TNPSC GROUP 1 – Mains Book

As a beginner, to have fundamental knowledge about the syllabus, you may start with Tamilnadu State Board Books. Cover every line of the 6th Std – 12th Std Science, Social Science Books as per the TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus.

TNPSC Group 1 Preparation Books:
Here we have given the important book list for TNPSC Group – I (Mains) based on syllabus of TNPSC.

The booklist has been given topic wise as syllabus, reference books and Mark analysis for TNPSC Group I –Mains.

Question analysis is depends on previous year question paper model.

SubjectDurationMaximum marks
Paper I3 Hours300
Paper II 3 Hours300
Paper III 3 Hours300
Interview120
TOTAL1020

PAPER - I UNIT 1 (Modern history of India and Indian culture)

Topics Reference Books
Advent of European invasion- Expansion and consolidation of British ruleAdvent of European invasion- Expansion and consolidation of British rule
Effect of British rule on socio-economic factorsStd 8 – Rule of English East India Company
Std 8 – Lord Cornwallis
Std 8 – Marquess of Hastings
Std 8 – Lord William Bentinck
Std 8 – Lord Dalhousie
Std 12 – India under the English East India Company
Std 12 – Revenue Administration and Economic Policy of the British
Social reforms and religious movements India since independenceStd 10 – Social and Religious Reform Movements in 19th Cen.
Std 10 – Social Transformation in Tamil Nadu
Std 12 – Educational and Social Reform
Characteristics of Indian culture – Unity in diversity – race, colour, language, custom – India – a secular state – Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, musicStd 9 – Cultural Heritage of Tamil Nadu
Std 7 – Bakthi and Sufi movements
Std 11 – Bakthi Movement in Medieval India
Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu – Political parties and populist schemesStd 12 – Role of Tamil Nadu in the Indian National Movement
Std 12 – The Justice Party Rule
National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule – 1857 Revolt – Indian National Congress – Emergence of national leaders – Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji – Growth of militant movements -Different modes of agitations – Era of different Acts & Pacts – World war & final phase struggle – Communalism led to partitionStd 8 – The Great Revolt of 1857
Std 10 – Freedom Movement in India – Phase I
Std 10 – Great Revolt of 1857
Std 10 – Freedom Movement in India – Phase II
Std 12 – Indian National Movement (1885-1905)
Std 12 – Indian National Movement (1905 – 1916)
Std 12 – The Great Revolt of 1857
Std 12 – The Indian National Movements (1917-947)
Std 12 – Constitutional Development
Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & OthersStd 8 – Vellore Mutiny (1806)
Std 10 – Role of Tamil Nadu in the Freedom Movement
Std 12 – Palayakkarar Rebellion
Std 12 – Vellore Mutiny
Std 12 – Role of Tamil Nadu in Indian National Movement

Suggested Books:-

1. TNPSC Group I Main – Modern History Of India And India And Indian Culture (Tamil)
2. Indian struggle for Independence by venkatesan
3. History of contemporary India by venkatesan (English & Tamil)

PAPER- I UNIT 2 General Aptitude & Mental Ability

Topics Reference Books
Conversion of information to data – Collection, compilation and presentation of data – Tables, graphs, diagrams – Parametric representation of data -Analytical interpretation of data – Percentage – Highest Common Factor (HCF) – Lowest Common Multiple (LCM) – Ratio and Proportion – Simple interest – Compound interest – Area – Volume- Time and Work – Probability Decision making and problem solvingDon’t READ more no. of Apps, rather PRACTICE needed limited Apps and Reasoning from our site. Each topic is covered based on TNPSC exam point of view so as to make you to prepare for all TNPSC Exams. You will get example questions and also practice questions so as to make you to get familiar. We highly recommend to go through all our Apps and Logical topics so as to get top rank in TNPSC Group 1 Exam.
Information technology – Basic terms, Communications – Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – [ONLY MAINS TOPICS]* Basics in Computers / Computer terminology – [ONLY MAINS TOPICS]*General reading of Computer Science – 11th Std Samacheer – Volume I

Suggested Books:-

1.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S.Aggarwal

PAPER – I UNIT 3 Role and impact of science and technology in the development of India and Tamil Nadu.

