Mains Test Series Schedule 2016-08-19T05:20:31+00:00

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Mains Test Schedule

Test No.DateSyllabusSyllabus DetailsPrimary ReferencesSecondary Reference 
UTM0128th August 2016

Sunday
General Studies II

(Part 2.01-2.10)
2.1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

2.2. 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.

2.3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

2.4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

2.5. Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

2.6. 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.

2.7. Salient features of the Representation of People's Act.

2.8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

2.9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

2.10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Indian Polity by Laxmikanth,

Indian Constitution at Work NCERT,

Punchhi Commission Report,

Sarkaria Commission Report,

Budget 2016-17 and Economic Survey 2016 for various policies, Current Affairs from June 2015 to PRESENT
Introduction to Constitution of India by DD Basu,

2nd ARC Report,

14th Finance Commission Report
UTM024th September 2016

Sunday
General Studies II

(Part 2.11-2.20)
2.11. Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

2.12. 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

2.13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

2.14. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger.

2.15. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

2.16. Role of civil services in a democracy.

2.17. India and its neighbourhood- relations.

2.18. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests

2.19. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian diaspora.

2.20. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.
8th NCERT: Law and social justice

9th NCERT :Economics

11th NCERT: Economics: Indian

Economic Development (chapters
related to Social Justice)

Current Affairs for IR
India Year Book (chapters related
to Social Justice);

Economic Survey
(chapters related to Social Justice)

Yojana (Selective Issues)
UTM0311th September 2016

Sunday
General Studies III

(Part 3.01-3.10)
3.1. Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

3.2. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources,
growth, development and employment.

3.3. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

3.4. Government Budgeting.

3.5. 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

3.6. 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.

3.7. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

3.8. Land reforms in India.

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

3.10. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
9th NCERT : Economics

10th NCERT: Understanding Economics Development

11th NCERT: Economics: Indian Economic Development

Economic Survey 2016

12th NCERT: Geography (India People and Economy)

11th NCERT: Economics: Indian Economic Development

Land Reform Chapter from

India since Independence

Current Affairs from June 2015 to PRESENT
Selective Issues of Yojana and Kurukshetra,

12th FYP Document
UTM0418th September 2016

Sunday
General Studies III

(Part 3.11-3.20)
3.11. Investment models.

3.12. 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,indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

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

3.14. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

3.15. Disaster and disaster management.

3.16. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

3.17. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

3.18. 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

3.19. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism

3.20. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
Indian Yearbook Chapters on Defence, Science and Technology,

2nd ARC Report on Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution and Public Order,

Websites of various Paramilitary Forces,

Current Affairs from June 2015 till PRESENT
UTM0525th September 2016

Sunday
General Studies I

(Part 1.7-1.12)
1.7. Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1.8. Effects of globalization on Indian society

1.9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

1.10. Salient features of world's physical geography.

1.11. 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)

1.12. 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.
12th NCERT: Indian Society, Social Change and Development in India,

11th NCERT: Physical Geography,

12th NCERT: Fundamengtals of Human Geography,

ICSE Board Books of Class 6th-8th for World Geography,

Certificates of Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
Physical geography by Savindra Singh, Indian Geography by Khullar
UTM062nd October 2016

Sunday
General Studies I

(Part 1.1-1.6)
1.1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1.2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

1.3. The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

1.4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

1.5. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

1.6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
Spectrum History(imp)
Modern India NCERT by Bipan Chandra,
Selective Reading of India's Struggle for Independence and India since Independence(by Bipan Chandra),

Fine Arts NCERT,

World History NCERT by Arjun Dev,

Modern World History by Norman Lowe,

12th NCERT: Indian Society, Social Change and Development in India,
A Wonder that was India by AL Basham,

Selective Reading of Medieval India by Salma Ahmed Farooqi,
CCRT,

From Plassey to Partition By Shekhar Bandopadhyaya
UTM079th October 2016

Sunday
General Studies IV

(Part 1.1-1.4)
4.1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.

4.2. Human Values - lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

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

4.4. 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.
Lexicon for Basic Definitions only,

Justice Video Series by Michael Sandel,

UNDP Document: Civil Services Competency Dictionary -
http://persmin.gov.in/otraining/competency%20dictionary%20for%20the%20civil%20services.pdf
Will suggest and provide if any more material is required
UTM0816th October 2016

Sunday
General Studies IV

(Part 1.5-1.8)
4.5. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

4.6. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

4.7. 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'sCharters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.


4.8. Case Studies on above issues.
Lexicon for Basic Definitions only,

Justice Video Series by Michael Sandel,

UNDP Document: Civil Services Competency Dictionary -
http://persmin.gov.in/otraining/competency%20dictionary%20for%20the%20civil%20services.pdf
Will suggest and provide if any more material is required
UTM0923rd October 2016

Sunday
Essay
UTM1030th October 2016

Sunday
General Studies I

Full Length Mock Test
Complete Syllabus of General Studies I
UTM116th November 2016

Sunday
General Studies II

Full Length Mock Test
Complete Syllabus of General Studies II
UTM1213th November 2016

Sunday
General Studies III

Full Length Mock Test
Complete Syllabus of General Studies III
UTM1320th November 2016

Sunday
General Studies IV

Full Length Mock Test
Complete Syllabus of General Studies IV