Tamil Nadu Textbooks available for free online

2020 Update:

 Tamil Nadu School Textbooks
Tamil Nadu School Textbooks

You can download the school textbooks for CBSE and Tamil Nadu State board (தமிழக அரசு மற்றும் இந்திய அரசின் பாடத்திட்டப் புத்தகங்கள்) for free from the below links to their respective sites.

தமிழக அரசின் பாடத்திட்டப் புத்தகங்கள்

Sample pages from the 10th Standard Tamil Textbook from Tamil Nadu
Sample pages from the 10th Standard Tamil Textbook from Tamil Nadu published in 2020

The Original Post from 2010 Below:

Tamil Nadu Government runs “Tamil Nadu Text Book Corporationunder its School Education Department for publishing Textbooks (பாடப் புத்தகங்கள்) under heavily subsidized prices. The textbooks are written by experienced teachers and are the official curriculum for school students in the state studying under the State Board Education system. Their Tamil Textbooks are also used as curriculum for other board students (like CBSE) as well.

Std 2 Tamil Textbook story[5]

This year I had to buy Tamil Textbook for STD II for my son studying in P.S.B.B.S.S.School and after asking in few book shops got it in a shop [ in T.Nagar. With this background, when I happened to meet our fellow INFITT member Mr.Iniya Nehru, Director in NIC (NIC handles many of the IT Services and Websites for Govt. of India & Govt. of Tamil Nadu) I was mentioning to him that Textbooks published by Government can be made available online as a E-Books (say PDF files) for convenience. It will serve as a valuable reference for those living outside Tamil Nadu and studying Tamil. Mr.Nehru replied it is already there, I assumed it will be a shopping basket facility for ordering online or as PDF for electronic purchase. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Textbook Corporation has made all its textbooks available for free as Adobe Acrobat files (PDF) at its website. Thank you, Mr.Nehru for this information, I hope this post in my blog will help students and teachers who are looking for the books.

tamil nadu textbooks onlineOf course, I don’t see in short term the e-books replacing the printed version as they are extremely low priced due to government subsidy. For example, STD II Tamil textbook of more than hundred pages costs just Rs.15.

2012 Update: 

In May 2012 at my firm, we released a free/no-ad App for iPad to read the textbooks easily with one click with the contents downloaded offline. In September 2013 we released the same App for Android. A few months later, on oral instruction from School Education Department (Government of Tamil Nadu) we had to discontinue/remove the apps. Though the textbooks are free, we were told that the Government owns the Copyright and has the exclusive rights for distribution in all forms.

I am looking forward to the day when the textbooks will be licensed under Creative Commons. Thanks for all your support extended to this app.

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18 Thoughts to “Tamil Nadu Textbooks available for free online”

  1. sundaressan

    Please send the I st std tamilbook in the year of 1994-1995


    i want year 1989 third standard books

  3. magi

    i need 6th to 10th 2007 to 2008 batch books… in which website shall i get it

    pls help me

  4. prathap

    hi sir i need 10th std science book

  5. jeeva

    Sir Where can i find old SSLC 10th books?
    I could find only for 2011 – 2012 books

    Pls help me

  6. Radha

    Please provide the address of the book shop where we could buy TN textbooks.


    1. If you are in Chennai, you can go to book shops near T.Nagar Bus terminus or Mylapore Luz Tank. You can buy directly from Tamil Nadu Textbook corporation (Department of School Education) in College Road (Opposite to Shankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital)

  7. V.Thirumalaisamy

    Dear Sir,
    I wish to collect the Old Text Books of Tamil Subject for the Classes IX, X, XI, XII published in 1980. Will you please suggest me where I can get the copies. If electronic copies are available, it be highly useful.
    With Regards,

  8. Gayathri

    Thanks for sharing this information.please upload practicall books also..

    Thanks regards

  9. Raj

    Great of you having the thaought that ‘It will serve as a valuable reference for those living outside Tamil Nadu and studying Tamil.’I am living in Muscat my daughter in class-2 with no Tamil subject. By downloading and printing it in a book format,i taught her all the alphabet and now she can read and write well. Thanks for all making this facility possible.


  10. hello sir… i want some help for agri info services from you..

    by sakthivel
    Managing Trustee
    Rural Education And Agriculture Development Organization

  11. I guess the pages are removed to be updated with new textbooks once released. To see the older versions, you can visit Web Archive at http://wayback.archive.org/web/, this stores various pages all over internet at periodic frequencies. Kind of like a time capsule.

  12. this site is not avilable now

  13. Anandhi


    But now for Std1 to Std10th is not available.

    Any idea, when it will be available?

    Thanks & Regards,

  14. Fantastic information.. for me.. looking for this to know the standard of education in TN to align with edu in Bangalore

  15. Karthik Ragavan

    Thanks a lot for this information. It would be very useful for me to teach my kids Tamil with a proper sylabbus.

  16. Dear Sh Venkat,
    Thanks for sharing the information in your blog.
    E.Iniya Nehru

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