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TNPSC Group 1 Exam: Highlights, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

The TNPSC Group 1 Exam (Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission ) is a prestigious state-level competitive examination conducted in Tamil Nadu, India. It is designed to recruit candidates for high-ranking positions in the state government’s administrative services. The exam consists of three stages: Preliminary, Main, and Interview. It evaluates candidates’ knowledge in areas like General Studies, Indian Polity, History, Economy, and Aptitude. Aspirants who qualify for this exam can secure positions such as Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, and District Registrar. TNPSC Group 1 is considered one of the most sought-after civil services exams in Tamil Nadu, attracting candidates aspiring for leadership roles in the government.

Tnpsc Group 1 Exam


Exam name TNPSC Combined Civil Services Examination- I (Group – I Services)
Organizing body Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)
Exam pattern The selection process for TNPSC Group 1 exam is segmented into three stages:
  • Prelims – MCQ based paper – 300 marks
  • Mains – 3 descriptive papers – totally 750 marks
  • Interview – 100 marks
TNPSC Group 1 Exam Date to be out
TNPSC Vacancy 92

Important Dates

TNPSC Group 1 2023TNPSC Group 1 Exam Date
Applicationto be announced
Apply last dateto be announced
Admit Card 2023to be announced
Exam date 2023 – Prelimsto be announced
Results – prelimsto be announced
Mains Exam Date 2023to be announced
Results – Mainsto be announced
Oral testto be announced
Merit listto be announced

Applictaion Form

  • Candidates need to register at the official website for one-time registration and sign in using the same TNPSC login ID and password.
  • Candidates need to accurately mention details like name, educational qualification, post, and exam center preference, etc. while submitting the TNPSC Group 1 application form.
  • All details in the form must be the same mentioned in the official records/documents
  • Upload scanned copies of the latest passport size photograph and other documents.
  • Pay the application fee. TNPSC one-time registration fee is Rs. 150 and the application fees to apply for the prelims exam fee is Rs. 100.
  • TNPSC Group 1 application fee can be paid in any mode including online or offline methods.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizenship
  • Character and Antecedents
  • No Bigamy
  • Related to candidates working in the government sector.
  • Sound Health etc.
  • Age Limit
  • Knowledge of Tami

Age Limit

Post NameMinimum AgeMaximum Age
SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs and DWs of all categoriesOthers excluding SCs, SC(A)s, STs, etc.
All posts excluding Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes )21 years37 years32 years
Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes)
For applicants possessing any degree213732
For applicants possessing B.L. a degree from a recognized university213833

Age Relaxation

CategoryAge Limit Relaxation
SC/ SC (Arunthathiyars)5 years
ST5 years
Most Backward Classes/ Denotified Communities5 years
Backward Classes5 years
Destitute Widows (All Categories)5 years

Exam Syllabus

General Studies – Paper I– Indian History and Culture
 – Geography of India and Tamil Nadu
 – Indian Polity and Governance
 – Indian Economy
 – General Science
 – Current Events (National & International Importance)
 – Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard)
General Studies – Paper II– Tamil Nadu History
 – Tamil Nadu Geography
 – Indian Constitution and Polity
 – Public Administration
 – Current Events (Tamil Nadu & India)
 – Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard)
General Studies – Paper III– Indian Economy and Planning
 – Indian National Movement
 – Role of Science and Technology in the development of India
 – Tamil Nadu’s Socio-Economic Issues
 – Current Events (Tamil Nadu, India & World)
 – Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard)
Interview and Record– Personal Qualities
 – Communication Skills
 – Leadership and Decision-Making
 – Problem Solving
 – Ability to understand and adapt to socio-economic issues in Tamil Nadu and India
Group 1 Preliminary Exam (Objective Type)– General Studies (Degree Standard)
 – Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard)

Exam Pattern

StageType of ExamSubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Preliminary ExaminationObjective TypeGeneral Studies (Degree Standard)200300
 Objective TypeAptitude and Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard)50150
Main Written ExaminationDescriptive TypePaper I – Tamil (Descriptive)250 (Qualifying Nature)300
 Descriptive TypePaper II – General Studies I (Descriptive)250300
 Descriptive TypePaper III – General Studies II (Descriptive)250300
 Descriptive TypePaper IV – General Studies III (Descriptive)250300
Interview and RecordOral TestPersonal Qualities, Communication Skills, Leadership, Problem Solving, etc.120


To be eligible for the TNPSC Group 1 exam, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university and meet the age criteria specified by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

The TNPSC Group 1 exam consists of three stages: Preliminary Examination, Main Written Examination, and an Interview. The Preliminary exam is objective type, while the Main exam is descriptive. The Interview assesses personal qualities and communication skills

Candidates can apply for the TNPSC Group 1 exam online through the official TNPSC website when the notification is released. The application process involves filling out the online application form and paying the required fee

The Preliminary Examination of TNPSC Group 1 covers General Studies (Degree Standard) and Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard).

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