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  • Comprehensive Coverage of GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I, II, III and IV.
  • The material is prepared keeping in mind the necessity of the Aspirants with respect to changing UPSC Pattern.
  • Updated material with respect to prelims and mains current issues important for IAS 2018 will be provided later. (Before Exams respectively)
  • Economic Survey and Budget 2018 will be provided later.

 

 

The material consists of following Chapters:

GS PRELIMSDownload Microtopics

  1. INDIAN POLITY

  2. GOVERNANCE

  3. PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

    A. GEOMORPHOLOGY
    B. CLIMATOLOGY
    C. OCEANOGRAPHY
    D.BIO-GEOGRAPHY

  4. INDIAN GEOGRAPHY

    A. THE HIMALAYAN REGION

    B. THE GREAT NORTHERN PLAINS
    C. THE PENINSULAR INDIA, COASTAL PLAINS & ISLANDS
    D. HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

  5. WORLD ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

  6. HISTORY & CULTURE

    A. ANCIENT HISTORY
    B. MEDIEVAL HISTORY
    C. MODERN HISTORY
    D. CULTURE

  7. INDIAN ECONOMY

    1. Concepts related to national income
    2. Banking
    3. Monetary policy
    4. Inflation
    5. Fiscal policy
    6. Financial markets
    7. Balance of payment
    8. India’s foreign trade
    9. Industry
    10. Agriculture
    11. Planning
    12. Poverty and unemployment
    13. Human development
  8. ENVIRONMENT

    1. Ecosystem and its Components
    2. Ecology and its Principles
    3. Ecological Succession
    4. Interaction between Species
    5. Terrestrial Ecosystem
    6. Aquatic Ecosystem
    7. Population Ecology
    8. Biogeochemical Cycles
    9. Biodiversity
    10. Threats to Biodiversity
    11. Biodiversity Conservation
    12. Land Degradation
    13. Soil Erosion
    14. Deforestation
    15. Surface and Ground Water Degradation
    16. Solid Waste Management
    17. E-Waste Management
    18. Climate Change
    19. Environmental Governance

  9. BIOLOGY

    1. The living world discipline
    2. Cell & genetics
    3. Virus
    4. Bacteria
    5. Algae
    6. Fungi
    7. Diet & nutrition
    8. Digestive system
    9. Skeletal system
    10. Muscular system
    11. Respiratory System
    12. Transport System
    13. Nervous System
    14. Sensory Organs
    15. Excretion & Osmoregulation
    16. Endocrine System
    17. Reproductive System
    18. Human Diseases
  10. SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    1Nanotechnology
    2. Space
    3. Biotechnology
    4. IT
    5. Telecom
    6. Robotics
    7. Defence

Study Material for GS Paper 1 Download Microtopics

INDIAN CULTURE

Chapter 1: Characteristics of Indian Culture

Chapter 2: Paleolithic art

Chapter 3: Art & culture during Indus Valley civilization

Chapter 4: Religion and Indian philosophy

Chapter 5: Architecture and sculpture Since Mauryan age

Chapter 6: Indian paintings

Chapter 7: Classical forms of dance

Chapter 8: Folk dance forms

Chapter 9: Classical music

Chapter 10: Musical instruments

Chapter 11: Drama/theatre

Chapter 12: Puppet forms of India

Chapter 13: Indian pottery

Chapter 14: Indian Languages

Chapter 15: Indian literature

Chapter 16: Government institutions related to art and culture

Chapter 17: Spread of Indian Culture

MODERN HISTORY

Chapter 1: Advent of Europeans

Chapter 2: British Administration in India

Chapter 3: Nationalism in India

Chapter 4: Early Resistance to British Rule

Chapter 5: Struggle by the Masses

Chapter 6: Social Reforms

Chapter 7: Freedom Struggle Movements

Chapter 8: Governor Generals During British India

Chapter 9: Important Personalities

 WORLD HISTORY

 Chapter 1: American Revolution

Chapter 2: Industrial Revolution

Chapter 3: French Revolution

Chapter 4: Nationalism In Europe

Chapter 5: Colonialism and Imperialism

Chapter 6: World War – I

Chapter 7: Russian Revolution

Chapter 8: Inter-War Years (1919 To 1939)

