How to prepare for TNPSC Group 1 Prelims

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Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) conducts Group 1 examination that recruits candidates in the state administrative services. The Group 1 2020 recruitment started in 2020. The Preliminary examination is on 3rd January 2021. The important tips to prepare for this examination have been discussed in this article. 

There are three stages in the recruitment process for the Tamil Nadu PSC examination. The details of all the stages are mentioned in the TNPSC Group 1 Notification which was released on 20th January 2020 for this year’s recruitment. For 2021 recruitment, it is expected to be released in January 2021. 

A few important points for TNPSC Exam 2020:

  • The Prelims was scheduled to take place on 5th April 2020 but due to the outbreak of the covid pandemic, the exam was postponed.
  • The new date for Prelims is 3rd January 2021.
  • There are 66 vacancies for the TNPSC exam 2020. 
  • The last date to apply for Tamil Nadu PSC Group 1 Exam was 21st February 2020. 

Preparation Tips for TNPSC Prelims 2020

Candidates have to know the exam pattern of the examination. As mentioned earlier, there are 3 stages. Prelims is the first of TNPSC Group 1 examination. Mains is the second, and interview is the final stage. There is only one paper in the prelims stage which is of objective type. 

Before the preparation tips, candidates must know the below-mentioned points:

1.  In the TNPSC prelims syllabus, there are eight units mentioned from where the questions are framed. 

2.  To start preparing for the prelims examination, candidates must be familiar with the eight units from where the questions are framed:

  • General Science
  • Current Events
  • Geography
  • History and Culture of India
  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian National Movement
  • Aptitude and Mental Ability Tests, Logical Reasoning

3.  There are 200 questions in the prelims examination and total marks are 300. 

4.  There is no negative marking. 

Important Preparation Tips Not To Miss for TNPSC Prelims:

1.  Candidates must refer to the old question papers before setting out to read books for each subject mentioned in the syllabus. This helps to strategize in advance for different subjects. 

2.  Before referring to some advanced authors’s books, candidates should focus on state board textbooks as they hold immense importance in the prelims examination. 

3.  A few books that candidates may refer to for their preparation are:

  • VVK Subburaj’s book - TNPSC Group 1 Preliminary Examination CCSE- 1(Tamil Medium).
  • For Tamil Nadu history, aspirants must read Dr. J. Dharmaraj’s Tamizhaga Varalaru. 
  • For Polity, aspirants must refer to M.Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity. 
  • For Geography, Samacheer Kalvi books must be read along with a light reference of Majid Hussain’s book for holistic reading. 
  • For economy, apart from state textbooks candidates must go through Ramesh Singh’s book on Indian Economy or Nitin Singhania’s book with the same title. 

4.  Current affairs should be regularly followed by the candidates to keep themselves updated with the current happenings in and across the country. 

5.  Aspirants should not take a long break between readings of the same subject as it may lead to issues in remembering the important facts. Instead, aspirants can opt for periodic revisions that will help in memory-building. 

Candidates should revise all the subjects in a fashion where nothing important is left for the last minute. Also, one should keep a track of the latest TNPSC Group 1 notification to remain updated about the release of the Group 1 admit card. The hall ticket has to be carried along on the day of examination.  


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