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IAS Foundation 2017
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UPSC Prelims Test Series 2017

Test Highlights

  • This programme is designed to cover complete syllabus of GS (Paper-1) in its length and breadth in multi layers of tests; NCERT, Topical, Sectional, Current Affairs + GK and Full Mocks
  • Topical Tests are designed to go at the micro-topics which is typically tested in the UPSC exam irrespective of its format
  • Monthly Current Affairs Material + Tests
  • Sectional Tests of each subject to give a complete concept clarity
  • The Mock Tests will provide a simulated UPSC examination hall environment and it is designed to test overall performance of the aspirants therein
  • Topical Tests Covering around 1500+ Sub Topics
  • Supplementary Notes with Topical Tests
  • Detailed Explanation of each question and related aspects
  • Integrated All India Ranking for Online & Classroom Aspirants
  • Our well designed test papers will focus on testing concepts as well as factual knowledge as per UPSC Pattern
  • Batch - V: Total 7 Tests: 3 Mock for GS + 3 Mock for CSAT + 1 Full Year Current Affairs Test.
  • Batch - IV: Total 18 Tests: GS Sectional (6) + Current Affairs and GK (6) + Mock: Paper 1 & Paper 2 (6)
  • Batch - III: Total 21 Tests: GS Sectional (6) + CSAT Sectional (3) + Current Affairs and GK (5) + Full Mock: Paper 1 & Paper 2 (6) + 1 Special Test for Economy Survey and Budget
  • Batch - II: Total 29 Tests: Topical (8) + GS Sectional (6) + CSAT Sectional (3) + Current Affairs and GK (6) + Full Mock: Paper 1 & Paper 2 (6)
  • Batch - I: Total 33 Tests: NCERT (4) + Topical (8) + GS Sectional (6) + CSAT Sectional (3) + Current Affairs and GK (6) + Full Mock: Paper 1 & Paper 2 (6)

IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series

Batch - V (Classroom & Online)
Test Start : 21 May, 2017
No. of Tests :7
Timing : 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Timing : 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Fee : 1,000/- (+Service tax)
Batch - IV
Test Start : 26 March, 2017
No. of Tests :18
Fee : 2,500/- (+Service tax)
Batch - III
Test Start : 19th February, 2017
No. of Tests :21
Fee : 3,000/- (+Service tax)
Batch - II
Test Start : 15th January, 2017
No. of Tests :29
Fee : 5,000/- (+Service tax)
Batch - I
Test Start : 20th November, 2016
No. of Tests :33
Fee : 5,000/- (+Service tax)

PT 2017 Result

Test Schedule

Mock

21 - May, 2017
Mock 1: Paper 1 and Paper 2
28 - May, 2017
Mock 2: Paper 1 and Paper 2
3 - June, 2017
Current Affairs
4 - June, 2017
Mock 3: Paper 1 and Paper 2

Sectional Test + Current Affairs

26 - Mar, 2017
Sectional 1
General Science
1 - April, 2017
Current Affairs - 1
Current Affair (December & January)
2 - April, 2017
Sectional 2
Geography
8 - April, 2017
Current Affairs - 2
Current Affairs (February)
9 - April, 2017
Sectional 3
Indian Polity
15 - April, 2017
Current Affairs - 3
Economics Survey & Budget + Indian Year Book
16 - April, 2017
Sectional 4
Economy
22 - April, 2017
Current Affairs - 4
Current Affairs (March)
23 - April, 2017
Sectional 5
Environment
30 - April, 2017
Sectional 6
History
6 - May, 2017
Current Affairs - 5
Current Affairs (April)

Mock

7 - May, 2017
Mock 1: Paper 1 and Paper 2
14 - May, 2017
Mock 2: Paper 1 and Paper 2
21 - May, 2017
Mock 3: Paper 1 and Paper 2
28 - May, 2017
Current Affairs - 6

Sectional Test + Current Affairs

19 Feb, 2017
Sectional 1
Geography
22 Feb, 2017
Current Affairs - 1
Current Affair (December & January)
26 Feb, 2017
Sectional 2
Indian Polity
5 Mar, 2017
CSAT - 1
General Metal Ability
12 Mar, 2017
Current Affairs - 2
Current Affairs (February)
19 Mar, 2017
Sectional 3
History
26 Mar, 2017
Sectional 4
General Science (With S & T)
2 Apr, 2017
CSAT - 2
Reasoning
9 Apr, 2017
Current Affairs - 3
Current Affairs (March)
15 Apr, 2017
Current Affairs - 4
Economics Survey & Budget + India Year Book
16 Apr, 2017
Sectional 5
Economy
23 Apr, 2017
Sectional 6
Environment
30 Apr, 2017
CSAT - 3
Reading Comprehension
6 May, 2017
Current Affairs - 5
Current Affairs (April)

Full Mock

7 May, 2017
Mock 1: Paper 1 and Paper 2
14 May, 2017
Mock 2: Paper 1 and Paper 2
21 May, 2017
Mock 3: Paper 1 and Paper 2
28 May, 2017
Current Affairs + GK (6 Months)

