Tamil Nadu PSC Exam Pattern & Syllabus for 2017-18 Exam

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Tamil Nadu PSC Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Tamil Nadu State Public Service Commission has recently released 9351 vacancies for the Direct Recruitment for the post of Village Administrative Officer, Junior Assistant (Non-Security & Security), Bill Collector-Grade I, Field Surveyor, Draftsman, Typist and Steno-Typist-Grade -III. In this article, you will get to know the exam pattern and syllabus of Combined Civil Services Examination.
Important Date:
Last date for submission of application
13 December 2017
(till 11.59 p.m)
Last date for payment of Fee through Bank (State Bank of India / Indian Bank) or Post Office. 15th December 2017
Date and Time of Written Examination 11 February 2018 
[FN 10.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M]

Tamil Nadu PSC Scheme of Examination:-

Subject No.Of Questions Maximum
Duration Minimum Qualifying
Marks for selection
(All Communities)
General Studies 75 300 3 Hours 90
Aptitude Test 25
General Tamil /
General English
Total 200

Some importants points about exam:-

Two types of question papers will be set.
Type- 1:-: General Studies (75 items) + Aptitude Test (25 items) and General English (100 items).Type-2:-:General Studies (75 items) +Aptitude Test (25 items) and General Tamil (100 items).
Candidates are given the option to choose either General Tamil or General English for answering the second 100 items apart from answering the first (75+25)100 items on General Studies and Aptitude Test.
The questions on General Studies will be set both in English and Tamil and the questions on General Tamil/ General English will be set in the respective languages.

Note: Applicants should possess adequate knowledge of Tamil on the date of this Notification ( i.e. as on 14.11.2017)

Applicants who do not possess an adequate knowledge in Tamil may also apply.If  selected, they should pass the Second Class Language Test (Full Test) in Tamil within a  period of two years from the date of their appointment, failing which they will be discharged from service.

Tamil Nadu PSC Syllabus:-

General Studies: 75 Questions

Physics : Nature of Universe-General Scientific laws-Inventions and discoveries National scientific laboratories Mechanic and properties of  matter-Physical quantities, standards and units-Force, motion and energy-Magnetism, electricity and electronics-Heat, light and sound 
Chemistry-Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases and salts-Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides.
Botany-Main Concepts of life science-Classification of living organism-Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration.
Zoology-Blood and blood circulation-Reproductive system-Environment ecology, health and hygiene-Human diseases including communicable and non-communicable – prevention and remedies-Animals, plants and human life.
History – Latest diary of events-national – National symbols-Profile of States Eminent persons & places in news-Sports & games-Books & authors-Awards & honors’-India and its neighbors 
Political Science –I Problems in conduct of public election-2 Political parties and political system in India-3. Public a. Public awareness & General administration-4. Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility 
Geography- Geographical landmarks-
Economics– Current socio-economic problems 
Science– 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.  


Indus valley civilization Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas-Age of Vijayanagaram and the bahmanis-South India 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.

Consitution of India-Preamble to the constitution-Salient features of constitution Union, state and territory-Citizenship-right amend duties-Fundamental rights- Fundamental duties-Human rights charter-Unions 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.

Nature of India 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

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-

Conversions of information to date-Collection, compilation and presentation of date – 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: 100 Questions

PART-A: Grammar
Phrases, Synonyms, Antonyms, Prefix, Suffix, Preposition, Question tag, Active/Passive Voice, Fill ups (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle), Find out the Error (Articles, Prepositions, Nonu, Verb, Adjective, Adverb), Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentence), Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb), Identify the correct Degree.

Part-B: Literature
1. Figures of speech observed in the following Poems :  
Alliteration – Allusion – Simile – Metaphor – Personification – Oxymoron – Onomatopoeia – Anaphora – Ellipsis – Rhyme Scheme – Rhyming Words – Repetition – Apostrophe

2. Appreciation Questions form Poetry

A Psalm of Life – Women’s Rights – The Nation United – English words – Snake – The Man He Killed – Off to outer space tomorrow morning–Sonnet No. 116- The solitary Reaper – Be the Best – O Captain My Captain – Laugh and Be Merry – Earth – Don’t quit – The Apology – Be Glad your Nose is on your face – A sonnet for my Incomparable Mother – The Flying Wonder – To a Millionaire – The Piano – Manliness – Going for water – The cry of the Children – Migrant Bird – Shilpi.

