We all pray to God at least once in our lifetime to give us a permanent job. Unlike in the past, there is a huge competition out there in the world to achieve even the smallest thing. Because of the present-day situations have taken a drastic change in society, there are numerous opportunities out there, yet hundreds of people keep losing their jobs every day. However, in such conditions, most of us aim to become Government officers, a job that gives us security and safety to survive. Therefore, to give out these jobs, the Government has set up an examination system called Public Service Commission (PSC). And each state has its own PSC like Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) exams.
What is PSC? Is it a country-wide examination? How do I apply for this examination? To clarify all such questions, go through this article. The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an entry-level examination for all the people who aspire to work as a public servant or government administrator. Consequently, this commission was first introduced in 1923 by the Indian Government to examine the Civil Servants of India. After that, the Provinces of the country took over the administration and started their PSC like Madras Service Commission which was established in 1929 under the Act of the Madras Legislature. Therefore, this PSC is confined to a particular state all over the country. Consequently, each state conducts its own PSC exam and recruits the eligible aspirant to work his desired government job of that state.
Moreover, as each state has its own PSC exam; the Tamil Nadu state conducts its own PSC exam for the aspirants of Tamil Nadu state. The PSC exam of this state is referred to as Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission which is also known as the TNPSC exam. This was adopted from Madras Service Commission in 1970. Certainly, the TNPSC’s sole purpose is to recruit candidates for the state civil services from all over the Tamil Nadu state and advice the Government regarding the issues related to the Commission. Therefore the main headquarters of this Commission is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Currently, it is headed by C Balasubramanian and Ka. Balachandran who is an IAS himself and the other fourteen members are appointed by the Governor of Tamil Nadu.
Just like all the other state PSC exams, TNPSC also is categorized into Group-1 and Group-2 examinations. Firstly, all these exams are divided into 3 stages- Preliminary exam, Mains and Personal interview and the language of the exam are in English. Consequently, the candidates are filtered after each stage and only the most eligible candidates get the job offer. Further, the application process can be done through online or offline mode, but both the exams (prelims and mains) are conducted offline along with the personal interview.
The Commission of Tamil Nadu state always provides details regarding the exam on their official website. Above all, there are various departments in TNPSC which are all headed by Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, and Under Secretary along with their Section Officers and many other staff members. Therefore the Secretary along with the examination controller is highly responsible for conducting the TNPSC exam.
That is to say, there are about 1000+ job profiles waiting for the candidates to take over. Every detail like the timings, various posts, examination notifications is released online mainly on the official webpage. Since the exam is conducted annually for every post, there is a very limited number of vacancies available. As per the recent updates, for some of the posts and services like Rashtriya Indian Military College of Dehradun and Combined Engineering Subordinate Services; the date of examination has been announced. And for other posts like Combined Library Services, Forest Apprentice in the Forest Department, District Educational Officer in School Education Department, and few others are yet to be announced. But all these dates are tentative and might change in the future.
|Sr. No.||Notification date||Name of the services||Online registration||Date of examination|
|1.||02/2022||Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun||April 2022||25 April 2022||4 June 2022|
|2.||03/2022||Combined Engineering Subordinate Services||May 2022||June 2022||August 2022|
|3.||02/2022||Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun (January-2022 term)||April 2022||25 April 2022||June 2022|
|4.||02/2022||Agricultural Officer (Tamil Nadu Agricultural Extension Service)||05 February 2022||04 March 2022||18 April 2022|
|5.||01/2022||Assistant Director of Horticulture and Horticultural Officer (Tamil Nadu Horticultural Service)||05 February 2022||04 March 2022||18 April 2022 and 19 April 2022|
|6.||02/2022||Assistant Agricultural Officer in the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Extension Subordinate Service and Assistant Horticultural Officer (The Tamil Nadu Horticultural Subordinate Service)||05 February 2022||04 March 2022||17 April 2022|
The officials of TNPSC have been trying hard to conduct the exam by following all the Covid precautions ever since the pandemic hit. Due to this sudden change, there were many changes made in the examination date. The officials have been updating the exam-related details on their official websites timely. Due to the pandemic, the exam dates have been fluctuating. The state conducts exams throughout the year for different posts.
