TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2020: The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) conducts the Combined Civil Services Examination-II (CCSE-II) to shortlist candidates for recruitment to various Civil Services in Tamil Nadu. TNPSC conducts CCSE-II exams for different posts under Group 2 and 2A. The significance of TNPSC Group 2 and TNPSC Group 2A can be defined as under:

  • Group 2 (Interview Posts): Selection of candidates for vacancies released under Group 2 is done on the basis of the preliminary exam, main written exam, and Interview/Personality Test.
  • Group 2A (Non-Interview Posts): Selection of candidates for vacancies released under Group 2A is done based on marks obtained in them in the written exam only.

TNPSC Group-2 and 2A services notification are likely to release in June 2020.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Highlights

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: 3 hous+1 hour 30 minutes
Language of Exam English, Tamil
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Counselling Offline

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Exam Pattern

The TNPSC Group 2 Exam will be held in 3 phases:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains: This will comprise of 2 papers: Paper I and Paper II.
  3. Interview: The interview will be held for the candidates who wish to appear or as per the cut off set by the Commission.
    Group 2 (Interview Posts): Selection of candidates for vacancies released under Group 2 is done on the basis of the preliminary exam, main written exam, and Interview/Personality Test.
    Group 2A (Non-Interview Posts): Selection of candidates for vacancies released under Group 2A is done based on marks obtained in them in the written exam only.

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The TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern is discussed below.

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 40 marks

TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam Pattern

Before we discuss the TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus, let us first look into the TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern For the Prelims Exam.

  • The TNPSC Prelims will have 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s).
  • All the questions will be available in both the English and Tamil languages.
  • 175 questions are from the general studies section and the remaining 25 questions from aptitude and mental ability test section.
  • The duration of the TNPSC Prelims Exam is 3 hours of a maximum of 300 marks.
  • The minimum qualifying marks for TNPSC Prelims Exam is 90 out of 300.
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)
25 items
Total 200

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus For Prelims

The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Syllabus will have 200 Objective Type Questions.

  • The General studies section has 175 questions from the graduation level.
  • Aptitude and Mental Ability test section has 25 questions and will be given from SSLC standard level.

The Subjects for the TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus is listed 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 Prelims Syllabus 2020

Let us now discuss each of the topics of the TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus For the Prelims in detail.

Unit 1: 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.

Unit 2: Current Events

  1. History – Latest diary of events – National symbols – Profile of States – Eminent personalities and places in the news – Sports – Books and authors.
  2. 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.
  3. Geography – Geographical landmarks.
  4. Economics – Current socio-economic issues.
  5. Science – Latest inventions in Science and Technology.

Unit 3: Geography In India

  1. Location – Physical features – Monsoon, rainfall, weather, and climate – Water resources – Rivers in India – Soil, minerals, and natural resources – Forest and wildlife – Agricultural pattern.
  2. Transport – Communication.
  3. Social geography – Population density and distribution – Racial, linguistic groups, and major tribes.
  4. Natural calamity – Disaster Management – Environmental pollution: Reasons and preventive measures – Climate change – Green energy.

Unit 4: History and Culture Of India

  1. Indus valley civilization – Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals, and Marathas – Age of Vijayanagaram and Bahmani Kingdoms – South Indian History.
  2. Change and Continuity in the Socio-Cultural History of India.
  3. Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity – Race, language, Custom.
  4. India as a Secular State, Social Harmony.

Unit 5: Indian Polity

  1. Constitution of India – Preamble to the Constitution – Salient features of the Constitution – Union, State, and Union Territory.
  2. Citizenship, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy.
  3. Union Executive,  Union  legislature  –  State  Executive,   State Legislature – Local governments, Panchayat
  4. Spirit of Federalism: center-state Relationship.
  5. Election – Judiciary in India – Rule of law.
  6. Corruption in public life – Anti-corruption measures – Lokpal and Lokayukta – Right to Information – Empowerment of women – Consumer protection forums, Human rights charter.

Unit 6: Indian Economy

  1. Nature of Indian economy – Five-year plan models – an assessment – Planning Commission and Niti Ayog.
  2. 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.
  3. Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land reforms and Agriculture – Application of Science and Technology in agriculture – Industrial growth – Rural welfare oriented programs – Social problems – Population, education, health, employment, Poverty.

