About TNPSC CESE 2019

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) conducts Combined Engineering Service exam (CESE) for the direct recruitment of Assistant Engineers (Civil & Electrical). The TNPSC 2019 notification has been released. TNPSC CESE exam consists of two successive stages i.e. Written Exam and Oral Test in the form of an interview. TNPSC CESE 2019 written exam is conducted in the offline mode across 15 cities. Based on the result of the written exam, candidates will be shortlisted for the Oral Test (Interview). Applications are invited only through online mode for the posts included in the TN CESE examination. Applicants should ensure their eligibility for TNPSC CESE Exam.

Frequency: Vacancy Based
Languages English, Tamil
Conducting Body: Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission
Duration 2 Hours

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TNPSC CESE 2019 Important Dates

01 Aug, 2019 - 10 Aug, 2019 Admit Card | Mode: Online
10 Aug, 2019 TNPSC CESE Paper 2 - Exam | Mode: Offline
10 Aug, 2019 TNPSC CESE Paper 1 - Exam | Mode: Offline
29 May, 2019 - 30 Jun, 2019 Application - Last date of payment of fee | Mode: Online
29 May, 2019 - 28 Jun, 2019 Application | Mode: Online
29 May, 2019 Advertisement | Mode: Online

TNPSC CESE 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants need to satisfy the eligibility criteria prescribed by the TNPSC. You can get mandatory details about the TNPSC CESE exam below. 


  • SC/ST/MBC/BC/Widow: No Age Limit (above 18 years)

  • Other categories: Candidates should have minimum 18 years of age and maximum 30 of years.

Note: Age relaxation is given for Differently Abled Persons (minimum 18 years - maximum 40 years) and Ex-servicemen (minimum 18 - maximum 48 years).

TNPSC CESE Educational Qualification

Post Name 


Assistant Engineer in the Water Resources Engineering Department, PWD

BE degree in Civil or Civil & Structural Engineering


A pass in Sections A and B of the Institution exams under Civil Engineering branch,

  • Should have put in service for a period of not less than one year in Public Works Department as Junior Engineer. 

  • Should furnish evidence of having undergone practical training in surveying for a period of not less than one year.

  • Should hold the Upper Subordinate or LCE Diploma of the College of Engineering, Guindy or LCE Diploma awarded by the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Chennai

Assistant Engineer (Civil) in Buildings, PWD

Assistant Engineer (Electrical) in PWD

A degree in Electrical Engineering or Electronics & Communication Engineering


A pass in Sections A and B of the Institution exam with Electrical Engineering as a subject.

Assistant Engineer (Civil) in Highways Department

A degree in Civil Engineering


A pass in Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations under Civil Engineering Branch.

Assistant Engineer in Rural in Civil Engineering and Panchayat Raj Department.

A degree in Civil Engineering


A pass in Sections A and B of the Institution of Engineers (India) under Civil Engineering Branch, subject to the condition that he/she should furnish evidence of having undergone practical training in surveying for a period of not less than one year.

NOTE: Candidates should have knowledge of Tamil. If the candidates do not possess the knowledge of Tamil, they should clear the Second Class Language Test in Tamil within a period of two years, from the date of joining.

TNPSC CESE 2019 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online and Offline

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Demand Draft

The exam conducting authority released the application form in online mode. Eligible candidates can fill the application form of TNPSC CESE along with the payment of application form. Before filling TNPSC CESE application form, candidates must go through the instruction carefully in order to avoid any mistake. The following steps will help the candidates to fill the application form of TNPSC CESE.

  • Applicants should apply only through online mode in the TNPSC’s Websites.

  • One Time Registration (OTR) is mandatory before applying for any TNPSC CESE exam.

  • One Time Registration is valid for five years from the date of Registration.

  • It is important for the applicants to register their basic details through ‘One-Time online Registration system’ on payment of Rs.150/- (registration fee) and then applicants should apply online for this Combined Engineering Service Exam.

  • Applicants should have scanned image of their certificates, photograph, and signature in the prescribed format.

  • No applicant is permitted to generate more than one registration ID in the One Time Registration process.

  • After the completion of the OTR process, applicants should log in to the TNPSC’s website by using the Unique ID and password.

  • Applicants have to select the link of TNPSC CESE exam.

  • Applicants should fill the TNPSC CESE online application form without any mistakes.

  • Candidates need to upload the photo and signature in necessary format.

  • TNPSC CESE exam fee has to be paid to post the uploading of photograph and signature.

Application Fee

  • Reserved categories (SC/ST/MBC/BC/Widow) need not pay the fee.
  • However, all other categories have to pay Rs.200 as application fee.

Mode of Payment

  • Online mode: Applicants can pay the exam fee through Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card (State Bank of India/Indian Bank)
  • Offline mode: Demand Draft/Postal Order.