The government announced that a tentative date of notification will be released in September for the posts accordingly “director of physical education in government colleges”, “vocational counsellor in the government institute of rehabilitation and artificial limb center in the medical education department”, “Bursar in the collegiate education department”, and “combined civil services examination-IV (Group-IV and VAO)”.
|Sl. No.||Name of the post||Tentative month of notification|
|1.||Director of Physical Education in Government Law Colleges||September|
|2.||Bursar in The Collegiate Education Department||September|
|3.||Combines Civil Services Examination -IV (Group-IV And VAO)||September|
|4.||Vocational Counsellor in The Government Institute of Rehabilitation and Artificial Limb Centre in The Medical Education Department||September|
|5.||Combined Library Services||October|
|6.||District Child Protection Officer in The Social Defense Department||October|
|7.||Forest Apprentice in The Forest Department||October|
|8.||English Reporter and Tamil Reporter in The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Secretariat||October|
|9.||Assistant Director in Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department||October|
|10.||Psychologist in The Prisons and Correctional Services Department||November|
|11.||Assistant Director (Technical Leather) Or Manager (Leather) In the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department||November|
|12.||Accounts Officer in Treasures and Accounts Department||November|
|13.||District Educational Officer in School Education Department||November|
|14.||Assistant Commissioner of Labour in The Labour and Employment Department||December|
TNPSC has a set of rules and regulations for a candidate to follow to appear for the examination. If a candidate is interested and wants to apply for any of the exams conducted by TNPSC, they must pay an amount of Rs. 150/- as their registration fee. This registration which is referred to as One Time Registration is valid for the next five years from the day one applied to the exam. Once a candidate gets registered, they can apply for any exam of their interests abiding by the eligibility rules. During this application process, the applicant must pay an amount of Rs. 200/-.
For those applicants who wish to pay offline, it is mandatory to pay the fee within two days from the date of submission. There are few concessions for the examination fee. Anyone eligible based on the conditions mentioned below need not pay the examination fee. If a person does not pay the fee on time or does not follow the below rules, the application process will be rejected.
All the applicants can pay the registration fee and application fee through online or offline methods. Through online, they can pay via net banking, Debit, or credit card. Whereas those who want to pay offline need to visit the State Bank of India or Indian Bank to pay the fee along with the service charges.
The eligibility criteria for TNPSC can be categorized into mainly three parts. The educational qualifications, age limit, and nationality. All the applicants must go through this eligibility process carefully before applying for any exam. Since various exams are being conducted by TNPSC, like Group-1, Group-2, Group-3, Group-4, Assistant Engineer, District Educational Officer, and Village Administrative Officer. Each of these exams has its limitations for the candidates to qualify for the exam.
Since there are various posts under TNPSC, each of these posts have their educational qualification. The candidates who desire to appear for Group-1 examination should be a graduate from a recognized university or a deemed university.
The applicants who wish to appear for the Group-2 examination should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. Each post under the Group-2 examination requires different educational qualifications.
|Post name||Educational Qualification|
|Assistant Inspector in Local Fund Audit Department||Any degree|
|Assistant Inspector in Local Fund Audit Department||Any degree of Science, arts or commerce, or engineering degree|
|Assistant Section Officer Cum Programmer In TNPSC||M.C.A or master’s degree in Science (IT/CS)|
|Deputy Commercial Tax Officer||Bachelor’s degree- BA, B. Com, B.Sc., B.Lit., etc.,|
|Sub-Registrar Grade-II||Bachelor’s degree|
|Probation Officer in the Prison Department||BA, B.Sc., B. Com., B.O.L., B.B.A., etc.,|
The educational Qualification for Group-3 is to have a Pre-University course examination and higher secondary examination. For the Junior Inspector of Cooperative Societies post, the applicant should have a Diploma in Rural Services along with the other two qualifications of this post. Whereas, for those who wish to become a Station fire officer, they should have a degree in BA, B.Sc. , B. Com, or B.O.L, or a BBA from Madurai Kamaraj University or B. Lit. of Madurai University.
