Group II

Group II exam comes next to Group I, wherein the candidates are recruited for gazetted positions serving under Group I officials. The competition is skyrocketing for Group II exams as well like Group I exam. To crack any competitive exam, the candidates must practice more than what they study. It is very true in case of Group II exam also. Unlike most other competitive exams, the TNPSC exams do not have negative marking. The candidates should make use ofthis option to their favour. To clear Group II exam, the candidates must attend as many tests as possible.

Group II (Interview) exam is conducted in three phases – The Preliminary, the Mains and the Interview.

The Group II (Non-Interview) exam is conducted in a single phase – The Preliminary Level

Services that are listed under Group II are

Group II (Interview Post)

  • Deputy Commercial Tax Officer (DCTO)
  • Sub Registrar
  • Probation Officer in the Prison Department
  • Assistant Inspector of Labour
  • Junior Employment Officer
  • Assistant Section Officer in Law Department/TNPSC/Finance Department/Various Departments in Tamil Nadu Ministerial service/ Secretarial Service
  • Assistant Inspector in Local Fund Audit Department
  •  Special Assistant in Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department
  • Audit Inspector in Audit Wing of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments
  • Supervisor of Industrial Co-operatives
  • Senior Inspector of Co-operative Societies

For Interview Post

Main Written Examination: 300 marks

Oral Test: 40 Marks

Total Marks: 300+40 = 340 Marks

Minimum Qualifying Marks for all Communities: 102 out of 340

Group II (Non-Interview Post)

  • Accountant in Treasuries and Accounts Department
  • Assistant in Forest Department
  • Personal Clerk in the Finance Department, Secretariat
  • Personal Clerk (Other than Law and Finance Department), Secretariat
  • Personal Clerk in TNPSC
  • Personal Clerk in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
  • Assistant in various Departments in Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service/Secretariat Service/Legislative Assembly Secretariat Service
  • Assistant in the Divisions of Commercial Taxes Department
  • Handloom Inspector
  • Revenue Assistant in Revenue Department

For Non-Interview Post

Main Written Examination: 300 marks

Total Marks: 300 Marks

Minimum Qualifying Marks for all Communities: 90

Combined Civil Services Examination –II

General Studies (Preliminary Examination) Topics for Objective Type

Subject Duration Maximum Marks Minimum Qualifying Marks for All Communities
Preliminary Examination(Objective Type)

General Studies (Degree Standard) (175 items)

Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (S.S.L.C. Std.) (25 items)

(Total – 200 items)
3 Hours 300 90

Combined Civil Services Examination –II

Main Written Examination (Descriptive type)


Title 1 - Tamil to English translation
Title 2 - English to Tamil translation


Title 1 - Precis writing
Title 2 - Comprehension
Title 3 - Hints Development
Title 4 - Essay writing on the following topics from ‘Thirukkural’

  1. Significance as a Secular literature
  2. Relevance to Everyday Life
  3. Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity
  4. Thirukkural and Universal Values - Equality, Humanism, etc.
  5. Relevance to Socio - Politico - Economic affairs
  6. Philosophical content in Thirukkural

Title 5 - Letter writing - Official

Syllabus  for  Examination

History, Culture and Heritage of Tamil Nadu

Note[This syllabus applies for Paper-I (Title 1 and 2) and Paper-II (only for Titles 1 to 3 given above)]Note

Origin and Development of Tamil Civilization – From classical antiquity to modernity.
Sangam Period Literature along with the historical events related to Language Development.
Musical Tradition of Tamil Nadu – Folklore – music, dance, Musical instruments and folk drama – From classical age to post-modern age with its modifications.
Dramatic Art Form – Street Theatre – Folk Theatre – Conventional Theatrical techniques.
Socio-Economic History – Overseas trade – evidence from classical literature like “Pattinapalai”.
Rationalist Movements – Dravidian Movement and Self Respect Movement.
Contribution of Social Reform Movements in the implementation of Social Welfare Measures and Socio-Economic Development of Tamil Nadu – Reservation Policy and its Benefits – Contribution of Social Justice and Social Harmony in the Socio Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.
Feminism – Socio – feminism, Literary feminism – Different Concepts and Perceptions.
Contemporary Tamil Language – Computer Tamil Diction – Legal Tamil – Tamil as Administrative Language – New genres.

Scheme for Main Written Examination

PAPER – I(S.S.L.C. Standard)

(Duration: 1 Hours 30 Minutes)

Sl. No. Title Number of questions to be asked Marks Total Marks Remarks
1. Tamil to English Translation 2 25 50 Total Marks -100 Minimum Qualifying Marks – 25

(Answer sheets of the candidates who do not secure minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I will not be considered for the evaluation of Paper-II)
2. English to Tamil Translation 2 25 50

PAPER – II(Degree Standard)

(Duration: 3 Hours)

Sl. No. Title Number of questions to be asked Marks Total Marks Remarks
1. Precis Writing 3 20 60 Total Marks – 300

(This part has to be answered fully in Tamil or in English alone) (Marks secured in Paper-I will not be considered for selection. Marks secured in Paper-II alone will be considered for selection.)
2. Comprehension 3 20 60
3. Hints Development 3 20 60
4. Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ 3 20 60
5. Letter writing (Official) 3 20 60