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VAO Salary, Age Limit and Educational Qualification

TNPSC Village Administrative Officer VAO Job Profile, Salary & Promotion Details are available here.
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Village Administrative Officer (VAO) is one of the most preferred choices of exams conducted by TNPSC. The VAO exam will be conducted once per year by Tamilnadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

VAO Salary & Allowances

VAO Salary is 5200-20,200/-INR (Basic Pay) + 2,400 (Pay Band – 1) based on the 7th pay commission. Please see the split below

Pay Scale of the VAO (Based on Pay Band – 1)Rs. 5200- 20,200/-INR (Basic Pay) + RS 2400/- (Grade Pay)
First Month Salary18,000-19,000/-INR

TNPSC VAO Promotion Scale

Candidates shortlisted/recruited as VAO by TNPSC will be promoted as an Assistant after 6 years of service. He/she would have to clear a Departmental Exam to get Assistant Post in Revenue Department.

Assistant (Revenue Department) >> Revenue Inspector (RI) >> Deputy Thasildar >> Thasildar >> Deputy Collector


Sl. No.

Category of Candidates

Minimum Age

Maximum Age


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

21 years

40 years



21 years

30 years

Note: OC (Others) – Candidates not belonging to SC, SC(A), ST, MBC/DNC, BC, and BCM & the candidates, who have worked for 5 years in the state/central government are not eligible even if they are within the age limit.

Educational Qualification to apply for TNPSC VAO

The minimum educational qualification criteria for VAO is 10th Std. or SSLC equivalent. The VAO aspirant must possess this eligibility criterion on the date of notification. 

Note: The applicants who have not passed S.S.L.C examination or its equivalent are not eligible even if they possess a higher qualification.

Knowledge of Tamil mandatory for VAOs'

Since Village Administrative Officers (VAO) are to work with/for the people of Tamilnadu, they should have to be fluent in (or) know to read and write the Tamil language. Candidates who haven’t studied Tamil as the subject will have to undergo for a Tamil proficiency test after clearing the exam.

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