IAS SYLLABUS

IAS SYLLABUS

table of contents

  • IAS SYLLABUS FOR PRELIMS
  • BOOKS & RESOURCES FOR EACH TOPIC OF THE PRELIMS
  • IAS SYLLABUS FOR MAINS
  • BOOKS & RESOURCES FOR EACH TOPIC OF THE MAINS

The Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS is held in two stages – the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination. The syllabus for the Preliminary Examination is explained below:

SYLLABUS FOR THE ias PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

The Preliminary Examination consists of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each – General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II. Together they will carry a maximum of 400 marks.

QUESTION TYPE:

The questions that will be asked in the General Studies Paper I and the General Studies Paper II will be of the Objective Type. Each question will have multiple choices for the answer. The candidates will be required to choose the most appropriate answer for each question.

NEGATIVE MARKING:

Negative marking is done for incorrect answers. If a candidate gives 1 incorrect answer, then 1/3 or 0.33 marks out of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will still be treated as a wrong answer, even if one of the given answers happens to be correct.

If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, then no penalty will be imposed for that question.

OTHER:

The Question Papers will be set in both Hindi and English.

Blind candidates and Physically Handicapped candidates whose writing ability is adversely affected to the extent of 40% will be allowed extra time of 20 minutes per hour for each paper.

 

IAS PRELIMS: GENERAL STUDIES PAPER I [THIS PAPER HAS 7 TOPICS]

Marks – 200                     Duration – Two Hours 

The Paper will have 100 Questions. Each Question will carry 2 marks.

The questions that will be asked in this paper will be from the following topics:

TOPIC 1: CURREnt events of national and international importance

This will include the important national and international events that are or have been hogging the headlines. These could pertain to subjects as diverse as Security, scientific advances, computers, Artificial Intelligence, environmental issues, sports etc.

Study Material for this Topic:

Newspaper

The Hindu or The Indian Express (English) or

Dainik Bhaskar or Dainik Jagran or Amar Ujala (Hindi)

Magazine

Yojana or Kurukshetra

(One of the two Magazines)

India Today (Special Issues); Frontline.

Websites:

Press Information Bureau

Insights Of India

PM India

All India Radio (For the news)

Lok Sabha TV And Rajya Sabha TV (Talk Shows)

Latest India Year Book (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)

Latest Manorama Year Book 

TOPIC 2: HISTORy of India and Indian National Movement

This will include Indian History from the pre-historic period onwards. There will be special emphasis on India’s Freedom Movement and the contributions made by people and leaders from different parts of the country in the fight to make India free.

Study Material for this Topic:

All the NCERT books on History from Class 6 to Class 12

RS Sharma – India’s Ancient Past

Romilla Thapar – Early India, From the Origins to AD 1300

Satish Chandra – History of Medieval India

Bipan Chandra – India’s Struggle for Independence

L Mukherjee – History of India

L Mukherjee – A Study of History of India: Modern Period

An Introduction To Indian Art – NCERT BOOK for Class XI

TOPIC 3: INDIan and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic. Geography of India and the World

This will include the Geography of India and the Geography of the World. It will encompass the aspects of Physical Geography, Social Geography and Economic Geography of India and the World.

Study Material for this Topic:

All the NCERT books on Geography from Class 6 to Class 12

Goh Cheng Leong – Certificate Physical And Human Geography

Majid Hussain – Geography of India

K Siddhartha – Geography Through Maps

HM Saxena – Environmental Geography

TC Sharma & OC Outinho – Economic and Commercial Geography of India

TOPIC 4: INDIAn Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

This will include the Indian Constitution and the Political System that flows out of it and how our country is governed through this constitutional arrangement. It will encompass subjects like the Indian Constitution, the Indian Political System, the Panchayati Raj or democracy at the grass roots, Public Policy on various aspects of governance, the Rights of various categories of the population etc.

