TAMIL NADU PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION | INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES APPEARING FOR DEPARTMENTAL EXAMINATIONS.



1. Candidates should sit for the examination only at the centre mentioned in the Memorandum.
Candidates appearing at a centre other than the one mentioned in the Memorandum should produce an
order from the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission in which change of centre has been permitted.
2. No candidates whose name is not in the nominal list of candidates will be admitted into the
examination hall. 
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3. Candidates should take with them to the examination hall on each day of the examination the
Memorandum issued to them along with the Identification Certificate for inspection by the Invigilator and if
they fail to do so they will run the
risk of not being allowed to write the
examination. If for special reasons 
the Chief Invigilator is satisfied with the identity of the candidate and permits a particular candidate who
failed to bring the Memorandum of Admission or Identification Certificate to write the examination a
reduction of three marks from
the total marks obtained by the candidates will be imposed.
3. (A) However in case candidates are admitted to write the examination by the Chief Invigilator
without satisfying him about their identity their answer books will be invalidated if the Commission has
reason to doubt the genuineness of the candidates.
3. (B) The candidates should sign on the reverse of the Identification Certificate on each day of the
examination in the presence of the invigilator after writing the name and date of the test therein. They
should surrender the Identification Certificate to th
e invigilator on the last day of the examination.
4. Smoking is prohibited in the examination hall.
5. No candidate suffering from any contagious disease will be admitted into the examination hall.
6. Candidate should take their places in the examination hall at least ten minutes before the time
fixed for giving out the papers. Candidates presenting themselves more than half an hour after the
commencement of the examination will
not be admitted into the hall.
7. No candidate will be allowed
to leave the examination hall till
the closure of the examination.
8. Strict silence should be maintained in the examination hall.
9. Candidates are required to provide themselves with their own pens, ink, blotting paper and
instrument boxes. THEY MUST, WRITE ALL THE ANSWERS IN INK (BLUE/BLUE BLACK/BLACK).
Candidates are also allowed to write the answers in ball point pens (ONLY BLUE, BLACK OR BLUE
BLACK).
(a) The candidates are permitted to use calculators at the examination hall while writing the
examination.
10. Candidates are allowed the option to answer the paper in all the tests either in English or in Tamil
or even to answer any of the papers partly in English and Partly in Tamil except the test on translation
and the language test which have to be answered only in the language chosen by them in their
applications.
11. Before starting to write the examination candidates should check whether Serial Number is
assigned on the Answer Book supplied to them and to verify whether the page numbers are also in
sequence. If the Answer Book (Main/Additional) is defective in any way ask the invigilator to replace it.
12. Candidates should write their Register Number on the front page of the first sheet of the main
answer book in the space provided for that purpose. They should not write their Register Number in any
other page in the Main Answer Book. The Answer Book of the candidate who violates this instruction will
not be valued. They should not write their Register Number on any other page including in the Additional
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Answer Book, Graph sheet, Maps or in the journal sh
eet if any supplied to them. Five marks will be
deducted from the total marks obtained by the candidates who write their Register Number in the
additional answer books. Graph sheets, Maps or in the Journal sheet if any supplied to them.
The lower part of the left hand pages or if necessary a page or pages of the answer books may be
used for any rough work. The rough work should be crossed through afterwards.
13. In answering to practical questions candidates must show the entire detailed working in the
answer books themselves.
14. In answering papers candidates will on no account
be allowed to exceed th
e time allotted for each
paper. Candidate will on no account be allowed to change the test or parts of tests offered by them and
for which they are admitted.
