TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 - Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) releases the syllabus of TNPSC of Group 2 examination. The Commission prescribes TNPSC Group 2 syllabus for both prelims and mains exam. As per TNPSC Group 2 syllabus 2019, the prelims exam will consist of objective type questions from General Studies, General Tamil/General English while main examination will contain only descriptive type questions. The mains exam will comprise question from General Studies. TNPSC Group 2 syllabus 2019 can help candidates know the units and topics that are required for both stages of the examination. Candidates can find the detailed syllabus of TNPSC Group 2 for preliminary and mains examination.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 - Preliminary Exam

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus for General Science

Unit - 1



General Science



General Scientific laws

Scientific instruments

Inventions and discoveries

National scientific laboratories

Science glossary

Mechanics and properties of matter

Physical quantities, standards and units

Force, motion and energy

Eelectricity and Magnetism

Heat, light and sound‐Atomic and nuclear physics.


Elements and Compounds

Acids, bases and salts

Chemistry of ores and metals

Oxidation and reduction

Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds

Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides


Main Concepts of life science

Classification of living organism

Nutrition and dietetics

The cell: Basic unit of life 



Blood and blood circulation

Communicable diseases and non‐ communicable diseases

Endocrine system

Genetics: the science of heredity

Environment, ecology, health and hygiene

Bio‐diversity and its conservation

Human diseases: Prevention, Remedies

Reproductive system


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 - Current Event

Unit - 2



Current Events

Current Events

Latest national events

National symbols

Profile of States

Eminent persons and places in news

Sports and games

Books and authors

Awards and honours

Latest historical event

India and its neighbours


Political Science

Political parties and political system in India

Problems in conduct of public elections

Role of Voluntary organizations and Government

Public awareness and general administration

Welfare oriented governmentt schemes, their utility


Geographical landmarks

Policy on environment and ecology


Current socio‐economic problems

New economic policy and Government sector


Latest inventions on science and technology

Latest discoveries in health science, mass media and communication 


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 - Geography

Unit 3



Solar system

Earth and Universe

Atmosphere: hydrosphere and lithosphere

Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate

Water resources: Rivers in India

Soil, minerals and natural resources

Natural vegetation: Forest and wildlife

Agricultural pattern, livestock and fisheries

Social geography: population‐density and distribution

Natural calamities

Disaster management


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 - History and culture of India

Unit - 4


History and culture of India

Advent of European invasion

Expansion and consolidation of British rule

South Indian history

Culture and Heritage of Tamil people

Social reforms and religious movements

Effect of British rule on socio-economic factors

India since independence

Characteristics of Indian culture

Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music

Growth of rationalist

Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu

Political parties and populist schemes

Unity in diversity, race, colour, language, custom

India as secular state

Prominent personalities in the various spheres

Arts, Science, Literature and Philosophy

Personalities: Mother Teresa,Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar, M.S Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J Krishnamoorthy


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus for Indian Polity

Unit - 5


Indian Polity

Constitution of India

Preamble to the constitution

Salient features of constitution

Union, State and Territory

Fundamental rights

Fundamental duties

Human rights charter

Union legislature


State executive

State Legislature


Status of Jammu & Kashmir

Local government

Panchayat raj

Tamil Nadu

Judiciary in India: Rule of law/Due process of law

Indian federalism

Center–state relations

Emergency provisions


Election Commission: Union and State

Amendments to constitution

Schedules to constitution

Administrative reforms and tribunals

Corruption in public life

Anti‐corruption measures

Central Vigilance Commission

Lok‐adalats, Ombudsman, Comptroller and Auditor General of India

Right to information

Central and State Commission

Empowerment of women


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus for Indian Economy

Unit - 6


Indian Economy

Nature of Indian economy

Economic trends in Tamil Nadu

Industrial growth

Development of infrastructure

Five‐year plan models

Land reforms and agriculture

Application of science in agriculture

Role of public sector and disinvestment

National income Rural welfare oriented programmes

Social sector problems: Population, education, health, employment, poverty


Sustainable economic growth

Energy Different sources and development

Planning Commission

Finance Commission

National Development Council 


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 - Indian National Movement

Unit - 7


Indian National Movement

Early uprising against British rule

Indian National Congress

1857 Revolt

Emergence of national leaders: Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji

