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Programme Highlights

1. Our well designed test papers will focus on testing concepts as


well as factual knowledge as per UPSC Pattern.
2. Total 44 Tests:
a. Sub-sectional Tests - 23
b. Sectional Tests - 6
c. Current Affairs - 8
d. CSAT Tests - 3
e. Mock tests - 4
Sub-sectional Tests: Under this each subject will be divided in
sub-topics to bring more depth in preparation. These tests will be
of 50 Questions each.
CSAT Tests: Under this three tests on Reasoning, Comprehension
& GMA, respectively will be held. Each test will consist of
50 Questions.
Sectional Tests: Under this each subject mentioned in the
UPSC syllabus will be catered and each test will consist of
100 Questions.
Current Affairs: Month-wise current affairs tests will be conducted,
each test will consist of 75 Questions.
Mock Tests: Mock tests will be conducted on the line of UPSC
pattern consist of Paper 1 and Paper 2.
3. Detailed Explanation of each question and related aspects.
4. Integrated All India Ranking for Online & Classroom Aspirants.
5. 25 Exhaustive Classes cum Discussions.

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FAQ (Test Series)

1. What is the programme all about?


The Prelims Paper requires an aspirant to choose the correct answer from the codes given and generally
the statements and codes are confusing in nature rather than providing an easy access to the correct
answer.
Further the negative marking is present, thus an aspirant cannot just circle in OMR sheet by a fluke.
The Pattern of Prelims paper is also changing from being conceptual to current affairs to being factual.
Similarly the weightage of subjects change every year.
Thus according to this year Prelims Paper, we have come up with revamped format of Prelims Test Series
which covers Sub-sectional Tests + Sectional Tests + CSAT Tests + Current Affairs Tests + Mock tests.
This will help the aspirant in covering each and every subject in detail.

2. How is it different from other Test Series?


The programme has been designed to cover:
! Sub-sectional Tests: Under this each subject will be divided in sub-topics to bring more depth in
preparation. These tests will be of 50 questions each.
! CSAT Tests: Under this three tests on Reasoning, Comprehension & GMA, respectively will be held.
Each test will consist of 50 questions.
! Sectional Tests: Under this each subject mentioned in the UPSC syllabus will be catered and each test
will consist of 100 questions each.
! Current Affairs: Month-wise current affairs tests will be conducted, each test will consist of 75 questions.
! Mock Tests: Mock tests will be conducted on the line of UPSC pattern consist of Paper 1 and Paper 2.
It will cover each subject in detail for example, the geography tests (sub-sectional) have been divided as:
(a) Geomorphology + Indian Physical Geography
(b) Climatology + Oceanography + Water resources
(c) Biogeography + Land + Forest + Agriculture
(d) Mineral + Energy + Transport + Industry
(e) Demography + Human Geography + Census
The questions will be designed to cover maximum of the concepts.
Similarly it will cover monthly current affairs tests.

3. Will study material be provided?


The study material will be provided on following topics:
! Natural Resources ! Environmental Issues
! Agriculture ! Socio-Economic Development
! Demography and Census ! National institutions
! Industry & Transport ! Economic Survey, Budget
! Indian culture ! India Year Book
! Governance ! Rural and Urban Development

4. Who can join?


This Test Series Programme is suitable for both freshers and seniors as practice is must for Prelims
examination. As much an aspirant practice, more concepts he/she will be able to grasp.

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Test Schedule

Sr. No. Test Date Test Name Topics Cover

1. 7th October, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Ecology & Biodiversity Basic Concepts

2. 14th October, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Basic concepts as National Income, Money, Banking
and other provisions

3. 21th October, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Historical Background + Preamble + FR + DPSP + FD

4. 28th October, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Indian Culture

5. 4th November, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Geomorphology + Indian Physical Geography

6. 11th November, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Biology + Biotechnology + Health

7. 12th November, 2017 Current Affairs Current affairs (October)

8. 18th November, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Climatology + Oceanography + Water resources

9. 25th November, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Space + Defence + Nuclear + Institutions

10. 2nd December, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Executive + Legislature + Judiciary

11. 9th December, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Demography + Human Geography + Census

12. 10th December, 2017 Current Affairs Current affairs (November)

13. 16th December, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Natural Resource Degradation and Management

14. 23rd December, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Financial Market + Budgeting + Fiscal and
Monetary Policy

15. 30th December, 2017 Sub-sectional Test Ancient History

16. 6th January, 2018 Sub-sectional Test Mineral + Energy + Transport + Industry

17. 13th January, 2018 Sub-sectional Test Other Constitutional Provisions

18. 14th January, 2018 Current Affairs Current affairs (December)

19. 20th January, 2018 Sub-sectional Test External sector + International Institutions

20. 27th January, 2018 Sub-sectional Test Climate Change + Environmental Governance

21. 28th January, 2018 CSAT Test Reasoning

22. 3rd January, 2018 Sub-sectional Test IT + Telecom + Nano + Robotics + Electronics

23. 10th January, 2018 Sub-sectional Test Socio economic development + Welfare schemes

24. 11th February, 2018 Current Affairs Current affairs (January)

25. 17th February, 2018 Sub-sectional Test Medieval History

26. 24th February, 2018 Sub-sectional Test Soil + Land + Forest + Agriculture

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Sr. No. Test Date Test Name Topics Cover

27. 25th February, 2018 CSAT Test GMA

28. 3rd March, 2018 Sub-sectional Test Governance + Reforms + Bills + Policies

29. 10th March, 2018 Sub-sectional Test Modern History

30. 11th March, 2018 Current Affairs Current affairs (February)

31. 17th March, 2018 Sectional Test Polity and Governance

32. 24th March, 2018 Sectional Test Ecology and Environment

33. 25th March, 2018 CSAT Test Reading Comprehension

34. 31st March, 2018 Sectional Test Geography

35. 7th April, 2018 Current Affairs Economic Survey + Budget

36. 14th April, 2018 Sectional Test General Science/S & T

37. 15th April, 2018 Current Affairs India Year Book

38. 21st April, 2018 Sectional Test Indian Economy

39. 28th April, 2018 Sectional Test History

40. 5th May, 2018 Mock Test Mock 1 (Paper 1)

41. 5th May, 2018 Mock Test Mock 2 (Paper 2)

42. 12th May, 2018 Current Affairs Current affairs (October to April)

43. 13th May, 2018 Mock Test Mock 3 (Paper 1)

44. 13th May, 2018 Mock Test Mock 4 (Paper 2)

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Test 1: Ecology and Biodiversity Basic Concepts

1. Ecology  Models for Energy Flow


! Types of Ecology  Ecological Productivity
! Ecological Hierarchy  Ecological Pyramid
! Scope of Ecology  Biomagnifications
! Habitat & Ecological Niche  Biological Control
! Deep vs Shallow Ecology ! Organic Farming
! Ecological Principles
3. Biogeochemical Cycles
! Ecological Community ! Parts of a Bio Geochemical Cycle
 Structure and Characteristics of a ! Types of Biogeochemical Cycle
Community
 Carbon Cycle
 Stratification
 Nitrogen Cycle
 Ecotones
 Phosphorus Cycle
 Ecological Dominance
 Sulphur Cycle
 Seasonal and Diurnal Fluctuation
 Periodicity 4. Biomes: Forest, Grassland, Mountain,
 Turnover and Desert Ecosystems
 Interdependence ! Biome
! Ecological Succession ! Grasslands
 Types and Process of Succession ! Tundra
 Climax Community ! Deserts
! Range of Tolerance , Maximum Range ! Thar desert
! Difference between Ecology , Environment ! Mountain biome
and Ecosystem
5. Aquatic Life Zones: Ocean, Rivers,
2. Ecosystem and its dynamics Lakes, and Wetlands
! Ecosystem Definitions ! Aquatic ecosystems
! Functions and Properties of Ecosystem ! Basic facts about the ocean
! The Structure/Components of Ecosystem ! Importance of the ocean
 Abiotic Components ! Zones of the ocean
 Biotic Component’ ! Marine life
! Ecosystem Dynamics ! Coral reefs
 Flow of Energy in Ecosystem ! Coral reefs in India
 Trophic Levels ! Conserving coral reefs
 Food Chain ! Mangroves
 Types & Significance of Food Chain ! Mangroves in India
 Food Web ! Freshwater in India

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! Importance of lakes ! IUCN Red-List of Threatened Species
! National Lake Conservation Plan ! Level of biodiversity in India
! Wetlands and their importance ! Biogeographic classification of India
! Ramsar Convention
7. Biodiversity Conservation
! Ramsar Sites
! Ex-situ aid in-situ conservation
! Montreux Record
! Seed banks
! Extent and distribution of wetlands in India
! Zoos in biodiversity conservation
! Conserving the wetlands of India
! Botanical gardens
6. Biodiversity Basics ! Protected areas
! Biodiversity ! State of protected areas in the world
! Important kinds of biodiversity ! UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program
! Degree of diversity in an ecosystem (MAB)
! Endemic species ! Characteristics of biosphere reserves
! Keystone species ! International agreements for biodiversity
conservation
! Indicator species
! Convention on Biological Diversity
! Invasive species
! Cartagena Protocol
! Allopatric and sympatric speciation
! Nagoya Protocol
! Bioinformatics
! Aichi Biodiversity Targets
! Biodiversity distribution
! Important Coastal and Marine Biodiversity
! Megadivers Countries
Areas of India
! Uses and values of biodiversity
! Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of India
! State of global biodiversity
! Global Tiger Initiative
! Threats to biodiversity
! Project Tiger
! Biodiversity Hotspots
! Project Elephant
! Eco-regions
! Indian Rhino Vision
! Role of traditional knowledge in biodiversity
! Recovery Programme for Critically Endangered
! Biopiracy Species
! Extinction of species ! Use of indigenous knowledge for conserving
! Mass extinction biodiversity
! IUCN’s classification scheme ! Seed village

Test 2: Basic concepts as National Income, Money, Banking


and other provisions
1. Basic concepts in Economy ! Calculation of National Income
! Basic concepts of Macroeconomics ! Latest India’s National Income Estimates

! Economy Sectors ! New Series of National Statistics (Base Year


2011-12)
! Classification of Economy
! Annual Estimates of Expenditures on GDP
! Basic Characteristics of Indian Economy
! Per Capita Income
2. National Income ! Purchasing Power Parity
! Concepts of National Income ! Lorenz Curve , Philip’s Curve

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! Gini Coefficient ! Small Banks
! New banking licence
3. Money
! White Label ATM
! Indian currency system
! Unified Payments Interface (UPProject
! Broad and Narrow Money
! Bank Board Bureau
! Money multiplier
! Marginal Cost of Funds Based Lending Rate
! Digital Money
(MCLR)
! New Monetary Aggregates
! Priority Sector Lending Certificates
! Monetary Policy
! Concept of Micro ATM
! Monetary Policy Committee
6. Recent developments in Econimic
4. Inflation Sector
! Types of Inflation ! Systematically Important Banks (SIBs) of
! Other variants of inflation India
! Effects of inflation ! Financial Inclusion in India
! Measures taken by RBI ! The Concept of Bad Bank
! RBI and Government Monetary Policy ! Employee Provident Fund of India
Committee ! Vision 2018: March towards Less Cash and
More Digital Society
5. Banking
! Enforcement Department In RBI
! Development of Banking System in India
! Gold Monetization Scheme (GMS)
! Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
! Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme
! Public Sector Banks
! Indian Gold Coins/Gold Bullion Scheme
! Other Important Banks and Financial
Institutions 7. Important committees
! Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) ! Ratan P Watal Committee on Digital
! Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) Payment
! Repo Rate ! Committee of Chief Ministers on Digital
Payments
! Reserve Repo Rate
! Nachiket Mor Committee
! Call Rates
! D. P. J. Nayak Committee
! Marginal Standing Facility (MSF)
! Deepak Mohanty Committee Report on
! Bank Rate Medium-term Path on Financial Inclusion
! Banking Sector Reforms in India ! Narasimham Committee Report on Banking
! Payment banks Sector Reforms

