TNPSC Group 2/2a Syllabus

TNPSC Group 2 & 2A: Prelims Syllabus – English

SSLC Standard (Objective Type Examination)



  1. Match the following words and phrases given in Column A with their meanings

in Column B.

  1. Choose the correct ‘Synonym’ for the underlined word from the options given.
  2. Choose the correct ‘Antonym’ for the underlined word from the options given.
  3. Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix).
  4. Fill in the blanks with suitable Article.
  5. Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition.
  6. Select the correct Question Tag.
  7. Select the correct Tense.
  8. Select the correct Voice.
  9. Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle).
  10. Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object…).
  11. Fill in the blanks with correct Homophones.
  12. Find out the Error (Articles, Preposition, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb).
  13. Select the correct sentence.
  14. Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb).
  15. Select the correct Plural forms.
  16. Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentence).
  17. Identify the correct Degree.
  18. Form a new word by blending the words.
  19. Form compound words (eg.: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun).
  20. British English – American English.

Part-B Poetry

(a) Figures of Speech

(Alliteration – Simile – Metaphor – Personification – Onomatopoeia – Anaphora  – Rhyme Scheme – Rhyming Words – Repetition, etc.)

(b) Poetry Appreciation

(c) Important Lines

List of poems

  1. Life – Henry Van Dyke
  2. I am Every Woman – Rakhi Nariani Shirke
  3. The Secret of the Machines – Rudyard Kipling
  4. The Ant and The Cricket – Adapted from Aesop’s fables
  5. No Men are Foreign – James Falconer Kirkup
  6. The House on Elm Street – Nadia Bush
  7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost
  8. A Poison Tree – William Blake
  9. On Killing a Tree – Gieve Patel
  10. The Spider and the Fly – Mary Botham Howitt
  11. The River – Caroline Ann Bowles
  12. The Comet – Norman Littleford
  13. The Stick-together Families – Edgar Albert Guest
  14. Special Hero – Christina M. Kerschen
  15. Making Life Worth While – George Elliot
  16. A Thing of Beauty – John Keats
  17. Lessons in Life – Brigette Bryant & Daniel Ho
  18. My Computer Needs a Break – Shanthini Govindan
  19. Your Space – David Bates
  20. Sea Fever – John Masefield
  21. Courage – Edgar Albert Guest
  22. Team Work – Edgar Albert Guest
  23. From a Railway Carriage – Robert Louis Stevenson
  24. Indian Seasons – Nisha Dyrene
  25. A Tragic Story – William Makepeace Thackeray


Literary Works

I. List of prose

  1. His First Flight – Liam O’Flaherty
  2. The Tempest – Tales From Shakespeare
  3. The Last Lesson – Alphonse Daudet
  4. The Little Hero of Holland – Mary Mapes Dodge
  5. The Dying Detective – Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Learning the Game (Book Extract) – Sachin Tendulkar
  7. The Cat and the Painkiller (An Extract from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) – Mark Twain
  8. Water – The Elixir of Life – Sir C.V.Raman
  9. The Story of a Grizzly Cub – William Temple Hornaday
  10. Sir Isaac Newton – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  11. My Reminiscence – Rabindranath Tagore
  12. The Woman on Platform 8 – Ruskin Bond
  13. The Nose Jewel – C.Rajagopalachari
  14. A Birthday Letter – Jawaharlal Nehru

II. Biographies of –

Mahatma Gandhi – Jawaharlal Nehru – Subash Chandra Bose – Helen Keller –

Kalpana Chawala – Dr.Salim Ali – Rani of Jhansi – Nelson Mandela – Abraham  Lincoln

III. General Comprehension


TNPSC Group 2 & 2A: Prelims Syllabus – General Science – Revised Syllabus

 General  Studies  (Preliminary Examination)

Topics for Objective Type

Unit-i: General Science

  • Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper – Power of Reasoning – Rote Learning Vs Conceptual Learning – Science as a tool to understand the past, present and future.
  • Nature of Universe – General Scientific Laws – Mechanics – Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy – Everyday application of the basic principles of Mechanics, lectricity and Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser, Electronics and Communications.
  • Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum Products, Fertilizers,
  • Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Human
  • Environment and

Unit-ii: Current Events

  • History – Latest diary of events – National symbols – Profile of States – Eminent personalities and places in news – Sports – Books and
  • Polity – Political parties and political system in India – Public awareness and General administration – Welfare oriented Government schemes and their utility, Problems in Public Delivery
  • Geography – Geographical
  • Economics – Current socio-economic
  • Science – Latest inventions in Science and Technology

Unit- iii: Geography Of India

  • Location – Physical features – Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate – Water resources – Rivers in India – Soil, minerals and natural resources – Forest and wildlife – Agricultural
  • Transport –
  • Social geography – Population density and distribution – Racial, linguistic groups and major
  • Natural calamity – Disaster Management – Environmental pollution: Reasons and preventive measures – Climate change – Green energy.

