UPSC Civil Services Mains 30th Oct General Studies-1/2 Exam Paper:
UPSC Civil Service Main 2017: Union Public Service Commission is going to conduct Civil Service Main Exam (General Studies-I, II) on the 30th Oct 2017. UPSC has scheduled the Paper-2 (GS-I) in Forenoon & Paper-3 (GS-II) in Afternoon session on 23 Exam Centres across the Country. Hereby we are providing the General Studies-1, 2 (30th Oct) Exam Modal Papers/ Exam Syllabus, Best preparation skills/ General Studies Paper wise Syllabus to students preparing for GS Papers.
UPSC Civil Services Main GS Paper-I, II Papers 2017
Civil Service GS-I, II Exam 2017: The General Studies Paper-I (Consisting History, Geography & Social Work) & General Studies Paper-II (Polity, Governance, Society, Events, Policies etc are scheduled to be held on 30th October. The aspirants preparing for the CS (Main GS) Examination are hereby informed about the detailed Paper wise Syllabus/ Schemes & contents of GS Papers.
UPSC Civil Services General Studies-1/2 Paper Analysis 2017
In this Article of CS Main (Paper-I, II) a motive is to provide insight into the General Studies (सामान्य अध्ययन) Papers & their contents through which the CS Exam 2017 preparing candidates shall get the profound idea about Main Exam bones. There may be many strategies to score high in exam. At this Stage after Essay Exam, it would be advisable to consolidate the GS Paper-I,II performances through given syllabus/ instructions/ strategies, tricks etc.
How to Improve Paper-I Score:
- The real challenge in this paper is not its huge syllabus, but a poor understanding of the syllabus.
- Once the syllabus of each part, viz; history, geography and social issues is decoded correctly, preparation gets smooth and easy.
- In this article, the true nature of GS Paper I shall be explained along with reference to books and other sources.
Out of the General Studies 4 papers in CS Mains General Studies (GS), GS Paper- I is the toughest one, accounting for almost one-third of the entire GS syllabus taken together. Due to the vast history and geography syllabus has been joined together in the GS-I paper. Besides, a whole range of social issues is also a part of the syllabus.
A list of important topics for IAS-2017 Examination is also given against each topic
|HISTORY||Sources of Studies|
|1. Revolt of 1857, tribal and peasant revolts
2. Socio-Religious movements, lower caste movements, trade union movements
3. Formation of the Congress and the Moderate Era
4. Rise of militant nationalism
5. Era of revolutionary terrorism
6. Home Rule League movement
8. Rise of Muslim League, its confrontation with Congress, rise of communalism, the road to Pakistan
9. British economic policies: agriculture, industry, trade, drain of wealth phenomenon
10. British administrative structure: civil service, judiciary, decentralization, provincial autonomy
11. British educational and Press policies
12. Famous conspiracy cases: Kakori, Kanpur, Alipur, Lahore conspiracy cases
13. Rise of left wing within and outside Congress: ideology and contribution
14. Role of capitalists, foreigners, and women in national movement
15. Constitutional developments during British Rule:
1.Bipan Chandra’s NCERT as well as India’s struggle for independence.
2. R.C. Pradhan: Raj to Swaraj ( very important book which is not in knowledge of many candidates),
3.A. R. Desai: Social background of Indian nationalism,
4. B. L Grover: Modern India
1. Nehru: Discovery of India.
2. Durga Dutt: India from Curzon to Nehru and after .
3. Gazetteer of India Vol.
II ( Publications Division , Govt of India)
|Post Independent India
1. Approaches to nation and state building in modern India.
2. Socialism as an economic and foreign policy doctrine, its characteristics and limitations
3.Strategies for development in agriculture and industry: Green revolution, industrial policies etc.
4.Developments in science and technology
5.Education in Modern India
6. Foregn policy and external engagements with the outside world
7. Major movements in post-independent India
8. Insurgency in independent India
9.Politics in independent India
10. Emergency and its impact on constitution and democracy
1. NCERT: Politics since independence
2. NCERT: Social change and development in India
3. Bipan Chandra: India since Independence
4. Paul R Brass: Politics in India since independence
1. Industrial Revolution and its ramifications
2. World Wars: I and II
3. Colonisation and the process of decolonization
4. Ideologies : Capitalism, Socialism, Communism
5. Revolutions : American, Russian, French revolutions
|Recommended books on world history:
1. Arjun Dev and Indira Arjun Dev : A History of the World
2. L. Mukherji: A History of Europe
3. L. Mukherji: A History of the world
|For IAS-2016 exam, the following questions may be asked.
