General Studies IIksricadmin2021-03-23T14:39:07+00:00
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)
Indian Constitution—Historical Underpinnings, Evolution, Features, Amendments, Significant Provisions and Basic Structure.
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.
Comparison of the Indian Constitutional Scheme with that of Other Countries.
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.
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.
Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation. Development Processes and the Development Industry — the Role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
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 Poverty and Hunger.
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.
India and its Neighborhood- 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.
Historical Underpinning & Evolution
Regulating Act (1773) to Independence Act (1947)
Enactment & Enforcement of Constitution
Flexible & Rigid
Federal & Unitary
Parliamentary Form of Government (Presidential vs. Parliamentary Type of Government)
List of Significant Amendments & Their Provisions
Procedure for Amending Constitution
Directive Principles of State Policy
Universal Adult Franchise
Separation of Powers
Judgments & Cases
Functions & Responsibilities of the Union and the States
Administrative & Quasi-Judicial Functions
Issues & Challenges Pertaining to the Federal Structure
Federal Structure in India – Is India truly Federal?
Cooperative & Competitive Federalism
Trends in Centre-State Relations
Inter-state Water Disputes
Public Acts, Records and Judicial Proceedings
Inter-State Trade and Commerce
Role of Governor
Reports of Various Commissions
2nd ARC, Punchhi, Sarkaria, etc.
Devolution of Powers & Finances to Local Levels & Challenges Therein
Role of State Government
Role of State Finance Commission
11th & 12th Schedule
Reasons for Ineffective Performance
Panchayat Devolution Index ( NITI Aayog)
Steps That Can Be Taken to Improve Their Performance
Separation of Powers Between Various Organs
Doctrine of Separation of Power
Separation of Power in Indian Constitution
Doctrine of Checks & Balances
Provisions for Checks & Balances in Indian Constitution
Related Judgments – Golaknath case, Kesavananda Bharati, Indira Gandhi Vs Raj Narain, Ram Jawaya vs Punjab
Dispute Redressal Mechanisms and Institutions
Comparison of the Indian Constitutional Scheme With That of Other Countries Parliament & State Legislatures
Structure, Functioning, Conduct of Business, Powers & Privileges
Blend of Rigidity and Flexibility
Federal System with Unitary Bias
Parliamentary Form of Government
Synthesis of Parliamentary Sovereignty and Judicial Supremacy
Integrated and Independent Judiciary
Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties
Universal Adult Franchise
Due Process of Law vs. Procedure Established by Law
Impeachment of President, etc.
Structure, Organization & Functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary
Council of Ministers
Council of Ministers
Chief Justice of India
SC & HC Judges
Ministries and Departments of the Government
Pressure Groups & Formal/informal Associations & Their Role in Polity