General Studies Prelim Cum Mains 2018

GENERAL STUDIES PRELIM CUM MAINS 2018

About the Course

A eleven month intensive programme to equip candidates to know every facet of GS preparation which the candidates can follow during the entire course of optional subject preparation. The course aims at a complete solution of all the problems a candidate is likely to face in the preparation of GS Mains as well as Prelims conceptwise, materialwise and presentation wise. It is a 11-month intensive programme to equip candidates to know every facet of GS according to the new syllabus of GS which the candidates can follow during the entire course of preparation. The course includes coverage of the Mains syllabus from the perspective of 2018 as well as 2019. The course has three tiers. The course includes three individual and separate programme.

The course is integrated in a manner that the candidate bridges the gap in his/her bringing up in colleges and schools as well as reform the candidates to meet the new UPSC requirements.

The focus is more on character building of the candidates rather than make this course as give and take programme. The course includes all possible training required to build character in the students.

The focus is more on character building of the candidates rather than make this course as give and take programme. The course includes all possible training required to build character in the students.

As part of the course programme, the candidate is provided all possible books and selected series of SSS, edited by Dr. S. Mukherjee and all possible handouts and additional study material beyond which the candidates do not need to look further.

The course will include GS Mains and PT.

Aims and Objectives behind the Course

The course is helpful to the candidates who want to prepare themselves from scratch. Without any prior knowledge of GS as well as equip themselves with insights to prepare for the Interview.

Target group

Candidates who have no knowledge of GS and direction for preparation.

Course duration

27 th January 2018 to September 2018

Participation Fees

Integrated GS Mains PT – Rs. 90,000/-

Timing of Classes

3.00 pm to 5.00 PM.

Mains Course Duration

11 Months


GENERAL STUDIES-I: INDIAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE, HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD AND SOCIETY

TopicDisciplineFacultyType of class
1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms,
LITERATURE and Architecture from ancient to modern
times.
HistoryKS/GFAnalytical for such topics.
Reliance on Study material
for factual topics
Field Study Trips as
students iniative
2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the
eighteenth century until the present- SIGNIFICANT
EVENTS, PERSONALITIES, ISSUES
HistoryGFDescription and correlation
View point strengthening
3. The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important
contributors/ contributions from different parts of the
country.
HistoryGFField Study Trips
4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within
the country.
IndologyKSThrough Project works, group
discussion and college
formation
5. History of the world will include events from 18th century
such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national
boundaries, COLONIZATION, DECOLONIZATION,
HistoryKSAcademic orientation
Perspective building
6. Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism
etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
Political
Science,
Sociology
PBAcademic orientation
7. Salient features of Indian Society, DIVERSITY OF INDIA.Sociology/
Geography
SOIL (Series
of Interactive
lecturing)
Insight and orientation building
8. Role of women and women’s organizationSociologyPBAttitudinal change, Sensitivity
improvement and Informative
9. Population and associated issuesSociology/
Geography
PBAcademic
10. Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.Sociology/
Geography
KSAnalytical
11. Poverty and developmental issuesEconomy/
Society
PBSimple Coaching Class
12. Effects of globalization on Indian societyEconomy/
Society
KS Academic orientation
 Improving Observation
 Field Study Trips
13. Social empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism &
Secularism
Economy/
Society
GFMore Attitudinal
14. Salient features of world’s physical geography.GeographyKSAcademic and Interactive with
visual images and multimedia
15. Distribution of key natural resources across the world
(including South Asia and the Indian Subcontinent); factors
responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary
sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
GeographyKSAcademic and Interactive with
visual images and multimedia
16. Important Geophysical Phenomena such as Earthquakes,
Tsunami, Volcanic activity, Cyclone etc.
GeographyKSAcademic and Interactive with
visual images and multimedia
17. 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
GeographyKSAcademic and Interactive with
visual images and multimedia

GENERAL STUDIES- II: GOVERNANCE, CONSTITUTION, POLITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.

TopicDISCIPLINEFacultyType Of Class
1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features,
amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
Political ScienceAKCoaching
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.
Political ScienceAKCoaching
3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal
mechanisms and institutions.
Political ScienceAKCoaching
4. Comparison of the Indian Constitutional Scheme with that of other
countries
Political ScienceAKCoaching
5. Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of
business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
Political ScienceAKCoaching
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.
Political Science/
Public Administration
AKCoaching
7. Salient features of the representation of people’s act.Public AdministrationAKCoaching
8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, Powers, Functions and
Responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
Public AdministrationAKCoaching
9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodiesPublic AdministrationAKCoaching
10. Government policies and interventions for development in various
sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Public AdministrationAKAttitudinal transformation and
Informative
11. Development processes and the development industry- the role of
NGOS, SHGS, various groups and associations, donors, charities,
institutional and other stakeholders
Public Administration/
Management
AKCoaching
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.
Public Administration/
Management
AKMaterial Collection tricks,
Case Studies
13. Issues relating to development and management of social
sector/services relating to health, education, human resources. Issues
relating to poverty and hunger.
Public Administration/
Management
AKCase Studies
14. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-
governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and
potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and
institutional and other measures.
Economy/ SocietyAKCoaching
15. Role of civil services in a democracy.Public
Administration
AKCoaching, Develop
balance of perception
16. India and its neighborhood- relations.India and the WorldKSStudy different
books, magazines and journals.
17. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving
India and/or affecting India’s interests.
India and the WorldKSDevelop vision, balance of
perception
18. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries
on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
India and the WorldKSDevelop academic ability
19. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their
structure, mandate.
International
Relations
GFCoaching