Test 3: Historical Background + Preamble + FR + DPSP + FD

1. Historical evolution and features ! Unitary features


! What is Constitution? ! Federal features
! Importance of Constitution ! Parliamentary form of government
! Historical evolution of the Constitution ! Presidential form of government
! Constituent Assembly ! Parliamentary vs. Presidential system of
government
! Objectives of the Constitution
! Salient features of Indian Constitution 2. Preamble

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! Preamble ! Restrictive limitations on fundamental rights
! Basic features
4. DPSP
! Value premises of constitution
! Basic features
! Terminologies as:
! Directives
 Democratic
! Economic and Social DPSP
 Sovereign
! Gandhian DPSP
 Socialist
! Administrative DPSP
 Secular
! DPSP related to international peace
 Republic
! Implementation of DPSP
 Justice
 Equality 5. Fundamental duties
 Liberty ! Features
 Fraternity ! Link of Fundamental Rights and Fundamental
 Integrity Duties

3. Fundamental rights 6. Recent developments


! Meaning and importance of Fundamental ! Fundamental Duties - Awareness Campaigns
Rights is the Duty of Centre
! Right to equality ! National Anthem - Mandatory in Cinema
! Right to Freedom Halls - Article 51(a)
! Right against Exploitation ! Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act,
! Right to Freedom of Religion 1971

! Cultural and Educational Rights ! Triple Talaq Issue


! Right to Constitutional Remedies ! Uniform Civil Code
! Difference between procedure established by ! MGNREGA: Right to Work
law and due process of law ! Making AADHAR Mandatory Violates
! Writs and their uses Fundamental Rights

Test 4: Indian Culture

1. Visual Art ! Gupta Period


! Sculptures of Harappan Civilisation ! Temples of Khajuraho
! Sculptures of Mauryan Age ! Temples of Odisha
! Post-Mauryan Period ! Temples of Gwalior
! Jain Sculptures ! Temples of Gujarat
! Buddhist Sculpture ! Temples of Rajasthan
! Gupta Sculpture ! Temples of Bengal
! Medieval School of Sculpture ! Temples of Assam
! Modern Indian Sculpture ! Temples of Himachal Pradesh
! Temples of Jammu and Kashmir
2. Architecture in Ancient India
! Pallava Period
! Harappan Period
! Chola Period
! Mauryan Architecture
! Pandya Temples
! Post-Mauryan Period

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! Vijaynagar Period ! Eight Classical Dance Forms in India
! NayakaTemples ! Folk Dances
! Temples of Kerala ! Modern Dances
! Vesara Style
9. Martial Arts in India
! Hoysala Style
! Genesis of Martial Arts
! Rashtrakuta Period
! Forms of Traditional Martial Arts
3. Indo-Islamic Architecture 10. Indian Theatre
! Imperial Style (Delhi Sultanat
! Classical Sanskrit Theatre
! Provincial Style
! Regional Theatre
! Mughal Style
! Modern Theatre
! Sikh Style of Architecture
! Renaissance of Indian Theatre
! Rajput Architecture
! Salient features
11. Indian Puppetry
! String Puppets
4. Modern Architecture ! Shadow Puppets
! European Influence
! Rod Puppets
! Indo-Saracenic Architecture
! Glove puppets
! Post-Independence Period
! Modern Puppetry
5. Indian Paintings ! Tribal Puppetry
! Tradition of Mural Paintings in India
12. Indian Cinema
! Tradition of Miniature Paintings in India
! Cinema in India
! Paintings in the Deccan
! History of Indian Cinema
! Rajput School of Painting
! Classification of Indian Cinema Film Music of
! Pahari School of Painting India
! Miniature Painting in South India
13. Religions in India
! Regional Paintings
! Pre-Vedic Religon
! Modern Paintings
! Hinduism
! Contemporary Paintings
! Buddhism
6. Pottery Tradition in India ! Jainism
! Ochre:Coloured Pottery(OCP) ! Sikhism
! Black and Red Ware (BRW) ! Islam
! Painted GreyWare (PGW) ! Christianity
! Northern Black Polished Ware (NBPW) ! Zoroastrianism
! Glazed and Unglazed Pottery ! Judaism

7. Music in India ! Philosophy in India

! Main Pillars of Indian Music 14. Bhakti & Sufi Movements


! Forms of Indian Music ! Bhakti Movement
! Musical Instruments ! Vaishnava Acha:ryas:Metaphysical Foundatio
! Institutions Related to Music ! Other Saints of Bhakti Movement

8. Dances in India ! Maharashtra Dharma

! Concept of Dance in India ! Sufism

! Concept of Ashta Nayika 15. Languages & Literature in India

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! Sanskrit Literature  Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership
! Pali Literature Programme

! Prakrit Literature  Preservation of Cultural Heritage of


Himalayas
! Tamil Literature
 Nearly 100 Monuments Identified for
! Telugu Literature Portal on “Must-See Monuments
! Malayalam Literature ! Schemes for Monument Development
! Kannada Literature  HRIDAY
! Odia Literature  SWADESH DARSHAN
! Assamese Literature  PRASAD SCHEME
! Bengali Literature  Adarsh Smarak Yojana
! Gujarati Literature  Monuments of National importance
! Rajasthani Literature ! Cultural Scheme Monitoring System
! Punjabi Literature ! Schemes for promotion of Culture
! Marathi Literatur  Culture Ministry To Grade Artists, Writers
! Hindi Literature For Selection Process
! Persian Literature  Schemes for Serious Literature and
! Urdu Literature Litterateurs
 National Mission on Monuments and
16. Miscellaneous Topics Antiquities
! Indian Handicrafts  National Mission on Manuscripts
! Indian Universities  National Mission on Libraries
! Personalities Related to Culture  Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission
! Places of Cultural Interest ! International Initiatives for Cultural
! Fairs and Festivals in India Development and Recognition
! Cultural Institutions in India  Project Mausam
! Awards and Honours Associated with Culture  International Buddhist Conclave
! The Calendar  World’s Heritage
! The Eras  UNESCO inscribes Yoga in the
! Science and Technology in Ancient India representative list of Intangible Cultural
Heritage of Humanity
! UNESCO’s List of Cultural Heritage in India
 UNESCO Creative Cities Network
! Legal Provisions Related to the Protection and
Promotion of Indian Culture and Heritage  UNESCO Global Geopark
! National Virtual Library of India
17. Recent developments
! Animal Sports in India
! Schemes for Cleanliness of Tourist Places
 Jallikattu
 Swachh Bharat - Swachh Smarak
 Kambala
 Swachh Bharat - Swachh Pakwan (Hunar
Zaika)  Bulbul Fight

 ‘Swachh Bharat - Swachh Paryatan’  Bullock Cart Racing

 Swatchh Smarak Swatchh Bharat’ app ! GI Tag

! National Tourism Policy, 2015  Definition:

! Schemes for Development of Cultural  GI vs. Trademark


Heritage  Rights under GI
 Sanskriti App  Famous Goods
 Cultural Mapping of India  Latest addition

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! Festivals in News ! Rashtriya Ekta Diwas
! International Yoga Day ! Buddhist Circuit

Test 5: Geomorphology + Indian Physical Geography

Amphibole , Mica , Olivine


GEOMORPHOLOGY
 Physical Characteristics – Crystal Form
1. The origin of the Earth , Cleavage Fracture , Lusture , Color ,
Streak
! Early Theories
 Transparency , Structure , Hardness ,
! Modern Theories
Specific Gravity
! Star Formation
 Metallic minerals – precious Ferrous , Non
! Formation of Planets Ferrous
! Solar System  Non-metallic Minerals – Sulphur ,
Phosphates , Cement
2. The Evolution of the Earth
! Rocks ( Aggregate of Minerals )
! Layered Structure
 Petrology
! Evolution of Lithosphere
 Rocks & landforms
! Evolution of Atmosphere
 Rocks & Soils
! Evolution of Hydrosphere
 3 Family of Rocks
3. Geological History of the Earth  Igneous
4. Earth  Sedimentary
! Latitude and Longitude including important  Metamorphic
Parallels and Meridians ! Rock Cycle
! Motions of the Earth - Rotation, Revolution
and their effects 9. Earthquakes
! Inclination of the Earth’s Axis and its effects ! Waves: P,S, Body , Surface ,

! Local and Standard Time and the International ! Shadow Zone


Date Line, Calendar ! Types of Earthquakes
! Eclipses - Solar, Lunar ! Effects
! Frequency
5. Origin of Life
! Locating an Epicentre
6. Geological Time Scale
10. Volcano
7. Interior of the Earth ! Types
! Sources of Information
 Shield
 Direct
 Composite
 Indirect - Earth Quake Waves Volcanoes
 Caldera
! Crust
 Flood Basalt
! Mantle
 Mid Ocean Ridge
! Core
! Landforms (intrusive)
8. Geology  Batholiths
! Minerals  Lacoliths
! Major Elements of the Earth’s Crust  Lapoliths
 Minerals – Feldspar , Quartz, Pyroxene  Phacoliths

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 Sills  Plate Boundaries
 Dykes  Divergent
 Convergent
11. Geomorphic Processes
 Transform
! Earth’s Surface
 Rates of Plate Movements
 Exogenic Forces
 Force of plate movements
 Endogenic Forces
 Indian Plate
 Gradation , Degradation & Agradation
! Geomorphic Process 13. Landforms and their Evolution
 Endogenic Process ! Causes
 Diastrophism  Geomorphic Processes
 Orogenic  Agents
 Epierogenic ! Geomorphic Agents
 Earthquakes  Erosional or Destructional
 Plate movements  Depositional or Constructional
 Volcanism ! Agents and their Impacts
 Exogenic Forces  Wind , Running Water , Ground Water ,
 Denudation Processes Glaciers , Waves & Currents

 Weathering ! Winds

 Mass movements  One of the Two dominant agents in Hot


deserts
 Erosion Transportation & Deposition
 Cause – Deflation Abrasion Impact
12. Distribution of Continents & Oceans  Erosional landforms
! Theories  Pediments and Pediplains
 Continental Drift Theory  Playas
 Alfred Wegner 1912  Deflation Hollows and Caves
 Pangea , Panthalasa  Mushroom , Table & Pedestal Rocks
 Laurasia , Gondwanaland  Depositional Landforms
 Evidence in support of Continental Drift  Barchans
Theory
 Seif
 Jigsaw Fit
 Parabolic
 Rocks of Same age across oceans
 Transverse
 Tillite
 Longitudinal
 Placer Deposits
! Running Water
 Distribution of Fossils
 Erosional Landforms
 Forces of Drifting
 Valleys
 Pole Fleeing Force
 Rills
 Tidal Force
 Gullies
 Post Drift Studies
 Valleys – V Shape , Gorge(Hard
 Convectional Current Theory Rocks) , Canyon (Sedimentary)
 Mapping of the Ocean Floor  Potholes & Plunge pools
! Continents – plate Tectonics  Incised or entrenched meanders
 Lithospheric Plates  River Terraces – paired & unpaired
 Major Plate  Depositional Landforms
 Minor Plates  Alluvial Fans

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 Delta ! Weathering
 Fllod Plains , Natural Levees , Point Bars  Weather over Earth Materials
 Meansders , Slip off bank , Under cut  Factors
bank
 Geological
 Oxbow lake
 Climatic
 Braided Channels
! Ground Water (Karst Topography)  Topograhic

