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TNPSC VAO Exam 2013 new revised Updated syllabus April 2013 and exam pattern

TNPSC has made a major change in the Village Administrative Officer, VAO Examination pattern. In the new updated and revised syllabus published by the TNPSC, General Tamil part has been removed by the commission. A new part called " Basics of Village Administration " for 25 questions has been added.
April 2013 Latest Changes
General Studies 75 Questions
Basic of Village Administration 25 Questions
Aptitude Test 20 Questions
GE/GT 80 Questions
Total Marks 200 Questions

TNPSC VAO Exam Syllabus
Basics of Village Administration (Newly Added)

1.The role, functions duties and responsibilities of a Village Administrative Officer in VILLAGE and REVENUE ADMINISTRATION.
[Questions may be on topics including VAOs role in assisting the police, reporting birth and death, implementing various schemes of the Government, recommending /furnishing inputs for income, Community, Destitute Widow, Marital Status, Patta and other adhoc and miscellaneous certificates]

2. Records of revenue administration dealt with or handled by the VAO including ‘A’ Register, Patta, Chitta Adangal etc.

3.Accounts maintained and furnished by the VAO at the end of every FASLI YEAR.

4.Basic Principles / Information relating to classification of lands.
5.Basic information on rates of assessment and annual revenue collection
6.Basic information on forms of irrigation of land including those belonging to the Government
7.Jamabandi-object, Officers in charge of conduct, time of completion of Jamabandi, 

8.scrutiny of inspection work, correction of pattas, issue of new patta, disposal of jamabandi check memo, closing of Village and Taluk Accounts, Village Statistical Registers, inspection of Karnams instruments maps and Registers (RSO-12) scrutiny of accounts relating to Panachayat revenue.
Role of VAO during calamities
9.Basic information relating to assignment of lands / house sites in Villages and
10.Grant of lands for cattle or dairy farms
11.Levy of rents (Ground Rent / Quit Rent) etc.,
12.Exemption from land revenue.
13.Unauthorised occupation of Government land basic information about Land
Encroachment Act 1905. Memorandum ‘A’, Memorandum ‘B’ etc.
14.Title of lands (RSO 27) form, renewal, issue and entry of joint names in patta
15.Rights and obligations of Ryotwari holder.
16.Procedure relating to conduct of inquiries in relation to age, marital status, income, domicile.

17.Procedures relating to entering particulars into maintaining and issuing extracts ofAdangal, Chitta and other revenue Registers.
18.Basic principles of and procedures involved in survey, sub-division of a survey field and knowledge of Field Management Book.
19.VAO’s role in enforcing the fundamental duties of a citizen under article 51A (g) of the Indian Constitution to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life and to have compassion for living creatures”.
20.Direct Revenue collections made under various heads by the VAO.
21.Specific duties during festivals and common Village functions
22.Basic information about Revenue Recovery Act

23.Basic information relating to forest lands and resources.
24.Basic information about sale of sandalwood and other valuable tress
25.Basic information relating to Adivasis / Tribals and the role of a VAO in extending special protection and support of the Government to them.

TNPSC VAO Exam Syllabus (General Studies) - 150 Questions 225 Marks


Physics: Nature of Universe-General Scientific laws-Inventions and discoveries-National scientific laboratories-Mechanics and properties of matter-Physical quantities, standards and units-Force, motion and energy- Magnetism, electricity and electronics -Heat, light and sound

Chemistry-Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases and salts-Fertilizers,
pesticides, insecticides

Botany-Main Concepts of life science-Classification of living organism-
Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration

Zoology-Blood and blood circulation-Reproductive system-Environment, ecology, health and hygiene-Human diseases including communicable and non – communicable diseases - prevention and remedies-Animals, plants and human life


History-Latest diary of events-national -National symbols-Profile of States-
Eminent persons & places in news-Sports & games-Books & authors -
Awards & honors’-India and its neighbors

Political Science-1. Problems in conduct of public elections-2. Political
parties and political system in India-3. Public awareness & General
administration-4. Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility

Geography--Geographical landmarks-

Economics-- Current socio-economic problems

Science-Latest inventions on science & technology


Earth and Universe-Solar system-Monsoon, rainfall, weather & climate-Water resources --- rivers in India-Soil, minerals & natural resources-Forest & wildlife-Agricultural pattern-Transport including surface transport & communication-Social geography – population-density and distribution- Natural calamities – Disaster Management.


Indus valley civilization-Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas-Age of
Vijayanagaram and the bahmanis-South Indian history-Culture and Heritage
of Tamil people-India since independence-Characteristics of Indian culture-
Unity in diversity –race, colour, language, custom-India-as secular state-
Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN-Political parties and populist


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- Local
government – panchayat raj – Tamil Nadu- Judiciary in India – Rule of
law/Due process of law-Elections- Official language and Schedule-VIII-
Corruption in public life- Anti-corruption measures –CVC, lok-adalats,
Ombudsman, CAG - Right to information- Empowerment of women-
Consumer protection forms


Nature of Indian economy- Five-year plan models-an assessment-Land
reforms & agriculture-Application of science in agriculture-Industrial growth-
Rural welfare oriented programmers-Social sector problems – population,
education, health, employment, poverty-Economic trends in Tamil Nadu


National renaissance-Emergence of national leaders-Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore-
Different modes of agitations-Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle Rajaji,
VOC, periyar, Bharathiar & others-


Conversion of information to data-Collection, compilation and presentation of
data - Tables, graphs, diagrams -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-Logical Reasoning-Puzzles-Dice-Visual
Reasoning-Alpha numeric Reasoning-Number Series.
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