Chapter 9: World War – II

Chapter 10: Decolonization

Chapter 11: Political Philosophies

Chapter 12: Cold War

Chapter 13: Post Cold War

INDIAN SOCIETY

 Part 1

Chapter 1: Unity in Diversity

Chapter 2: Basic Sociological Concepts

Chapter 3: The Family and Kinship

Chapter 4: The Joint Family

Chapter 5: Concept of Patriarchy in India

Chapter 6: Concept of Patriarchy in India

 Part 2

Chapter 1: Secularism

Chapter 2: Communalism

Chapter 3: Regionalism

Chapter 4: Sons of Soil Concept

Chapter 5: Contemporary Challenges to Nation Building

 Part 3

 Chapter 1: Social Empowerment

Chapter 2: Status of Minorities in India

Chapter 3: Issued faced by Tribals In India

Chapter 4: The Scheduled Castes: from Untouchable to Dalit

Chapter 5: Women Movements

Chapter 6: Women Empowerment

Chapter 7: Social Justice

Chapter 8: Social Security in India

Chapter 9: Poverty

Part 4

Chapter 1: Urbanization

Chapter 2: Census 2011

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Chapter 1: Geomorphology

Chapter 2: Oceanography

Chapter 3: Climatology

Chapter 4: Bio-geography

INDIAN GEOGRAPHY

Physical Geography of India

Chapter 1: Space Relations of India with Neighbouring Countries

Chapter 2: Structure and Relief

Chapter 3: Physiography of India

Chapter 4: Drainage System

Chapter 5: Indian Monsoon and Climatic Regions of India

Chapter 6: Indian Ocean

Chapter 7: Soils of India

Chapter 8: Natural Vegetation in India

Chapter 9: Drought and Floods in India

Economic Geography of India

Chapter 1: Natural Resources and its Classification

Chapter 2: Agriculture in India

Chapter 3: Industry

Chapter 4: Transport, Communication and Trade

Chapter 5: Geographical Indication (GI)

Study material for GS Paper 2 Download Microtopics

POLITY

Part 1

Chapter: 1 – Constitution of India – An Introduction

Chapter: 2 -The Preamble

Chapter: 3 – Separation of Powers

Chapter: 4 – Territory of the Union & creation of States

Chapter: 5 – Citizenship

Chapter: 6 – Fundamental Rights

Chapter: 7 – Directive Principle of State Policy

Chapter: 8 – Fundamental Duties

Chapter: 9 – Amendment Provisions and Debate

Chapter: 10 – Comparison of Indian Constitution

Part 2

Chapter: 1 – President

Chapter: 2 – Vice-President

Chapter: 3 – Prime Minister

Chapter: 4 – Union Council of Ministers

Chapter: 5 – The Governor

Chapter: 6 – Chief Minister

Chapter: 7 – State Council of Ministers

Chapter: 8 – Union Territories

Chapter: 9 – Indian Parliament

Chapter: 10 – State legislature

Chapter: 11 – Anti defection law

Chapter: 12 – The federal system

Chapter: 13 – Centre State relations – Tension Areas

Chapter: 14 – Cooperative Federalism

Chapter: 15 – Services under the Union and the State

Chapter: 16 – Democratic Decentralization in India

Chapter: 17 – Judicial System of India

Part 3

Chapter: 1 – Political parties and Reforms

Chapter: 2 – Representation of people act 1950 and 1951

Chapter: 3 – Pressure Groups

Part 4

Chapter: 1 – Ministries and Departments

Chapter: 2 – Constitutional bodies

Chapter: 3 – Statutory bodies

Chapter: 4 – Quasi Judicial bodies

GOVERNANCE

Part 1

Chapter 1: Transparency and Accountability

Chapter 2: Citizens’ Charter

Chapter 3: e-Governance

Chapter 4: Right to Information

Chapter 5: Role of Civil Services in a Democracy

Chapter 6: Relation Between Civil Servants and Political Executives

Part 2

Chapter 1: Development Processes and the Development Industry

Chapter 2: Governance: An Introduction

Chapter 3: Analysis of Programmes and Policies

Part 3

Chapter 1: Concept of Human Development

Chapter 2: Understanding Poverty

Chapter 3: Hunger

Chapter 4: Institutional Measures for Welfare of Vulnerable Sections

Chapter 5: Welfare of Scheduled Castes

Chapter 6: Welfare of Scheduled Tribes

Chapter 7: Welfare of Minorities

Chapter 8: Welfare of Persons with Disability

Chapter 9: Welfare of the Senior Citizens

Chapter 10: Welfare Schemes for Youth

Chapter 11: Welfare Schemes for Children

Chapter 12: Welfare Schemes for Women

Chapter 13: Education

Chapter 14: Health

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Part-1

Chapter: 1 – India’s Foreign Policy Framework

Chapter: 2 – Multilateral Issues for India

Chapter: 3 – Climate Change

Chapter: 4- International Terrorism

Chapter: 5- Indian Diaspora

Chapter: 6 – Important Terms

Part 2

Section – A (South Asia)