Topical + Current Affairs

15 Jan, 2017
Topical Test 1
Governance
18 Jan, 2017
Current Affairs - 1
Current Affairs(December)
22 Jan, 2017
Topical Test 2
Recent developments in field of Science and Technology
25 Jan, 2017
Topical Test 3
Environmental problems and management
29 Jan, 2017
Topical Test 4
Socio-economic development, economic current issues, National institutions
1 Feb, 2017
Topical Test 5
Resources, Infrastructure, Industries and Agriculture
5 Feb, 2017
Current Affairs - 2
Current Affairs (January)
12 Feb, 2017
Topical Test 6
Health and family welfare, education, food security, human development, poverty, rural and urban development
15 Feb, 2017
Topical Test 7
Demography, Census, Urbanization

Sectional Test + Current Affairs

19 Feb, 2017
Sectional 1
Geography
26 Feb, 2017
Sectional 2
Indian Polity
5 Mar, 2017
CSAT - 1
General Metal Ability
12 Mar, 2017
Current Affairs - 3
Current Affairs (February)
19 Mar, 2017
Sectional 3
History
26 Mar, 2017
Sectional 4
General Science (With S & T)
2 Apr, 2017
CSAT - 2
Reasoning
9 Apr, 2017
Current Affairs - 4
Current Affairs (March)
15 Apr, 2017
Topical - 8
Economics Survey & Budget + India Year Book
16 Apr, 2017
Sectional 5
Economy
23 Apr, 2017
Sectional 6
Environment
30 Apr, 2017
CSAT - 3
Reading Comprehension
6 May, 2017
Current Affairs - 5
Current Affairs (April)

Full Mock

7 May, 2017
Mock 1: Paper 1 and Paper 2
14 May, 2017
Mock 2: Paper 1 and Paper 2
21 May, 2017
Mock 3: Paper 1 and Paper 2
28 May, 2017
Current Affairs + GK (6 Months)

BASIC NCERT

20 Nov, 2016
NCERT basic test (6 to 12)
Polity
27 Nov, 2016
NCERT basic test (6 to 12)
Geography
4 Dec, 2016
NCERT basic test (6 to 12)
History
11 Dec, 2016
NCERT basic test (6 to 12)
Economy

Topical + Current Affairs

18 Dec, 2016
Topical Test 1
Environmental problems and management
25 Dec, 2016
Topical Test 2
Resources, Infrastructure, Industries and Agriculture
1 Jan, 2017
Topical Test 3
Demography, Census, Urbanization
8 Jan, 2017
Current Affairs - 1
Current Affairs(December)
15 Jan, 2017
Topical Test 4
Governance
22 Jan, 2017
Topical Test 5
Recent developments in field of Science and Technology
29 Jan, 2017
Topical Test 6
Socio-economic development, economic current issues, National institutions
5 Feb, 2017
Current Affairs - 2
Current Affairs (January)
12 Feb, 2017
Topical Test 7
Health and family welfare, education, food security, human development, poverty, rural and urban development

Sectional Test + Current Affairs

19 Feb, 2017
Sectional 1
Geography
26 Feb, 2017
Sectional 2
Indian Polity
5 Mar, 2017
CSAT - 1
General Metal Ability
12 Mar, 2017
Current Affairs - 3
Current Affairs (February)
19 Mar, 2017
Sectional 3
History
26 Mar, 2017
Sectional 4
General Science (With S & T)
2 Apr, 2017
CSAT - 2
Reasoning
9 Apr, 2017
Current Affairs - 4
Current Affairs (March)
15 Apr, 2017
Topical - 8
Economics Survey & Budget + India Year Book
16 Apr, 2017
Sectional 5
Economy
23 Apr, 2017
Sectional 6
Environment
30 Apr, 2017
CSAT - 3
Reading Comprehension
6 May, 2017
Current Affairs - 5
Current Affairs (April)

Full Mock

7 May, 2017
Mock 1: Paper 1 and Paper 2
14 May, 2017
Mock 2: Paper 1 and Paper 2
21 May, 2017
Mock 3: Paper 1 and Paper 2
28 May, 2017
Current Affairs + GK (6 Months)

HOW TO WRITE ONLINE PT TEST SERIES

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Programme Name Amount
Batch V: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Classroom) Rs. 1,000/- + Service Tax
Batch V: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Online) Rs. 1,000/- + Service Tax
Batch IV: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Classroom) Rs. 2,500/- + Service Tax
Batch IV: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Online) Rs. 2,500/- + Service Tax
Batch III: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Classroom) Rs. 3,000/- + Service Tax
Batch III: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Online) Rs. 3,000/- + Service Tax
Batch II: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Classroom) Rs. 5,000/- (+ Service Tax)
Batch II: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Online) Rs. 5,000/- (+ Service Tax)
Batch I: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Classroom) Rs. 5,000/- + Service Tax
Batch I: IAS Prelims 2017 Test Series (Online) Rs. 5,000/- + Service Tax
MICRO TOPIC LISTING FOR PREPARATION OF PRELIMS

A tough examination became tougher as one has to attempt only the GS. CSAT is now qualifying in nature. As the stakes has gone high, every single mark matters in Civil Services Exam. Hence the process of selection depends mostly or says completely on the preparation level of General Studies. But the point at issue is that there is no specific syllabus and demarcation line. This requires widespread knowledge both conceptually and factually.


