G S Paper – 2

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UPSC IAS Mains Exam: General Studies Paper-2

General Studies 2 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of the below major areas: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations. Detailed syllabus is given below:

GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-2 SYLLABUS FOR UPSC CIVIL SERVICES MAINS

  1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  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.
  4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  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.
  9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  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 the 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.
  16. Role of civil services in a democracy.
  17. India and its neighborhood- relations.
  18. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements 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.

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

Topic Covered:

  1. Salient Features of the Constitution of India: The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures; Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine
  2. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
  3. Role of Civil Services in a Democracy
  4. E Governance– applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential
  5. Issues relating to poverty and hunger
  6. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability
  7. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
  8. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  9. Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs
  10. Mechanisms, Laws, Institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable section
  11. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes
  12. Separation of powers between various organs
  13. India and Its Neighbourhood Relations
  14. Pressure Groups and formal/Informal Associations and Their Role in the Polity
  15. Comparison of the Indian Constitutional Scheme with That of Other Countries
  16. Appointment to Various Constitutional Posts, Powers, Functions and Responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
  17. Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States

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