 Permeable Rocks  Vegetative


 Percolation  Major Processes
 Bedding Plains  Chemical
 Limestone and Dolomite Regions  Physical or Mechanical
 Balkans , Adjacent to Adriatic regions  Biological
 Erosional Landforms  Chemical – Forces Chemical Action
 Pools - Swallow Hole , Valley
 Solution
Sinks (Uvalas) , Sinkholes, Collapse
sinks(Dolines), Lapies , Ridges ,  Carbonation
Limestone Pavements
 Hydration
 Caves – Altering bed of Rocks(Shale
sandstone quartzit, Caves and Tunnels  Oxidation & Reduction

 Depositional landforms  Physical Forces Gravitational , Expansion ,


Water Pressure
 Stalactites
 Stalagmites  Unloading & Expansion

 Pillar Columns  Temperature changes and Expansion


! Glaciers  Freezing , Thawing , & Frost Wedging
 Erosional Landforms  Salt Weathering
 Cirque of Tarn Lakes  Biological Weathering
 Hors and Serrated Regions – Arete  Burrowing
 Glacial Valleys / Troughs – Fiords  Wedging
 Depositional Landforms
 Plant Roots
 Glacial Tills
 Effects of Weathering
 Moraines
 Exfoliation(Flakin) – Exfoliation Domes
 Eskers
 Significance of Weathering
 Outwash Planes
 Drumlins  Soil Formation

! Waves and Currents  Biomes and Biodiversity


 High Rocky Coasts & Low Sedimentary  Leaching / Enrichment
Coasts  Mass Movements
 Erosional Landforms
 Activating causes
 Clifs
 Forms of movement – Heave Flow
 Terraces
Slide
 Caves
 Stacks 14. Landforms across the world
 Depositional Landforms ! Rivers and lakes
 Beaches and Dunes ! Mountain and Peaks
 Bars, Barriers, Spits ! Plateaus

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! Panama Canal
INDIAN PHYSICAL
! Akodara
GEOMORPHOLOGY
! Genetic Garden of Halophytes
! Geological Region
! Maharashtra
! Location
! Morocco
! Classification of The Himalayan System ! Sankhuwasabha
! Regional Division of the Himalaya ! Andhra Pradesh
! The Purvanchal (or the Eastern Hills) ! Hambantota Port
! The Peninsula ! Tirunelveli
! Peninsular Plateaus ! Palmyra
! Physiographic Sub-Units ! Sabarimala Circuit
! Lakes ! Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

! Drainage Pattern ! Tembhli


! Mahanadi and Tributaries
! Classification of Drainage
! Agartala Rail Link
! Himalayan Drainage
! Mekadatu Project on Kaveri
! Peninsular River System
! Yettinahole Project
! Indian Desert
! Country’s first Water Metro Project
! Islands
! Indus basin: Shahpur Kandi Dam Project
! Coastal Plains ! Ghatampur Thermal Power Project

PLACES IN NEWS ! Deepest Rail Project

! Majuli Island ! Lost Continent


! Zealandia
! Ashalim Project
! World’s First Polluted River Discovered By
! Loktak Lake Scientists
! Barren Island ! Pre-historic camping site found in Ladakh
! Rio de Janeiro ! Report on Palaeo Channel of North West India
! Cyclones in News
! Gotthard Base Tunnel

Test 6: Biology + Biotechnology + Health

! Photosynthesis
BIOLOGY
! How Cells Divide
1. Chemical Building Blocks of Life ! Sexual Reproduction
2. History and Origin of Life
4. Genetics
3. Cells ! Inheritance
! Cell Structure ! DNA, The Genetic Material
! Membranes ! Gene Expression
! Cell-Cell Interactions ! Gene Regulation
! Energy and Metabolism ! Mutation
! Respiration ! Recombinant DNA Technology

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5. Classification of Living Things ! The Lymphatic System
! Classification and Domains of Life
12. Skeletal and Muscular Systems
! General Biology/Classification of Living
! Bone and Skeleton System (Osteology)
Things/Viruses
! Ligaments (Syndesmology)
! Prokaryotes
! Muscular System (Myology)
! Eukaryotes
 Protists ! Vertebrates

 Plants 13. Reproduction


 Fungi ! Asexual Reproduction in Plants
 Animals ! Asexual Reproduction in Animals
6. Evolution ! Sexual Reproduction in Plants
! Evolution of Life ! Sexual Reproduction in Animals
! Animal Evolution ! Sexual Reproduction in Humans
! Human Evolution
14. Excretion, Osmoregulation and
7. Tissues Thermoregulation
! Epithelial tissue ! Excretory products
! Connective tissue ! Excretion in plants
! Muscle tissue ! Excretion in Animals
8. Economic Zoology ! Osmoregulation, ADH and formation of Urine
! Beneficial animals: Corals - Earthworm - in Animals
Vermiculture - Beneficial insects - Prawns ! Physiological and Behavioural Adjustments
- Lobsters - Crabs - Pearl oysters - Fishes -
Guano - Aquarium - Vivarium. 15. Nutrition
! Harmful animals: Disease causing organisms ! Classification by Source of Energy and
- Vectors - Poisonous organisms - Fouling Carbon
organisms - Pests.
! Plant Nutrition
9. Endocrine system ! Animal Nutrition
! Hypothalamus ! Human Diet
! Pineal body (epiphysis) ! The Digestive System
! Pituitary gland (hypophysis)
! Thyroid
BIOTECHNOLOGY
! Adrenal glands
! Reproductive glands 1. Genetics and biotechnology
! Industrial genetics
10. Respiration
! Protoplast and cell fusion technologies
! External and Internal Respiration
! Genetic engineering
! Respiratory system in Plants
! Respiratory System in Insects ! DNA sequencing
! Respiratory System in Humans and Animals ! Nucleic acid probes
! Genomics and proteomics
11. The Transport System in Organisms
! Transport system in a Cell ! Antisense and RNA interfence

! Transport System in Plants ! Potential laboratory biohazards of genetic


engineering
! Transport System in Animals
! Bioprocess/fermentation technology
! Blood Vascular System

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2. Biological fuel generation ! Pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals
! Global warming and the significance of fossils ! Antibiotics
fuels
! Photosynthesis: the ultimate energy source ! Vaccines and monoclonal antibodies
! Biofuels from biomass ! Biopharmaceuticals/therapeutic proteins
! Bioethanol from biomass
! Pharmacogenetics
! Biodiesel
! Methane ! Molecular biology and human disease

! Hydrogen ! Diagnostics in developing countries

3. Environmental biotechnology ! Gene therapy


! Microbial Ecology Environmental ! Systems biology and medicine
Biotechnology
! Waste water and sewage treatment ! Stem cell biotechnology

! Landfilling technologies
7. Protection of biotechnological
! Composting
inventions
! Bioremediation
! Patent protection Trade secrets
! Detect and monitoring of pollutants
! Plant breeders’ rights
! Microbes and the geological environment
! Environmental sustainability and clean RECENT INITIATIVES IN
technology HEALTH & BIOTECHNOLOGY
4. Plant and forest biotechnology 1. Health
! Plant biotechnology ! Diseases in News
! Forest biotechnology ! India Declared Maternal and Neonatal
Tetanus, H5N1 and Yaws Free
5. Animal and insect biotechnology
! Genetic manipulation and transgenic animals ! IPV Injection

! Genetically engineered hormone and ! Mission Indradhanush


vaccines ! New TB Drug Regimen
! Animal organs for human patients ! E-Cigarettes
! Genetically modified insects
2. Biotechnology
6. Food and beverage biotechnology ! Digital Biopiracy
! Food and beverage fermentations
! Kendrapara Sheep
! Microorganisms as food
! DNA Tagging of Convicts
! Enzymes and food processing
! U.K. Grants Gene Editing Licence
! Amino acids, vitamins and sweeteners
! Genetically Modified Mosquito
! Organic acids and polysaccharides
! Designer Babies’ OR Three Parents Babies
! Public acceptance and safety of new
biotechnology foods ! U.K. Grants Gene Editing Licence
! Biotechnology and medicine ! National Biotechnology Development
Strategy 2015-2020

Test 7: Current Affairs (October, 2017)

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Test 8: Climatology + Oceanography + Water Resources
! Atmospheric Pressure
CLIMATOLOGY
! Vertical variation of pressure
! Composition ! Horizontal distribution of pressue
 Gases ! World Distribution of Sea Level Pressure
 Water Vapour ! Factors affecting the velocity and direction of
 Dust Particles the Wind
! Structure  Pressure Gradient Force
 Exosphere  Frictional Force
 Thermosphere  Coriolis Force
 Mesosphere  Pressure and Wind ( Cyclonic & Anticyclone
Circulation)
 Stratosphere
! General Circulation of the Atmosphere –
 Troposphere
Pattern of Planetary Winds
 Altitude vs Temperature
 Latitudanal Variation of Atmospheric
! Solar Radiation Heat Balance Temperature Heating
 Insolation  Emergence of Pressure Belts
 Aphelion and Perihelion  Migration of Belts Following apparent
 Variability of Insolation at the surface of Path of Sun
the Earth  Distribution of continents & Oceans
 Day Season Year  Rotation of the Earth
 Rotation on Axis , Angle of Inclination ! Circulation
of sun rays , Length of the day
 Simplified Global Circulation – Hadley Cell
 Transparency of Atmosphere, configuration , Ferrel Cell
of land in terms of its aspect.
 Seasonal Wind
! Heat Balance
 Local Wind
 Heating and cooling of atmosphere
 Land and Sea Breezes
 Conduction
 Mountain and Valley Winds
 Convection
 Air mass & fronts
 Advection
 Extra Tropical Cyclone
 Terrestrial Radiation
 Thunderstorms
 Heat Budget of the Planet Earth
 Tornadoes
 Macro Budget
! Water in the Atmosphere
 Albedo
! Water Vapour
 Shortwave Radiation
! Precipitation
 Long wave Earth Radiation
! Humidity – Absolute and Relative
 Variation in the net Heat Budget at the
Earth’s Surface ! Saturation – Dew Point
! Temperature ! Evaporation and Condensation
 Factors controlling Temp distribution  Dew
 Distribution of Temp Month of January-July  Frost
 Range of Temp Month of January-July  Fog & Mist
 Inversion of Temperature ! Clouds
! Atmospheric Circulation and Weather Systems  Types – Cirrus, Cumulus, Stratus, Nimbus

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 High – Cirrus, Cirrostratus, Cirrocumulus  Mid oceanic ridges
 Middle – Altostratus, Altocumulus  Seamount
 Low – Stratocumulus, Nimbostratus  Submarine canyons
 Vertical Development – Cumulus and  Guyouts
Cumulonimbus  Atoll
! Precipitation  Temperature of the Ocean Water
 Rainfall, Snowfall, Sleet Hail, Hailstones  Vertical
! Types of Rainfall  Spatial
 Conventional  Factors affecting Temperature
 Orographic distribution
 Cyclonic  Latitude
! World Distribution of Rainfall  Unequal distribution of land &
! World Climate Water

 The Hot, Wet Equatorial Climate  Prevailing wind

 The Tropical Monsoon and Tropical Marine  Ocean Currents


Climates  Horizontal & Vertical Distribution
 The Savanna or Sudan Climate  Salinity of the Ocean Water
 The Hot Desert and Mid-Latitude Desert  Factors affecting salinity
Climates  Evaporation and precipitation
 The Warm Temperate Western Margin  Fresh water flow from rivers
(Mediterranean) Climate
 Ocean currents
 The Temperate Continental (SteppClimate
 Horizontals distribution of sailinity
 The Warm Temperate Eastern Margin
(China TypClimate  Vertical Distribution of salinity
 The Cool Temperate Western Margin  Density of Ocean Waters
(British TypClimate ! Movements of ocean Water
 The Cool Temperate Continental (Siberian)  Factors influencing Movement
Climate
 Temperature
 The Cool Temperate Eastern Margin
 Salinity
(Lauren-tian) Climate
 Density
 The Arctic or Polar Climate
 Motion – Horizontal and Vertical Currents
 Waves
OCEANOGRAPHY
 Motion of waves and water molecules
! Water on the Surface of the Earth  Characteristics of wave
 Hydrological Cycle  Crest and Trough
 Component  Height
 Processes  Amplitude
! Oceans  Period
 Relief of the Ocean floor  Length
 Divisions of the ocean floor  Speed
 Continental Shelf  Frequency
 Continental Slope  Tides
 Deep sea plain  Relation between Gravitional Forces
and Tides
 Oceanic deep and Trenches
 Tidal currents
 Minor relief features

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 Types of Tides  Cold and Warm Currents based on
 Based on Frequency – Semi Diurnal Temperature
, Diurnal , mixed  Major Ocean currents of the World
 Based on SME position – spring and  Effects of Ocean Currents
Neap Tides
 Importance of Tides WATER RESOURCE
 Ocean Currents
 Underground water resource
 Primary Force that initiates the
movement  Surface water resources
 Heating of solar energy  Inland water resources: Utilization of
inland water resources by ma
 Wind
 Oceanic water resources: Main features of
 Gravity
ocean
 Coriolis force
 Utilization of oceans by man
 Secondary force that influence the
currents to flow  Water consumption patterns

 Types of ocean curents:  Water pollution

 Surface currents & Deep water  Conservation of water resources


currents based on Depth  Techniques of water conservation.