Along with it there is a misconception that in GS aspirant has to just mug up the more facts but unfortunately this mugging up can hardly help in clearing the exam. We have analyzed the new pattern and realized preparation should be in much deep micro level. In our Prelims test series 2016 we have tried to cover maximum topics in our topical test.


Range of information matters in prelims paper. But the big question is about its length and breath. Often prelims syllabus appears to be limitless, without boundary. In the given scenario we don’t know how to use the available sources, or do we need some new texts.


For convenience to your PT 2016 preparation we are giving a list of micro detail of some of the areas. The following list will help the aspirants in preparing for prelims in an exhaustive way by focusing more on micro topics rather than whole whole subject.


RESOURCES, INFRASTRUCTURE, INDUSTRIES AND AGRICULTURE
  • Resources
  • 1. Resources and its classification
    • Meaning of resources
    • Concept of resource scarcity or Limits to Growth
    • Role of technology in resource development
    • Classification of resources
    a) Classification based on the availability
    of resources
    i. Inexhaustible
    ii. Exhaustible
    b) Classification based on distribution and frequency of occurrence of resources
    i. Ubiquities
    ii. Commonalities
    iii. Rarities
    iv. Uniquities
    c) Classification according to use of resources
    i. Unusable resources
    ii. Potential resources
    iii. Latent resources
  • 2. Land resource
    • Land-use
    • Land capability classification
    • Causes of Land Degradation
    • Impact of Land Degradation
    • Steps taken by GOI
    • Sustainable Land Management
  • 3. Water resource
    • Underground water resources
    • Surface water resources
    • Inland water resources: Utilization of inland water resources by man
    • Oceanic water resources: Main features
    of oceans
    • Utilization of oceans by man
    • Water consumption patterns
    • Water pollution
    • Conservation of water resources
    • Techniques of water conservation.
  • 4. Mineral
    • Types of minerals: Metallic minerals
    • Non-metallic mineral
    • Distribution of minerals and mining regions
    • Distribution, production and international trade of Metallic minerals: Ferrous metals: Iron ore
    • Ferro-alloys and non-ferrous
    • Manganese
    • Chromium
    • Nickel
    • Tungsten
    • Antimony
    • Copper
    • Bauxite and Aluminium
    • Zinc; Lead
    • Tin
    • Precious metals: Gold
    • Silver
    • Platinum
    • Mineral chemicals
    a) Mica
    b) Potash
    c) Phosphate
    d) Nitrates
    e) Sulphur
    • Conservation of mineral resources
  • 5. Soil resource
    • Composition of soil
    • Factors affecting soil formation
    • Processes in soil formation
    • Soil profile; Soil characteristics
    • Soil classification; Land use and soils
    • Economic planning of soils
    • Agriculture and soil erosion
    • Soil erosion and conservation
    • Methods of controlling soil erosion
    • Measures to restore and maintain soil fertility.
  • 6. Vegetation resources
    • Types of natural vegetation
    • Forests
    • Significance of forests
    a) Economic significance, Ecological significance
    b) Cultural significance
    • Factors of forest development
    • Extent of forest cover
    • Classification of forests
    a) Grasslands
    b) Desert vegetation
    c) Tundra Vegetation
    • Economic utilization of forests
    • Deforestation
    a) Deforestation in tropical forests
    b) Deforestation in temperate forests
    c) Rate and extent of deforestation
    d) Causes and factors of deforestation: Immediate causes of deforestation
    e) Indirect deforestation
    f) Underlying causes of deforestation
    • Conservation of forests
    a) Forest conservation strategies
    b) Reforestation
    c) Monoculture plantation
    d) Afforestation
    • Types of forestry
    a) Social forestry
    b) Agro-forestry
  • 7. Energy resources
    • Classification of energy
    • Production of conventional energy
    • General trends of energy production and consumption
    • Reserves and sources of energy
    • Coal
    a) Nature and origin of coal
    b) Constituents and kinds of coal
    c) Coal fields and coal production
    d) By products of coal
    e) Conservation of Coal Petroleum
    • Petroleum
    a) Nature and properties of petroleum
    b) Origin and recovery
    c) Exploration
    d) Petroleum refining
    e) Petroleum reserves
    f) Producing areas
    g) Consumption of petroleum
    h) International trade
    i) OPEC and its role in oil trade
    • Natural gas: Reserves and Production
    • Hydro-electricity
    a) Advantages of hydro-electricity
    b) Ideal conditions for generation of hydro-electricity
    c) Distribution of potential hydro-power
    d) Hydro-electric power generation
    • Atomic (nuclear) energy
    a) Atomic :source minerals: Uranium
    b) World distribution of uranium
    c) Production of uranium
    d) Thorium
    e) Production of atomic (nuclear) energy
    f) Nuclear energy: the energy of future
    • Alternative (non-conventional) sources of energy
    a) Solar energy
    b) Wind energy
    c) Geothermal power
    d) Tidal energy
    e) Wave energy
    f) Biomass energy
    • Alternate Energy Sources
    a) Hydrogen as a Fuel for Future or Hydrogen as an Alternative Energy Source
    b) Microbial Fuel Cell
    c) Energy Context with Respect to Indian Scenario
    d) Energy Plantation
    • Energy crisis
  • 8. Conservation of resources
    • Sustainability of Resources
    • Resource Management
    • Resource Appraisal
    • Resource Evaluation
    • Planning for Conservation of Natural Resources
    • Sustainable Resource Use
    • Natural Hazards and Risk Management
    • Types of Natural Hazards and Disasters
    • Hazard and Risk
    • Hazard Analysis and Assessment
    • Planning with Hazards and Risk.
  • Agriculture
  • • Performance of the agriculture sector
  • • Types of farming in India
  • • What is dry zone farming?
  • • What is organic farming?
  • • Cropping seasons in India
  • • Cropping Pattern in India
  • • Agriculture regionalization
  • • Infrastructure factors: Seeds; Fertilizers; Irrigation
  • • Land use pattern in India
  • • Institutional Factors as land reform
  • • Horticulture sector in India
  • • Agricultural revolutions
  • • Agricultural labours
  • • Price Policy for Agriculture
  • • Agricultural marketing
  • • Agricultural Insurance
  • • Agricultural Census
  • • Major schemes in agricultural sector