Study Material for this Topic:

All the NCERT books on Polity and Governance from Class 6 to Class 12

ND Arora – Indian Polity, Governance and National Movement for Civil Services Preliminary Examination, Paper I

Laxmikanth – Indian Polity for Civil Services Examination

Durga Das Basu – An Introduction To The Constitution

TOPIC 5: ECONOMIC and Social Development – Sustainable  Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

This will include the Economic and Social Development of the country. It will encompass subjects like Sustainable Development, Poverty and its removal, Inclusion of all sections of the population in the country’s quest for Development, Demographics or the special features of the Indian Population regarding its age profile, its skill levels etc. and their implications, the initiatives taken by the Governments, over time, in developing the Social Sectors like education, health and medical care, water supply and sanitation, poverty alleviation, housing conditions etc.

Study Material for this Topic:

All the NCERT books on Economics from Class 6 to Class 12

Ramesh Singh – Indian Economy

Economic Survey [In Two Volumes] (Ministry of Finance)

The Annual Budget of the Government of India (Current)

The Latest Five-Year Plan

R. Nagraj (Editor) – Growth, Inequality and Social Development in India: Is inclusive growth possible

TOPIC 6: GENERal issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change that do not require subject specialization

This will include the issues connected with Environmental Ecology which deal with the interaction between organisms, including human beings, and their natural environment, with each other as well as with the abiotic components of their environment such as sunlight, climate, geology etc. and how India is placed in this context.

It will also include Bio-Diversity and Climate Change. This means the impact of Climate Change on the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular geographical area like India.

The environment and issues connected to it, which have a direct bearing on the present and the future of the world, with special reference to their impact on India, will also get covered under it.

Study Material for this Topic:

All the NCERT books on Environment from Class 9 to Class 12

Shankar IAS Academy – Environment

Rajagopalan – Environmental Studies: From Crisis To Cure

Jairam Ramesh – Critically Endangered Species

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Survey of Tigers              (Highlights)

Survey of Elephants        (Highlights)

Survey of Biospheres       (Highlights)

Survey of National Parks (Highlights)

Survey of Wetlands          (Highlights)

The Annual Forest Survey brought out by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

TOPIC 7: GENERal Science

This will include, apart from the topics covered under conventional general science, contemporary Technology areas as well as emerging areas. It will also look at newer things like Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) including Open AI Ecosystems, Electronic Funds Transfer, the capacity of the distributed electronic ledger or the Blockchain (which was behind the online currency Bitcoin) to fundamentally change the way markets and governments work, Nuclear Energy, Sources of Renewable Energy including the new Perovskite Solar Cells, Mobile Phones and the advances being witnessed in them, Personal Computers including Laptops, Electronic Note Books etc., the next generation Batteries, Space Flights, Autonomous Vehicles, Digital Media, 2D Materials, Organ Transplants,  Genetic Engineering including miniature models of human organs or what is known as Organs-on-chips, the Internet including the internet of things and nano-sensors and the internet of nano-things etc.

Study Material for this Topic:

All the NCERT books on Science and Technology from Class 6 to Class 12

Ashok Kumar Singh – Science and Technology in India

Ravi Agrahari – Science And Technology

Nandan Nilekani & Viral Shah – Rebooting India: Realizing a billion aspirations

Alan T Norman – Blockchain technology Explained

 

IAS PRELIMS syllabus: GENERAL STUDIES PAPER II [THIS PAPER HAS 6 TOPICS]

Marks – 200                      Duration: Two Hours

The paper will have 80 Questions. Each question will carry 2.5 marks.

The questions will be asked from the following topics:

TOPIC 1: COMprehension

This means the ability to understand something. The questions will test how easily and quickly a candidate is able to comprehend or understand things. A certain level of mental ability is a pre-requisite for this.

Study Material for this Topic:

McGraw Hill Publication – Manual of General Studies Paper II

TOPIC 2: INTErpersonal skills including communication skills

Interpersonal skills are the ability to communicate or interact with other people.

Communication skills are the ability to convey or share ideas and feelings effectively.

Thus interpersonal skills including communication skills are the processes by which a person can convey, in clear terms, what is required to be done, and, if the need arises, the person can persuade his/her colleagues to do the thing in a particular manner.

