Thursday, March 7, 2013

IAS

MAIN EXAMINATION
Main Examination
The written examination
will consist of the
following papers:
Paper-I
Section 1 Essay 200
Marks
Section 2 English
Comprehension
& English Précis 100
Marks
(Of Matriculation/ Xth
standard
level)
Paper-II
General Studies–I
250Marks
(Indian Heritage and
Culture,
History and Geography
of the World
and Society)
Paper-III
General Studies –II
250 Marks
(Governance,
Constitution,
Polity, Social Justice and
International relations)
Paper-IV
General Studies –III
250 Marks
(Technology, Economic
Development,
Bio-diversity,
Environment, Security
and Disaster
Management)
Paper-V
General Studies –IV
250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and
Aptitude)
Paper-VI
Optional Subject –
Paper 1 250 Marks
Paper-VII
Optional Subject –
Paper 2 250 Marks
Sub Total (Written
test) 1800 Marks
Personality Test 275
Marks.
Grand Total 2075
Marks
{Candidates may
choose any optional
subject from amongst
the list of subjects
given in para 2 below
(Group 1).
However, a candidate
can opt for the
literatures of a
language, indicated in
Group-2below para 2, as
an optional
subject, only if the
candidate has
graduated in the
literature of that
particular language as
the main subject}. This
means a person who
has not done literature
in its graduation cannot
take literature as their
optional.
2. List of optional
subjects for Main
Examination:
Group-1
(i) Agriculture
(ii) Animal Husbandry
and Veterinary Science
(iii) Anthropology
(iv) Botany
(v) Chemistry
(vi) Civil Engineering
(vii) Commerce and
Accountancy
(viii) Economics
(ix) Electrical
Engineering
(x) Geography
(xi) Geology
(xii) History
(xiii) Law
(xiv) Management
(xv) Mathematics
(xvi) Mechanical
Engineering
(xvii) Medical Science
(xviii) Philosophy
(xix) Physics
(xx) Political Science
and International
Relations
(xxi) Psychology
(xxii)
PublicAdministration
(xxiii) Sociology
(xxiv) Statistics
(xxv) Zoology
Group-2
Literature of any one of
the following languages:
Assamese, Bengali,
Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati,
Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri,
Konkani, Maithili,
Malayalam, Manipuri,
Marathi, Nepali, Oriya,
Punjabi, Sanskrit,
Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil,
Telugu,
Urdu, English.
MAIN EXAMINATION
SYLLABUS
The main Examination is
intended to assess the
overall intellectual traits
and depth of
understanding
of candidates rather
than merely the range
of their information and
memory.
The nature and
standard of questions
in the General Studies
papers ( Paper I I to
Paper V ) will be
such that a well-
educated person will be
able to answer them
without any specialized
study. The questions
will be such as to test a
candidate's general
awareness of a variety
of subjects, which will
have relevance for
a career in Civil
Services. The questions
are likely to test the
candidate's basic
understanding of all
relevant
issues, and ability to
analyze, and take a view
on conflicting socio-
economic goals,
objectives and
demands.
The candidates must
give relevant,
meaningful and succinct
answers.
The scope of the
syllabus for optional
subject papers (Paper
VI and Paper VII) for the
examination is
broadly of the honours
degree level i.e. a level
higher than the
bachelors' degree and
lower than the
masters'
degree. In the case of
Engineering, Medical
Science and law, the
level corresponds to
the bachelors'
degree.
Syllabi of the papers
included in the
scheme of Civil
Services (Main)
Examination are
given as follows:-
PAPER-I
Essay: Candidates will
be required to write an
essay on a specific
topic. The choice of
subjects will be given.
They will be expected to
keep closely to the
subject of the essay to
arrange their ideas in
orderly fashion, and to
write concisely. Credit
will be given for
effective and exact
expression.
English
Comprehension &
English Precis will be
to test the English
language
Comprehension and
English
précis writing skills (at
10th standard level).
PAPER-II
General Studies- I:
Indian Heritage and
Culture, History and
Geography of the
World and Society.
