TNPSC Group 2 & 2A Exam – Overview
Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Examination: Group 2 and 2A - About the Exam
The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission exam, conducted by the State government's agency Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) which was set up by the Constitution of India in 1923, is taken by candidates and applicants who wish to join the public services and have government jobs in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a mandatory exam that needs to be taken by all people who are aspirants for various government posts in the state under the TNPSC whose duty is to ensure capability and sustainability in the public services in the state of Tamil Nadu. The main function of the agency is to conduct the examinations for recruiting people to the state services and government domains. The examinations comprise both written and oral modes, depending on the post for which they are being conducted.
The TNPSC conducts more than 170 examinations for the appointment of officers to various posts and there are several groups under which the exams take place, depending on the post for which they are being conducted and the salary and power associated with the same. The posts also govern the rigor of the exams as well as the subsequent interviews. For instance, Group 1 exam under the TNPSC for IAS officers is a much difficult one to crack and get the final convert as compared to the exam for a Group 2 drug inspector. Thus, the various exams are designed and conducted in a manner so as to select the best candidates for the job.
The TNPSC Group 2 examinations have tough competition as candidates across the state apply for various posts and jobs. The relaxation for the backward classes and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes along with many other categories provide ample opportunity to people from all backgrounds to sit and compete for the posts. This system ensures widespread participation of the people and provides equal opportunity for everyone, ensuring that only the best candidates are selected from among the lot.
The criteria to be eligible for these exams is kept low for most posts, except for the top posts like the IAS officers. The educational qualifications, age limits, background criteria etc are relaxed further for the backward castes while kept normal for the general people, thus inviting loads of applicants from various spheres of the state. The eligibility criteria is generally kept the same for all the groups, with very slight changes, if any, in a particular section.
One important aspect of the TNPSC is that the syllabus remains the same for all the groups. Thus irrespective of the post for which you are applying, you need to cross the basic barrier. This is done to test the candidates in the basic knowledge and acumen, which is same across all posts. The option of taking the test either in Tamil or in English ensures that nobody is left out because of a language barrier.