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The TNPSC Group 2 exam syllabus serves as a comprehensive guide, delineating the key subjects and topics that candidates must master to excel in the examination. Designed to assess candidates' knowledge, aptitude, and understanding of various domains relevant to public administration and governance, the syllabus encompasses a wide array of subjects ranging from General Studies and General English/General Tamil to Aptitude and Mental Ability.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus
TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus

In this introduction, we delve into the essential components of the TNPSC Group 2 exam syllabus, exploring its significance, structure, and implications for aspirants. We aim to provide a comprehensive overview that will aid candidates in navigating through the vast terrain of subjects and topics encompassed by the syllabus, ultimately enhancing their preparedness and confidence as they embark on their journey towards success in the TNPSC Group 2 examination.


The Preliminary stage of the TNPSC Group 1 Exam consists of a single objective type paper. However, it's important to note that the Prelims serve solely as a screening stage, and the marks obtained in this stage are not factored into the final merit list.






General Tamil (S.S.L.C. Standard)

(100 questions)


General Studies (Degree Standard)

(75 questions)

Aptitude and Mental Ability Test

(S.S.L.C. Standard)

(25 questions)

Total - 200 Questions


General English (S.S.L.C. Standard)

(100 questions)


General Studies (Degree Standard)

(75 questions)

Aptitude and Mental Ability Test

(S.S.L.C. Standard)

(25 questions)

Total - 200 Questions

3 Hours




The general english syllabus is divided into three parts:

  1. Part A : Grammar

  2. Part B : Poetry

  3. Part C : Literary Works

Part A : Grammar

  • Match the following words and phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B.

  • Choose the correct ‘Synonym’ for the underlined word from the options given.

  • Choose the correct ‘Antonym’ for the underlined word from the options given.

  • Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix).

  • Fill in the blanks with suitable Article.

  • Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition.

  • Select the correct Question Tag.

  • Select the correct Tense.

  • Select the correct Voice.

  • Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle).

  • Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object...).

  • Fill in the blanks with correct Homophones.

  • Find out the Error (Articles, Preposition, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb).

  • Select the correct sentence.

  • Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb).

  • Select the correct Plural forms.

  • Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentence).

  • Identify the correct Degree.

  • Form a new word by blending the words.

  • Form compound words (eg.: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun).

  • British English – American English.

Part B: Poetry

  • Figures of Speech (Alliteration – Simile – Metaphor – Personification – Onomatopoeia – Anaphora – Rhyme Scheme – Rhyming Words – Repetition, etc.)

  • Poetry Appreciation

  • Important Lines

  • List of Poems: 1. Life - Henry Van Dyke 2. I am Every Woman - Rakhi Nariani Shirke 3. The Secret of the Machines - Rudyard Kipling 4. The Ant and The Cricket - Adapted from Aesop’s fables 5. No Men are Foreign - James Falconer Kirkup 6. The House on Elm Street - Nadia Bush 7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost 8. A Poison Tree - William Blake 9. On Killing a Tree - Gieve Patel 10. The Spider and the Fly - Mary Botham Howitt 11. The River - Caroline Ann Bowles 12. The Comet - Norman Littleford 13. The Stick-together Families - Edgar Albert Guest 14. Special Hero - Christina M. Kerschen 15. Making Life Worth While - George Elliot 16. A Thing of Beauty - John Keats 17. Lessons in Life - Brigette Bryant & Daniel Ho 18. My Computer Needs a Break - Shanthini Govindan 19. Your Space - David Bates 20. Sea Fever - John Masefield 21. Courage - Edgar Albert Guest 22. Team Work - Edgar Albert Guest 23. From a Railway Carriage - Robert Louis Stevenson 24. Indian Seasons - Nisha Dyrene 25. A Tragic Story - William Makepeace Thackeray

Part C : Literary Works

  • LIST OF PROSE 1. His First Flight - Liam O’Flaherty 2. The Tempest - Tales From Shakespeare 3. The Last Lesson - Alphonse Daudet 4. The Little Hero of Holland - Mary Mapes Dodge 5. The Dying Detective - Arthur Conan Doyle 6. Learning the Game (Book Extract) - Sachin Tendulkar 7. The Cat and the Painkiller (An Extract from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) – Mark Twain 8. Water – The Elixir of Life - Sir C.V.Raman 9. The Story of a Grizzly Cub - William Temple Hornaday 10. Sir Isaac Newton - Nathaniel Hawthorne 11. My Reminiscence - Rabindranath Tagore 12. The Woman on Platform 8 - Ruskin Bond 13. The Nose Jewel - C.Rajagopalachari 14. A Birthday Letter - Jawaharlal Nehru