1. Indian culture will
cover the salient
aspects of Art
Forms, Literature
and Architecture
from ancient to
modern times.
2. Modern Indian
history from about
the middle of the
eighteenth century
until the present-
significant events,
personalities, issues
3. The Freedom
Struggle - its
various stages and
important
contributors /
contributions from
different parts of
the country.
4. Post-independence
consolidation and
reorganization
within the country.
5. 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. Salient features of
Indian Society,
Diversity of India.
7. Role of women and
women's
organization,
population and
associated issues,
poverty and
developmental
issues,
urbanization, their
problems and their
remedies.
8. Effects of
globalization on
Indian society
9. Social
empowerment,
communalism,
regionalism &
secularism.
10. Salient features of
world's physical
geography.
11. Distribution of key
natural resources
across the world
(including South Asia
and the Indian sub-
continent); factors
responsible for the
location of primary,
secondary, and
tertiary sector
industries in various
parts of the world
(including India)
12. Important
Geophysical
phenomena such as
earthquakes,
Tsunami, Volcanic
activity, cyclone
etc., geographical
features and their
location- changes in
critical geographical
features (including
water-bodies and
ice-caps) and inflora
and fauna and the
effects of such
changes.
PAPER-III
General Studies- II:
Governance,
Constitution, Polity,
SocialJustice and
International
relations.
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
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.
PAPER-IV
General Studies-III:
Technology,
Economic
Development, Bio
diversity,
Environment,
Security and
Disaster
Management.
1. Indian Economy
and issues relating
to planning,
mobilization of
resources, growth,
development and
2. employment.
3. Inclusive growth
and issues arising
from it.
4. Government
Budgeting.
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
6. 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.
7. Food processing
and related
industries in India-
scope and
significance,
location, upstream
and downstream
requirements,
supply chain
management.
8. Land reforms in
India.
9. Effects of
liberalization on the
economy, changes
inindustrial policy
and their effects on
industrial growth.
10. Infrastructure:
Energy, Ports,
Roads, Airports,
Railways etc.
11. Investment
models.
12. Science and
Technology-
developments and
their applications
and effects in
everyday life
13. Achievements of
Indians in science &
technology;
indigenization of
technology and
developing new
technology.
14. Awareness in the
fields of IT, Space,
Computers,robotics,
nano-technology,
bio-technology and
issues relating to
intellectual property
rights.
15. Conservation,
environmental
pollution and
degradation,
environmental
impact assessment
16. Disaster and
disaster
management.
17. Linkages between
development and
spread of
extremism.
18. Role of external
state and non-state
actors in creating
challenges to
internal security.
19. 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 prevention
20. Security
challenges and their
management in
border areas;
linkages of
organized crime
with terrorism
21. Various Security
forces and agencies
and their mandate
PAPER-V
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.
1. 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.
2. Attitude: content,
structure, function;
its influence and
relation with
thought and
behaviour; moral
and political
attitudes; social
influence and
persuasion.
3. Aptitude and
foundational values
for Civil Service ,
integrity,
impartiality and
non-partisanship,
objectivity,
dedication to public
service,
empathy,tolerance
and compassion
towards the
weaker-sections.
4. Emotional
intelligence-
concepts, and their
utilities and
application in
administration and
governance.
Contributions of
moral thinkers and
philosophers from
India and world.
5. 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.
6. Probity in
Governance:
Concept of public
service;
Philosophical basis
of governance and
probity;
7. Information sharing
and transparency in
government, Right
to Information,
Codes of Ethics,
Codes of Conduct,
Citizen's Charters,
Work culture,
Quality ofservice
delivery, Utilization
of public funds,
challenges of
corruption.
8. Case Studies on
above issues.
PAPER-VI & PAPER VII
Optional Subject
Papers I & II
Candidates may choose
any optional subject
from amongst the list
of subjects given in
para 2 (Group 1).
However, if a candidate
has graduated in any of
the literatures of
languages indicated in
Group-2, with the
literature as the main
subject, then the
candidate can also opt
for that particular
literature subject as an
optional subject