The group 2 examinations of the TNPSC are conducted for the recruitment to various posts across several services in the state of Tamil Nadu. While the written examinations are just the initial stage of selection, the overall selection process involves several stages, depending on the type of post for which the interview is being conducted. The TNPSC examination consists of two kinds of selection procedures. First is for the Combined Subordinate Service Examination I (Group 2) and the second is for the group 2A. The selection process has been described below in short.
For Interview posts
- Written Examination
- Oral test (Interview)
For non-Interview posts
- Written examination
- Document verification
The written examination is the first stage of the selection process which is also mandatory to be eligible for any post in the services. The salient features of the written examination have been mentioned below.
- It is totally objective type paper, having two sections- General knowledge and General English or General Tamil as the candidate may choose.
- The candidates have the choice of opting for either General English or General Tamil while the General Knowledge section is mandatory for all candidates.
- There are 100 questions in each section and the prescribed time limit is a total of three hours while the total marks that can be obtained is 340 (Both written and oral sections)
- The standard of questions will be general in the general knowledge part while it will be up to SSLC standard in the General English or Tamil part.
- In order to qualify for the next level, a candidate must score 102 in oral and written combined or 90 marks in just the written section in order to be considered for the next stage.
Oral Test or the Interview
The oral test or the interview is taken for knowing the personality and the mentality of the candidate which helps the interviewers to gauge the suitability of the candidate for the relevant post. Candidates need to cross the first barrier, the written test, in order to be considered for the interview. The maximum marks in the interview are 40 and any candidate scoring well in this part can score well in the overall terms.
The final selection list is prepared after the written and oral tests have been done for the candidates and it is done on the basis of the total marks obtained by the candidates in both the tests. This, along with the position for which the candidate has applied, is taken into consideration while making appointments in various offices. All the rules of reservation and exemptions are also applied in this stage and a final selection list is prepared for selected candidates as well as some who have been kept in waiting. For the interview posts, both written and oral exams are mandatory while for non-interview posts, a proper verification of documents and certificates is enough after the candidate has been selected.