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Books for TNPSC VAO Exam Preparation (for latest syllabus)


Primary (Must Study Books)


For General Studies Portion :

1. State Board books are considered as primary source of TNPSC Exam question setting for all TNPSC Group Examination. Since, the TNPSC VAO Exam is a SSLC / 10th Exam Qualification Examination, you should study the Tamilnadu State Board Samacheer Kalvi text books from 6th to 10th stds.
i)Social Science Books - 6th to 10th Std
ii)Science Books - 6th to 10th Std,

2. Arihant General Knowledge - a must have and most referred book for TNPSC Exams

Next to Samacheerkalvi books, you have to fully cover the Arihant GK Book. Especially the last 80 pages (General Knowledge Portion) . It is a must have book for all TNPSC Exam Aspirants. This is the only book suggested by all coaching centers through out Tamilnadu. Written in simple English, even Tamil Medium Candidates also can easily understand. So both Tamil and English medium aspirants, if you can, try to have a copy of this book immediately.

It is available to buy online also Click to BUY.

For General English / Pothu Tamil Portions

For TNPSC Pothu Tamil and General English portions you should study Tamil / English books from the Samacheerkalvi 6th to 10th standard books and 11th, 12th also ( many syllabus portions mentioned in the GT / GE are available in the 11th and 12th books.)

Note : If you can afford money, you can purchase any of the guide books available in the market. For General English, Sakthi Publishing book is almost comprehensively covers the syllabus portions.

For TNPSC VAO Basics of Village Administration

You should buy a Basic of Village Administration Books (Tamil or English) available in the Market . Sakthi or Sura or any other guide books is sufficient. But before buying, check whether the book covers all syllabus portions.

For TNPSC VAO Aptitude Portion

Study Samacheerkalvi Books 6th -10th mathematics (only aptitude syllabus portions) if you have time. Secondly, Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Agarwal ( Buy online from flipkart ) is the most preferred book for Aptitude. English medium candidates must have this book. If you are preparing in Tamil, Kanian TNPSC Guide or Sakthi TNPSC Aptitude Books you can buy. If you can, have a group study for TNPSC Maths Portion.

Old Question Papers & Practice Tests

Work out old VAO / Group 4 question papers for GK portions and TNPSC VAO/Group 4/ Group 2, 2A Pothu Tamil / General English question papers. Do as much as practice tests you can, this will help you to score more marks in TNPSC VAO Exam.

Current Affairs Portions

Read newspapers regularly and Take Notes. Refer atleast one Competitive Monthly Magazines every month. You may also refer tamilcurrentaffairs.shanmugamiasacademy.in


Secondary ( Additional Books List)


(Only after completing the above primary books.)

1. 11th,12th Botany and Zoology if you have time
iii)Polity - 11th,12th Political Science
iv)Economy - 11th,12th Economics Books
v)Geography -11th,12th Geography Books
vi)Indian Culture - 12th Indian Culture Book

i)Prof.J.Dharmarajan's Tamilnadu History
ii)K.Venkadesan. India Freedom Struggle

3.Indian Polity
i)Lakshi Kanth - Indian Polity

4.Indian Economy
i)Pratiyogita Darban's Indian Economy & Ramesh Singh's Book

i)Oxford School Atlas
ii)Spectrum Publication -Indian Geography
6.Tamilndu Language and Culture (Mains Exam)
i)தமிழ் இலக்கிய தகவல் களஞ்கியம் - தேவிரா
ii) தமிழ் இலக்கிய வரலாறு - மு . வரதராஜன்

7.Current Affairs
i)The Hindu, Dinamani,
ii)Competitive Success Review/Civil Service Chronicle/Competition Wizard

8.Science & Technology
i)Science & Tech by Spectrum Publications

9.India Year Book by Government of India

10.English Test
i)Objective General English by R.S. Agarwal

i)A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
ii)Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Agarwal
iii)Objective Arithmetic - R. S. Agarwal

12.Guide Books for General Studies (Not Important, if you study all the above mentioned books). Any one of the Guides like Tata Mc Graw Hill, Spectrum or Pearson

Group 1 Syllabus Details

TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus Details: Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)’s Group 1 Exam Syllabus Details are given below…

Syllabus Details:

Preliminary Exam Syllabus:

General Knowledge: The paper on general knowledge will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge: General science, current events of national and international importance , history and culture of India, geography, Indian polity, Indian economy, Indian national movement and freedom struggle, mental ability tests and other related fields.

Main Written Examination:

1. Modern history of India and Indian culture.
2. General Aptitude & Mental ability Test.
3. Role and impact of science and technology in the development of India and Tamil Nadu.


