Combined Civil Services – II ( Group – II ( CSSE I ) ) Syllabus for both Interview and Non Interview
General Studies Syllabus
Topics for Objective Type
General Science :
Physics : Universe General Scientific laws – Scientific instruments – Inventions and discoveries – National scientific laboratories – Science glossary – Mechanics and properties of matter – Physical quantities, standards and units – Force, motion and energy – electricity and Magnetism - Heat, light and sound – Atomic and nuclear physics.
Chemistry : Elements and Compounds – Acids, bases and salts – Oxidation and reduction – Chemistry of ores and metals – Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds – Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides.
Botany : Main Concepts of life science – The cell – basic unit of life – Classification of living organism – Nutrition and dietetics – Respiration.
Zoology : Blood and blood circulation – Endocrine system – Reproductive system – Genetics the science of heredity – Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Bio diversity and its conservation – Human diseases, prevention and remedies – Communicable diseases and non communicable diseases.
History : Latest diary of events – National – National symbols – Profile of States - Eminent persons & places in news – Sports & games – Books & authors – Awards & honours – Latest historical events India and its neighbours - Appointments – who is who?
Political Science : Problems in conduct of public elections - Political parties and political system in India - Public awareness & General administration - Role of Voluntary organizations & Govt. – Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility
Geography : Geographical landmarks – Policy on environment and ecology.
Economics : Current socio – economic problems New economic policy & govt. sector.
Science : Latest inventions on science & technology Latest discoveries in Health Science Mass media & communication.
Geography : Earth and Universe – Solar system – Atmosphere hydrosphere, lithosphere – Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate – Water resources – rivers in India – Soil, minerals & natural resources – Natural vegetation – Forest & wildlife – Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheries - Social geography – population – density and distribution – Natural calamities – disaster management.
History and culture of India : South Indian history – Culture and Heritage of Tamil people – Advent of European invasion – Expansion and consolidation of British rule – Effect of British rule on socio – economic factors – Social reforms and religious movements – India since independence – Characteristics of Indian culture – Unity in diversity – race, colour, language, custom – India – as secular state – Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music – Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN – Political parties and populist schemes – Prominent personalities in the various spheres – Arts, Science, literature and Philosophy – Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar, M.S.Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J.Krishnamoorthy etc.
Indian Polity : Constitution of India - Preamble to the constitution – Salient features of constitution – Union, State and territory – Fundamental rights – Fundamental duties – Human rights charter – Union legislature – Parliament – State executive – State Legislature – assembly – Status of Jammu & Kashmir - Local government – panchayat raj – Tamil Nadu - Judiciary in India – Rule of law / Due process of law – Indian federalism – center – state relations - Emergency provisions – Elections – Election Commission Union and State – Amendments to constitution – Schedules to constitution – Administrative reforms tribunals – Corruption in public life - Anti-corruption measures – Central Vigilance Commission, lok-adalats, Ombudsman, Comptroller and Auditor General of India – Right to information - Central and State Commission - Empowerment of women.
Indian Economy : Nature of Indian economy – Five year plan models – an assessment – Land reforms & agriculture – Application of science in agriculture – Industrial growth – Role of public sector & disinvestment – Development of infrastructure – National income Rural welfare oriented programmes – Social sector problems – population, education, health, employment, poverty – HRD – sustainable economic growth – Economic trends in Tamil Nadu – Energy Different sources and development – Finance Commission – Planning Commission – National Development Council.
Indian National Movement :Early uprising against British rule – 1857 Revolt – Indian National Congress – Emergence of national leaders – Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji – Growth of militant movements – Communalism led to partition – Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle - Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & Others – Birth of political parties / political system in India since independence.
Aptitude & Mental Ability Tests : Conversion of information to data – Collection, compilation and presentation of data Tables, graphs, diagrams – Analytical interpretation of data – Simplification – Percentage – Highest Common Factor ( HCF ) – Lowest Common Multiple ( LCM ) – Ratio and Proportion – Simple interest – Compound interest – Area – Volume – Time and Work Decision making and problem solving – Logical Reasoning – Puzzles – Dice – Visual Reasoning – Alpha numeric Reasoning – Number Series – Logical Number / Alphabetical / Diagrammatic Sequences.
General English Syllabus
S.S.L.C. Standard ( Objective Type )
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 ).
Part – B
1. Figures of speech observed in the following Poems : Alliteration – Allusion – Simile – Metaphor – Personification – Oxymoron – Onomatopoeia – Anaphora – Ellipsis – Rhyme Scheme – Rhyming Words – Repetition – Apostrophe. A psalm of Life – Women’s Rights – The Nation United – English words – Snake – The man he killed – Off to outer space tomorrow morning – Sonnet No.116 – The Solitary Reaper – Be the Best – O Captain My Captain – Laugh and Be Merry – Earth – Don’t quit – The Apology – Be Glad your Nose is on your face – A sonnet for my incomparable mother – The Flying Wonder – To a Millionaire – The Piano – Manliness – Going for water – The cry of the Children – Migrant Bird – Shilpi.