Chapter: 1 – India – Nepal Relations

Chapter: 2 – India And Bhutan

Chapter: 3 – Indo-Pak Relations

Chapter: 4 – India-Bangladesh Relations

Chapter: 5 – India-Maldives Relations

Chapter: 6 – India-Sri Lanka Relations

Chapter: 7 – India-Myanmar Relations

Chapter: 8 – Indo-Afghan Bilateral Relations

Chapter: 9 – SAARC

Chapter: 10 – Relevance of Non-Alignment In Present India

Section – B (Central Asia)

Chapter: 11 – CIS Countries of Central Asia

Chapter: 12 – India-Mongolia

Section – C (West Asia)

Chapter: 13 – Backgrounder to West Asian History

Chapter: 14 – India – UAE Relations

Chapter: 15 – Iran

Chapter: 16 – India – Saudi Arabia

Section – D (East Asia and Pacific Region)

Chapter: 17 – Asia-Pacific Region

Chapter: 18 – India’s Approach To Asia Pacific

Chapter: 19 – India-South East Asia

Chapter: 20 – India-Asean Economic Cooperation

Chapter: 21 – Act East Policy

Chapter: 22 – Indo-Australia Relationship

Chapter: 23 – India – South Korea

Chapter: 24 – India-Vietnam

Section – E (European Union)

Chapter: 25 – India – EU

Section – F (Africa)

Chapter: 26 – India and Africa

Section – G (Latin America Relations)

Section – H (Indian Ocean Region)

Chapter: 27 – Seychelles and Mauritius

Chapter: 28 – Indian Sphere of Influence in Indian Ocean

Chapter: 29 – Security Challenges In the Indian Ocean Region

Chapter: 30 – Declaration of Indian Ocean as Zone of Peace

Part 3

Chapter: 1 – India-USA Relations

Chapter: 2 – India-China Relations

Chapter: 3 – China’s Maritime Silk route Implications for India South China

Chapter: 4 – South China Sea Dispute

Chapter: 5 – India-Russia Bilateral Relationship

Chapter: 6 – Israel

Chapter: 7 – Indo-Japan Bilateral Relationship

Chapter: 8 – France

Chapter: 9 – Germany

Chapter: 10 – India UK Relations

Chapter: 11 – India – Brazil Relations

Part 4

Section – A (Multilateral Bodies and Treaties)

Chapter: 1 – The World Trade Organization

Chapter: 2 – International Monetary Fund

Chapter: 3 – Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Chapter: 4 – Nuclear Security Summit

 Chapter: 5 – Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

Chapter: 6 – Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)

 Chapter: 7 – BRICS

Chapter: 8 – BIMSTEC

 Chapter: 9 – IBSA

Section – B (Global Issues) 

