TNPSC Group Exams
TNPSC (Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission) has over the years conducted examinations for giving employment to persons in various services of the State Government of Tamil Nadu, which also includes the State, Subordinate and Ministerial Services. TNPSC conducts over 170 tests for this purpose in the various categories of public services. TNPSC has two basic types of recruitment-Direct recruitment and indirect recruitment. Out of them, the Combined Subordinate Services Examination –I(CSSE-I) is for direct recruitment in a variety of services under the Tamil Nadu Government. The exams have several groups and each group is for applying to a different hierarchy of posts in the government sector.
First is the Group 1 exams and this group includes the elite posts in the government sector like Surgeon, executive officers of the highest grade, assistant medical officers, IAS, IPS officers and core officers in the various Ministries. For applying to this group, you have to go through a three stage examination procedure of preliminary, written and oral tests. Usually, a large percentage of people applying for TNPSC exam opts for this group and hence the need of conducting a preliminary exam.
Second are Group 2 and 3 exams. This group corresponds to posts which are less than the elite but quite high ranking nevertheless. It mainly includes Director of physical education, architect, storekeeper and other posts related to the government sector. For this group also you have to go through a three stage exam program.
Next is the Group 4 exam. This group is the lowest in the hierarchy of groups and it contains application for the lower posts of the governmental sector. It mainly includes posts of typists and peons and stenos. This group exam can be given directly and it only consists of a one stage examination procedure.
Over the years the number of people applying for the various groups of the TNPSC exams have kept on increasing and thus in most of the groups a preliminary exam have been introduced.