TNPSC CCSE 1, Group 1 Service Main Exam Syllabus (New) 2019

Group - I Services - Syllabus 
Combined Civil Services Examination - I 
Main Examination, Degree Standard.

Syllabus - Summary

Paper - I 

Unit- I : Modern history of India and Indian culture 
Unit- II : Social issues in India and Tamil Nadu 
Unit- III : General Aptitude & Mental Ability (SSLC Standard)

Paper - II 

Unit- I : Indian Polity and emerging political trends across the world affecting India
UNIT- II : Role and impact of Science and Technology in the development of India
UNIT- III : Tamil Society ‐ Its Culture and Heritage

Paper - III 

Unit- I: Geography of India with special reference to Tamil Nadu
UNIT- II : Environment, Bio Diversity and Disaster Management
UNIT- III : Indian Economy - Current economic trends and impact of global economy on India

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Paper - I - General studies 
Unit- I: Modern History of India and Indian Culture  
  • Advent of European invasion
  • Expansion and consolidation of British rule
  • Early uprising against British rule
  • 1857 Revolt
  • Indian National Congress
  • Growth of militant movements
  • Different modes of agitations
  • Emergence of national leaders
  • Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji, 
  • Moulana Abulkalam Azad, Ambedkar and Patel
  • Era of different Acts & Pacts
  • Second World War & final phase struggle
  • Communalism led to partition.
  • Effect of British rule on socio‐economic factors
  • National renaissance
  • Socio religious reform movements. 
  • India since independence
  • Characteristics of Indian culture 
  • Unity in diversity ‐ Race, Language, Religion Custom
  • India: a secular state ‐ Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama and music. 
  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle ‐ Bharathiar, VOC, Subramania Siva, Rajaji, Periyar and others - Political parties and Welfare schemes. 
  • Latest diary of events: 
    • National and International 
    • National symbols
    • Eminent personalities & places in news
    • Sports & Games
    • Books & Authors
    • Awards & Honours
    • Cultural panorama
  • Latest historical events 
  • Latest terminology
  • Appointments 
  • who is who? 
Unit- II :  Social issues in India and Tamil Nadu 


  • Population Explosion
  • Unemployment issues in India & Tamil Nadu
  • Child Abuse & Child Labour
  • Poverty
  • Rural and Urban Sanitation
  • Illiteracy.
  • Women Empowerment
  • Role of the Government in Women Empowerment
  • Social injustice to Women
  • Domestic violence, Dowry menace
  • Sexual assault - Role of women and women’s organisations Social changes in India
  • Urbanization and its impact on the society
  • Problems and remedies ‐ Impact of violence on Society
  • Religious violence, Terrorism and Communal violence
  • Regional Disparities ‐ Problems of Minorities
  • Human Rights issues. Education
  • Linkage between Education and Social Development
  • Community Development Programmes
  • Employment Guarantee Schemes
  • Self Employment and Entrepreneurship Development
  • Role of N.G.Os in Social Welfare
  • Government Policy on Health. 
  • Welfare Schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Central and State governments and their performance.
  • Current Affairs
Unit-III : General Aptitude & Mental Ability (SSLC Standard)
  • 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
Paper - II - General studies

Unit - I : Indian Polity and emerging political trends across the world affecting India 
Constitution of India: 

  • Historical background
  • Making of the Indian Constitution
  • Preamble - Salient features of the Indian Constitution
  • Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties
  • Directive Principles of State Policy
  • Schedules to the Indian Constitution. 

Union Executive: 

  • President, Vice - President, 
  • Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, 
  • Attorney General of India. 
Union Legislature:

  • Parliament: Lok - Sabha and Rajya - Sabha
  • Composition, Powers, 
  • Functions and Legislative procedures. 
Union Judiciary: 
  • Structure, Powers and Functions of the Supreme Court
  • Judicial Review
  • Latest Verdicts. 

State Executive: 

  • Governor, Chief Minister - Speaker and Council of Ministers, 
  • Advocate General of the State. 
State Legislature: 

  • State Legislative Assembly
  • Organization, Powers and Functions. 

State Judiciary: 

  • Organisation, Powers and Functions of High Courts, District Courts and Subordinate Courts. 

Local Government:

  • Historical Development
  • Features and working of 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992. 
Union Territories:

  • Evolution of States and Union Territories
  • Administration of Union Territories. 
Federalism in India:

  • Centre - State Relations - Centre - State Administrative Relations
  • Centre - State Legislative Relations and Centre
  • State Financial Relations.
Civil Services in India: 
  • Historical background - Classification of Civil Services
  • Recruitment & Training of Civil Servants. 
State Services: 
  • Classification of State Services and Recruitment. 
Official Language: 
  • Constitutional provision - Official Language Act, 
  • VIII Schedule to the Constitution. 
Amendments: 
  • Major Amendments to the Indian Constitution. 
Special Status to Jammu & Kashmir: 
  • Art 370. 
Political Parties: 
  • National & Regional parties, Pressure Groups, Interest Groups, Public Opinion, Mass Media, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and their role. 
Issue Areas in Indian Administration: 
  • Corruption in India - Anti - Corruption Measures
  • CVC - Lok Adalats - Ombudsman
  • RTI Act - Minister - Secretary Relationship
  • Generalist Vs. Specialist controversy. 
  • Constitutional and Non-Constitutional Bodies
  • Composition, Powers and Functions. 
  • Profile of States - Defence, 
  • National Security and Terrorism
  • World Organisations 
  • Pacts and Summits. 
India's Foreign Policy: 
  • Foreign Affairs with Special emphasis on India's relations with neighbouring countries and in the region - Security and defence related issues
  • Nuclear Policy - Issues and conflicts
  • The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and to the World. 
  • Current Affairs
Unit - II : Role and impact of Science and Technology in the development of India 


  • Science and Technology
  • Role, Achievements and Developments
  • Their applications and effects in everyday life
  • Energy
  • Conventional and Non-conventional
  • Self sufficiency ‐ Oil exploration
  • Defence Research Organizations and other science and technology institutions
  • Ocean Research and Development 
  • Role and Functions. Advancements in the fields of I.T., Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-Technology
  • Mobile Communication
  • Remote sensing and its benefits. 
  • Health and hygiene
  • Human diseases - Prevention and remedies
  • Communicable diseases and non‐communicable diseases
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Organ transplantation
  • Stem cell Technology
  • Medical Tourism
  • Advancements in Horticulture & Agriculture. 
  • Achievements of Indians in the fields of Science and Technology. 
  • Latest inventions in science & technology.

