Syllabus

Syllabus Preliminary .

PLAN OF EXAMINATION

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and (ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.

2. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in subsection (A) of Section-II. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.


3. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for interview for a Personality Test vide sub-section ‘C’ of Section-II. Marks obtained in the papers will be counted for ranking. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.

Section-II

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations


A. Preliminary Examination
The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

NOTE
  1. (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
  2. (ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
  3. (iii) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.
  4. (iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper

PART-A

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

Paper I - (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data
  • interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Note 1 :

Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of PaperII) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper

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Note 2 :

The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.



B. Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper-I
  • Section 1 Essay 250 Marks

Paper-II
  • General Studies–I 250Marks (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper-III
  • General Studies –II 250 Marks (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

Paper-IV
  • General Studies –III 250 Marks (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

Paper-V
  • General Studies –IV 250 Marks (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Paper-VI
  • Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

Paper-VII
  • Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test) 1800 Marks
Personality Test 275 Marks.
Grand Total 2075 Marks

{Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below (Group 1).
However, a candidate can opt for the literatures of a language, indicated in Group-2 below para 2, as an optional
subject, only if the candidate has graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject}

Books and Periodicals suggested
Preliminary Examinations –
Main examinations –

MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - II

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

TOPICS BOOKS & JOURNALS

1.Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
References:
Indian Culture and Heritage – NIOS:

www.nios.ac.in
Indian Freedom Struggle of Independence – Bipin Chandra
Facets of Indian Culture - Spectrum Pub.
Indian Culture Chapter of Indian Year Book

Journals/Websites:
The Hindu, www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, The Indian Express, Economic Political Weekly, Frontline

2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present significant events, personalities, issues.
References:

Indian Freedom Struggle of Independence – Bipin Chandra
“A Brief History of Modern India” – Spectrum Pub.
Indian Culture Chapter of Indian Year Book
Modern India History – B. L. Grover

3. The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors or contributions from different parts of the country.
References:

12th NCERT – Politics in Indian after Independence.

4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
References:

India since Independence – Bipin Chandra
India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha

5. 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.
References:

9th & 10th NCERT – India and the contemporary world
Mastering Modern World History – Normal Lowe

6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
References:

12th NCERT: Indian Society, Social change and Development in India
Indian Social System – Ram Ahuja

Journals/Websites:
The Hindu, www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, The Indian Express, Economic Political Weekly, Frontline, Kurukshetra

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

IGNOU-ESO-12: Society in India
Indian Social Structure & Change – K L Sharma

8. Effects of globalization on Indian society.
References:

IGNOU –ESO-16: Social Problems in India


9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
References:

Indian society & Culture – Nadeem Hasnain
Social Problems in India – Ram Ahuja

10. Salient features of world’s physical geography.
References:

11th NCERT: Physical Geogrpahy, World Geography by Majid Husain

Journals/Websites:
The Hindu, www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, Down to Earth (www.downtoearth.org.in), The Indian Express, Economic Political Weekly, Frontline, Kurukshetra

11. 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).
References:

Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong,
Around the World (Geography): ICSE Board Class (6, 7 & 8)
or OLD NCERT Books Class (6, 7 & 8)

12. 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.
References:
Orient Longman Atlas

MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - III

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

TOPICS BOOKS & JOURNALS

1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
References:

11th NCERT Indian Constitution at work & Indian Polity by M. Lakshmi Kant, Constitution of India By PM Bakshi.

Journals/ Websites:
THE HINDU, PIB www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, Kurukshetra, The Indian Express, Economic & Political Weekly, Frontline.

2. 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.
3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
References:

Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu. IGNOU MPS-003 India: Democracy and Development, Indian Public Administration 3rd Edition by Rajni & Goyal. Journals/ Websites: THE HINDU, PIB www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, Kurukshetra, The Indian Express, Economic & Political Weekly, Frontline.



4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
5. Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
References:

Political Science by ND Arora, Public Administration By Lakshmi Kant.


6. 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.
References:

12th NCERT: Politics in India After Independence, 2nd ARC REPORT, Sarkaria Commission Report. Punchi Commission Report.


7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
References:

8th NCERT- Law & Social Justice, 9th NCERT- Economics, 11th NCERT- Economics: Indian Economic Development. 12th Five Year Plan 2012- Planning Commission.

Journals/ Websites :

www.socialjustice.nic.in, Kurukshetra, The Indian Express, Economic & Political Weekly, Frontline.


11. Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
References:

IGNOU MPS-003 India: Democracy and Development.


12. 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.
References:

Indian Year Book, Economic Survey, Annual Reports: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

Journals/ Websites:

THE HINDU, PIB www.pib.nic.in, Yojana & Kurukshetra.


13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector or Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
14. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
15. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance - applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
16. Role of civil services in a democracy.
References:

Governance In India By Lakshmi Kant, 2nd ARC REPORT, Development Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya, New Horizons of Public Administration 7th Edition by Mohit Bhattacharya, Indian Public Administration 3rd Edition by Rajni & Goyal.

Journals/ Websites :

THE HINDU, PIB www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, Kurukshetra, The Indian Express, Economic & Political Weekly, Frontline.


17. India and its neighborhood- relations.
References:

IGNOU - EPS- 07- International Relations, IGNOU -MP-001-India & the World, IGNOU – MPS-002- International Relations: Theory and problems.