2. Appreciation Questions from Poetry : A Psalm of Life – Women’s Rights – The Nation United – English words – Snake – The Man He Killed – Off to outer space tomorrow morning – Sonnet No.116 – The Solitary Reaper – Be the Best – O Captain My Captain – Laugh and Be Merry – Earth – Don’t quit – The Apology – Be Glad your – Nose is on your face – A sonnet for my Incomparable Mother – The Flying Wonder – To a Millionaire – The Piano – Manliness – Going for water – The cry of the Children – Migrant Bird – Shilpi.
3. Important lines from Poems : Where the mind is without fear – The Solitary Reaper – Going for water – A Psalm of Life – Be the Best – Sonnet No.116.
4. Questions on the Biography of Mahatma Gandhi – Jawaharlal Nehru – Subash Chandra Bose – Helen Keller Kalpana Chawala – Dr.Salim Ali – Rani of Jhansi – Nelson Mandela – Abraham Lincoln.
5. Questions on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice ( Act IV Court Scene ) – Julius Ceasar ( Act III Scene 2 ) – Sonnet 116.
6. Questions from Oscar Wilde’s – The Model Millionaire – The Selfish Giant.
7. Dr.Karl Paulnack Music – The Hope Raiser.
8. Comprehension Questions from the following Motivational Essays :
Gopala Krishna Gokhale’s Speech on 25th July in Mumbai in response to the address presented to him by students – Dale Carnegie’s ‘The Road to success – Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam’s ‘Vision for the Nation’ ( from‘India 2020’ ) – Ruskin Bond’s ‘Our Local Team’ – Hope Spencer’s ‘Keep your spirits high’ – Deepa Agarwal’s ‘After the storm’ – Brian patten’s ‘You can’t be that no you can’t be that’.
9. Comprehension Questions from the following description of Places Ahtushi Deshpande’s ‘To the land of snow’ – Manohar Devadoss – Yaanai Malai – Brihadeesvarar Temple.
10. British English – American English.
Part – C
Authors and their Literary Works
1. Match the Poems with the Poets
A psalm of Life – Be the Best – The cry of the children – The Piano – Manliness Going for water – Earth – The Apology – Be Glad your Nose is on your face – The Flying Wonder – Is Life But a Dream – Be the Best – O captain My Captain – Snake – Punishment in Kindergarten – Where the Mind is Without fear – The Man He Killed – Nine Gold Medals.
2. Which Nationality the story belongs to?
The selfish Giant – The Lottery Ticket – The Last Leaf – How the Camel got its Hump – Two Friends – Refugee – The Open Window.
3. Identify the Author with the short story
The selfish Giant – The Lottery Ticket – The Last Leaf – How the Camel got its Hump – Two Friends – Refugee – The Open Window – A Man who Had no Eyes – The Tears of the Desert – Sam The Piano – The face of Judas Iscariot – Swept Away – A close encounter – Caught Sneezing – The Wooden Bowl – Swami and the sum.
4. Whose Auto biography / Biography is this?
5. Which Nationality the Poet belongs to?
Robert Frost – Archibald Lampman – D.H. Lawrence – Rudyard Kipling Kamala Das – Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Famida Y. Basheer – Thomas Hardy – Khalil Gibran – Edgar A. Guest – Ralph Waldo Emerson – Jack Prelutsky – F.Joanna – Stephen Vincent Benet – William Shakespeare – William Wordsworth – H.W. Long Fellow – Annie Louisa walker – Walt Whitman – V.K. Gokak.
6. Characters, Quotes, Important Lines from the following works of Indian Authors :
Sahitya Akademi Award winner : Thakazhi Sivasankaran Pillai – ‘Farmer’ Kamala Das.
1. Punishment in Kindergarten
2. My Grandmother’s House R.K. Narayan – Swami and the sum – Rabindranath Tagore – Where the mind is without fear – Dhan Gopal Mukherji – Kari, The Elephant – Deepa Agarwal – After the Storm – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam – Vision for the Nation Indra Anantha Krishna – The Neem Tree – Lakshmi Mukuntan – The Ant Eater and the Dassie – Dr. Neeraja Raghavan – The Sun Beam.
