TNPSC VAO Eligibility, Job Description and How to Crack the Exam


TNPSC VAO job description, eligibility, and how to crack the exam

The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission will be hiring eligible and qualified individuals for Village Administrative Officer posts. There are close to 500 VAO vacancies. So, what is the job of a VAO? Let us introduce the role of a VAO in the following paragraphs. Therefore, read on to know all about the job that people seem to be yearning for.

Village Administrative Officer or VAO for short is an entry-level employee under the State Government who takes care of all the administrative functions in a village. The main duties of a VAO is given in the following rows.

  • Keeping a record of all the land holdings and revenue of the village.
  • Collecting taxes, revenue generations and dues payable to the Government.
  • Keeping a tab on encroachments, caste and religious riots or feuds, unnatural deaths.
  • Enquiring petitions and issuing certificates.
  • Date collection for various government schemes.
  • Reporting to higher authorities during natural disasters, communal problems, etc.
  • Assisting in relief and rehabilitation during such unforeseen events.
  • Keeping a strict vigil on the bonded labor and other such unlawful activities.
  • Assisting during elections to set up polling booths and ensuring a smooth voting process.

These are some of the major responsibilities of the Village Administrative Officer. Other than the said responsibilities, a VAO will also act as the point of contact between the Government and the citizen. Therefore, the VAO must be knowledgeable about all the government’s works and schemes. He/ She must liaise with the concerned department and make sure the city gets the proper benefits from the government.

What is the eligibility to become a Village Administrative Officer?

To become a VAO, one must possess the basic education such as SSLC (10th Standard/ Grade) or it’s equivalent. The certificate they received must be able to gain an admission into a government recognized college for further studies. However, if the applicant has a higher degree but has not passed SSLC, then the applicant is not eligible for the post. Applicants who belong to the following categories will get age relaxation of 10 years. The categories being: SC, ST, SC (A), MBC, DC, BC, BCM, DW. The candidates who do not belong to any of these categories are termed as Others and they do not get the age relaxations.

Category Minimum Age (Should not have completed) Maximum Age (Should not have completed)
SC, ST, SC (A), MBC, DC, BC, BCM, DW of all castes. 21 years 40 years
Others 21 years 30 years


How to get a TNPSC VAO Job?

After the TNPSC Notification applications are received, TNPSC will shortlist the candidates based on their educational qualifications. i.e., if they have a valid certificate or not. Then the shortlisted candidates will be issued TNPSC VAO Admit Card to appear for the exam. The results of the written exam determine how many candidates will go to the next round of the selection process. The next round will be a personal interview with the TNPSC Board. The TNPSC Officials will check the candidate’s eligibility and will make the final selection. The following table illustrates how questions will be asked in the written exam for VAO Recruitment.

Subjects Number of Questions Duration Qualifying Marks
General Studies 75 3 Hours 90
Village Administration Basics 25
Aptitude and Mental Ability 20
General English/ Tamil 80
Total 200

What to prepare for TNPSC VAO Recruitment Written Exam?

For the General Studies subject, applicants can read the High School level science subjects along with Current Affairs, History & Geography, Politics, Economy, Culture of India & Tamil Nadu. Students can find the study material for all these topics from our website. The Current Affairs is related to daily news about national, international and local news, business news and political news.

General Science

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Zoology

Current Events

  • History
  • Political Science-1.
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • History & Culture of India & Tamil Nadu.
  • Indian Economy.
  • Indian National Movement.

Aptitude and Mental Ability Test.

  • Analogy.
  • Classification.
  • Series.
  • Coding-Decoding.
  • Blood Relations.
  • Direction sense test.
  • Logical Venn Diagrams.
  • Alphabet test.
  • Sitting Arrangements.
  • Mathematical Operations.
  • Arthematic Reasoning.
  • Inserting Missing Characters.
  • Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test.
  • Eligibility Test

English Language

  • Comprehension
  • Select the correct Tense.
  • Identify the correct degree.
  • Select the correct Voice.
  • Form a new word by blending the words.
  • Select the correct sentence.
  • Choose the correct ‘Antonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given.
  • Select the correct Question Tag.
  • Choose the correct ‘Synonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given.
  • Select the correct Plural forms.
  • Fill in the blanks with suitable Article.
  • Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix).
  • Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition.
  • Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb).
  • Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle).
  • Find out the Error (Articles, Prepositions, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb).
  • Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentense).
  • Form compound words (Eg: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun).
  • Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object….).
  • Match the following words and Phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B.