Tamil Nadu Combined Civil Services Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 5th April, 2021
Tamil Nadu Government

Tamil Nadu Combined Civil Services Exam is conducted by Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates in various Administrative positions like Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Category-I), Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes), Deputy Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Assistant Director of Rural Development, District Officer (Fire and Rescue Services).

This exam is highly competitive, and to have an edge in it, careful planning, meticulous preparation, and unwavering dedication is required. Thousands of candidates appear annually in this exam, and the availability of services is subjected to vary based on the number of vacancies available in the particular year.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English, Tamil
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidates in various posts of civil service.
Conducting Body Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission

TNCCSE Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must be a graduate of a recognised university. Other preferential qualifications for the following posts are:

    • Deputy Superintendent of Police (Category I): Preference shall be given to candidates who
      possess National awards for Physical efficiency.
    • Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes): A degree both in Commerce and Law together with a Diploma in Taxation laws or a degree both in Commerce and Law or a degree either in Commerce or Law together with a Diploma in Taxation laws or a degree either in Commerce or Law.
    • Assistant Director of Rural Development Department: Post Graduate Degree in Rural Service of the Gandhigram Rural Institute, Madurai District or Post Graduate Degree or Diploma in Extension or Post Graduate Degree or Diploma in Sociology.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age limit to appear in the Tamil Nadu Combined Civil Services Exam is as follows-

    • Candidates applying for all the posts except Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes) with B.L. degree the lower age limit is 21 years and upper age limit is 32 years.
    • Candidates applying for the posts of Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes) with B.L. degree the lower age limit is 21 years and upper age limit is 33 years.

    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs and DWs 37 years
    Differently Abled Persons 42 years
    Ex-Servicemen 48 years
    Ex-Servicemen (SC, ST etc.) 53 years
    *Note

    For the candidates applying for Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Taxes) possessing B.L degree the upper age limit for the above reserved categories are 38, 43, 49 and 54 years respectively.

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

TNCCSE Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified.
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Date of Result To be notified

TNCCSE Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination consists of one paper of objective type carrying a total of 300 marks.
Stage II: After that, Mains examination consists of 3 papers of descriptive type.
Stage III: This stage consists of Personality Test or Interview.

Pattern for Preliminary Test

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 300

Pattern for Main Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General studies
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
2 Paper II: General Studies
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
3 Paper III: General studies
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
Total Marks* 750

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 100

The candidates shall be interviewed by the board constituted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission.

TNCCSE Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Test

1 Prelims Paper I: General Studies

  • Unit I: General Science: Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper, Nature of Universe, Elements and Compounds, Main concepts of Life Science, Environment and Ecology.
  • Unit II: Current Events: History, Polity, Geography, Economics, Science.
  • Unit III: Geography of India: Location, Transport, Social geography, Natural calamity.
  • Unit IV: History and Culture of India: Indus valley civilization, Change and Continuity in the Socio, Characteristics of Indian culture, India as a Secular State, Social Harmony.
  • Unit V: Indian Polity: Constitution of India, Citizenship, Fundamental rights, Union Executive, Spirit of Federalism, Election, Corruption in public life.
  • Unit VI: Indian Economy: Nature of Indian economy, Sources of revenue, Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation.
  • Unit VII: Indian National Movement: National renaissance, Different modes of Agitation, Communalism and partition.
  • Unit VIII: History, Culture, Heritage and Socio – Political Movements
    in Tamil Nadu:
    History of Tamil Society, Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle, Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political movements in Tamil Nadu.
  • Unit IX: Development Administration in Tamil Nadu: Human Development Indicators in Tamil Nadu, Political parties and Welfare schemes for various sections of people, Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu, e-governance in Tamil Nadu.
  • Unit X: Aptitude and Mental Ability: Simplification, Ratio and Proportion, Simple interest, Logical Reasoning.

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains Paper I: General studies

  • Unit- I: Modern History Of India And Indian Culture: Advent of European invasion, Effect of British rule on socio‐economic factors, India since independence, Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle, Latest diary of events.
  • Unit- II : Social Issues In India And Tamil Nadu: Population Explosion, Women Empowerment, Social changes in India, Education.
  • Unit-III : General Aptitude & Mental Ability: Conversion of information to data, Information technology, Decision making and problem solving.

2 Mains Paper II: General Studies

  • Unit I: Indian Polity And Emerging Political Trends Across The World Affecting India: Constitution of India, Union Executive, Union Legislature, Union Judiciary, State Executive, State Legislature, State Judiciary, Local Government, Union Territories, Federalism in India, Civil Services in India, State Services, Official Language, Amendments, Special Status to Jammu & Kashmir, Political Parties, Issue Areas in Indian Administration, India’s Foreign Policy.
  • Unit II: Role And Impact of Science and Technology in the Development of India: Science and Technology, Advancements in the fields of I.T, Health and hygiene, Human diseases, Organ transplantation.
  • Unit III: Tamil Society – Its Culture and Heritage: Tamil Society, Art and Culture, Socio – economic history of Tamil Nadu, Growth of Rationalist, Social and cultural life of contemporary Tamils, Tamil and other Disciplines.

3 Mains Paper III: General studies

  • Unit I : Geography Of India With Special Reference To Tamil Nadu: Location, Physical features, Major Rivers, Weather & Climate, Natural resources, Oceanography, Basics of Geo-spatial Technology.
  • Unit II: Environment, Biodiversity And Disaster Management: Ecology, Environmental Pollution and Management, Climate Change.
  • Unit III : Indian Economy – Current Economic Trends And Impact Of Global Economy On India: Features of Indian Economy, Agriculture, Industry, Infrastructure in India, Banking & Finance, Public Finance, Issues in Indian Economy, India’s Foreign Trade, International Agencies.

Syllabus for Personality Test

In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.

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