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TNPSC Group 2A Exam Pattern

TNPSC follows a simple Exam Pattern for the Group 2A Exam. It has a Single Level of Written Examination followed by allotted of candidates for the vacancies based on few criteria. The Written Exam is of Objective Type and is broadly divided into two sections with Overall score of 300. TNPSC Group 2A Exam is going to be held on August 6, 2017. The Exam Pattern is given in the table below.
Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
General Studies (Degree Standard) 75 150 3 hours
Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (S.S.L.C. Std.) 25
General Tamil/General English (S.S.L.C. Std.) 100 150
Total 200 300
Candidates can opt for either General Tamil or General English for the Language part of the Exam. The minimum qualifying score for selection of all communities is 90.

TNPSC Group 2A Syllabus

As explained in the Exam Pattern above Group 2A exam has two broad sections (i) General Studies + Aptitude & Mental Ability and (ii) General Tamil/General English. Syllabus for Group 2A can be given under four topics
  • General Studies
  • Aptitude and Mental Ability
  • General Tamil
  • General English
Syllabus under each topic is explained in detail below.
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TNPSC Group 2A Syllabus - General Studies

The General Studies paper focus on diverse topics to check the candidate’s knowledge in Science, History, Geography, Indian Culture, Indian Polity, Economy, Current Events and more. General Studies will have six topics and Syllabus for each topic is given below.

1. General Science

  • Universe
  • General Scientific laws
  • Scientific instruments
  • Inventions and discoveries
  • National scientific laboratories
  • Science glossary
  • Mechanics and properties of matter
  • Physical quantities, standards and units
  • Force, motion and energy
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Heat, light and sound
  • Atomic and nuclear physics
  • Elements and Compounds
  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Chemistry of ores and metals
  • Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds
  • Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides
  • Main Concepts of life science
  • The cell‐basic unit of life
  • Classification of living organism
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Respiration
  • Blood and blood circulation
  • Endocrine system
  • Reproductive system
  • Genetics the science of heredity
  • Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Bio‐ diversity and its conservation
  • Human diseases, prevention and remedies
  • Communicable diseases and non‐communicable diseases

2. Current Events

  • Latest diary of events
  • National‐National symbols‐Profile of States
  • Eminent persons & places in news
  • Sports & games
  • Books & authors
  • Awards & honors
  • Latest historical events
  • India and its neighbors
  • Appointments‐who is who?
Political Science
  • Problems in conduct of public elections
  • Political parties and political system in India
  • Public awareness & General administration
  • Role of Voluntary organizations & Govt.
  • Welfare oriented govt. schemes and their utility
  • Geographical landmarks
  • Policy on environment and ecology
  • Current socio‐economic problems, New economic policy & govt. sector
  • Latest inventions on science & technology
  • Latest discoveries in Health Science Mass media & communication

3. Geography

  • Earth and Universe‐Solar system
  • Atmosphere hydrosphere, lithosphere
  • Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate
  • Water resources ‐rivers in India
  • Soil, minerals & natural resources
  • Natural vegetation‐Forest & wildlife
  • Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheries
  • Social geography – population‐density and distribution
  • Natural calamities – disaster management

4. History and Culture of India

  • South Indian history
  • Culture and Heritage of Tamil people
  • Advent of European invasion
  • Expansion and consolidation of British rule
  • Effect of British rule on socio‐economic factors
  • Social reforms and religious movements
  • India since independence
  • Characteristics of Indian culture
  • Unity in diversity - Race, Color, Language, Custom
  • India‐as secular state
  • Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music
  • Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN
  • Political parties and populist schemes
  • Prominent personalities in the various spheres - Arts, Science, Literature and Philosophy
  • Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar, M.S.Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J.Krishnamoorthy, etc.

5. Indian Polity

  • Constitution of India
  • Preamble to the Constitution
  • Salient features of Constitution‐ Union, State and territory
  • Fundamental rights‐ Fundamental duties
  • Human rights charter
  • Union Legislature, Parliament, State Executive, State Legislature, Assembly, Status of Jammu & Kashmir, Local government, Panchayat raj
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Judiciary in India- Rule of law/Due process of law
  • Indian federalism
  • Center-state relations
  • Emergency provisions
  • Elections ‐ Election Commission Union and State
  • Amendments to constitution - Schedules to constitution
  • Administrative reforms & tribunals
  • Corruption in public life‐ Anti‐corruption measures
  • Central Vigilance Commission, Lok‐adalats, Ombudsman, Comptroller and Auditor General of India
  • Right to information
  • Central and State Commission
  • Empowerment of women

6. Indian Economy

  • Nature of Indian economy
  • Five‐year plan models‐an assessment
  • Land reforms & agriculture - Application of science in agriculture
  • Industrial growth‐Role of public sector & disinvestment
  • Development of infrastructure
  • National income Rural welfare oriented programmes
  • Social sector problems - population, education, health, employment, poverty‐
  • HRD - sustainable economic growth‐
  • Economic trends in Tamil Nadu
  • Energy Different sources and development
  • Finance Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • National Development Council

