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Exam pattern for TNPSC Group-I (2018)

TNPSC Group 1 Examination is the highest ranking exam for state civil service in Tamil Nadu. Being one of the largest examinations in the South India, the competition is high and aspirants need to show their full concentration, commitment, sincerity and hard work to emerge successful in the examination.

All the exam papers will be degree standard and descriptive Type. Since, it is a competitive exam for Tamil Nadu civil service, some of the questions asked in this paper shall be exclusively with reference to Tamil Nadu. Regular reading of a newspaper in Tamil and studying one of the Competitive Exam Magazine (Tamil or English) is important. Good knowledge about current affairs of at least one year is vital for any aspirant wishing to clear the exam. The question papers contain questions in both in Tamil and in English. Candidates are allowed to answer the Main Written Examination either in Tamil or in English or partly in Tamil and partly in English and are also allowed to write Technical words wherever necessary in either of the languages. The Main Written Examination for TNPSC Group 1 Recruitment will be held at the city of Chennai.

What kind of exam pattern followed in TNPSC?

The TNPSC Group I Syllabus and exam pattern is not complex if the aspirants are aware of the Exam Pattern and Syllabus. With the proper preparation, they can surely crack the Group I Services Recruitment Examination.

TNPSC Group 1 exams are conducted in three levels :

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

Candidates who qualify preliminary will be called for Mains examination and then the final selection made on the basis of performance in Interview.

Exam pattern for Preliminary Examination

Subject No of Questions
Maximum Marks Duration
General Studies 150 300 3 Hours
Aptitude Test 50
Total 200

Minimum Qualifying Marks

SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/ DCs, BCs and BCMs : 90

Others : 120

Exam pattern for Mains Examination

Subject Duration Maximum Minimum Qualifying Marks for selection
SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and BCMs. Others
General Studies Paper - I 3 Hours 300 306 408
General Studies Paper - II 3 Hours 300
General Studies Paper - III 3 Hours 300
Interview & Record 120
Total - 1020

Note :

The TNPSC question papers for the Main Written Examination will be set both in Tamil and in English. Candidates are allowed to answer the TNPSC Main Written Examination either in Tamil (or) in English (or) partly in Tamil and partly in English.


Total number of marks for the interview will be around 120.

TNPSC Group 1 Exam Prelims & Mains Syllabus