  • Biographies of - Mahatma Gandhi - Jawaharlal Nehru - Subash Chandra Bose - Helen Keller - Kalpana Chawala - Dr.Salim Ali - Rani of Jhansi - Nelson Mandela – Abraham Lincoln

  • General Comprehension




General Science

  • Scientific Knowledge and Scientific Temper - Power ofReasoning - Rote Learning vs Conceptual Learning - Science asa tool to understand the past, present and future.

  • Nature of Universe - General Scientific Laws – Mechanics -Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy - Everydayapplication of the Basic Principles of Mechanics, Electricity andMagnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser,Electronics and Communications.

  • Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, PetroleumProducts, Fertilizers, Pesticides.

  • Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of LivingOrganisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Healthand Hygiene, Human Diseases.

  • Environment and Ecology.

Current Events

  •  History - Latest diary of events - National symbols - Profile ofStates - Eminent personalities and places in news – Sports -Books and authors.

  • Polity - Political parties and political system in India - Publicawareness and General administration - Welfare orientedGovernment schemes and their utility, Problems in PublicDelivery Systems.

  • Geography - Geographical landmarks.

  • Economics - Current socio - economic issues.

  • Science - Latest inventions in Science and Technology.

  • Prominent Personalities in various spheres – Arts, Science,Literature and Philosophy.

Geography of India

  • Location – Physical features - Monsoon, Rainfall, Weather andClimate - Water Resources - Rivers in India - Soil, Minerals andNatural Resources - Forest and Wildlife - Agricultural pattern.

  • Transport - Communication.

  • Social Geography – Population density and distribution - Racial,Linguistic Groups and Major Tribes.

  • Natural calamity – Disaster Management – Environmentalpollution: Reasons and preventive measures – Climate change– Green energy.

Aptitude and Mental Ability

  • Simplification – Percentage - Highest Common Factor (HCF) - Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).

  • Ratio and Proportion.

  • Simple interest - Compound interest - Area - Volume - Time and Work.

  • Logical Reasoning - Puzzles-Dice - Visual Reasoning - Alpha numeric Reasoning – Number Series.

Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

  • Human Development Indicators in Tamil Nadu and a

comparative assessment across the Country – Impact of Social Reform Movements in the Socio - Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.

  • Political parties and Welfare schemes for various sections of people – Rationale behind Reservation Policy and access to Social Resources - Economic trends in Tamil Nadu – Role and impact of social welfare schemes in the Socio - Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.

  • Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones of Socio Economic Development.

  • Education and Health Systems in Tamil Nadu.

  • Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth.

  • Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various fields.

  • e-Governance in Tamil Nadu.

History, Culture, Heritage and Socio - Political Movements

 in Tamil Nadu

  • History of Tamil Society, related Archaeological discoveries,Tamil Literature from Sangam Age till contemporary times.

  • Thirukkural : (a) Significance as a Secular Literature(b) Relevance to Everyday Life(c) Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity (d) Thirukkural and Universal Values - Equality,Humanism, etc(e) Relevance to Socio-Politico-Economic affairs(f) Philosophical content in Thirukkural

  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle - Early agitations againstBritish Rule - Role of women in freedom struggle.

  • Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political Movements inTamil Nadu - Justice Party, Growth of Rationalism - Self RespectMovement, Dravidian Movement and Principles underlying boththese Movements, Contributions of Thanthai Periyar andPerarignar Anna.

Indian National Movement

  • National Renaissance – Early uprising against British rule - Indian National Congress - Emergence of leaders – B.R.Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O.Chidambaranar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore and others.

  • Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant Movements.

  • Communalism and Partition.

Indian Economy

  • Nature of Indian Economy – Five year plan models - an assessment – Planning Commission and Niti Ayog.

  • Sources of revenue – Reserve Bank of India – Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy - Finance Commission – Resource sharing between Union and State Governments - Goods and Services Tax.

  • Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land Reforms and Agriculture - Application of Science and Technology in Agriculture - Industrial growth - Rural Welfare Oriented Programmes – Social Problems – Population, Education, Health,Employment, Poverty.

