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The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) may be a department of the govt of Tamil Nadu that's liable for governing the recruitment of personnel into the state's public service.

Frequently Asked Questions? (FAQ)


1. I’m I fresher will I apply for TNPSC Group 1 or experience is needed?

Experience is not to be considered as a preference.

2. If the two people get the same mark in the final mean how will they select?

If the two people get the same mark in the final mean then the TNPSC commission decides the results. They check community details, preferable qualification, age, etc.,

3. Can you tell me the time duration for the prelims exam?

3 hours.

4. Can you tell the time duration for the mains exam?

Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3 all are having equal time that is 3 hours.

5. Can you tell me about fee concession for SC/ST in TNPSC?

For Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyars), Scheduled Tribes - Full Exemption Differently Abled people, poor Widow of all community - Full Exemption

6. I don’t know how to apply for the TNPSC please could you help me?

Candidates should log on to the official website of TNPSC that is tnpsc.gov.in. Then search for the Latest Notification section on the Homepage. Now Click on TNPSC Group 1 Notification PDF. Read complete notification carefully. Eligible applicants may apply online from here. After filling up an application form must recheck it. Now, pay your application fee online or offline. Aspirants must keep one copy of the application form for feature use.

7. Shall I use Pencil for filling the OMR sheet?

No, you can use only a blue or black color ballpoint pen filling OMR during an exam.

8.Any rough paper will be provided in the exam hall for candidate use?

Any paper will not provide separately in the question paper last two pages will be empty for candidate Rough Work

9. The question paper will be in Tamil or both English?

The questions will be in the form of Tamil and English but in case of any doubt, the English version will be final.

10. In the mains exam all questions having the same and equality mark?

No, the Mains exam has 1 mark questions, 3 mark questions, 5 mark questions, 15 mark questions

11. How to prepare for TNPSC Examinations-Five basic steps

1. Understanding the Tamil Nadu public service commission exam syllabus.

2. Collect crucial information and resources.

3. Begin your study preparation with complete sincerity and dedication.

4. Make legible revision notes.

5. Practice mock tests.

12.How can we know our performance after the conduct of Examination?

The question papers are allowed to be taken by the candidates after the examination is over. The tentative keys are published by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission within a week’s time enabling them to tentatively arrive at his marks.

Which degree is best for Tnpsc?

Check out the well-liked educational qualifications of various positions of TNPSC Group 1. A degree or diploma in forensic science and criminology from a recognized University in India. Second Preference: A Degree both within the streams of Commerce and Law.

13.How can we know the status of our application?

There is a facilitation counter functioning in TNPSC premises. Candidates may obtain information / clarification relating to examination and candidature etc., on working days between 10.00 AM to 05.45 PM in person or over telephone No’s 044-25300 300 from this counter and over Toll free No.1800-425-1002.

14.How can we know that we have been admitted to the examination?

SMS is being sent to all candidates by the Commission to those whose applications have been admitted finally that their Hall ticket is available in the Commission’s website and it can be downloaded. Likewise SMS is being sent to all the candidates who have been admitted to oral test.

15.After the conduct of Examination how is the merit list prepared?

After the completion of oral test, the written examination marks are obtained from the Controller of Examinations and the consolidated mark list (CML) is prepared by adding the marks obtained in the written Examination and oral test. The consolidated mark list is being published in the Commission’s website and in TNPSC notice Board. The community, sex and Special Category of the candidates are also published enabling the candidate to arrive at the status of their selection.

16.What are the duties / functions of TNPSC?

The functions / duties of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission are: i) To conduct examinations for appointment to State/Subordinate services within its purview. ii) The Government should consult the Commission on all matters relating to the recruitments to the Civil Services in the state and on the principles to be followed in making appointments to civil services and posts, and while making promotions and transfers from one services to another, the suitability of candidates in the aforesaid promotions and transfers and on disciplinary matters affecting the employees serving in the State Government in non-judicial capacity including memorials petitions relating to such matters.

17.What are the vacancies for which recruitments/selections are done by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission?

The following are the various recruitments / selections made by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission.

(A) Group-I Services

Name of the posts

1. Deputy Collector

2. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Category–I)

3. District Registrar, Registration Department

4. Assistant Director of Rural Development Department (Panchayat) / Personal Assistant (Development) to Collector

5. District Employment Officer

6. Divisional Officer in Fire and Rescue Services

7. Assistant Commissioner (C.T.)>

8 Personal Clerk in the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission

9 Personal Clerk, Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission

10 Steno-Typist in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat Service

11 Assistant in various departments Commissioner of Revenue Administration, Industries and Commerce, Medical and Rural Health Services, Registration, Transport, Prison, Police, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Land Administration, Land Reforms, Fisheries, PWD, Technical Education, Backward Classes, Labour, Employment and Training, Commercial Taxes, Highways and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Archives and Historical Research, Forest, H.R & C.E., Social Defence, NCC., Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Vigilance & Anti Corruption Dept., Information and Public Relation, School Education.

