The Tamil Nadu government has announced that candidates will have to clear a Tamil language test while appearing for state government job-recruitment exams.
The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission is not going to check the answer sheets of other subjects if the candidates have failed in the Tamil examination.
The examination will be conducted with the main written examination for the groups I, II, and IIA posts. The candidates will be tested for their efficiency in translating, understanding the meaning of the text, as well as letter and essay writing. The passing grade for the examination is 40 out of 100 marks.
A single-stage examination will be held for group III and IV posts; general Tamil is going to be made mandatory, while English will be removed.
The Tamil eligibility cum scoring test is of 150 marks. The officers are only going to evaluate the General studies, aptitude and mental ability test if candidates score 40 per cent and/or above in their Tamil test. If the candidates are able to pass both tests, their marks will be added and considered for the rank list, through which they will be selected for the positions.
The order has been put into immediate effect, and will be applied to all the recruitment examinations for government jobs.
The Teachers Recruitment Board, Medical Services Recruitment Board, Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board and Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment board, Tamil Nadu Forest Uniformed Services Recruitment Committee and other departments will be releasing their own criteria and rules for the Tamil examinations.