The questions will test the degree to which a candidate is endowed with these abilities.

Study Material for this Topic:

V Sasikumar, ND Arora, Prem Sahajpal – General Studies Paper 2 for Civil Services Preliminary Examination

TOPIC 3: LOGIcal reasoning and analytical ability

Logical reasoning is the process of using a rational, systematic series of steps based on sound mathematical procedures and given statements, removed from emotion, to arrive at a conclusion.

Analytical ability is the ability to collect and analyse information and make decisions.

Together, they mean the ability to apply logical reasoning or thinking to break complex problems into their component parts. This facilitates intelligent decision-making. The candidate’s ability in this regard will be tested through the questions.

Study Material for this Topic:

MK Pandey – Analytical Reasoning

RS Aggarwal – Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Irving M Copi, Carl Cohen & Kenneth McMahon – Introduction to Logic

Eugenia Cheng – The Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World that Doesn’t

TOPIC 4: DECIsion making and problem solving

Decision making is the action of making important decisions.

Problem solving is the process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues.

The two are complimentary to each other.

Thus, problem solving involves the process of analyzing an issue in great depth. Decision making, on the other hand, is more of a judgement based on the analysis of an issue.

The questions will test the level to which these faculties are present in a candidate.

Study Material for this Topic:

Edgar Thorpe & Showick Thorpe – General Studies Paper II For Civil Services Preliminary Examination

TOPIC 5: GENEral mental ability

Mental ability is the power to learn or retain or understand something. The questions will test the level to which this faculty is present in the candidate.

Study Material for this Topic:

Arihant Publications – Cracking The CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) Paper 2

TOPIC 6: BASIC NUMERACY

Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. (Class X level).

Basic Numeracy is the ability to apply simple numerical concepts like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Orders of magnitude are the exponential change in the value of a quantity or unit.

Data interpretation is the process of making sense of numerical data, or data provided in charts, graphs, tables etc. which has been analysed and presented.

The candidates are required to possess these abilities of Basic Numeracy and Data Interpretation equivalent to those required to be present in a student who has completed class X. The questions that will be asked will test whether the candidate possesses these abilities, which should be present in a student who has studied these subjects up to Class X.

Study Material for this Topic:

Arihant Publications – The 15 Steps Programme, 15 Practice Sets CSAT Paper 2 

additional Information For Candidates

NOTE 1: PAPER-II OF THE CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAMINATION WILL BE A QUALIFYING PAPER WITH MINIMUM QUALIFYING MARKS FIXED AT 33%.

NOTE 2: THE QUESTIONS WILL BE OF MULTIPLE CHOICE, OBJECTIVE TYPE.

NOTE 3: IT IS MANDATORY FOR THE CANDIDATE TO APPEAR IN BOTH THE PAPERS OF CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIM) EXAMINATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF EVALUATION. THEREFORE A CANDIDATE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IN CASE HE/SHE DOES NOT APPEAR IN BOTH THE PAPERS OF CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIM) EXAMINATION. 

IAS MAINS syllabus:

MAIN EXAMINATION

Information For Candidates

NOTE 1:  The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

NOTE 2:  The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well- educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

NOTE 3:  The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.

LANGUAGES SYLLABUS

QUALIFYING PAPERS ON INDIAN LANGUAGES AND ENGLISH

Information For Candidates

The aim of the two papers is to test the candidate’s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and the Indian language concerned.

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows:

ENGLISH syllabus

  • (i)  Comprehension of given passages.
  • (ii)  Precis Writing.
  • (iii)  Usage and Vocabulary.
  • (iv)  Short Essays.

Study Material for this Topic:

There is an ebook for preparing English called, “Comprehensive English Language Guide for SSC CGL Tier-2”. It has been prepared by OLIVEBOARD. It is available free of cost.

Candidates can test themselves on the English Grammar Guide of EDUCATION FIRST at Efset.org . It is available free of cost.

Many publishers publish new books every year on the Compulsory English paper. If candidates wish, then they can select a book or two out of them. These have to be paid for.

Candidates should read one English language newspaper everyday.

Candidates should also practice writing.

