UPSC IAS Mains GS Syllabus and Important Topics for 2017

General Study Paper 1

  • History:

    • Art & Culture

    • Literature

    • India before Independence (British policy, (Significant events, personalities, issue, Freedom Struggle, Contributors from different parts of the country)

    • India after Independence (Slogan, Person Contribution)

    • World history (Industrial revolution, WWs, redrawn boundaries, colonisation, decolonisation, communism, capitalism, socialism and their effect)

  • Social Science:

    • Caste, Religion, Region (Debates, Communalism, Regionalism, Secularism; Social Empowerment

    • Poverty, Population, Globalization (Diversity of India, Globalization)

    • Role of Women and women’s organisation (effects of globalization on women in India, Sex-Ratio, Gender)

  • Geography:

    • Physical (Earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, cyclones, land sides, Islands ;Geographical features and location)

    • Climates and disaster related (Critical geographical features, flora, fauna, changes and effects thereof)

    • Resource distribution (Distribution of key natural resources with world, S. Asia, Indian subcontinent, issues)

    • Factors affecting industrial locations (primary, secondary, tertiary; India, world)

    • Urbanization (Problems and remedies)

General Study Paper 2

Strongly paper related with current affairs and Federal constitution, Quasi-Judicial body, Indian governance system and other topics.

  • Supreme Court: Basic Structure Binds Parliament of India

  • Federal constitution, Quasi-Judicial body, Indian governance system

  • Govt. Social Welfare Scheme

  • Federalism in India

  • Indian Foreign Policy

  • Socio-Economic Development in India

  • Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization

  • Indus Water Treaty and Indo-Pak Analysis

General Study Paper 3

  • Economy:

    • Economic growth in India, Employment

    • Gold Monetization Scheme

  • Capitalism

    • Provisions of bill and implication

    • Inclusive growth and issues therein

    • Liberalization, Changes in Industrial policy,

    • Government budgeting (Subsidies in India, FRBM act 2003, Tax expenditure, GST in India)

    • Infrastructure (Energy, ports, roads, airports, railways, transport policy, infrastructure project, PPP model)

    • Investment models (FDI)

    • Trade pattern of economy

  • Agriculture:

    • Farming (E-technology, Marketing, Development)

    • Food processing and related industry in India

    • Food security, Issues

    • Land reforms in India

  • Science:

    • Environment (Conservation, Pollution, Environmental impact Assessment, Power plant, Green energy corridor)

    • Science-technology (Projects, Programmes and scheme, developments and everyday applications & effects; Awareness in fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nanotech, Biotech, IPR issues, New technology)

    • Disaster management

  • Security:

    • Linkages between Development & spread of Extremism

    • Cyber security and social media (Digital signature, Social networking site, Cyber warfare, Policy, Security forces)

    • Cross border, money laundering, Org. Crime

General Study Paper 4

  • Ethics:

    • Ethics- Basic theory (Law and ethics, Value and ethics, Environmental ethics, Different types, Ethical management, Human interface)

    • Emotional Intelligence (Concepts, utility & application in administration and governance, Negative emotion, Happiness, Term related conscience)

    • Thinkers and Reformers (Contributions of Moral Thinkers & Philosophers from India and world; human value lessons from great leaders, reformers & administrators, Different leaders concepts)

  • Surrounding:

    • Attitude, Politics and ethics

    • Moral and Political Attitudes

    • Family, Society (Role of family, society, educational institutions in inculcating values, Social problems

    • Social influence and Persuasion

    • Sarkaari Job Values (Civil Service aptitude & foundational values (integrity, impartiality, non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, Various issues,

  • Public organizations:

    • Strengthening of ethical & moral values in governance

    • Public service values & Ethics in Public Administration

    • Accountability & ethical governance

    • Philosophical basis of governance and probity

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