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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board
  • Mode of Conduction
  • Exam Duration
    3 hours
  • Exam Frequency
    Once a year
  • Official Website
  • Total Marks
  • Total No. of Questions
  • No. of Sections
    2 parts
  • Medium of the exam
    English, Tamil
  • Marking Scheme
    No negative marking +2 For every correct answer
Eligibilty Criteria

The eligibility criteria for Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board Exam for Sub-Inspector Post vary for each category of student. The TNUSRB SI eligibility criteria have been discussed below in detail:

TNUSRB SI Eligibility: Nationality

  • The candidate must hold the nationality of India and should be a resident of Tamil Nadu State only.
  • Any candidate who holds the residency of any other state will not be eligible to give the TNUSRB Exam.

TNUSRB SI Eligibility: Educational Qualification

  • The candidate must have completed their graduation from a well-recognized government university or institution with a 10+2+3/4/5 pattern or 10+3+2/10+3+3+3 pattern in diploma courses.
  • Candidates must have studied Tamil in Class X or XII to be considered for the TNUSRB SI Exam.
  • Candidates who have finished their degree from distance education/open universities/colleges after completing SSLC and ITI in the 10+3+2 pattern are also eligible.
  • Any applicant who has done their graduation from an open university with a 10+2+3 pattern is not eligible for TNUSRB SI Exam 2022.


  • The minimum age to participate in TNUSRB SI Exam 2022 is 20 years. And the maximum age applicable for candidates to give this exam is 28 years.
  • Candidates belonging to the police department and have completed five years of service can give this exam up to the age of 45 years. This relaxation is for the students who are participating via departmental quota.
  • Candidates who are Ex-personnel / ex-servicemen of Central Paramilitary forces can give the TNUSRB SI Exam up to the age of 45 years.
  • The Tamil Nadu State Government has given age relaxation to SC/ST, Minority, and OBC as tabulated below:
Community / Category Upper Age Limit
Most Backward Class / Denotified Community, Backward Class (Muslim) & Backward class 30 Years
Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyar) & Scheduled Caste 33 Years
Destitute Widow 35 Years
Exam Pattern

There are two parts of the Written Exam- Part A and Part B. The TNUSRB Exam pattern is different for Open Category Candidates and Departmental Quota Candidates. The Exam pattern for both categories is elaborated in detail below.

TNUSRB SI Exam Pattern for Open Candidates

TNUSRB has allotted 70 marks in total for Part A and Part B of the TNUSRB SI exam for the open category candidates. The candidates will be given 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the exam.

  • Part A of the question paper will consist of the questions from General Knowledge. There are 80 questions of 40 marks in part A.
  • Part B of the question paper will consist of the questions from a larger syllabus. There are 60 questions of 30 marks in part B.
  • All the questions are of objective type in both the papers.
  • There is no provision for negative marking.

TNUSRB SI Exam Pattern: Departmental Quota

For the departmental quota candidates, TNUSRB has allotted a total of 85 marks (total of both Part A and Part B) for the paper. The candidates will be given a maximum of three hours to complete both sections. The candidates must score a minimum of 30 marks to qualify for this round.

  • Part A of the question paper will consist of the questions from General Knowledge. There are 30 questions of 15 marks in part A.
  • Part B of the question paper will consist of the questions from a larger syllabus. There are 140 questions of 70 marks in part B.
  • There will be no negative marking.

The candidates must be familiar with the exam syllabus to ease out their preparations and manage the time accordingly. The TNUSRB SI Exam Syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper 2 has been discussed in detail below.

TNUSRB SI Exam Syllabus for Paper 1

The exam syllabus for the various sections in the TNUSRB Paper 1 is tabulated below:

Section Important topics
General Knowledge
  • Science in day-to-day life
  • Human Diseases
  • Electricity
  • Nutrition
  • Magnetism
  • Evolution
  • Scientific Instruments & Discoveries
Current Events
  • Significant events in science
  • National & International Awards
  • Arts
  • Sports
  • Literature
  • Technology
  • The Literature of India
  • Politics
  • India & it's Neighbour
  • The Culture of Tamil Nadu
Economics & Commerce
  • Village Administration in Tamil Nadu
  • Industrial Development
  • Social Problems Faced by the state & solutions
  • Agriculture
Political Science
  • Indian Constitution
  • Executive & Judiciary
  • Citizenship
  • Foreign Policy
  • Legislature
  • Local Self-Government.

TNUSRB SI Exam Syllabus for Paper 2

TNUSRB SI Exam Syllabus of Paper 2 for Open Candidates and Departmental Candidates varies from each other. The syllabus for both the categories is tabulated below:

Open Candidates Departmental Candidates
Communication skills Indian Penal Code
Numerical analysis Code of Criminal Procedure
Psychology test Police Standing Order
Logical Analysis Evidence Act
Information handling ability Police Administration

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