Chapter: 10 – The Ukraine Issue

Chapter: 11 – North Korea Crisis

Chapter: 12 – Diplomatic Immunity

Chapter: 13 – Black Money

Chapter: 14 – International Terrorism

Chapter: 15 – Syrian Civil War and ISIS and Refugee Crisis

Chapter: 16 – Migration Crisis in Europe

Chapter: 17 – BREXIT

Chapter: 18 – US Presidential Elections

Chapter: 19 – Rising Protectionism and Currency Wars

Chapter: 20 – Greek Crisis

Chapter: 21 – Iran Nuclear Deal

Study Material for GS Paper 3 Download Microtopics

INDIAN ECONOMY

Chapter 1: Economy basics

Chapter 2: Overview of Indian economy

Chapter 3: Fiscal policy

Chapter 4: Taxation

Chapter 5: Monetary policy in India

Chapter 6: Financial system

Chapter 7: Banking

Chapter 8: Industry

Chapter 9: Labour

Chapter 10: Investment

Chapter 11: Infrastructure

Chapter 12: Foreign trade

Chapter 13: Agriculture

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Natural Disasters

Chapter 3: Man Made Disasters in India

Chapter 4: Disaster Management Cycle

Chapter 5: Disaster Management Institutions in India

Chapter 6: Emergency Response Mechanism

Chapter 7: Community Based Disaster Management

Chapter 8: Leveraging Science & Technology in Disaster Management

INTERNAL SECURITY

Chapter 1: Internal Security Challenges

 Chapter 2: Terrorism Threat to India

Chapter 3: Organized Crime

Chapter 4: Linkage between Development and Spread of Extremism

 Chapter 5: Insurgency in North-East

 Chapter 6: Security Challenges in Border Areas

 Chapter 7: Basics of Cyber Security

 Chapter 8: Cyber Warfare

 Chapter 9: Social Media and Internal Security Threat

Chapter 10: Money Laundering

 Chapter 11: Black Money in India

 Part 2

Chapter 1: Police Reforms in India

 Chapter 2: Various Security Forces and their Mandate

 Chapter 3: Role of Army in Internal Security

Part 3

Chapter 1: Threats, Challenges and Vulnerabilities in 21st Century

Chapter 2: Impact of Governance and Justice Delivery System on Internal Security

Chapter 3: National Security Mechanism

Chapter 4: Issues in Intelligence Services

Chapter 5: Strategy for Coastal and Offshore Security

 Chapter 6: Make in India in Defence

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Space

Chapter 3: IT, Telecom and Electronics

Chapter 4: Defence

Chapter 5: Nano-Science and Nano-Technologies

Chapter 6: Robotics

Chapter 7: Nuclear Energy

Chapter 8: Biotechnology

Chapter 9: Renewable Energy

Chapter 10: Achievements of Indians in Science & Technology

Chapter 11: Policies Related to Science

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

Part 1

Chapter 1: Environment Basic Understanding

Chapter 2: Ecology

Chapter 3: Ecosystem

Chapter 4: Biogeochemical Cycles

Chapter 5: Types of Ecosystems

Chapter 6: Population Ecology

Part 2

Chapter 1: Biosphere

Chapter 2: Biomes

Chapter 3: Biodiversity

Chapter 4: Biodiversity Conservation

Chapter 5: Biodiversity Governance

Part 3

Chapter 1: Pollution and its Impacts

Chapter 2: Climate Change

Chapter 3: Environmental Conservation

Chapter 4: Environment related Institutions and Organizations

Chapter 5: Environmental Legislations in India

Chapter 6: Schemes

Chapter 7: Environmental Governance

Part 4

Chapter 1: Contemporary Issues

  • Energy Development
  • Renewable Energy and Development
  • Petroleum Conservation Research Association
  • Atomic Energy Bill
  • Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill
  • National Electric Mobility Mission Plan
  • National Policy on Bio Fuels
  • Three Stage Nuclear Power Programme
  • Solar Renewable purchase Obligation
  • Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell
  • New Energy Policy
  • Energy Organisation
  • Ocean Energy and its Development in India

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Part 1: Ethics and Human Values

  1. Dimensions of Ethics
  2. Essence of Ethics
  3. Consequences of Ethics in Human Actions
  4. Ethics in Public and Private life
  5. Values and Ethics in Government
  6. Role of Family, Society and Educational Institutions in Inculcating Values
  7. Basic Ethics Terminology

Part 2: Attitude and Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 1: Attitude

  1. Components of Attitude
  2. Adjustive Function
  3. Attitude Formation Model
  4. Social Influence
  5. Persuasion
  6. Moral Attitude
  7. Political Attitude

Chapter 2: Emotional Intelligence

  1. Theories Associated with Emotional Intelligence
  2. Components of Emotional Competencies
  3. Importance of Emotional Intelligence at Workplace
  4. Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Civil Services

Part 3: Foundational Values of Civil Services and Ethics in Public Administration

Chapter 1: Aptitude and foundational values

  1. Aptitude Introduction
  2. Essential aptitudes for civil servants
  3. Foundational Values of Civil Services
  • Neutrality
  • Anonymity
  • Commitment and dedication to public service
  • Civil Activism
  • Concept of Permanent Civil Service
  • Public Services Management
  • Important Commandment for Civil Servants
  • Civil Services Accountability
  • Ethical Conduct of a Civil Servant
  • Unethical Bureaucratic Practices
  • Responsibility
  • Courage
  • Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Humility
  • Gratitude
  • Vision
  • Innovation
  • Empathy
  • Unity
  • Adaptability
  • Magnanimity
  • Perseverance
  • Balance
  • Simplicity
  • Quality
  • Patriotism
  • Impartiality and Non-Partisanship
  • Loyalty
  • Objectivity
  • Tolerance and compassion for the weaker section
  • Contribution to society

Chapter 2: Ethics in Public Administration

  1. Civil Services Values & Ethics
  2. Status of Values
  3. Problem of Values
  4. Ethical Concerns in Public Institution
  5. Ethical Concerns in Private Institutions
  6. Ethical Dilemmas in Public and Private Institutions
  7. Laws, Rules and Regulations as Source of Ethical Guidance
  8. Accountability and Ethical Governance
  9. Strengthening of Ethical and Moral Values in Governance

