MAINS DESPATCH Schedule
GENERAL STUDIES - I
Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
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Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

At the time of Subscription
2 Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
3

Salient features of world's physical geography.

Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

4

Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

Effects of globalization on Indian society

Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

5 Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
6 30th September
Reports
7 Current Developments related to above topics 30th October

GENERAL STUDIES - II
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
GS (Mains ) Booklet No. Areas Covered Tentative Schedule
1 & 2

Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

At the time of Subscription
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.
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.
Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
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
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.
3 & 4 Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
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.
Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
5 India and its neighborhood- relations.
Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
30 the October
6 Reports 30th September
7 Current Developments related to above topics 30th October

GENERAL STUDIES - III
Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and
Disaster Management.
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Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

At the time of Subscription
Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
Government Budgeting.
2 Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
3 & 4 Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Disaster and disaster management.
Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its preventio
Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism

Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
5 Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
Land reforms in India.
Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
Investment models.
6 Reports 30th September
7 Current Developments related to above topics 30th October

GENERAL STUDIES - IV
Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
This paper will include questions to test the candidates' attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.
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Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

At the time of Subscription
Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections.
2 Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. At the time of Subscription
Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen's Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
3 Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance. At the time of Subscription
4 Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
5 Case Studies on above issues. At the time of Subscription
6 & 7 Reports, Current Developments related to above topics 4th Week of September

GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL
Booklet No. Areas Covered Schedule
1, 2, 3, & 4 Complete Syllabus including Paper-I & Paper-II On Subscription
5 Abstract of Current Reports of World Bank/UNO and other National & International Institutions related to various Topics of the Subject
Abstract of Current articles of Yojna & Kurukshetra related to various topics of the subject
End of September
6 Abstract of Current News of “The Hindu” and other Newspapers related to various topic of the subject End of October
7 Synopsis of whole Syllabus of the Subject in about 30-40 Pages highly useful for last time revision End of October
     
 
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION OPTIONAL
Booklet No. Areas Covered Schedule
1, 2, 3, & 4 Complete Syllabus including Paper-I & Paper-II On Subscription
5 Abstract of Current Reports of World Bank/UNO and other National & International Institutions related to various Topics of the Subject
Abstract of Current articles of Yojna & Kurukshetra related to various topics of the subject
End of September
6 Abstract of Current News of “The Hindu” and other Newspapers related to various topic of the subject End of October
7 Synopsis of whole Syllabus of the Subject in about 30-40 Pages highly useful for last time revision End of October
     
 
SOCIOLOGY OPTIONAL
Booklet No. Areas Covered Schedule
1, 2, 3, & 4 Complete Syllabus including Paper-I & Paper-II On Subscription
5 Abstract of Current Reports of World Bank/UNO and other National & International Institutions related to various Topics of the Subject
Abstract of Current articles of Yojna & Kurukshetra related to various topics of the subject
End of September
6 Abstract of Current News of “The Hindu” and other Newspapers related to various topic of the subject
End of October
7 Synopsis of whole Syllabus of the Subject in about 30-40 Pages highly useful for last time revision End of October
     
 
ESSAYS
Booklet No. Areas Covered Schedule
1 General Guidelines & Few Essays On Subscription
2 More Essays On Subscription
3 Current happenings Relevant for essay writing End of October