UPSC GS Syllabus and books list
Paper I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
- Current events of national and international importance.
- India Year Book Summary
- THE HINDU, Yojana, CST
- Vajiram Current Booklet
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Old NCERT for Ancient class 11
- NCERT 11,12 (New)
- Class 6-8 (Themes of World History)
- Specturm /India Struggle for Independence
- Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- NCERT 6-8 (World Geog.- Lands and People)
- NCERT 9,11,12
- G C Leong
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- NCERT 11,12
- Laxmikanth – Indian Polity 5th Edition
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
- NCERT 11,12
- SRIRAM’s IAS notes
- Sanjiv Verma Book
- Economic Survey Summary
- General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization
- NCERT 7
- Biology NCERT 12 (Chpt 13-16); Chemistry NCERT 12 Part2 (Chapter 12,13,14)
- Shankar IAS Notes
- General Science
- NCERT 6-10
- Science Reporter
General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
- Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
- 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.
- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
- History of the world will include vents 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.
- Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
- Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
- Effects of globalization on Indian society
- Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
- Salient features of world’s physical geography.
- Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
- 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.
BOOK LIST FOR GS 1
- Old NCERT for Ancient India or New 11,12
- Nitin SInghania notes for Art n Culture
- Medival India- Class 11/12 NCERT
- Modern India- Specturm/ India Struggle for Independence/ Freedom Struggle by Sumit Sarkar
- World History- Norman Lowe
- Post-Independence- NCERT 12 (Politics In India after Independence); 9,10 (India and Contemporary World); India Since Independence and if time then India after Gandhi
- Society- NCERT 12(Indian Society, Social Change & Development of India); Social Problem in India (Ram Ahuja)
- World Geography- NCERT 6-8, 11; GC Leong; Indian Geography by Majjid Hussain/Satwinder Singh
General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
- 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.
- Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
BOOK LIST FOR PAPER 2
- Polity- Class 11 (Constitution at work);12 (Politics in India after Independence); Indian Polity by Laxmikanth; Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu; Governance in India by Laxmikanth
- Magzines- Civil service Times; Yojana; World Focus
- Reports – Sarkaria, Punchi, 2nd ARC (RTI, E-Governance, Citizen centric adm, Social Capital)
- 12th Five Year Plan Document
- IR- NCERT 12 (Political Science: Contemporary World Politics);Daily Newspaper
General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
- Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
- Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
- Government Budgeting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
- Disaster and disaster management.
- Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
- Role of external state and nonstate 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 linkages of organized crime with terrorism
- Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
BOOK LIST FOR PAPER 3
- Economy- NCERT 11; 12th (India People and Economy); Economic Survey; SRIRAM’s IAS Notes; Sanjiv Verma book
- 12th Five year Plan (Selected chapter); 2nd ARC( Strengthening Financial Mgmt Systems)
- Ecology- NCERT 7; 12th Biology (Unit X); India Year book Chapter; Shankar IAS Notes
- S&T- NCERT 6-10; 12th Biology; Thursday THE HINDU section; Science reporter
- Disaster Management- CBSE class 8-10; IGNOU MP018- Disaster Management
- Security- NCERT 12 (Contemporary World: chapter Security)
General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
- 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.
- Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; 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.
BOOK LIST FOR PAPER 4
- Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
- Case studies from test series
- 2nd ARC report (relevant chapters)
If possible, VISION IAS Value addition notes are also good for all Papers.