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TNPSC Group 1 Preliminary Exam New Pattern and Revised Updated Syllabus

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission has announced completely new syllabus for the Group I 2013 ( Combined Civil Services Exam I) in March 2013. This is an innovative measure of the TNPSC after very long time of such major changes in the exam pattern of the commission.

TNPSC Group 1 Preliminary Examination General Studies and Aptitude New Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Total Questions  - 200, ( General Studies - 150 Questions and Aptitude Test - 50 Questions )

Total Marks       - 300 marks (Objective type)

TNPSC Group 1 Preliminary Exam Syllabus for General Studies or GK

  • UNIT – I - General science
  • UNIT - II. Current Events,
  • UNIT – III Geography
  • UNIT – IV History and culture of India

UNIT – I - General science

Physics - Universe - 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- electricity and Magnetism - electronics & communications - Heat, light and sound-Atomic and nuclear physics-Solid State Physics-Spectroscopy – Geophysics - Astronomy and space science.
Chemistry - Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases and salts - Oxidation and reduction – Chemistry of ores and metals -Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds-Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides-Biochemistry and biotechnology-Electrochemistry-Polymers and plastics.

Botany - Main Concepts of life science-The cell-basic unit of life-Classification of living organism-Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration-Excretion of metabolic waste-Bio-communication

Zoology - Blood and blood circulation-Endocrine system-Reproductive system-Genetics the science of heredity-Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Bio- diversity and its conservation-Human diseases, prevention and remedies-Communicable diseases and non- communicable diseases-Alcoholism and drug abuse-Animals, plants and human life-
UNIT - II. Current Events

Latest diary of events – National - National symbols -Profile of States-Defence, national security and terrorism-World organizations-pacts and summits-Eminentpersons & places in news-Sports & games-Books & authors -Awards & honours-Cultural panorama-Latest historical events- India and its neighbours- Latest terminology-Appointments-who is who?
Political Science
India’s foreign policy - Latest court verdicts – public opinion - Problems in conduct of public elections- Political parties and political system in India-Public awareness & General administration- Role of Voluntary organizations & Govt.,-
Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility Geography - Geographical landmarks-Policy on environment and ecology Economics- Current socio-economic problems-New economic policy & govt. sector Science - Latest inventions on science & technology - Latest discoveries in Health
Science - Mass media & communication

UNIT – III Geography
Earth and Universe - Solar system - Atmosphere hydrosphere, lithosphere -Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate - Water resources - rivers in India -
Soil, minerals & natural resources-Natural vegetation-Forest & wildlife-Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheries-Transport & communication-Social geography – population-density and distribution-Natural calamities – disaster management-Climate change - impact and consequences - mitigation measures-Pollution Control

UNIT – IV History and culture of India
Pre-historic events -Indus valley civilization-Vedic, Aryan and Sangam age-Maurya dynasty-Buddhism and Jainism-Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas-Age of Vijayanagaram and the bahmanis-South Indian history-Culture and Heritage of Tamil people-Advent of European invasion-Expansion and consolidation of British rule-Effect of British rule on socio-economic factors-Social reforms and religious movements-India since independence-Characteristics of Indian culture-Unity in diversity –race, colour, language, custom-India-as secular state-Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music-Growth ofrationalist, Dravidian movement in TN-Political parties and populist schemes –Prominent personalities in the various spheres – Arts, Science, literature and Philosophy – Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar ,M.S.Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J.Krishnamoorthy etc.

Constitution of India - Preamble to the constitution - Salient features of constitution - Union, State and territory - Citizenship-rights amend duties - Fundamental rights - Fundamental duties - Human rights charter - Union
legislature – Parliament - State executive - State Legislature – assembly - 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 - Civil services in India - Administrative challenges in a welfare state - Complexities of district administration - Elections - Election Commission Union and State - Official language and Schedule-VIII - Amendments to constitution - Schedules to constitution - Administrative reforms & 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- Voluntary organizations and public grievances
redressal - Consumer protection forms

Nature of Indian economy - Five-year plan models- an assessment - Land reforms & agriculture - Application of science in agriculture - Industrial growth - Capital formation and investment-Role of public sector & disinvestment-Development of infrastructure- National income - Public finance & fiscal policy - Price policy & public distribution- Banking, money & monetary policy - Role of
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) - WTO-globalization & privatization - Rural welfare oriented programmes - Social sector problems – population, education, health, employment, poverty - HRD – sustainable economic growth- Economic trends in Tamil Nadu - Energy Different sources and development - Finance Commission - Planning Commission - National Development Council

National renaissance- Early uprising against British rule-1857 Revolt- Indian National Congress - Emergence of national leaders- Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji -Growth of militant movements -Different modes of agitations-Era of different Acts & Pacts-World war & final phase struggle - Page 18 of 72
Communalism led to partition- Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle - Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & Others - Birth of political parties /political system in India since independence

Conversion of information to data - Collection,compilation and presentation of data - Tables, graphs, diagrams-Parametric representation of data-Analytical interpretation of data -Simplification-Percentage-Highest Common Factor (HCF)-Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)-Ratio and Proportion- Simple interest-Compound interest-Area-Volume-Time and Work-Behavioral ability -Basic terms, Communications in information technology -Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) - Decision making and problem solving Logical Reasoning - Puzzles – Dice - Visual Reasoning- Alpha numeric Reasoning-Number Series - Logical Number/Alphabetical/Diagrammatic Sequences
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