Unit – iv: History and Culture Of India

  • Indus valley civilization – Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals, and Marathas – Age of Vijayanagaram and Bahmani Kingdoms – South Indian
  • Change and Continuity in the Socio-Cultural History of
  • Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity – Race, language,
  • India as a Secular State, Social

Unit-v: Indian Polity

  • Constitution of India – Preamble to the Constitution – Salient features of the Constitution – Union, State, and Union
  • Citizenship, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State
  • Union Executive, Union      legislature        – State Executive, State Legislature – Local governments, Panchayat
  • Spirit of Federalism: center-state
  • Election – Judiciary in India – Rule of
  • Corruption in public life – Anti-corruption measures – Lokpal and Lokayukta – Right to Information – Empowerment  of  women – Consumer protection forums, Human rights

Unit-vi: Indian Economy

  • Nature of Indian economy – Five-year plan models – an assessment – Planning Commission and Niti
  • Sources of revenue – Reserve Bank of India – Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy – Finance Commission – Resource sharing between Union and State Governments – Goods and Services
  • Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land reforms and Agriculture – Application of Science and Technology in agriculture – Industrial growth – Rural welfare oriented programs – Social problems – Population, education, health, employment,

Unit-vii: Indian National Movement

  • National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule – Indian National Congress – Emergence of leaders – R.Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O.Chidambaranar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose and others.
  • Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant movements.
  • Communalism and

Unit- viii: History, Culture, Heritage and Socio – Political Movements  in Tamil Nadu

  • History of Tamil Society, related Archaeological discoveries, Tamil Literature from Sangam age till contemporary
  • Thirukkural :
  • (a) Significance as a Secular literature
  • (b) Relevance to Everyday Life
  • (c) Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity
  • (d) Thirukkural and Universal Values – Equality, Humanism, etc
  • (e) Relevance to Socio – Politico-Economic affairs
  • (f ) Philosophical content in Thirukkural
  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Early agitations against British Rule – Role of women in the freedom struggle.
  • Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political movements in  Tamil  Nadu  –  Justice  Party,  Growth  of  Rationalism  –   Self Respect Movement, Dravidian movement and Principles underlying both these movements, Contributions of Thanthai Periyar and Perarignar

Unit – ix: Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

  • Human Development Indicators in Tamil Nadu and a comparative assessment across the Country – Impact of Social Reform movements in the Socio – Economic Development of Tamil
  • Political parties and Welfare schemes for various sections of people – Rationale behind Reservation Policy and access to Social Resources – Economic trends in Tamil Nadu – Role and impact of social welfare schemes in the Socio – economic development of Tamil
  • Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones  of  Socio – Economic
  • Education and Health systems in Tamil
  • Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic
  • Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various
  • e-governance in Tamil

Unit-x: Aptitude and Mental Ability

  • Simplification – Percentage – Highest Common Factor (HCF) – Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).
  • Ratio and Simple interest – Compound interest – Area – Volume – Time and Work.
  • Logical Reasoning – Puzzles-Dice – Visual Reasoning – Alphanumeric Reasoning – Number Series 

TNPSC Group 2 Mains Syllabus

As mentioned earlier, the Mains exam will have two papers. The syllabus for PAPER-II has been discussed below.

Main Written Examination Syllabus Paper – II

I. Role and impact of science and Technology in the Development of India and Tamil Nadu.

Nature of universe-General scientific laws-Scientific instruments-inventions and discoveries Science glossary-Physical quantities, standards and units-Mechanics and properties of matter Force, motion and energy-Heat, light and sound-Magnetism, electricity and electronics – Elements and compounds -Acids, bases and salts-Oxidation and reduction-Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds-Fertilizers-pesticides, insecticides-Main concepts of life science-The cell the basic unit of life-Classification of living organism-Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration-lood and blood-circulation-Endocrine system-Reproductive system-Animals, plants and human life Govt. policy -organizations on Science and Technology Role, achievement & Impact of Science and technology-Energy-self sufficiency-oil exploration- Genetics-the science of heredity Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Bio-diversity and its conservation-Human diseases. prevention and remedies-Communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases-Alcoholism and Drug abuse-Computer-science and advancement

II. Administration of Union and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu

State government organization structure, functions and control mechanism-District administration role in people’s welfare oriented programmes-Industrial map of Tamil Nadu role of state government Public Services role of recruitment agencies-State finance resources, budget and financial administration-Use af IT in administration – e-governance in the State-Natural calamities Disaster Management Union and State Social welfare Government sponsored schemes with reference to Tamil Nadu-Relationship between State and Union-Industrial map of India -Public Services – role of recruitment agencies in Union Government-Social welfare-government sponsored schemes by Government of India

III. Socio-Economic Issues in India/ Tamil Nadu Population Explosion Unemployment issues in India & Tamil Nadu Child Labour

Economic Issues (a) Poverty (b) Sanitation Rural and Urban (c) Corruption in public life – Anti Corruption measures – CVC Lok-adalats. Ombudsman, CAG-Illiteracy Women Empowerment – Role of the Govt. in Women Empowerment Social injustice to womenfolk – Domestic violence, dowry menace, sexual assault-Impact of violence on the growth of the nation Religious violence, Terrorism and Communal violence.. Human Rights issues-Right to information Central and State Commission. Education – Linkage between Education and Economic Growth-Community Development Programme-Employment Guarantee Scheme-Self Employment and Entrepreneurship Development-Role of N.G.O’s in Social Welfare – Govt, Policy on Health

IV. Current issues at National Level

V. Current issues at State Level