TNPSC VAO Syllabus
**NOW Group 4 and VAO is conducted as Group 4 Exam with common Syllabus**
Nature of Universe-General Scientific laws-Inventions and discoveries-National scientific laboratories-Mechanics and properties of matter-Physical quantities, standards and units-Force, motion and energyMagnetism, electricity and electronics -Heat, light and sound
Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases and salts-Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides
Main Concepts of life science-Classification of living organismNutrition and dietetics-Respiration
Blood and blood circulation-Reproductive system-Environment, ecology, health and hygiene-Human diseases including communicable and non â€“ communicable diseases - prevention and remedies-Animals, plants and human life
Latest diary of events-national -National symbols-Profile of StatesEminent persons & places in news-Sports & games-Books & authors - Awards & honorsâ€™-India and its neighbors
1. Problems in conduct of public elections
2. Political parties and political system in India
3. Public awareness & General administration
4. Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility
Geography: Geographical landmarks
Economics: Current socio-economic problems
Science: Latest inventions on science & technology
Earth and Universe-Solar system-Monsoon, rainfall, weather & climate Water resources --- rivers in India-Soil, minerals & natural resources-Forest & wildlife-Agricultural pattern-Transport including surface transport & communication-Social geography â€“ population-density and distribution Natural calamities â€“ Disaster Management.
HISTORY AND CULTURE OF INDIA AND TAMIL NADU:
Indus valley civilization-Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas-Age of Vijayanagaram and the bahmanis-South Indian history-Culture and Heritage of Tamil people-India since independence-Characteristics of Indian culture Unity in diversity â€“race, color, language, custom-India-as secular state Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN-Political parties and populist schemes.
Constitution of India--Preamble to the constitution- Salient features of constitution- Union, state and territory- Citizenship-rights amend duties Fundamental rights- Fundamental duties- Human rights charter- Union legislature â€“ Parliament- State executive- State Legislature â€“ assembly- Local government â€“ panchayat raj â€“ Tamil Nadu- Judiciary in India â€“ Rule of law/Due process of law-Elections- Official language and Schedule-VIII Corruption in public life- Anti-corruption measures â€“CVC, lok-adalats, Ombudsman, CAG - Right to information- Empowerment of women Consumer protection forms
Nature of Indian economy- Five-year plan models-an assessment-Land reforms & agriculture-Application of science in agriculture-Industrial growth Rural welfare oriented programmers-Social sector problems â€“ population, education, health, employment, poverty-Economic trends in Tamil Nadu
INDIAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT
National renaissance-Emergence of national leaders-Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Different modes of agitations-Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & others.
APTITUDE & MENTAL ABILITY TESTS:
Conversion of information to data-Collection, compilation and presentation of data - Tables, graphs, diagrams -Analytical interpretation of data - Simplification-Percentage-Highest Common Factor (HCF)-Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)-Ratio and Proportion-Simple interest-Compound interestArea-Volume-Time and Work-Logical Reasoning-Puzzles-Dice-Visual Reasoning-Alpha numeric Reasoning-Number Series.
GRAMMAR1. Match the following words and Phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B. 2.Choose the correct â€˜Synonymsâ€™ for the underlined word from the options given
3. Choose the correct â€˜Antonymsâ€™ for the underlined word from the options given
4. Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix)
5. Fill in the blanks with suitable Article
6. Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition
7. Select the correct Question Tag
8. Select the correct Tense
9. Select the correct Voice
10. Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle)
11. Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Objectâ€¦.) Blanks with correct â€˜Homophonesâ€™
12. Find out the Error (Articles, Prepositions, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb)
14. Select the correct sentence
15. Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb)
16. Select the correct Plural forms
17. Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentense)
18. Identify the correct Degree.
19.Form a new word by blending the words.
