The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) is a constitutional body which assists the state government in matters of recruitment, transfers and disciplinary actions.
The TNPSC conducts recruitment exams (competitive, departmental) for filling up vacancies in the state administration.
The patterns/schemes of all the TNPSC exams can be found on the official website of the commission.
The Combined Civil Services Examination – I (CCS-I), conducted by the TNPSC, is the common entry point for Group 1 Services in Tamil Nadu.
- TNPSC Group 1 Notification 2020 was out on 20th January 2020. TNPSC Group 1 Prelims that was scheduled for 5th April has been postponed and the revised date is expected soon.
- TNPSC Group 1 Mains 2019 result was out on December 9, 2019.
- Due to the change in the scheme of TNPSC Group 1 Exam, the Mains 2019 were rescheduled for the following dates – July 12, 13 and 14, 2019.
- Candidates who cleared the Prelims stage, need to submit the application fee for Mains and upload the scanned documents between April 10 – April 20, 2019.
The TNPSC Group 1 Exam is modelled on the lines of the UPSC Civil Service Exam.
Candidates can refer the IAS Syllabus for UPSC related exam details.
The TNPSC Group 1 Exam is conducted in three stages:
The revised exam pattern is discussed in detail below.
TNPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern
The following exam pattern is common for all Group 1 services in the Tamil Nadu state administration.
The different posts for which recruitment is done via TNPSC Group I exam include Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner, District Officer etc.
The first stage of the TNPSC Group 1 exam is the Prelims. It is only a screening test before the Main stage of the exam.
Unlike the UPSC Prelims, the TNPSC Group 1 Prelims Exam consists of only one paper and no negative marking.
TNPSC Group 1 Prelims
The Prelims Exam Pattern is given below:
|Name of Exam||Combined Civil Services – I (Group -1 Services Preliminary Examination)|
|Number of Papers||One|
|Number of Questions||200|
|Nature of Questions||Objective Type (MCQs)|
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|Minimum Qualifying Marks||
The Prelims Syllabus is given in brief below:
- General Science
- Current Events
- History and Indian Culture
- Indian Polity
- Indian Economy
- Indian National Movement
- Aptitude and Mental Ability Tests & Logical Reasoning
Read/download the revised and detailed TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus For Prelims and Mains 2019 at the linked page.
Out of the candidates who give the Prelims exam, the TNPSC selects the candidates in the approximate ratio of 1:50 for the Mains stage
TNPSC Group 1 Mains
As per the TNPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern for Mains, there are three descriptive-type papers for a total of 750 marks.
Unlike the UPSC Mains, there are no optional subjects in the TNPSC Group 1 exam.
The Mains Exam Pattern is given below.
|Name of Exam||Combined Civil Services – I
Group -1 Services Main Written Examination
|Number of Papers||Three|
Total: 750 + Interview (100 marks) = 850
|Nature of Questions||Descriptive-Type|
|Minimum Qualifying Marks||
|Duration||3 hours for each paper|
The syllabus of TNPSC Group 1 Mains Exam is given in brief below:
|Paper 1||Paper 2||Paper 3|
An Oral Test/Interview for 100 marks is conducted by a TNPSC board to assess the candidate’s suitability to a career in administration.
Check the TNPSC Group 1 Eligibility Criteria here.