Indian Polity

  • Constitution of India - Preamble to the Constitution - Salient features of the Constitution - Union, State and Union Territory.

  • Citizenship, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy.

  • Union Executive, Union Legislature – State Executive State Legislature – Local Governments, Panchayat Raj.

  • Spirit of Federalism: Centre - State Relationships.

  • Election - Judiciary in India – Rule of Law.

  • Corruption in Public Life – Anti-corruption measures – Lokpal and Lok Ayukta - Right to Information - Empowerment of Women - Consumer Protection Forums, Human Rights Charter.

History and Culture of India

  • Indus Valley Civilization - Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas - Age of Vijayanagara and Bahmani Kingdoms - South Indian History.

  • Change and Continuity in the Socio-Cultural History of India.

  • Characteristics of Indian Culture, Unity in Diversity – Race, Language, Custom.

  • India as a Secular State, Social Harmony.


The TNPSC Group 2 Mains Syllabus for 2024 includes two papers: Paper-I and Paper II . Questions in the main written exam are presented in both Tamil and English mediums.






Paper-I Mandatory Tamil Eligibility Paper (SSLC Standard) (Descriptive Type)

3 Hours




General Studies

(Degree Standard)

(Descriptive Type)

3 Hours




கட்டாயத் தமிழ் ம ாழி தகுதித் ததர்விற்கான

ததர்வுத் திட்டம் ற்றும் பாடத்திட்டம்

  • ம ொழிமெயர்த்தல்

(i) தமிழிலிருந்து ஆங்கிலத்துக்கு ம ொழிமெயர்த்தல்

(ii) ஆங்கிலத்திலிருந்து தமிழுக்கு ம ொழிமெயர்த்தல்

  • சுருக்கி வரைதல்

  • மெொருள் உணர்திறன்

  • சுருக்கக் குறிப்பிலிருந்து விரிவொக்கம் மெய்தல்

  • திருக்குறள் மதாடர்பான கட்டுணர வணரதல்

அ) தச் ெொர்ெற்ற தனித் தன்ர யுள்ள இலக்கியம்

ஆ) அன்றொட வொழ்வியலலொடு மதொடர்புத் தன்ண

இ) ானுடத்தின் மீதான திருக்குறளின் தாக்கம்

ஈ) திருக்குறளும் ொறொத விழுமியங்களும் – ெ த்துவம்,

னிதலேயம் முதலொனரவ

உ) ெமூக அைசியல் மெொருளொதொை நிகழ்வுகளில்

திருக்குறளின் மெொருத்தப்ெொடு

ஊ) திருக்குறளில் தத்துவக் லகொட்ெொடுகள்

  • கடிதம் வரைதல் (அலுவல் ெொர்ந்தது)

  • தமிழ் ம ாழி அறிவ


  • தற்கால நிகழ்வுகள்

  • சமுதாயப் பிரச்சணனகள்

  • சுற்றுச்சூழல் மதாடர்பான தணலப்புகள்

  • இந்தியப் மபாருளாதரம் மதாடர்பான தணலப்புகள்

  • அறிவியலும் மதாழில்நுட்பமும்

  • கணலயும் பண்பாடும்

  • ெகுத்தறிவு இயக்கங்கள் - திைொவிட இயக்கம், சுய ரியொரத இயக்கம்.

  • இக்கொலத் தமிழ்ம ொழி - கணினித் தமிழ், வழக்கு ன்றத் தமிழ், அலுவலக ம ொழியொகத் தமிழ், புதிய வரகர கள்.

  • தமிழ்ேொட்டின் ெமூகப் மெொருளொதொை முன்லனற்றம் ற்றும் தமிழக அரசின் ேலத்திட்டங்கள் (மபண்கள் விவசாயிகள்…), ெமூக ேலத்திட்டங்கரள ேரடமுரறப்ெடுத்துதலில் ெமூக சீர்திருத்த இயக்கங்களின் ெங்கு - இட ஒதுக்கீடும் அதன் ெயன்களும் - தமிழ்ேொட்டின் ெமூகப் மெொருளொதொை வளர்ச்சியில் ெமூக நீதி ற்றும் ெமூக ஒற்றுர யின் ெங்கு.

  • மசாந்த வாக்கியத்தில் அண த்து எழுதுக, மபாருள் தவறுபாடு அறிதல் பிரித்மதழுதுக, எதிர்ச்மசால், எதிர் ணற வாக்கியம் , பிணழ நீக்கி எழுதுக.

