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TNPSC Research Assistant


Applications are invited only through online mode upto 04.11.2015 for Direct Recruitment to the vacancies in the following post

Sl. No

Name of the Post and Post Code

Name of the Service and Code No.

Number of vacancies

Scale of pay


Research Assistant in Statistics (2011 - 2012) Post Code 2107



Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Subordinate Service (Code No.066)

1 G.T (G)




Rs.9,300- 34,800/- (PB2) + 4,700/- Grade Pay


Research Assistant in Economics(2011 - 2012) Post Code 2110

1 G.T (G)


Research Assistant in Geography(2011-2012) Post Code 2111

1 G.T (G)


Research Assistant in Sociology(2011-2012) Post Code 2112

1 G.T (G)




Date of Notification



Last date for submission of applications and for uploading of the prescribed qualification Certificate (P.G. Degree Certificate)



Last date for payment of Fee


                                      Date and Time of Written Examination




Paper - I (Subject of Examination) (P.G. Degree Standard)

13.12.2015 FN

10.00 A.M. to 01.00 P.M.

Paper - II (General Studies) (Degree Standard)

13.12.2015 AN

02.30 P.M. to 04.30 P.M.


(A) AGE (as on 01.07.2015)

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Category of Candidates

Minimum Age (Should have completed)

Maximum Age


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

18 Years

No Maximum Age Limit


Others [i.e. candidates not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and BCMs]

18 Years

Below 30 Years


(i) “Others” [i.e. Candidates not belonging to SCs, SC (A) s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and BCMs] who have put in 5 years of service in the State / Central Government are not eligible even if they are within the age limit.

(ii) The Technical and Non-Technical Staff of TANSI who have faced retrenchment and have not been absorbed in the Government Corporations/ Undertakings may also apply, if they are otherwise qualified except age and the relevant age rule will be relaxed by the Government in their favour if they come up for selection.

(B) EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION: (as on 05.10. 2015)

Candidates should possess the following or its equivalent qualification awarded by any University or Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission for the purpose of its grants.

S. No.

Name of the post



Research Assistant in Statistics

A Master’s Degree of any recognized University or Institution with Statistics or Mathematics as the Main subject Provided that other things being equal, preference shall be given to candidates who possess experience in Statistical Investigation or in analysis of Statistical work for a period of one year.


Research Assistant in Economics

Must hold a Master’s Degree in First or Second class with Economics as Main Subject.


Research Assistant in Geography

Must hold a Master’s Degree in First or Second class with Geography as Main Subject.


Research Assistant in Sociology

Must hold a Master’s Degree in First or Second class with Sociology as Main Subject. Or Social Work as Main Subject.


a. The qualification mentioned above should have been obtained in the order of studies viz SSLC, HSC (or its equivalent), U.G. Degree and P.G. Degree.

b. The equivalence G.Os are indicated in Annexure - I to this Notification (Refer also to the Disclaimer annexed to the Notification) (For further details refer paragraph 10 of the ‘Instructions to the Candidates’)


A. The rule of reservation of appointment does not apply to this recruitment as the cadre strength is ‘One’ in each post.

B. Knowledge of Tamil: Candidates should possess adequate knowledge of Tamil on the date of this Notification (for details refer para 11 of the Instructions to Candidates)


Candidates selected for appointment to the post will be required to produce a certificate of physical fitness in the form prescribed below:

Form of Certificate of Physical Fitness

Standard of Vision Prescribed

Form prescribed for Other than Executive and Ministerial


Candidates with defective vision should produce eye fitness certificate from a qualified eye specialist.

D. Any claim relating to the selection (not related to candidature or / and claims made in the application) should be received on the date when called for original certificate verification prior to selection. Any claim received thereafter will receive no attention.

E. Correct and true information regarding arrest, convictions/debarment/disqualification by any recruiting agency, criminal or any disciplinary proceedings initiated or pending / finalized, participation in agitation or any Political Organization, candidature in election for Parliament/State Legislature/Local Bodies etc., if any, should also be furnished to the Commission at the time of application i.e. the details thereof, originals of the Judgement of Acquittals, order/or G.O. dropping further action in Departmental proceedings or any document that may prove the suitability of such candidates for a Government appointment must be produced at the stage/time of Certificate Verification.