1. Indian polity and emerging political trends across the world affecting India and Geography of India.
2. Tamil Society, its culture and heritage/ English language skills.
3. Administration of Union and states with special reference to Tamil Nadu.

1. Current events of national and international importance.
2. Current economic trends: Indian economy and impact of global economy on India.
3. Socio economic problems of India/ Tamil Nadu.

Group 4 Exam Syllabus

TNPSC Group 4 Exam Syllabus: Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission’s (TNPSC) Group 4 Exam syllabus details are given below…..

Syllabus: General Studies:

General Science:
Physics: Physics: Nature of Universe-General Scientific laws-Inventions and discoveries-National scientific laboratories-Mechanics and properties of matter-Physical quantities, standards and units- Force, motion and energy-Magnetism, electricity and electronics -Heat, light and sound
Chemistry- Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases and salts-Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides
Botany-Main Concepts of life science-Classification of living organism-Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration
Zoology- Blood and blood circulation-Reproductive system-Environment, ecology, health and hygiene-Human diseases including communicable and non – communicable diseases – prevention and remedies-Animals, plants and human life.

Current Events: History-Latest diary of events-national -National symbols-Profile of States-Eminent persons & places in news-Sports & games-Books & authors – Awards & honors’-India and its neighbors

Political Science-1. Problems in conduct of public elections-2. Political parties and political system in India-3. Public awareness & General administration-4. Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility

Geography–Geographical landmarks-

Economics– Current socio-economic problems

Science-Latest inventions on science & technology

Geography: Earth and Universe-Solar system-Monsoon, rainfall, weather & climate-Water resources — rivers in India-Soil, minerals & natural resources-Forest & wildlife-Agricultural pattern-Transport including surface transport & communication-Social geography – population-density and distribution-Natural calamities – Disaster Management.

History and Culture of India and Tamil Nadu: ndus valley civilization -Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas-Age of Vijayanagaram and the bahmanis-South Indian history-Culture and Heritage of Tamil people-India since independence- Characteristics of Indian culture-Unity in diversity –race, colour, language, custom-India-as secular state-Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN-Political parties and populist schemes.

Indian Polity: Constitution of India–Preamble to the constitution- Salient features of constitution- Union, state and territory- Citizenship-rights amend duties-Fundamental rights- Fundamental duties- Human rights charter- Union legislature – Parliament- State executive- State Legislature – assembly- Local government – panchayat raj – Tamil Nadu- Judiciary in India – Rule of law/Due process of law-Elections- Official language and Schedule-VIII-Corruption in public life- Anti-corruption measures –CVC, lok-adalats, Ombudsman, CAG – Right to information- Empowerment of women-Consumer protection forms.

Indian Economy: Nature of Indian economy- Five- year plan models-an assessment-Land reforms & agriculture-Application of science in agriculture-Industrial growth-Rural welfare oriented programmers-Social sector problems – population, education, health, employment, poverty-Economic trends in Tamil Nadu.

Indian National Movement: National renaissance-Emergence of national leaders-Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore-Different modes of agitations-Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & others.

Aptitude & Mental Ability Tests: Conversation of information to data collection, compilation and presentation of data, tables, graphs, diagrams, Analytical interpretation of data- simplification -percentage-Highest Commn Factor (HCF)-Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)-Ratio and Proportion -Simple interest-Compound interest-Area-Volume-Time and work-Logical Reasoning -Puzzles-Dice -Visual Reasoning-Alpha numeric Reasoning-Number Series.

General English: Grammer -

Part -A:
1.Match the following words and Phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B.
2.Choose the correct ‘Synonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given
3.Choose the correct ‘Antonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given
4.Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix)
5.Fill in the blanks with suitable Article
6.Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition
7.Select the correct Question Tag
8.Select the correct Tense
9.Select the correct Voice
10.Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle)
11.Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object….) Blanks with correct ‘Homophones’
12.Find out the Error (Articles, Prepositions, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb)
14. Select the correct sentence
15. Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb)
16. Select the correct Plural forms
17. Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentense)
18. Identify the correct Degree.
19.Form a new word by blending the words.
20.Form compound words (Eg: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun)

1.Figures of speech observed in the Poems
2.Appreciation Questions from Poetry
3.Important lines from Poems
4..Questions on the Biography
5.Questions on Shakespeare’s
6.Questions from Oscar Wilde’s
7. Dr.Karl Paulnack
8. Comprehension Questions from the Motivational Essays
9. Comprehension Questions from the description of Places
10.British English – American English

Part C: Authors and their Literary Works