  • • National Policy for farmers
  • • Impact of climate change on agriculture
  • • What is sustainable agriculture?
  • • Use of IT in agriculture
  • • Agriculture Issues and Challenges
  • Productivity of Crops and conditions for growth
  • • Wheat
    a) Conditions of growth
    b) Varieties
    c) Types of cultivation
    d) Production pattern
    e) International trade
  • • Rice
    a) Conditions of growth
    b) Varieties
    c) Methods of cultivation
    d) Production pattern
    e) International trade
  • • Maize (Corn)
    a) Conditions of growth
    b) Production pattern
    c) International trade
  • • Barley
    a) Conditions of growth
    b) Production pattern
    c) International trade
  • • Oats
  • • Rye
  • • Beverages
    a) Tea
    i. Condition of growth
    ii. Production pattern
    iii. International trade
    b) Coffee
    i. Types of coffee
    ii. Conditions of growth
    iii. Production pattern
    iv. International trade
    c) Cocoa
    i. Conditions of growth
    ii. Production pattern
    iii. International trade
  • • Tobacco
    i. Conditions of growth
    ii. Production pattern
    iii. International trade.
  • • Fibre Crops
    a) Cotton
    i. Varieties of cotton
    ii. Conditions of growth
    iii. Production pattern
    iv. International trade
    b) Jute
    i. Conditions of growth
    ii. Production pattern
    iii. International trade
    iv. Substitutes of Jute: Flax, Hemp
    v. Abaca, Henequeno
    vi. Sisal
    c) Raw Silk
    i. Production pattern
    ii. International trade
  • • Natural Rubber
    i. Other sources of rubber
    ii. Plantations in South-east Asia
    iii. Production pattern
    iv. International trade
  • • Sugarcane
    i. Conditions of growth
    ii. Production pattern
    iii. International trade
    iv. Sugarbeet—Conditions of growth
    v. Production pattern
    vi. Sugar industry
    vii. Sugar consumption
    viii. International trade.
  • Industry
  • • Industrial development
  • • Iron And Steel Industry
    a) Process of iron and steel production
    b) Location of iron and steel industry
    c) Early localization
    d) Development of iron manufacture
    e) Distribution of iron and steel industry
    f) Global steel production
    g) International trade
    h) Growth potential of the steel industry.
  • • Textile Industry
    a) Cotton textile industry: Location of the industry
    b) Recent trends in localization
    c) Distribution and production of cotton textiles
    d) Woollen textile industry: Location of the industry
    e) Silk textile industry: Raw silk manufacture
    f) Silk textile manufacturing
    g) Synthetic (artificial) silk industry: Distribution of man-made fibre and fabrics.
  • • Engineering Industries
    a) Machine tools and machines: Areas of production
    b) Industrial machinery: Textile machinery
    c) Other industrial machinery
    d) Agricultural machinery
  • • Manufacturing of transport equipment
    a) Automobile industry
    b) Railway car and locomotive industry
    c) Shipbuilding
    d) Recent trends
    e) Aircrafts industry
  • • Chemical Industry
    a) Classes of chemicals: Branches of chemical industry
    b) Heavy chemical industry
    c) Production of acids and alkalies
    d) Rise of chemical industry
    e) Fertilizer industry: Nitrogen fertilizers
    f) Phosphate fertilizers
    g) Potash fertilizers
    h) Explosives
    i) Glass industry: Production of glass
  • • Agro-industries
    a) Synthetic rubber industry
    b) Pulp and paper industry: Essential conditions for pulp production
    c) Production of paper and paper board
    d) Newsprint
    e) International trade
    f) Salient features of pulp and paper industry
  • • Cement industry
    a) Distribution of cement industry
    b) Recent trends: Main global competitors
  • • Petroleum refining industry: Localization
    a) Site selection of petroleum refineries
    b) History of oil refineries
    c) World pattern of oil refining
    d) Petroleum products.
  • • Industrial Regions
    a) Characteristics of industrial regions
    b) Delimitation of an industrial region
    c) Principal industrial regions of the world
    d) Industrial regions of Anglo America—USA, Canada, Western Europe and Central Britain, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Eastern Europe, Poland, Former USSR
    e) Eastern Asia—Japan, China, the 'Dragons', India, High tech patterns.
  • TRANSPORT AND TRADE ROUTES
  • • Importance and development
    of transport
  • • Means of transport
  • • Transport costs and economic distance
  • • Operating costs in transport
  • • Relative importance of means of transport: Railways, Roads, Pipeline, Oceans, Air transport
  • • Profits and freight rates
  • • Government's transport policy
  • • Transport patterns in the world: Oceanic transport
  • • Ocean transport routes
  • • Inland waterways
  • • Main regions of inland waterways
  • • Railways: Factors affecting the railroads
  • • Distribution of railroads in the world
  • • Air transport: Factors influencing air transport
  • • Air transport in various continents
  • • Pipeline transport
  • • Petroleum (oil) pipelines
  • • Gas pipelines
  • • Transport costs and specialization
  • • Transport and trade in the modern era
  • • Transport costs and scale economies
  • • Falling transport costs increase trade between neighbours
  • • Falling transport costs lead to concentration within countries
  • • Negative externalities of transport.
DEMOGRAPHY, CENSUS AND URBANISATION
  • Demography, Census
  • • Concept of human resources
  • • Population distribution
  • • Factors of population distribution—Physical factors
  • • Socio-cultural factors
  • • Demographic factors
  • • World population distribution
    a) Ecumene
    b) Non-ecumene
  • • Continent-wise distribution
    of population
  • • Density of population
  • • Pattern of population density
  • • Population increase (growth) in the
    world
  • • Causes of rapid increase in population
  • • Present trend
  • • Future projections
  • • Determinants of population growth
  • • Natural increase
  • • Characteristics of population
    a) Age composition
    b) Population pyramids
    c) Sex composition
    d) Literacy
  • • Theories of population growth
    a) Malthusian theory
    b) Marxian theory
    c) Demographic transition theory
  • • Optimum population
    a) Over-population
    b) Under-population
  • • Population problems
    a) Population problems of developing countries
    b) Population problems of developed countries
    c) Population dilemma of Europe
  • • Population Policies: of China, of India.