F. The selection for appointment to the above said post is purely provisional subject to final Orders on pending Writ Petitions, if any, filed in Madras High Court and Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

G. Applications containing wrong claims relating to other basic qualifications / category of reservation / eligibility criteria / age / educational qualification will be liable for rejection.



Duration of Examination

Maximum Marks

Minimum Qualifying Marks for Selection

SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and BCMs.



1. Paper-I (Subject of Examination) (P.G. Degree Standard) (200 Questions)


(i)For the post of Research Assistant in Statistics

Statistics (Code No.111)


Mathematics (Code No.073)


(ii)For the post of Research Assistant in Economics Economics (Code No.040 )


(iii)For the post of Research Assistant in Geography Geography (Code No.057)


(iv)For the post of Research Assistant in Sociology

Sociology (Code No.108)


Social Work (Code No.107)

2. Paper-II General Studies ( Degree Standard) (100 Questions) Interview and Record




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(i) Candidates should choose only the subject in which they have obtained the prescribed qualification for examination.

(ii) The existing syllabi for the subjects mentioned in Paper - I (i.e.) subject of Examination are given in the separate paper as Paper I and Paper II in the Annexure IIA of this Notification shall be clubbed together and constitute a single syllabus for each subject. Candidates should specify the subject in which they wish to be examined in their application. They should choose only the subject in which they have obtained the prescribed qualification.

(iii) The question paper in all the subjects in Paper - I will be set in English only.

(iv) The syllabi for the subjects mentioned in Paper - I & II are available in Annexure - II A and Annexure - II B respectively of this Notification and also available in the Commission’s Website ‘’

Computer Based Test (CBT):

The candidate has to appear for the examination where he/she has been allotted to the examination. Change of centre or venue is not permitted. He has to carry the Hall Ticket (Admission Card) and same has to be produced at the examination venue. Each Candidate will be assigned a Computer to take up the examination. Candidates will be provided with a user name and password to login the system. Necessary instructions will be displayed on screen. Kindly read all the instructions carefully.

  • Candidates are not permitted to carry any electronic and/or communication device into the examination hall. They are advised not to bring the electronic gadgets with them.
  • Computer Based Test (CBT) is similar to paper pen shading test.
  • In CBT, questions with four options each will be displayed in the computer screen.
  • Candidate has to click the best answer to the question.
  • Candidates can proceed to the next question by clicking next button. Or previous question by clicking previous button.
  • Candidates can review any question and the answers, and the answers can be changed at any time before the closure of examination. They can skip the questions also, if they desire so.
  • Candidate can use only the mouse to select the correct answers and proceed with answering the questions.
  • The Question and optional answers will be shuffled randomly and displayed to the candidate.
  • Candidate can submit their answers at any time during the examination.
  • Once the answers are submitted, the candidates have no option to proceed further.
  • If the candidate fails to submit their answers, the system will automatically submit the answers to the server, at the closure of the examination.
  • No computer knowledge is required to take up the CBT. Knowledge in Mouse operation is sufficed to take up the CBT.
  • The question and answers can be zoomed to the required level for the candidates with visual impairment.

Candidates will be admitted to the examination till 30 minutes from the commencement of the examination. Candidates have to sign the attendance sheet and affix thumb impression for verification of his identity. All the activities of the candidates with the mouse will be recorded in the server and a log file will be created for future reference. The Examination Hall will be under camera surveillance.

To acquaint with the operation of Mouse and the CBT, the candidates can take up the mock test available in the Commission’s website ( and they can practise the usage of mouse in the mock test. Mock test is similar to the CBT to be held on the day of examination. In the Mock test, all the steps are given similar to the CBT. Candidate can practise the mock test as many times as he/she likes.


Examination will be held at CHENNAI Centre (Code No. 001) only.


1) Candidates should appear for the written examination/Oral Test / Certificate Verification at their own expense.