After submitting the online application form, applicants can print or save the application form in PDF format for future use.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Online, Offline Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 200

TNPSC CESE 2019 Preparation Tips


In order to prepared for TNPSC CESE examination, candidates must go through the steps below:

  • Candidates should follow the syllabus preferred by the TNPSC.

  • First of all, candidates should create a plan based on the number of days available for study.

  • Candidates should have a clear idea about the topics in the given syllabus.

  • Allocate study time for all sections in the syllabus based on the difficulty level.

  • Take a test every day by using the previous/sample question papers. If candidates follow this tip, it will improve their speed and accuracy.

TNPSC CESE 2019 Exam Pattern

TNPSC CESE Paper 1 Exam Pattern

TNPSC CESE Exam includes Paper-1, Paper-2, and Interview & Records. The examination will be conducted in offline mode only. The questions in Paper-1 for Electrical Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering will be set in English only. However, the questions in Paper-I for Civil Engineering will be set in both Tamil and English.


No.of Questions

Maximum Duration


(a) Civil Engineering

(b) Electrical Engineering

(c) Electronics and

Communication Engineering

200 Questions (Degree Standard)


Three Hours

TNPSC CESE Paper 2 Exam Pattern

The questions in Paper-2 (General Studies) will be available both in Tamil and English and the examination will be offline mode. Candidates need to go through the syllabus to get a clear idea about the TNPSC CESE exam pattern for Paper-2.


No. of Questions

Maximum Duration


General Studies

75200Two Hours

Aptitude and Mental Ability


TNPSC CESE 2019 Admit Card

TNPSC CESE admit card is made available on the official website in online mode. So the candidates should check the website regularly before the exam date to download the TNPSC CESE hall ticket. Candidates should make sure that the particulars on the hall ticket contain no errors. Candidates need to bring a prescribed valid photo identity proof which includes Voter ID Card, AADHAR Card, PAN, Card, Passport, Driving License and Photo ID authorized by Gazetted Officers to their respective exam centres on the day of examination. Candidates must keep in mind that they will not be allowed to appear for the examination in case they forget to bring the admit card of TNPSC CESE.

TNPSC CESE 2019 Exam Centers

State City
Tamil Nadu Chennai

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card
  • Aadhar card
  • Voter ID card
  • PAN card
  • Passport
  • Bank Passbook
  • Employee ID card
  • College/University ID card

TNPSC CESE 2019 Answer Key

TNPSC CESE answer key will be published soon on the official website. However, the date has not been announced for the same. Candidates can predict their marks before the declaration of TNPSC CESE result  by using the answer key. But the actual marks will be announced by the TNPSC later. The answer key of TNPSC CESE will have the correct answer options to the questions asked in the exam. In case of mistakes in the answer key, it shall be informed to TNPSC within one week from the date of result declaration. The genuine cases (if proved correct) will be considered for revision and the final answer key will be released later.

TNPSC CESE 2019 Result

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) will declare the result of TNPSC CESE  in online mode. Candidates can check the result of TNPSC CESE by using their login credentials. The result of TNPSC CESE 2019 will contain the names/roll numbers of only those candidates who will qualify the written examination. Candidates who will qualify in the written examination of TNPSC CESE 2019 will have to further appear for the Oral Test. Candidates will be selected on the basis of marks obtained by them. Counseling will be held in the commission’s office for all selected candidates for the posts that are included in the TNPSC CESE 2019 Exam and the appointment order will be issued to the selected candidates.

TNPSC CESE 2019 Cutoff

TNPSC CESE cut off is the minimum qualifying marks required to clear the written test. TNPSC CESE cut off will be based on factors like the total number of candidates appeared in the exam, performance of the candidates in the examination, difficulty level of the exam and past year cut off trends. Cut off marks will be announced along with the result of TNPSC CESE. Candidates will be called for the Oral Test based on the TNPSC CESE cut off marks. All candidates qualified for Oral Test will get the intimation via SMS. 

TNPSC CESE 2018 Qualifying Marks


Maximum Marks

Minimum Qualifying Marks


Other Categories







Interview and Records


TNPSC CESE 2019 Selection Process

The selection procedure of TNPSC CESE involves written exam, oral test, document verification and counselling. To be eligible for appearing in the oral exam, candidates have to qualify in the written test, and participation in the counselling and the document verification will be determined by qualifying the oral test. The final selection will be based on the total marks obtained by the candidates in the Written and Oral Test. Post the announcement of the final TNPSC CESE result, candidates have to participate in the counseling process which will be held in the commission’s office. Based on the distribution and availability of vacancies, the selection will be made for each post in a very transparent manner through the computer and onscreen selection method. 

  • First, the selection will be made for the carried forward vacancies.
  • After that, the selection will be made for regular vacancies.
  • Finally, the selection for shortfall vacancies will be made for SC/ST candidates. 

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