  • • Various types of rural settlements
  • • Relationship between house types with relief, climate and building materials
  • Urbanization
  • • Basic Feature and Pattern's of India's Urbanization
  • • Issues of Urbanization in India
    a) Rural Urban Migration
    b) Emergence of Slums
    c) Urban Transport
    d) Waste Disposal
    e) Water Supply, Drainage and Sanitation
    f) Electronic Waste
    g) Urban Poverty
    h) Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Bill, 2013
  • • Way Forward to Tackle Issues Related
    to Urbanization
    a) Inclusive Cities/Smart cities
    b) Recent government programmes:
    AMRUT
  • • Migration
  • • Displacement
  • • Importance of the Rehabilitation Policy
  • • Urban settlements: types
ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND MANAGEMENT
  • Environmental problems and management
  • 1. Effect of Human Activities on Environment
    a) Effect of Modern Agriculture on Environment
    b) Effect of Housing on Environment
    c) Effect of Power Generation on Environment
    d) Effect of River Valley Projects (Water Resource Projects) on Environment
    e) Effect of Mining on Environment
    f) Effect of Transportation Activities on Environment
    g) Effect of Tourism on Environment
  • 2. Water Resource degradation
    a) Water Cycle (Hydrological Cycle)
    b) Availability and Quality Aspects (groundwater depletion)
    c) Water-borne and Water-induced
    Diseases
    d) Fluoride Problem in Drinking Water
    e) Arsenic Problem in Drinking Water
  • 3. Minerals and environmental
    degradation
    a) Mining and Environment
    b) Sensitivity of Select Ecosystems to
    Mining
    c) Impact of Mining
    d) Indirect Impact of Mining
    e) International Laws on Mining
    f) Main Act or Statue to regulate the
    impact of Indian Mining Sector
    g) Sustainable mining
  • 4. Deforestation
    a) Causes of Deforestation
    b) Implications of Deforestation for Climate Change
    c) Consequences of Deforestation on the Wildlife of India
    d) Impact of Deforestation on Indian Monsoon
    e) Impact of Deforestation on People
    f) Deforestation Leads to Water and Soil Resources Loss and Flooding
    g) Economical Impacts
    h) Strategies for Reducing Deforestation
    i) Government Programmes for Conservation of Forests
    j) Legislations for Conservation of Forests using People Participation
    k) Steps for Improving People Participation in Forest Resource Management
    l) Use of Local Traditional Methods
    m) Recent Steps Taken by the Government
  • 5. Waste Management
    a) Solid Waste
    b) Hazardous Waste
    c) E-Waste
    d) Bio Medical Waste
    e) Plastic Waste
    f) Methods for Waste Management
    g) Effects of Poor Waste Disposal
  • 6. Sustainable Development
    a) Principles of sustainability
    b) Measurement of Sustainability or Sustainable Ethics or Equitable Utilisation
    of Natural Resource
    c) Sustainable Lifestyle (Role of an individual in sustainable. development)
    d) Challenges to Sustainable Development
    e) International Efforts to Achieve Sustainability
  • 7. Environmental Pollution
    a) Air Pollution
    i. Sources of Air Pollution
    ii. Effects of Air Pollution
    iii. Classification of Air Pollutant
    iv. Control Measures of Air Pollution
    v. Air Pollution Disasters
    vi. Long Range Transport of Gaseous Air Pollutants
    vii. National Ambient Air Quality Standards
    b) Water Pollution
    i. Sources of Water Pollution
    ii. Types of Water Pollutants
    iii. Effects of Water Pollution
    iv. Water Quality Standards
    v. Control of Water Pollution
    c) Thermal Pollution
    i. Sources of Thermal Pollution
    ii. Effects of Thermal Pollution
    iii. Control of Thermal Pollution
    d) Soil Pollution or Land Degradation
    i. Sources of Soil Pollution
    ii. Effects of Soil Pollution
    iii. Control Measures
    e) Noise Pollution
    f) Air-borne Diseases
    g) Toxic Substances: Toxicant, Toxicity and Toxicology
    h) Factors affecting toxicity
    i) Carcinogens
  • 8. Solid Waste Management
    a) Sources of Solid Waste
    b) Effect of Solid Waste
    c) Control Measures of Solid Waste
    d) Status of Solid Waste Management in India
    e) Hazardous Waste Management (HWM)
  • 9. Coastal ecosystem management
    a) Mangroves
    i. Salient features of Mangroves:
    ii. Importance of Mangroves
    iii. Mangroves in India
    iv. Mangroves under threats
    v. Legal and Regulatory Approaches for Protection
    b) Estuaries
    i. Importance of estuaries
    ii. Threats to estuaries
    c) Coral Reefs
    i. Geographical Conditions Required
    ii. Uses of coral reefs
    iii. Conservation of coral reef
    d) Steps for Coastal Ecosystem Management
  • 10. Environmental Impact Assessment
    a) Government Body which Executes EM
    in India
    b) Environmental Effects Analysed
    under EIA
    c) Process of EM
    d) EIA Ruling 1984
  • 11. Environmental Laws
    a) Environmental Laws: Provisions in the Indian Constitution towards
    Environmental Protection
    b) Salient Features of Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,1981*
    c) Salient Features of Water (Prevention
    and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
    d) Salient features of Forest Conservation Act, I980
    e) Salient Features of Wildlife Protection Act,1972
    f) Salient Features of Environment (Protection) Act,1986
    g) Role of Government in Environmental Protection
  • 12. Global Environmental Issues
    a) Green House Effect and Global Warming
    b) Global Climate Change: International Efforts to Control Global Warming or Global Climate Change
    c) Ozone Layer Depletion or Ozone Hole
    d) Acid Rain
    e) El Nino
    f) La Nina
  • 13. Urbanization and Environment
    a) Water degradation in urban areas
    b) Pollution in metros
    c) e-waste Management and Handling
    d) Disposal of untreated sewage
    e) Real estate boom and environment degradation
    f) Haphazard construction in hilly areas
    and impact
    g) Environment clearance and
    development issue
    h) Polythene bags and pollution
    i) Impact of tower radiation
  • 14. Impact of agriculture on environment
    a) Agriculture increases Carbon Dioxide Emissions
    b) Monoculture practice impacts biodiversity
    c) Pollution due to use of chemical fertilizersv
    d) Soil-related effects
    e) Fertilizer's Effect on the Environment
    f) Impact of livestock on environment
    g) Impact of use of Pesticides on environment
    h) Impact of GM crop on environment
    i) Emission of Methane from agricultural practices
