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TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Check Subject-wise Syllabus for Prelims & Mains

The TNPSC Group 2 syllabus will be released by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC). The syllabus is released along with the notification on the official website of the conducting body.
TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2024

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2024

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2024: The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) releases the Combined Civil Service Examination - II (CCSE-II) syllabus on its official website. The syllabus is released along with the official notification. Candidates who are preparing for the TNPSC Group 2 exam 2024 must know the syllabus along with the exam pattern. 

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Understanding the syllabus is important to prepare well for the exam. The syllabus covers the topics and subtopics from where questions are asked in the paper. The best way to prepare for the exam is to cover all topics & subtopics mentioned in the syllabus PDF released by the commission. The commission releases the both TNPSC Group 2 Prelims & Mains syllabus in the notification. 

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TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2024

The CCSE-II selection process consists mainly of two stages: Preliminary & Mains. For some posts, the interview round is also conducted by the commission. Candidates who are preparing for the exam can find the detailed preliminary & mains syllabus in the article below.

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TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Syllabus 2024

The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims exam is divided into three subjects: General English/General Tamil, General Studies & Aptitude & Mental Ability. The subject-wise syllabus is discussed below:

TNPSC Group 2 English Syllabus for Prelims

Part A (Grammar)

  • Match the words and phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B.
  • Choose the correct ‘Synonym’ for the underlined word from the given options
  • Choose the correct ‘Antonym’ for the underlined word from the given options
  • Select the correct word.
  • Usage of suitable Articles
  • Usage of suitable Prepositions
  • Usage of correct Question Tag.
  • Usage of correct Tense.
  • Usage of the correct Voice.
  • Fill in the blanks with Infinitive, Gerund, and Participle
  • Identifying the pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object...).
  • Usage of correct Homophones.
  • Find out the Error (Articles, Preposition, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb).
  • Select the correct sentence.
  • Find out the odd words 
  • Select the correct Plural form.
  • Identify the sentence (Simple, Complex, and Compound).
  • Identify the correct Degree.
  • Blend the words to form a new word.
  • Form compound words (eg. Gerund+Noun, Noun+Verb).
  • British English – American English.

Part B (Poetry)

  • Figures of Speech ( Rhyming Words – Repetition – Alliteration – Simile – Metaphor – Anaphora - Rhyme Scheme – Personification – Onomatopoeia etc.)
  • Poetry Appreciation

List of Poems

  • On Killing a Tree - Gieve Patel
  • The Spider and the Fly - Mary Botham Howitt
  • The River - Caroline Ann Bowles
  • The Comet - Norman Littleford
  • The Stick-together Families - Edgar Albert Guest
  • Special Hero - Christina M. Kerschen
  • Making Life Worth While - George Elliot
  • Life - Henry Van Dyke
  • I am Every Woman - Rakhi Nariani Shirke
  • The Secret of the Machines - Rudyard Kipling
  • The Ant and The Cricket - Adapted from Aesop’s fables
  • Sea Fever - John Masefield
  • Courage - Edgar Albert Guest
  • Team Work - Edgar Albert Guest
  • From a Railway Carriage - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Indian Seasons - Nisha Dyrene
  • A Tragic Story - William Makepeace Thackeray
  • No Men are Foreign - James Falconer Kirkup
  • The House on Elm Street - Nadia Bush
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost
  • A Poison Tree - William Blake
  • A Thing of Beauty - John Keats
  • Lessons in Life - Brigette Bryant & Daniel Ho
  • My Computer Needs a Break - Shanthini Govindan
  • Your Space - David Bates

Part C (Literary Works)

Part C is further divided into three parts: Prose, Biographies of Famous Personalities & General Comprehension. Interested candidates can check the detailed syllabus below:

List of PROSE

  • The Story of a Grizzly Cub - William Temple Hornaday
  • Sir Isaac Newton - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • His First Flight - Liam O’Flaherty
  • The Tempest - Tales From Shakespeare
  • My Reminiscence - Rabindranath Tagore
  • The Woman on Platform 8 - Ruskin Bond
  • The Nose Jewel - C.Rajagopalachari
  • A Birthday Letter - Jawaharlal Nehru
  • The Last Lesson - Alphonse Daudet
  • The Little Hero of Holland - Mary Mapes Dodge
  • The Dying Detective - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Learning the Game (Book Extract) - Sachin Tendulkar
  • The Cat and the Painkiller (An Extract from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) – Mark Twain
  • Water – The Elixir of Life - Sir C.V.Raman

Biographies Of:

  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Rani of Jhansi
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Subash Chandra Bose
  • Helen Keller
  • Kalpana Chawala
  • Dr.Salim Ali

TNPSC Group 2 General Studies Syllabus for Prelims


(i) Scientific Knowledge & Scientific Temper - Power of Reasoning - Science as a tool to understand the past, present and future - Rote Learning vs Conceptual Learning.

(ii) Everyday application of the Basic Principles of Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser, Electronics and Communications - Nature of Universe - General Scientific Laws – Mechanics - Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy 

(iii) Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Fertilisers, Pesticides, Petroleum Products.

(iv) Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Human Diseases, Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics.

(v) Environment and Ecology.


(i) History: Eminent personalities and places in news – Sports - Books and authors - Latest diary of events - National symbols - Profile of States.

(ii) Polity: Welfare-oriented Government schemes and their utility, Problems in Public Delivery Systems - Political parties and political system in India - Public Awareness and General Administration.

(iii) Geography - Geographical landmarks.

(iv) Economics - Current socio - economic issues.

(v) Science & Technology - Latest inventions 

(vi) Prominent Personalities in various spheres – Literature, Philosophy, Arts, and Science.


(i) Location: Understanding Soil, Minerals, Natural Resources, Forest and Wildlife, Agricultural pattern, Monsoon, Rainfall, Weather and Climate, Water Resources, Rivers in India.

(ii) Transport: Communication.

(iii) Social Geography – Population density & distribution - Racial,

Linguistic Groups and Major Tribal Groups

(iv) Natural calamity – Disaster Management – Environmental

Pollution: Causes & Measures to Prevent


(i) Indus Valley Civilization - Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas, South Indian History – Age of Vijayanagar and Bahmani Kingdoms.

(ii) Changes and timeline of the Socio-Cultural History of India.

(iii) Characteristics of Indian Culture

(iv) India as a Secular State, What is Social Harmony?


(i) Constitution of India: Preamble to the Constitution, Salient features of the Constitution, Union, State and Union Territory, etc.

(ii) Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP), and Citizenship

(iii) Understanding Union Executive, Union Legislature, State Executive, State Legislature, Local Governments, and Panchayati Raj.

(iv) Centre-State Relationships

(v) Election, Judiciary in India, and Rule of Law

(vi) Corruption in Public Life, Anti-corruption measures, Lokpal and Lokayukta, Right to Information (RTI), Empowerment of Women, Consumer Protection Forums, and Human Rights Charter.


(i) Nature of Indian Economy, Five-year Plans and their assessment, and Planning Commission and Niti Ayog.

(ii) Reserve Bank of India, Monetary & Fiscal Policy, Finance Commission, Resource sharing between Union & State Governments, and Goods and Services Tax (GST), Sources of revenue

(iii) Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land Reforms and Agriculture, Application of Science and Technology in Agriculture, Industrial growth, Rural Welfare Oriented Programmes, Social Problems like Population, Education, Health, Employment, and Poverty. 


(i) National Renaissance – Early uprising against British rule - Indian National Congress - Emergence of leaders – Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai

Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose, B.R.Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O.Chidambaranar Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamarajar, Rabindranath Tagore and Others.

(ii) Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant Movements.

(iii) Communalism and Partition of India.

UNIT-VIII: History, Culture, Heritage and Socio - Political Movements in Tamil Nadu

(i) History of Tamil Society, related Archaeological discoveries, Tamil Literature from Sangam Age till contemporary times.

(ii) Thirukkural : 

  1. Significance as a Secular Literature
  2. Relevance to Everyday Life
  3. Relevance to Socio - Politico - Economic affairs
  4. Philosophical content in Thirukkural
  5. Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity
  6. Thirukkural and Universal Values - Equality, Humanism, etc

(iii) Role of Tamil Nadu in India freedom struggle: Agitations against British Rule and Role of women in freedom struggle.

