TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus 2021:Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) conducts Combined Civil Services Examination-1 for recruiting eligible candidates for posts in the Group-1 services of Tamil Nadu state administration. The posts included in this service are- Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Registrar, Assistant Director & District Officer. The candidates who are interested in Group-1 services should prepare according to the syllabus for TNPSC Group-1 Recruitment. In this article, we have discussed in detail, the TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus and Exam Pattern.
Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Registrar, Assistant Director & District Officer
TNPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern
TNPSC Group 1 Prelims Exam Pattern
All the questions are objective type. There is no negative marking for a wrong answer. The complete paper is of 300 marks. Each question weighs 1.5 marks.
Duration of exam
Number of Questions
Aptitude and Mental Ability
TNPSC Group 1 Mains Exam Pattern
You will get 3 hours to solve each paper. Each paper has descriptive questions. The number of questions varies in each chapter and tests the candidate’s knowledge across several domains.
Mains is a descriptive examination, the right answers will be marked subjectively by the examiners. Candidates are advised to prepare for these papers thoroughly as they are based on conceptual questions.
Duration of exam
TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus 2021
We have covered the detailed revised syllabus for TNPSC Group 1 Examination. The aspirants can also download the syllabus for each of the subjects in pdf format given in the article below.
TNPSC Group 1 Prelims Syllabus 2021
The TNPSC Group 1 Prelims syllabus comprises of the following sections.
Aptitude and Mental Ability test
General Studies is the most common section among all the government exam across the nation, especially in civil services exams. The subjects included in the General Studies paper are as follows:
History & Culture of India
Indian National Movement
History, Culture, Heritage and Socio-Political Movements in Tamil Nadu
Development Administration in Tamil Nadu
The detailed topics of each subject have been mentioned in the below table:
Name of the Subject
Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper – Power of Reasoning – Rote Learning Vs Conceptual Learning – Science as a tool to understand the past, present and future.
Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides.
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.
Environment and Ecology
Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Human diseases.
History – Latest diary of events – National symbols – Profile of States – Eminent personalities and places in the news – Sports – Books and authors.
Geography – Geographical landmarks.
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.
Science – Latest inventions in Science and Technology
Economics – Current socio-economic issues.
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.
Social geography – Population density and distribution – Racial, linguistic groups and major tribes.
Transport – Communication.
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.
Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity – Race, language, custom.
Change and Continuity in the Socio-Cultural History of India.
India as a Secular State, Social Harmony.
Constitution of India – Preamble to the Constitution – Salient features of the Constitution – Union, State and Union Territory.
Union Executive, Union legislature – State Executive, State Legislature – Local governments, Panchayat Raj.
Citizenship, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy.
Election – Judiciary in India – Rule of law.
Spirit of Federalism: Centre-State Relationships.
Corruption in public life – Anti-corruption measures – Lokpal and Lokayukta – Right to Information – Empowerment of women – Consumer protection forums, Human rights charter.
Nature of Indian economy – Five-year plan models – an assessment – Planning Commission and Niti Ayog.
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.
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.
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.
Communalism and partition.
Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant movements.
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 the freedom struggle.
Thirukkural : (a) Significance as 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
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.
Tamil Nadu Development Administration
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.
Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones of Socio-Economic development.
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.
Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu.
Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various fields.
Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth.
e-governance in Tamil Nadu.
Aptitude & Mental Ability
Simplification – Percentage – Highest Common Factor (HCF) – Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).
Simple interest – Compound interest – Area – Volume – Time and Work.
The Mains Exam comprises of three descriptive papers, and each paper can be subdivided into three units covering broad subject areas There are no optional papers/subjects in the TNPSC Group 1 Mains Exam. The updated TNPSC Syllabus for Mains is summarised below:
Paper 1 – General Studies
Unit I – Modern History of India and Indian Culture
Unit II – Social Issues in India and Tamil Nadu
Unit III – General Aptitude and Mental Ability
Paper 2 – General Studies
Unit I – Indian Polity and Emerging Political Trends across the world affecting India
Unit II – Role and impact of Science and Technology in the Development of India
Unit III – Tamil Society (Culture and Heritage)
Paper 3 – General Studies
Unit I – Geography of India with special reference to Tamil Nadu
Unit II – Environment, Biodiversity and Disaster Management
Unit III – Indian Economy and Current Economic Trends and impact of Global Economy on India
TNPSC Syllabus: Mains Paper-1 General Studies
Name of Subject
Modern History of India and Indian Culture
Advent of European invasion ‐ Expansion and consolidation of British rule – Early uprising against British rule ‐ 1857 Revolt – Indian National Congress ‐ Growth of militant movements ‐ Different modes of agitations – Emergence of national leaders ‐ Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji, Moulana Abulkalam Azad, Ambedkar and Patel ‐ Era of different Acts & Pacts ‐ Second World War & final phase struggle ‐ Communalism led to partition.
