The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission, also known as TNPSC is responsible for conducting the State Civil Services Examinations for entry-level appointments for recruitment into various posts of civil services of the state. Such services are included in Group-1 and Group-2 categories of the Tamil Nadu Civil Services. The TNPSC is a state agency for Tamil Nadu that not only conducts civil services exams but also advises on the framing of recruitment rules. The TNPSC conducts the State Civil Services exam in three stages for selecting prospective candidates- Preliminary exam, Mains, and Personality test which is also known as Personal Interview.
The procedure for selection into each subsequent stage depends upon a candidate’s performance in the previous stage. Only those candidates who after passing each stage, qualify for the TNPSC Civil services personality test, and are then considered for recruitment in the State civil services.
|Full Name of the Exam||Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Civil Services Exam (TNPSC)|
|Short name of the exam||TNPSC Civil Service Exam|
|Exam conducting body||Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)|
|Language of the exam||English|
|Mode of the exam||Offline|
|Mode of filling the application||Offline / Online|
|Application fee||100 INR for Preliminary exam 200 INR for Mains exam (Exemption for SCs/STs)|
|Application deadline||September 2020|
|Mode of fee payment||Online|
|TNPSC Group 2 Exam Date 2021(Main written Exam)||February 2021|
|Mode of counselling||Offline- August 2021|
Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission is responsible for formulating the eligibility criteria, along with conducting the exam. Given below is the eligibility criterion for applying in TNPSC civil services exam:
Note:These physical qualifications have to be certified by a medical practitioner who should not be below the rank of an Assistant Surgeon.
The application procedure for TNPSC Civil services preliminary exam starts with filling the online application form from the official website of TNPSC itself. After the results for the Preliminary exams are declared, candidates become eligible to apply for appearing in the Mains exam. The procedure includes submitting a hard copy of the online application, along with photocopies of other documents on or before the stipulated deadline.
To apply for the TNPSC exam through online mode, follow the following steps:
Under TNPSC, the following centres are recognized for TNPSC civil services exam in Tamil Nadu:
|Name of paper||TNPSC Exam Paper-I and Paper-II|
|Type of questions||MCQs|
|Total allotted marks||300|
|Duration of exam||3 hours|
The TNPSC Mains exam is a subjective type exam and comprises two compulsory papers as mentioned below. The mode of exam is offline (paper-based). The total marks for Paper I are 100 and for Paper II, it is 300.
|Paper- I||Title Name||Total Marks|
|1||Tamil to English translation||50|
|2||English to Tamil translation||50|
Note: Please note that the answer sheets of the candidates who do not secure minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I will not be considered eligible for the evaluation of Paper-II.
|Paper- I||Title Name||Total Marks|
|4||Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’||60|
|5||Official letter writing||60|
NOTE: Please note that PAPER- II has to be answered completely in either Tamil or English. Also, the marks secured in Paper-I will not be considered for selection of the post, only the scores secured in Paper-II alone will be considered for selection.
The candidates, who qualify for the preliminary, as well as mains exam, are selected for the interview. The candidate is judged on the basis of his mental alertness, clear and logical exposition, critical powers of assimilation, etc. This test carries 40 marks. Mains exam and personal interview together make a total of 340 marks. The minimum qualifying marks for the mains exam and the interview is 102 out of 340.
The final list of recommended candidates for the TNPSC Civil services examination is based on the total marks obtained in the Mains examination and the personality test, scores obtained in the preliminary exam are not counted.
Under Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission, a total of 1199 vacancies for Group II Exam 2021will be released. The table given below reflects the available posts and vacancies:
|Post||Total Number Of Vacancies Available|
|Industrial Cooperative Officer||30|
|Probation Officer in the Social Defence Department||12|
|Junior Employment Officer (Non-Differently abled)||16|
|Probation Officer in the Prison Department||18|
|Assistant Inspector of Labour||26|
|Sub Registrar, Grade-II||73|
|Municipal Commissioner, Grade-II||6|
|Assistant Section Officer in Law Dept||16|
|Assistant Section Officer in Finance Dept||16|
|Assistant Section Officer in TN State Assembly Secretariat||1|
|Assistant Section Officer in TNPSC||4|
|Assistant Section Officer cum Programmer in TNPSC||2|
|Supervisor of Industrial Co-operatives||39|
|Revenue Assistant in Revenue Department||11|
|Executive Officer, Grade-II||1|
|Audit Assistant in Accounts Branch||9|
|Supervisor / Junior Superintendent||118|
|Total Number Of Vacancies||1199|
The result for each stage of examination is declared separately. The candidates who qualify the preliminary exam can only become eligible for appearing in the Mains exam. TNPSC declares the result of civil services exams online on the official website. The final merit of the candidate is determined by the candidates' performance in the mains exam and the interview test, and not on the basis of preliminary marks.
Mains exam result also gets available on the official website of TNPSC. The final merit of the candidate will be determined by the candidates' performance in the main exam and the personal interview round.
After the result declaration of the TNPSC Main examination, the qualified candidates need to appear for yet another round, namely Personality Test or Interview. This test is the final round in the whole procedure of selecting candidates suitable for the Tamil Nadu civil services. For the selection of a candidate, the combined scores of all the tests would be considered.
Ques. Are preliminary marks considered for the final list of merit under TNPSC?
Ans. No, preliminary marks are not considered for preparing the final merit list for the TNPSC exam. It is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the mains exam and the personal interview only.
Ques. What are the criteria for selection in the TNPSC Civil Services exam?
Ans. The selection process of TNPSC Civil Services comprises three stages: Preliminary exam, Mains Exam, and Personality test/Personal Interview. Each candidate must pass the preliminary exam to qualify in the mains exam, and then score higher for getting into the personal interview test.
Ques. Whether Tamil is a compulsory language for TNPSC?
Ans. Yes, Tamil is a compulsory language for the TNPSC exam. Candidates are required to qualify the Paper-I of the preliminary exam which consists of translating Tamil into English and vice versa. Both of these papers are compulsory and carry 50 marks each.
Ques. What is the age limit for the OPSC exam?
Ans. The age limit for the general category for appearing in the TNPSC exam is between 21 to 36 years. However, the minimum age limit is different for two posts. These posts are as follows:
Ques. Are there any physical qualifications required for any post under TNPSC?
Ans. Yes, TNPSC Applicants who are applying for the posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Category I) and District Officer (Fire and Rescue Services) must possess the following Physical Qualifications:
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.