Every year Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) release the official notification to hire candidates through highly competitive examinations. Lakhs of candidates appear for both the posts owing to the premium nature of the job and the perks and allowances associated with the same.

It is a fact that the UPSC is the most lucrative government job that is taken in the country. And TNPSC is the important job exam, which is taken in the state of Tamil Nadu. Both exams are being considered lucrative job exams in the government sector. A person selected for any of the job profile can surely assure a good career.

Now, the big question arises here in the candidate’s mind is that, which is a better exam between UPSC or TNPSC. Thus, it is important to consider the various parameters of the job profiles before concluding anything. You should read the complete notification of both the exams before making your final choice. The numerous parameters like posts, salary, job location, exam pattern, selection process etc. to be kept in mind before filling out the application form for any recruitment exam.


UPSC is the national level exam whereas TNPSC is the state level exam, but both the exams open doors to various prestigious job vacancies. Below, let’s look at the differences between the two recruitment exams.

Type of Exam: The primary and important difference between UPSC and TNPSC is that the UPSC exam is a nationwide exam whereas the TNPSC is a state-wide exam, which conducts exams to fill the positions in the state of Tamil Nadu only.

Availability of Posts: After clearing the UPSC exam, a candidate is selected for posts like IAS, IPS, IRS etc. On the other hand, when a candidate is selected through the TNPSC exam, then he/ she will be allotted posts such as RDO, MRO etc.

A number of attempts: There is no limitation mentioned for the TNPSC recruitment exam. But for a candidate appearing for UPSC Examination can appear for the exams-

  • General-4
  • OBC-7
  • SC/ST- No restriction.

Schedule: The UPSC examinations follow a regular time-time, and the exams are conducted once per year. And the notifications for the same is published majorly in February.  But TNPSC recruitment exams are held as and when vacancies arise for the same.

Exam Pattern: The UPSC exam pattern mainly includes two successive stages; first is the Preliminary exam, and the second is the Main exam. On the other hand, TNPSC Examination consists of 3 stages; first is Preliminary Examination, second is Mains Examination and finally Interview round.

Question Pattern & Syllabus of the Exam: The UPSC exam includes questions like MCQ and detailed essay type of questions. The UPSC exam syllabus is based on Indian and International topics like History, Geography, Politics, Economy, and much more. The questions in the TNPSC exams are mostly based on Indian issues with an emphasis on Tamil Nadu topics. Further, questions related to topics like Civil, Electric, Chemical, Automobile Engineering are asked in the TNPSC recruitment exams.

Salary: Generally, a candidate selected through UPSC has pay scale ranges from Junior Scale at Rs 15600-39100 plus Grade Pay Rs 5400 to Cabinet Secretary Grade of Rs 90000. Whereas, TNPSC job profile offers a salary in the range of Rs.15600-39100/-+G.P Rs.5400/-(PB-3) depending on the post to post.

Job Profiles: UPSC conducts recruitment exam and appoints candidates for

  • All-India Services (AIS)
  • Central Services

Whereas a candidate selected through TNPSC recruitment exam can grab the job profile of:

  • Assistant Electrical Inspector
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Junior Architect


All the details, as mentioned above, will surely give you a clear idea of both the job profiles, which help you in making the right decision for your career. Keep in mind that both the job profiles entail respect, job security and social status but what is essential for the candidate to set priorities and concerns.

Both being a bit of challenging exams, you need to prepare correctly by adopting the right strategies and approach. It is essential to consider your priorities and decide accordingly and think wisely before making your wise decision.

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