Effect of British rule on socio‐economic factors ‐ National renaissance – Socio religious reform movements.
India since independence ‐ Characteristics of Indian culture ‐ Unity in diversity ‐ Race, Language, Religion Custom ‐ India: a secular state ‐ Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama and music.
Latest diary of events: National and International ‐ National symbols- Eminent personalities & places in the news ‐ Sports & Games ‐ Books & Authors ‐ Awards & Honours ‐ Cultural panorama ‐ Latest historical events – Latest terminology ‐ Appointments ‐ who
Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle ‐ Bharathiar, VOC, Subramania Siva, Rajaji, Periyar and others – Political parties and Welfare schemes.
Social Issues in Tamil Nadu and India
Population Explosion ‐ Unemployment issues in India & Tamil Nadu ‐ Child Abuse & Child Labour – Poverty – Rural and Urban Sanitation – Illiteracy.
Social changes in India – Urbanization and its impact on the society – Problems and remedies ‐ Impact of violence on Society – Religious violence, Terrorism and Communal violence ‐ Regional Disparities ‐ Problems of Minorities ‐ Human Rights issues.
Women Empowerment ‐ Role of the Government in Women Empowerment – Social injustice to Women ‐ Domestic violence, Dowry menace, Sexual assault – Role of women and women’s organisations.
Welfare Schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Central and State governments and their performance.
Education – Linkage between Education and Social Development ‐ Community Development Programmes ‐ Employment Guarantee Schemes ‐ Self Employment and Entrepreneurship Development ‐ Role of N.G.Os in Social Welfare – Government Policy on Health.
General Aptitude & Mental Ability
Information technology ‐ Basic terms, Communications ‐ Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ‐ Decision making and problem-solving ‐ Basics in Computers / Computer terminology.
Conversion of information to data ‐ collection, compilation and presentation of data ‐ Tables, Graphs, Diagrams ‐ Parametric representation of data ‐ Analytical interpretation of data ‐ Percentage ‐ Highest Common Factor (HCF) ‐ Lowest Common Multiple (LCM) ‐ Ratio and Proportion ‐ Simple interest ‐ Compound interest ‐ Area ‐ Volume‐ Time and Work – Probability.
TNPSC Syllabus: Mains Paper-2 General Studies
Name of Subject
Indian Polity and emerging political trends
Constitution of India: Historical background – Making of the Indian Constitution – Preamble – Salient features of the Indian Constitution – Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties – Directive Principles of State Policy – Schedules to the Indian Constitution.
Union Legislature: Parliament: Lok – Sabha and Rajya – Sabha – Composition, Powers, Functions and Legislative procedures.
Union Executive: President, Vice – President, Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Attorney General of India.
Union Judiciary: Structure, Powers and Functions of the Supreme Court – Judicial Review – Latest Verdicts.
State Legislature: State Legislative Assembly – Organization, Powers and Functions.
State Executive: Governor, Chief Minister – Speaker and Council of Ministers, Advocate General of the State.
State Judiciary: Organisation, Powers and Functions of High Courts, District Courts and Subordinate Courts.
Union Territories: Evolution of States and Union Territories – Administration of Union Territories.
Local Government: Historical Development – Features and working of 73 rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992.
Federalism in India: Centre-State Relations – Centre-State Administrative Relations – Centre-State Legislative Relations and Centre-State Financial Relations.
State Services: Classification of State Services and Recruitment.
Civil Services in India: Historical background – Classification of Civil Services – Recruitment & Training of Civil Servants.
Official Language: Constitutional provision – Official Language Act, VIII Schedule to the Constitution.
Special Status to Jammu & Kashmir: Art 370.
Amendments: Major Amendments to the Indian Constitution.
Political Parties: National & Regional parties, Pressure Groups, Interest Groups, Public Opinion, Mass Media, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and their role.
Constitutional and Non-Constitutional Bodies – Composition, Powers and Functions.
Issue Areas in Indian Administration: Corruption in India – Anti – Corruption Measures – CVC – Lok Adalats – Ombudsman – RTI Act – Minister – Secretary Relationship – Generalist Vs. Specialist controversy.
India’s Foreign Policy: Foreign Affairs with Special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring countries and in the region – Security and defence related issues – Nuclear Policy – Issues and conflicts. The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and to the World.
Profile of States – Defence, National Security and Terrorism – World Organisations – Pacts and Summits.