12 Assistant in Secretariat Department (Finance Department)

13 Assistant in Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission

14 Lower Division Clerk in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Secretariat

15 Planning Junior Assistant 4

16 Receptionist (Small Savings Department)

17 Assistant in Law Department

18 Assistant in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat Service

Combined Civil Services-III (Group-III Services)

Name of the post

Station Fire Officer Combined

Civil Services-III (Group-III A Services)

Name of the post

1 Junior Inspector of Co-operative Societies

2 Assistant Supervisor of Industrial Co-operative Societies

3 Store Keeper in Employment and Training (Training wing) Department

4 Store-Keeper, Grade-II in Industries and Commerce Department

Group-IV Service

Name of the post

1 Junior Assistant (Security & Non-Security)

2 Bill Collector

3 Typist

4 Steno-Typist, Grade-III

5 Field Surveyor

6 Draftsman

Group-V A Services

Name of the post

Assistant in Secretariat (Recruitment by transfer) (Other than Law and Finance Department)

Group-VI Services

Name of the post

Forest Apprentice 5

Group-VII A Services

Name of the post

Executive Officer, Grade-I

Group-VII B Services

Name of the post

Executive Officer, Grade-III

Group-VIII Services

Name of the post

Executive Officer, Grade-IV

18.What are the stages involved in making recruitments?

i) Selections to lower level posts

1) Only by written examination:- The written examination is conducted in OMR method which is objective in nature (with multiple choice type questions). The answer papers are evaluated through computers and the marks of all candidates are published in TNPSC website. The details regarding their overall rank and rank in their respective communal category are also provided for that particular recruitment in respect of each candidate. The details of distribution of vacancies are also hosted by the Commission. The candidate, by correlating the ranking given as above, with the no. of vacancies in his / her communal category, may know the status of his/her selection. After this process, Counselling is being conducted in the Commission’s Office for the posts included in VAO, Group IV & Group II A.

ii) Selections to Middle level posts:

1)By written examination and oral test.

For the recruitment of middle level posts, there will be a written examination and an Oral Test. The written examination will be followed by the oral test. (Combined Engineering Services and Assistant Public Prosecutor etc.,). In these examinations, the candidates are admitted to written examination purely on the basis of claims given in their online application. The selections are made by the above method in respect of technical posts also. The maximum marks prescribed for written examination and oral test are being mentioned in the notification. The examination shall be of objective or descriptive type as the case may be. Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission goes by the candidates claims made in their online applications and admits them to written examination. But when the documents in support of their claims in the online applications are being called for, lot of variations, misinformation’s etc., have been found out by the Commission. After due verification, the proper ranking is arrived by deleting the ineligible candidates and candidates are admitted provisionally to the oral test based on the number of vacancies in each category at the ratio of 1:2 / 1:3 in each communal category. This is finalised / done purely on basis of merit.

iii) For Selections to Higher Posts.

The selection which carries higher scale of pay and duties and responsibilities are made with three stages of selection. It is done in cases of selections / recruitments for Group I, Group IC & Group II Services.

1)Preliminary Examination: In respect of preliminary examination, all the eligible candidates are admitted purely on the basis of the particulars given by them in their online applications. This examination consists of Objective type comprising of multiple choice type Questions, which are to be answered in OMR sheets. After the evaluation of the preliminary examination answer sheets, the candidates are admitted to appear for the Main Examination at the ratio 1:50 i.e., for one post in each reserved category, 50 candidates are admitted to the Main Written Examination on the basis of marks obtained by them in the preliminary examination or at the ratio as fixed by the Commission. However, in each reservation group, all the candidates who secure the same marks as that of the cut off marks of their reservation group shall also be admitted to the Main Written Examination and hence at times it may exceed 1:50 ratio. The marks obtained in Preliminary Examination will not be taken into account for further process of selection.

2) Main Written Examination: The Main Written Examination comprises of Objective and/or Descriptive Type. It comprises of more than one paper depending on the nature of the job. Appearance in all the papers is compulsory. The main examinations are mostly in descriptive nature and the evaluation of Answer Sheets takes place more than once to eliminate the scope of errors.

3) Oral Test : Based on the marks obtained in the Main written Examination, the candidates are selected for admission to oral test at the ratio of 1:3 where the vacancy in a particular communal category is 4 and below, & 1:2 when the vacancy is 5 and above.