 

INDIAN LANGUAGES SYLLABUS

  • (i)  Comprehension of given passages.
  • (ii)  Precis Writing.
  • (iii)  Usage and Vocabulary.
  • (iv)  Short Essays.
  • (v)  Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.

Study Material for this Topic:

Candidates should choose the language that they learnt at school and have some grip over. CBSE school level books for Class 10 in the language concerned will be good enough for preparing for this paper.

Candidates should revise their school language and basic grammar lessons.

Candidates should read one daily newspaper that is published in the language they have selected.

Candidates must also practice writing in the language concerned, everyday.

They should practice answering the question papers of the previous years and also attempt mock Question Papers to test their fluency in the Indian Language concerned.

ADDITIONAL Information For Candidates

NOTE 1: THE PAPERS ON INDIAN LANGUAGES AND ENGLISH WILL BE OF MATRICULATION OR EQUIVALENT STANDARD AND WILL BE OF QUALIFYING NATURE ONLY. THE MARKS OBTAINED IN THESE PAPERS WILL NOT BE COUNTED FOR RANKING.

NOTE 2 : THE CANDIDATES WILL HAVE TO ANSWER THE ENGLISH AND INDIAN LANGUAGES PAPERS IN ENGLISH AND THE RESPECTIVE INDIAN LANGUAGE (EXCEPT WHERE TRANSLATION IS INVOLVED).

NOTE 3: THE QUALIFYING MARKS FOR THE PAPERS ON ENGLISH AND THE INDIAN LANGUAGE HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED BY THE UPSC AS 25%.

 

IAS MAINS PAPER-I: ESSAY

Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay, to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

STUDY Material that should be used for preparing the Essay

There are a few subjects on which the candidates are asked to write essays each year. These subjects are Environment, Women’s issues, Science and Technology, Science and Ethics, Economy, Globalization, Empowerment of the Weaker Sections etc. Candidates should prepare these subjects thoroughly so that, in case the UPSC asks them to write an essay on any of these subjects, then they can write a good essay.

 

IAS MAINS PAPER II: General StudieS I [INDIAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE, HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD AND SOCIETY]

topic 1: Indian culture

(Indian culture— This will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times).

Study Material for this Topic:

Jawahar Lal Nehru – The Discovery of India

AL Basham – The Wonder That Was India

John Keay – India: A History

Amartya Sen – The Argumentative Indian

Nitin Singhania – Indian Art and Culture

Madhukar Kumar Bhagat – Indian Heritage and Culture

TOPIC 2: Modern Indian history

(Modern Indian history— From about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present – significant   events, personalities, issues).

Study Material for this Topic:

Bipan Chandra – History of Modern India

Shekhar Bandopadhyay – From Plassey to Partition

Bipan Chandra – India Since Independence

TOPIC 3: The Freedom Struggle

(The Freedom Struggle— Its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country).

Study Material for this Topic:

Bipan Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee, Sucheta Mahajan & KN Panikkar – India’s Struggle for Independence

Yasmin Khan – The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan

TOPIC 4: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country

Study Material for this Topic:

VP Menon – Integration of the Indian States

Ram Chandra Guha – India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy

TOPIC 5: History of the world

(History of the world— This will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. – their forms and effect on the society).

Study Material for this Topic:

Arjun Dev & Indira Arjun Dev – History of the World

David Thompson – Europe Since Napoleon

FA Hayek (Edited by Bruce Caldwell) – The Road To Serfdom

Jan C Jansen & Jurgen Osterhammel – Decolonization

TOPIC 6: Salient features of the Indian Society; Diversity of India

Study Material for this Topic:

Ram Ahuja – Social Problems In India

Kumar M Senthil, S Rijesh – Indian Society

MN Srinivas (Editor) – Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar

tOPIC 7: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies

Study Material for this Topic:

B Ramaswamy – Women’s Movement in India

Namita Kumari – Women Entrepreneurship in India – Understanding the Role of NGOs.

Anupam Hazra – India’s Social Sector & Millennium Development Goals.