20.Form compound words (Eg: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun)
PART-B LITERATURE1. Figures of speech observed in the following Poems:
Alliteration â€“ Allusion â€“ Simile â€“ Metaphor â€“ Personification â€“ Oxymoron â€“ Onomatopoeia â€“ Anaphora â€“ Ellipsis - Rhyme Scheme - Rhyming Words â€“ Repetition â€“ Apostrophe A Psalm of Life - Womenâ€™s Rights - The Nation United - English words â€“ Snake â€“ The Man He Killed - Off to outer space tomorrow morning - Sonnet No.116 - The Solitary Reaper - Be the Best - O Captain My Captain - Laugh and Be Merry â€“ Earth - Donâ€™t quit - The Apology - Be Glad your Nose is on your face - A sonnet for my Incomparable Mother - The Flying Wonder - To a Millionaire - The Piano â€“ Manliness - Going for water - The cry of the Children - Migrant Bird - Shilpi.
2. Appreciation Questions from Poetry:
A Psalm of Life - Womenâ€™s Rights - The Nation United - English words â€“ Snake â€“ The Man He Killed - Off to outer space tomorrow morning â€“ Sonnet No.116 - The Solitary Reaper - Be the Best - O Captain My Captain - Laugh and Be Merry â€“ Earth - Donâ€™t quit - The Apology - Be Glad your - Nose is on your face - A sonnet for my Incomparable Mother - The Flying Wondr - To a Millionaire - The Piano â€“ Manliness - Going for water - The cry of the Children - Migrant Bird - Shilpi.
3. Important lines from Poems:
Where the mind is without fear - The Solitary Reaper - Going for water - A Psalm of Life - Be the Best - Sonnet No.116
4.Questions on the Biography:
Mahatma Gandhi - Jawaharlal Nehru - Subash Chandra Bose - Helen Keller Kalpana Chawala - Dr.Salim Ali - Rani of Jhansi - Nelson Mandela â€“ Abraham Lincoln
5.Questions on Shakespeareâ€™s: Merchant of Venice (Act IV Court Scene) - Julius Ceasar (Act III Scene 2) - Sonnet 116 6.Questions from Oscar: Wildeâ€™s The Model Millionaire - The Selfish Giant
7.r.Karl Paulnack Music-The Hope Raiser
8.Comprehension Questions from the following Motivational Essays:
Gopala Krishna Gokhaleâ€™s Speech on 25th July in Mumbai in response to The address presented to him by students- Dale Carnegieâ€™s â€˜The Road to success- Dr.APJ Abdul Kalamâ€™s â€˜Vision for the Nationâ€™(fromâ€˜India 2020â€™) - Ruskin Bondâ€™s â€˜Our Local Teamâ€™ - Hope Spencerâ€™s â€˜Keep your spirits highâ€™ - Deepa Agarwalâ€™s â€˜After the stormâ€™ - Brian pattenâ€™s â€˜You canâ€™t be that no you canâ€™t be thatâ€™
9.Comprehension Questions from the following description of Places:
Ahtushi Deshpandeâ€™s â€˜To the land of snowâ€™ - Manohar Devadoss â€“ Yaanai Malai - Brihadeesvarar Temple
10.British English â€“ American English
PART-CAuthors and their Literary Works:
1.Match the Poems with the Poets:
A psalm of Life - Be the Best - The cry of the children - The Piano â€“ Manliness Going for water â€“ Earth -The Apology - Be Glad your Nose is on your face - The Flying Wonder -Is Life But a Dream - Be the Best - O captain My Captain - Snake - Punishment in Kindergarten -Where the Mind is Without fear - The Man He Killed - Nine Gold Medals
2.Which Nationality the story belongs to?
The selfish Giant - The Lottery Ticket - The Last Leaf - How the Camel got its Hump - Two Friends â€“ Refugee - The Open Window
3.Identify the Author with the short story:
The selfish Giant - The Lottery Ticket - The Last Leaf - How the Camel got it
s Hump - Two Friends â€“ Refugee - The Open Window - A Man who Had no Eyes - The Tears of the Desert â€“ Sam The Piano - The face of Judas Iscariot - Swept Away - A close encounter - Caught Sneezing - The Wooden Bowl - Swami and the sum
4.Whose Auto biography / Biography is this?
