TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019, Exam Pattern, Selection Process

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 : TNPSC Group 2 exam pattern and syllabus of preliminary and the main examination for the Combined Civil Services Examination – 2 (Group II) will be decided by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. The commission will notify exam pattern, syllabus, marking scheme and selection process of the test in the official notification. The date of the preliminary exam for the year 2019 for TNPSC Group 2 recruitment is expected to be in the month of August and the main examination is expected to be conducted in the month of November 2019 tentatively. Candidates planning to apply for any of the position in this recruitment can start their preparation for the preliminary examination and Main exam based on the syllabus prescribed by the TNPSC.

TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern 2019

  • Brief Structure

TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern

Preliminary Examination

Two different sets of paper will be set by the TNPSC for the preliminary examination for CCSE – II. One type of paper will have questions on General English, Aptitude & Mental Ability Test and General Studies. On the other hand, the other set will have General Tamil in the place of General English and others will remain the same. Candidates are provided with the option to choose either general English or general Tamil set based on their convenience. The question paper will have questions both in English and in Tamil for other papers, while for general English and general Tamil papers the questions will be in the respective language.

Main Examination

Candidates shortlisted from the preliminary examination will have to take up the main examination and oral test. When the questions in the preliminary test will be in MCQ format, the questions in the main examination will be in descriptive format. Candidates will get three hours to attend the descriptive-type main examination, which is conducted for 300 marks.

Detailed View

Here are the tables to show the detailed exam pattern of the TNPSC Group 2 written test for the preliminary and the main examination:

Preliminary Exam

Subject (Objective type)DurationMaximum Marks
General Studies (Degree Standard) – 75 Questions3 Hours150
Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard) – 25 Questions
General Tamil/General English (SSLC Standard) – 100 Questions150
Total 200 Questions300

Main Exam

Subject (Objective type)DurationMaximum Marks
General Studies (Degree Standard)3 Hours300
Interview and Record40

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019

TNPSC Group 2 preliminary and Main exam syllabus is given below.

Preliminary Exam

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus
TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus

General Studies

  • General Science
  1. Zoology
  2. Botany
  3. Chemistry
  4. Physics
  • Current Events
  1. Science
  2. Economics
  3. Geography
  4. Political science
  5. History
  • Geography
  • History and Culture of India
  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian National Movement
  • Aptitude & Mental Ability Tests

General Tamil

Candidates can get details about the syllabus for General Tamil if they choose this option from the official website.

General English

Part A – Grammar

  • Comprehension
  • Select the correct tense
  • Selection the correct word suffix and prefix
  • Match the following phrases and words
  • select the correct sentence
  • Identify the correct degree
  • Select the correct plural form
  • Select the correct tense
  • Fill in the blanks with a suitable Article
  • Synonyms
  • Form Compound Words
  • Antonyms
  • Form a new word by blending the words
  • Select the correct question tag
  • Fill in the blanks with a suitable preposition
  • Identify the correct complex, compound and simple sentence
  • Find out the odd words
  • Find out the errors
  • Identify the pattern of the sentence
  • Identify the pattern of the sentence

Part-B – Literature

  • Figures of speech observed in poems
  • Questions on the biography of famous personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, etc.
  • Appreciation questions from poetry
  • Questions on Shakespeare
  • Important lines from poems
  • Questions from Oscar Wilde’s
  • British English – American English
  • Comprehension questions from the description of places
  • Comprehension questions from Motivational Essays

Part C – Authors and Their Literary Works

  • Match the poems with poets
  • Nature-centred literary works and global issue conservation and environment
  • Matching the poets and their poems
  • To which period the poets belong to
  • Famous quotes – said by whom?
  • Theme observed in literary works
  • Works of different authors
  • Mention the poems in which specific lines occur
  • About the dramatists
  • About the poets
  • Match the characters with a suitable story title
  • Match the author with relevant character
  • Drama famous like from characters
  • Which nationality the poet belongs to

Main Examination

General Studies (Degree standard)

  • Current Issues at the state level
  • Current issues at the national level
  • Socio-economic issues of India/Tamil Nadu
  • Administration of Union and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu
  • Role and impact of science and technology in the development of India and Tamil Nadu.

For detailed syllabus, candidates are recommended to visit the notification issued by TNPSC for CCSE – II (Group 2).

TNPSC Group 2 Exam Date

It is expected that the TNPSC Group 2 preliminary test will be conducted in the month of August 2019 tentatively, while the main examination is expected to be conducted in the month of November Tentatively. Candidates interested in applying can get to know the actual dates from the official website of the TNPSC.

Selection Process

The selection of candidates for TNPSC Combined Civil Services Examination – II (Group 2) is conducted as a three-step process. The first step is the preliminary examination, while the second step is the main examination. Followed by these two, there will be an oral test in the form of interview for the final selection of candidates. Preliminary test is only screening in nature (Qualifying) and the marks scored in the Prelim exam will be considered for selecting candidates for main exam. Marks scored in main exam and oral test will be considered for final merit/ ranking. One candidate out of every 10 vacancies for each position will be shortlisted from the preliminary examination to attend the main examination.

Important Dates After Submission Of Application

DescriptionTentative Dates
Last date for the payment of examination fee through bankTwo days after the last date to submit in June 2019
Date of Preliminary ExaminationAugust 1, 2019
Hosting of tentative answer keyTwo or three days after the preliminary examination
Timeline for raising objections for tentative answer keyA week from the publishing of preliminary answer key
Result for Preliminary ExaminationOne month after the written test.
Starting date for uploading documents by candidates shortlisted from preliminary examination for the main examinationA week after the result for preliminary examination
Last date to upload scanned documents15 days after the starting date
Date of Main ExaminationNovember 1, 2019
Results for the main examinationDecember 1, 2019

For actual dates, candidates can head to the official website of the TNPSC.


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