

Marks – 25

English to Tamil Translation 2 25 50 Total Marks – 200

(There is no Minimum Qualifying Marks prescribed for the Part- B)

Part B Precis Writing 2 20 40
Comprehension 2 20 40
Hints Development 2 20 40
Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ 2 20 40
Letter writing (Official) 2 20 40
Total 300




Any degree




TNPSC Group-2 Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

Units Subjects
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 for Mains Exam

TNPSC syllabus for Main exam includes the following:

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 – Politico-Economic affairs

(f) Philosophical content in Thirukkural

Syllabus for Tamil to English translation, English to Tamil translation, Precis writing, Comprehension and Hints Development:

  • 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

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