Test 9: Space + Defence + Nuclear + Institutions

projects
INSTITUTIONS & POLICY
! Technology Vision Document 2035’
! India’s policy in the field of the science and ! National Biotechnology Development
technology Strategy 2015-2020
 The S&T policy resolution in 1958 ! National Intellectual Property Rights Policy
 S&T policy of the 1983 ! Organ donation rules in India
 S&T policy of the 2003 ! Policy on Synthetic Biology
 S&T policy 2013
! Institutional structure SPACE
 Department of Science & Technology ! Types of orbits
 CSIR ! Launch Vehicle
 Survey of India ! Satellite communication in India
 Science and Engineering Research ! INSAT Satellite application
Council
! Remote sensing applications
 Technology Development Board
! Cryogenic rockets
 National Accreditation Board For Testing
! Global Positioning System
And Calibration Laboratories
 Galileo
! Science and technology as a source of Human
Resource Development  GLONASS
! Awards related to Science  IRNSS

! New Initiatives Aligned with the National  GAGAN


Agenda ! Chandrayaan – I & II
! India and World collaboration in science ! Mars Orbitor Mission

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! Space Organisations ! N-Power Policy of India
! Space race/Space junk ! Advantages of Nuclear Energy
! Recent updates ! Disadvantages of Nuclear Energy
 South Asia Satellite: Significance ! Non-energy applications of Nuclear energy
 Neutrino Observatory ! Impact of Radiation
 Solar Mission- ADITYA ! Issue of Radioactive Waste
 Gravitational Waves
! Institutions involved in Nuclear energy
Development, AERB
DEFENCE ! Safety standards in Nuclear Power plants
! Missile system and classification ! Nuclear & Radiological Disasters
 On the basis of type
 On the basis of launch vehicle RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
 On the basis of Range
! FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical
 On the basis of propulsion system
radio Telescope)
! India’s Missile System
! Spitzer Space Telescope
 Agni
! Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope
 Prithvi
! Chandra X-ray Observatory
 Trishul
! James Webb Space Telescope
 Nag
 Dhanush ! ARIES/Devasthal Telescope

 Astra ! Multi Application Solar Telescope

 Prahaar ! Thirty Metre Telescope


! BrahMos Missile System ! RESOURCESAT- 2A
! Indian Submarines and Naval Ships ! ASTROSAT
! Light Combat Aircraft ! Sunspot
! Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ! Magnetars
! Stealth technology ! Neutron stars
! Chemical Weapon ! Air-breathing propulsion system
! Biological Weapon ! Space Junk
! Graveyard Orbit
NUCLEAR ENERGY
! India, NASA join hands for Astrobiology Mission
! Types of nuclear reactions ! Neutrino Observatory
! Nuclear Power Reactor ! Indian Space Vision-2025

Test 10: Executive + Legislature + Judiciary

1. Union and States ! Special provisions for states


! State Reorganization Commission (brief)
2. The President
! Components of Indian territory
! Importance of President
! Process of formation of new states
! Zonal Councils ! Qualification
! Union territories ! Election procedure

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! Advantages and disadvantages of single ! Motions and resolutions in Parliament
transferable form of voting ! Powers and Privileges
! Presidents’ Term of Office and emoluments ! Budget making process
! Executive Powers ! Comparison of LokSabha and RajyaSabha
! Legislative Powers ! Types of majorities
! Emergency Powers ! Special powers of RS
! Financial Powers
8. The Union Judiciary
! Miscellaneous powers
! Integrated judicial system
! Judicial powers
! Supreme Court
! Presidents Impeachment
 Composition
! President as nominal head
 Independence of Supreme Court
3. Vice President  Jurisdiction of SC
! Office of the Vice-President  Judicial Review
! Functions ! High Court
4. Prime Minister  Composition
! Appointment of PM  Terms and removal
! Functions of PM  Jurisdiction
! Role of PM with respect to  Other powers
 CoM ! Lower judiciary
 President  Appointment
 Lok Sabha  Powers
 Political Party 9. Comptroller And Auditor-General Of
 Coalition Government India
5. Council of Ministers ! Appointment
! Division of CoM ! Functions
! Role of CoM ! Role of CAG in good governance
! Role of Cabinet 10. The Governor
! Responsibilities of the Ministers ! Appointment, term of office, qualification,
etc
6. Attorney General of India
! Powers
! Qualification
! Discretionary powers
! Functions
! Ordinance making power
! Powers with respect to parliament
11. CM
7. Parliament
! Appointment
! Functions of Parliament
! Powers and responsibilities
! Composition of Rajya Sabha
! Relationship between the Governor and the
! Composition of Lok Sabha Chief Minister
! Qualification and disqualification of MPs ! Relationship between CoM and the Chief
! Vacation of seats Minister
! Sessions of parliament
12. CoM
! Law making procedure
! Division of CoM
! Officers of Parliament
! Role of CoM
! Parliament Proceedings

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! Role of cabinet ! Procedure in Financial Matters/Budget
! Responsibilities of the Ministers
15. Recent updates
13. The Advocate-General for the State ! Setting up of NJAC
! Appointment
! National Court of Appeal
! Functions
! Tribunals in News
14. State legislature ! Judicial Review Powers - Extended
! The composition of Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan
Parishad ! Middle Income Group Legal Aid Scheme

! Qualifications of the Members of Legislature ! Sedition


! Powers and Functions of State Legislature ! Public Interest Litigation
! Relationship between both the Houses ! Criminal Defamation
! Officers of State Legislature
! Capital Punishment
! Powers, Privileges and Immunities of State
Legislatures and their Members ! All India Judicial Services

! Legislative procedure ! High Court Power to Stay Execution


! Governor’s assent to Bills ! E-Courts

Test 11: Demography + Human Geography + Census

1. Demography  Marxian theory


! Concept of human resources  Demographic Transition Theory
! Population distribution ! Optimum population
! Physical factors  Over-population
! Socio-cultural factors  Under-population
! Demographic factors ! Population problems
! World population distribution  Population problems of developing
 Ecumene countries

 Non-ecumene  Population problems of developed


countries
! Continent-wise distribution of population
! Population Policies: of China, of India.
! Density of population
! Various types of rural settlements
! Pattern of population density
! Relationship between house types with relief,
! Population increase (growth) in the world climate and building materials
! Causes of rapid increase in population
! Future projections
2. Urbanization
! Basic Feature and Pattern’s of India’s
! Determinants of population growth
Urbanization
! Natural increase
! Issues of Urbanization in India
! Characteristics of population
 Rural Urban Migration
 Age composition
 Emergence of Slums
 Population pyramids
 Urban Transport
 Sex composition
 Literacy  Waste Disposal
! Theories of population growth  Water Supply, Drainage and Sanitation
 Malthusian theory  Electronic Waste

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 Urban Poverty their classification
 Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Bill ! Rural urban fringe characteristics, advantages,
! Way Forward to Tackle Issues Related to problems
Urbanization ! National urbanisation policy
 Inclusive Cities/Smart cities ! Principles of urban planning
 Recent government programmes: AMRUT, ! Land cover transformation
HRIDAY
! Factors affecting rural settlements, their types
! Migration and patterns
! Displacement
3. Census
! Importance of the Rehabilitation Policy
! Literacy
! Urban settlements: types
! Sex Ratio
! Morphology of urban settlements
! Family Planning
! Migration: Push factors and pull factors
! Old Age
! Emigration during colonial, post-independent
and post-liberalisation period ! Age Structure
! Internal versus world migration ! Density
! Functional classification of cities ! Population Growth
! Difference between boundaries and frontiers, ! Census Terminology

Test 12: Current Affairs (November, 2017)

Test 13: Natural Resource Degradation and Management

1. Effect of Human Activities on 3. Minerals & Environmental Degradation


Environment ! Mining and Environment
! Effect of Modern Agriculture on Environment ! Sensitivity of Select Ecosystems to Mining

! Effect of Housing on Environment ! Impact of Mining


! Indirect Impact of Mining
! Effect of Power Generation on Environment
! International Laws on Mining
! Effect of River Valley Projects (Water Resource
Projects) on Environment ! Main Act or Statue to regulate the impact of
Indian Mining Sector
! Effect of Mining on Environment
! Sustainable Mining
! Effect of Transportation Activities on
Environment 4. Deforestation
! Causes of Deforestation
! Effect of Tourism on Environment
! Implications of Deforestation for Climate
2. Water Resource degradation Change
! Water Cycle (Hydrological Cycle) ! Consequences of Deforestation on the
! Availability and Quality Aspects (groundwater Wildlife of India
depletion) ! Impact of Deforestation on Indian Monsoon
! Water-borne and Water-induced Diseases ! Impact of Deforestation on People
! Fluoride Problem in Drinking Water ! Deforestation Leads to Water and Soil
! Arsenic Problem in Drinking Water Resources Loss and Flooding

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! Economical Impacts  Sources of Thermal Pollution
! Strategies for Reducing Deforestation  Effects of Thermal Pollution
! Government Programmes for Conservation  Control of Thermal Pollution
of Forests ! Soil Pollution or Land Degradation
! Legislations for Conservation of Forests using  Sources of Soil Pollution
People Participation
 Effects of Soil Pollution
! Steps for Improving People Participation in
Forest Resource Management  Control Measures
! Use of Local Traditional Methods ! Noise Pollution
! Air-borne Diseases
5. Waste Management
! Toxic Substances: Toxicant, Toxicity and
! Solid Waste Toxicology
! Hazardous Waste ! Factors affecting toxicity
! E-Waste ! Carcinogens
! Bio Medical Waste
8. Solid Waste Management
! Plastic Waste
! Sources of Solid Waste
! Methods for Waste Management
! Effect of Solid Waste
! Effects of Poor Waste Disposal
! Control Measures of Solid Waste
! Landfill
! Solid Waste Management Rules
6. Sustainable Development ! Hazardous Waste Management (HWM)
! Principles of sustainability
9. Coastal ecosystem management
! Measurement of Sustainability or Sustainable
Ethics or Equitable Utilisation of Natural ! Mangroves
Resource  Salient features of Mangroves
! Sustainable Lifestyle (Role of an individual in  Importance of Mangroves
sustainable, development)
 Mangroves in India
! Challenges to Sustainable Development
 Mangroves under threats
! International Efforts to Achieve Sustainability
 Legal and Regulatory Approaches for
Protection
7. Environmental Pollution
! Air Pollution ! Estuaries

