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SYLLABUS - UPSC - PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

Paper I - (200 marks) Duration : Two Hours

GENERAL STUDIES

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation.
  • General Science.



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Paper II - (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

CSAT

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).


Note 1 :

Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper- II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

Note 2 :

The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

Note 3 :

It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/ she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

SYLLABUS MAIN EXAMINATION

  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Tamil

SYLLABUS - TNPSC

General Knowledge Syllabus for Group - I & II

General Knowledge

Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii) (b) above, viz. Those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

General Science

Questions on general science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science, including matters of every day observation and experience as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.

History

In History emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, political aspects; social and cultural heritage of India emphasizing unity in diversity.

Geography

In geography emphasis will be on geography of India including the physical, social, economic geography and of the main features of Indian agriculture and natural resources.

Indian Polity and Economy

Questions on Indian Polity and economy will test knowledge on the country's political, executive, judicial system, panchayat raj, rural and community development, and economic planning in India.

Indian National Movement

Questions on Indian National Movement will be related to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of independence.

General Mental Ability

General mental ability test will include analysis of classified data, logical and behavioral reasoning, analogies, school arithmetic numerical ability and basic concepts of computers.

Current Events

Current events will include latest developments on all the fields detailed above including science and technology.



Note:

About 20% of the questions in this paper shall be exclusively with reference of Tamil, Tamilnadu, language and literature, culture and heritage of its people.

Syllabus for Group - IV

GENERAL SCIENCE

Will Cover General appreciation and understanding of Science including matters of everyday observations and experience as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made any special study of any scientific discipline. The questions shall be from topics- in Physics, Chemistry and Biology viz.,. Scientific Laws, Scientific instruments, Inventions and Discoveries. Scientists and their contributions. Human Physiology, Diseases, their cause, cure and prevention, Balanced diet, human Genetics, Animals, Mammals and Birds, Environment and Ecology. Elements and Compounds. Acids, Bases and Salts and allied Subjects, Motion, Newtons Laws of Motion - Properties of Matter, Electricity, National Laboratories and other related topics.

HISTORY OF INDIA

Dates and events relating to indus Valley Civilisation, Vedic, Aryan and Sangam Age, Maurya Dynasty, Buddhism and Jainism, Guptas and Vardhanas, Pallvas Cholas and Pandias, Sultanate and Mughal Period. Advent of European powers specially the British and other related topics.

GEOGRAPHY OF INDLA

Earth, Motions of Earth, Rotation and Revolution and their effects, structure of Earth, Natural regions of India, Weather, Monsoon and Climate. Rainfall, Natural Calamities, Indian Towns and Places, Hill Stations, National parks, Major Ports, Crops and Minerals, Location of Major Industries, Forests and Wildlife, Population distribution in India and other related topics.

ECONOMICS AND COMMERCE

Agriculture, Major crops and crop pattern in India, Industrial Development, Major medium, small scale and cottage Industries of Tamil Nadu. Village and Rural Development in India. Housing, Drinking water and other developmental schemes - price policy, Inflation, population and unemployment problems, imports and exports

INDIAN POLITY

Indian Constitution, Salient features, citizenship, elections, Parliament and State Legislature, Executive set up of States, Judiciary system, Local self Governments, Centre - State Relations, Language Policy, Foreign policy.

INDIAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT

National freedom movement and attainment of independence - contribution-of National Leaders like Bal Ganga Dhar Tilak, Gopalakrishna Gokhale, Dada Bhai Nauvroji Mahatma Gandhi Jawaral Nehru and others - Role of Tamil Nadu in Freedom Movement, Bharathiyar, V.O. C, Subramaniya Siva, Rajaji and others.

CURRENT EVENTS

Latest development in Science and technology, political developments in India, New developments in Trade, Transport and communication, historical events. Fine arts like dance, drama, films, painting, major literary works Games and Sports, National, International awards, National and International organisations, Abbreviations, who is who, Books and Authors, General Terminology, India and its Neighbours, present day India and other related topics.

MENTAL ABILITY TESTS

These tests are ment to verify the candidate's capability to draw conclusions through, inductive or deductive reasoning from tables and charts. It will include elementary problems from school mathematics.



Note:

Some of the questions asked in this paper shall be exclusively with reference to Tamil Nadu.