Group I is the topmost exam, conducted by the TNPSC to recruit personnel for the highest administrative positions under the State Government. Every year, lakhs of candidates apply for Group I exam. As it selects candidates for the topmost positions in the State Civil Services, one needs to learn the length and breadth of every topic in the syllabus. With increasing competition for the limited number of vacancies available, the exam has been made tougher over time. To crack Group I exam, one needs to work really hard and smart. Proper guidance and conceptual clarity will save the amount of invaluable time that the candidates invest in studying.
The Group I exam is conducted in three phases – The Preliminary The Mains The Interview level.
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Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper – Power of Reasoning – Rote Learning Vs Conceptual Learning – Science as a tool to understand the past, present and future.
Nature of Universe – General Scientific Laws – Mechanics – Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy – Everyday application of the basic principles of Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser, Electronics and Communications.
Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides.
Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Human diseases.
Environment and Ecology.
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?
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 – Organisation, 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 Organisations (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.
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.
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