 Sources of Air Pollution  Importance of estuaries

 Effects of Air Pollution  Threats to estuaries

 Classification of Air Pollutant ! Coral Reefs

 Control Measures of Air Pollution  Geographical Conditions Required

 Air Pollution Disasters  Uses of coral reefs

 Long Range Transport of Gaseous Air  Conservation of coral reef


Pollutants ! Steps for Coastal Ecosystem Management
 National Ambient Air Quality Standards
10. Recent developments
! Water Pollution
! Air Pollution
 Sources of Water Pollution
 Report on Air Pollution
 Types of Water Pollutants
 Bharat Stage Emission Standards
 Effects of Water Pollution
 Polluters Pay Model
 Water Quality Standards
 Household Air Pollution
 Control of Water Pollution
 Open Waste Burning and its Impact
! Thermal Pollution
 Graded Response Action Plan on Pollution

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 UN Sets Limits on Global Airline  Draft Notification to Regulate Pet Shops
Emissions
 Ban on Import of Animal Skin
! Waste Management
 River linking Project and Impact on
 Biodegradable Plastics Environment
 Green Train Corridors
 Algal Bloom Issue
 Oil Spill
 Illegal Salt Mining and its Impact
 Solid Waste Management-Buffer Zone
 India’s Wetland Report, 2016
! Other News
 Deep Sea Mining
 Report of Parliamentary Committee on
Forest Fires  Mass Coral Bleaching
 Urban Forestry Scheme  Ganga River Pollution

Test 14: Financial Market + Budgeting + Fiscal & Monetary Policy

1. Indian Financial Market Proportional


! Concept and functions of financial markets ! Value Added Tax – VAT in India
! Importance of money market ! Goods and Services Tax – GST , GST Council
! Types of capital market ! Service Tax
! Distinguish between capital market and ! DTC – Direct Tax Code
money market
4. Subsidies
! Nature and functions of a stock exchange
! Food
! Advantages of stock exchanges
! Fuel
! Limitations of stock exchanges
! Fertilizers
! The stock exchanges in India
! Role of SEBI, IRDA 5. Planning
! Insurance Industry - Insurance Industry and ! Objectives – Major Objective of Planning
Reforms ! Planning History
! Financial Regulators – SEBI , IRDA  Regional and National Planning

2. Government Budgeting/Deficits  Imperative and Indicative Planning


! Budget  Visvesvaraya Plan , Gandhian Plan FICCI
Proposal , Congress Plan Bombay Plan
 Plan and Non Plan Expenditure
 Planning Commission and National
 Revenue, Non revenue Development Council(NDC)
 Receipts, Revenue Receipts , Tax Revenue  Central Planning – 5 Year Plans , 20 Point
Receipts, Non-Tax Revenue Receipts Program , MPLADS
 Revenue Expenditure  Decentralizes Planning
 Revenue Deficit, Fiscal Deficit, Primary  Analysis of 5 Year Plans
Deficit
 12th FYP –Targets – Economic Growth ,
 Deficit and Surplus Budget Poverty and Unemployment , Education ,
! Deficit Financing Health , Infrastructure , Environment and
Sustainability , Service Delivery
3. Fiscal Policy - Revenue
 NITI Aayog and its work
! Tax Structure in India
! Tax – Direct Tax, Indirect Tax 6. Investment Models
! Methods of Taxation – Progressive , Regressive ! Measures of Investment

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! Capital and investment  Corporate Bond Market
! Factors affecting investment  Commercial Arbitration Centre
! Classification of Investment  SEBI Eases Rules for Angel Investors
 FDI  Financial Data Management Centre
 Angel Investors and Start-ups (FDMC)

 M&A  Abolishment of FIPB

! Investment Models  Payment Regulatory Board

! Role of State  Demonetization

! PPP (Public-Private Partnership)  Credit Enhancement Guarantee Fund

! Savings and Investment Trends  Algorithmic Trading

! National Investment Fund (NIF)  Green Bonds

! Unit Trust of India  Blue Bonds

! Global Depository Receipts/Foreign Currency ! Taxation


Convertible Bonds  Goods and Services Tax
! Portfolio Investment from Foreign Institutional  Tax Terrorism
Investors  Sugar Tax in India
! Non-Resident Indian Investments  Direct Tax Resolution Scheme 2016
! Mutual Funds  Income Declaration Scheme, 2016
! Pension Reforms  Double Tax Avoidance Agreement
! Main Features and Architecture of the New
Pension System 8. Schemes related to Finance
! Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
7. Recent developments
! Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana
! Finance
! Swachch Bharat Cess
 Budgetary Reforms in 2017-18
! Gold Monetisation Scheme
 Gender Budgeting in India
! Sovereign Gold Bonds
 Public Financial Management System
(PFMS) ! e-Biz
 Flexi Fund Guidelines for Centrally ! Make In India
Sponsored Scheme ! Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana
 Public Debt Management Cell (PDMC) ! Digi-Dhan Vyapar/ Lucky Grahak Yojana
 Monetary Policy Committee ! Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate
 Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Karyakram

Test 15: Ancient History

1. Pre Historic Cultures In India 2. Pastoral and Farming Communities


! Periodization of Indian Pre History ! Neolithic Phase
! Sources of Pre History ! Chalcolithic Phase
! Food Gathering Communities ! Early Iron Phase
! Food Producing Men ! Geographical Distribution and Characteristics
! Neolithic or the New Stone Age
3. Indus Valley Civilization
! Iron Age
! Major cities
! Impact of Iron
! Town Planning

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! Harappan Trade ! Mauryan. Administration, Economy, Society
! Agriculture and Art
! The Arthasastra
! Domestication of animals
! Crafts 7. Post-Mauryan India (sc 200-AD 300)
! Religion ! Society: Evolution of Jatis
! Harappan Pottery ! Sangam Texts-and Society
! Weights and Measures ! Satavahanas and Other Indigenous Dynasties
! Script and Language ! Foreign Dynasties
! Images ! Commercial Contacts with the Outside
World
! Decline of Harappan Culture
! Schools of Art
4. Vedic Society
8. Growth of Jainism and Buddhism
! Original Home of Aryans
! Jainism
! Features of Aryan Culture
! Buddhism
! Vedic Texts
! Sources for Reconstructing Vedic Society and 9. Imperial Guptas
Culture ! Sources of Gupta Rule
! Geography of the Rig Vedic Period and ! Political history of Guptas
geography of the later Vedic Phases ! Fahien
! Economic Conditions ! Gupta Administration
! Political Organisation and Evolution of ! Gupta Culture
Monarchy
! Urban centres in Gupta period
! Social Organisation and Varna System
! Economic Conditions
! Religion and Thought
10. Harshavardana
5. Pre Mauryan Period ! Sources for Harsha’s Period
! Formation of states ! Early life of Harsha
! The Sixteen Mahajanapadas ! Harsha’s Administration
! Republics ! Important Officials of the empire
! Rise of urban centres ! Economy under Harsha
! Haryanka dynasty ! Society
! Shishunaga dynasty ! Religion
! Nanda dynasty
11. The Southern Dynasties
6. The Mauryan Empire ! The Shathavahanas (230 BC TO AD 225)
! Chandragupta and Bindusara ! The Pallavas (AD 330–796)
! Megasthenes ! The Chalukyas (AD 535–1190)
! Asoka and His Successors ! The Pandyas of Madurai (AD 590–1323)
! Asoka’s Inscriptions and Sites ! The Chola Dynasty (AD 850–1310)
! Asoka’ a Dhamma ! Rashtrakutas (AD 753–973)

Test 16: Mineral + Energy + Transport + Industry


1. Mineral resource ! Non-metallic mineral
! Types of minerals: Metallic minerals ! Distribution of minerals and mining regions

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! Distribution, production and international  OPEC and its role in oil trade
trade of Metallic minerals: Ferrous metals: ! Natural gas: Reserves and Production
Iron ore
! Hydro-electricity
! Ferro-alloys and non-ferrous
 Advantages of hydro-electricity
! Manganese
 Ideal conditions for generation of hydro-
! Chromium electricity
! Nickel  Distribution of potential hydro-power
! Tungsten  Hydro-electric power generation in India
! Antimony ! Atomic (nuclear) energy
! Copper  Atomic: source minerals: Uranium
! Bauxite and Aluminium  World distribution of Uranium
! Zinc; Lead  Production of Uranium
! Tin  Thorium
! Gold  Production of Atomic (Nuclear) Energy
! Silver  Nuclear Energy
! Platinum ! Alternative (non-conventional) sources of
! Mineral chemicals energy
 Mica  Solar energy
 Potash  Wind energy
 Phosphate  Geothermal power
 Nitrates  Tidal energy
 Sulphur  Wave energy
! Conservation of mineral resources  Biomass energy

2. Energy resources 3. Industry


! Classification of energy ! Industrial development
! Production of conventional energy ! Iron and Steel Industry
! General trends of energy production and  Location of iron and steel industry
consumption  Early localization
! Reserves and sources of energy  Development of iron manufacture
! Coal  Distribution of iron and steel industry
 Nature and origin of coal  Global steel production
 Constituents and kinds of coal  International trade
 Coal fields and coal production  Growth potential of the steel industry
 Byproducts of coal ! Textile Industry
 Conservation of Coal  Cotton Textile Industry: Location of the
! Petroleum industry
 Nature and properties of petroleum  Recent trends in localization
 Origin and recovery  Distribution and production of cotton
 Exploration textiles

 Petroleum refining  Woollen textile industry: Location of the


industry
 Petroleum reserves
 Silk textile industry: Raw silk manufacture
 Producing areas
 Silk textile manufacturing
 Consumption of petroleum
 Synthetic (artificial) silk industry:
 International trade

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Distribution of man-made fibre and France, Italy, Eastern Europe, Poland,
fabrics. Former USSR
! Engineering Industries  Eastern Asia—Japan, China, the ‘Dragons’,
 Machine tools and machines: Areas of India, High tech patterns.
production
4. Transport
 Industrial machinery: Textile machinery
! Importance and development of transport
 Other industrial machinery
! Means of transport
 Agricultural machinery
! Transport costs and economic distance
! Manufacturing of transport equipment
! Operating costs in transport
 Automobile industry
! Relative importance of means of transport:
 Railway car and locomotive industry Railways, Roads, Pipeline, Oceans, Air
 Shipbuilding transport
 Aircrafts Industry ! Profits and freight rates
! Chemical Industry & Fertilizer ! Government’s transport policy
 Classes of chemicals: Branches of chemical ! Transport patterns in the world: Oceanic
industry transport
 Heavy chemical industry ! Ocean transport routes
 Production of acids and alkalies ! Inland waterways
 Rise of chemical industry ! Main regions of inland waterways
 Fertilizer industry: Nitrogen fertilizers ! Railways: Factors affecting the railroads
 Phosphate fertilizers ! Distribution of railroads in the world
 Potash fertilizers ! Air transport: Factors influencing air
transport
! Explosives
! Air transport in various continents
! Glass industry: Production of glass
! Pipeline transport
! Agro-industries
! Petroleum (oil) pipelines
 Synthetic rubber industry
! Gas pipelines
 Pulp and paper industry: Essential
conditions for pulp production 5. Recent developments in Transport
 Production of paper and paper board Sector
 Newsprint ! Long term irrigation fund
! Cement industry ! Sports Sector Gets the Infrastructure Status
 Distribution of cement industry ! Railways India Development Fund
 Recent trends: Main global competitors ! National Infrastructure Investment Fund
! Petroleum refining industry: Localization ! Defence Innovation Fund
 Site selection of petroleum refineries ! Merger of Railway Budget with General
 History of oil refineries Budget

