TNPSC Group 1 Exam Preparation

TNPSC Group 1 exam is the state-level administrative services exam conducted by Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. Candidates preparing for TNPSC Group 1 Exam will find relevant TNPSC study material including NCERT books/notes and Current Affairs compilations for exams in 2020, in this article.

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. As a quick recall, TNPSC Group 1 Prelims 2020 is postponed and the revised dates are yet not out. However, candidates preparing for the current year examination should continue with their preparation using the TNPSC study material mentioned in this article.

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:

TNPSC Study Material

Aspirants should know that 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. 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
  1. 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

While undertaking TNPSC preparation, aspirants can come in touch with a few terms or topics that might confuse them or need more clarity. For such topics, we have collated 100 differences between articles which you can find in the linked article.

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

Also find polity, economics, environment, and science & technology notes for holistic TNPSC preparation below:

  1. Polity Notes
  2. Economics Notes
  3. Environment Notes
  4. Science & Technology Notes

These notes can help for both UPSC and TNPSC Group 1 Exam preparation. 

TNPSC Preparation – Use of Current Affairs

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. Current Affairs
  2. Yojana Magazine
  3. Press Information Bureau
  4. Rajya Sabha TV
  5. 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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