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SYLLABUS AND BOOKS

MAINS
GS PAPER 1
Indian Culture:(ancient to modern)
Art Forms
Literature
Architecture
Modern Indian History:(mid 18th to
present)
Events
Personalities
Issues
Freedom Struggle:
Various Stages
Important Contributors
Contributions from Different Parts of the
Country
Post-Independence :
Consolidation
Reorganisation within the country
World History:(from 18th century)
Industrial Revolution
World Wars
Redrawal of National Boundaries
Colonization
Decolonization
Political Philosophies like:
Communism
Capitalism
Socialism

(there forms and effect on society)


Features of Indian Society
Diversity of India
Effects of Globalisation on Indian Society
Social Empowerment
Communalism
Regionalism
Secularism
World Physical Geography
Distribution of Key Natural
Resources(including SouthAsia+India)
Factors Responsible for Location of
Industries:(world+india)
Primary
Secondary

Tertiary
Geographical Phenomena:
Earthquakes
Volcanoes
Tsunami
Cyclones

There Geographical Features+Location


Changes in Geographical Features due to it
(including water bodies+ice capes
Flora Fauna
Effect of such changes
Indian Geography
Climate
Seasons
Food Crops
Rivers
Dams
Transportation
Agriculture
Minerals
Disasters(reasons+solutions)

GS PAPER 2
Indian Constitution:
Historical underpinnings
Evolution
Features
Amendments
Significant Provisions
Basic Structure
Functions and Responsibilities:
Union and State
Issues and challenges w.r.t Federal Structure
Devolution of Powers
And Finances up to Local Levels and
Challenges
Separation of Powers Between Various
Organs + Dispute Redressal mechanisms
Institutions
Comparison of Indian Constitution
Parliament and State Legislature:
Structure
Functioning
Conduct of Business
Powers
Privileges
(issues arising out of it)
Structure, Organization and Functioning of:
Executive
Judiciary ministries
Dept. of Govt.
Pressure Groups(formal/informal associations)
and their role
Features of RPA
Appointments,Powers,Functions,Responsibi
Lities of
Constitutional Posts
Constitutional Bodies
Statutory
Regulatory bodies
Various Quasi-judicial Bodies
Government Policies:
Intervention for development in various sectors
Issues regarding design+implementation
Development Processes and industries:
Role of NGOs
SHGs

Various groups and associations


Donors
Charities
Institutional and other stakeholders
Welfare Schemes for :
Vulnerable sections by centre and state
Performance
Mechanisms
Laws
Institutions and Bodies constituted for the
Protection and Betterment of these sections
Issues Relating to :
Development
Management
(of social sector or 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
Potential
Citizen charters
Transparency and accountability
Institutional and other measures
Role of Civil Services in Democracy
India and its neighbourhood-relations
Bilateral
Regional and global groupings
Agreements involving India/affecting Indias
interests
Effect of Policies and Politics of :
Developed and developing countries on Indias
interests
Indian diaspora

GS PAPER 3
Indian Economy
Issues relating to :
Planning
Mobilization of resources
Growth
Development
Employment
Inclusive growth and issues
Government Budgeting
Major crops
Cropping patterns
Types of irrigation
Irrigation system
Storage and Transport
Marketing of agriculture produce
Issues and related constraints:
e-technology in the aid of farmers
Issues related to:
Direct and indirect farm subsidies
Minimum support prices
Public distribution system:
Objectives
Functioning
Limitations
Revamping
Issues of buffer stock
Food security
Technology missions
Economics of animal-rearing
Food Processing :
Related industries in India
Scope and significance
Location
Upstream and downstream requirements
Supply chain management
Land reforms in India
Effects of liberalization on economy
Changes in industrial policy
Effects on industrial growth
Infrastructure:
Energy
Ports
Roads
Airports

Railways,etc
Investment models
Science and technology:
Developments
Their applications
Effects in everyday life
Achievements of Indians in s&t
Indigenization of technology
And developing new technology
Awareness in field of :
IT
Space
Computers
Robotics
Nano-technology
Bio-technology
And relating issues of IPR
Conservation
Environmental Pollution and degradation
Environmental impact assessment
Disaster and disaster management
Linkages between development and spread
of extremism
Role of external state and non-state actors in
challenges to internal security
Challenges of internal security through:
Communication networks
Role of media
Social networking sites
Basics of cyber security
Money laundering and its prevention
Security challenges and their management
in border areas
Linkages of organizes crime with terrorism
Various security forces and agencies and
their mandate

GS PAPER 4
Approach to issues relating to:
Integrity
Probity in public life and Problems and
solutions, conflicts faced while dealing with
society(case studies also)
Ethics and human interface:
Essence
Determinants
Consequences of ethics in human actions
Dimensions of ethics
Ethics in private and public relationships
Human values:
lives and teachings of great leaders
Reformers
Administrators
Role of family
Society
Educational institutions
(in inculcating values)
Attitude:
Content
Structure
Function
Its influence
And relation with thought and behaviour
Moral and political attitudes
Social influence
Persuasion
Aptitude and foundational values of civil
service:
Integrity
Impartiality
Non-partisanship
Objectivity
Dedication to public service
Tolerance
Empathy
Compassion towards the weakersections
Emotional intelligence:
Concepts
Utilities
Application in administration and
governance
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 source 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
govt.
Right to information
Codes of ethics
Codes of conduct
Citizens charters
Work culture
Quality of service delivery
Utilization of public funds
Challenges of corruption
Case studies on all the above issues