Chapter 3: Ethics in International Relations

  1. Moral Judgments in International Relations
  2. International Law Concept
  3. Terrorists vs. Freedom Fighters
  4. Nuclear War
  5. Ethical Relation in Funding

Chapter 4: Corporate Governance & Corporate Social Responsibility

  1. Models of Corporate Social Responsibility
  2. Steps taken by World Bank for Good Corporate Governance
  3. Corporate Government in India
  4. Corporate Values of Few Companies
  5. Corporate Social Responsibility

Part 4: Probity in Governance

  1. Concept of Public Service
  2. Philosophical basis of Governance and Probity
  3. Information Sharing, Transparency and Right to Information
  4. Code of Ethics
  5. Code of Conduct
  6. Citizen’s Charter
  7. Work Culture
  8. Quality of Service Delivery
  9. Utilization of Public Funds
  10. Challenges of Corruption
  11. ANNEXURE – I (Extract From Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964)

Part 5: Indian and World Thinkers

Chapter 1: Leaders, Reformers & Administrators

  1. Mahatama Gandhi
  2. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
  3. Rabindranath Tagore
  4. Swami Dayanand Saraswati
  5. Mahadeva Govinda Ranade
  6. Sri Aurobindo
  7. Swami Vivekananda
  8. Sardar Patel
  9. Jawaharlal Nehru
  10. Buddha Bhim Rao Ambedkar
  11. Periyar E.V. Ramaswamy Naicker
  12. Shri Narayana Guru
  13. Raja Ram Mohan Roy
  14. Amma Savitribai Phule
  15. Birsa Munda
  16. Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj
  17. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
  18. Mother Teresa
  19. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
  20. Sri Vitthal Rao Vikhe Patil
  21. Amitabha Chowdhury
  22. Aruna Roy
  23. Chandi Prasad Bhatt
  24. James Michael Lyngdoh
  25. Ms. Swaminathan
  26. Mahasweta Devi
  27. Rajendra Singh
  28. T.N. Seshan
  29. Martin Luther King (Jr)
  30. Nelson Mandela
  31. E Sreedharan
  32. S.R. Shankaran IAS
  33. Shri Kundan Kumar IAS
  34. Ms. M. Manimekalai, IFS
  35. Shri Omprakash Choudhary, IAS
  36. Shri Amit Gupta, IAS

Chapter 2: World Thinkers

  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Democritus
  • Epicurus
  • Niccole Machiavelli
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Rene Descartes
  • John Locke
  1. David Hume
  2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  3. Immanuel Kant
  4. Georg Wilhelmiedrich Hegel
  5. John Stuart Mill

Part 6: 2nd ARC report on Ethics in Governance

  1. Introduction
  2. Ethical Framework
  3. Legal Framework for Fighting Corruption
  4. Institutional Framework
  5. Social Infrastructure
  6. Systemic Reforms
  7. Protecting the Honest Civil Servant
  8. International Cooperation
  9. Relationship between the Political Executive & Civil Service

Part 7: Applied Ethics

  1. Euthanasia Issue
  2. Surrogacy
  3. Ethics and Sports
  4. Media Ethics
  5. Business Ethics
  6. Ethics Related to Economic Sanctions
  7. Refugees and Ethics
  8. Ethical Dilemmas of Globalization
  9. Ethics of War
  10. Environmental Ethics
  11. Ethical Issues in Biotechnology
  12. Animal Ethics
  13. Food Adulteration and Ethics
  14. Abortion: Ethical or Unethical
  15. Honour Killing
  16. Marital Rape
  17. Ethical Issue Involved in Child Labour
  18. Ethical Issue Involved in Treating Juvenile as Adult
  19. Ethics and Old Age
  20. Ethics in Public and Private Relationships

Part 8: Supplementary Ethics

  1. Common good and good governance
  2. India’s pursuit of public good and the democratic dilemma
  3. Good Governance and Citizen Centric Administration
  4. Ethics in Governance: the Indian Perspective
  5. Ethics in Public Life – Reasons & Remedies
  6. Ethics for Civil Services in India
  7. Administrative responsibility: the key to Administrative Ethics
  8. E-governance: Options & Opportunities
  9. Changing Conceptions of Political Morality
  10. Environmental Ethics
  11. Economic Management and Ethics
  12. Ethics in Economic Life
  13. Failure of Ethics in public life-need for Character Building
  14. Reflections on Moral Government and Public Service as a vocation
  15. Ethical Convergence: Synchronizing Public Private Corporate Governance

 

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