Saturday, March 9, 2013


Paper I - (200 marks) 
Duration : Two hours

Current events of national and international importance. 
History of India and Indian Natio nal 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 Develo pment Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demogra phics, 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: 2 hours

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 mag nitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, gra phs, tables, data sufficiency etc.- Class X level)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Mains Syllabus:



Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effe ctive and exact expression. 
English Comprehension & English Precis will be to test the English language Comprehension and English précis writing skills (at 10th standard level).

General Studies-I: 

ndian Heritage and Culture, History and Geogra phy of the World and Society.
"Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Lite rature and Architecture from anci ent to modern times.
"Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth cen tury until the present-significant events, personalities, issues l "The Freedom Struggle its various sta ges and important contributors/ contributions from different parts of the country.
"Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. l "History of the world will include events from 18th cen tury such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decoloni zation, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. their forms and effect on the society.
"Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 
"Role of women and women's organization, population and asso ciated issues, poverty and deve lopmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
"Effects of globalization on Indian society. l "Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secu larism. l "Salient features of worl d's physical geography.
"Distribution of key natural resou rces across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in vari ous parts of the world (including India). l "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.

General Studies-II: 

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
"Indian Constitution-historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisi ons 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.
"Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
"Comparison of the Indian constitu tional scheme with that of other countries. l "Parliament and State Legislatures-structure, function ing, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
"Structure, organization and funct ioning of the Executive and the Judiciary-Ministries and Depart ments of the Government; pre ssure groups and formal/ informal associations and their role in the Polity.
"Salient features of the Represen tation of People's Act.
"Appointment to various Consti tutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. "Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judi cial bodies.
"Government policies and inter ventions for development in vari ous sectors and issues arising out of their design and implemen tation. 
"Development processes and the development industry - the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, insti tutional and other stake holders. 
"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. l "Issues rela ting to development and man agement of Social Sector/ Ser vices relating to Health, Edu cation, Human Resources. l "Issues relating to poverty and hunger. l "Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance-app lications, models, successes, limi tations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accoun tability and institutional and other measures. 
"Role of civil services in a demo cracy. l "India and its neighbor hood-relations. l "Bilateral, regio nal and global groupings and agree ments involving India and/or affecting India's interests. 
"Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing coun tries on India's interests, Indian diaspora. 
"Important Internation al institu tions, agencies and fora-their stru cture, mandate.

General Studies-III: 

Technology, Economic Development, Bio diver sity, Environment, Security and Disa ster Management.
"Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 
"Inclusive growth and issues aris ing from it. 
"Government Budgeting. 
"Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irri gation 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 in direct farm subsidies and mini mum support prices; Public Distri bution System-objectives, function ing, 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, sup ply chain management. 
"Land reforms in India. l "Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 
"Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roa ds, Airports, Railways etc. 
"Investment models. 
"Science and Technology-develo pments and their applications and effects in every day life. 
"Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigeniza tion of technology and developing new technology. l "Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. l "Conservation, environmental poll ution and degradation, environ mental impact assessment.
"Disaster and disaster manage ment. l "Linkages between develo pment 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 net wor king sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber secu rity; money-laundering and its pre vention. 
l "Security challenges and their management in border areas; link ages of organized crime with terr orism. 
"Various Security forces and agen cies and their mandate.


General Studies- IV:
Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
"Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and conse quences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public rela tionships. Human Values - lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and admini strators; role of family, society and educational institutions in incul cating values. l "Attitude: con tent, structure, function; its influ ence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and per suasion. 
"Aptitude and foun dational values for Civil Service, integrity, impar tiality and non-partisanship, objecti vity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compass ion 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 con cerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sour ces of ethical guidance; accoun tability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical iss ues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 
"Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Infor mation sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Con duct, Citizen's Charters, Work cul ture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challen ges of corruption. 
"Case Studies on above issues.

Optional Subject Papers I & II

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