Unit 7: Indian National Movement

  1. National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule – Indian National Congress – Emergence of leaders – B.R.Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O.ChidambaranarJawaharlal Nehru, Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose, and others.
  2. Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant movements.
  3. Communalism and partition.

Unit 8: 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.
  • 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

  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Early agitations against British Rule – Role of women in freedom
  • 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

Unit 9: Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones of  Socio-Economic Development.
  4. Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu.
  5. Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth.
  6. Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various fields.
  7. E-governance in Tamil Nadu.

Unit 10: Aptitude and Mental Ability

  1. Simplification – Percentage – Highest Common Factor (HCF) – Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).
  2. Ratio and Proportion.
  3. Simple interest – Compound interest – Area – Volume – Time and Work.
  4. Logical Reasoning – Puzzles – Dice – Visual Reasoning – Alphanumeric Reasoning – Number Series.

TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern For Mains

The TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam Pattern will have two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Both the papers will have different qualifying marks and exam duration.

  • TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam holds utmost importance as the marks secured by the candidates in this Exam is considered for the Final Selection.
  • This will have 2 papers: Paper I and Paper II.
  • Part A – It has 2 questions from Tamil to English Translation and English to Tamil Translation.
  • Part B – It has 10 questions from Precis Writing, Comprehension, Hints Development and Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ and Letter writing.
  • Paper I will be of 100 marks of 1 hour 30 minutes duration.
  • Paper II will be of 300 marks of 3 hour duration.
  • Answer sheets of the candidates who do not secure minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I will not be considered for the evaluation of Paper-II
  • 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.

TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern For Mains

TNPSC Gr 2 Mains Paper- I
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
English to Tamil
Translation
2 25 50
TNPSC Gr 2 Mains Paper- II
Precis Writing 3 20 60  

  • Total Marks: 300
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks: Check Below
  • This part has to be answered
    fully in Tamil or in English
    alone.
Comprehension 3 20 60
Hints
Development
3 20 60
Essay Writing
on ‘Thirukkural’
3 20 60
Letter writing
(Official)
3 20 60

Qualifying Marks For TNPSC Group 2 Mains Paper 2 Exam

Interview Post Non-Interview Post
  • 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 For Mains Exam

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

  1. Title 1 – Tamil to English translation
  2. Title 2 – English to Tamil translation

TNPSC Group 2 Paper-II Syllabus

  1. Title 1 – Precis writing
  2. Title 2 – Comprehension
  3. Title 3 – Hints Development
  4. Title 4 – 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
  5. Title 5 – Letter writing – Official

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: FAQ’s

Q. What is TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. TNPSC Group 2 Exam is Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission which is responsible for conducting CCSE-II exams for different posts under Group 2 (Interview Posts) and 2A (Non-Interview Posts).

Q. What is the process of selection for the TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. The candidates are selected on the basis of the following stages of exam. The candidates will have to clear each stage of the exam to move to the next stage.

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview (only for Group 2 Posts)

The Interview is held only for Group 2 Posts.

Q.  What is the marking scheme for TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam will be of 300 Marks, Mains will have two papers out of which Paper-I will be qualifying in nature of 100 marks, Paper-II will be of 300 Marks, and the interview will carry 40 marks.

Q. If I do not clear Paper I of the TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam, then will the Paper-II be corrected?

Ans. No, your answer sheet for TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam for Paper-II will not be evaluated if you do not secure the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I.

Q. What is the qualifying marks for TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. The qualifying marks for TNPSC Group 2 Exam is as follows:

Prelims Exam is 90 out of 300 marks
Mains Exam is 90 out of 300 marks for Non-interview Post and 102 out of 340 marks For Interview Post.

Q. Will the TNPSC Group 2 Exam be Objective Type or Descriptive?

Ans. The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam will be Multiple Choice Questions, whereas, the Mains Exam will be descriptive in nature. The Interview will be verbal.

Q. Will the TNPSC Group 2 Exam be conducted online or offline?

Ans. The TNPSC Group 2 Exam will be conducted offline.

Q. What is the language of the TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. The TNPSC Group 2 Exam will be conducted in English and Tamil.

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