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Book List

  1. Art & Culture : Nitin Singhania Notes / Book
  2. Ancient India: Old NCERT ( Available at OM Xerox, Satellite)-Prepare Notes
  3. Mediaeval India: TN State Class XI Textbook ( Available on Mrunal Website)- Prepare Notes
  4. Modern India: Spectrum Book + Watch Pratik Nayak’s video lecture on Mrunal YouTube)-Prepare Notes
  5. India and World Geography-NCERT class XI & XII for Geography (Prepare Notes) + PMF IAS Video Lectures Series (Watch lecture then Read Book)
  6. India Polity- M. Laxmikant (Preferably Latest Edition)
  7. Economy- Mrunal Lecture + Vision IAS summary for Economic Survey & Budget
  8. Environment & Ecology- Shankar IAS book
  9. General Science- NCERT class 8 to 10 ( only if time permits)
  10. Current Affairs- Vision IAS monthly Current Affairs Booklet or PT 365 of Vision IAS(comes 2 months before prelims) (if time permits then only read newspaper The Hindu or Indian Express
  11. Test Series- Preferably Vision IAS ( Read Solution Carefully) + Previous Year UPSC prelims Paper + Open Test by Vision IAS ( Register on its Portal)

General Studies-I : Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

Syllabus Para Recommended Book / Notes/ Website
1.      Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms,

literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. Indian Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania or Notes of Nitin Singhania
2.     Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. 1.  A Brief History of Modern India by Spectrum (New Edition)

2.  Pratik Nayak Video Lectures (Mrunal.Org YouTube)

3.      The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
4.     Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 1.  India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra (Selected study a per syllabus)

2.  NCERT Class XI (India since Independence)

5.   History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society. 1. Vision IAS World History Material
6.     Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 1.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

2.  Supplementary Reading : NCERT Class XI (Sociology) + NCERT Class XII (Indian Society)

7.      Role of women and women’s organization, population and

associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

2.  Mrunal Mains Lecture PPT

8.     Effects of globalization on Indian society. 1.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

2.  Mrunal Mains Lecture PPT

9.     Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism. 1. Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)
10. Salient features of world’s physical geography. 1.  NCERT Class XI (Fundamentals of Physical Geography)

2.  NCERT lass XI (India: Physical Environment)

3.  Part 2 of Goh Cheng Leong (Certificate Physical and Human Geography 1st Edition)

4.  NCERT Class XII (India People and Economy)

5.  NCERT Class XII (Human Geography)

6.  NCERT Class IX (Disaster Management)

PMF IAS YouTube

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).
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.

General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

Syllabus Para Recommended Book / Notes/ Website
1. Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 1.  Indian Polity by M Laxmikant

2.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or The Hindu)

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.
3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal

mechanisms and institutions.

5. Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of

these.

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.
7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of

other countries.

1. Vision IAS material
10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and

implementation.

1.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

2.  Mrunal Mains Lecture PPT

11. Development processes and the development industry —the role

of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

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

1.  2nd ARC Report Summary

2.  Mrunal Mains Lecture PPT

3.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

16. Role of civil services in a democracy. 1. Mrunal Mains Lecture PPT
17. India and its neighborhood- relations. 1.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

2.  International Relation by Pavneet Singh (Supplementary Reading + Indian Diaspora can be covered from this book)

18. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreement involving

India and/or affecting India’s interests.

19. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing

countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

20. Important International institutions, agencies and fora their

structure, mandate.

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

Syllabus Para Recommended Book / Notes/ Website
1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 1.  Economy by Mrunal YouTube

2.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

3.  Economic Survey Summary by Vision IAS

2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
3. Government Budgeting.
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; etechnology in the aid of farmers. 1.  Covered in Geography (GS-1)

2.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

3.  Shanta Kumar Committee on PDS report (Mrunal.Org)

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; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
6.     Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements,

supply chain management.

1.  Covered in Geography (GS-1)

2.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

3.  Location factors of industries from Mrunal.Org

7. Land reforms in India. 1. India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra (Selected study a per

syllabus)

8.    Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial

policy and their effects on industrial growth.

1. Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)
9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. 1.  Covered in Geography (GS-1)

2.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

10. Investment models. 1. Mrunal Mains Lecture PPT
11. Science and Technology- developments and their applications

and effects in everyday life.

1. Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu
12. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization

of technology and developing new technology.

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

rights.

14.    Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation,

environmental impact assessment.

1.  Environment by Shankar IAS (for EIA)

2.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or TheHindu)

15. Disaster and disaster management. 1.  Covered in Geography (GS-1)

2.  Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or The Hindu)

16. Linkages between development and spread of extremism. Current Affairs (Vision IAS Monthly Booklet or IE or The Hindu)
17. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges

to internal security.

18.    Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal

security challenges, basics of cyber security;

19. Money laundering and its prevention.
20. Security challenges and their management in border areas –

linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

21. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate. 1. Wikipedia

General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Syllabus Para Recommended Book / Notes/ Website
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.

1.  Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

2.  Mrunal YouTube/ Any Lecture series from reputed coaching institute

3.  2nd ARC Summary (Same as GS-2)

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

influence and persuasion.

3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-

sections.

4.       Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and

application in administration and governance.

5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and

world.

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.
7. 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.
8. Case Studies on above issues. 1.  Previous Years paper solution

2.  Other reputed coaching class paper solution (Including previous test series papers)

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