    j) Sustainable Agriculture Techniques
  • 15. Environmental Movements
    a) Details of Environmental Movements Indicating the Importance of
    Environmental Awareness
  • 16. Disaster Management and environment
    a) Urban Disasters
    b) Flood
    c) Cyclone
    d) Landslides
    e) Earthquakes
    f) Drought
    g) Hazardous Chemicals
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FIELD OF SCIENCE AND TECH
  • Recent developments in the field of science and technology
  • 1. S&T policy
  • 2. Nanotechnology
    a) Applications
    I. In medicine
    II. In industry
    III. In space
    IV. In consumer goods
    V. In transport
    VI. In electronics
    VII. In environment
    VIII. In textile
    b) Nano Mission of India
    c) Examples of some research outputs
  • 3. IT
    a) Supercomputers
    b) Networking and types
    c) Internet
    d) Basic terms used in internet as www; http; HTML; URL; IP address etc
    e) IPV6
    f) IP Telephony
    g) Social networking sites and its impact
    h) Computer crimes
    i) Cyber laws
    j) Types of computer viruses
    k) Recent controversy on online content
    l) Digital signature
    m) UIDAI project: use of IT in fingerprinting, iris scanning etc
    n) ATM
    o) AI
    p) Digital Convergence
    q) BPO: advent of it in India
    r) E-governance: different initiatives by government
    s) National Policy on IT
    t) Cloud computing
    u) Internet banking
    v) E-learning
    w) National Knowledge Network
    x) AGRINET
    y) NIC
  • 4. Space
    a) Space research in India
    b) Different programmes
    c) Indian satellite ystem
    d) Communication satellites
    e) GPS
    f) Chandrayan and Aditya
    g) World space research
    h) Space agencies
  • 5. Electronics
    a) LED and OLED
    b) Plasma
    c) LCD, CFL, CRT
    d) HDTV
    e) Triple play
    f) Lasers
    g) 3-D and Animation
    h) Superconductors
    i) Government initiatives for dev of electronic industry
    j) R & D in Electronics
    k) Electronics Policy 2011
    l) Latest developments
    m) Robotics
    n) Laser
    o) Superconductivity
  • 6. Defence
    a) DRDO
    b) Surveillance
    i) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's)
    ii)AURA (Autonomous Unmanned
    Research Aircraft)
    iii) Advanced Airborne Warning and
    Control System (AWACS)
    iv) AWACS
    v) RADAR
    c) Strike
    i) Missiles (concept, working types etc.)
    ii) Indian Missile Programme (Agni,
    Prithvi,
    Trishul, Akash, Naag, Brahmos, K-Missile
    Family, Astra, Surya etc.)
    iii) Missile Vehicles
    d) Aircraft
    e) Electronic Warfare
    f) Maritime Geography
    g) Naval Terminologies
    h) Stealth technology
  • 7. Energy
    a) Forms of Energy
    i) Energy from Urban Municipal and Industrial Waste
    ii) Solar Energy
    iii) Geothermal Energy
    iv) Tidal Energy
    v) Effect of Tidal Movement
    vi) Wind Power
    vii) Electricity Losses in India
    viii) Ocean Thermal Energy
    ix) Chemical Sources of Energy
    xi) Alternative Technology in Transport
    xii Natural GAS
    xiii) Biofuels
    xiv) Centre Plans bio-alternative to diesel
    xv) Biomass
    b) A list of Major Programmes for Energy Efficiency Supported by the Government
    c) Major New Initiatives
    d) International Cooperation
  • 8. Biotechnology
    a) Red Biotechnology
    b) GENE Therapy
    c) Green Biotechnology
    d) White Biotechnology
    e) Applications of Biotechnology
    f) DNA
    g) Elements/Techniques of Biotechnology
    h) Utility of Biotechnology
  • 9. Nuclear technology
    a) Rationale for Nuclear Energy
    b) Obstacles to Development
    c) Nuclear Policy of India
    d) India's Nuclear Energy Programme
    e) Atomic Reactors
    f) Nuclear Research in India
    g) Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
    h) R & D Centre of DAE
  • 10. Science and inclusive growth
  • 11. Science and governance
  • 12. Innovation: Need of the hour
SOCIO- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, RURAL AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
  • Socio-economic development and welfare initiatives
  • 1. Constitutional Provisions for Welfare of Society
  • 2. Institutional Measures for Society
    Welfare
    a) National Commission for Scheduled Castes
    b) National Commission on Scheduled
    Tribes
    c) National Commission for Backward Classes
    d) National Commission for disabled Persons
    e) National Commission for Women
  • 3. Welfare of Scheduled Castes
    a) Various Legislations for SCs
    b) Various Schemes for SCs
  • 4. Welfare of Scheduled
    Tribes
    a) Various Schemes for STs
  • 5. Welfare of other Backward Classes
    a) Various Schemes for OBC
  • 6. Welfare of Minorities
    a) Institutional Measures for Minorities
    b) 15-point Programme
  • 7. Welfare of Persons with Disabilities
    a) Various Schemes for Disabled
  • 8. Welfare of Older Personsv a) National Policy for Senior Citizens 2011
  • 9. Welfare of Children
    a) Various Legislations for Welfare of Children
    b) Various Programmes for Child Welfare
  • 10. Welfare of Women
    a) National Policy for Empowerment of Women
    b) Various Legislations for Welfare of Women
    c) Various Schemes for Women Welfare
  • 11. Social development schemes
    a) Beti bachao Beti Padhao
    b) MGNREGA
    c) PM Jan Dhan Yojana
    d) Insurance welfare schemes
    e) ICDS
    f) Mid Day Meal
    g) National Health Mission
    h) National Rural Livelihood Mission
    i) National Urban Livelihood Mission
  • 12. Inclusive growth
    a) Definition
    b) Measurement criteria
    c) Government initiatives for inclusive growth
    d) Basic Amenities: Housing/Drinking Waters/ Sanitations
    e) Sustainable Development
  • 13. Rural Development
    a) Rural development and poverty alleviation
    b) Review of the Existing Programmes
    c) Development Administration
    d) Panchayati Raj
    e) Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 14. Urban development
    a) Enablers for effective urbanisation
    b) Strengthen Urban Governance
    c) Increase Adoption of Information Technology at the ULB Level
    d) Harmonising the Role of Parastatals with Elected Municipal Bodies
    e) Urban Planning
    f) Financing Urban Infrastructure
    g) Establish a Comprehensive Approach to Facilitate PPPPs
    h) Building Capacity for Managing India’s Urbanisation
    i) Transformational Approach to Public Transport
    j) Alleviating Urban Poverty
NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, CULTURE HERITAGE, YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS
  • National institutions