All those applicants who are applying for the Group-4 examination should have an educational qualification of SSLC certification or any equivalent certificate.
Applicants applying for the Combined engineering services and Assistant engineer exam have an educational qualification of B.E. or B. Tech degree. Whereas for the District educational officer exam, the candidate should have a master’s degree, a B.T., or a B.Ed. degree.
Just like the educational qualifications, the age limit is also different for every post. All the posts under Group-1 have an age limit of 21years to 32 years. But the age limit for Assistant Commissioner is 21years to 33 years. The candidates who belong to SC/ST/OBC and any other reserved categories have an upper age relaxation of 37 years to all the Group-1 posts.
Firstly, the age limit for all the posts of Group-2 and Group 3 is between 18 years to 30 years except for Sub-Registrar Grade 2 who has an age limit of 20 to 30 years, Probation Officer with 22 to 30 years, Junior Employment Officer with 18 to 40 years and for the Group 3 post; Station Fire Officer has an age limit between 20 to 30 years.
Secondly, the age limit for all the posts of Group 4 is between 21 to 30 years. But it is different for the reservation candidates. Thirdly, those who belong to Scheduled Caste (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST) have a limit of 18 to 35 years. And also, candidates of Backward classes have an age limit of 18 to 32 years and applicants of SC/ST (VAO) have a limit of 21 to 40 years.
The Nationality criteria for these exams is a very important aspect for the candidates. So, all the applicants who apply for Group 2 examination should be a citizen of India. The subject of Nepal or Bhutan should further provide a certificate of eligibility which is approved by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Most All the Tibetan refugees who came to India before January 1, 1962, with permanent residence and all the Immigrants of Bhutan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia, and the United Republic of Tanzania of Indian origin are eligible for this examination.
TNPSC releases the vacancy list along with the exam date notification. The number of vacancies differs for every post. Consequently, there are about 1199 vacancies for the Group 2 related examinations, 18 vacancies for the Archaeological Officer post, 69 vacancies for Combined Civil Services, 365 vacancies for Agricultural Officer posts and many more are yet to be released.
|Sr. No.||Name of the post||Number of vacancies|
|3.||Junior Draughting Officer in Highways Department||183|
|4.||Junior Draughting Officer in Public Works Department||348|
|5.||Horticultural Officer and Assistant Director||197|
|6.||Assistant Agricultural Officer and Assistant Horticultural Officer||429|
|7.||Department Exam Recruitment||Not Mentioned|
The salary for the posts in the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) is announced along with the other details like examination date, vacancies, and eligibility criteria in the notification. The salary varies for every post as the level of the post increases. For the posts like Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officers, the pay scale lies between Rs. 37700/- and Rs. 119500/-.
|Sr .No.||Name of the post||Pay scale|
|1.||Horticultural Officer||Rs. 37700 – Rs. 11950|
|2.||Mandal Revenue Officer||Rs. 16150 – Rs. 42590|
|3.||Senior Accountant||Rs. 10900 – Rs. 31550|
|4.||Municipal Commissioner Gr. III||Rs. 29760 – Rs. 80930|
|5.||Prohibition and Excise Sub Inspector||Rs. 26600 – Rs. 77030|
|6.||Assistant Commercial Tax Officer||Rs. 28940 – Rs. 80930|
|7.||Industrial Promotion Officer||Rs. 16150 – Rs. 42590|
|8.||Assistant Section Officer in Secretariat Sub-Service||Rs. 12910 – Rs. 36700|
|9.||Junior Employment Officer||Rs. 14860 – Rs. 39540|
|10.||Typists in the Offices of the Heads of the Departments||Rs. 8440 – Rs. 24950|
The syllabus for the examination of various posts of TNPSC is uploaded on the official website tnpsc.gov.in. So, all the aspirants can visit the website to download the syllabus related to the exam of their interest. The syllabus is consequently updated on the website, making it easier for the candidates to go through the documents and prepare for the examination. The study material for every post is uploaded according to and syllabus of previous years is also available on the website. Most of these posts have similar patterns like General Knowledge, General Tamil, General English, biology, current events, economics, history, aptitude, and mental ability test.
