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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    TNPSC Group 4- Combined Civil Services Examination–4 (Group-4 Services & VAO)
  • Exam Duration
    3 Hours
  • Official Website
  • Exam Dates
    March 2022 (Tentative)
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    March 2022 (Tentative)
  • Start of Registration Process
    March 2022 (Tentative)
  • End of Registration Process
    March-April 2022 (Tentative)
  • Admit Card Release Date
    To Be Announced
  • Display of Answer Key
    To Be Announced
  • Declaration of Result
    To Be Announced
Eligibilty Criteria

The candidates applying for various posts under TNPSC Group 4 Recruitment must check the eligibility criteria before applying for the same. The eligibility conditions for various posts under TNPSC Group 4 varies. The TNPSC Group 4 Exam eligibility criteria are elaborated in detail below:

TNPSC Group 4 Eligibility: Nationality

Candidates must be either of the following:

  • A Citizen of India
  • A Citizen of Nepal
  • A Citizen of Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, for permanent residence.
  • Of Indian origin who has migrated from countries like Myanmar, Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire and Ethiopia for permanent residence.

Candidates under categories II to V must obtain a certificate of eligibility provided by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

TNPSC Group 4 Eligibility: Age Limit

The candidates applying for the TNPSC Group 4 exam must fulfil the age criteria as per the official notification as provided below:

  • For the post of Village Administrative Officer, the candidates should be between 21 and 30 years of age. However, for reserved category candidates, applicants should be less than 40 years of age.
  • For the posts of Junior Assistant (Non- Security), Junior Assistant (Security), Bill Collector (Grade I), Field Surveyor, Draftsmen, Typist and Steno-Typist (Grade II), the minimum age requirement is 18 years old and the maximum age should be no more than 30 years.
  • Candidates from reserved categories will be offered age relaxation in the upper age limit.

TNPSC Group 4 Age Relaxation

The age relaxation offered to candidates from reserved categories for various posts is tabulated below:

Post Category Age Limit (Upper)
Village Administrative Officer SC/ ST/ OBC/ MVC 45 Years
Ex-Servicemen 48 Years
Ex-Servicemen (SC/SC/ST/MBC/BC/ BSM) 53 Years
Other Group 4 Posts SC/ ST/ Destitute Widows 35 Years
MBC/BC/Denotified Communities 32 Years
Trained in ITI (For Field Surveyor & Draftsman) 35 Years

TNPSC Group 4 Eligibility: Educational Qualifications

The post-wise educational qualification for TNPSC Group 4 recruitment is as follows:

Village Administrative Officer:

Candidates must have successfully cleared the SSLC Public Examination or its equivalent and should be eligible for admission to Higher Secondary Courses of Studies or to College courses.

Junior Assistant, Bill Collector, Field Surveyor and Draftsman

Candidates must have successfully completed Minimum General Educational Qualification like successful completion of SSLC Public Examination or equivalent and should be eligible for admission to Higher Secondary Courses of Studies or to College courses.


Candidates must have successfully passed the SSLC Public Examination or equivalent and should be eligible for admission to Secondary Courses of Studies or to College courses. Moreover, candidates should also have passed the Government Technical Examination in Typewriting:

  • By Higher/Senior Grade in Tamil and Lower/ Junior Grade in English
  • By Higher/Senior Grade in Tamil and English
  • By Higher/Senior Grade in English and Lower/Junior Grade in Tamil.

Steno-Typist Grade III:

Candidates must have successfully cleared SSLC Public Examination or its equivalent exam with eligibility for admission to Higher Secondary Courses of Studies or to College Courses. Also, they must have successfully cleared the Government Technical Examination in Typewriting and in Shorthand, both:

  • By Higher/Senior Grade in Tamil and English
  • By Higher/ Senior Grade in Tamil and Lower/Junior Grade in English
  • By Higher/Senior Grade in English and Lower/Junior Grade in Tamil

Candidates should have also successfully passed the “Certificate Course in Computer on Office Automation” awarded by the Technical Education Department

Exam Pattern

The TNPSC Group 4 Exam will be conducted in offline mode. There will be three sections in the exam- General Studies, Aptitude and Mental Ability and General Tamil.

Candidates were earlier given the option to choose either General Tamil or General from the third section apart from answering the General Studies and Aptitude & Mental Ability Test sections. However, now TNPSC has made the Tamil paper compulsory. There is no negative marking in the TNPSC Group 4 exam.

The TNPSC Group 4 exam pattern is tabulated below:

Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Minimum Qualifying Marks Exam Duration
General Studies 75 300 90 3 Hours
Aptitude and Mental Ability 25
General Tamil 100
Total 200

The candidates must be well updated with the exam syllabus to score better and make a better preparation plan for the exam. The section-wise TNPSC Group 4 exam syllabus is elaborated in detail below.