Topics Reference Books
Physical quantities, standards and units – Mechanics and properties of matter – Force, motion and energy – Heat, light and sound – Magnetism, electricity and electronics – Atomic and nuclear physicsStd 6 – Measurement and Motion
Std 6 – Types of Energy
Std 6 – Light
Std 6 – Magnetism
Std 7 – Measurement
Std 7 – Motion
Std 7 – Heat and Light
Std 7- Electricity
Std 8 – Measurements
Std 8 – Force and Pressure
Std 8 – Light and Sound
Std 8 – Electricity and Heat
Std 8 – Atomic Structure
Std 9 – Measurements and measuring instruments
Std 9 – Liquids
Std 9 – Motion
Std 9 – Work, power and energy
Std 9 – Sound
Std 9 – Heat and Gas laws
Std 9 – Atomic Structure
Std 10 – Measuring instruments
Std 10 – Laws of Motion and Gravitation
Std 10 – Electricity and Energy
Std 10 – Magnetic effect of electric current and light
Elements and compounds – Acids, bases and salts – Oxidation and reduction – Carbon, nitrogen and their compoundsStd 6 – Chemistry in Daily life
Std 6 – Separation of Substances
Std 6 – Changes around us
Std 7 – Matter in our surroundings
Std 7 – Matter and its nature
Std 7 – Combustion and Flame
Std 8 – Elements and Compounds around us
Std 9 –Is matter around us pure?
Std 9 – Periodic Classifications of elements
Std 9 – Chemical equation
Std 10 – Solutions
Std 10 – Chemical Reactions
Std 10 – Carbon and its compounds
Natural disasters – safeguard measuresStd 7 – Disaster and Disaster Management
Std 8 – Responding to Disasters
Std 9 – Disaster Management
Std 10 – Disaster Risk Reduction
Chemistry of ores and metalsStd 8 – Coal and Petroleum
Main concepts of life science – The cell – basic unit of lifeStd 6 – Cell Structure
Std 7 – Animals in daily life
Std 7 – Plant Morphology
Std 8 – Crop production and management
Std 9 – Cells
Std 10 – Life Processes
Classification of living organismStd 6 – Diversity of Organisms
Std 7 – Basis of Classification
Std 8 – Pictorial feature of Plant Kingdom
Std 8 – Microorganisms
Std 9 – Animal Kingdom
Nutrition and dietetics – RespirationStd 7 – Nutrition in Plants and Animals
Std 7 – Respiration in Plants and Animals
Std 9 – Structure and physiological functions of plants
Blood and blood circulation – Reproductive systemStd 9 – Human Body organ system
Std 10 – Structure and Functions of the Human Body Organ System
Std 10 – Reproduction in plants
Std 10 – A representative study of mammals
Animals, plants and human lifeStd 6 – The World of Plants
Environment, ecology – Bio-diversity and its conservationStd 6 –Our Environment
Std 7 – Eco System
Std 7 – Water a precious resource
Std 8 –Air, Water and Soil Pollution
Std 8 – Diversity in Living Organisms
Std 8 – Conservation of Plants and Animals
Std 9 – Bio Geo Chemical cycle
Std 9 – Pollution and ozone depletion
Std 10 – Conservation of Environment
Std 10 – Wastewater management
Health and hygiene – Human diseases, prevention and remedies – Communicable diseases and non – communicable diseasesStd 6 – Food Habits
Std 7 – Human body form and function – Reaching the age of Adolescence
Std 9 – Improvement in food resources
Std 10 – Immune system
Alcoholism and Drug abuseStd 9 – Addiction and Healthy lifestyle
Remote sensing and benefits – [MAINS ONLY TOPIC]*Std 10 – Remote Sensing

Suggested Books:-

1.TNPSC Group I Main – Role and Impact of Science and Technology in the Development of India and TamilNadu
2.General Studies Paper – I, Mcgraw Hill read general science part only.
3.Developments in Science and Technology by spectrum publication