15. Candidates are strictly forbidden from writing their
names or initials or any other names or initials
on the main or additional answer books. They should not attach their names or initials or any other
names or initials even in the order, judgement letter etc. EXCEPT WRITING ANSWER TO QUESTION,
CANDIDATES ARE FORBIDDEN FROM MAKING ANY MARKS OR WIRITNG ANY FIGURES OF
DRAWING ANY DIAGRAMS IN THE MAIN OR ADDITIONAL ANSWER BOOKS. No answer book
(whether main or additional) in which these instructions
are violated will be valued. Candidates who fail to
write the name of the subject of the paper or who do not write the name of the subject of the paper
correctly or who fail to write their Register Number distinctly and correctly on the first page o the main
answer books will be penalised. A reduction of five marks will be made for omission to write the Register
Number and reduction of three marks will be made fo
r writing register Number or subject incorrectly.
16. Candidates should give the correct numbers of the question or sub-divisions in their answers. If
they fail to indicate the correct question number of
sub-division of a question or if they give question
number incorrectly they are liable to lose marks.
17. The use of books will be allowed in answering all the paper in the test except for the tests of
subject under the tests mentioned in the Annexure to the instruction. Books other than those prescribed
for a test will not be allowed in answer
ing the paper or papers in the test.
18. Candidates should bring their own books with them for the purpose of answering the question
papers in the test in the case of which the use of books are allowed.
19. No candidates will be allowed to give books or
to take back from any other candidates during the
hours of examination.
In the case of Revenue Test the following books issued by the Government Press, may be used
by candidates in the examination hall-
I.
The Revenue Act and Regulation.
II.
The standing Orders of the Board of Revenue.
III.
Tamil Nadu Government Office Manual.
IV.
The Stamp Manual.
V. The Special Funds Code.
VI.
The Manual of village and Taluk Accounts.
Candidates will be allowed to use the Standing Orders of the Board of Revenue in answering the
paper on the Manual of Village and Taluk Accounts and the Special Fund Code and vice versa.
In the case of the Civil and Criminal Judicial Test and the Criminal Judicial Test the books
containing bare Acts that need not necessarily be Go
vernment publications. Candidates will be also
permitted to use the abridged edition of the Hand book of criminal Law by Thiru.S. Krishnamurthy and the
hand book of criminal law- Evidence procedure and practice by Thiruvalargal S. Krishnamurthy and K.
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Alagumalai and the Publication of Ram Naraina Lai Beni Prasad, Allahabad and the (New) Code of
Criminal Procedure (Act No.2/1974) published by central Law Agency, Allahabad – 2.
Candidates appearing for the Agricultural Department Test will be allowed the use of the Tamil
Nadu Financial Code, Volumes I and II.
20. The use of books containing notes
or commentaries will not be permitted.
Note:
--(i) The books containing only bare Acts and
Rules (without any notes or commentaries or
explanations) need not necessarily be Government publication.
(ii) “The candidates may be allowed to write with Photostat copies of the permitted books
recommended by the Head of the Department with duly attested by the Group A Officer working in their
Department and with its certificate that No. of pages contained in the Photostat copies of prescribed
books. Guides and books with commentaries must not be allowed.
21. The use of guides, digests, summaries ‘catechisms’ etc., will not be allowed So far as Registration
Department Test is concerned, the examinees are permitted to use guides containing only circulars and
orders issued by Inspector – General of Registration, Government and Board of Revenue and also the
Judgement relating to the Department. All other guides, digests, summaries, etc. are prohibited.
22. The use of publication containing
an index will not be objected to
23. Candidates are prohibited from introducing into the examination hall any book or portion of a book
other than those allowed in instruction No. 16 above stated or manuscripts, printed form of paper of any
description from communicating with or copying from each and from communicating with any person
outside the examination hall candidates are strictly prohibited from writing on the memorandum issued to
them or on question paper.
24. Except for the purpose mentioned below candidates are forbidden to ask the Invigilator questions
of any kind during the examination.
25. A candidate who wants paper fastener, additional answer books should raise from his seat and
remain standing until one of the invigilators goes to his seat and ascertains his want.
26. The candidate will be supplied with the additional answer books only after getting his signature in a
list maintained by the Chief invigilator for noting the supply of additional answer books.
