TNPSC Group 1 Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021

The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) sets the eligibility criteria for the Group 1 Services Exam (Combined Civil Services Examination – I) in the state.

The General Eligibility Criteria for all TNPSC Exams are:

  1. Citizenship
  2. Character and Antecedents
  3. No Bigamy
  4. Related to applicants already in a government service
  5. Sound Health etc.
  6. Age Limit
  7. Knowledge of Tamil

Candidates should first go through the detailed general eligibility criteria which are given on the TNPSC official website (http://tnpsc.gov.in/) under “Instructions to Applicants”.

TNPSC Group 1 Eligibility

For specific exams and posts, the TNPSC eligibility criteria are listed in the official recruitment notification for the exam.

Many aspirants prepare simultaneously for state service exams and UPSC IAS Exam. Candidates can check the IAS Eligibility Criteria at the linked article.

Eligible candidates should go through the TNPSC related articles listed below:

  1. TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus – Updated syllabus for Prelims and Mains 2020-21
  2. TNPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern – new and updated pattern
  3. TNPSC Study Material – Notes, books, and daily updated current affairs for civil service exams
  4. TNPSC Group 1 Result – Latest Prelims, Mains & Final Results.
  5. TNPSC Group 1 Notification – Application Date, Fees, Vacancy, Posts etc.

TNPSC Group 1 Eligibility 2021

The Eligibility Criteria for TNPSC Group 1 Exam

TNPSC Group 1 Age Limit:

Name of the Post

Minimum Age Maximum Age
SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs and DWs of all categories

“Others” i.e., applicants not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs

For all the posts except the post of Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes ) 21 years 37 years 32 years
Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes)
For applicants possessing any degree 21 37 32
For applicants possessing B.L. degree of any University or Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission 21 38 33

TNPSC Group 1 Educational Qualification

  • The educational qualification needed for the TNPSC Group 1 exam is a graduate degree from:
    • A university incorporated by a Central or State Act or
    • An educational institution established by an Act of Parliament or
    • A deemed University under Section 3, UGC Act 1956.
  • Physical Qualification – Specific physical qualifications are mentioned for the posts of DySP and District Officer (Fire and Rescue)

TNPSC Group 1 Eligiblity 2020-21 - Physical Fitness Qualifications

TNPSC Group 1 Age Limit Relaxation

The TNPSC Group 1 Age Limit concession/relaxation details are given below:

Category Age Limit Relaxation
SC/ SC (Arunthathiyars) 5 years
ST 5 years
Most Backward Classes/ Denotified Communities 5 years
Backward Classes (Other than Muslim)/ Backward Classes (Muslim) 5 years
Destitute Widows (All Categories) 5 years

For differently-abled persons, the age limit relaxation as per TNPSC eligibility conditions is up to 10 years over and above the limit given above.

TNPSC Age Limit for Ex-Servicemen

The TNPSC Group 1 upper age limit for the ex-servicemen from different categories is as follows:

  • Open Category – 48 years
  • SC/SC(A), ST, MBC/DC, BC/BCM – 53 years

Aspirants who are in their final year can also apply for the TNPSC Group 1 Preliminary Exam but they need to submit proof of passing while applying for the Main stage of the exam.

TNPSC Group 1 Eligibility – Preferential Qualification

In the TNPSC Eligibility for Group 1 Exam, there is a mention of preferential qualification in case of certain posts.

For e.g., candidates who possess National awards for Physical efficiency will be given preference (other things being equal) for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police.

Candidates can check the detailed preferential qualifications and the TNPSC posts in the following table.

TNPSC Group 1 Eligibility - Preferential Qualifications

As per the official notification, the physical fitness criteria are listed here for the TNPSC Group 1 Exam:

Post Physical Qualification
Dy Superintendent of Police
  • Men
    • Minimum Height – 165 cms
    • Minimum Chest (Full Inspiration) – 86 cms
    • Minimum Chest Expansion – 5 cms
  • Women
    • Minimum Height – 155 cms
District Officer (Fire and Rescue)
  • Men
    • Minimum Height – 165 cms
    • Minimum Weight – 50 kgs
    • Minimum Chest (Full Inspiration) – 89 cms
    • Minimum Chest (Normal) – 84 cms
    • Minimum Chest Expansion – 5 cms
  • Women
    • Minimum Height – 155 cms

Interested candidates can go through the exam eligibility criteria of various other PSC examinations conducted by different state public service commissions:

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