Tamil Nadu state government on Friday announced that all state government held competitive exams will now include a compulsory paper in the Tamil language, with a pass in the subject is the basic qualifying norm for entry into Tamil Nadu government services and state-run public sector firms.
According to a Government Order of 1 December 2021, all such tests must include a Tamil language paper conforming to Class 10 norms, a compulsory paper and a score of 40% is the minimum qualifying level.
According to the order, if an aspirant fails to qualify the Tamil language paper and other subject papers, that are part of the overall exam scheme, would not be taken up for evaluation.
While the Tamil language paper is mandatory, passing it is the minimum requirement for employment in government and public sector organisations, and this rule applies to all state government recruiting bodies, including the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission.
The other state recruitment agencies including the Teachers Recruitment Board, Medical Services Recruitment Board, TN Uniformed Services Recruitment Board and TN Forest Uniformed Services Recruitment Committee would release similar guidelines. The government said that the norm takes immediate effect.