TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus 2020 - Prelims And Mains

The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) sets the exam syllabus for recruitment to the Group 1 services in the state. In this article, you can read and download the revised syllabus for the TNPSC Group 1 Exam 2020.

Salient Points about TNPSC Exam:

  • The TNPSC Group 1 Exam, officially known as the Combined Civil Service – 1 (CCS-1) is conducted in three stages:
    • Prelims – 1 paper (objective type) for 300 marks
    • Mains – 3 papers (descriptive) for a total of 750 marks
    • Interview – 100 marks
  • Candidates should go through the detailed TNPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern as there has been a revision by the commission in the exam scheme.

TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus PDF for Prelims 2020:-  Download PDF Here

Important Dates for TNPSC Group 1 Exam:

For candidates’ reference, the important dates of TNPSC Group 1 Exam 2020 are given here:

Date of TNPSC Group 1 Prelims Exam 2020 April 5, 2020 [Postponed]
Dates of TNPSC Group 1 Mains Exam 2020 Yet to be announced

For candidates’ reference, the important dates of TNPSC Group 1 Exam 2019 are given here:

Date of TNPSC Group 1 Prelims Exam 2019 March 3, 2019
New Dates of TNPSC Group 1 Mains Exam 2019 July 12, 13 and 14, 2019

The TNPSC conducts the Combined Civil Service Exam on the lines of the UPSC IAS Exam. The IAS Exam is also conducted in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Candidates can read/download the IAS Syllabus here.

TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus – Prelims

The Preliminary stage of the TNPSC Group 1 Exam comprises one objective type paper.

The Prelims is only the screening stage, and the marks are not counted in the final merit list.

The TNPSC Syllabus for Group 1 Prelims Exam 2020 is given below:

TNPSC Syllabus 2020 – Prelims
Unit I General Science

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Zoology
Unit II Current Events

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Science

Check BYJU’S Current Affairs compilations here.

Unit III Geography
Unit IV History and Culture of India
Unit V Indian Polity
Unit VI Indian Economy
Unit VII Indian National Movement
Unit VIII Aptitude and Mental Ability Tests
Logical Reasoning

The candidates who clear the Prelims, reach the Main stage of the exam.

TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus for Mains 2020

The Mains Exam comprises three descriptive papers, and each paper can be subdivided into three units covering broad subject areas.

Unlike the UPSC Mains, there are no optional papers/subjects in the TNPSC Group 1 Exam Syllabus.

The new TNPSC Syllabus for Mains is summarised below:

  1. Paper 1 – General Studies
    1. Unit I – Modern History of India and Indian Culture
    2. Unit II – Social Issues in India and Tamil Nadu
    3. Unit III – General Aptitude and Mental Ability
  2. Paper 2 – General Studies
    1. Unit I – Indian Polity and Emerging Political Trends across the world affecting India
    2. Unit II – Role and impact of Science and Technology in the Development of India
    3. Unit III – Tamil Society (Culture and Heritage)
  3. Paper 3 – General Studies
    1. Unit I – Geography of India with special reference to Tamil Nadu
    2. Unit II – Environment, Biodiversity and Disaster Management
    3. Unit III – Indian Economy and Current Economic Trends and impact of Global Economy on India

TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus for Mains:- Download PDF Here

The syllabus for the state public service commission exams differ from the UPSC Civil Service Exam is one significant aspect, i.e., the preparation has to focus on the subjects from the perspective of the state as well.

E.g., in the TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus, the history, geography, social issues topics, etc. have to be understood from a pan-India perspective and the perspective of Tamil Nadu state.

Students while preparing should note that General Studies preparation is mostly similar for UPSC and TNPSC Group 1 exam.

Check our TNPSC Preparation page for books, notes, and more.

You can also check out our IAS pages for more information on the IAS exam pattern, syllabus, etc.


  1. This is first time to attend government exam please give clear details about this exams

    1. Hi Abinaya
      Check the details in the TNPSC Group 1 page where we have provided the entire information aobut the exam.

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