Civil Services Exam Syllabus 2014



Civil Services Exam Syllabus 2014

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam as a two tier process wherein candidates need to clear the civil services preliminary exam to become eligible to sit for the civil services mains exam.

This year the Civil Services Preliminary examination will be conducted on August 24, 2014 and the Civil Services Mains exam will be conducted on December 14, 2014. The official notification for the exams will be released by UPSC on May 17, 2014.

UPSC at present has released its exam calendar for the year 2014, wherein date of notification, last date to submit applications and the date of exams for the year 2014 are listed.  The Commission has also released the revised syllabus for general studies for the Civil Services Exam 2014.

Civil Services Exam: Syllabus for General Studies

Paper I

General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

Topics Covered:

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of art forms, literature and architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the 18th century until the present- Significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, re-drawing of national boundaries,
  • Colonization, De-colonization, Neo-colonization
  • Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India
  • Role of women and women’s organization
  • Population and associated issues
  • Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • Poverty and developmental issues
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism
  • Salient features of world’s physical geography
  • 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).
  • Important geo-physical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic activity, cyclone etc.
  • Geographic features and their location- Changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Paper II

General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

Topics Covered:

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  • 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.
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute re-dressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • 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.  
  • Salient features of the presentation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.  
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
  • Development processes and the development industry- The role of NGOs, SHGS, various groups amd associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • Issues relating to development and management of social sector/services relating to health education, human resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • 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.
  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Paper III

General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

Topics Covered:

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.   
  • Government Budgeting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
  • Various security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Paper IV

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.  

Topics Covered:

  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.  
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • Case Studies on above issues.

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