General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

TopicDISCIPLINEFACULTYTYPE OF CLASS
1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning,
mobilization of resources, growth, development and
employment.
Indian EconomyZM/GFConcept development,
Coaching
2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.Indian EconomyZM/GFConcept development,
Coaching
3. Government Budgeting.Indian EconomyZM/GFConcept development,
Coaching
4. 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.
Indian GeographyZM/GFInteractive, Explanatory,
Analytical
5. 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;
Indian EconomyZM/GFCoaching
6. Technology missions; Economics of animal-rearing.Indian GeographyKSInteractive, Explanatory,
Analytical
7. Food processing and related industries in India- scope
and significance, location, upstream and downstream
requirements, supply chain management.
Indian GeographyKSInteractive, Explanatory,
Analytical
8. Land reforms in India.Indian
Geography/Economy
ZM/GFInteractive, Explanatory,
Analytical
9. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in
industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
Indian EconomyZMCoaching
10. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways
etc.
Indian GeographyKSInteractive, Explanatory,
Analytical
11. Investment models.ManagementSOILSOIL
12. Science and Technology- developments and their
applications and effects in everyday life
Science &
Technology
GFDiscussion
Explanatory
13. Achievements of Indians in Science & Technology;
indigenization of technology and developing new
technology.
Science &
Technology
GFDiscussion
Explanatory
14. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers,
Robotics, Nano-Technology, Bio-technology and issues
relating to intellectual property rights.
Science &
Technology
GFDiscussion
Explanatory
15. Conservation, Environmental Pollution and
Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment.
Environment and
Ecology
KSDiscussion
Explanatory
16. Disaster and Disaster Management.GeographyKSDiscussion
Explanatory
17. Linkages between development and spread of
extremism.
Contemporary Issues
of India
GFCoaching
18. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating
challenges to internal security.
Contemporary Issues
of India
GFCoaching
19. 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
Contemporary Issues
of India
KSTake Some Projects and have
a project based learning,
Involve oneself
20. Security challenges and their management in border
areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
Contemporary Issues
of India
GFGet to listen to some
seminars like lectures
21. Various security forces and agencies and their mandateContemporary Issues
of India
GFGet to listen to some
seminars like lectures

General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.

TopicDISCIPLINEFacultyType Of Class
1. 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.
PsychologyIAS OFFICERS
TEAM
Variable
2. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and
relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political
attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
PsychologyKSVariable
3. 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.
Psychology
Public Administration
IAS OFFICERS
TEAM
Variable
4. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and
application in administration and governance.
PsychologyKSVariable
5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from
India and world.
PsychologyGFVariable
6. 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.
Psychology
Public Administration
IAS OFFICERS
TEAM
Variable
7. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service;
Philosophical basis of governance and probity;
Psychology
Public Administration
IAS OFFICERS
TEAM
Variable
8. 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.
Psychology
Public Administration
IAS OFFICERS
TEAM
Variable
9. Case Studies on above issues.PsychologyKS, GFVariable

Programme and Schedule for General Studies*Provisional

DateTopics (2.30.00 to 5.00 pm)Faculty
WEEK-1World Geography, Newspaper ReadingKS
WEEK-2Newspaper Reading, Perception Management, Writing skill and Essay presentationKS
WEEK-3World HistoryKS/GF
WEEK-4World HistoryKS/GF
WEEK-5Heritage and Culture of IndiaANIMATION BASED
WEEK-6SocietyPB
WEEK-7World GeographyKS
WEEK-8World GeographyKS
WEEK-9Post Independence ConsolidationKS
WEEK-10International RelationsKS
WEEK-11KS
WEEK-12India & WorldKS
WEEK-13India & World, Indian GeographySM
WEEK-14Indian GeographySM
WEEK-15PolityAK
WEEK-16EconomyZM/RR/RK
WEEK 17-onwards,
To be scheduled
Modern Indian History
Indian Polity
Indian Economy
Science & Technology
Ecology & Environment

Faculty Composition

REGULAR MEMBERSAbbreviated Names usedVISITING HONORARY MEMBERS
Sri K.SiddharthaKSSri B. L, Vohra IPS
Deepankar VajpayeeDVSri Vikram Singh IPS
Dr S. MukherjeeSMSri P. K. Siddhartha IPS
P. BansalPBSri M. P. Singh Scholar
Sri Adarsh KumarAKSri S. K.Jha IAS
Sri Md. TariqueMT
Sri Zulfiquar MdZM
Guest FacultyGF