TNPSC Group 1 Exam Eligibility Details

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)’s Group I Exam Eligibility details are as follows.

Eligibility Conditions:

I. Age Limit:

Name of the Post  Minimum Age 
(should have 
Maximum Age (should not have completed)
SC’s, SC(A)’s, ST’s,
MBC’s/DC’s, BC’s,
BCM’s and DW’s of
all castes
“Others” i.e., candidates
not belonging to SC’s,
SC(A)’s, ST’s, MBC’s/DC’s,
BC’s and BCM’s
1. For all the posts except the
post of Assistant
Commissioner (C.T).
21 Years 35 Years 30 Years
2. Assistant Commissioner (C.T.)
(i) For candidates
possessing any degree
21 Years 35 Years 30 Years
(ii) For candidates possessing
B.L. degree of any
University or Institution
recognized by the
University Grants Commission.
21 Years 36 Years 31 Years

(i) “Others” (i.e.,) candidates not belonging to SC’s, SC(A’)s, ST’s, MBC’s/DC’s, BC’s and BCM’s who have put in 5 years and more of service in the State / Central Government are not eligible to apply even if they are within the age limit.

II. Educational Qualification: Candidates should possess the following or its equivalent qualification:-
1. Candidates should possess a Degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or any other Educational Institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.


(i).The qualification prescribed for these posts should have been obtained by passing the required qualification in the order of studies 10th + HSC (or its equivalent)+ U.G. degree.

(ii). The candidates, who have written the final year degree examination, may also apply for the Preliminary Examination for direct recruitment to the posts included in Group-I Services.

2. Preference will be given to the candidates, who possess the qualification mentioned against each of the following posts:

Name of the Post Qualification
1. Deputy Superintendent of
Police (Category – I)
A Degree or Diploma in Criminology and Forensic Science
and also to those who possess National Awards for Physical
2. Assistant Commissioner
First Preference _ A Degree both in Commerce
and Law together with a Diploma in Taxation laws.
Second Preference _ A Degree both in Commerce
and Law.
Third Preference _ A Degree either in Commerce
or Law together with a Diploma in Taxation laws.
Fourth Preference _ A Degree either in Commerce
or Law.

Physical Qualification:
Candidates applying for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Category-I) must possess the following Physical qualifications:

Name of the Post Physical Qualification
Deputy Superintendent of
Police (Category-I)
i. For Men: Must be not less than 165 cms in Height and not less than 86 cms round the chest on full inspiration and must have a chest expansion of not less than 5 cms on full inspiration.

ii. For Women: Must be not less than 155 cms in Height. The Chest measurement will not apply to

Knowledge of Tamil: Candidates should possess adequate knowledge of Tamil.

TNPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern: Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)’s Group 1 Exam pattern and scheme of examination are given below…..

Scheme of Examination: Group 1 Exam will consists of Preliminary Examination, Main Written Examination and Oral Test.

A. Preliminary Examination: Preliminary examination will consists of 200 items in objective type, duration will be 3 Hours for maximum marks of 300.

Preliminary Examination:

Subject  Duration Maximum 
Minimum Qualifying 
SCs, SC(A)s,
STs, MBCs/
DCs, BCs and
Single paper in General Studies-200 items
Degree Standard – Objective Type
General Studies – 150 items
Aptitude & Mental Ability
Test (SSLC Standard) 50 items
3 Hours 300 90 120

B. Main Written Examination & Oral Interview: Main examination will consists of descriptive type questions from degree standard. Exam will have three papers viz., Paper I, Paper II and Paper III each will carry maximum marks of 300 in time duration of 3 hours. Subject name, maximum marks and qualifying marks for main examination and interview are given below….

Subject  Duration Maximum 
Minimum Qualifying Marks 
for selection
SCs, SC(A)s, STs,
MBCs/DCs, BCs and
General Studies- Descriptive type – 
Degree Standard
Paper- II
Paper-IIIInterview & Record
3 Hours
3 Hours
3 Hours
306 408
Total   1020  

TNPSC Group 1 Selection Process: Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)’s Group 1 exam selection process details are given below….

Selection Procedure: The selection will be made in three successive stages, viz., (i) Preliminary Examination for selection of candidates for admission to the Main Written Examination and (ii) Main Written Examination and (iii) an Oral Test in the shape of an Interview.

A.Preliminary Examination: The examination consists of a single paper in General Studies having 150 items and Aptitude & Mental Ability Test having 50 items. Total marks are 300 in the duration of 3 Hours. The Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Written Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

B. Main Written Examination: Candidates who qualified in preliminary examination can attend for main examination which consists of three papers viz., Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III. each paper carries 300 marks in the duration of 3 hours. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Written Examination will be 50 times the number of candidates to be recruited having regard to the rule of reservation of appointments. However, in each reservation group, all the candidates who secure the same marks as that of cut off marks of their reservation groups shall also be admitted to the Main Written Examination, though the number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Written Examination may exceed 1:50 ratio.

C. Oral Test: The candidates who qualify in Main written examination will called for oral interview. Interview will be conducted for 120 Marks.

TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus Details: Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)’s Group 1 Exam Syllabus Details are as follows.

Syllabus Details:

Preliminary Exam Syllabus:

General Knowledge: The paper on general knowledge will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge: General science, current events of national and international importance , history and culture of India, geography, Indian polity, Indian economy, Indian national movement and freedom struggle, mental ability tests and other related fields.


Main Written Examination:

1. Modern history of India and Indian culture.
2. General Aptitude & Mental ability Test.
3. Role and impact of science and technology in the development of India and Tamil Nadu.


1. Indian polity and emerging political trends across the world affecting India and Geography of India.
2. Tamil Society, its culture and heritage/ English language skills.
3. Administration of Union and states with special reference to Tamil Nadu.

1. Current events of national and international importance.
2. Current economic trends: Indian economy and impact of global economy on India.
3. Socio economic problems of India/ Tamil Nadu.


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