Latest Update as of 18.02.2022

  • Group 2, 2A NOTIFICATION DATE : February 23, 2022
  • Group 2, 2A LAST DATE : March 23, 2022
  • Group 2, 2A EXAM DATE : May 21, 2022
  • Group 2, 2A RESULT DATE : June 2022

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2022

As per the new TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus, TNPSC has added the General English subject for the TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam which is optional to General Tamil & slight changes are made in TNPSC Group 2 Mains Paper-I. 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.

Organisation Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission
Name of the ExamTNPSC Group 2 Exam
TNPSC Group 2 Exam DateMay 2022
TNPSC Group 2 Selection ProcessPreliminary ExamMains ExamInterview (only for Group 2 Posts)
Total MarksPrelims: 300 MarksMains: 300 MarksInterview: 40 Marks
Duration of ExamPrelims: 3 hoursMains: 1 hour 30 minutes (Paper I)+ 3 hours (Paper II)
Language of ExamEnglish, Tamil
Mode of ExamOffline
Mode of CounsellingOffline

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2022 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. The interview round is conducted for only Group 2 vacancies. For Group 2A vacancies there is no interview.

SubjectDurationMaximum marksQualifying Marks
Preliminary Exam3 hours30090
Mains Exam: Paper-I1 hour 30 minutes10025
Mains Exam: Paper-II3 hours30090 out of 300 marks for Non-interview Post102 out of 340 For Interview Post (300 + 40 marks of interview)
InterviewNo fix duration40Not Defined

TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam Pattern (New)

Before going to the syllabus, check the prelims and mains detailed exam patterns. The Prelims exam is just to screen out the non-serious candidates from the selection process. The prelims exam is only qualifying in nature and candidates have to score minimum 90 marks to qualify. Here we have provided the main highlight of the TNPSC Group 2 Prelims exam.

Questions from General Tamil/General English, Aptitude and Mental Ability Test will be of S.S.L.C. Standard level

Questions from General Studies will be of Degree Standard level 

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum marksDuration
General Tamil/General English100 3003 hours
General Studies75
Aptitude and Mental Ability Test25

Important Points:

1. All questions will be bilingual i.e., they are available in both the English and Tamil languages.

2. The minimum qualifying mark for TNPSC Prelims Exam is 90 out of 300.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus For Prelims (New)

The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Syllabus will have 200 Objective Type Questions. The prelims exam is divided into 2 parts, General Studies and the 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 EnglishCurrent Events
General ScienceHistory & Culture of India
Geography of IndiaIndian Economy
Indian PolityHistory, Culture, Heritage and Socio-Political Movements in Tamil Nadu
Indian National MovementAptitude and Mental Ability
Development Administration in Tamil Nadu 

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Topic-wise Prelims Syllabus

General English has been newly added in the TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus and it is sub-divided into Part A (Grammar), Part B (Literature), and Part C (Author & Literary Work). Check the subject/topic-wise syllabus of TNPSC Group 2 prelims in the table below. 

General English- Grammar (Part A)PhrasesSynonymsAntonymsPrefix & SuffixFill in the blanksPrepositionsTensesVoiceHomophonesError DetectionComprehensionOdd one outWord FormationIdentify the sentenceCompound words
General English- Literature (Part B)Figure of SpeechAppreciation Questions from PoetryImportant Lines from PoemBiography of Important personsShakespeareOscar WildeDr Karl PaulnackComprehension Question from Motivational EssaysBritish English-American EnglishComprehension Question from Description of Places
General English- Author & Literary Work (Part C)Poem & PoetsAuthor & their storiesBiography & Auto BiographyCharacters, Quotes, Important Lines of Indian AuthorsNationality of storyDramaFolk ArtsAbout Poets, DramatistFamous QuotesVarious Works of AuthorPeriod of the poetsNature centred Literary works and global issue Environment & ConservationTheme observed in Literary Work
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 EventsHistory – 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 IndiaLocation – 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 IndiaIndus 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 EconomyNature 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 MovementNational 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 NaduHistory of Tamil Society, related Archaeological discoveries, Tamil Literature from Sangam age till contemporary times
Thirukkural: Significance as a Secular literatureRelevance to Everyday LifeImpact of Thirukkural on HumanityThirukkural and Universal Values – Equality, Humanism, etcRelevance to Socio – Politico-Economic affairsPhilosophical 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 NaduHuman 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 AbilitySimplification – 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.

1. The marks secured in the Mains exam will be considered for the final merit list.

2. This exam is divided into 2 papers: Paper I and Paper II.

3. Paper I: This paper has 2 questions for each Tamil to English Translation and English to Tamil Translation.

4. Paper II: It has 15 questions, 3 each from Precis Writing, Comprehension, Hints Development and Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ and Letter writing.

5. Paper I is only qualifying in nature. Those who qualify Paper I, their Paper II sheet will be evaluated.

6. Minimum 102 and 90 marks are required to qualify in group 2 and group 2A main exams respectively.

7. TNPSC Group 2 exam is bilingual that available in both the English and Tamil languages.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who qualify for 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 (Mandatory Tamil Eligibility Paper) (S.S.L.C. Standard) 
SubjectsMax MarksRemarks
1.(a) Tamil to English Translation(b) English to Tamil Translation
2. Precis Writing
3. Comprehension
4. Hints Development
5. Essay Writing (General)
6. Letter writing (Official)
7. Knowledge in Tamil Language
100➤ Total Marks -100
➤ Duration: 3 hours
➤ Minimum Qualifying Marks – 40
➤ Marks not included in the merit list
TNPSC Gr 2 Mains Paper- II (Degree Standard) 
General Studies(Descriptive type)300➤ Total Marks: 300
➤ Duration: 3 hours
➤ Minimum Qualifying Marks – 90
➤ This part has to be answered fully either in Tamil or in English only.
➤ Marks included in the merit list

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.

  • 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 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 NaduOrigin 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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