TOPIC 8: Effects of globalization on Indian society.

Study Material for this Topic:

Babita Agrawal & Anil Agrawal – Globalization and Indian Society

TOPIC 9: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism.

Study Material for this Topic:

Ram Ahuja – Society in India: Concepts, Theories and Recent Trends

Kumar M Senthil, S Rijesh – Indian Society

Yogendra Singh – Modernization of Indian Tradition

MN Srinivas – Social Change in Modern India

MV Rao – Persistence and Change in Tribal India

TOPIC 10: Salient features of world’s physical geography

Study Material for this Topic:

Savindra Singh – Physical Geography

TOPIC 11: Distribution of key natural resources across the world

(Distribution of key natural resources across the world— Including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).

Study Material for this Topic:

GOH CHENG LEONG – Certificate Physical And Human Geography

Majid Hussain – Geography of India

TOPIC 12: Important Geophysical phenomena

(Important Geophysical phenomena— Such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes).

Study Material for this Topic:

Alan Strahler & Arthur Strahler – Introducing Physical Geography

DS Lal – Climatology

Eugene P Odum & Gary W Barret – Fundamentals of Ecology

 

IAS MAINS PAPER-III: General Studies – II [Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations]

TOPIC 1: Indian Constitution

(Indian Constitution—Historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure).

Study Material for this Topic:

DD Basu – An Introduction to The Indian Constitution

TOPIC 2: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States

(Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States— Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein).

Study Material for this Topic:

Laxmikanth – Indian Polity

TOPIC 3: Separation of powers between various organs, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions

Study Material for this Topic:

Subhash C Kashyap – Our Constitution

TOPIC 4: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

Study Material for this Topic:

Anup Chand Kapur & KK Mishra – Select Constitutions

TOPIC 5: Parliament and State legislatures

(Parliament and State legislatures— Structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these).

Study Material for this Topic:

Laxmikanth – Indian Polity

TOPIC 6: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

(Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary— Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity).

Study Material for this Topic:

Laxmikanth – Indian Polity

TOPIC 7: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

Study Material for this Topic:

The Representation of the People Act, 1950 and the Representation of the People Act, 1951 – Bare Act with Short Notes

TOPIC 8: Appointment to various Constitutional posts

Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

Study Material for this Topic:

Laxmikanth – Indian Polity

Laxmikanth – Indian Governance

TOPIC 9: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

Study Material for this Topic:

Laxmikanth – Indian Governance

TOPIC 10: Government policies and interventions

Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

Study Material for this Topic:

Laxmikanth – Indian Governance

TOPIC 11: Development processes and the development industry

(Development processes and the development industry— The role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders).

Study Material for this Topic:

Namita Kumari – Women Entrepreneurship in India: Understanding the Role of NGOs.

R Sooryamoorthy & KD Gangrade – NGOs in India: A Cross-Sectional Study

TOPIC 12: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States

(Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States— And the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections).

Study Material for this Topic:

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment – Annual Reports

Ministry of Tribal Affairs – Annual Reports

Five Year Plan Document (Ongoing) – for notes on various schemes and programmes for the vulnerable sections of the population.

Devesh Kapur & Pratap Bhanu Mehta – Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design

TOPIC 13: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

Study Material for this Topic:

Ministry of Human Resource Development – Annual Reports

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – Annual Reports

Five Year Plan Document (Ongoing) – for notes on various schemes and programmes for the vulnerable sections of the population.

TOPIC 14: Issues relating to poverty and hunger

Study Material for this Topic:

Niti Ayog – Notes on Poverty

Chandra Sekhar Gupta Boggarapu – What Explains Poverty in India?

TOPIC 15: Important aspects of governance

(Important aspects of governance,Transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures).