PAPER – II UNIT – I Indian polity and emerging political trends across the world affecting India and Geography of India

Topics Reference Books
Indian polity
Constitution of India – Preamble to the constitution – Salient features of constitution – Union, state and territory – Citizenship – rights and duties – Fundamental rights – Directive principles of state policy – Fundamental duties
Std 7 – Political Parties
Std 7 – Our Nation
Std 7 – Indian Constitution
Std 9 – Rights and Duties of Citizens
Std 10 – Democracy
Std 10 – Unity in Diversity
Human rights charter – [MAINS ONLY TOPIC]*Std 8 – Human Rights and U.N.O
Union executive – Union legislature – parliament – State executive – State legislature – assembly – Status of Jammu & Kashmir – Local government – panchayat raj – Indian federalism – left state relations – Judiciary in India – Rule of law /Due process of law – Emergency provisions – Civil services in India – Administrative Challenges in a welfare state – Complexities of district administration – Elections – Election Commission Union and State -Official language and Schedule – VIII – Amendments to constitution – Schedules to constitutionStd 9 – The Union Government
Std 9 – The State Government
Std 12 – Indian Government and Politics
Std 12 – Organisation of State Government – Tamil Nadu
Std 12 – Local Self Government in Tamil Nadu
Std 12 – Pol. Science – Section 1.5 (Welfare State)
Emerging political trends across the world affecting India
Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighboring countries and in the region -Security and defense-related matters – Nuclear policy, issues, and conflicts-The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the world. – [MAINS ONLY TOPIC]*
Std 7 – United Nations Organization
Std 10 – India and World Peace [Generalized knowledge of Current Political Trends is needed – Reading of Current Affairs can be enough]
Geography of India
Earth and universe – Solar system
Std 6 – The Earth and the Solar System
Std 6 – Rotation and Revolution of Earth
Std 6 – The Earth we live in
Std 6 – Maps and Globe
Std 7 – The Earth Its Structure and tectonic movements
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu ; Physiography of Tamil Nadu
Std 10 – India Location and Physiography
Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climateStd 7 – Weather and Climate
Std 9 – Climate of Tamil Nadu
Std 10 – India Climate
Soil, minerals & natural resourcesStd 7 – The Surface of Earth and changing face of Earth
Std 8 – Resources and their types
Std 8 – Resources and Economic activities
Std 8 – Types of Primary Activities; Mining
Std 8 – Industries; Types of Industries
Std 9 – Resources of Tamil Nadu
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Manufacturing Industries
Std 10 – India Natural Resources
Std 10 – India Industries
Forest & wildlifeStd 7 – The Surface of Earth and changing face of Earth
Std 8 – Resources and their types
Std 8 – Resources and Economic activities
Std 8 – Types of Primary Activities; Mining
Std 8 – Industries; Types of Industries
Std 9 – Resources of Tamil Nadu
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Manufacturing Industries
Std 10 – India Natural Resources
Std 10 – India Industries
Forest & wildlifeStd 9 – Environmental Issues
Std 9 – Conservation of Resources and Sustainable Development
Std 10 – Environmental Issue
Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheriesStd 8 – Agriculture; Crops
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Agriculture
Std 10 – India Agriculture
Population – density and distributionStd 8 – Population Growth and Distribution; Population and Resources
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Population
Natural calamities – disaster managementStd 7 – Disaster and Disaster Management
Std 8 – Responding to Disasters
Std 9 – Disaster Management
Std 10 – Disaster Risk Reduction
Transport including surface transport and communication- Social GeographyStd 8 – Trade
Std 8 – Transport and Communication
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Transport and Communications
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Trade
Std 10 – India Trade Transport and Communications
Atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphereStd 7 – An Introduction to Oceanography

Suggested Books:-

1.TNPSC Group I Main – Indian Polity and Emerging Political Trends Across the World Affecting India & Geography of India – (English)
2.Indian Polity by Lakshmikandh.