27. A candidate who has completed his answer should raise from his seat and remain standing until
the invigilator take his answer books. Similarly at the end of the time prescribed for each paper a
candidate should stop writing, raise from the seat and remain standing until the Invigilator takes his
answer books. Candidates should use additional answer book including printed form if any for the main
answer books with paper fasteners or thread to be obtained from the Invigilator.
28. Candidates are prohibited from taking with them from the examination hall any unused answer
books.
29. Candidates are strictly warned that they should not approach the examiners with reference to their
answer books. Any candidate approaching or attempting to approach an examiner or getting other people
to approach an examiner on his behalf will be disqualified and will also be reported for disciplinary action
to the head of the Department in which he may be employed.
The above penalty will be imposed
also in case where candidates make an appeal in their answer
books invoking the sympathy of examiner in connection with their result.
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30. Any candidate violating any of these instructions or the instructions printed on the second page of
the main answer book or in the
Memorandum of Admission will run th
e risk of his answer books being
invalidated or marks being deducted.
31. Any candidate resorting to malpractice in the ex
amination hall will be liable to be sent out of the
hall forthwith and his conduct will be reported to the commission. Moreover, the candidate will be
debarred of writing TNPSC Departmental Examinations up to 3 years by the commission.
32. The answer books containing irrelevant or impertinent or insonent or vulgar answer will be
invalidated and candidates guilty of writing such answers are also liable to be debarred from appearing
for future examinations conducted by the commission. If the candidate is a Government Servant the
matter will be reported to the Head of the
Department for taking disciplinary action.
33. Requests from candidates for furnishing the cause of failure in the test or for revaluation of their
answer book will not be complied with. However the commission reserves to itself the right to get any
answer book revalued if in its opinion there are sufficient and valid grounds to do so.
34. The results of the Examinations (i.e.,) the Regi
ster Numbers of the successful candidates will be
exhibited in the collectorate, Taluk offices and published in the TNPSC Bulletins for the information of the
candidates.
ANNEXURE
[Vide Instuction No.(17)]
The use of books will not be allowed for the following tests of subjects under the test:-
The Translation Test.
The Criminal Judicial Test, Part I – Indian Penal Code(General Principle).
The Criminal Judicial Test, Part II – Code of Criminal Procedure (General Principles)
The Tamil Nadu Wakf Board Department Test—Second paper General principle.
Survey Department Test—
Deputy Inspector Test –Except the paper on Educational Statistics (The use of Public Instruction
Report and Census Statistics will be allowed to be used in answering the paper)
Departmental Test for officers of the Tami Nadu Jail Service-
The Tamil Nadu Prison and Reformatory Manual, Part-1 Volume-II
Departmental Test for Junior Assistant in the Office of the Administrator General and Official Trustee –
Second Paper.
Subordinate Account Service Examination – Theoretical paper on Accounts and Audit of local bodies.
Local Fund Audit Department Test – Commercial Book – keeping.
Forest Department Test – The Tamil Nadu Forest Department Code and the Tamil Nadu Account
Code, Volume-III Part-III second paper.
Language Test
Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (Administration) Department Test.
Departmental Test in Manual of Firemanship for Officers of the Tamil Nadu Fire Service.
Departmental Test for Officers of the Co-operative Department.
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Departmental Test for Supervisors of Industrial Co-operatives in the Industries Department.
Departmental Test for Members of the Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service in the National Employment
Service
Departmental Test for Officers of the National Employment Service
Departmental Test for Audit Superintendents in the Account Branch of the Office of the Chief Engineer
(Highways and Rural Works)—papers I, II and III.
Departmental Test for Officers of the Panchayat Development Department – Village Swaraj (English or
Tamil)
Departmental Test for Forest Subordinate service officers – Forest Law—First paper.
Departmental Test for Forest Subordinate Service Officers – Office Procedure and Accounts – First
Paper