 World pattern of oil refining ! Non-Fare Revenue Policies in Indian Railways

 Petroleum products ! Rail Safety Fund

! Industrial Regions ! Flexi Fare Method in Railway

 Characteristics of industrial regions ! Rail Cadre Management

 Delimitation of an industrial region ! TRI-NETRA in Railways

 Principal industrial regions of the world ! National Rail Plan 2030

 Industrial regions of Anglo America— ! Draft Policy on Suburban Tracks


USA, Canada, Western Europe and Central ! India’s First Caterpillar Train
Britain, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands,

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! Mission 41k ! Habitat Commitment Index
! Green corridor concept ! Airsewa Portal
! Made in India ‘Medha’ train
6. Recent developments in Industrial
! Antyodaya Express
Sector
! Station Redevelopment Project ! Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
! Smart Railway Station
! Amritsar-Kolkata corridor
! Yatri Mitra Seva
! Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor
! National Highways Interconnectivity
! Bengaluru-Mumbai Economic Corridor
! Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme
! Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor
! Transit Oriented Development Policy
! East Coast Economic Corridor
! Logistic Efficiency Enhancement Programme
! Apex Corridor Developmental Authority
! Indian Bridge Management System
! Star Rating of Mines
! Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing
Extremism (LWAffected Areas ! TAMRA PORTAL

! North East Road Network Connectivity ! Mining Surveillance System


Project ! COAL MITRA
! TIR Convention ! M-SIPS for Electronic Sector
! National Road Safety Policy ! Real Estate (Regulation and Development)
! Sagarmala Act or RERA
! Urja Ganga Gas Line Project ! Indian Enterprise Development Service
! TARANG ! Trade Receivables Discounting System
! E-trans ! SME Business Environment Index
! DEEP (Discovery of Efficient Electricity Pric ! Medipark
! GARV II APP ! ZED Scheme
! Trading of Energy Saving Certificates ! Startup Mentorship Circle
! Powers for all 24x7 ! FAME
! Draft National Electricity Plan

Test 17: Other Constitutional Provisions

1. Citizenship ! Role and functions of different tiers


! Basic constitutional features ! Municipal Corporations
! Methodology of getting citizenship ! Municipal Councils
! Modes of Losing the Citizenship of India ! Nagar Panchayats
! Concept of dual citizenship ! The steps taken towards women’s
! Citizenship provisions in J&K empowerment
! Special privileges enjoyed by citizens in India ! Role of State Election Commission
! Role of State Finance Commission
2. Panchayats
! XIth and XIIth Schedules
! Brief history
! Provisions of 73rd AA 3. The Scheduled And Tribal Areas
! Role and functions of different tiers ! 5th schedule areas
! Provisions of 74th AA ! 6th schedule areas

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! Composition of autonomous councils 8. Special Provisions Relating To Certain
! Role and functions of councils Classes
! Role of Governor with respect to tribal areas ! Reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes
! Tribal sub plan and Scheduled Tribes in centre and state
legislatures
4. Relations Between The Union And The
States ! Representation of the Anglo-Indian
! Administrative relations Community
! Legislative relations ! National Commission for Scheduled Castes
! Financial relations and Scheduled Tribes
! Misuse of emergency powers
9. Official language provisions
! Issue of devolution of funds
! Official language of the Union
! Interstate council
! Zonal council ! Commission and Committee of Parliament on
official language
! Cooperative federalism concept
! Official language or languages of a State
5. Services
! Official language for communication between
! AIS
one State and another or between a State and
! State services
the Union
! Central services
! Language of The Supereme Court, High
! UPSC
Courts, etc.
! JPSC and SPSC
! Special Officer for linguistic minorities
6. Tribunals
! Need of tribunals 10. Emergency provisions
! Salient features of tribunals ! National emergency
! Composition ! State emergency
! Procedure ! Financial emergency
! Powers and functions
! Procedure of proclamation and removal of
! Different types of tribunals: some examples emergency
7. Elections ! Emergency and fundamental rights
! Adult franchise importance ! Impact of emergencies
! Constitutional provisions
! National and state party 11. Amendments
! Types of elections ! Procedure of amendment
! Electoral reforms ! Special majorities
! State funding ! Important amendments
! Changes in Corporate Funding
! NOTA in Elections 12. Special provisions to different states
! Nagaland Reservation in Urban Bodies ! Provisions related to NE states
! E- Postal Ballot ! Provisions related to J&K

Test 18: Current Affairs (December, 2017)

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Test 19: External Sector + International Institutions

1. External Sector ! Universal Postal Union (UPU)


! Fixed Foreign Currency Market ! World Bank Group (WBG)
! Float Foreign Currency Market ! International Bank for Reconstruction and
! Balance Of Payments Development (IBRD)

 Current Account ! International Finance Corporation (IFC)


 Capital Account ! International Development Association (IDA)
! Foreign Portfolio Investment ! World Health Organization (WHO)
 Fll ! World Intellectual Property Organization
 FDI (WIPO)

! Exchange Market ! World Meteorological Organization (WMO)


 LERMS ! World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
 NEER ! World Trade Organization (WTO)
 REER ! Asian Development Bank
 EFF ! Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AII
 Purchasing Power ! New Development Bank
! Depreciation ! African Development Bank
! Appreciation
3. Trade agreements
! Hard currency
! RCEP
! Soft currency
! TPP
! Cheap currency
! NAFTA
! Dear currency
! MERCOSUR
! SEZ
! Convertibility of Currency ! Southern African Development Community
(SADC)
! India’s Forex Reserves
! ASEAN
! GAAR
! SAFTA
! Foreign Trade Policy

2. International Organizations 4. Recent developments in External


! United Nations
Sector
! Bilateral Investment Treaty
! Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
! International Civil Aviation Organization ! Double Tax Avoidance Treaty
(ICAO) ! Industrial Property Cooperation
! International Fund for Agricultural ! Preferential Trade Agreement with Chile
Development (IFAD)
! India - Japan Social Security Agreement
! International Labour Organization (ILO)
! Advance Pricing Agreement
! International Maritime Organization (IMO)
! National Committee on Trade Facilitation
! International Monetary Fund (IMF)
! Permanent Residency Status to Foreign
! International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Investors
! United Nations Educational, Scientific and
! E-tourist Visa
Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
! India’s Asylum Policy
! United Nations Industrial Development
Organization (UNIDO) ! Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

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Test 20: Environmental Governance + Climate Change

1. Environmental Impact Assessment ! WWF for Nature


! Government Body which Executes EIA ! IUCN - Red List
! Environmental Effects Analysed under EIA ! Birdlife International
! Process of EIA ! International Conventions / Protocols & their
! EIA Ruling 1984 Objectives

2. Environmental Laws 6. Basics of Climate change


! Environmental Laws: Provisions in the ! Green House Effect and Global Warming
Indian Constitution towards Environmental ! Global Climate Change: International Efforts
Protection to Control Global Warming or Global Climate
! Salient Features of Air (Prevention and Control Change
of Pollution) Act,1981* ! Ozone Layer Depletion or Ozone Hole
! Salient Features of Water (Prevention and ! Acid Rain
Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
! El Nino
! Salient features of Forest Conservation Act,
I980 ! La Nina

! Salient Features of Wildlife Protection 7. Urbanization and climate


Act,1972
! Pollution in metros and climate change
! Salient Features of Environment (Protection)
! Real estate boom and environment
Act,1986
degradation
! Role of Government in Environmental
! Urban Heat Island
Protection
! Polythene bags and pollution
3. Environment related Institutions and ! Methane generation from waste
Organizations
! Pollution Control Boards 8. Impact of agriculture on climate
! National Green Tribunal ! Agriculture increases Carbon Dioxide
Emissions
! Forest Survey of India
! Monoculture practice impacts biodiversity
! National Board for Wildlife
! Pollution due to use of chemical fertilizers
4. Schemes ! Soil-related effects
! Ecomark Scheme
! Fertilizer’s Effect on the Environment
! National Afforestation Program
! Impact of livestock on environment
! National River Conservation Plan
! Impact of use of Pesticides on environment
! National Mission for Clean Ganga
! Impact of GM crop on environment
! National Air Quality Index (AQI)
! Emission of Methane from agricultural
! National Action Programme to Combat practices
Desertification
! Sustainable Agriculture Techniques
! UJALA Scheme
! Bharat Stage Norms 9. Global Warming & Health
! Health impacts of global warming
5. International Environmental
! Mosquito-borne diseases
Governance
! Ozone depletion and human health
! UNEP
! UNDP 10. Recent developments
! Centre for Biological Diversity ! Carbon Neutrality Concept

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! Climate Change Indicators: WMO report ! International Solar Alliance (ISA)
! IPCC 5th Assessment Report ! Kyoto Protocol (2nd Commitment 2013-20)
! Paris Agreement ! Kigali Agreement
! Marrakech Climate Change Conference ! Climate Change Performance Index

Test 21: CSAT Test (Reasoning)

Test 22: IT + Electronics + Telecom + Nano + Robotics

1. IT, Electronics & Telecom 2. Nano-science & Nano Technologies


! Computers ! What is Nanoscience and Nanotechnology?
 Generation of computers ! Origination of Nanoscience and Technology
 Computer terminologies ! Basics of Nanoscience
 Supercomputer and its applications ! Nanomaterials
! Information technology ! Applications of nanotechnology
 Components of IT  Nano medicine
 IT enabled services  Semiconductors and computing
 Application of IT  Food
! Display technologies  Textiles
 Cathode ray  Sustainable energy
 LCD  Environment
 LED  Transport
 Plasma Monitors  Space
 OLED  Agriculture
! Telecommunications ! Adverse Health and Environmental Impacts
 Mobile generations of Nanotechnology

 Smartfone ! Social and Ethical Impacts:

 Important conceps ! Nano-science and nano-technology in India

! Government initiatives 3. Robotics


 Digital India Initiative ! What is Robotics?
 MeghRaj ! Machine vs Computer vs Robots
 Code Free for India ! Parts of a Robot
 E-Kranti  Controller
 Bharat Net project  Manipulator
 Bharat QR  End Effector
! Contemporary debates  Sensor
 Net Nuetrality ! Classification of Robots
 Internet of Things  Rolling Robots
 Big Data Initiative and Privacy  Walking Robots
 Cyber crime and security  Autonomous Robots
! Artificial Intelligence

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! Advantages and Disadvantages of Robot 4. Recent Developments in IT & Telecom
! Applications of Robotics ! Cyber Swachhta Kendra
 Industrial Sector ! BharatQR
 Aerospace ! Digital Transaction Methodologies
 Healthcare Delivery ! Smart Credit Cards
 Outer Space ! Bharat Net Project
 Exploration ! Wi-fi Technology
 Military Robots ! Block Chain Technology and Bitcoins
 Disaster Areas ! Digital Terrestrial Television Transmission
 Entertainment System
 Agriculture ! Disaster Management Network
 Domestic work ! PARAM ISHAN
! Internet of Things

Test 23: Socio-Economic Development + Welfare Schemes

1. Start-up and Skill Development  Sabla


! Start Up India Scheme  Ujjawala Scheme
! Stand up India Scheme  Janani Suraksha Yojana
! National Student Startup Policy  Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram
! National Skill Development Mission ! SC/ST
! Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana  Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana
! Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana  Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana
! Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya ! Disability
Yojana  Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya
! Skill Development Initiative Scheme Bharat Abhiyan)
! Self-Employment & Talent Utilisation (SETU) 3. Health
! Atal Innovation Mission ! National Health Mission
2. Vulnerable Sector ! National Ayush Mission
! Social Security ! Swasthya Rakshan Program
 Atal Pension Yojana ! Jan Aushadhi Scheme
 Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana ! Mission Indradhanush
 Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana ! NFHS-4 survey

