TNPSC CESE Exam Pattern 2023: Topic Wise AE Exam Pattern for Paper 1&2

By BYJU'S Exam Prep  |   Updated on: December 26th, 2023
Check TNPSC CESE Exam Pattern 2023 for Combined Engineering Services exam . Get to know the Paper 1 (Diploma Standard) and Paper 2 (General Studies) marks weightage and pattern here.
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TNPSC CESE exam pattern 2023 is crucial for candidates to understand because it includes the total number of questions, the marking scheme of the examination, the weightage of the marks, and the amount of time allotted for each subject. This allows candidates to prioritise their studies and make plans accordingly. The written test’s TNPSC CESE exam pattern is listed below, in accordance with the previous exam pattern.

TNPSC CESE 2023 Exam Pattern is provided in this post for candidates reference. Check the complete exam pattern for the exam. There will be two levels of the exam, namely Paper 1 and Paper 2. Candidates may examine the TNPSC AE exam pattern for Paper 1 and Paper 2 in this post. Candidates need to be familiar with the exam pattern before starting their preparation.

TNPSC CESE Exam Pattern 2023

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) has established the TNPSC CESE Exam Pattern 2023 for the purpose of shortlisting qualified candidates for engineering services. The exam pattern and marking scheme for the TNPSC CESE exam 2023 must be examined by applicants before they can start preparing for the test. The following steps will set the stage for the selection process for TNPSC Engineering Services.

  • Stage 1: Written-test, OMR Based
  • Stage 2: Document Verification/Certificate Verification
  • Stage 3: Counseling

To qualify the exam, a candidate must pass each stage of the examination process. According to the TNPSC AE exam pattern 2023, the written test will consist of two papers worth 500 marks each. There will be no subjective questions asked. Go through this post to know about the complete exam pattern of TNPSC CESE exam. It will be useful to strategise your preparation for the exam.

TNPSC AE Exam Pattern for Written Exam: Paper 1 & Paper 2

The first stage of the exam is the written exam. The exam will be held in offline mode by the TNPSC in various exam centres in Tamil Nadu. Check TNPSC CESE AE exam pattern in detail below:

  • The TNPSC CESE Exam comprises two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2
  • Paper 1 will be a subject paper based on the Civil Engineering, Architectural Assistantship, and Handloom Technology /Textile Technology/Textile Manufacture subjects.
  • The TNPSC CESE Civil engineering paper will be set in both English and Tamil while other subjects will be set in only English. 
  • CESE Paper 1 will be based on the Diploma Standard.
  • The TNPSC CESE Paper 2 will be the General Studies paper and Mental Aptitude Ability paper of 100 marks.
  • The level of TNPSC CESE Paper 2 will be that of HSC and SSLC level.
  • The exam will be for 5 hours where paper 1 will be for 2 hours and paper 2 for 2 hours. 
TNPSC AE 2023 Exam Pattern



Maximum Marks

No. of questions

Medium of Paper

Paper – 1: Subject Paper

Diploma Standard

3 hours



For Civil Eng.: English and Tamil

For Architectural Assistantship, and Handloom Technology /Textile Technology/Textile Manufacture: English

Paper- 2: General Studies

  • General Studies (HSC Standard)
  •  Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (SSLC Standard)

2 hours



English only


5 hours



TNPSC AE Exam Pattern 2023: Qualifying Marks

The TNPSC has set the minimum qualifying marks for the exam that is tabulated below. 

  • The total mark of the TNPSC Combined Engineering paper is 500 marks.
  • Candidates belonging to the SCs, SC(A)s, STs, BC(OBCM)s, MBCs/DCs, and BCMs category will have to obtain 150 Marks in both Paper I and Paper II combined.
  • On the other hand, candidates who belong to the ‘other’ category will have to obtain at least 200 marks in both, Paper I and Paper II combined. 
TNPSC CESE Qualifying Marks  for selection 


SCs, SC(A)s, STs, BC(OBCM)s,

MBCs/DCs and BCMs category


Paper – I: Subject Paper)

150 Marks


200 Marks


Paper-II (General Studies)

Go through the following links as well.

Related Links for TNPSC CESE 2023 Exam: 
TNPSC CESE Eligibility Criteria  TNPSC CESE 2022 Recruitment 
TNPSC CESE Question Paper  TNPSC CESE Syllabus 

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