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Paper/Subtopic GS I: Indian Culture

Modern Indian History World History



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GS II: Constitution


Topics Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society. Salient aspects of Art forms (ancient to modern) Salient aspects of Literature (ancient to modern) Salient aspects of Architecture (ancient to modern) Mid-18th century - Present (significant events, personalities, issues) Freedom Struggle (various stages, important contributors from different parts of the country) Post-Independence (consolidation and reorganisation within country) 18th century events (e.g. Ind'l revo, WWs, redrawn boundaries, colonisation, decolonisation) Political philosophies (e.g. communism, capitalism, socialism) and their effect on society Salient features of Indian Society Diversity of India Role of women and women's organisation Population and associated issues Poverty and developmental issues Urbanisation (problems and remedies) Globalisation (effects on Indian society) Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism, Secularism Salient Features of World Physical Geography Distribution of key Natural Resources (world, S. Asia, Indian subcontinent) Factors responsible for location of Industries (primary, secondary, tertiary; India, world) Important Geophysical phenomena (earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, cyclones) Geographical features and location Critical geographical features, flora, fauna (changes and effects therof) Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations Historical underpinnings & evolution Features, amendments, significant provisions, basic structure Functions & responsibilities of the Union and the States; issues and challenges of federal structure Devolution of powers and finances to local levels; challenges therein Separation of Powers (between different organs, dispute redressal mechanisms, institutions) Comparison of Indian constitutional scheme with other countries' Union and State Legislatures (structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges; issues therein) Executive (structure, organisation, functioning) Judiciary (structure, organisation functioning) Ministries and Departments (of Union and State govts.)


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Social Justice

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International Relations GS III:

Economic Development

Pressure Groups & Formal, Informal associations (and their role in the polity) Salient features of the Representation of Peoples Act. Appointment to various Constitutional posts Constitutional Bodies (powers, functions and responsibilities) Statutory, Regulatory and Quasi-judicial bodies Government Policies & Interventions for development of various sectors (issues in their design, implementation) Development Processes & Development industry (role of NGOs, SHGs, groups & associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders) Welfare Schemes (centre, states; performance, mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for protection of vulnerable sections) Social Sector & Social Services (health, education, human resources - issues in development, management) Poverty and hunger issues Important aspects of governance Transaparency and accountability (institutional and other measures) E-Governance (applications, models, successes, limitations, potential) Citizens Charter Role of Civil Services in a democracy. India and its Neighbourhood (relations) Bilateral, Regional, Global groupings & Agreements (involving and/or affecting India) Effect of Policies & Politics of Developed and Developing countries on India (India's interests, diaspora) Important International institutions, agencies, for a (structure, mandate) Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management Indian Economy (issues re: planning, mobilisation of resources, growth, development, employment) Inclusive growth and issues therein Government Budgeting Major Crops in various parts of country (cropping patterns, types of irrigation, irrigation systems, storage, transport & marketing of agro-produce and related issues & constraints, e-technology to aid farmers) Farm subsidies and MSP and issues therein (direct and indirect) PDS (objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping, issues of buffer stocks & food security) Technology missions Economics of animal-rearing Food processing and related industries in India (scope & significance, location, upstream-downstream requirements, supply chain management) Land Reforms in India Effects of Liberalisation on the economy


Environment, Biodiversity Disaster Management


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Changes in Industrial policy & their effects on industrial growth Infrastructure (energy, ports, roads, airports, railways) Investment models S&T developments and everyday applications & effects Achievements of Indians in S&T Indigenisation of technology & development of new technology Awareness in fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nanotech, Biotech, IPR issues Environmental conservation Environmental pollution and degradation Environmental Impact Assessment Disasters & Disaster Management Linkages between Development & spread of Extremism Role of External State & Non-State actors in creating internal security challenges Internal security challenges through communication networks Role of media and social-networking sites in internal security challenges Basics of Cyber Security Moneylaundering & Prevention Border Areas (securite challenges and management thereof) Linkages of Organised crime and Terrorism Security forces & agencies (mandate) Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude (*intended to test attitude & approach; may involve case studies) Ethics and Human Interface (essence, determinants, consequences of ethics in human actions) Dimensions of ethics Ethics in public & private relationships Human values (lessons from great leaders, reformers & administrators) Role of family, society, educational institutions in inculcating values Attitude (content, structure, function, influence & relation with thought & behaviour) Moral and Political Attitudes Social Influence and Persuasion Civil Service aptitude & foundational values (integrity, impartiality, non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance & compassion towards weaker sections Emotional Intelligence (concepts, utility & application in administration & governance) Contributions of Moral Thinkers & Philosophers from India and world Public service values & Ethics in Public Administration (status & problems) Ethical concerns and dilemnas in government & private institutions


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Laws, rules, regulations, conscience as sources of ethical Guidance Accountability & ethical governance Strengthening of ethical & moral values in governance Ethical issues in international relations and funding Corporate Governance Probity in Governance (concept of public service) Philosophical basis of governance and probity Information (sharing & transparency in government) RTI Codes of Ethics Codes of Conduct Citizens Charters (*repeat) Work Culture Quality of Service Delivery Utilization of public funds Challenges of Corruption (*case studies on all above) Ms.Deboleena Rakshit