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The Civil Services Examination comprises of two stages:

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) examination (objective type) for the selection of candidates for main examination and
  • Civil Services (Main) examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for various services and posts

This level comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each


  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (Multiple Choice Questions)
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages in English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers:


Qualifying Papers

Paper A – 300 marks

One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution

Paper B: English – 300 marks

The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

Papers to be counted for Merit

Paper I:

Essay – 250 Marks

Paper II:

General Studies I – 250 Marks

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper III:

General Studies II – 250 Marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

Paper IV:

General Studies III – 250 Marks

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio- Diversity, Security, Environment and Disaster Management)

Paper V:

General Studies IV – 250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

 Paper VI:

Optional Subject I – 250 Marks

Paper VII:

Optional Subject II – 250 Marks


(Written Test) – 1750 Marks

Personality Test – 275 Marks

Grand Total – 2025 Marks

  • Agriculture
  • Animal husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Literature of any one of the following:

  • Assamese      * Bengali
  • Bodo               * Dogri
  • Gujarathi       * Hindi
  • Kannada        * Kashmiri
  • Konkani         * Maithili
  • Malayalam    * Manipuri
  • Marathi          * Nepali
  • Punjabi           * Oriya
  • Sanskrit         * Santhali
  • Sindhi            * Tamil
  • Telugu            * Urdu
  • English                         


Main (Writtten) Exam


Exam Pattern

An Oral Test/ Interview for 100 marks is conducted by TNPSC Board to assess the candidate’s suitability to a career in administration

General Studies (Degree Standard)

Unit I:  General Science

Unit II: Current Affairs

Unit III: Geography of India

Unit IV: History of Culture of India

Unit V: Indian Polity

Unit VI: Indian Economy

Unit VII: Indian National Movement

Unit VIII: History, Culture, Heritage & Socio- Political Movements in Tamil Nadu

Unit IX: Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

Aptitude & Mental Ability (SSLC Standard)

Paper I

Unit I:  Modern History of India and Indian Culture

Unit II: Social Issues in India and Tamil Nadu

Unit III: General Aptitude and Mental Ability (SSLC Standard)

Paper II

Unit I:  Indian Polity and emerging political trends across the world affecting India

Unit II: Role and impact of Science and Technology in the development of India

Unit III: Tamil Society- its culture and heritage

Paper III

Unit I:  Geography of India with special reference to Tamil Nadu

Unit II: Environment, Bio- Diversity, Disaster Management

Unit III: Indian Economy- Cultural Economic Trends and impact of Global Economy in India

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