Village Administrative Officer (VAO)

Village Administrative Officer (VAO) is one of the most preferred choices of exams conducted by TNPSC. The VAO exam will be conducted once per year by Tamilnadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

VAO Salary:

Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + 2,400- G.P (Pay Band – 1)

(Rs.18,000/- to Rs.19,000/- will be paid as a first-month salary)


Candidates shortlisted/recruited as VAO by TNPSC will be promoted as an Assistant after 6 years of service. He/she would have to clear a Departmental Exam to get Assistant Post in Revenue Department.

Assistant (Revenue Department) >> Revenue Inspector (RI) >> Deputy Thasildar >> Thasildar >> Deputy Collector

Age Limit

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Category of Candidates

Minimum Age

Maximum Age


SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs and DWs of all castes

21 years

40 years



21 years

30 years


OC (Others) – Candidates not belonging to SC, SC(A), ST, MBC/DNC, BC, and BCM & the candidates, who have worked for 5 years in the state/central government are not eligible even if they are within the age limit.

Educational Qualification:

Candidates should possess the following or its equivalent qualification on the date of notification. Must possess minimum general educational qualification viz. Must have passed the S.S.L.C public examination or its equivalent with eligibility for admission to higher secondary courses of studies or to college courses of studies.

Note: The applicants who have not passed S.S.L.C examination or its equivalent are not eligible even if they possess a higher qualification.

Knowledge of Tamil:

Since Village Administrative Officers (VAO) are to work with/for the people of Tamilnadu, they should have to be fluent in (or) know to read and write the Tamil language. Candidates who haven’t studied Tamil as the subject will have to undergo for a Tamil proficiency test after clearing the exam.

Combined Civil Services Examination
Group – IV Services

TNPSC recruits officers for Group I Services which includes the deputy collector, DSP, district register and so on. These services encompasses the most high profile officer cadre combined with the power & authority in the state.

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Combined Civil Services Examination
Group – IV Services

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Name of the post

Name of the service

Scale of Pay


Junior Assistant

Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service

Rs.5200-20200 + Grade Pay 2400/-


Bill collector, Grade-I


Field Surveyor

Tamil Nadu Survey and Land Records Subordinate Service





Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service


Steno-Typist, Grade-III

Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service

Rs.5200-20200 + Grade Pay 2800/-

Age Limit

Sl. No.

Category of Candidates

Minimum Age (should have completed)

Maximum Age


Schedules Caste/ Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyars), Scheduled Tribes and Destitute widows of all castes

18 years

35 years


Most Backward Classes/ Denotified Communities, Backward Classes and Backward Classes (Muslims)

32 years



30 years


For the persons who are trained in Survey in ITI in TamilNadu, In respect of posts of Field Surveyor and Draftsman only

35 years

Educational Qualification (Common Qualification for all posts)

Candidates should possess the following or its equivalent qualification:

Must possess Minimum General Educational Qualification viz., Must have passed S.S.L.C Public Examination or its equivalent with eligibility for admission to Higher Secondary Courses of Studies (or) to College Courses of studies.

The candidates who have not passed SSLC Examination or its equivalent are not eligible even if they possess a higher qualification.

Technical Qualification:

For Typist:

Must have passed the Government Technical Examination in Typewriting:-
(i) by Higher / Senior Grade in Tamil and English (or)
(ii) by Higher / Senior Grade in Tamil and Lower/ Junior Grade in English (or)
(iii) by Higher / Senior Grade in English and Lower/ Junior Grade in Tamil.

2. For Steno-Typist, Grade III:
Must have passed the Government Technical Examination both in Typewriting and in Shorthand:-
(i) by Higher / Senior Grade in Tamil and English (or)
(ii) by Higher / Senior Grade in Tamil and Lower/ Junior Grade in English (or)
(iii) by Higher / Senior Grade in English and Lower/ Junior Grade in Tamil.

Candidates who possess intermediate grade shall choose Junior Grade column, as the intermediate grade is not treated as equivalent to Senior Grade.

Computer Qualification (for Typist and Steno-Typist, Grade III):Candidates should have passed the “Certificate Course in Computer on Office Automation” awarded by the Technical Education Department.

Candidates who do not possess the said qualification (viz., Computer Qualification) conducted by the Technical Education Department may also apply. If selected, they should acquire such qualification within the period of their probation.

Exam Pattern



Maximum Marks

Minimum Qualifying marks for selection for all communities

(Single paper)(objective type)

General Studies (S.S.L.C Std.)

(75 items)

Aptitude and Mental Ability Test

(S.S.L.C. Std.) (25 items)


General Tamil/General English (S.S.L.C. Std) (100 items)

(Total – 200 items)

3 hours



UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in three phases:

Phase 1: Preliminary Examination or CSAT (Objective Section)

Phase 2: Main Examination (Subjective Section)

Phase 3: Interview (Vocal Section)

Phase 1: Preliminary Examination – CSAT Syllabus:

CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test is the first phase of preliminary examination of UPSC. This test is intended to assess the aptitude of examinees in solving the ‘Reasoning and Analytical’ questions.

IAS prelims exam consists of two papers of objective type, each of 200 marks (total of 400 marks) and two hours of duration and candidates must take both the papers.

The preliminary examination is meant for screening the candidate and the marks obtained by a candidate in the prelims who qualifies to the mains exam will not be be taken in account to determine their final merit.

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation General Science

a) IAS Preliminary Exam:



Total Marks


General Studies

200 marks


Aptitude Skills

200 marks

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

The phase 2 tests candidate’s academic talent in depth and his/her ability to present understanding in a reasonable way. The IAS mains examination is designed to analyse the comprehensive intellectual quality and the understanding of candidates rather than just (just in case meaning) determining their information and memory.

The UPSC mains exam consists of 9 papers, in which two are qualifying papers of 300 marks each:

  1. Any Indian Language
  2. English

These two papers just need to qualify which is compulsory and marks obtained will not be considered or counted.

And the rest of seven papers can be written in any of the languages mentioned as in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or in English. Below given the remaining seven papers:

Paper Subject Marks
Paper-I Essay 250
  Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice  
Paper-II General Studies- I 250
  (Indian Heritage and Culture,  
  History and Geography of the World and Society)  
Paper-III General Studies- II 250
  (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)  
Paper-IV General Studies- III 250
  (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)  
Paper-V General Studies- IV 250
  (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)  
  (Marks carried by General Studies was 4X250=1000)  
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper II 250
  (Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject ” and candidate need not to be a graduate in that language’s literature.)  

b) Main Exam:



Total Marks


One Of The Indian Languages Chosen From The Prescribed List









General Studies (250 Marks For Each Paper)



Optional Subject 1


Total Marks For Written Examination



Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the UPSC Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion enters the next and final phase that is the ‘personality test’ or ‘Interview’ round.

c) Interview Test

  • Candidates who qualify the UPSC Mains Exam will move to the next and final phase called ‘Personality Test/Interview’ who will be interviewed by a Board who will have candidates resume. The interview round is held by a Board of competent and unbiased intended to assess social traits and his interest in current affairs and analyze the personal aptness of the candidate for a career in public service. Some of the qualities evaluated during the personality test are mental alertness, clear and logical exposition, critical powers of assimilation, variety and depth of interest, balance of judgement, intellectual and moral integrity ability for social cohesion and leadership,.
  • The interview is more of purposive conversation intended to divulge the mental qualities of the candidate.
  • Candidate can give interview in their preferred language as UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.

The Interview test will be of 275 marks.

The total mark of the written examination is 1750 Marks.

The Interview/Personality Test will be of 275 marks.

The Grand Total 2025 Marks

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