3. Important lines form Poems.
Where the mind is without fear – The Solitary Reaper – Going for water – A Psalm of Life Be the Best – Sonnet No. 116 

4. Questions on Biography of
Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nahru, Sbuash Chandra Bos, Helen Keller, Kalpana Chawala, Dr. Salim Ali, Rani of Jhansi, Nelson Mandela Abraham Lincoln 

5. Question on Shakespeare’s 
Merchant of Venice (Act IV Court Scens) – Julius Caesar (Act III  Scene 2)- Sonnet 116

6. Questions from Oscar Wilde’s 
The Model Millionaire – The Selfish Giant 

7. Dr.Karl Paulnack 
Music-The Hope Raiser 

8. Comprehension Questions from the following Motivational Essays: 
Gopala Krishna Gokhale’s Speech on 25th July in Mumbai in response to  The address presented to him by students- Dale Carnegie’s The Road to success- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s ‘Vision for the Nation'(from ‘India 2020’) – Ruskin Bond’s ‘Our Local Team’ – Hope Spencer’s ‘Keep your spirits high’ – Deepa Agarwal’s ‘After the storm’ – Brian patten’s You can’t be that no you can’t be that’ 

9. Comprehension Questions from the following description of Places Ahtushi Deshpande’s To the land of snow’ – Manohar Devadoss Yaanai Malai – Brihadeesvarar Temple 
Part-C: Authors and their Literary Works
1. Match the Poems with the Poets 
A psalm of Life – Be the Best – The cry of the children – The Piano — Manliness Going for water — Earth -The Apology – Be Glad your Nose is on your face – The Flying Wonder -Is Life But a Dream – Be the Best – O captain My Captain – Snake – Punishment in Kindergarten -Where the Mind is Without fear – The Man He Killed – Nine Gold Medals

2. Which Nationality the story belongs to? 
The selfish Giant – The Lottery Ticket – The Last Leaf – How the Camel got its Hump – Two Friends — Refugee – The Open Window

3. Identify the Author with the short story 
The selfish Giant – The Lottery Ticket – The Last Leaf – How the Camel got its Hump – Two Friends Refugee – The Open Window – A Man who Had no Eyes – The Tears of the Desert — Sam The Piano – The face of Judas Iscariot – Swept Away – A close encounter – Caught Sneezing – The Wooden Bowl – Swami and the sum

4. Which Nationality the Poet belongs to? 
Robert Frost – Archibald Lampman D.H. Lawrence – Rudyard. Kamala Das – Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Famida Y. Basheer – Thomas Hardy – Khalil Gibran – Edgar A. Guest – Ralph Waldo Emerson – Jack Prelutsky – F. Joanna – Stephen Vincent Benet – William Shakespeare – William Wordsworth – H.W. Long Fellow – Annie Louisa walker -Walt Whitman – V.K. Gokak 

5. Characters, Quotes, Important Lines from ihe following works of Indian Authors: 
Sahitya Akademi Award winner Thakazhi Sivasankaran Pillai –`Farmer’  Kamala Das – 1. Punishment in Kindergarten  2. My Grandmother’s House R.K. Narayan – Swami and the slim – Rabindranath Tagore – Where the mind is without fear – Dhan Gopal Mukherji – Kari, The Elephant – Deepa Agarwal – After the Storm – Dr- API Abdul Kalam – Vision for the Nation Indra Anantha Krishna- The Neem Tree – Lakshmi Mukuntan- The Ant Eater and the Dassie – Dr. Neeraja Raghavan – The Sun Beam 

6. Drama Famous lines, characters, quotes from 
Julius Caesar – The Merchant of Venice 

7. Match the Places, Poet, Dramatist, Painter with suitable option 

8. Match the following Folk Arts with the Indian State / Country 

9. Match the Characters with Relevant Story Title 
The Selfish Giant – How the camel got its hump – The Lottery ticket – The Last Leaf – Two friends — Refugee – Open window — Reflowering – The Necklace Holiday

10. About the Poets 
Rabindranath Tagore – Henry Wordsworth Longfellow – Anne Louisa Walker -V K Gokak – Walt Whitman – Douglas Malloch

11. About the Dramatists
William Shakespeare – Thomas Hardy

12. Mention the Poem in which these lines occur 
Granny, Granny, please comb My Hair – With a friend – To cook and Eat – To India — My Native Land – A tiger in the Zoo – No men are foreign —Laugh and be Merry — The Apology – The Flying Wonder 

13.Various works of the following Authors — 
Rabindranath Tagore Shakespeare – William Wordsworth – 11.W. Longfellow Anne Louisa Walker – Oscar Wilde – Pearl S. Buck

14. What is the theme observed in the Literary works? 

Snake – The Mark of Vishnu – Greedy Govind – Our Local Team —Where the mind is without fear – Keep your spirits high – Be the best —Bat — The Piano — The Model Millionaire – The Cry of the Children —Migrant bird — Shilpi 

15.  Famous Quotes — Who said this? 

16. To Which period the Poets belong 
William Shakespeare – Walt Whitman – William Wordsworth – H.W. Longfellow Annie- Louisa Walker – D.H. Lawrence

17. Matching the Poets and Poems 
Discovery — Biking — Inclusion – Granny, Granny, please comb My Hair — With a Friend – To cook and Eat — Bat – To India — My Native Land – A tiger in the Zoo – No men are foreign – Laugh and be Merry —Earth — The Apology – The Flying Wonder – Off to outer space tomorrow morning – Be the best – Is life, but a dream – Women’s rights – The Nation united – English words — Snake — The man he killed
18. Nature centered Literary works and Global issue Environment and Conservation 
Flying with moon on their wings – Migrant bird – Will Thirst Become -Unquenchable? – Going for Water – Swept away – Gaia tells her 

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