Role of communalism in partition

Growth of militant movements

Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle: Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar and others

Birth of political parties/political system in India since independence


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 – Aptitude and Mental Ability Test

Unit - 8


Aptitude and Mental Ability Tests

Tables, graphs, diagrams



Conversion of information to data

Collection, compilation and presentation of data

Analytical interpretation of data

Highest Common Factor (HCF) and Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)

Ratio and Proportion

Simple and compound interest

Decision making and problem solving

Area and Volume

Time and Work

Logical Reasoning



Visual Reasoning

Alpha numeric


Number Series

Logical Number/Alphabetical/Diagrammatic Sequences


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus for General English (SSLC Standard)

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 – Part A






Meaning of words

Synonyms and antonyms

Prefix and Suffix



Question tag



Infinitive, Gerund and Participle

Subject, verb and object



Plural forms

Simple, Compound and Complex sentences


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 – Part B (Literature)

S. No.




Figures of speech observed in the following Poems

A Psalm of Life, Women’s Rights, The Nation United, English words, Snake, The Man He Killed, Off to Outer Space Tomorrow Morning, Sonnet No.116, The Solitary Reaper, Be the Best, O Captain My Captain, Laugh and Be Merry, Earth, Don’t quit, The Apology, Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face, A Sonnet for My Incomparable Mother, The Flying Wonder, To A Millionaire, The Piano, Manliness, Going for water, The Cry of the Children , Migrant Bird, Shilpi


Appreciation Questions from Poetry

A Psalm of Life, Women’s Rights, The Nation United, English Words, Snake, The Man He Killed, Off to Outer Space Tomorrow Morning, Sonnet No.116, The Solitary Reaper, Be the Best, O Captain My Captain, Laugh and Be Merry, Earth, Don’t quit, The Apology, Be Glad your Nose is on Your Face, A Sonnet for My Incomparable Mother, The Flying Wonder, To a Millionaire, The Piano, Manliness, Going for water, The cry of the Children, Migrant Bird, Shilpi


Important lines from Poems

Where the Mind is Without Fear, The Solitary Reaper, Going for Water, A Psalm of Life, Be the Best, Sonnet No. 116 


Questions on the biography of:

Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subash Chandra Bose, Helen Keller, Kalpana Chawala, Dr.Salim Ali, Rani of Jhansi, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln 


Questions on Shakespeare’s Plays/Sonnets

Merchant of Venice (Act IV Court Scene)

Julius Ceasar (Act III Scene 2) 

Sonnet 116 


Questions from Oscar Wilde’s

The Model Millionaire

The Selfish Giant 


Dr. Karl Paulnack


The Hope Raiser 


Comprehension Questions from the following Motivational Essays

Gopala Krishna Gokhale’s Speech on 25th July in Mumbai in response to the address presented to him by students

Dale Carnegie’s ‘The Road to success’

Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam’s ‘Vision for the Nation’ (from‘India 2020’)

Ruskin Bond’s ‘Our Local Team’

Hope Spencer’s ‘Keep your spirits high’

Deepa Agarwal’s ‘After the storm’

Brian patten’s ‘You be that no you can’t be that’ 


Comprehension Questions from the following description of Places

Ahtushi Deshpande’s ‘To the land of snow’

Manohar Devadoss

Yaanai Malai

Brihadeesvarar Temple


British English – American English


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 – Part C (Authors and their Literary Works)





Match the Poems with the Poets

A psalm of Life, Be the Best, The Cry of the Children, The Piano, Manliness Going for Water, Earth, The Apology, Be Glad Your Nose is on Your face, The Flying Wonder, Is Life But a Dream, Be the Best, O captain My Captain, Snake, Punishment in Kindergarten, Where the Mind is Without Fear, The Man He Killed, Nine Gold Medals 


Which nationality the story belongs to?