2) The Commission reserves the right to increase the number of Examination Venue and to re-allot the candidates.


Selection will be made in two successive stages i.e.,

(i) Written Examination and

(ii) Oral Test in the form of an interview. Final selection will be made on the basis of total marks obtained by the candidates at the Written Examination and Oral Test taken together subject to the rule of reservation of appointments. Appearance in both the papers of the Written Examination and Oral Test is compulsory. A candidate who has not appeared in any one of the papers in Written Examination or Oral Test will not be considered for selection, even if he/she secures qualifying marks in the Written Examination or Oral Test. (Refer para 23 (b) of instruction to candidates).


  • Examination fee Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) Candidates have to Register their basic particulars through One -Time Registration which is mandatory on payment of Rs.50/- towards registration fee. The registration shall be valid for a period of five years from the date of one-time registration.
  • Candidates should also to pay the service charges applicable to the Bank.
  • Candidates can avail exemption from paying examination fees as per eligibility criteria.
  • Offline mode of payment in the form of Demand Draft / Postal Order etc., will not be accepted and the applications forwarded with such modes of payment will be summarily rejected.


The Commission’s ‘Instructions to the candidates’. Any violation of the instructions will be liable for or end in rejection of his/her candidature.


Concessions in the matter of age and/or qualification and/or fees allowed to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs, Destitute Widows, Ex-Servicemen, Differently Abled persons, other categories of persons etc., are given in The Commission’s 'Instructions to the candidates'.


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a. Candidates should upload the prescribed qualification certificates (Post Graduate) along with the online application.

b. Candidates should ensure their eligibility for examination: The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admission to all stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying of the eligibility conditions. Mere issue of memo of admission to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been fully cleared by the Commission.

c. How to apply: Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website,

d. The Hall Tickets for eligible candidates will be made available in the Commission’s Website or and for downloading by candidates. No Hall Tickets will be sent by post. So, the candidates / applicants should watch TNPSC website since ahead / before the scheduled date of Examinations.

e. Facilitation counter for guidance of candidates: In case of any guidance / information /clarification of their applications, candidature, etc. candidates can contact Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission’s Office in person or over Telephone No.044- 25332833/25332855 or the Commission’s Office Toll-Free No. 1800 425 1002 on all working days between 10.00 a.m. and 05.45 p.m.

f. Mobile Phones and other Articles Banned

(i) Candidates are not allowed to bring Pager, Cellular Phone, Calculator, Memory Notes and books etc. or any other Electronic device or Recording Device either as separate piece or part of something used by the candidate such as Watch or Ring.

(ii) If they are found to be in possession of any such thing or instrument they will not be allowed to write the examination further, besides invalidation of answer paper and / or debarment. If it is considered necessary they will be subjected for a physical search including frisking on the spot.

(iii) Do not bring into the Examination Hall any article such as books, notes, loose sheets mathematical and drawing instruments, Log Tables, stencils of maps, slide rules, Text Books, rough sheets etc. except the permitted writing material i.e. pen. No colour pen or pencil must be used.

(iv) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including Mobile Phones / Pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangements for safekeeping cannot be assured.

g. Candidates are not required to submit along with their application any certificates in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Experience, Community Certificates and certificates regarding their Physical Disability, etc., They should be submitted when called for by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. (Written) Examination and Oral Test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the (written) Examination and Oral Test, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions; their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

h. If any of their claims is found to be incorrect, or false it will lead to rejection / debarment.

i. Unfair means strictly prohibited: No candidate shall copy from the papers of any other candidate nor permit his papers to be copied nor give nor attempt to give nor obtain nor attempt to obtain irregular assistance of any description.

j. Conduct in Examination Hall: No candidate should misbehave in any manner or create a disorderly scene in the Examination Hall or harass the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of the examination. Any such misconduct will be severely viewed & penalised.

The Online Application can be submitted upto 04.11.2015 till 11.59 p.m., after which the link will be disabled

(For detailed information the candidates may refer Commission’s ‘Instructions to the candidates’ at the Commission’s website

Official website:

For Official Notification:

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