  • திருக்குறளிலிருந்து கீழ்க்காணும் தணலப்புகள் மதாடர்பாக கட்டுரை எழுதுதல் அ) தச் ெொர்ெற்ற தனித் தன்ர யுள்ள இலக்கியம் ஆ) அன்றொட வொழ்வியலலொடு மதொடர்புத் தன்ண இ) ானுடத்தின் மீதான திருக்குறளின் தாக்கம் ஈ) திருக்குறளும் ொறொத விழுமியங்களும் – ெ த்துவம், னிதலேயம் முதலொனரவ உ) ெமூக அைசியல் மெொருளொதொை நிகழ்வுகளில் திருக்குறளின் மெொருத்தப்ெொடு ஊ) திருக்குறளில் தத்துவக் லகொட்ெொடுகள




Role and impact of science and technology in the development of India and Tamil Nadu

  • Nature of the universe.

  • General scientific laws.

  • Scientific instruments.

  • Inventions and discoveries.

  • Science glossary.

  • Physical quantities, standards, and units.

  • Mechanics and properties of matter.

  • Force, motion, and energy.

  • Heat, light, and sound Magnetism.

  • Electricity and electronics.

  • Elements and compounds – Acids, bases, and salts.

  • Oxidation and reduction.

  • Carbon, nitrogen, and their compounds.

  • Fertilizers - pesticides and insecticides.

  • Main concepts of life science.

  • The cell: basic unit of life.

  • Classification of living organisms.

  • Nutrition and dietetics.

  • Respiration.

  • Blood and blood circulation.

  • Endocrine system.

  • Reproductive system.

  • Animals, plants, and human life.

  • Government policies and organizations on Science and Technology.

  • Role, achievement and impact of Science and Technology.

  • Energy self-sufficiency and oil exploration.

  • Genetics - the science of heredity.

  • Energy, self-sufficiency and Oil Exploration.

  • Environment, ecology, health and hygiene.

  • Biodiversity and its conservation.

  • Human diseases, prevention, and remedies.

  • Communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases.

  • Alcoholism and drug abuse.

  • Computer science and advancements.

Administration of Unions and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu

  • State government organization structure, functions, and control mechanism.

  • District administration and its role in people’s welfare-oriented programs.

  • Industrial map of Tamil Nadu and the role of the state government.

  • Public services and the role of recruitment agencies.

  • State finance resources, budget and financial administration.

  • Use of IT in administration and e-governance in the state.

  • Natural calamities and disaster management at the union and state level.

  • Social welfare and government-sponsored schemes in Tamil Nadu.

  • Relationship between the state and the union government.

  • Industrial map of India.

  • Public services and the role of recruitment agencies in the union government.

  • Social welfare and government-sponsored schemes by the Government of India.

Socio – Economic issues in India/Tamil Nadu

  • Population explosion and its impact

  • Unemployment issues in India and Tamil Nadu

  • Child labor and its consequences

  • Economic issues : poverty, sanitation (rural and urban), Corruption in public life and anti-corruption measures - CVC, Lok-Adalats, Ombudsman.

  • Illiteracy and its consequences.

  • Women empowerment and the role of the government.

  • Social injustice towards women, including domestic violence, dowry system, and sexual assault.

  • Impact of violence on the nation’s growth, including religious violence, terrorism, and communal violence.

  • Human rights issues.

  • Right to information.

  • Education

  • Linkage between education and Economic growth

  • Community development programs

  • Employment guarantee schemes

  • Self-employment and entrepreneurship development

  • Role of NGOs in social welfare

Government policies on health

Current issues at National Level

Stay updated with current affairs through newspapers, magazines, online portals, and news channels.

Current issues at State Level

Stay updated with current affairs through newspapers, magazines, online portals, and news channels.


In conclusion, the syllabus for the TNPSC Group 2 exam serves as the foundation upon which aspirants build their preparation strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of public service examinations in Tamil Nadu. Through its comprehensive coverage of subjects ranging from General Studies to Aptitude and Mental Ability, the syllabus not only assesses candidates' knowledge but also their analytical skills and understanding of various societal, economic, and political issues. By familiarizing themselves with the intricacies of the syllabus, aspirants can tailor their study plans effectively, identifying strengths and weaknesses to optimize their chances of success.

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