TNPSC CESE Eligibility Criteria 2023: Qualification, Age Limit, Age Relaxation

By BYJU'S Exam Prep  |   Updated on: December 26th, 2023
TNPSC CESE Eligibility Criteria 2023 has been explained here for the engineering services exam. Check the qualification, age limit, age relaxation, medical fitness, and other important requirements in this post.
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TNPSC CESE Eligibility Criteria 2023 in detail will be published by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) in the CESE notification pdf. Candidates who want to apply for the TNPSC CESE exam should read this post to learn about the eligibility requirements. This post discusses the TNPSC CESE age limit, qualifications for each post, and medical standards. Check the requirement for Tamil language knowledge as well. More information about eligibility can be found here.

Candidates with degrees in engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, civil, agriculture, electronics, production, and telecommunications are eligible to apply for the exam. After analysing the TNPSC combined engineering services examination 2023 Eligibility criteria, interested candidates can register for the exam.

TNPSC CESE Eligibility Criteria 2023

TNPSC CESE Eligibility Criteria 2023 is the first thing that a candidate should be aware of if he or she wishes to apply for the TNPSC CESE 2023 Exam. Learn about the TNPSC engineering services eligibility criteria for positions such as Junior Draughtsman, Junior Technical Assistant, and Junior Engineer in various Tamil Nadu government departments. TNPSC CESE eligibility criteria include meeting the following requirements:

  • Educational Qualifications 
  • Age Limit 
  • Physical Fitness 
  • Knowledge of Tamil Language

The exam will be held to find qualified candidates for the vacant positions. As a result, it is critical that you are familiar with the eligibility criteria. Let us now go over each of the eligibility criteria for TNPSC AE exam in depth.

TNPSC CESE Qualification

The TNPSC CES Educational Qualification 2023 as per the TNPSC posts for Engineering services is is as follows:

  • The TNPSC CESE educational qualification must be obtained by passing the required qualification in the following order of studies viz. 10+ Diploma Course (10+3) or 10+ HSC + Diploma Course (10+2+2) or 10+ HSC + Bachelors Degree Course (10+2+4).
  • Further, the result of the examination should have been declared on or before the release of the notification.



Educational Qualification

Junior Draughting Officer 

Highways Department

Diploma in Civil Engineering or its equivalent from a recognized University or Institution that is awarded by the State Board of Technical Education and Training of the concerned State Government

Junior Draughting Officer 

Public Works Department

Diploma in Civil Engineering*


Diploma in Architectural Assistantship*

Note*: Diploma must be awarded by the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Tamil Nadu or its equivalent qualification recognized by the Director-General of Employment and Training, Government of India or by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Junior Technical Assistant 

Handlooms and Textiles Department

Must hold at least General Educational Qualification.


A Diploma in Handloom Technology from the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT), Salem or Varanasi or from any other recognized Institute of Handloom Technology.


Diploma in Textile Manufacture obtained from Technological Diploma Examination Board, Madras or the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Tamil Nadu. 

Junior Engineer

Fisheries Department 

Diploma in Civil Engineering

Note: Preference shall be given to those who have undergone an apprenticeship of at least 1 year under the Government of India Schemes or State Government apprenticeship training scheme. 


The age limit for the TNPSC Engineering Services is as follows. The maximum age limit for TNPSC CESE is given in the table. 



Other Candidates 

SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs and Destitute Widows of all castes

Junior Draughting Officer 

Highways Department

30 years 

  • SCs/SC(A)s/STs: 33years 
  • MBCs/DCs / BCs/BCMs: 32years

Junior Draughting Officer 

Public Works Department

35 years (Should not have completed)

Junior Technical Assistant 

Handlooms and Textiles Department

No age limit

Junior Engineer

Fisheries Department 

TNPSC CESE Age Relaxation

The following category of candidates is eligible for age relaxation to apply for the exam. The candidates who apply from other states will be treated as General candidates. 


Age Relaxation

Persons with Benchmark Disability

Up to 10 years 


SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs(OBCMs) and BCMs: 53 years

Others: 48 years

Knowledge of Tamil Language for TNPSC CESE Exam

Candidates should possess adequate knowledge in Tamil on the date of the TNPSC CESE Recruitment 2023. The candidates will be required to upload evidence in the form of SSLC/HSC/Transfer Certificate, Provisional
Certificate / Convocation Certificate / Degree Certificate/P.G Degree Certificate / Mark Sheets / Certificate from the Board or University or from the Institution from where the candidates have studied the Tamil language.

Check: TNPSC CESE Syllabus 2022

TNPSC CESE Physical Fitness Certificate

Candidates who will be appointed as TNPSC Combined Engineering Services must produce a certificate of physical fitness in the form prescribed in TNPSC AE 2023 eligibility criteria before their appointment:

Standard of Vision Prescribed

Form of Certificate of Physical Fitness


Standard III or Better Colour 

The form is prescribed for other than Executive and Ministerial posts.

i) Blindness will be a disqualification.

ii) Defective vision applicants should produce an eye fitness certificate from an eye specialist.

Candidates with Colour Blindness 

Disqualified from the selection process



Points for TNPSC Combined Engineering Services Age Limit

Here are some important points that you must take note of with respect to the age limit for the TNPSC Engineering Services 2022 exam. 

  • No maximum age limit means that the applicants should not have completed 60 years of age either on the date of Notification or at the time of selection/ appointment to the post
  • ‘Others Candidates i.e. those who do not belong to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs(OBCMs) and BCMs) who have put in 5 years and more of service in the State / Central Government cannot apply for TNPSC CESE even if they are within the age limit.

Go through the detailed syllabus of the TNPSC CESE exam for effective exam preparation. 

Related Links for TNPSC CESE 2022 Exam: 
TNPSC CESE Syllabus  TNPSC CESE 2022 Recruitment 
TNPSC CESE Question Paper   

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