TNPSC Group 1 Exam Preparation

The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission conducts recruitment exams for Group 1,2,3,4 services.

The TNPSC Group 1 Exam is conducted on similar lines as the UPSC IAS Exam and there is an overlap of the syllabus as well.

Understanding the exam pattern and syllabus is very important so as to not waste time reading irrelevant content from TNPSC or UPSC preparation perspective.

For reference, candidates can check and compare between TNPSC and UPSC:

In this article, you can find TNPSC study material, including NCERT books/notes and Current Affairs compilations for exams in 2020.

The preparation strategies for UPSC Civil Service Exams and State PSC Exams differ only in the sense that in state exams, candidates have to study the topics from the state’s perspective as well.

TNPSC Study Material

The state board books (class 6th-12th) are the recommended starting point for TNPSC preparation.

Here is a list of TNPSC books in Tamil/or for preparing the Tamil Nadu state-related part.

  1. State Board books:
    1. Social Science (6th-10th)
    2. Polity, Geography, Economics (11th -12th)
    3. Indian Culture (Class 12th book)
    4. Science (overview of important chapters)
  2. Tamil Nadu History Book – J Dharmarajan
  3. Indhiya Arasamaippu – Shankara Saravanan
  4. Athiga Mathippen Pera Ariviyal Vina Vidai – VN Girija
  5. TNPSC Group 1 Books – VVK Subburaj

For the most part, TNPSC books are the same as books for UPSC preparation.

  1. Geography – Majid Hussain
  2. Economy – Ramesh Singh
  3. History – Bipin Chandra
  4. Polity – Laxmikanth

Candidates can download this list of TNPSC books/UPSC books:

UPSC/TNPSC books list:- Download PDF Here

Apart from state board books, candidates should refer to the NCERT books.

You can download subject-wise NCERT books pdfs from the linked article.

NCERTs are the recommended starting point for the UPSC Civil Service Exam because they contain credible information in a lucid manner and they are good for grasping the basic concepts.

Preparing for civil service exams requires dedication, motivation, and a good strategy. Simply reading the recommended books isn’t enough considering the level of competition.

Aspirants should make notes and align them with the relevant parts of the TNPSC syllabus and Current Affairs.

Here, you can find NCERT Notes for TNPSC preparation:

  1. NCERT Notes: Ancient Indian History
  2. NCERT Notes: Medieval Indian History
  3. NCERT Notes: Modern Indian History
  4. NCERT Notes: Art And Culture
  5. NCERT Notes: Geography Notes

In recent years, more and more questions in the UPSC IAS exam are coming from Current Affairs. Even the so-called static areas are now being linked with the events of national or international importance.

Reading newspapers daily is essential for both UPSC and TNPSC exam.

For the ease of preparation, candidates can find Daily Video Analysis of The Hindu here.

Other important TNPSC Current Affairs sources are:

  1. Yojana Magazine
  2. Press Information Bureau
  3. Rajya Sabha TV
  4. BYJU’S Daily Comprehensive News Analysis

Candidates should practice solving MCQs for Prelims and answer-writing for the Mains. Also, going through the previous question papers helps to simulate the exam environment and gauge the amount of preparation still needed.

For other government exams, check the linked article below:

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