Strategy to cover Acts and Bills for IAS Prelims

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    22nd Mar, 2021

UPSC civil services exam is highly coveted exam and recruits candidates for IAS, IPS, IFS and other services in India. Polity and Governance is one of the foundational subjects in Civil Services Examination. This subject undergoes updation every now and then. It becomes important for a student to keep herself/himself updated with these changes. Topics like Bills and Acts are always a high targeted topic for UPSC Prelims.

The commission expects that a candidate should have a precise idea about all the three organs of government i.e legislature ,  executive,  and judiciary. The candidate is not expected to learn each and everything about these organs but at least he should have the basic idea pertaining to these such as the acts, bills and other policies that floats through these organs. Acts, bills and the amendments in these acts passed by the legislature are the most preferred areas from where questions are asked more frequently. This demands a very precise and to the point approach by the candidate as the questions often demands to have in depth knowledge rather than superficial knowledge. Most of the times students are unable to tackle such questions and skip them. Now the question arise what should be done and how should be done to target this section. Through this article GS Score has tried to answer such questions that students often stumble upon.


Round the years the number of questions based on acts and bills have increased in IAS Prelims Exam. In Previous Years UPSC Questions not only asked about recent acts but also about those acts enacted years before. Further, the questions asked were not just about acts. There were number of questions related to other areas such as bills, rules, and even regulations.

Apart from this the sources from which UPSC asks questions in the Civil Services Examination (CSE) has also undergone a paradigm shift in recent years. The traditional approach for the preparation is not going to serve the purpose. The aspirant need to change the traditional and rudimentary approach and to develop broad perspective to answer questions based on this particular portion. The resources to target this area are plenty in market and several websites cater these informations but precise and to the point information is the key to success.

There acts and bills often belong to various ministries and departments. For an example an act can be related to a specific ministry or department such as Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, or Ministry of Child Welfare etc. The most authentic source of information remains the concerned website related to acts or bills. It is advisable to go through this website and extract the information useful for this exam. GS SCORE Prelims SAMPOORNA brings to you yearly compilation on Bills and Acts. This Yearly Compilation on Bills and Acts will help you to revise all the important bills and acts.

This compilation has a wide coverage of the vital issues  like The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020,The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Act, 2020, The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 and various other crucial topics that can be significant from the exam point of view.

The last but not the least is to link this section with the current affairs. It is important to establish a linkage between static portion with dynamic one. The questions that are being asked in the civil services exam often demands to have a knowledge on these acts and how these acts and bills are going to cast impact on particular section of society. So the practical aspect of these acts and bills also play an important role. Usually the later part is often discarded or ignored during the preparation. The making of notes and revision is also necessary. The tabled approach in this scenario becomes a saviour. Aspirants while targeting this section are advised to make a table with entries like features of bills and acts, date of enactment or introduction, targeted beneficiary etc. These kind of tables not only help in prelims exam but in mains exam also. Apart from this they are also helpful during revision also.


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