Role and Impact of Science & Technology for Indian Development
Research and Development – Role and Functions.
Science and Technology – Role, Achievements and Developments – Their applications and effects in everyday life ‐ Energy ‐ Conventional and Non-conventional – Self-sufficiency ‐ Oil exploration ‐ Defence Research Organizations and other science and technology institutions – Ocean
Health and hygiene ‐ Human diseases – Prevention and remedies ‐ Communicable diseases and non‐communicable diseases – Genetic Engineering – Organ transplantation – Stem cell Technology – Medical Tourism – Advancements in Horticulture & Agriculture.
Advancements in the fields of I.T., Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-Technology ‐ Mobile Communication – Remote sensing and its benefits.
Latest inventions in science & technology.
Achievements of Indians in the fields of Science and Technology.
Tamil Society, Culture & Heritage
Art and Culture: Literature, Music, Film, Drama, Architecture, Sculpture, Paintings and Folk Arts.
Tamil Society: Origin and expansion.
Socio-economic history of Tamil Nadu from Sangam age to till date.
The social and cultural life of contemporary Tamils: Caste, Religion, Women, Politics, Education, Economy, Trade and relationship with other countries.
Growth of Rationalist, Dravidian movements in Tamil Nadu – Their role in the socio-economic development of Tamil Nadu.
Tamil and other Disciplines: Mass Media, Computer etc.
TNPSC Syllabus: Mains Paper-3 General Studies
Name of Subject
Indian Geography with Reference to Tamil Nadu
Oceanography – Bottom relief features of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.
Location – Physical features – Major Rivers – Weather & Climate – Monsoon, Rainfall ‐ Natural resources:- Soil, Water, Forest, Minerals and Wildlife – Agricultural pattern – Livestock – Fisheries – Industries; Major industries – Growth and Development – Social- Cultural geography – Population: Growth, Density and Distribution – Racial, linguistic and major tribes.
Basics of Geospatial Technology: Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Map: Geographical landmarks – India and its neighbours.
Biodiversity, Environment & Disaster Management
Ecology: Structure and function of Ecosystem – Ecological succession – Biodiversity conservation: Types – Biodiversity Hot Spots in India – Biodiversity: Significance and Threats – In situ and Ex-situ conservation measures – Roles of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) & Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Climate Change: Global Environmental Issues and Management – Changes in monsoon pattern in Tamil Nadu and India – Environmental consequences of climate change and mitigation measures – Clean and Green Energy – Environmental Sustainability.
Environmental Pollution and Management: Air, Water, Soil, Thermal and Noise pollution and control strategies – Solid and Hazardous waste management – Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Steps in EIA process – Environmental Clearance – Environmental Auditing.
Environmental Laws, Policies & Treaties in India and Global scenario – Natural calamities and Disaster Management – Environmental Health and Sanitation
Features of Indian Economy – Demographical profile of India – National Income – Capital formation – NEP (New Economic Policy) – NITI AYOG – National Development Council.
Industry – Growth ‐ Policy – Role of the public sector and disinvestment – Privatisation and Liberalization – Public-Private Partnership (PPP) – SEZs. – MSMEs. – Make in India.
Agriculture – Role of Agriculture – Land reforms – New Agricultural Strategy – Green Revolution – Price Policy, Public Distribution System (PDS), Subsidy, Food Security– Agricultural Marketing, Crop Insurance, Labour – Rural credit & indebtedness – WTO & Agriculture.
Infrastructure in India – Transport System – Energy – Power – Communication – Social Infrastructure – Science & Technology – R&D.
Public Finance – Sources of Revenue – Tax & Non-Tax Revenue – Canons of taxation – GST – Public expenditure – Public debt – Finance Commission – Fiscal Policy.
India’s Foreign Trade – BOP, EX-IM Policy, FOREX Market, FDI; Globalization & its impact – Global economic crisis & impact on the Indian economy.
Issues in Indian Economy – Poverty & inequality – Poverty alleviation programmes – MGNREGA – New Welfare programmes for rural poverty – Unemployment – Inflation – Inflation targeting – Sustainable economic growth – Gender issues.
Tamil Nadu Economy & Issues – Gross State Domestic Product – Trends in State’s economic growth – Demographic profile of Tamil Nadu – Agriculture – Industry & entrepreneurship development in Tamil Nadu – Infrastructure – Power, Transportation systems – Social Infrastructure – SHGs. & Rural Women empowerment – Rural poverty & unemployment – Environmental issues – Regional economic disparities – Local Government – Recent government welfare programmes.
International Agencies – IMF (International Monetary Fund) World Bank – BRICS – SAARC – ASEAN.
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