TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus

 Combined Civil Services Examination –II

Preliminary Examination:

General Science:

  • Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper - Power of Reasoning - Rote Learning Vs Conceptual Learning - Science as a tool to understand the past, present and future.
  • Nature of Universe - General Scientific Laws – Mechanics - Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy - Everyday application of the basic principles of Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser, Electronics and Communications.
  • Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides.
  • Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Human diseases.
  • Environment and Ecology.

Current Events:

  • History - Latest diary of events - National symbols - Profile of States - Eminent personalities and places in news – Sports - Books and authors.
  • Polity - Political parties and political system in India - Public awareness and General administration - Welfare oriented Government schemes and their utility, Problems in Public Delivery Systems.
  • Geography - Geographical landmarks.
  • Economics - Current socio - economic issues.
  • Science - Latest inventions in Science and Technology.

Geography Of India:

  • Location - Physical features - Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate - Water resources - Rivers in India - Soil, minerals and natural resources - Forest and wildlife - Agricultural pattern.
  • Transport - Communication.
  • Social geography - Population density and distribution - Racial, linguistic groups and major tribes.
  • Natural calamity - Disaster Management - Environmental pollution: Reasons and preventive measures - Climate change - Green energy.

History And Culture Of India:

  • Indus valley civilization - Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas - Age of Vijayanagaram 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.

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.

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 programes - Social problems - Population, education, health, employment, poverty.

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 and others.
  • Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant movements.
  • Communalism and partition.

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 : 

  1. Significance as a Secular literature
  2. Relevance to Everyday Life
  3. Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity
  4. Thirukkural and Universal Values - Equality, Humanism, etc
  5. Relevance to Socio - Politico - Economic affairs
  6. Philosophical content in Thirukkural

  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle - Early agitations against British Rule - Role of women in freedom struggle.
  • Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political movements in Tamil Nadu - Justice Party, Growth of Rationalism - Self Respect Movement, Dravidian movement and Principles underlying both these movements, Contributions of Thanthai Periyar and Perarignar Anna.

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.

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.

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