Journals/ Websites:

THE HINDU, PIB www.pib.nic.in, World Focus, The Indian Express, Frontline.


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

NCERT Class 12th: Political Science Contemporary World Politics, India’s Foreign Policy- Retrospect and prospect By Sumit Ganguly.


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

Foreign Policy of India By V N Khanna, India’s Foreign Policy- Retrospect and prospect By Sumit Ganguly.


20. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
References:

Manorama Year Book , Ministry of External Affairs, Online Website.


MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - IV

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

TOPICS BOOKS & JOURNALS


1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
References:

11th NCERT: Economics: Indian Economic Development Economic Survey of India

Report:

12th Five Year Plan 2012-17 Documents (Planning Commission)

Journals/Websites:

The Hindu, www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, The Indian Express, Economic Times.



2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
References:

Indian Economy – R. Dutt & Sundaram

Journals/Websites:

Economic Political Weekly



3. Government Budgeting.
References:

Indian Economy – R. Dutt & Sundaram
The Penguin Dictionary of Economics

Journals/Websites:

Economic Political Weekly



4. 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.
References:

India since Independence – Bipan Chandra (Land Reform)

12th NCERT:

Geography: India People and Economy

11th NCERT:

Economics: Indian Economic Development Report: 12th Five Year plan 2012-17 Documents (Planning Commission)

Journals/Websites:

The Indian Express, Economic Times, Economic & Political Weekly



5. 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.
References:

Economic survey of India
Indian Economy – R. Dutt & Sundaram
Indian Economy Since Independence – Uma Kapila
India Year Book

Journals/Websites:

Frontline
Kurukshetra
Ministry of Agriculture website
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Website

6. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
Journals/Websites:

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Website
Ministry of Food Processing Industries Website

7. Land reforms in India.
References:

India since Independence – Bipin Chandra (Land Reform)

Journals/Websites:

The Hindu, www.pib.nic.in, Yojana

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

Indian Economy Since Independence – Uma Kapila
2nd ARC Report (Strengthening Financial management Systems)
India Year Book

Journals/Websites:
Frontline

9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
2nd ARC Report (Strengthening Financial management Systems)
Journals/Websites:

Kurukshetra



10. Investment models.
11. 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.
References:

Science & Technology: TMH Publication or Spectrum Publication
Science Reporter

Journals/Websites:

Wikipedia, The Indian Express, Frontline, www.pib.nic.in, International Journals and Magazines



12. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
References:

The Hindu

Journals/Websites:

www.sciencemag.org, www.wisegeek.com

13. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
References:

Our Environment – NCERT (VII)
Ecology: Unit 10th – Class 12th Biology (NCERT)
Ecology & Environment (India Year Book)
Ecology & Environment – P D Sharma

Journals/Websites:

Down to Earth (www.downtoearth.org.in), The Hindu Survey of the Environment



14. Disaster and disaster management.
References:

IGNOU: MPA – 018- Disaster Management
2nd ARC Report (Crisis Management)

Journals/Websites:

http://www.undp.org/content/dam/india/docs/disaster_management_in_india.pdf
www.ndmindia.nic.in

15. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
References:

12th NCERT: Political Science: Contemporary World Politics (Chapter : Security in the Contemporary World)

Annual Report 2011-12:
Ministry of Home Affairs
Journals/Websites:

The Hindu, www.pin.nic.in, Yojana



16. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
References:
12th NCERT:

Political Science: Contemporary World Politics (Chapter : Security in the Contemporary World) 2nd ARC Report (Public order Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution, Combating Terrorism) India Year Book

Journals/Websites:

The Hindu, www.pin.nic.in, Yojana, The Indian Express, Economic Political Weekly, Frontline



17. 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.
References:

2nd ARC Report (Public order Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution, Combating Terrorism)


India Year Book

Manorama Year Book

Journals/Websites:

Ministry of Home Affairs (www.mha.nic.in)



18. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
19. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - V

(Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)

TOPICS BOOKS & JOURNALS

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ 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.


1. 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.
References:

2nd ARC REPORT - 4th Report & 10th Report.
New Horizons of Public Administration 7th Edition by Mohit Bhattacharya. Ethics and Accountability in Government and Business by Ramesh K Arora. Ethics & Integrity in Public

Administration:
Concepts & cases By Raymond W. Cox.

Journals/Websites:

THE HINDU, PIB www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, The Indian Express, Economic & Political Weekly, Economic Times.

2. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
References:

Social Psycology by Baron, Ethics by William K. Frankena. Understanding Ethics by Noel Preston

Journals/Websites:
THE HINDU, PIB www.pib.nic.in, Yojana, The Indian Express, Economic Times.

3. 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.
References:

Indian Public Administration 3rd Edition by Rajni & Goyal.
IGNOU: MPA-011- Ethical Concern In public Administration.

Journals/ Websites:
Frontline.

4. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
References:

Emotional Intelligence By Daniel Goleman.

Journals/ Websites:

Economic Times, Economic & Political Weekly, Frontline.



5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
References:

2nd ARC REPORT – 1st Report & 12th Report.

Journals/ Websites:

Frontline.


6. 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.
References:

IGNOU: MPA-011-Ethical Concern In public Administration.


7. 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.
8. Case studies on Above Issues