Just like all the other details, the exam pattern of TNPSC is different for every post. So, the candidates need to go through their exam syllabus and the pattern before giving the examination. Firstly, Group 1 and TNPSC DEO examinations have three stages – Prelim Exam, Main Exam, and Interview round. Secondly, the prelims exam is objective type whereas the mains exam is descriptive type. Thirdly, for group 1, the prelim exam paper carries 300 marks which are three hours long. Therefore, the main exam has three papers each carries 250 marks, and every paper covers different topics from the syllabus. Whereas, Group 2 has two stages – prelim exam and main exam. Here, it is similar to group 1 as the prelim exam is objective with 300 marks and the main exam is descriptive with 300 marks as well.
The Group 3 and Group 4 exams are single papers with three different sections carrying a total of 300 marks. Therefore, the Combined Engineering Services consists of two papers. Both the papers carry 300 marks and 200 marks respectively. And also, the Assistant System Engineer exam is conducted in three papers. Above all, each paper has various topics and paper 1 is for three long hours with 200 hundred marks, paper 2 is one hour long with 50 marks and paper 3 is consists of 150 marks with a time limit of two hours. And also, the TNPSC DEO is again conducted in three stages – prelim exam, main exam, and interview round. The main exam is further divided into three papers. So, each of these papers carries 300 marks in a total of 1200 marks.
The TNPSC council will not send any admit cards personally. Consequently, it is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that they are timely and are updated with every detail. Therefore, the applicant should download his/her admit through the official website of TNPSC.
In addition, there are other websites like; www.tnpscexams.in or www.tnpscexams.net where the applicants can easily download their admit card. Consequently, the candidates should go through all the rules and regulations mentioned in the admit card. So, any violation of these rules will only lead to hard circumstances. Above all the applicants should make sure that all the details on the admit card are precise. Therefore, only the candidates with the admit card are allowed into the examination hall. So, one should be careful with it and not lose it.
The results of every exam conducted by TNPSC are first announced on the official website. Initially, a notification is announced regarding the announcement of results. Following this notification, the exam results are announced as per the schedule. All the candidates with a good score will be selected for the second round or further process. This merit rank is decided based on the overall performance of all the candidates in a particular examination. Since many rounds are being conducted, the result of each exam is announced separately. So, there are a few sets of guidelines that need to be followed to view the results.
Above all the aspirants who wish to apply for the TNPSC examination should apply through online registration on the official websites of TNPSC like; www.tnpsc.gov.in, www.tnpscexams.in, or www.tnpscexams.net. Therefore, to apply for any exam related to TNPSC, the candidates must apply for One Time Registration (OTR). After that, this OTR is applicable for the next five from the day of application registration. Few steps to apply for any examination.
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Ans. The answer is ‘No’. To clarify, UPSC exams are conducted countrywide whereas TNPSC is specified to Tamil Nadu state where all the jobs are confined to the state government.
Ans. There are various posts in TNPSC Group 2 examination, and the salary also differs from one another. But the estimated salary would be between Rs. 37200/- – Rs. 117600/-.
Ans. The applicants can go through the revised syllabus and prepare accordingly which is available on official website.
Ans. All the aspirants who wish to apply for the TNPSC examination should get registered for One Time Registration (OTR) therefore, it will be valid for the next five years from the time of registration. After the OTR is done, the aspirants can apply for any exam of their interest by following the applied conditions.
Ans. To clarify, anyone who wishes to check their result can visit the TNPSC official website. On the home page, click on the ‘recruitment’ option which further gives more options. After that click on the ‘results’ option which will open a new page that consists of various results of all the examinations that are being conducted by TNPSC.
Ans. Yes, because there are various posts in TNPSC that are applicable for the aspirants who wish to get a government job.
Ans. Certainly, the age limit for group 2 TNPSC examination is between 18 to 30 years. Therefore, this is for the candidates who belong to the general category. Whereas those who belong to SC/ST/OBC and other reserved categories have no upper age limit.