Best Books for TNPSC Group 2 Exam


The Combined Subordinate Services Exam-II, often known as the Group 2 exam, is held annually by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) to select candidates to fill vacancies in various government posts throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. The applicants are selected for various positions in the TNPSC Group 2 through a written exam and an interview. This exam is required to be taken by those who want to apply for executive and non-executive positions like Revenue Assistant, Assistant, Assistant Section Officer, etc.

To ace the exam on the first attempt, it is imperative that the candidates refer to the right books and materials. To select the right books, all aspirants must go through the TNPSC Group 2 syllabus, which mainly tests the general abilities, reasoning and mental ability skills of the candidates, along with their proficiency in English and Tamil.

Books that cover the entire syllabus and have in-depth information for candidates to understand are required for thorough preparation. The list of important books for the TNPSC Group 2 exam is given in the following article.

List of Books for Three Stages

There are 3 stages to the TNPSC Group 2 exam: the Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. Each of the stages requires different books for proper and complete preparation for the exam.

TNPSC Group 2 Preliminary and Mains Exam: Books
S.No.SubjectDescriptionName of the BookAuthor/ Publication
1.General Awareness/ Current EventsTo prepare for all the competitive exams, one should be well informed about the policies and latest developments of the  country and the states for which the exam is targeted. This includes being updated on the region’s history, geography, and current events.The Hindu/ The Indian Express
TNPSC Group II- A combined civil services II General studies and general English based on Samacheer KalviBasheer Ahamed, S. Sambasivan
Arihant GKBy Manohar Pandey
2.English LanguageA basic command of English is necessary for all of the posts for which TNPSC conducts examinations. One has to attempt questions based on comprehension, writing skills and the grammar of English. The understanding, creation, and use of languages are the essential topics covered in the Mains paper.Objective General EnglishS.O. Bakshi
3.Tamil LanguageSimilar to the English language, command of Tamil is also important if candidates are taking the TNPSC Group 2 exam.Tamil Nadu State Board Books
4. Reasoning AbilityAll positions within the subordinate services require a sharp intellect and the ability to decide quickly and wisely. Additionally, they must be able to recognise and address aptitude problems. Hence, this section is very important. A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningPublisher- S. ChandAuthor- RS Aggarwal
5. Quantitative AbilityAll the aspirants must be aware of the basic numeracy that is used in everyday life.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsPublisher- S. ChandAuthor- RS Aggarwal
6.Indian PolityTo understand the basics of the Indian Constitution and political systemIndian PolityM. Laxmikanth
7.Indian EconomyTo understand the basics of the Indian economyIndian EconomyRamesh Singh
8.General ScienceTo have a basic understanding of everyday scienceNCERT Science Books-Class 6 to Class 12NCERT
9.GeographyUnderstanding the geography of the region and IndiaClass 11 and Class 12 NCERTNCERT
10.History and Culture of IndiaTo have a thorough understanding of the history of IndiaIndia’s Struggle For IndependenceBipin Chandra
11.Indian National MovementTo understand the significance of the National MovementTamil Nadu State Board books for Class 11 and Class 12
12.Tamil Society ‐ Its Culture and HeritageTo understand the society of Tamil NaduState Board Class 12 book

The above-mentioned books are enough to prepare for the Prelims and Mains exam stages. After cleaning the Mains stage, candidates will be called for the Interview rounds. For the TNPSC Group 2 Interviews, the candidate should be well aware of the important world events with a special focus on India and Tamil Nadu. To prepare for interviews, candidates should read newspapers, which cover all the national and international news, along with the regional news.

All the aspirants who dream of joining the services should make a preparation strategy, focussing on their weak and strong areas. The study plan should be comprehensive and must be made after going through the syllabus and exam pattern of the TNPSC Group 2 exam. The TNPSC Group 2 Notification contains the detailed syllabus and exam pattern, which can be downloaded from the official website. Solving previous years’ question papers and practising mock tests are also crucial for scoring well in the exam. Consistent hard work and patience are needed to prepare for exams as exhaustive as this. 

Aspirants should find the right sources and keep the study material limited. The focus should be on studying one book multiple times rather than studying multiple books one time. Having access to good books and the right sources is as important as the right preparation strategy to ace the exam in one go.