5.Which Nationality the Poet belongs to ?
Robert Frost - Archibald Lampman - D.H. Lawrence - Rudyard Kipling Kamala Das - Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Famida Y. Basheer - Thomas Hardy - Khalil Gibran - Edgar A. Guest - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Jack Prelutsky - F. Joanna - Stephen Vincent Benet - William Shakespeare - William Wordsworth - H.W. Long Fellow - Annie Louisa walker - Walt Whitman - V.K. Gokak
6.Characters, Quotes, Important Lines from the following works of Indian Authors: Sahitya Akademi Award winner: Thakazhi Sivasankaran Pillai â€“ â€˜Farmerâ€™ Kamala Das â€“ 1. Punishment in Kindergarten 2. My Grandmotherâ€™s House R.K. Narayan - Swami and the sum - Rabindranath Tagore - Where the mind is without fear - Dhan Gopal Mukherji - Kari, The Elephant - Deepa Agarwal - After the Storm - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam - Vision for the Nation Indra Anantha Krishna- The Neem Tree - Lakshmi Mukuntan- The Ant Eater and the Dassie - Dr. Neeraja Raghavan - The Sun Beam
7.Drama Famous lines, characters, quotes from Julius Caesar - The Merchant of Venice
8.Match the Places, Poet, Dramatist, Painter with suitable option
9. Match the following Folk Arts with the Indian State / Country
10. Match the Author with the Relevant Title/Character
11. Match the Characters with Relevant Story Title:
The Selfish Giant - How the camel got its hump - The Lottery ticket - The Last Leaf - Two friends â€“ Refugee - Open window â€“ Reflowering - The Necklace Holiday
12. About the Poets:
Rabindranath Tagore - Henry Wordsworth Longfellow - Anne Louisa Walker -V K Gokak - Walt Whitman - Douglas Malloch
13. About the Dramatists
William Shakespeare - Thomas Hardy
14. Mention the Poem in which these lines occur
Granny, Granny, please comb My Hair - With a friend - To cook and Eat - To India â€“ My Native Land - A tiger in the Zoo - No men are foreign â€“ Laugh and be Merry â€“ The Apology - The Flying Wonder
15. Various works of the following Authors
Rabindranath Tagore â€“ Shakespeare - William Wordsworth - H.W. Longfellow â€“ Anne Louisa Walker - Oscar Wilde - Pearl S. Buck
16. What is the theme observed in the Literary works?
Snake - The Mark of Vishnu - Greedy Govind - Our Local Team â€“ Where the mind is without fear - Keep your spirits high - Be the best â€“ Bat â€“ The Piano â€“ The Model Millionaire - The Cry of the Children â€“ Migrant bird â€“ Shilpi
17. Famous Quotes â€“ Who said this?
18. To Which period the Poets belong:
William Shakespeare - Walt Whitman - William Wordsworth - H.W. Longfellow Annie Louisa Walker - D.H. Lawrence
19. Matching the Poets and Poems:
Discovery â€“ Biking â€“ Inclusion - Granny, Granny, please comb My Hair â€“ With a Friend - To cook and Eat â€“ Bat - To India â€“ My Native Land - A tiger in the Zoo - No men are foreign - Laugh and be Merry â€“ Earth â€“ The Apology - The Flying Wonder - Off to outer space tomorrow morning - Be the best - Is life, but a dream - Womenâ€™s rights - The Nation united - English words â€“ Snake â€“ The man he killed
20. Nature centered Literary works and Global issue Environment and Conservation
Flying with moon on their wings - Migrant bird - Will Thirst Become - Unquenchable? - Going for Water - Swept away - Gaia tells her.