7. Indian National Movement

  • Early uprising against British rule‐1857 Revolt
  • Indian National Congress
  • Emergence of national leaders‐Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji
  • Growth of militant movements
  • Communalism led to partition
  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle - Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & Others
  • Birth of political parties/political system in India since independence

TNPSC Group 2A Syllabus - Aptitude and Mental Ability

  • Conversion of information to data
  • Collection, compilation and presentation of data Tables, graphs, diagrams
  • Analytical interpretation of data
  • Simplification
  • Percentage
  • Highest Common Factor (HCF)‐Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple interest‐Compound interest
  • Area‐Volume
  • Time and Work Decision making and problem solving
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Puzzles‐Dice
  • Visual Reasoning‐Alpha numeric Reasoning
  • Number Series
  • Logical Number/Alphabetical/Diagrammatic Sequences

TNPSC Group 2A Syllabus - General Tamil

The Language test for Tamil will have questions based on SSLC Standards. Questions will focus on Tamil Literature, Grammar, Authors, Prose, poetry, etc.
பகுதி- இலக்கணம்
  • பொருத்துதல்
  • இலக்கண குறிப்பு
  • வாக்கிய அமைப்பு
  • பிழை திருத்தம்
பகுதி- இலக்கியம்
  • திருக்குறள்
  • அறநூல்கள்
  • சங்க இலக்கியம்
  • பக்தி இலக்கியம்
  • நவீன இலக்கியம்
பகுதி- தமிழ் அறிஞர்களும் தொண்டும்
  • தமிழ் புலவர்கள் மற்றும் நூல்கள்
  • நாடகக்கலை
  • உரைநடை
  • தமிழ் மொழி மற்றும் தமிழர் வரலாறு
  • தமிழில் அறிவியல் நூல்கள்
For detailed Tamil Language Syllabus, candidates can check from the given link - TNPSC Group 2a Tamil Syllabus (Pg 56-59).

TNPSC Group 2A Syllabus - General English

Part - A

  • Match the following words and Phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B
  • Choose the correct ‘Synonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given
  • Choose the correct ‘Antonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given
  • Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix)
  • Fill in the blanks with suitable Article
  • Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition
  • Select the correct Question Tag
  • Select the correct Tense
  • Select the correct Voice
  • Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle)
  • Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object….) Blanks with correct ‘Homophones’
  • Find out the Error (Articles, Prepositions, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb)
  • Comprehension
  • Select the correct sentence
  • Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb)
  • Select the correct Plural forms
  • Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentence)
  • Identify the correct Degree
  • Form a new word by blending the words
  • Form compound words (Eg: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun)

Part - B

  • Figures of speech observed in the following Poems
  • Preciation Questions from Poetry
  • Important lines from Poems
  • Questions on the Biography of
  • Questions on Shakespeare’s
  • Comprehension Questions from the following Motivational Essays
  • Comprehension Questions from the following description of Places
  • British English – American English

Part - C

  • Match the Poems with the Poets
  • Which Nationality the story belongs to
  • Identify the Author with the short story
  • Whose Auto biography / Biography is this
  • Which Nationality the Poet belongs to
  • Characters, Quotes, Important Lines from the following works of Indian Authors
  • Drama Famous lines, characters, quotes from
  • Match the Places, Poet, Dramatist, Painter with suitable option
  • Match the following Folk Arts with the Indian State / Country
  • Match the Author with the Relevant Title/Character
  • Match the Characters with Relevant Story Title
  • About the Poets
  • About the Dramatists
  • Mention the Poem in which these lines occur
  • Various works of the following Authors
  • What is the theme observed in the Literary works
  • Famous Quotes – Who said this
  • To Which period the Poets belong
  • Matching the Poets and Poems
  • Nature centered Literary works and Global issue Environment and Conservation
General English Syllabus is of SSLC Standards and candidates can refer English Text books from Standard 10 to 12 for questions based on the topics listed above. For detailed General English Language Syllabus, candidates can check from the given link - TNPSC Group 2a English Syllabus (Pg 60-64).

TNPSC Group 2A Exam

TNPSC Group 2A Exam is conducted at regular intervals upon arising vacancies in the State Services. TNPSC conducts Single Level of Written Exam for recruiting and appointing candidates for these job openings. The job vacancies given by TNPSC are approximately 1953, and are subject to change upon final selection.

Exam Overview

The Exam conducted for recruitment in Group 2A posts has Single level of Written Exam. The Exam is of Objective Type with questions of Degree Standard. The final selection will be based on marks obtained in Written exam and post option exercised by the applicants following the rule of reservation of appointments separately for each post and unit. Candidates should be clear about the Exam Pattern and Syllabus to easily crack the exam. As the number vacancies against the number of candidates applying for the exam is high, the competition and difficulty level is also expected to be high. We have furnished the Exam Pattern and Syllabus for each topic in detail to help the candidates for better preparation.
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