  • 1. Lalit Kala Akademi
  • 2. Sangeet Natak Akademi
  • 3. Sahitya Akademi
  • 4. Archaeological Survey of India
  • 5. National Human Rights Commission
  • 6. State Human Rights Commission
  • 7. Central Information Commission
  • 8. State Information Commission
  • 9. National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
  • 10. Tribunal
  • 11. Medical Council Of India
  • 12. Pension Fund Regulatory And Development Authority
  • 13. Biodiversity Authority Of India
  • 14. Press Council Of India
  • 15. Forward Markets Commission
  • 16. Inland Waterways Authority Of India
  • 17. RBI
  • Indian culture
  • 1. Paleolithic art
  • 2. Art & culture during Indus Valley civilization
  • 3. Religion and Indian philosophy
  • 4. Architecture and sculpture Since mauryan age
  • 5. Indian paintings
  • 6. Classical forms of dance
  • 7. Folk dance forms
  • 8. Classical music
  • 9. Musical instruments
  • 10. Drama/theatre
  • 11. Puppet forms of India
  • 12. Indian pottery
  • 13. Indian literature
  • 14. Government institutions related to
    art and culture
  • 15. Miscellaneous information
  • 16. Terminologies associated with Indian culture
  • Youth affairs and sports
  • 1. Youth policy of India
  • 2. Schemes related to youths in India
  • 3. Promotion of urban sports
    infrastructure
  • 4. Awards related to sports
HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE, EDUCATION, FOOD SECURITY, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT , POVERTY
  • 1. Poverty and unemployment
    • Extent of Poverty
    • Hunger & Malnutrition
    • Poverty Trap
    • Low Standard Of living
    • Low Accessibility & Quality of Education
    • Low Access to Sanitation Facilities
    • Low life Expectancy
    • Unemployment
    • Causes of poverty
    • Types of poverty
    • Dimensions of poverty
    • Calculating poverty
    i. Tendulkar committee
    ii. Lakadwala committee
    iii. Saxena committee
    • Poverty alleviation measures in India
  • 2. Human development
    • HDI indicators
    • India's status
    • Linkage between human development  and economic growth
    • Impact of human development on
    varioussectors
    i. Education
    ii. Health
    iii. Skill development
  • 3. Food and Nutrition problem
    • Nutritional Quality of life
    • Balanced Nutrition
    • Distribution of Dietary patterns
    • Causes of Food Problems
    • Food security programmes in India
  • 4. Public health
    • Health Policy in India
    • Health indicators and India
    • Health Sector in India
    • Private Health Sector in India
    • Steps taken by GOI
    • Alternative medicine system
    • Medical tourism
    • Health and vulnerable section
    • Women health and its importance
    • Health infrastructure
    • Health programmes in India
    • Essential medicines and counterfeit medicines
    • Demography and family planning
    • Preventive medicine in obstetrics, paediatrics and geriatrics
    • Nutrition and health
    • Environment and health
    • Hospital waste management
    • Occupational health
    • Genetics and health
    • Health information and basic medical statistics
    • Health education
    • Health planning and management
    • Health care of the community
GOVERNANCE
  • Indian polity and governance