Study Material for this Topic:

Right To Information Act – Bare Act

Department Of Administrative Reforms And Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India – Citizen’s Charters: A Handbook

Department Of Administrative Reforms And Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India – Compilation of Guidelines for the Redress of Public Grievances, including Employee Grievances, Citizen’s Charters and Information Facilitation Counters in the Government of India

TOPIC 16: Role of civil services in a democracy

Study Material for this Topic:

Second Administrative Reforms Commission Reports – 2nd Report: Unlocking Human Capital: Entitlements and Governance;

10th Report: Refurbishing of Personnel Administration & scaling new heights;

12th Report: Citizen Centric Administration;

13th Report: Organizational Structure of Government of India;

15th Report: State and District Administration

[ALL THESE REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS AND PUBLIC GRIEVANCES, MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA www.darpg.gov.in  ]

TOPIC 17: India and its neighborhood- relations

Study Material for this Topic:

Ministry of External Affairs – Annual Reports

Rajiv Sikri – Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy

Foreign Service Institute of India – India’s Foreign Policy: Agenda for the 21st Century (Two Volumes)

TOPIC 18: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

Study Material for this Topic:

IC Dhingra, Padmini Jha & Sanjay Kataria – International Organisations

TOPIC 19: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora

Study Material for this Topic:

Foreign Service Institute of India – India’s Foreign Policy: Agenda for the 21st Century (Two Volumes)

TOPIC 20: Important International institutions, agencies and fora – their structure, mandate

Study Material for this Topic:

IC Dhingra, Padmini Jha & Sanjay Kataria – International Organisations

 

IAS MAINS PAPER-IV: General Studies – III [Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management] 

TOPIC 1: Indian Economy

Indian Economy- And issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

Study Material for this Topic:

NCERT books on Economics from Class 9 onwards especially the following books: 

Understanding Economic Development (Class X),

Indian Economic Development (Class XI) and

Macroeconomics (Class XII)

Candidates should also subscribe to either the Economic Times or the Business Standard newspaper.

Economic Survey, Ministry of Finance

Ramesh Singh – Indian Economy

Uma Kapila – Indian Economy: Performance and Policies

TOPIC 2: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it

Study Material for this Topic:

To understand the concept of Inclusive Growth, the article “Inclusive India: Inclusive Growth in India – Past Performance and Future Prospects” by B Grewal, P Malhotra and A Ahmed from the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University is very good. It appeared in the August 2013 issue of The India Economy Review. Candidates should read it.

The 11th Five Year Plan Document and the 12th Five Year Plan Document have both focused on Inclusive Growth. A quick glance through them will help the candidate to understand the approach of the government as well as the achievements of the government under this head.

TOPIC 3: Government Budgeting

Study Material for this Topic:

The Budget (for the relevant year) by Taxman

TOPIC 4: Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country

(Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country- Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e- technology in the aid of farmers).

Study Material for this Topic:

JM Dhaka – Agricultural Economics and Farm Management

Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Handbook of Agriculture

Dilip Kumar Majumdar – Irrigation Water Management: Principles and Practice

Nilabja Ghosh – India’s Agricultural Marketing: Market Reforms and Emergence of New Channels

TOPIC 5: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System

(Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- Objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing).

Study Material for this Topic:

JM Dhaka – Agricultural Economics and Farm Management

Public Distribution System – Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) NOTES

Rajendra Kumar Pandey – Production, Processing and Marketing of Milk and Milk Products

The Marketing of Poultry Products – A  collection of Articles on The Business Methods of the Poultry Keeper

TOPIC 6: Food processing and related industries in India

(Food processing and related industries in India- Scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management).

Study Material for this Topic:

Ministry of Food Processing – Schemes

Arpita Mukherjee, Dabolima Mukherjee, Deboshree Ghosh & Divya Satija – Food Processing Industry in India: Unleashing the Potential of the Non-Alcoholic Beverages

TOPIC 7: Land reforms in India

Study Material for this Topic:

PK Agrawal – Land Reforms in India: Constitutional and Legal Approach

Dr N Kannan – Land Reforms and Social Justice in India

Land Reforms – Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) NOTES

TOPIC 8: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

Study Material for this Topic:

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion – Annual Reports

Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises – Annual Reports

TOPIC 9: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

Study Material for this Topic:

The Economic Survey – Chapters on Energy, Infrastructure and Communication

TOPIC 10: Investment models

Study Material for this Topic:

Amartya Sen – Resources, Values & Development

H.B. Cheney –  Redistribution With Growth

TOPIC 11: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

Study Material for this Topic:

NCERT Books on Science from Class 6 to Class 12.