 Unit - III : Tamil Society ‐ Its Culture and Heritage

  • Candidates may answer the questions in this unit EITHER in Tamil OR in English. 


  1. Tamil Society: Origin and expansion. 
  2. Art and Culture: Literature, Music, Film, Drama, Architecture, Sculpture, Paintings and Folk Arts. 
  3. Socio - economic history of Tamil Nadu from Sangam age to till date. 
  4. Growth of Rationalist, Dravidian movements in Tamil Nadu - Their role in the socio – economic development of Tamil Nadu. 
  5. Social and cultural life of contemporary Tamils : Caste, Religion, Women, Politics, Education, Economy, Trade and relationship with other countries. 
  6. Tamil and other Disciplines: Mass Media, Computer etc.

Paper - III ‐ General studies
Unit- I: Geography of India with special reference to Tamil Nadu 

  • Location
  • Physical features
  • Major Rivers
  • Weather & Climate
  • Monsoon, Rainfall
  • Natural resources:
    • Soil, Water, Forest, Minerals and Wild life
    • Agricultural pattern
    • Livestock
    • Fisheries
    • Industries; Major industries - Growth and Development - Social- Cultural geography
  • Population: 
    • Growth, Density and Distribution
    • Racial, linguistic and major tribes. 
  • Oceanography 
    • Bottom relief features of Indian Ocean, Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal. 

Basics of Geospatial Technology: 

  • Geographical Information System (GIS) and 
  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). 
  • Map: Geographical landmarks
  • India and its neighbours. 
  • Current Affairs 

UNIT- II : Environment, Bio Diversity and Disaster Management 
Ecology: 

  • Structure and function of Ecosystem
  • Ecological succession
  • Biodiversity conservation: Types – Biodiversity Hot Spots in India
  • Biodiversity: 
    • Significance and Threats – In situ and Ex situ conservation measures 
    • Roles of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 
    • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) & 
    • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). 

Environmental Pollution and Management: 

  • Air, Water, Soil, Thermal and Noise pollution and control strategies
  • Solid and Hazardous waste management

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): 

  • Steps in EIA process
  • Environmental Clearance

Environmental Auditing. Climate Change: 

  • Global Environmental Issues and Management
  • Changes in monsoon pattern in Tamil Nadu and India
  • Environmental consequences of climate change and mitigation measures
  • Clean and Green Energy
  • Environmental Sustainability. 
  • Environmental Laws, 
  • Policies & Treaties in India and Global scenario
  • Natural calamities and Disaster Management
  • Environmental Health and Sanitation. 
  • Current Affairs 

Unit- III : Indian Economy - Current economic trends and impact of global economy on India

  • Features of Indian Economy – Demographical profile of India – National Income – Capital formation - NEP (New Economic Policy)
  • NITI AYOG – National Development Council. 
  • Agriculture – Role of Agriculture 
  • Land reforms
  • New Agricultural Strategy
  • Green Revolution – Price Policy, 
  • Public Distribution System (PDS), 
  • Subsidy, Food Security
  • Agricultural Marketing, 
  • Crop Insurance, Labour 
  • Rural credit & indebtness 
  • WTO & Agriculture. Industry - Growth ‐ Policy
  • Role of public sector and disinvestment – Privatisation and Liberalization
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP)
  • SEZs. – MSMEs.
  • Make in India. Infrastructure in India
  • Transport System - Energy – Power – Communication - Social Infrastructure - Science & Technology - R&D. 
  • Banking & Finance – Banking, Money & Finance
  • Central Bank – Commercial Bank – NBFIs.
  • Stock Market – Financial Reforms
  • Financial Stability – Monetary Policy
  • RBI & Autonomy. Public Finance
  • Sources of Revenue – Tax & Non-Tax Revenue
  • Canons of taxation – GST – Public expenditure
  • Public debt – Finance Commission – Fiscal Policy. 
  • Issues in Indian Economy – Poverty & inequality
  • Poverty alleviation programmes
  • MGNREGA – New Welfare programmes for rural poverty
  • Unemployment – Inflation – Inflation targeting
  • Sustainable economic growth
  • Gender issues. India’s Foreign Trade
  • BOP, EX-IM Policy, FOREX Market, FDI; Globalization & its impact
  • Global economic crisis & impact on Indian economy. International Agencies – IMF (International Monetary Fund) World Bank
  • BRICS - SAARC - ASEAN. 
  • Tamil Nadu Economy & Issues
  • Gross State Domestic Product
  • Trends in State’s economic growth 
  • Demographic profile of Tamil Nadu – Agriculture
  • Industry & entrepreneurship development in Tamil Nadu
  • Infrastructure – Power, Transportation systems
  • Social Infrastructure – SHGs. & Rural Women empowerment
  • Rural poverty & unemployment
  • Environmental issues
  • Regional economic disparities
  • Local Government 
  • Recent government welfare programmes. 
  • Current Affairs


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