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GS PAPER 1

History:

Syllabus

Subject

Book Title

Author / Publisher

 

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

 

Indian Heritage and Culture

Facets of Indian Culture

Spectrum

Indian Art & Culture Notes

Dr. Tara Sharma

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country

 

Modern India

India’s struggle for independence

Bipan Chandra

India after independence

Bipan Chandra

India After Gandhi

Ram Chandra Guha

 

  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country

 

Sociology & World Society

 

 

 

  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

 

World History

World History

OLD NCERT

Class XII

World History

Arjun Dev

Indira Arjun Dev

 

  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

 

Sociology & World Society

Related Topics

Yojana

 

Publication Division

 

  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

 

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

 

  • Effects of globalization on Indian society

 

 

  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism

 

Geography

Syllabus

Subject

Book Title

Author / Publisher

 

  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  • 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

 

Physical Geography

Certificate Physical & Human Geography

Goh Cheng Leong

Fundamentals of Physical Geography

NCERT Class XI

Geography of India

Khullar

 

  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

 

India and World Geography

Indian & World Geography

Majid Hussain

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

 

GS PAPER 2

Syllabus

Subject

Book Title

Author / Publisher

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

Polity

Indian Polity

Laxmikanth

The Constitution of India

P. M. Bakshi

Newspaper & Magazines For Latest Updates.

 

  • Separation of powers between various organs, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

 

  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

 

  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

Socio-Economic related

 

Yojana

Publication Division

  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

Yojana

Publication Division

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.

Public Administration related

Yojana

Publication Division

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

  • India and its neighborhood relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

International relations

 

India’s Foreign Policy

V N Khanna

Newspapers, Magazines

 

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

 

GS PAPER 3

Syllabus

Subject

Book Title

Author / Publisher

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.

Economy

Indian Economy

Pratiyogita Darpan

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

  • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.

Agriculture

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.

Economy

Indian Economy

Pratiyogita Darpan

  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

S&T

Newspapers, Magazines

 

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Ecology & Environment

Ecology & Environmental

P.D.Sharma

Chronicle Special Issue

Chronicle

  • Disaster and disaster management

Disaster Management

Yojana Special Issue

Publication Division

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

Security

Yojana Special Issue

Publication Division

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 

Internet

 

 

GS PAPER 4

Syllabus

Subject

Book Title

Author / Publisher


  • 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.

 

A A SHAH’s Class Notes

 


Lexicon

Chronicle


  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
 
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

 

 

 

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

  • Case Studies on above issues.

 

 


 

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