7. Drama Famous lines, characters, quotes from Julius Caesar – The Merchant of Venice.
8. Match the Places, Poet, Dramatist, Painter with suitable option.
9. Match the following Folk Arts with the Indian State / Country
10. Match the Author with the Relevant Title / Character
11. Match the Characters with Relevant Story Title. The Selfish Giant – How the camel got its hump – The Lottery ticket – The
Last Leaf – Two friends – Refugee – Open window – Reflowering – The Necklace Holiday.
12. About the Poets : Rabindranath Tagore – Henry Wordsworth Longfellow – Anne Louisa Walker – V K Gokak – Walt Whitman – Douglas Malloch.
13. About the Dramatists William Shakespeare – Thomas Hardy.
14. Mention the Poem in which these lines occur Granny, Granny, please comb My Hair – With a friend – To cook and Eat – To India – My Native Land – A tiger in the Zoo – No men are foreign – Laugh and be Merry – The Apology – The Flying Wonder.
15. Various works of the following Authors – Rabindranath Tagore – Shakespeare – William Wordsworth – H.W. Longfellow – Anne Louisa Walker – Oscar Wilde – Pearl S. Buck
16. What is the theme observed in the Literary works?
Snake – The Mark of Vishnu – Greedy Govind – Our Local Team – Where the mind is without fear – Keep your spirits high – Be the best – Bat – The Piano – The Model Millionaire – The Cry of the Children – Migrant bird – Shilpi.
17. Famous Quotes – Who said this?
18. To Which period the Poets belong William Shakespeare – Walt Whitman – William Wordsworth – H.W. Longfellow Annie Louisa Walker – D.H. Lawrence.
19. Matching the Poets and Poems Discovery – Biking – Inclusion – Granny, Granny, please comb My Hair – With a Friend – To cook and Eat – Bat – To India – My Native Land – A tiger in the Zoo – No men are foreign – Laugh and be Merry – Earth – The Apology – The Flying Wonder – Off to outer space tomorrow morning – Be the best – Is life, but a dream – Women’s rights – The Nation united – English words – Snake – The man he killed.
20. Nature centered Literary works and Global issue Environment and Conservation Flying with moon on their wings – Migrant bird – Will Thirst Become – Unquenchable? – Going for Water – Swept away – Gaia tells her.
Combined Civil Services – II
Group – II ( CSSE - I ) Services
General Studies ( Degree Standard )
Topics for Objective Type
Role and impact of science and Technology in the Development of India and Tamil Nadu.
Nature of universe – General scientific laws – Scientific instruments – Inventions and discoveries – Science glossary – Physical quantities, standards and units - Mechanics and properties of matter – Force, motion and energy – Heat, light and sound – Magnetism, - electricity and electronics – Elements and compounds - Acids, bases and salts – Oxidation and reduction – Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds – Fertilizers pesticides, insecticides - Main concepts of life science – The cell - basic unit of life – Classification of living organism – Nutrition and dietetics – Respiration - Blood and blood – circulation – Endocrine system – Reproductive system – Animals, plants and human life – Govt. policy - organizations on Science and Technology – Role, achievement & impact of Science and technology – Energy - self sufficiency – oil exploration - Genetics – the science of heredity – Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Bio diversity and its conservation – Human diseases, prevention and remedies – Communicable diseases and non communicable diseases – Alcoholism and Drug abuse - Computer science and advancement.
Administration of Union and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu
State government organization – structure, functions and control mechanism – District administration - role in people’s welfare oriented programmes – Industrial map of Tamil Nadu – role of state government – Public Services – role of recruitment agencies – State finance – resources, budget and financial administration – Use of IT in administration – e-governance in the State – Natural calamities – Disaster Management Union and State – Social welfare Government sponsored schemes with reference to Tamil Nadu – Relationship between State and Union – Industrial map of India – Public Services – role of recruitment agencies in Union Government - Social welfare - government sponsored schemes by Government of India
Socio Economic Issues in India / Tamil Nadu
Population Explosion – Unemployment issues in India & Tamil Nadu – Child Labour – Economic Issues (a) Poverty, (b) Sanitation - Rural and Urban (c) Corruption in public life – Anti – Corruption - measures - CVC, Lok – adalats, ombudsman, CAG. Illiteracy Women Empowerment – Role of the Govt. in Women Empowerment - Social injustice to womenfolk – Domestic violence, dowry menace, sexual assault – Impact of violence on the growth of the nation – Religious violence, Terrorism and Communal violence – Human Rights issues – Right to information - Central and State Commission. Education – Linkage between Education and Economic Growth – Community Development Programme – Employment Guarantee Scheme – Self Employment and Entrepreneurship Development – Role of N.G.O’s in Social Welfare – Govt. Policy on Health.
Essay ( Descriptive Type )
(a) Current issues at National Level (b) Current issues at State Level.