TOPIC 12: Achievements of Indians in science & technology

Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology

Study Material for this Topic:

Ashok Kumar Singh – Science and Technology in India

TOPIC 13: Awareness in the fields of I.T, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights

Study Material for this Topic:

Nandan Nilekani & Viral Shah – Rebooting India: Realizing a billion aspirations

Ravi Agrahari – Science And Technology

TOPIC 14: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Study Material for this Topic:

Shankar’s IAS – Environment

R Rajgopalan – Environment and Ecology: A Complete Guide

Vivek S Raj & Vishi Sengraj – Ecology, Biodiversity and Environment

TOPIC 15: Disaster and disaster management

Study Material for this Topic:

Dr B Ramaswamy – Environment & Disaster Management

RK Dave – Disaster Management in India: Challenges and Strategies

Dr Parag Diwan – A Manual On Disaster Management

TOPIC 16: Linkages between development and spread of extremism

Study Material for this Topic:

Anjum Mahdi – Internal Security of India: Challenges, Threats and Remedial Measures

M Karthikeyan – Internal Security

TOPIC 17: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security

Study Material for this Topic:

Kanti P Bajpai and Harsh V Pant (Edited) – India’s National Security: A Reader

TOPIC 18: Challenges to internal security

Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention

Study Material for this Topic:

Kanti P Bajpai and Harsh V Pant (Edited) – India’s National Security: A Reader

Ashok Kumar IPS & Vipul DANIPS – Challenges To Internal Security Of India

TOPIC 19: Security challenges and their management in border areas

Security challenges and their management in border areas- linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

Study Material for this Topic:

Hamid Khan, Yogita Hooda & LR Tandon – Internal Security of India

Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 – Bare Act

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Money Laundering – From the Internet

TOPIC 20: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

Study Material for this Topic:

Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India – Annual Reports

 

IAS MAINS PAPER-V: General Studies – IV  [Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude]

This paper will include questions to test the candidate’s attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

TOPIC 1: Ethics and Human Interface

(Ethics and Human Interface- Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values).

Study Material for this Topic:

John Deigh – An Introduction to Ethics

Michael J Sandel – Justice: What Is The Right Thing To Do?

Niraj Kumar – Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Frank N Magill (Editor) – Masterpieces of World Philosophy

TOPIC 2: Attitude

(Attitude- Content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion).

Study Material for this Topic:

M Karthikeyan – Ethics, Integrity And Aptitude

TOPIC 3: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service

(Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service-Integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections).

Study Material for this Topic:

2nd Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) Report – Ethics in Governance

Sara R Jordan & Philip W Gray – The Ethics of Public Administration: The Challenges of Global Governance

TOPIC 4: Emotional intelligence

(Emotional intelligence- Concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance).

Study Material for this Topic:

Ramesh K Arora – Ethics in Governance: Innovations, Issues and Instrumentalities

Amy Bradley & Andrew Cope – Emotional Intelligence: How To Flourish In A Crazy World

TOPIC 5: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world

Study Material for this Topic:

Stephen Law – The Great Philosophers: The Lives and Ideas of History’s Greatest Thinkers

TOPIC 6: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration

(Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration- Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance).

Study Material for this Topic:

Sara R Jordan & Philip W Gray – The Ethics of Public Administration: The Challenges of Global Governance

Indira Gandhi National Open University

(IGNOU) – Ethical Concerns in Public Administration

TOPIC 7: Probity in Governance

(Probity in Governance- Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption).

Study Material for this Topic:

2nd Administrative Reforms Commission  (ARC) Report – Ethics in Governance

Dr N Venkataiah – Value Education

Right To Information Act – Bare Act

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances And Pensions, Government Of India – Citizen’s Charters: A Handbook

TOPIC 8: Case Studies on above issues

Study Material for this Topic:

R Rajagopalan – Case Studies in Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

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