About Exam

As a beginner, to have fundamental knowledge about the syllabus, you may start with Tamilnadu State Board Books. Cover every line of the 6th Std – 12th Std Science, Social Science Books as per the TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus.

TNPSC Group 1 Preparation Books:
Here we have given the important book list for TNPSC Group – I (Mains) based on syllabus of TNPSC.

The booklist has been given topic wise as syllabus, reference books and Mark analysis for TNPSC Group I –Mains.

Mark Analysis

Question analysis is depends on previous year question paper model.

SubjectDurationMaximum marks
Paper I3 Hours300
Paper II 3 Hours300
Paper III 3 Hours300
Interview120
TOTAL1020

Topics & Books

PAPER - I UNIT 1 (Modern history of India and Indian culture)

Topics Reference Books
Advent of European invasion- Expansion and consolidation of British ruleAdvent of European invasion- Expansion and consolidation of British rule
Effect of British rule on socio-economic factorsStd 8 – Rule of English East India Company
Std 8 – Lord Cornwallis
Std 8 – Marquess of Hastings
Std 8 – Lord William Bentinck
Std 8 – Lord Dalhousie
Std 12 – India under the English East India Company
Std 12 – Revenue Administration and Economic Policy of the British
Social reforms and religious movements India since independenceStd 10 – Social and Religious Reform Movements in 19th Cen.
Std 10 – Social Transformation in Tamil Nadu
Std 12 – Educational and Social Reform
Characteristics of Indian culture – Unity in diversity – race, colour, language, custom – India – a secular state – Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, musicStd 9 – Cultural Heritage of Tamil Nadu
Std 7 – Bakthi and Sufi movements
Std 11 – Bakthi Movement in Medieval India
Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu – Political parties and populist schemesStd 12 – Role of Tamil Nadu in the Indian National Movement
Std 12 – The Justice Party Rule
National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule – 1857 Revolt – Indian National Congress – Emergence of national leaders – Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji – Growth of militant movements -Different modes of agitations – Era of different Acts & Pacts – World war & final phase struggle – Communalism led to partitionStd 8 – The Great Revolt of 1857
Std 10 – Freedom Movement in India – Phase I
Std 10 – Great Revolt of 1857
Std 10 – Freedom Movement in India – Phase II
Std 12 – Indian National Movement (1885-1905)
Std 12 – Indian National Movement (1905 – 1916)
Std 12 – The Great Revolt of 1857
Std 12 – The Indian National Movements (1917-947)
Std 12 – Constitutional Development
Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & OthersStd 8 – Vellore Mutiny (1806)
Std 10 – Role of Tamil Nadu in the Freedom Movement
Std 12 – Palayakkarar Rebellion
Std 12 – Vellore Mutiny
Std 12 – Role of Tamil Nadu in Indian National Movement

Suggested Books:-

1. TNPSC Group I Main – Modern History Of India And India And Indian Culture (Tamil)
2. Indian struggle for Independence by venkatesan
3. History of contemporary India by venkatesan (English & Tamil)

PAPER- I UNIT 2 General Aptitude & Mental Ability

Topics Reference Books
Conversion of information to data – Collection, compilation and presentation of data – Tables, graphs, diagrams – Parametric representation of data -Analytical interpretation of data – Percentage – Highest Common Factor (HCF) – Lowest Common Multiple (LCM) – Ratio and Proportion – Simple interest – Compound interest – Area – Volume- Time and Work – Probability Decision making and problem solvingDon’t READ more no. of Apps, rather PRACTICE needed limited Apps and Reasoning from our site. Each topic is covered based on TNPSC exam point of view so as to make you to prepare for all TNPSC Exams. You will get example questions and also practice questions so as to make you to get familiar. We highly recommend to go through all our Apps and Logical topics so as to get top rank in TNPSC Group 1 Exam.
Information technology – Basic terms, Communications – Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – [ONLY MAINS TOPICS]* Basics in Computers / Computer terminology – [ONLY MAINS TOPICS]*General reading of Computer Science – 11th Std Samacheer – Volume I

Suggested Books:-

1.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S.Aggarwal

PAPER – I UNIT 3 Role and impact of science and technology in the development of India and Tamil Nadu.

