TNPSC Group 4 Exam Pattern 2019, Syllabus, Selection Process

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus 2019 : The pattern of the exam for the TNPSC Group IV includes objective type questions and the test is conducted on the OMR Sheet in offline mode for maximum 300 marks. The date of the exam would be tentatively in the month of September or October for the year 2019. If you plan to apply to this test, you can prepare and practice with the past question papers that are posted on the website of TNPSC at by selecting the appropriate link.

TNPSC Group 4 Exam Pattern 2019

  • Brief Structure

The pattern of TNPSC Group IV as decided by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission will have objective type questions. The questions will be in SSLC Standard and the duration of the test will be three hours. You will have the option to choose one of the papers of the test either in English or in Tamil. All question papers will have questions given both in English and Tamil except the General English and General Tamil Papers that will have questions given in the appropriate languages. The maximum marks for the test will be 300 and the total number of questions in the test will be 200.

TNPSC Group 4 Exam Pattern
TNPSC Group 4 Exam Pattern
  • Detailed View

Here is a table to help you gain a detailed understanding of the pattern of the written test for TNPSC Group 4 Recruitment:

SubjectDurationNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General Studies3 Hours75300
Aptitude Test25
General Tamil/General English100

Here, you can choose to take entire General English or General Tamil Paper as per your convenience.

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus 2019

The Syllabus for TNPSC Group IV for the subjects in the pattern includes the following:

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus
TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus

General Studies

  1. General Science
  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

2. Current Events

  • Science
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • History

3. Geography

  • Disaster Management
  • Natural Calamities
  • Population-density
  • Social Geography
  • Monsoon
  • Rainfall
  • Weather & Climate
  • Water Resources
  • History & Culture of Tamil Nadu and India
  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian National Movement

Aptitude Test

  • Number Series
  • Alpha Numeric Reasoning
  • Visual Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Time and Work
  • Compound Interest
  • Lowest Common Multiple
  • Analytical Interpretation of Data
  • Tables, Graphs and Diagrams
  • Conversion of Information to Data
  • Compilation and presentation of data

General English

Part A – Grammar

  • Select the Correct Voice
  • Select the Correct Tense
  • Select the Correct Question Tag
  • Fill in the blanks with the suitable proposition and suitable article, particle, gerund and infinitive
  • Select the correct prefix and suffix
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Match the following
  • Spot the error
  • Comprehension
  • Choose the correct sentence
  • Select the correct plural forms
  • Select the correct degree

Part B – Literature

  • Appreciation questions from poetry
  • Figures of speech in Poems
  • Important Lines for Poems
  • Questions from Oscar Wild
  • Questions from Shakespeare
  • Questions on Biographies
  • British English – American English
  • Comprehension questions from motivational essays

Part C – Authors and Their Literary Works

  • Match the poems with the poets
  • Whose Biography
  • Identifying the author of the short story
  • Identifying the Nationality of the Story
  • Nationality of the poet
  • Famous lines from dramas
  • Important Lines from Indian authors

For detailed syllabus including the syllabus for General Tamil, you can visit the official website.

Selection Process

As per the previous year TNPSC Group 4 recruitments, the minimum qualifying mark specified by TNPSC for the written test was 90 marks out of 300. For the year 2019, this minimum qualifying mark might change. Based on the marks secured by the test takers in the written test, the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission will prepare a list of qualified candidates. Candidates securing more than 90 marks or the one that is decided by the TNPSC for the year 2019 will be shortlisted in the order of highest to the lower marks secured.

Based on the number of vacancies available for each position, candidates will be shortlisted from different categories for each position. After the result of the written test, candidates shortlisted will be invited for verification of documents. After document verification, again a list will be published by TNPSC calling for candidates for counselling. For all positions, this rule will be followed. However, for the typist and steno-typist positions, the selection procedure will include the following as well in addition to written test score.


Candidates with technical qualification of senior/higher grade both in English and Tamil typewriting will be shortlisted. If such candidates are not available, candidates with a higher grade in Tamil and lower grade in English typewriting will be considered. Finally, still, if the vacancies are open, candidates with a higher grade in English typewriting and a lower grade in Tamil typewriting will be shortlisted.


Along with typewriting completion in the same manner above, stenography exam completion in the same order above will be considered. If you have completed your intermediate in English or Tamil Shorthand, it will not be considered as a senior grade.

Important Dates After Application Submission

Here are tentative dates to check the website of TNPSC after you submit your application for the TNPSC Group IV Recruitment:

DetailsTentative Dates
Last date for payment of fee via bank or post officeTwo dates after submission of online application
Date of written testSeptember/October 2019
Availability of Answer KeyA Week After The Written Test
Result DateTo be known after the test
Date to download admit card for document verificationAfter the results

So, the idea here is to make sure that you regularly check the website of TNPSC to keep yourself posted.

About TNPSC Group 4 Exam

The TNPSC Group 4 Recruitment is otherwise called as Combined Civil Services Examination. The vacancies for different positions are filled by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission through this recruitment. The positions include:

  • Village Administrative Officer or VAO
  • Junior Assistant
  • Bill Collector Grade I
  • Steno-typist Grade III
  • Typist
  • Filed Surveyor
  • Draftsman

So, you will have to rightly choose the position for which you plan to apply when you fill up the online application for the TNPSC Group IV recruitment. The number of vacancies for each position will be notified by TNPSC along with the details about the recruitment on the official website.


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