Thursday, 10 November 2016


GS- I - (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
 Current events of national and international importance.
o India Year Book Summary
o THE HINDU, Yojana, CST
o Vajiram Current Booklet
 History of India and Indian National Movement.
o Old NCERT for Ancient class 11
o NCERT 11,12 (New)
o Class 6-8 (Themes of World History)
o Specturm /India Struggle for Independence
 Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
o NCERT 6-8 (World Geog.- Lands and People)
o NCERT 9,11,12
o G C Leong
 Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy,
Rights Issues, etc.
o NCERT 11,12
o Laxmikanth- Indian Polity
 Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
o NCERT 11,12
o SRIRAM’s IAS notes
o Sanjiv Verma Book
o Economic Survey Summary
 General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require
subject specialization
o Biology NCERT 12 (Chpt 13-16); Chemistry NCERT 12 Part2 (Chapter 12,13,14)
o Shankar IAS Notes
 General Science
o NCERT 6-10
o Science Reporter




General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
 Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from
ancient to modern times.
 Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the presentsignificant
events, personalities, issues
 The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from
different parts of the country.
 Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
 History of the world will include vents from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world
wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like
communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
 Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
 Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and
developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
 Effects of globalization on Indian society
 Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
 Salient features of world's physical geography.
 Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent);
factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector
industries in various parts of the world (including India)
 Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone
etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including
water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.


 Old NCERT for Ancient India or New 11,12
 Nitin SInghania notes for Art n Culture
 Medival India- Class 11/12 NCERT
 Modern India- Specturm/ India Struggle for Independence/ Freedom Struggle by Sumit Sarkar
 World History- Norman Lowe
 Post-Independence- NCERT 12 (Politics In India after Independence); 9,10 (India and
Contemporary World); India Since Independence and if time then India after Gandhi
 Society- NCERT 12(Indian Society, Social Change & Development of India); Social Problem in
India (Ram Ahuja)
 World Geography- NCERT 6-8, 11; GC Leong; Indian Geography by Majjid Hussain/Satwinder

General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

 Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant
provisions and basic structure.
 Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to
the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges
 Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
 Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
 Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers &
privileges and issues arising out of these.
 Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and
Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their
role in the Polity.
 Salient features of the Representation of People's Act.
 Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various
Constitutional Bodies.
 Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
 Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out
of their design and implementation.
 Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups
and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
 Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the
performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the
protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
 Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,
Education, Human Resources.
 Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
 Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications,
models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability
and institutional and other measures.
 Role of civil services in a democracy.
 India and its neighborhood- relations.
 Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's
 Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian
 Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.


 Polity- Class 11 (Constitution at work);12 (Politics in India after Independence); Indian Polity by
Laxmikanth; Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu; Governance in India by
 Magzines- Civil service Times; Yojana; World Focus
 Reports – Sarkaria, Punchi, 2nd ARC (RTI, E-Governance, Citizen centric adm, Social Capital)
 12th Five Year Plan Document
 IR- NCERT 12 (Political Science: Contemporary World Politics);Daily Newspaper

General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and
Disaster Management.

 Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development
and employment.
 Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
 Government Budgeting.
 Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and
irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and
related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
 Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public
Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and
food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing
 Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and
downstream requirements, supply chain management.
 Land reforms in India.
 Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on
industrial growth.
 Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
 Investment models.
 Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
 Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing
new technology.
 Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and
issues relating to intellectual property rights.
 Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
 Disaster and disaster management.
 Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
 Role of external state and nonstate actors in creating challenges to internal security.
 Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social
networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and
its prevention
 Security challenges and their linkages of organized crime with terrorism
 Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate


 Economy- NCERT 11; 12th (India People and Economy); Economic Survey; SRIRAM’s IAS Notes;
Sanjiv Verma book
 12th Five year Plan (Selected chapter); 2nd ARC( Strengthening Financial Mgmt Systems)
 Ecology- NCERT 7; 12th Biology (Unit X); India Year book Chapter; Shankar IAS Notes
 S&T- NCERT 6-10; 12th Biology; Thursday THE HINDU section; Science reporter
 Disaster Management- CBSE class 8-10; IGNOU MP018- Disaster Management

General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
 Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human
actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons
from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family,
society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
 Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour;
moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
 Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship,
objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the
 Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and
 Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
 Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical
concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and
conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening
of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding;
corporate governance.
 Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity;
Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics,
Codes of Conduct, Citizen's Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of
public funds, challenges of corruption.
 Case Studies on above issues.


 Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
 Case studies from test series
 2nd ARC report (relevant chapters)
If possible, VISION IAS Value addition notes are also good for all Papers.

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