Tamil Nadu PSC Group 2A Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission is soon to announce the notification for recruitment in the Group 2A posts. More than 1000 vacancies are expected to be reported and this is a wonderful opportunity for those candidates who aspire to work in the government sector. To secure a job here, it is of utmost importance that the candidate has prepared systematically and thoroughly as per the syllabus. Entri here provides you with the detailed syllabus and exam pattern of the Group 2A Preliminary Examination.

Exam Pattern

The Group 2A Preliminary Examination is an exam of 3 hours duration comprising of questions from 1) General Studies 2) Aptitude and Mental Ability Test 3) General Tamil/ General English. There shall be 200 questions and the questions shall be allotted among each category as follows.

  • General Studies – 75 Questions (Of Degree Standard)
  • Aptitude and Mental Ability Test – 25 Questions (Of SSLC Standard)
  • General English /General Tamil – 100 Questions (Of SSLC Standard)

As far as the language part is concerned, the candidate can opt for either General English or General Tamil.


A systematic study covering all topics coming under the syllabus ensures a high score in the Objective Test. The syllabus is almost the same for all TNPSC Exams. Various topics covered under each section are provided below.

General Science

Physics: Universe ‐Scientific instruments‐ General Scientific laws -Inventions and discoveries- Science glossary‐ National scientific laboratories‐Mechanics and properties of matter‐Atomic and nuclear physics ‐Physical quantities, standards and units‐Force, motion and energy‐electricity and Magnetism ‐Heat, light and sound.

Chemistry: Chemistry of ores and metals‐Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds‐Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides -Elements and Compounds‐Acids, bases and salts‐Oxidation and reduction.

Botany: Classification of living organism‐‐Nutrition and dietetics‐Respiration-Main Concepts of the life science‐The cell‐basic unit of life.

Zoology: Endocrine system‐Reproductive system‐Genetics the science of heredity‐Blood and blood circulation‐Environment, ecology, health and hygiene‐Human diseases, prevention, and remedies‐Communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases-Bio‐ diversity and its conservation.


Earth and Universe‐Solar system‐Atmosphere hydrosphere, lithosphere‐Monsoon, rainfall, weather, and climate‐Natural vegetation‐Forest & wildlife‐Water resources ‐Rivers in India‐Soil, minerals & natural resources-Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheries‐Natural calamities – disaster management- Social geography – population‐density and distribution.

History and Culture of India

Characteristics of Indian culture-Unity in diversity –race, colour, language, custom‐India‐as secular state-‐Advent of European invasion-Expansion and consolidation of British rule‐Effect of British rule on socio‐economic factors-South Indian history‐Culture and Heritage of Tamil people‐‐Social reforms and religious movements‐Prominent personalities in the various spheres – Arts, Science, literature and Philosophy – Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar, M.S.Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J.Krishnamoorthy etc-India since independence‐‐Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music‐Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN‐Political parties and populist schemes.

Indian Polity

Constitution of India ‐ Preamble to the constitution‐ Salient features of constitution‐ Union, State, and territory ‐ Fundamental rights‐ Fundamental duties‐ Amendments to constitution‐ Schedules to constitution-Human rights charter‐ Union legislature – Parliament‐ State executive‐. State Legislature – assembly‐ Status of Jammu & Kashmir‐. Local government – panchayat raj – Tamil Nadu‐ Judiciary in India – Rule of law/Due the process of law‐ Indian federalism – center-state relations‐ Emergency provisions‐ Elections ‐ Election Commission Union and State‐Central Vigilance Commission, lok‐adalats, Ombudsman, Comptroller and Auditor General of India‐Central and State Commission-Administrative reforms & tribunals‐ Corruption in public life‐ Anti‐corruption measures –  Right to information ‐ Empowerment of women.

Indian Economy

Economic trends in Tamil Nadu ‐ Energy Different sources and development‐Nature of Indian economy‐ Finance Commission ‐ Planning Commission‐ National Development Council-Five‐year plan models‐an assessment‐Land reforms & agriculture‐ Application of science in agriculture‐Industrial growth‐Role of public sector & disinvestment‐ Development of infrastructure‐ National income Rural welfare oriented programmes‐ Social sector problems – population, education, health, employment, poverty‐ HRD – sustainable economic growth.

Indian National Movement

An early uprising against British rule‐1857 Revolt‐ Indian National Congress‐Emergence of national leaders‐Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji‐Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle ‐ Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar& Others-Growth of militant movements ‐Communalism led to partition‐Birth of political parties /political system in India since independence.

Aptitude and Mental Ability Test

Simplification‐Percentage‐Highest Common Factor (HCF)‐Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)-Conversion of information to data‐‐Collection, compilation and presentation of data Tables, graphs, diagrams‐Analytical interpretation of data ‐Area‐Volume‐Time and Work-Ratio and Proportion‐Simple interest‐Compound interest- Decision making and problem solving‐Visual Reasoning‐Alpha numeric Reasoning‐Logical Reasoning‐Puzzles‐Dice‐Number Series‐ Logical Number/Alphabetical/Diagrammatic Sequences.

The number of applicants for the Group 2A Posts is expected to be more than that of last year. The competition is definitely going to get tougher. The best way to crack any competitive exam is to practice as many previous years’ question papers and as many mock tests as available. This will help you understand your weak areas where you should concentrate more. Moreover, time management can also be achieved by undertaking mock tests. We, at Entri, give you this opportunity as we have made available hundreds of mock tests, prepared by our efficient team strictly covering the syllabus and following the exam pattern of Group 2A Examination. So join the best and most affordable online platform, Entri, for a thorough and systematic preparation of your exam now.

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