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 UPSC GUIDE MAINS TEST SERIES PROGRAMME FOR CSE- 2020 EXAM 

 

Test Name

Date

Syllabus

Sources

G.S-101

07/09/2019

GS – 1 Geography

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 waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

1.NCERT textbook 11th class Fundamentals of Physical Geography.

 

2.Human geography textbook NCERT.

 

3.Relevant chapters and selective reading from book Certificate course in physical geography by G C Leong

 

08/09/2019

Video Discussion

 

G.S-102

22/09/2019

GS – 2 Polity

Indian Constitution

historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

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.

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.

 

Indian Constitution

 

1.Our Constitution at work 11th class NCERT textbook.

 

2. Indian Polity By M. Laxmikanth.

 

3. current developments with regard to constitution and supreme court interpretations. Constitutional bodies and posts, their updates  news.

 

4. Editorials from The Hindu and The Indian express plays important role in analysis and writing.

 

 

23/09/2019

 

Video Discussion

 

 

 

G.S-103

07/10/2019

GS – 3 Economy

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

Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

Government Budgeting.

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

 

1.Indian economic development textbook 11th class

2.Micro and macroeconomics textbooks selective reading.

Indian economy by Ramesh Singh (references)

 

08/10/2019

Video Discussion

 

 

Essay-1

 

 

16/10/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

17/10/2019

Video Discussion

 

G.S-201

30/10/2019

GS – 1, Art & Culture & Indian Society.

Indian culture

will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times

Indian 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.

 

Indian culture

 

1.Textbook Fine arts 11th class.

 

 

 

2. Indian Culture by Nitin Singania

 

Indian Society

 

1.Indian society NCERT textbook

And current affairs associated with it.

 

2. Social development and change NCERT sociology textbook and current affairs associated.

 

3. Communalism, Regionalism, Secularism Chapters from Bipin Chandra’s Post independence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31/10/2019

Video Discussion

 

G.S-202

 

14/11/2019

GS – 2 Governance & Social justice

Governance

·         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

·         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.

Social Justice

·         Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

·         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 development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating

·         to poverty and hunger.

 

Governance

1.Issues in Governance by   M Laxmikanth.

 

 

 

 

Social Justice

 

1.Relevant topics from Yojana and Kurukshetra.

 

2 News anlysis and discussion from Rajya sabha and Lok sabha TV

 

3. Current events Analysis from the newspapers

 

15/11/2019

Video Discussion

 

G.S-203

29/11/2019

GS – 3 Agriculture & Environment & ecology

Agriculture

·         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.

Environment & ecology

Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

1.Indian economic development textbook 11th class

2.Micro and macroeconomics textbooks selective reading.

3.Indian economy by Ramesh Singh (references)

 

 

ENVIROMENT, BIODIVERSITY ANDB ECOLOGY will be covered by current affairs and standard ICSE textbooks and some reference textbook.

 

 

 

30/11/2019

Video Discussion

 

Essay-2

 

 

14/12/2019

 

 

 

15/12/2019

Video Discussion

 

G.S-301

29/12/2019

GS – 1, Modern Indian History, Post Independent India & World History

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 Independent India

Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

World History

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

 

 

Modern Indian history

1.Modern India Textbook by Bipin Chandra.

 

 

2.Modern History by Rajiv Ahir –Spectrum Publication.

 

Post Independent India

 

1.Post Independence by Bipin Chandra.

 

 

2. new textbook NCERT post-independence.

 

World History

 

1. World History NCERT Arjun Dev.

 

 

30/12/2019

Video Discussion

 

G.S-302

13/01/2020

GS – 2 International relations

India and its neighbourhood - 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.

 

India and its neighbourhood - relations.

 

1. Challenge and strategy: rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri.

 

 

2. International Relation essays from The Hindu and Indian Express.

 

 

 

14/01/2020

Video Discussion

 

G.S-303

28/01/2020

GS – 3 Science & Technology, Disaster management & Internal security

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.

·         Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Disaster and disaster management.

Internal security

·         Linkages between development 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 networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; 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

 

Science and Technology

 

1. S&T WILL BE COVERED BY CURRENT AFFAIRS .

 

Internal security

 

1. any good source on internal security will work

2. IDSA site https://idsa.in/terrorisminternalsecurityquestions and answers.

Some documents about internal security

 

29/01/2020

Video Discussion

 

Essay-3

12/02/2020

 

 

 

 

 

13/02/2020

Video Discussion

 

G.S-401

27/02/2020

GS – 4 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.

 

1.  Any basic book which covers the syllabus

2.  Make glossary of basic terms.

 

28/02/2020

Video Discussion

 

G.S-402

13/03/2020

GS – 4 Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

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.

Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

Emotional intelligence : concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance

 

1.  Lexicon by Chronicle

2.  Ethics and values in public service

By Ramesh Arora

 

14/03/2020

Video Discussion

 

G.S-403

28/03/2020

GS – 4 Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

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.

 

1.  Lexicon by Chronicle

2.  Ethics and values in public service By Ramesh Arora

 

29/03/2020

Video Discussion

 

Essay-4

10/04/2020

 

 

 

 

 

11/04/2020

Video Discussion

 

 

 

AFTER PRELIMS

 

FLT 1

 

GS – 1 Full Length

 

 

 

 

Video Discussion

 

FLT 2

 

GS – 2 Full Length

 

 

 

 

Video Discussion

 

FLT 3

 

GS – 3 Full Length

 

 

 

 

Video Discussion

 

FLT 4

 

GS – 4 Full Length

 

 

 

 

Video Discussion

 

FLT 5

 

GS – 1 Full Length

 

 

 

 

Video Discussion

 

FLT 6

 

GS – 2 Full Length

 

 

 

 

Video Discussion

 

FLT 7

 

GS – 3 Full Length

 

 

 

 

Video Discussion

 

FLT 8

 

GS – 4 Full Length

 

 

 

 

Video Discussion

 

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