Topics Reference Books
Physical quantities, standards and units – Mechanics and properties of matter – Force, motion and energy – Heat, light and sound – Magnetism, electricity and electronics – Atomic and nuclear physicsStd 6 – Measurement and Motion
Std 6 – Types of Energy
Std 6 – Light
Std 6 – Magnetism
Std 7 – Measurement
Std 7 – Motion
Std 7 – Heat and Light
Std 7- Electricity
Std 8 – Measurements
Std 8 – Force and Pressure
Std 8 – Light and Sound
Std 8 – Electricity and Heat
Std 8 – Atomic Structure
Std 9 – Measurements and measuring instruments
Std 9 – Liquids
Std 9 – Motion
Std 9 – Work, power and energy
Std 9 – Sound
Std 9 – Heat and Gas laws
Std 9 – Atomic Structure
Std 10 – Measuring instruments
Std 10 – Laws of Motion and Gravitation
Std 10 – Electricity and Energy
Std 10 – Magnetic effect of electric current and light
Elements and compounds – Acids, bases and salts – Oxidation and reduction – Carbon, nitrogen and their compoundsStd 6 – Chemistry in Daily life
Std 6 – Separation of Substances
Std 6 – Changes around us
Std 7 – Matter in our surroundings
Std 7 – Matter and its nature
Std 7 – Combustion and Flame
Std 8 – Elements and Compounds around us
Std 9 –Is matter around us pure?
Std 9 – Periodic Classifications of elements
Std 9 – Chemical equation
Std 10 – Solutions
Std 10 – Chemical Reactions
Std 10 – Carbon and its compounds
Natural disasters – safeguard measuresStd 7 – Disaster and Disaster Management
Std 8 – Responding to Disasters
Std 9 – Disaster Management
Std 10 – Disaster Risk Reduction
Chemistry of ores and metalsStd 8 – Coal and Petroleum
Main concepts of life science – The cell – basic unit of lifeStd 6 – Cell Structure
Std 7 – Animals in daily life
Std 7 – Plant Morphology
Std 8 – Crop production and management
Std 9 – Cells
Std 10 – Life Processes
Classification of living organismStd 6 – Diversity of Organisms
Std 7 – Basis of Classification
Std 8 – Pictorial feature of Plant Kingdom
Std 8 – Microorganisms
Std 9 – Animal Kingdom
Nutrition and dietetics – RespirationStd 7 – Nutrition in Plants and Animals
Std 7 – Respiration in Plants and Animals
Std 9 – Structure and physiological functions of plants
Blood and blood circulation – Reproductive systemStd 9 – Human Body organ system
Std 10 – Structure and Functions of the Human Body Organ System
Std 10 – Reproduction in plants
Std 10 – A representative study of mammals
Animals, plants and human lifeStd 6 – The World of Plants
Environment, ecology – Bio-diversity and its conservationStd 6 –Our Environment
Std 7 – Eco System
Std 7 – Water a precious resource
Std 8 –Air, Water and Soil Pollution
Std 8 – Diversity in Living Organisms
Std 8 – Conservation of Plants and Animals
Std 9 – Bio Geo Chemical cycle
Std 9 – Pollution and ozone depletion
Std 10 – Conservation of Environment
Std 10 – Wastewater management
Health and hygiene – Human diseases, prevention and remedies – Communicable diseases and non – communicable diseasesStd 6 – Food Habits
Std 7 – Human body form and function – Reaching the age of Adolescence
Std 9 – Improvement in food resources
Std 10 – Immune system
Alcoholism and Drug abuseStd 9 – Addiction and Healthy lifestyle
Remote sensing and benefits – [MAINS ONLY TOPIC]*Std 10 – Remote Sensing

Suggested Books:-

1.TNPSC Group I Main – Role and Impact of Science and Technology in the Development of India and TamilNadu
2.General Studies Paper – I, Mcgraw Hill read general science part only.
3.Developments in Science and Technology by spectrum publication