! Minorities 4. Education
 Nai Roshni Scheme ! Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat
 USTAAD Scheme (Upgrading the Skills ! Mid Day Meal Scheme
and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for ! Ishan Uday
Development)
! GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic
 Nai Manzil Scheme Networks)
! Women and Child Development ! Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan
 Beti Bachao Beti Padhao ! SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active - Learning
 Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana for Young Aspiring Minds)
 Digital Gudda Guddi Board 5. Rural and Urban Development

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! Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana ! Government initiatives for inclusive growth
! Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan ! Basic Amenities: Housing/Drinking Waters/
! Shyama Prasad Mukharjee Rurban Mission Sanitations
! Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana ! Sustainable Development
! Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana 8. Rural Development
! Swachch Bharat Abhiyan ! Rural development and poverty alleviation
! Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin ! Review of the Existing Programmes
! Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban
! Development Administration
! Housing for all by 2022
! Panchayati Raj
! Smart Cities Mission
! Agriculture and Rural Development
! Hriday - National Heritage City Development
and Augmentation Yojana 9. Social Sector Bills
! Amrut (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and ! The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of
Urban Transformation) Children) Act
6. Miscellaneous schemes ! ‘Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016’
! Jeevan Praman ! ‘Child Labor (Prohibition and Amendment)
! Digilocker Bill, 2016’
! Bharatnet Project (National Optical Fibre ! Maternity Benefit Bill, 2016
Network) ! Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic
! INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Techniques (PNDT) Act
Inspired Research)
! Mental Health Care Bill, 2013
! SAKAAR
! Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses
! Digital India (POCSO)
! Namami Gange Project (Integrated Ganga ! Anti Trafficking Bill with Stringent Penalty
Conservation Mission Project)
! HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill-
! Ganga Gram Yojana
2014 - Amendments
! Jal Kranti Abhiyan
! Domestic Violence Act, 2005 - SC Widens
! Khelo India Ambit
! One Rank One Pension Scheme
! Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014
! PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely with more Benefits
Implementation)
! Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights)
! Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) Bill 2016
7. Inclusive growth ! The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes
! Measurement criteria (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act

Test 24: Current Affairs (January, 2018)

Test 25: Medieval India

1. Central Asian Politics and the Advance ! The Timurid-Uzbek and Uzbek-Iran Conflict
of Babur towards India and Babur
! The Timurids ! Babur’s Advance towards India.

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2. Struggle for Empire in North India ! System and the Army
(Afghans, Rajputs and Mughals
7. Akbar’s Religious Views
! Struggle between Ibrahim Lodi and Babur
! Relations with the Ulama and Social Reforms
! the Battle of Panipat
! The Early Phase (1556-73)
! Babur’s problems after the Battle of Panipat
! The Second Phase (1573-80) - the Ibadat
! - Struggle with Rana Sanga Khana
! Problems of the Eastern Areas and the ! Debates - the Mahzar - Breach with Orthodox
Afghans
! Ulama - Re-organisation of Madadd-i-Maash
! Babur’s Contribution and Significance of his Grants
Advent into India
! Third or Final Phase - Din-i-Ilahi - State
3. Struggle for Empire in North India ! Policies and religious toleration
! Humayun and the Afghans
8. The Deccan and the Mughals (Upto
! Early Activities of Humayun, and the Tussle
1657)
with Bahadur Shah
! The Deccani States upto 1595
! The Gujarat Campaign
! Mughal Advance towards the Deccan
! The Bengal Campaign, and Struggle with Sher
Khan ! Mughal Conquest of Berar, Khandesh and
Parts of Ahmadnagar
4. The Establishment of the North Indian ! Rise of Malik Ambar, and Frustration of
Empire ! Mughal Attempt at Consolidation (1601-27)
! The Surs
! Extinction of Ahmadnagar, Acceptance of
! Sher Shah’s Early Life Mughal
! Social and Political Background of Bihar and ! Suzerainty by Bijapur and Golconda
the Rise of Sher Shah to Power.
! Shah Jahan and the Deccan (1636-57)
! The Sur Empire (1540-56)
! Cultural Contribution of the Deccani States
! Contributions of Sher Shah
9. Foreign Policy of the Mughals
5. Consolidation and Expansion of the ! Akbar and the Uzbeks
Empire - Akbar
! The Question of Qandahar and Relations with
! Conflict with the Afghans - Hemu Iran
! Struggle with the Nobility: Bairam Khan’s ! Shah Jahan’s Balkh Campaign
! Regency; Revolt of Uzbek Nobles ! Mughal - Persian Relations - the Last Phase
! Early Expansion of the Empire (1560-76) -
Malwa, Garh-Katanga, Rajasthan, Gujarat, 10. India in the First Half of the
Eastern India Seventeenth Century
! Relations with the Rajputs - Growth of a ! Jahangir’s Accession - his Early Difficulties
Composite Ruling Class ! Territorial Consolidation and Expansion of the
! Rebellions, and Further Expansion of the Empire - Mewar, East India and Kangra
Empire in the North West ! Nur Jahan, and the Nur Jahan ‘Junta’
6. State and Government under Akbar ! The Rebellions of Shah Jahan, and the coup
de main of Mahabat Khan
! Akbar’s Concept of Suzerainty
! Jahangir as a Ruler
! Structure of Government, Central and
Provincial -the Vikalat, the Central Ministries, ! State and Religion in the First Half of the
Provincial Seventeenth Century
! Government, District and Local Government ! Shah Jahan - Consolidation and Expansion of
the Empire
! The Working of Government - the Ruler,
Land-Revenue System, the Dahsala System, ! Evolution of the Mughal Ruling Class and the
the Mansabdari Mansabdari System

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11. Aurangzeb - Religious Policies, North ! Companies - Position of Indian Merchants
India and the Rajputs Over-land Trade
! War of Succession ! The Mughal State and Commerce
! Religious Policy : First Phase (1658-79) ! Trend of India’s Economy and Prospects during
the First Half of the Eighteenth Century
! Reforms and Puritanical Measures, Hindu
! Temples, Jizyah; Second Phase (1679-1707) 15. Religion, Fine Arts, Science and
! Territorial Consolidation and Expansion of Technology
Empire - North India ! Religion- Hindu Religion, Sikh Religion, Islam
! Popular Revolts - Jats, Satnamis, Afghans and ! Fine Arts - Architecture, Painting, Language
Sikhs and Literature, Music
! Breach with Marwar and Mewar ! Science and Technology

12. Climax and Crisis of the Mughal Empire 16. Northern India in the First Half of the
the Marathas and the Deccan Eighteenth Century
! Rise of the Marathas - Early Career of Shivaji - ! Bahadur Shah I, and the Beginning of the
! Treaty of Purandar - the Agra Visit Struggle

! Shivaji’s Swarajya - Administration and ! For Wizarat - Rajput Affairs - Marathas and the
Achievements ! Deccan - Accentuation of the Party Struggle
! Aurangzeb and the Deccani States (1658-87) ! Struggle for ‘New’ Wizarat: Zulfiqar Khan and
! Marathas and the Decean (1687-1707) Jahandar Shah (1712-13)

! Assessment of Aurangzeb and the Jagirdari ! The Saiyid Brothers’ Struggle for ‘New’
Crisis Wizarat
! The Saiyid ‘New’ Wizarat
13. Society-Structure and Growth
! The Wizarat of M. Amin Khan and Nizam-ul-
! Rural Society Mulk
! Towns and Town Life ! Rise of Regional States, Beginning of Foreign
! Artisans and Master-Craftsmen Invasions of India (1725-48)
! Women 17. The Maratha Bid for Supremacy
! Servants and Slaves ! The Marathas and their Policy of Expansion
! Standard of Living ! The Marathas and Nizam-ul-Mulk
! The Ruling Classes - Nobility, Rural Gentry ! The Maratha Advance into Gujarat and
! The Middle Strata Malwa
! The Commercial Classes ! The Maratha Advance into Doab and Punjab:
! First Phase (1741-52); Second Phase (1752-61);
14. Economic Life-Patterns and Prospects
! Third Battle of Panipat
! Inland Trade
! Overseas Trade - Role of Foreign Trading

Test 26: Soil + Land + Forest + Agriculture

1. Soil ! Soil Profiles and Horizons


! Soil Characteristics ! Soil Classification
! Factors Responsible for Soil Formation ! Soil Erosion and Conservation
! Stages of Soil Formation 2. Vegetation resources
! Soil Forming Processes ! Types of natural vegetation

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! Forests Irrigation
! Significance of forests ! Land use pattern in India
 Economic significance, Ecological ! Institutional Factors as land reform
significance ! Horticulture sector in India
 Cultural significance ! Agricultural revolutions
! Factors of forest development ! Agricultural labours
! Extent of forest cover ! Price Policy for Agriculture
! Classification of forests ! Agricultural marketing
 Grasslands ! Agricultural Insurance
 Desert vegetation ! Agricultural Census
 Tundra Vegetation ! Major schemes in agricultural sector
! Economic utilization of forests ! National Policy for farmers
! Deforestation ! Impact of climate change on agriculture
 Deforestation in tropical forests ! What is sustainable agriculture?
 Deforestation in temperate forests ! Use of IT in agriculture
 Rate and extent of deforestation ! Agriculture Issues and Challenges
 Causes and factors of deforestation:
Immediate causes of deforestation
5. Productivity of Crops and conditions
for growth
 Indirect deforestation
! Wheat
 Underlying causes of deforestation
 Conditions of growth
! Conservation of forests
 Varieties
 Forest conservation strategies
 Types of cultivation
 Reforestation
 Production pattern
 Monoculture plantation
 International trade
 Afforestation
! Rice
! Types of forestry
 Conditions of growth
! Social forestry
 Varieties
! Agro-forestry
 Methods of cultivation
3. Land resource
 Production pattern
! Land-use
 International trade
! Land capability classification
! Maize (Corn)
! Causes of Land Degradation
 Conditions of growth
! Impact of Land Degradation
 Production pattern
! Steps taken by GOI
 International trade
! Sustainable Land Management
! Barley
4. Basic terms related to Agriculture  Conditions of growth
! Performance of the agriculture sector  Production pattern
! Types of farming in India  International trade
! Dry zone farming ! Oats
! Organic farming ! Rye
! Cropping seasons in India ! Beverages
! Cropping Pattern in India ! Tea
! Agriculture regionalization  Condition of growth
! Infrastructure factors: Seeds; Fertilizers;  Production pattern

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 International trade ! Volatility in Pulse Prices
! Coffee  Arvind Subramanian Committee on Pulse
 Types of coffee Crises
 Conditions of growth  Government Raises Buffer Stock of Pulses
 Production pattern  PUSA Arhar 16 to Bridge the Demand-
 International trade Supply Gap
! Cocoa ! Agro Irradiation Centers
 Conditions of growth ! Options Trading in Agricultural Produce
 Production pattern ! Agricultural Marketing and Farm Friendly
 International trade Reforms Index
! Tobacco ! National Food Security Act
 Conditions of growth ! Digitization and Agriculture
 Production pattern ! Direct Benefit Transfer in Fertilizer Sector
 International trade ! Aquaponic Farm
! Fibre Crops ! Gift Milk Scheme
 Cotton ! Draft Regulation on Fortification of Foods
 Varieties of cotton
! Law Commission Recommendation on Food
 Conditions of growth Laws
 Production pattern ! Concept of Modern Terminal Markets
 International trade ! Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
 Jute
 e-Pashuhaat Portal
 Conditions of growth
 Schemes of Bio-Tech Kisan and Cattle
 Production pattern Genomics
 International trade  Rashtriya Gokul Mission
 Substitutes of Jute: Flax, Hemp
 Mission Fingerling
 Raw Silk
! Terms in Brief
 Production pattern
 Krishi Puruskar for Small Farmers
 States
 Ornamental Fishing
 Natural Rubber
 Agricultural Science Congress
 Other sources of rubber
 RubSiS
 Plantations in South-east Asia
 Production pattern  Ethanol Blending

