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TNPSC Exam Pattern 2023 for Group 1, 2 & 4, Marking Scheme, Duration

TNPSC Exam Pattern

You can obtain the latest TNPSC Exam Pattern for all competitive/recruitment examinations conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) from this page. Here we have discussed the Group-wise Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Exam Duration, etc. for TNPSC Group 1, 2, and 4 Vacancies.

TNPSC Exam Pattern

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission conducts various examinations for the civil services. Huge numbers of candidates participate in this exam and it is the responsibility of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission to recruit eligible candidates for the suitable post. We, the team of www.recruitmentinboxx.com, have provided detailed information about TNPSC Exam Pattern 2023. Have a look!

TNPSC Exam Pattern

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission has categorized the total posts in different departments of State Government into three groups – Groups 1, 2, and 4. TNPSC conducts various group-wise recruitment/competitive examinations for filling up the Group 1, 2, and 4 Vacancies. Let’s discuss the group-wise TNPSC Exam Pattern 2023:

TNPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern

The TNPSC Group 1 Exam is conducted in three stages:

  • Stage 1: Prelims Exam
  • Stage 2: Mains Exam
  • Stage 3: Interview

TNPSC Group 1 Prelims Exam Pattern:

There are two sections in the TNPSC Group 1 Prelims 2023 exam – General Studies, and Aptitude & Mental Ability. Each question from both sections has a weightage of 1.5 marks. Candidates will be permitted 180 minutes to complete the exam. There is NO negative marking in Prelims.

SubjectNumber of
General Studies1502253 hours
Aptitude and Mental Ability5075

TNPSC Group 1 Mains Exam Pattern:

The TNPSC Group 1 Mains 2023 Exam consists of three papers. Each paper includes a variety of topics. The Main Examination is conceptual and carries a total of 750 marks. Refer to the table placed below for the detailed TNPSC Exam Pattern for Group 1 Main Exam:

SubjectsMaximum MarksDuration
Paper 12503 hours
Paper 22503 hours
Paper 32503 hours

TNPSC Group 1 Interview:

The personal Interview Round is the last stage of the TNPSC Group 1 Recruitment process. It carries a total of 100 marks. There are no fixed topics or sections from which you will be asked questions during the interview round. However, here we have mentioned some of the important topics mostly discussed in the TNPSC Group 1 Interview:

  • Candidates’ resume
  • Organisation and Tamil Nadu state
  • Current affairs of Tamil Nadu state
  • Applied post
  • Situational Questions
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Personal life experience
  • Personal interest
  • General Knowledge

Check Latest: TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus

TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern

The TNPSC Group 2 Exam also has 3 phases of assessment: Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The services are divided into Group 2 and Group 2A. The interview round is conducted for only Group 2 posts while there is no interview for Group 2A posts.

The following table will help you understand the Scheme of Examination for TNPSC Group 1 Vacancies:

Qualifying Marks
Preliminary Exam3 hours30090
Mains Exam: Paper-I1 hour
30 minutes
Mains Exam: Paper-II3 hours30090 out of 300 marks for Non-interview Post
102 out of 340 For Interview Post
(300 + 40 marks of interview)
InterviewNo fix duration40Not Defined

TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam Pattern 2023:

SubjectsNo. of
General Tamil (S.S.L.C. Standard) or
General English (S.S.L.C. Standard)
1003003 hours
General Studies (Degree Standard)75
Aptitude and Mental Ability Test
(S.S.L.C. Standard)

Key Points:

  • The question paper will be bilingual i.e. all the questions will be in English and Tamil languages.
  • The minimum qualifying mark for TNPSC Prelims Exam is 90 out of 300.

TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam Pattern:

You can check the Exam Pattern for the TNPSC Group 2 Mains from the below table:

Subjects Maximum
Minimum Qualifying
Compulsory Tamil Language
Paper (Descriptive)
1003 hours40
General Studies (Descriptive)3003 hours90

Qualifying Marks For TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam:

For Interview PostFor Non-Interview Post
  • Main Written Examination: 300 Marks
  • Oral Test: 40 Marks
  • Total Marks: 300+40 = 340 Marks
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks for all Communities: 102 out of 340 
  • Main Written Examination: 300 Marks
  • Total Marks: 300 Marks
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks for all Communities: 90 out of 300

TNPSC Group 2 Interview:

Those who have applied for Interview posts under TNPSC Group 2 Recruitment 2023 will have to appear for an interview carrying 40 marks after clearing the Mains. After successful completion of the Interview round, only the selected candidates will be given the final offer letter.

TNPSC Group 4 Exam Pattern

The combined TNPSC Group 4 Exam is conducted by Tamil Nadu Public Services Commission (TNPSC) every year to recruit candidates in the following state services:

  1. Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service
  2. Tamil Nadu Judicial Ministerial Service
  3. Tamil Nadu Survey and Land Records Subordinate Service
  4. Tamil Nadu Secretariat Service
  5. Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat Service

TNPSC Group 4 2023 Exam Pattern:

TNPSC Group 4 is an objective type exam, a single paper of 300 marks which has two types such as:

  • The first type of paper will contain 75 questions on General Studies, 25 questions on Aptitude Test, and 100 questions on General English.
  • The second type of paper will contain 75 questions on General Studies, 25 questions on Aptitude Test, and 100 questions on General Tamil.
  • Candidates can choose General English or General Tamil as per their choice.
SubjectsNo. of
MarksDurationMinimum Qualifying
Tamil Eligibility-cum-Scoring
Test* (SSLC Standard)
1001503 Hours90 (For all
General Studies (SSLC Standard)75150
Aptitude & Mental Ability Test
(SSLC Standard)

Get Detailed: TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus

TNPSC Junior Assistant Exam Pattern 2023

The latest Examination Scheme for the TNPSC Junior Assistant Exam 2023 is tabulated below:

Duration: 180 Minutes

S.No.SubjectNo. of QuestionMarks
1.General Studies75100
2.Aptitude Test2550
3.General English100150

TNPSC Exam Pattern 2023 FAQs

Ques1. How can I apply for TNPSC 2023?
You need to log on to the TNPSC’s official portal – www.tnpsc.gov.in to apply for any examination organized by the Commission.

Ques2. How many attempts are there for TNPSC Group 1?
Candidates are allowed 4 attempts for TNPSC Group 1 exam.

Ques3. How many stages are there in TNPSC Group 2 exam?
As far as the TNPSC Group 2 exam is concerned, there are 03 stages in Group 2 and 02 stages in Group 2A.

Ques4. What is the weightage for TNPSC Group 2 Exam 2023?
The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam will be of 300 Marks, Mains will have two papers out of which Paper-I will be qualifying in nature of 100 marks, Paper-II will be of 300 Marks, and the interview will carry 40 marks.

Ques5. What is the latest TNPSC Group 3 Exam Pattern?
The latest and detailed TNPSC Group 3 Exam Pattern is provided in the above section of this article.

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Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission is responsible for recruiting talented individuals against Group 1, 2, 3 & 4 Vacancies in Tamil Nadu State. Written Tests and Oral tests are conducted for direct recruitment for various posts per year. As per the result of the Written Test and Oral Test, candidates are called for document verification round.

Commission decided the pattern of recruitment, eligibility for posts, and pattern of the examination. Also, changes are done in the pattern of examination from time to time as per the requirement. You can stay in touch with us to know the latest changes in the recruitment process for Group 4 Posts.

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