History of India, National Movement, Society, and Culture Syllabus
Art Forms, Literature, and Architecture from ancient to modern times
The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors/ contributions from different parts of the country
Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
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
The history of the world will include events from the 18th century such as the industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.- their forms and effect on the society
Indian 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 on the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels, and challenges therein.
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
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
Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.
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
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
Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, and Human Resources
Issues relating to poverty and hunger
Important International institutions, agencies, and fora, their structure, mandate
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&rsquo's interests, Indian diaspora.
India and World Geography
Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, Volcanic activity, cyclones, etc.
Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
Salient features of the 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)
Geographical features and their location- Changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and flora and fauna and the effects of such changes
Economic and Social Development Syllabus
Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security, and Disaster Management.
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
Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development, and employment.
Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
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.
Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security
Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity; 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
General Science and Technology
Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
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 development of new technology
Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation, environmental impact assessment
Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology, and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
Disaster and disaster management.
General Aptitude and Ethics
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; the role of family, society, and educational institutions in inculcating values.
Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
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.
Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the 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.
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.