TNPSC Group-IV Recruitment 2019- Syllabus

TNPSC Combined Civil Services Exam Group-IV draws heavy attention among the job seekers. Comparatively easier examination and huge number of vacancies make this everyone;s favourite. Candidates with matriculation and below 30 years can apply for these group of posts. Group-IV examinations have only single stage written examination as the screening process.

Exam Pattern :

  1. General Studies
General Science:


  • Nature of Universe-General Scientific laws
  • Inventions and discoveries-National scientific laboratories
  • Mechanics and properties of matter-Physical quantities, standards and units-Force, motion and energy
  • Magnetism, electricity and electronics -Heat, light and sound.


  • Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases and salts
  • Fertilisers, pesticides, insecticides.


  • Main Concepts of life science-Classification of living organism
  • Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration.


  • Blood and blood circulation-Reproductive system
  • Environment, ecology, health and hygiene
  • Human diseases including communicable and non – communicable diseases – prevention and remedies
  • Animals, plants and human life.
Current Affairs


  • Latest events
  • National symbols
  • Profile of States- Eminent persons & places in news
  • Sports & games-Books & authors
  • Awards & honours’-India and its neighbours

Political Science:

  • Problems in conduct of public elections,
  • Political parties and political system in India,
  • Public awareness & General administration,
  • Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility:
  • Geographical landmarks, Current socio-economic problems, Latest inventions on science & technology
  • Earth and Universe-Solar system
  • Monsoon, rainfall, weather & climate-Water resources – rivers in India
  • Soil, minerals & natural resources-Forest & wildlife
  • Agricultural pattern-Transport including surface transport & communication
  • Social geography – population-density and distribution
  • Natural calamities – Disaster Management.
History & Culture of India & Tamil Nadu
  • Indus valley civilization
  • Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas-Age of Vijayanagaram and the bahmanis
  • South Indian history-Culture and Heritage of Tamil people
  • India since independence-Characteristics of Indian culture-Unity in diversity –race, colour, language, custom-India-as secular state
  • 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- Citizenship-rights amend duties
  • Fundamental rights- Fundamental duties- Human rights charter
  • Union legislature – Parliament- State executive- State Legislature – assembly- Local government – panchayat raj
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Judiciary in India – Rule of law/Due process of law-Elections
  • Official language and Schedule- VIII
  • Corruption in public life- Anti-corruption measures –CVC, lok-adalats, Ombudsman, CAG – Right to information- Empowerment of women- Consumer protection forms.
Indian Economy
  • Nature of Indian economy- Five-year plan models-an assessment-Land reforms & agriculture
  • Application of science in agriculture-Industrial growth
  • Rural welfare oriented programmers
  • Social sector problems – population, education, health, employment, poverty
  • Economic trends in Tamil Nadu.
Indian National Movement
  • National renaissance-Emergence of national leaders-Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore
  • Different modes of agitations
  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & others.
Aptitude & Mental 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-Volume-Time and Work.
  • Logical Reasoning-Puzzles-Dice-Visual Reasoning-Alpha numeric Reasoning-Number Series.
General English
  • Phrases & Meanings
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Prefix, Suffix
  • Articles & Prepositions, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb
  • Question tags, Tenses, Voice
  • Infinitive, Gerund, Participle ,Homophones
  • Comprehension
  • Sentence correction
  • Figures of speech observed in the Poems
  • Appreciation Questions from Poetry
  • Important lines from Poems. ( Where the mind is without fear – The Solitary Reaper – Going for water – A Psalm of Life – Be the Best – Sonnet No.116 )
  • Questions on the Biography of ( Gandhi, Nehru , Bose,Helen Keller, Kalpana Chawala, Dr.Salim Ali ,Rani of Jhansi , Mandela , Lincoln )
  • Questions on Shakespeare’s ( Merchant of Venice (Act IV Court Scene) – Julius Ceasar (Act III Scene 2) – Sonnet 116 )
  • Questions from Oscar Wilde’s (The Model Millionaire – The Selfish Giant )
  • Dr.Karl Paulnack ( Music – The Hope Raiser ) etc

Candidates can find the detailed syllabus here

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