The Tripura Public Service Commission or TPSC conducts the Civil services exam for the state of Tripura. The exam is called the combined competitive examination or CCE. The combined services for which recruitment is done jointly are the Tripura civil services under Group 2 and Tripura police services under grade 2 or also designated as Group A services.
The official website of the commission is tpsc.gov.in. Candidates who are desirous of applying for the exam shall read the complete details of the exam and ascertain their eligibility before submitting the application form. The complete details of the TPSC 2020 exam like the important dates, the process of application, fees payable, admit card details, exam pattern, syllabus, cut off, results, preparation tips, and the best books to refer for good preparation.
TPSC 2020 – Exam Dates
|Important Events||Event dates|
|Release of official notification in TPSC website||To be updated|
|Online Submission of Application form begins from||To be updated|
|Last date to submit the online application||To be updated|
|Prelims Exam||To be updated|
|Mains Exam||To be updated|
TPSC Application Form 2020
- Application to the exam is to be made only in ONLINE mode.
- There is also a pre-requirement by the commission for all candidates who wish to appear for the exam – one time profile registration. In this process, all candidates shall register their personal bio-data by entering relevant details on the official website.
- After the one time profile registration, the actual ONLINE form submission can be made.
- On the online application portal, candidates have to first register themselves with valid login id/password,
- Enter all relevant details in the application form.
- Upload a scanned photograph and signature of the candidate.
- Pay the relevant fee.
- Submit the application form.
- Save/ print a copy of the submitted application form.
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The application fee for various categories of candidates are as mentioned below:
For General merit – INR 200 (For Group A posts)
For SC/ST candidates – INR 150
For BPL and physically disabled candidates – INR 150
Fees can be remitted at any SBI branch within the state of Tripura, and a challan an acknowledgment can be obtained for the same.
This challan number can then be entered in the online application form. IN the online mode of fee payment, candidates can pay the requisite fee via debit card/ credit card or through online banking.
TPSC 2020 Admit card
All candidates who apply for the TPSC exams can download the e-admit card from the official website. The steps to be followed to download the admit card is as follows:
- Visit the homepage of the official site.
- Click on the link to download the e-admit card
- The window opens wherein you will be prompted to click the appropriate link that will open n the admission certificate of the relevant exam.
- Enter your registration number, date of birth, and other relevant details.
- Download the admit card.
TPSC Eligibility Criteria
All citizens of India are eligible to apply for the examination.
All degree holders/candidates who have attained a bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification from a university that is recognized by the government of India are the qualifications that is desired by the commission.
Minimum age criteria – 21 years
Maximum age criteria – 40 years
- For SC/ST – relaxation of 5 years in upper age limit.
- For physically disabled candidates – 5 years in the upper age limit.
- For government servants – 5 years in upper age limit.
Number of attempts
There is no specific cap on the number of attempts, as mentioned by the commission.
TPSC Exam Pattern
The exam consists of three rounds, namely, the prelims, mains followed by the interview.
- Objective type of paper with multiple-choice questions
- There is only one paper to attempt.
- The general studies paper carrying 200 marks will be conducted for two and a half hours.
- The exam consists of 5 compulsory papers and 3 optional papers.
- The 5 compulsory papers are English essay paper, English composition paper, paper on Bengali language, general knowledge, and paper on the constitution of India.
- All papers are elaborate and descriptive in nature.
- Candidates can select 3 papers from the list of 50 optional papers presented in the list displayed on the official website.
- Each compulsory paper is conducted for a duration of three hours for a maximum of 100 marks.
- Each optional paper is conducted for duration of three hours for maximum of 100 marks.
- Total marks of mains round are 800 marks.
Personality test round
- Conducted for 100 marks.
- The qualification of the candidate, his interpersonal skills, and communication skills are taken into the main fore during the interview round.
- The candidate’s choice of optional subjects is also tested during this round.
TPSC Syllabus 2020
Candidates can download the complete syllabus in PDF format. The brief and the main aspects of the syllabus are hereby given below for each round:
- English essay paper and composition type
- Current affairs and general knowledge
- History of India and Indian national movement
- Geography of India and geography of Tripura in particular
- Indian economy and polity related topics
- Budget making and fiscal policies
- General knowledge of India and international relations.
- Numerical ability and math’s reasoning.
English essay paper
- Essay of 800 words
- Report writing
- Letter writing
- Precise writing
English composition paper
- Sentence alteration/ modification/ completion
- Synonyms and antonyms
- Idioms and verbs
- Paragraph writing
Bengali language paper
- Essay writing
General knowledge paper
- Gk of Tripura and India
- General Science and EVS
- Arithmetic and math-based questions
- Sports field
- IT development and knowledge of computers
- Current affairs
- General aptitude test
Constitution of India
- The Preamble to our constitution
- Planning commission
- Budget making and planning
- World Bank
- IMF and related organizations and relation with India
Personality test round
- General knowledge
- Current affairs
- Local knowledge of Tripura state
- Domicile knowledge of the candidate
- Optional subject-based questions
- Questions related to assess one’s interpersonal skills, personality skills, and suitability to the job.
Cut off marks
- The commission decides the cut off marks.
- At its discretion, it may tend to set the cut off marks for particular papers or all papers or taking the total (aggregate) marks into consideration.
- Also, the cut off marks as decided by the commission shall be disclosed after the results display on the official website.
- Candidates have to score well above the cut off marks to qualify in the exam.
- Candidates can visit the homepage of the official site.
- Go to the results section.
- Click on the relevant exam link to find results correspondingly.
- Enter the registration number and date of birth to obtain results.
- Enter any other details requested ( like captcha code etc.)
- Obtain results.
- Results can be downloaded/ print copy taken for future references.
Results can be downloaded after every announcement made respectively after every round of exam.
The category-wise vacancies for the posts of Tripura civil services Grade 2 and Tripura police services grade 2 shall be announced by the commission in the official notification every year. Vacancies for SC/ST categories, along with the unreserved categories, shall be displayed.
Preparation tips for Tripura PSC
- Many questions appear from previous year papers. So, detailed reference to last year’s question papers will give you a quick vision about what to study for the exam and what important things are required for the exam to clear it with high scores.
- Understand the type of questions and the number of questions that can be expected from a certain section of topics.
- Do not waste time unnecessarily on topics that do not seem too important.
- When analyzing topics for your study, try to list out your core strengths and weaknesses. Identify where you need to put your focus on to improve in certain areas. Try to localize issues and avoid last-minute postponement of preparation.
- Start your preparation at least 8 to 9 months in advance. You should balance your preparation between prelims and mains and not focus only on prelims.
- Prelims consist of just one paper, and there is enough preparation needed for mains. So you can begin with mains and then come back to prelims.
- Taking a mock test at least ten days before the actual exam shall work out well for the exam preparation.
- Coaching center enrolment is optional and not compulsory. But is you aim for higher marks, coaching may be recommended in many cases.
Recommended list of books for TPSC civil services
- General knowledge series by Tarun Goyal
- General science encyclopedia by Arihant Publications
- Quantitative aptitude by R S Agarwal
- Arithmetic series by Jain and Sharma
- Competition Success by Siddhartha Das
- Arithmetic series by Rajesh Verma
- Competition in focus by Arihant Publications
- NCERT E-books
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