The selfish Giant, The Lottery Ticket, The Last Leaf, How the Camel got its Hump, Two Friends, Refugee, The Open Window 


Identify the Author with the short story

The Selfish Giant, The Lottery Ticket, The Last Leaf, How the Camel got its Hump, Two Friends, Refugee, The Open Window, A Man who Had no Eyes, The Tears of the Desert, Sam The Piano, The Face of Judas, Iscariot, Swept Away, A Close Encounter, Caught Sneezing, The Wooden Bowl, Swami and the Sum 


Autobiography/ Biography


Nationality of Poet 

Robert Frost, Archibald Lampman, D.H. Lawrence,  Rudyard Kipling, Kamala Das, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Famida Y. Basheer, Thomas Hardy, Khalil Gibran, Edgar A. Guest, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jack Prelutsky, F. Joanna, Stephen Vincent Benet, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, H.W. Long Fellow, Annie Louisa Walker, Walt Whitman, V.K. Gokak 


Characters, Quotes, Important Lines from the following works of Indian Authors

Thakazhi Sivasankaran Pillai, ‘Farmer’

Kamala Das’ ‘Punishment in Kindergarten’ and ‘My Grandmother’s House’

R.K. Narayan’s ‘Swami and the Sum’

Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’

Dhan Gopal Mukherji’s ‘Kari’ and ‘The Elephant’

Deepa Agarwal’s ‘After the Storm’

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s ‘Vision for the Nation’

Indra Anantha Krishna’s ‘The Neem Tree’

Lakshmi Mukuntan ‘The Ant’ and ‘Eater and the Dassie’

Dr. Neeraja Raghavan’s ‘The Sun Beam’


Drama Famous lines, characters, quotes

Julius Caesar 

The Merchant of Venice 


Match Places, Poet, Dramatist, Painter with suitable options



Match Folk Arts with suitable Indian State/Country


Match Author with Relevant Title/Character


Match Characters with Relevant Story Title

The Selfish Giant, How the camel got its hump, The Lottery Ticket, The Last Leaf, Two Friends, Refugee, Open Window, Reflowering, The Necklace Holiday 


About Poets

Rabindranath Tagore

Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Anne Louisa Walker

V K Gokak

Walt Whitman

Douglas Malloch 


About Dramatists

William Shakespeare and Thomas Hardy


Mention Poem in which said lines occur

Granny, Granny, Please Comb My Hair

With a friend

To Cook and Eat

To India

My Native Land

A Tiger in the Zoo

No Men are Foreign

Laugh and be Merry

The Apology

The Flying Wonder 


Works of Authors

Rabindranath Tagore, Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, H.W. Longfellow, Anne Louisa Walker, Oscar Wilde, Pearl S. Buck


Theme observed in Literary works

Snake, The Mark of Vishnu, Greedy Govind, Our Local Team, Where the Mind is Without Fear, Keep your Spirits High, Be the Best, Bat, The Piano, The Model Millionaire, The Cry of the Children, Migrant bird, Shilpi 


Famous Quotes


Period Poets belong to

William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, H.W. Longfellow, Annie Louisa Walker, D.H. Lawrence


Matching the Poets with Poems

Discovery, Biking, Inclusion, Granny, Granny, Please Comb My Hair, With a Friend, To cook and Eat, Bat, To India, My Native Land, A Tiger in the Zoo, No men are Foreign, Laugh and be Merry, Earth, The Apology, The Flying Wonder, Off to Outer Space Tomorrow Morning, Be the Best, Is life, but a dream, Women’s rights, The Nation United, English Words, Snake, The Man He Killed


Nature centered Literary works and Global issue Environment and Conservation

Flying with Moon on their Wings

Migrant bird

Will Thirst Become


Going for Water

Swept Away

Gaia Tells Her

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus for General Tamil

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 – Grammar






Synonyms, Antonyms, Find odd word out, Error Spotting in the sentence, Write Correct Tamil word for the English word, Find the type of sentence, Indirect and Direct Speech, Match the following, Prefix - Suffix, Select the suitable Tenses, Order words based on Dictionary, Correct the words in the sentence, Match the Following – Famous Poems and Poets, Identify the sentence pattern, Choose the best answer, Synonyms, Find noun type, Find out the Grammar mistakes in the sentence, Comprehension

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus for Literature






Fill in the blanks (19 chapters in Thirukural) – Anbu, Panbu, Kalvi, Kelvi, Arivu, Adakkam, Porai, Natpu, Vaimai, Kaalam, Vali, Opparivadhal, Seinari, Sandramai, Peritaraithunaikodal, Porulseyalvagai, Vinaithitpam, Iniyavai Kooral.