PAPER – II UNIT – I Indian polity and emerging political trends across the world affecting India and Geography of India

Topics Reference Books
Indian polity
Constitution of India – Preamble to the constitution – Salient features of constitution – Union, state and territory – Citizenship – rights and duties – Fundamental rights – Directive principles of state policy – Fundamental duties
Std 7 – Political Parties
Std 7 – Our Nation
Std 7 – Indian Constitution
Std 9 – Rights and Duties of Citizens
Std 10 – Democracy
Std 10 – Unity in Diversity
Human rights charter – [MAINS ONLY TOPIC]*Std 8 – Human Rights and U.N.O
Union executive – Union legislature – parliament – State executive – State legislature – assembly – Status of Jammu & Kashmir – Local government – panchayat raj – Indian federalism – left state relations – Judiciary in India – Rule of law /Due process of law – Emergency provisions – Civil services in India – Administrative Challenges in a welfare state – Complexities of district administration – Elections – Election Commission Union and State -Official language and Schedule – VIII – Amendments to constitution – Schedules to constitutionStd 9 – The Union Government
Std 9 – The State Government
Std 12 – Indian Government and Politics
Std 12 – Organisation of State Government – Tamil Nadu
Std 12 – Local Self Government in Tamil Nadu
Std 12 – Pol. Science – Section 1.5 (Welfare State)
Emerging political trends across the world affecting India
Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighboring countries and in the region -Security and defense-related matters – Nuclear policy, issues, and conflicts-The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the world. – [MAINS ONLY TOPIC]*
Std 7 – United Nations Organization
Std 10 – India and World Peace [Generalized knowledge of Current Political Trends is needed – Reading of Current Affairs can be enough]
Geography of India
Earth and universe – Solar system
Std 6 – The Earth and the Solar System
Std 6 – Rotation and Revolution of Earth
Std 6 – The Earth we live in
Std 6 – Maps and Globe
Std 7 – The Earth Its Structure and tectonic movements
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu ; Physiography of Tamil Nadu
Std 10 – India Location and Physiography
Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climateStd 7 – Weather and Climate
Std 9 – Climate of Tamil Nadu
Std 10 – India Climate
Soil, minerals & natural resourcesStd 7 – The Surface of Earth and changing face of Earth
Std 8 – Resources and their types
Std 8 – Resources and Economic activities
Std 8 – Types of Primary Activities; Mining
Std 8 – Industries; Types of Industries
Std 9 – Resources of Tamil Nadu
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Manufacturing Industries
Std 10 – India Natural Resources
Std 10 – India Industries
Forest & wildlifeStd 7 – The Surface of Earth and changing face of Earth
Std 8 – Resources and their types
Std 8 – Resources and Economic activities
Std 8 – Types of Primary Activities; Mining
Std 8 – Industries; Types of Industries
Std 9 – Resources of Tamil Nadu
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Manufacturing Industries
Std 10 – India Natural Resources
Std 10 – India Industries
Forest & wildlifeStd 9 – Environmental Issues
Std 9 – Conservation of Resources and Sustainable Development
Std 10 – Environmental Issue
Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheriesStd 8 – Agriculture; Crops
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Agriculture
Std 10 – India Agriculture
Population – density and distributionStd 8 – Population Growth and Distribution; Population and Resources
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Population
Natural calamities – disaster managementStd 7 – Disaster and Disaster Management
Std 8 – Responding to Disasters
Std 9 – Disaster Management
Std 10 – Disaster Risk Reduction
Transport including surface transport and communication- Social GeographyStd 8 – Trade
Std 8 – Transport and Communication
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Transport and Communications
Std 9 – Tamil Nadu Trade
Std 10 – India Trade Transport and Communications
Atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphereStd 7 – An Introduction to Oceanography

Suggested Books:-

1.TNPSC Group I Main – Indian Polity and Emerging Political Trends Across the World Affecting India & Geography of India – (English)
2.Indian Polity by Lakshmikandh.