  • 1. Elections in India
    a) Salient features of the Representation
    of People Act, 1950
    b) Salient features of Representation of Peoples Act, 1951
    c) Electoral reforms
    d) Criminalization of politics
    e) Negative or neutral voting
    f) State funding of Elections
    g) Irregularities in polling
  • 2. Political Parties in India
    a) Political parties in India
    b) Party reforms
    c) Problems in the working of parties
    d) Casteism and politics
    e) Reforms in Party system in India
    f) Strengthening of Anti-defection
    measures
  • 3. Governing Institutions in India
    a) Structure of Ministries/departments
    i. Political head
    ii. Secretariat organization secretary
    – Functions of the secretariat
    – Functions of attached and subordinate office
    – Other organizations
    iii. Constitutional bodies
    iv. Statutory bodies
    v. Autonomous bodies
    vi. Public sector undertakings
    vii. The Executive organization
    b) Advantages of the separation of secretariat and executive organization.
    c) Strengths and weaknesses of the existing structure
    d) Recommendations for improving the Organizational structure
  • 4. Role of Pressure Groups
    a) Types of pressure groups
    b) Role of pressure group in developing countries
    c) Functions of pressure groups in India
    d) Pressure groups methods
    e) Pressure groups and Democracy
    f) Criticism of pressure groups
  • 5. Role of SHG, NGOs, civil society
    a) SHGs
    i. Characteristics
    ii. Role of SHGs in development
    b) NGOs
    i. Functions
    ii. Role of NGOs in development
    c) Micro Finance Institutions
    i. Salient features
    ii. Role of MFIs in development
    d) Charities
    i. Characteristics
  • 6. E-governance
    a) Goals of e-governance
    b) Stages of e-governance
    c) Interactions in e-governance
    d) E-governance initiatives in India
    e) G2C initiative
    f) G2B initiatives
    g) G2G initiatives
    h) Reasons for non implementation of e-governance projects in India
    i) Steps for improvement
  • 7. Citizen charter
    a) Benefits
    b) Indian approach to citizen charters
    c) ARC's seven step model

    8. Issues in governance programmes
    • Good governance
    • Political Systems: Concepts, Forms, Types
    & Its working
    a) Totalitarian system
    b) Oligarchic system
    c) Democratic system
  • 9. Transparency & Accountability
    a) Role of different agencies in maintenance of transparency and accouintability
    i. Legislature
    ii. Executive
    iii. Judiciary
    iv. Civil society
    v. CBI, CVC, Lokpal, etc
  • 10. Reforms
    a) Administrative reforms;
    b) Police reforms;
    c) Judicial reforms;
    d) Political reforms, etc and recent committees and their recommendations.
  • 11. Social Audit
    a) Basic concept
    b) Importance and benefits
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