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Combined Civil Services Examination –II
(Interview Posts and Non-Interview Posts)
General Studies (Preliminary Examination)

Topics for Objective Type
(i) Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper - Power of Reasoning

  • Rote Learning Vs Conceptual Learning - Science as a tool to
    understand the past, present and future.
    (ii) Nature of Universe - General Scientific Laws – Mechanics -
    Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy - Everyday
    application of the basic principles of Mechanics, Electricity and
    Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser,
    Electronics and Communications.
    (iii) Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum
    Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides.
    (iv) Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms,
    Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene,
    Human diseases.
    (v) Environment and Ecology.

(i) History - Latest diary of events - National symbols - Profile of
States - Eminent personalities and places in news – Sports -
Books and authors.
(ii) Polity - Political parties and political system in India - Public
awareness and General administration - Welfare oriented
Government schemes and their utility, Problems in Public
Delivery Systems.
(iii) Geography - Geographical landmarks.
(iv) Economics - Current socio - economic issues.
(v) Science - Latest inventions in Science and Technology.

(i) Location – Physical features - Monsoon, rainfall, weather and
climate - Water resources - Rivers in India - Soil, minerals and
natural resources - Forest and wildlife - Agricultural pattern.
(ii) Transport - Communication.
(iii) Social geography – Population density and distribution - Racial,
linguistic groups and major tribes.
(iv) Natural calamity – Disaster Management – Environmental
pollution: Reasons and preventive measures – Climate change –
Green energy.

(i) Indus valley civilization - Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and
Marathas - Age of Vijayanagaram and Bahmani Kingdoms -
South Indian history.
(ii) Change and Continuity in the Socio - Cultural History of India.
(iii) Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity – Race,
language, custom.
(iv) India as a Secular State, Social Harmony.

(i) Constitution of India - Preamble to the Constitution - Salient
features of the Constitution - Union, State and Union Territory.
(ii) Citizenship, Fundamental rights, Fundamental duties, Directive
Principles of State Policy.
(iii) Union Executive, Union legislature – State Executive,
State Legislature – Local governments, Panchayat Raj.
(iv) Spirit of Federalism: Centre - State Relationships.
(v) Election - Judiciary in India – Rule of law.
(vi) Corruption in public life – Anti-corruption measures – Lokpal
and LokAyukta - Right to Information - Empowerment of
women - Consumer protection forums, Human rights charter.

(i) Nature of Indian economy – Five year plan models - an
assessment – Planning Commission and Niti Ayog.
(ii) Sources of revenue – Reserve Bank of India – Fiscal Policy and
Monetary Policy - Finance Commission – Resource sharing
between Union and State Governments - Goods and Services Tax.
(iii) Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land
reforms and Agriculture - Application of Science and Technology
in agriculture - Industrial growth - Rural welfare oriented
programmes – Social problems – Population, education, health,
employment, poverty.

(i) National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule - Indian
National Congress - Emergence of leaders – B.R.Ambedkar,
Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O.Chidambaranar, Jawaharlal Nehru,
Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai
Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose and others.
(ii) Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant
(iii) Communalism and partition.

UNIT- VIII : History, Culture, Heritage and Socio - Political Movements
in Tamil Nadu

(i) History of Tamil Society, related Archaeological discoveries, Tamil
Literature from Sangam age till contemporary times.
(ii) Thirukkural : (a) Significance as a Secular literature
(b) Relevance to Everyday Life
(c) Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity
(d) Thirukkural and Universal Values - Equality,
Humanism, etc
(e) Relevance to Socio - Politico - Economic affairs
(f ) Philosophical content in Thirukkural
(iii) Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle - Early agitations
against British Rule - Role of women in freedom struggle.
(iv) Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political movements
in Tamil Nadu - Justice Party, Growth of Rationalism -
Self Respect Movement, Dravidian movement and Principles
underlying both these movements, Contributions of Thanthai
Periyar and Perarignar Anna.

UNIT – IX : Development Administration in Tamil Nadu
(i) Human Development Indicators in Tamil Nadu and a
comparative assessment across the Country – Impact of Social
Reform movements in the Socio - Economic Development of
Tamil Nadu.
(ii) Political parties and Welfare schemes for various sections of
people – Rationale behind Reservation Policy and access to
Social Resources - Economic trends in Tamil Nadu – Role and
impact of social welfare schemes in the Socio - economic
development of Tamil Nadu.
(iii) Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones of
Socio - Economic development.
(iv) Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu.
(v) Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth.
(vi) Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various fields.
(vii) e-governance in Tamil Nadu.

(i) Simplification – Percentage - Highest Common Factor (HCF) -
Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).
(ii) Ratio and Proportion.
(iii) Simple interest - Compound interest - Area - Volume - Time
and Work.
(iv) Logical Reasoning - Puzzles-Dice - Visual Reasoning - Alpha
numeric Reasoning – Number Series.

Combined Civil Services Examination –II
(Interview Posts and Non-Interview Posts)
Main Written Examination (Descriptive type)

Titles for Examination

Title 1 - Tamil to English translation
Title 2 - English to Tamil translation

Titles for Examination

Title 1 - Precis writing
Title 2 - Comprehension
Title 3 - Hints Development
Title 4 - Essay writing on the following topics from ‘Thirukkural’

(a) Significance as a Secular literature
(b) Relevance to Everyday Life
(c) Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity
(d) Thirukkural and Universal Values - Equality,
Humanism, etc.
(e) Relevance to Socio - Politico - Economic affairs
(f) Philosophical content in Thirukkural

Title 5 - Letter writing - Official

Syllabus for Examination

History, Culture and Heritage of Tamil Nadu
[This syllabus applies for Paper-I (Title 1 and 2) and Paper-II
(only for Titles 1 to 3 given above)]

1.1 Origin and Development of Tamil Civilization - From
classical antiquity to modernity.
1.2 Sangam Period Literature along with the historical events
related to Language Development.
1.3 Musical Tradition of Tamil Nadu - Folklore - music, dance,
Musical instruments and folk drama - From classical age to
post-modern age with its modifications.
1.4 Dramatic Art Form - Street Theatre - Folk Theatre -
Conventional Theatrical techniques.
1.5 Socio-Economic History - Overseas trade - evidence from
classical literature like "Pattinapalai".
1.6 Rationalist Movements - Dravidian Movement and
Self Respect Movement.
1.7 Contribution of Social Reform Movements in the
implementation of Social Welfare Measures and
Socio-Economic Development of Tamil Nadu - Reservation
Policy and its Benefits - Contribution of Social Justice and Social
Harmony in the Socio Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.
1.8 Feminism – Socio - feminism, Literary feminism - Different
Concepts and Perceptions.
1.9 Contemporary Tamil Language - Computer Tamil Diction -
Legal Tamil - Tamil as Administrative Language - New genres.


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