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Eligibilty Criteria

Candidates need to check out the eligibility criteria before applying for any exam. Eligibility criteria of the exams clear out the things like what your age should be, where you should belong, what your educational background should be, etc. So for the TNPSC VAO Exam 2022, the eligibility criteria are going to be:

TNPSC VAO Exam Eligibility: Educational Qualifications

  • Candidates must possess an SSLC i.e.10th class public exam certificate or its equivalent certificate.
  • Candidates must possess the knowledge of Tamil language.

TNPSC VAO Exam Eligibility: Age Limit

The minimum and maximum age limits to apply include:

TNPSC VAO Eligibility Criteria 2022 Minimum Age Limit Maximum Age Limit
SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs, and DW 21 years 42 years
Others (Candidates belonging to other castes except the above mentioned ) 21 years 32 years

TNPSC VAO Exam Eligibility: Age Relaxation

Categories Age Relaxation
Differently Abled 10 Years over the maximum age limit
Ex-Servicemen belong to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, and BCMs The Maximum age limit is 53 years
Ex-Servicemen belong to no category The Maximum age limit is 48 years
Exam Pattern

Every exam has different patterns. Some have a subjective type selection process while some have objective and many have both types i.e., objective and subjective selection process both. The TNPSC VAO Exam is an objective-based examination where the candidates have to select an option among the given options. The exam checks the candidate's knowledge in the subjects like General Studies, Aptitude and Mental Ability, and General Tamil. The Exam offers relaxation to the candidates by not validating any negative marking system. Candidates can check the exam pattern of TNPSC VAO exam pattern from the following table:

Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Minimum Qualifying Marks Exam Duration
General Studies 75

300 Marks

90 Marks

3 Hours

Aptitude & Mental Ability 25
General Tamil 100
Total 200

Candidates preparing for the exam are waiting for the notification of the exam to be out. Soon it will be released on the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission website. To make the preparations in the right direction it is important to check the syllabus of the exam which topics are being asked in the exam of which section. So that the preparation of the candidates will go in a correct and on-point direction. To make it in the right way, candidates can check the syllabus for the TNPSC VAO Exam 2022 in the below table:

TNPSC VAO Syllabus: General Studies

This section covers subjects like General Science, Indian Economy, Indian National Movement, Indian Politics, History and Culture of India and Tamil Nadu, Geography, and Current events.

Section 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 & honors, India and its neighbors, 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 VAO Aptitude & Mental Ability

This section checks the candidates mathematical and reasoning ability, and the questions will be asked from the topics like:

Unit Important Topics
Mathematical Ability
  • Conversion of information to data
  • Collection, compilation, and presentation of data
  • 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 VAO General Tamil or General English Syllabus

This section is divided into three parts and the following topics will be asked from this exam:

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

Admission Open 2023