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Opening Date : 31.08.2017

Last Date :  26.09.2017

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Name of Postings

  • Assistant in the Departments of Secretariat

Age Limit

  • Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Castes (Arunthathiyar) and Scheduled Tribes –  35years
  • Most Backward Classes / Denotified Communities, Backward Classes and Backward Classes (Muslims) – 30 years
  • Others [ i.e Applicants not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and Backward Classes (Muslims) – 30 years

Date to Note

  •  Date for Online Application & online payment  31.08.2017 to 26.09.2017


  • Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s Degree of any University or Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission.
  • The applicants should be an approved probationer in the post held by them in the parent department and with service for a period of not less than three years after acquiring Bachelor’s Degree either in the category of Junior Assistant or in the category of Assistant or in both the categories put together, in the Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service or in the Tamil Nadu Judicial Ministerial Service as on 01.08.2017.


  • The educational qualification prescribed for this post should have been obtained by passing the required qualification in the order of studies 10th + HSC or its equivalent + U.G. degree.
  • The selected applicants after appointment in the Secretariat should pass the Examination conducted at the end of the Foundational Training Course within three continuous chances failing which they shall be reverted to former post.


Exam Syllabus

General Studies (Degree Standard) 

UNIT – I General Science

Physics : Universe – General Scientific laws – Scientific instruments – Inventions and discoveries-National scientific laboratories-Science glossary-Mechanics and properties of matter-Physical quantities, standards and units-Force, motion and energy- electricity and Magnetism-Heat, light and sound-Atomic and nuclear physics

Chemistry : Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases and salts – Oxidation and reduction – Chemistry of ores and metals -Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds- Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides

 Botany : Main Concepts of life science-The cell-basic unit of life-Classification of living organism-Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration

Zoology : Blood and blood circulation-Endocrine system-Reproductive system- 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

UNIT – II Current Events

History : Latest diary of events – National – National symbols -Profile of States- Eminent persons & places in news-Sports & games-Books & authors -Awards & honours-Latest historical events- India and its neighbours- Appointments- who is who?

Political Science : Problems in conduct of public elections- Political parties and political system in India- Public awareness & General administration- Role of Voluntary organizations & Govt.,-Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility

Geography : Geographical landmarks-Policy on environment and ecology

 Economics : Current socio-economic problems-New economic policy & govt. sector

Science : Latest inventions on science & technology – Latest discoveries in Health Science – Mass media & communication

UNIT – III Geography

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-Social geography – population-density and distribution- Natural calamities – disaster management

UNIT – IV History And Culture Of India

South Indian history-Culture and Heritage of Tamil people-Advent of European invasion-Expansion and consolidation of British rule-Effect of British rule on socio-economic factors-Social reforms and religious movements-India since independence-Characteristics of Indian culture-UNIT y in diversity –race, colour, language, custom-India-as secular state-Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music-Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN-Political parties and populist schemes – Prominent personalities in the various spheres – Arts, Science, literature and Philosophy – Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar , M.S.Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J.Krishnamoorthy etc.

UNIT  – V – Indian Polity

Constitution of India – Preamble to the constitution – Salient features of constitution – Union, State and territory – Fundamental rights – Fundamental duties – Human rights charter – Union legislature – Parliament – State executive – State Legislature – assembly – Status of Jammu & Kashmir – Local government – panchayat raj – Tamil Nadu – Judiciary in India – Rule of law/Due process of law – Indian federalism – center – state relations – Emergency provisions – Elections – Election Commission Union and State – Amendments to constitution – Schedules to constitution – Administrative reforms & tribunals- Corruption in public life – Anti-corruption measures – Central Vigilance Commission, lok-adalats, Ombudsman, Contrtroller and Auditor General of India. – Right to information – Central and State Commission – Empowerment of women

UNIT  – VI – Indian Economy

Nature of Indian economy – Five-year plan models-an assessment – Land reforms & agriculture – Application of science in agriculture -Industrial growth – -Role of public sector & disinvestment-Development of infrastructure- National income – Rural welfare oriented programmes – Social sector problems – population, education, health, employment, poverty – HRD – sustainable economic growth- Economic trends in Tamil Nadu – Energy Different sources and development – Finance Commission – Planning Commission – National Development Council

UNIT  – VII – Indian National Movement

Early uprising against British rule-1857 Revolt- Indian National Congress – Emergence of national leaders- Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji -Growth of militant movements – Communalism led to partition- Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & Others – Birth of political parties /political system in India since independence

Aptitude & Mental Ability Tests

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- Decision making and problem solving

Logical Reasoning

Puzzles – Dice – Visual Reasoning- Alpha numeric Reasoning- Number Series – Logical Number/Alphabetical/Diagrammatic Sequences

General English


Match the following words and Phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B

 Choose the correct ‘Synonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given

Choose the correct ‘Antonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given

Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix)

Fill in the blanks with suitable Article

Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition

Select the correct Question Tag

Select the correct Tense

Select the correct Voice

Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle)

Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object….) Blanks with correct ‘Homophones’

Find out the Error (Articles, Prepositions, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb)


Select the correct sentence

Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb)

Select the correct Plural forms

Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentense)

Identify the correct Degree.

Form a new word by blending the words.

Form compound words (Eg: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun)


Figures of speech observed in the Poems

Appreciation Questions from Poetry

Important lines from Poems

Questions on the Biography

Questions on Shakespeare’s

Questions from Oscar Wilde’s

Dr.Karl Paulnack

Comprehension Questions from the Motivational Essays

Comprehension Questions from the description of Places

British English – American English

Authors and their Literary Works

Match the Poems with the Poets

Nationality the story

. Identify the Author with the short story

Auto biography / Biography

Nationality the Poet belongs

Characters, Quotes, Important Lines from the works of Indian Authors

Drama Famous lines, characters, quotes

Match the Places, Poet, Dramatist, Painter with suitable option

Match the Folk Arts with the Indian State / Country

. Match the Author with the Relevant Title/Character

Match the Characters with Relevant Story Title

About the Poets

About the Dramatists

. Mention the Poem in which these lines occur

Various works of the Authors

What is the theme observed in the Literary works

Famous Quotes – Who said this

To Which period the Poets belong

Matching the Poets and Poems

Nature centered Literary works and Global issue Environment and Conservation

Exam Patterns




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