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COMBINED CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION- I
Group – I Services (Main Examination)
PAPER – II – General studies – Syllabus
UNIT – I : INDIAN POLITY AND EMERGING POLITICAL TRENDS ACROSS THE WORLD AFFECTING INDIA
Constitution of India: Historical background – Making of the Indian Constitution – Preamble – Salient features of the Indian Constitution – Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties – Directive Principles of State Policy – Schedules to the Indian Constitution.
Union Executive: President, Vice – President, Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Attorney General of India.
Union Legislature: Parliament: Lok – Sabha and Rajya – Sabha – Composition, Powers, Functions and Legislative procedures.
Union Judiciary: Structure, Powers and Functions of the Supreme Court – Judicial Review – Latest Verdicts.
State Executive: Governor, Chief Minister – Speaker and Council of Ministers , Advocate General of the State.
State Legislature: State Legislative Assembly – Organization, Powers and Functions.
State Judiciary: Organisation, Powers and Functions of High Courts, District Courts and Subordinate Courts.
Local Government: Historical Development – Features and working of 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992.
Union Territories: Evolution of States and Union Territories – Administration of Union Territories.
Federalism in India: Centre – State Relations – Centre – State Administrative Relations – Centre – State Legislative Relations and Centre – State Financial Relations.
Civil Services in India: Historical background – Classification of Civil Services – Recruitment & Training of Civil Servants.
State Services: Classification of State Services and Recruitment.
Official Language: Constitutional provision – Official Language Act, VIII Schedule to the Constitution.
Amendments: Major Amendments to the Indian Constitution.
Special Status to Jammu & Kashmir: Art 370.
Political Parties: National & Regional parties, Pressure Groups, Interest Groups, Public Opinion, Mass Media, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and their role.
Issue Areas in Indian Administration: Corruption in India – Anti – Corruption Measures – CVC – Lok Adalats – Ombudsman – RTI Act – Minister – Secretary Relationship – Generalist Vs. Specialist controversy.
Constitutional and Non-Constitutional Bodies – Composition, Powers and Functions. Profile of States – Defence, National Security and Terrorism – World Organisations – Pacts and Summits.
India’s Foreign Policy: Foreign Affairs with Special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring countries and in the region – Security and defence related issues – Nuclear Policy – Issues and conflicts. The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and to the World. Current Affairs
UNIT – II : ROLE AND IMPACT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDIA
Science and Technology – Role, Achievements and Developments – Their applications and effects in everyday life ‐ Energy ‐ Conventional and Non-conventional – Self sufficiency ‐ Oil exploration ‐ Defence Research
Organizations and other science and technology institutions – Ocean Research and Development – Role and Functions.
Advancements in the fields of I.T., Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-Technology ‐ Mobile Communication – Remote sensing and its benefits.
Health and hygiene ‐ Human diseases – Prevention and remedies ‐ Communicable diseases and non‐communicable diseases – Genetic Engineering – Organ transplantation – Stem cell Technology – Medical Tourism – Advancements in Horticulture & Agriculture.
Achievements of Indians in the fields of Science and Technology. Latest inventions in science & technology.
UNIT – III : TAMIL SOCIETY – ITS CULTURE AND HERITAGE
Candidates may answer the questions in this unit EITHER in Tamil OR in English. 1) Tamil Society : Origin and expansion. 2) Art and Culture : Literature, Music, Film, Drama, Architecture,
Sculpture, Paintings and Folk Arts. 3) Socio – economic history of Tamil Nadu from Sangam age to till date.
4) Growth of Rationalist, Dravidian movements in Tamil Nadu – Their role in the socio – economic development of Tamil Nadu. 5) Social and cultural life of contemporary Tamils : Caste, Religion, Women, Politics, Education, Economy, Trade and relationship with other countries. 6) Tamil and other Disciplines: Mass Media, Computer etc.