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus: General Studies

The General Studies section is the most common section among all the government civil services exams in the country. The unit-wise syllabus for the same is as follows:

Section/Unit Important Topics
Unit I: General Science
  • Physics: Nature of Universe, Mechanics, and properties of matter, physical quantities, standards and units, Force, motion and energy, Heat, Light and Sound, Electricity, Magnetism, and Electronics.
  • Chemistry: Elements, and Compounds, Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, Acids, bases and salts
  • Botany: Classification of living organisms, Nutrition
  • Zoology: Blood and blood circulation, Animals, plants and human life, Reproductive system
  • Ecology: Health and hygiene, Human diseases, prevention and remedies
Unit II: Current Events
  • History: National events, National symbols, a profile of States, awards & honours, India and its neighbours, eminent persons & places in news, sports & games, books & authors.
  • Political Science: Public awareness & General administration, welfare-oriented govt. schemes, their utility, public elections, political parties, and the political system in India.
  • Geography: Geographical landmarks
  • Economics: Current socio-economic problems
Unit III: Geography
  • Earth and Universe, Monsoon, weather & climate, Water resources, Rivers in India, Soil, minerals & natural resources, Forest & wildlife, Social geography, population, density and distribution, Agricultural pattern, Transport including surface transport & communication, Natural calamities, Disaster Management
Unit IV: History and Culture of India and Tamil Nadu
  • Indus valley civilization, the Golden Age of Guptas, Mughals and Marathas, Age of Vijayanagaram,
  • South Indian history, India since independence, Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu, Political parties and populist schemes, Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity, and India as a secular state. Culture and Heritage of Tamil people.
Unit V: Indian Politics
  • Constitution of India and its salient features, the Union, States and territories, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental duties, Human rights.
  • The legislature of India: Union legislature, Parliament, State Executive, State Legislature, assembly, Local government, Panchayat Raj
  • Judiciary in India: The process of law, Elections, Corruption in public life, Anti-corruption measures, Right to information, Empowerment of women, Consumer protection forms, CVC, Lok adalats, Ombudsman, CAG
Unit VI: Indian Economy
  • Nature of Indian economy, Five-year plan models, Land reforms & agriculture, Application of science in agriculture, Social sector problems. Economic trends in Tamil Nadu, industrial growth, Rural welfare oriented programmers, population, education, health, employment, poverty.
Unit VII: Indian National Movement
  • National Renaissance, the emergence of national leaders, M. Gandhi, J. Nehru, R.N. Tagore, Role of Tamil Nadu in the freedom struggle

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus: Aptitude & Mental Ability

The syllabus for the Aptitude and Mental Ability sections is as follows:

Unit Important Topics
Mathematical Ability
  • Conversion of information to data
  • Collection, compilation, and presentation ofdata
  • Tables, graphs, diagrams
  • Analytical interpretation of data
  • Simplification
  • Percentage
  • Highest Common Factor (HCF)-Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple interest-Compound interest
  • Area and Volume
  • Time and Work.
Logical Reasoning
  • Puzzles-Dice
  • Visual Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Reasoning
  • Number Series.

TNPSC Group 4 General Tamil or General English Syllabus

The syllabus for the TNPSC Group 4 General Tamil and General English sections has three parts which are as follows:

Parts Important Topics
Part A: Objective-Type
  • Match the following words and Phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B.
  • Choose the correct ‘Synonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given
  • Choose the correct ‘Antonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given
  • Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix)
  • Fill in the blanks with suitable Article
  • Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition
  • Select the correct Question Tag
  • Select the correct Tense
  • Select the correct Voice
  • Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle)
  • Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object….)
  • Blanks with correct ‘Homophones’
  • Find out the Error (Articles, Prepositions, Noun, Verb, Adjective and adverb)
  • Comprehension
  • Select the correct sentence
  • Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, and Adverb)
  • Select the correct Plural forms
  • Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentences)
  • Identify the correct Degree
  • Form a new word by blending the words
  • Form compound words (Eg: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun)
Part B
  • Appreciation Questions from Poetry
  • Important lines from Poems.
  • Questions on the Biography of Indian Personalities
  • Questions on Shakespeare’s Plays: Merchant of Venice (Act 4 Court Scene) – Julius Caesar (Act III Scene 2) –
  • Sonnet 116
  • Questions from Oscar Wilde’s
  • The Model Millionaire – The Selfish Giant
  • Dr Karl Paulnack Music-The Hope Raiser
  • British English – American English
Part C
  • Authors and their Literary Works

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