 Sugarcane  National Bureau of Plant Genetic


Resources
 Conditions of growth
 Production pattern  Amendments to the NABARD Act, 1981

 International trade  Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation


Crops
 Sugarbeet—Conditions of growth
 Best Horticulture Award
 Production pattern
 Sugar industry  Neem Coating of Urea

 Sugar consumption ! Soil Health Card Scheme


 International trade. ! Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana

6. Recent developments in agriculture ! ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana


field ! PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana
! AADHAR Based Biometric Authentication in PDS ! National Agriculture Market

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Test 27: CSAT Test (GMA)

Test 28: Governance + Reforms + Bills + Policies

1. Elections in India ! Role of pressure group in developing


countries
! Salient features of the Representation of
People Act, 1950 ! Functions of pressure groups in India
! Salient features of Representation of Peoples ! Pressure groups methods
Act, 1951 ! Pressure groups and Democracy
! Electoral reforms ! Criticism of pressure groups
! Criminalization of politics
5. Role of SHG, NGOs, Civil Society
! Negative or neutral voting
! SHGs
! State funding of Elections
 Characteristics
! Irregularities in polling
 Role of SHGs in development
2. Political Parties in India ! NGOs
! Political parties in India  Functions
! Party reforms  Role of NGOs in development
! Problems in the working of parties ! Micro Finance Institutions
! Casteism and politics  Salient features
! Reforms in Party system in India  Role of MFIs in development
! Strengthening of Anti-defection measures ! Charities
3. Governing Institutions in India  Characteristics
! Structure of Ministries/departments 6. E-governance
 Political head ! Goals of e-governance
 Secretariat organization secretary ! Stages of e-governance
 Functions of the secretariat ! Interactions in e-governance
 Functions of attached and subordinate ! E-governance initiatives in India
office
! G2C initiative
 Other organizations
! G2B initiatives
 Constitutional bodies
! G2G initiatives
 Statutory bodies
! Reasons for non implementation of
 Autonomous bodies e-governance projects in India
 Public sector undertakings ! Steps for improvement
 The Executive organization
7. Citizen Charter
! Advantages of the separation of secretariat
and executive organization. ! Benefits
! Strengths and weaknesses of the existing ! Indian approach to Citizen Charters
structure ! ARC’s seven step model of Citizen Charters
! Recommendations for improving the
Organizational structure
8. Political Systems
! Totalitarian system
4. Role of Pressure Groups ! Oligarchic system
! Types of pressure groups
! Democratic system

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9. Transparency & Accountability 11. Social Audit
! Role of different agencies in maintenance of ! Basic concept
transparency and accouintability ! Importance and benefits
! Legislature
12. Bills
! Executive ! Representation of People (Amendment) Bill
! Judiciary 2010
! Civil society ! Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial
and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services)
! CBI, CVC, Lokpal, etc. Act, 2016’

10. Reforms ! Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of


Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016
! Administrative reforms
! The Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016
! Police reforms
! Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled
! Judicial reforms Areas) Act, 1996
! Political reforms, etc and recent committees ! Lokpal & Lokayukta (Amendment) Act, 2016
and their recommendations ! Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016
! Whistleblowers Amendment Bill

Test 29: Modern History

1. The Advent of Europeans In India 3. Impact of British Administration


! The Portuguese in India ! Industrialization—Ruin of Artisans and
 De Almeida Handicrafts men

 Albuquerque ! Impoverishment of Peasantry

 Causes of failure of Portuguese empire in ! Emergence of New Land Relations, Ruin of


India Old Zamindars

! The Dutch in India ! Stagnation and Deterioration of Agriculture

! The Danes in India ! Commercialization of Indian Agriculture

! The English ! Development of Modern Industry

! The French ! Rise of Indian Bourgeoisie

! Anglo-French Rivalry ! Economic Drain

 First Carnatic War ! Famine and Poverty

 Rise of the Hyderahad State ! Nationalist Critique of Colonial Economy

 The Second Carnatic War ! Abolition of the Dual System

 The Third Carnatic War ! Zamindari system

 Causes of English Success ! Ryotwari system


! Mahalwari system
2. The English in Bengal from 1757 TO
1772 4. The Revolt of 1857
! Black-hole Tragedy ! Economic Causes
! Battle of Plassey ! Political Causes
! Mir Jafar ! Administrative Causes
! Deposition of Mir Jafar ! Socio -Religious Causes
! Mir Kasim ! Influence of Outside Events

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! Discontent Among Sepoy’s ! Wood’s Des-patch (1854) Hunter Education
! Beginning and Spread Commission (1882-83)
! Indian Universities Act, 1904
! Leaders of the Revolt
! Government Resolution on Education
! Suppression of Revolt Policy—1913
! Causes of Failure of Revolt ! Saddler University Commission (1917-19)
! Hindu-Muslim Unity Factor ! Education Under Dyarchy
! Nature of the Revolt ! Hartog Committee (1929)
! Consequences ! Wardha Scheme of Basic Education (1937)
! Sergeant Plan of Education
5. Administrative Changes After 1857
! Kothari Education Commission (1964-66)
! Administration - Central, Provincial, Local
! Development of Vernacular
! Changes in the Army
! Education Development of Technical
! Public Services Education
! Princely States ! Evaluation of British Policy on Education
! Administrative Policies
! Foreign Policy 9. Struggle by the Masses
! Tribal Movements
6. Social reforms in India
 Bhil Uprising
! Raja Ram Mohan Roy
 Kol Uprising
! Swami Vivekananda
 Santhal Rebellion
! Swami Dayananda Saraswati
! Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar  Jaintia and Garo Rebellion
! Jyotiba Phule  Rampa Rebellion
! Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar  Munda Rebellion
! Henry Vivian Derozio  Khonda Dora Uprisings
! Debendranath Tagore  Tana Bhagat Movement
! Keshab Chandra Sen ! Peasant Movements
! Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa  Champaran Satyagraha
! Mahadev Govind Ranade
 Kheda Peasant Struggle
! Theosophical Society And Annie Besant
 Bardoli Movement
! Syed Ahmad Khan
 Moplah Rebellion
! Parsi Religious Reform Association
 Tebhaga Movement
! Baba Dayal Das
! Pandita Ramabai  Telangana Movement
! Sarojini Naidu 10. Terrorist and Revolutionary
7. Development of Indian Press Movements
! Early Regulations on Press ! Terrorist Movements
! Struggle by Early Nationalists to Secure Press ! The Revolutionary Movement
Freedom ! Reasons for Failure
! Vernacular Press Act, 1878
! During and After the First World War 11. The Early Phase of the Freedom
! During the Second World War
Struggle (1900–1915)
! After Independence ! Partition of Bengal (1905)
! Swadeshi Movement (1905)
8. Development of Education
! Origin of the Muslim League (1906)
! Charter Act of 1813
! Resolution of Swaraj (1906)
! Orientalist-Anglicism Controversy
! Surat Session: Split in Congress (1907)
! Efforts of Thomson

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! Morley-Minto Reforms (1909) ! Demand for Pakistan (1942)
! Cripps Mission (March 1942)
12. Middle Phase of the Freedom Struggle
! Quit India Movement (1942–1945)
(1915-1930)
! The CR Formula (1944)
! World War I-Reforms and Agitation
! Gandhi-Jinnah Talks (1944)
! Home Rule Movement (1915–1916)
! Desai-Liaqat Pact (1945)
! Lucknow Pact (1916)
! Wavell Plan and Simla Conference (1945)
! August Declaration of of 1971
! Provincial and General Elections of 1945
! Beginning of the Gandhian Era
! Cabinet Mission Plan (1946)
! The Government of India Act (1919)
! Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army)
! Rowlatt Act (1919)
! Direct Action Campaign (1946)
! Jallianwala Bagh Massacre (13 April 1919)
! Interim-Government (1946)
! Khilafat Movement (1920)
! Mountbatten Plan (1947)
! Non-Cooperation Movement (1920-1922)
! India Wins Freedom
! Chauri-Chaura Incident (1922)
! Indian Independence Act (1947)
! Trade Union Movement
! Partition of India
! Communist Movement in India
! Swaraj Party (1922) 14. Governor Generals During British
! Muddiman Committee (1924) India
! Simon Commission (1927) ! Robert Clive (1754-1767)
! Butler Committee (1927) ! Lord Warren Hastings (1773-1785)
! Delhi Muslim Proposal (1927) ! Lord Cornwallis (1786-1793)
! Nehru Report (1928) ! Sir John Shore (1793-1798)
! All Parties Muslim Conference (1929) ! Lord Arthur Wellesley (1798-1805)
! Jinnah’s Fourteen Points (1929) ! Lord George Barlow (1805-1807)
! Lahore Session (1929)
! Lord Minto-I (1807-1813)
! Allahabad Address (1930)
! Francis Rawdon Hastings (1813-1823):
13. Closer to Freedom (1930-1947) (Marques of Hastings)
! Civil Disobedience Movement (1930) ! Lord Amherst (1823-28)
! The First Round Table Conference (12 ! Lord William Bentinck (1828-1835)
November 1930) ! Sir Charles Metcalfe (1835-1836)
! Gandhi-Irwin Pact ! Lord Auckland (1836-1842)
! Second Round-Table Conference (12 ! Lord Ellenborough (1842-1844)
September 1931)
! Lord Hardinge-I (1844-1848)
! Civil Disobedience Movement (Second-Phase)
! Lord Dalhousie (1848-1856 great imperialist
! Third Round Table Conference (17 November
and colonist)
1932)
! Lord Canning (1856-1857 and 1858-1862)
! The Communal Award (1932)
! Poona Pact (1932) ! Lord Elgin-I (1862-1863)
! The Government of India Act (1935) ! Lord Lawrence (1862-1869)
! World War II and the Indian Political Situation ! Lord Mayo (1869-1872)
! Resignation of Congress Ministers (1939) ! Lord North Brook (1872-1876)
! Poona Resolution and Conditional ! Lord Lytton (1876-1880)
Support to Britain (1941) ! Lord Rippon (1880-1884)
! August Offer of 1940 ! Lord Dufferin (1884-1888)
! The Individual Civil Disobedience ! Lord Lansdowne (1888-1894)
! Two-Nation Theory

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! Lord Elgin-II (1894-1999) ! Lord Irwin (1926-1931)
! Lord Curzon (1899-1905) ! Lord Willingdon (1931-1936)
! Lord Minto-II (1905-1910) ! Lord Linlithgow (1936-1944)
! Lord Hardinge-11 (1910-1916) ! Lord Wavell (1944-1947)
! Lord Chelmsford (1916-1921) ! Lord Mountbatten (1947-1948)
! Lord Reading (1921-1926)

Test 30: Current Affairs (February, 2018)

Test 31: Polity & Governance (Sectional Test)

Test 32: Ecology & Environment (Sectional Test)

Test 33: CSAT Test (Reading Comprehension)

Test 34: Geography (Sectional Test)

Test 35: Current Affairs (Economic Survey + Budget)

Test 36: Science (Sectional Test)

Test 37: Current Affairs (India Year Book)

Test 38: Indian Economy (Sectional Test)

Test 39: History (Sectional Test)

Test 40: Mock Test 1 (Paper 1 & Paper 2)

Test 41: MCurrent Affairs (Oct, 2017 to April, 2018)

Test 42: Mock Test 2 (Paper 1 & Paper 2)

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