1. Account for the rise and fall of communism.
2. Why capitalism has triumphed in the post- cold war world
3. French revolution and its significance for the world. Napoleon’s contribution to a modern Europe.
4. Treaty of Versailles and Congress of Vienna
4. Redrawal of boundaries in the post-cold war period
5. Cuban missile crisis
|Expected geography topics for IAS-2016||Suggested Books|
|1. Earthquakes 2. Drought 3. Pollution: its types, causes , effects ,and steps. 4. Forest fires . 5. Water issues: groundwater management, aquifer mapping, river water disputes.6.Agriculture: Irrigation, national agriculture market, agriculture stress, GM crops. 7. National inland waterways development 8. Port led growth and creation of coastal economic zones. 9.Pulse production. 10. River interlinking and its implications.11. Solar energy and ISA. 12. Organic farming 13. Features of Paris climate deal and Kigali conference on HFC gases.13. El nino and La nina and their linkage with monsoons. 14. Blue economy: meaning and scope.||NCERT Geography books of 11th and 12th standard|
|In understanding social issues, one must note that these issues emerge from institutionalized practices like patriarchy, gender discrimination, feudalism, caste hierarchies etc. Further, inequalities of various kinds in society account for a number of social problems in India. All social issues need to be viewed from two perspectives. One, from the perspective of its root causes and two, the steps being taken to address the issue|
|NCERT Books on social issue
1. Social Change and Development in India
2. Globalization and social Change
Previous Year Paper-
UPSC Civil Services Paper-1 Question Paper 2016
How to Improve Paper-II Score:
- In polity, the main provisions relating to the executive, legislative and judicial branches are covered.
- The most systematic preparation of polity involves understanding the basic spirit of the constitution, its colonial background, its evolution since independence through various amendments and judicial interpretations, its values, ethics, goals and ideals.
- Priority should be given to the controversial areas like Article 356, role of governor, conflict between executive and judiciary on judicial overreach, judicial appointments etc
The General Studies GS-II Paper (Scheduled on 30th Oct Afternoon Shift) will cover areas like: Polity, Governance, Institutions, Policies, Programmes, Schemes of Government, Social Welfare Schemes, , Civil Society and NGOs, and finally, International Relations. Although there exists a vast potential to score decent marks in these papers, candidates complain of getting low marks in both papers. One major reason for low marks in this paper is lack of appreciation of the true demands of the syllabus. Since most of the text books and reading materials are still structuring around the old pattern of examination, which was based on information and direct questions from the syllabus.
Hereby we are providing the Relevant & effective pattern/ syllabus/ expected topics/ syllabus & modal papers hereupon.
|Expected topics for IAS-2016||Suggested Books|
|1. Functioning of parliament: Role of Rajya Sabha, disruption of parliament, misuse of money bill provisions in aadhar bill case
2. Governor: Controversies around the post, remedial steps with particular reference to Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, misuse of art. 356
3. Role of speaker in anti- defection law: issues and remedies
4. Judicial reforms: delay in judicial appointments, executive vs. judiciary on MOP, pending cases, National Courts of Appeal, Cassation benches of supreme court, All India Judicial Services,
5. Federalism: cooperative and competitive federalism
6. Elections: Simultaneous elections, strengthening of election commission, electoral reforms
7. Budget: advancing of budget session, merger of railway budget with general budget
8. Citizenship: Citizenship amendment bill 2016 relating to minorities from Pakistan , Bangladesh and Afghanistan
9. Office of profit issue
10. Constitutional status of Delhi
11. Civil Services: Lateral entry and its viability
12. Uniform Civil Code
13. NHRC: strengthening the human rights watchdog
14. Dynastic politics in India
15. Sedition, defamation laws
16. Role of NGT, its recent activism
17. Inter –State River Water Disputes and role of Supreme Court
18. RTI and political parties , RTI and judiciary
19. Educational qualifications for PRI elections
20. Working of schedules V and VI of the constitution
21. Gender equality and Uniform Civil Code, Woman’ rights and religious freedoms
|1. P.M.Bakshi: Constitution of India
2. B.K. Sharma: The Constitution of India
3. Granville Austin: The Constitution of India
4. M.P. Singh: Indian Federalism
5. M. P. Singh and Saxena: Indian Politics
6. Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta: Public Institutions in India
7. Subhash Kashyap: Our Political System. Our Parliament. Our Constitution
|Governance and institution related issues|
|1. CBFC film certification
2. Lodha Committee Report
3. Mental Health Bill and the issue of suicide
4. National Medical Commission Bill 2016
5. Juvenile Justice Amendment Act 2016
6. 10 years of MNREGA
7. Role of NGOs, self-help groups in development process
UPSC Civil Services Paper-2 Question Paper 2016
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