Tamil Nadu Civil Service

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Tamil Nadu Civil Service
தமிழ்நாடு குடியியல் பணி
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Agency overview
Formed1946 (1946)
Preceding agency
  • Madras Provincial Civil Service
JurisdictionTamil Nadu
Agency executives
  • Dr Girija Vaidyanathan IAS, Chief Secretary
  • Dr K Satyagopal IAS, Commissioner of Revenue Administration

The Tamil Nadu Civil Service (TNCS) (Tamil: தமிழ்நாடு குடியியல் பணி) is the state civil service and bureaucracy in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Recruitment for the service is based on the results of an annual competitive examination.

Although initial appointment is usually at a lower rank than Indian Administrative Service (IAS, one of the All India Services), TNCS officers may assume posts equivalent to IAS officers. They hold a variety of posts at the sub-district level, delivering government services apart from revenue administration and the maintenance of law and order.


Vacancies in the TNCS occur annually due to retirement and IAS promotion to the Revenue Administration Disaster Management and Mitigation Department. Employees are recruited to the Tamil Nadu Civil Service in two ways: directly, through the TNPSC Group 1 Exam organized by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission, and by Transfer from the Tamil Nadu Revenue Subordinate Service or other organizations. The exam, conducted over an 11-month period, has three phases: preliminary, main and interview. Subjects include general knowledge, general science, English, management, statistics, civil engineering, Indian history, law, mathematics, political science and international relations, public administration and computer science.


The Additional Chief Secretary (Commissioner) of Revenue Administration has authority over TNCS officers in training, appointment, promotion, posting and transfer and retirement. Additional authority is vested in the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission, the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Department of Revenue and the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms.

Training and appointment[edit]

After recruitment TNCS candidates undergo training at the Anna Institute of Management, and probationary officers are appointed after the training period. After the probationary period they are appointed deputy collectors, followed by district revenue officers after six years of experience. Officers with good performance have a rank equivalent to the IAS. The retirement age is 58.

Acts and rules[edit]

  • Special Rules for the Tamil Nadu Civil Service[1]
  • Tamil Nadu Revenue Subordinate Service Rules[2]
  • Tamil Nadu Government Servants' Conduct Rules, 1973[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Special Rules for the Tamil Nadu Civil Service" (PDF). Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Tamil Nadu Revenue Subordinate Service Rules" (PDF). Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Tamil Nadu Government Servants' Conduct Rules, 1973" (PDF). Retrieved 9 March 2016.

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