(iv) Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political Movements in Tamil Nadu - Dravidian Movement and Principles underlying Movements, Contributions of Thanthai Periyar and Perarignar Anna, Justice Party, Growth of Rationalism, Self Respect Movement.

UNIT–IX: Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

(i) Human Development Indicators (HDIs) in Tamil Nadu and comparison across the Country – Impact of Social Reform Movements in the Socio-Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.

(ii) Political parties and Welfare schemes for different sections of people – Rationale behind Reservation Policy and access to Social Resources, Economic trends in Tamil Nadu

(iii) Social Justice & Social Harmony in Tamil Nadu

(iv) Education & Health Systems in Tamil Nadu.

(v) Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic development

(vi) Achievements of Tamil Nadu in Art, Science & Literature

(vii) e-Governance in Tamil Nadu.

TNPSC Group 2 Aptitude & Mental Ability Test Syllabus for Prelims

(i) Simplification, Percentage, HCF & LCM

(ii) Ratio & Proportion.

(iii) Simple interest, Compound interest, Percentage, Area, Volume, Time and Work.

(iv) Logical Reasoning, Alpha numeric Reasoning, Puzzles, Dice, Visual Reasoning, and Number Series.

TNPSC Group 2 Mains Syllabus (Interview & Non-Interview Post)

The mains examination consists of two papers: Paper 1 & Paper 2. The syllabus for both paper 1 and paper 2 is discussed below:

TNPSC Group 2 Mains Paper 1 Syllabus

  • Tamil to English Translation
  • English to Tamil Translation
  • Essay Writing (General)
  • Letter writing (Official)
  • Knowledge of Tamil Language
  • Precis Writing
  • Comprehension
  • Hints Development

TNPSC Group 2 Mains Paper II Syllabus

Paper II includes descriptive questions from the General Studies. The detailed syllabus for Paper II is discussed below:

  • Origin and Development of Tamil Civilization: From ancient period to modern period.
  • Sangam Period Literature along with the historical events 
  • Musical Tradition of Tamil Nadu - From the classical age to the post-modern age with its modifications.
  • Dramatic Art Form, Conventional Theatrical Techniques, Street Theatre, and Folk Theatre.
  • Socio-Economic History of Tamil Nadu: Evidence from classical literature like "Pattinappalai".
  • Dravidian Movement & Self Respect Movement.
  • Contribution of Social Reform Movements in the implementation of Social Welfare Measures and Socio-Economic Development of Tamil Nadu, Reservation Policy and its Benefits, Contribution of Social Justice and Social Harmony, Feminism 
  • Contemporary Tamil Language, Tamil as Administrative Language, Legal Tamil, Computer Tamil Diction

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who releases the TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus?

The TNPSC Group 2 syllabus is released by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission on its official website.

Is TNPSC Group 2 syllabus same for Preliminary and Mains round?

TNPSC Group 2 has a varied syllabus for the preliminary and main rounds. There are certain topics, though, for which the curriculum is the same but the degree of difficulty of the questions in the mains examination is a little higher.

Is it possible to cover the TNPSC Group 2 syllabus in 3 months?

No, it is not possible for aspirants to cover the TNPSC Group 2 syllabus in 3 months. Serious candidates must start their preparation a year before in order to ace the exam with a good score.

What is the TNPSC Group 2 Mains Paper 1 syllabus?

The TNPSC Group 2 Mains Paper 1 syllabus is as follows:

  • Tamil to English Translation
  • English to Tamil Translation
  • Essay Writing (General)
  • Letter writing (Official)
  • Knowledge of Tamil Language
  • Precis Writing
  • Comprehension
  • Hints Development

What topics must be studied to cover the General Studies section?

To thoroughly prepare for the General Studies section, candidates must study the following topics:

  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Economy
  • Geography of India
  • History & Culture of India
  • History & Culture of Tamil Nadu
  • Indian National Movement
  • General Science
  • Current Events
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