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Group I Services (Main Examination)
PAPER – I General studies (Degree Standard)
Topics for Descriptive type

UNIT I . Modern history of India and Indian culture

Advent of European invasion Expansion and consolidation of British rule Effect of British rule on socioeconomic factors Social reforms and religious movements India since independence Characteristics of Indian culture Unity in diversity race, colour, language, custom India a secular state Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music  

Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu 

Political parties and populist schemes 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 Communalism led to partition Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & Others.

UNIT 2. General Aptitude & Mental Ability

Conversion of information to data Collection, compilation and presentation of data Tables, graphs, diagrams Parametric representation of data Analytical interpretation of data Percentage Highest Common Factor (HCF) Lowest Common Multiple (LCM) Ratio and Proportion Simple interest Compound interest Area Volume Time and Work – Probability Information technology Basic terms, Communications Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Decision making and problem solving Basics in Computers / Computer terminology.

UNIT 3. Role and impact of science and technology in the development of India and Tamil Nadu.

Nature of universe General scientific laws Scientific instruments Inventions and discoveries National scientific laboratories Science glossary Physical quantities, standards and units Mechanics and properties of matter Force, motion and energy Heat, light and sound Magnetism, electricity and electronics Atomic and nuclear physics Astronomy and space science Elements and compounds Acids, bases and salts Oxidation and reduction Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds Natural disasters safeguard measures Chemistry of ores and metals Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides Biochemistry and biotechnology Polymers and plastics – 

Electrochemistry 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 Blood and blood circulation Endocrine system Reproductive system Animals, plants and human life Govt. policy /organizations on Science and Technology Role, achievement & impact of Science and Technology Energy self sufficiency oil exploration Defence Research Organization Ocean research and development 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 Computer science and advancement Genetic Engineering Remote sensing and benefits. 

Group I Services (Main Examination) 
PAPER – II ‐ General studies (Degree Standard) 
Topics for Descriptive type 

UNIT – I ‐ Indian polity and emerging political trends across the world affecting India and Geography of India 

Indian polity - Constitution of India ‐ Preamble to the constitution ‐ Salient features of constitution ‐ Union, state and territory ‐ Citizenship ‐ rights and duties ‐ Fundamental rights ‐ Directive principles of state policy ‐ Fundamental duties ‐ Human rights charter ‐ Union executive ‐ Union legislature – parliament ‐ State executive ‐ State legislature – assembly ‐ Status of Jammu & Kashmir ‐ Local government ‐ panchayat raj ‐ Indian federalism ‐ center state relations ‐ Judiciary in India ‐ Rule of law /Due process of law ‐ 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 

a. Emerging political trends across the world affecting India 

Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring countries and in the region ‐Security and defence related matters ‐ Nuclear policy, issues and conflicts‐The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the world.

 b. Geography of India 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 including Surface Transport & communication ‐ Social geography ‐ population ‐ density and distribution ‐ Natural calamities ‐ disaster management ‐ Bottom topography of Indian ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal ‐ Climate change ‐ impact and consequences ‐ mitigation measures ‐ Pollution Control. Candidates may choose to answer EITHER the Tamil question only in Tamil 

OR the English question only in English. Candidates writing in English shall if they choose to answer the Tamil question, write only in Tamil 2. Tamil language, Tamil society ‐ it’s culture and Heritage / English Language 1. 


 English Language Skills 

1. Précis writing.                 
 2. Essay writing on current issues.
 3. Comprehension of a given passage and answering questions thereupon.

3. Administration of Union and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu State government organization ‐ structure, functions and control mechanism ‐ District administration ‐role in people’s welfare oriented programmes ‐ Industrial map of Tamil Nadu ‐ role of state government ‐Public Services ‐ role of recruitment agencies ‐ State finance ‐‐ resources, budget and financial administration ‐ Use of IT in administration ‐‐ e‐governance in the State ‐ Natural calamities – Disaster Management Union and State ‐strategic planning in the State ‐ Social welfare ‐ Government sponsored schemes with reference to Tamil Nadu ‐ Union government organization ‐ structure, functions and control mechanism ‐ Relationship between State and Union ‐ Industrial map of India ‐‐ role of Union government ‐ Public Services ‐‐ role of recruitment agencies in Union Government ‐ Union finance ‐‐ resources, budget and financial administration ‐ Use of IT in administration ‐‐ e‐governance in Union Government ‐ Social welfare ‐ government sponsored schemes by Government of India. 

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