Naladiyar, Naanmanikadigai, Pazhamozhi Nool, Mudhumozhi Kanchi, Thirukadugam, Innanarpadhu, Iniyavai Narpadhu, Sirupanchamoolam, Elaadhi, Avvaiyar Poems, Padhinenkeezhkanakku Nooalgal.

Questions from Kambaramayanam


Aganaanooru, Natrinai, Kurundhogai, Iyngurunooru, Kalithogai, Ettuthogai, pathupattu.





Naalayira Dhivya Prabandham - Thiruvilayadal Pooranam – Thembhavani – Seerapuranam.


Thirukutralakuravanchi, Kalingathubarani, Mutholayiram, Tamilveedu Thoodhu, Nandhi Kalambagam, Vikramasozha Ula, Mukkodar Pallu, Kavadi Sindhu, Thiruvengadathu Andhadhi, Muthukumarasamy Pillaithamizh, Penthalagam Kuravanchi, Azhaghar Killaividu Thoodhu, Raja Raja Cholan Ula.


Panchali Sabadham, Kuyil Pattu, Irattura Mozhidhal.

Nattupura Pattu

Sidhar related questions.

Special Names and details of Community Gurus

Appar, Sammandhar, Sundharar, Manikkavasagar, Thirumoolar, Kulasekara Azhwar, Andal, Seethalai Sathanar, H.A. Krishna Pillai, Umaru Pulavar.


TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus for Authors and Literary Works





Special Names and details of Authors

Baradhiyar, Baradhidhasan, Namakkal Kavignar, Kanimani Dhesiya Vinayagam Pillai.

Marabhu Kavidhai

Mudiyarasan, Vanidhasan, Suradha, Kannadhasan, Udumalai Narayanakavi, Pattukottai Kalyanaya Sundharanar, Marushakasi.

Tamil Literature

Nehru, Gandhi, Anna, Anandharangam Pillai.

Pudhu Ka vidhai

N.Pichaimuthu, C.S.Chellappa, Tharumu Sivaramu, pasuvaiya, R.Meenakshi, S.Mani, Sirpi, Erode Thamizhappan, Abdul Rahman, Kala Priya, Kalyanji, Gnana Kundhan, Dheva Dhevan, Salai Ilandhiraiyan, Salini Ilandhiraiyan, Alandhur Mohanarangan.



Tamil Stories and Authors


Kalaigal – Sirpam, Oviyam – Pechu.

Tamil Thonmai Seidhigal


Maraimalai Adigal, Paridhimar Kalaignar, N.M. Vengada Samy Nadar, R.P. Sedhu Pillai, Thiru.V.K, Vaiyaburi Pillai.

Saminadha Iyar, Meekashi Sundharanar, S.Ilakuvanar.

Dhevaneya Bavanar

Agaramudhali, Pavalareru, Perunchitiranar.

Special Dramas

G.U.Pope – Veerama Munivar.

Social Welfare Activities

Periyar – Anna – Muthu Ramalingadhevar – Ambedkar, Kamarajar.

History of Tamil Nadu

Specialty of World Wide Tamilans

Science thoughts in Tamil language

Specialty of Tamil Women

Anne Besant, Moovanur Ramamithammal, Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy

Participation of Tamil Women in Freedom Struggle

Thillaiyadi Valliyammal, Rani Mangammal.

Tamil Economy

Archaeology – Sea Routes

Unave Marundhu

Details of Poets

Thayumanavar, Ramalinga Adigal, Kalyana Sundharam.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 for Mains exam

In the mains exam, questions will be asked for General Studies. The difficulty level of questions asked in the exam will be similar to that of degree standard. Candidates can check the syllabus of mains examination from the table below.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2019 – Mains




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


Administration of Union and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu


Socio‐Economic Issues in India/Tamil Nadu


Current issues at National Level    


Current issues at State Level

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