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Cracking the TNPSC Group 4 Exam: A Complete Guide to the Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The TNPSC Group 4 exam syllabus is meticulously crafted to evaluate candidates' knowledge, reasoning abilities, language proficiency, and numerical aptitude. It aims to gauge candidates' suitability for the roles offered under Group 4 services, ensuring that those selected possess the requisite skills and competencies to discharge their duties efficiently.

TNPSC Group 4 Exam Syllabus
TNPSC Group 4 Exam Syllabus

In this introduction, we will provide a brief overview of the TNPSC Group 4 exam syllabus, highlighting the key subjects and topics that candidates need to focus on during their preparation. A thorough understanding of the syllabus coupled with strategic preparation will enable candidates to navigate the examination with confidence and achieve success in securing coveted government positions in Tamil Nadu.

TNPSC Group 4 Exam Syllabus Pattern

Candidates must familiarize themselves with the examination pattern before appearing for the TNPSC Group 4 exam. Here are the details of the exam pattern for Forest Apprentice and other positions:



Number of questions


Minimum Qualifying marks

Part A

Tamil Language




Part B

  • General Studies

  • Aptitude and Mental Ability

  • 75

  • 25



Tamil Language Syllabus

பகுதி – அ இலை்ைணம்

பகுதி-ஆ: இலை்கியம

பகுதி-இ: தமிழ் அறிஞர்ைளும், தமிழ்த்பதாண் டும

General Studies Syllabus



General Science

  • Nature of Universe

  • Measurement of Physical Quantities

  • General Scientific Laws in Motion

  • Force, Pressure and Energy

  • Everyday application of the basic principles of Mechanics

  • Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat and Nuclear Physics in our daily life

  • Elements and Compounds

  • Acids, Bases, Salts

  • Petroleum Products

  • Fertilizers

  • Pesticides

  • Metallurgy

  • Food Adulterants

  • Main concepts of Life Science

  • Classification of living organisms

  • Evolution

  • Genetics

  • Physiology

  • Nutrition

  • Health and Hygiene

  • Human diseases.

  • Environmental Science

Current Events

  • Latest diary of events – National symbols – Profile of states – Eminent personalities and places in news – Sports – Books and Authors.

  • Welfare Scheme of Government – Political parties and Political system in Tamil Nadu and India.

  • Latest inventions in Science and Technology – Geographical Land Marks – Current Socio – Economic issues.

History and Culture of India

  • Indus Valley Civilization – Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas – South Indian History.

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

  • India as a Secular State.

Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

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

  • Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu

  • The geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth

History, Culture, Heritage, and Socio-Political Movements of TN

  • History of Tamil Society, related Archaeological Discoveries, and Tamil Literature from Sangam age until contemporary times

  • Thirukkural- Significance as a Secular Literature, Relevance to Everyday Life, Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity, Thirukkural and Universal Values – Equality, Humanism, etc. Relevance to Socio – Politico-Economic affairs, Philosophical content in Thirukkural

  • The role of Tamil Nadu in the freedom struggle Early agitations against British Rule

  • The role of women in the freedom struggle Various Social reformers, Social reform movements and Social transformations of Tamil Nadu

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, Thanthai Periyar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Rajaji, Subhash Chandra Bose, Muthulaksmi Ammaiyar, Muvalur Ramamirtham and other National Leaders.

  • Different modes of Agitation of Tamil Nadu and movements.

Indian Economy

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

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

  • Economic Trends – 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 Lokayukta – Right to Information – Empowerment of Women – Consumer Protection Forums – Human Rights Charter


  • Earth Location – Physical Features – Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate – Water resources – Rivers – Soil, Minerals and Natural resources – Forest and Wildlife – Agriculture pattern.

  • Transport – Communication.

  • Population density and distribution in Tamil Nadu and India.

  • Calamities – Disaster Management – Environment – Climate change.

Aptitude and Mental Ability Syllabus



Logical Reasoning

  • Puzzles

  • Dice

  • Visual Reasoning

  • Alpha

  • Numeric Reasoning

  • Number Series

Mathematical Ability

  • Simplification

  • Percentage

  • Highest Common Factor (HCF)

  • Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).

  • Ratio and Proportion.

  • Simple Interest

  • Compound Interest

  • Area

  • Volume

  • Time and Work


In conclusion, a thorough understanding of the TNPSC Group 4 syllabus is indispensable for candidates aiming to excel in the examination and secure coveted government positions in Tamil Nadu. The syllabus serves as a roadmap, delineating the subjects, topics, and competencies that candidates need to master to succeed in their endeavors. Aspirants are encouraged to leverage the resources available to them, including study materials, practice tests, and guidance from mentors, to navigate the intricacies of the syllabus effectively. By dedicating themselves to diligent preparation and staying focused on their goals, candidates can maximize their chances of success in the TNPSC Group 4 examination.

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