UPSC IAS Mains Exam 2015 : General Studies Paper II : Syllabus
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has provided syllabus of Civil Services Mains Examination (Popularly known as IAS Exam) on 23rd May 2015 in notification. Jagranjosh has provided subject wise syllabus of IAS Mains Examination for easy access to candidates.
General Studies Paper-2 syllabus is vast and covers conventional topics such as Governance, Constitution, Comparative Government Politics, Polity, Role of Civil Society, NGOs, Social Justice and International Relations.
UPSC IAS Mains exams are expected to start from 18th December 2015. Therefore, candidates can speed up their preparation based on syllabus.
General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
Duration : 3 Hours
Max. Marks : 250
• 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 redressal 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 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
• 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 and 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 neighbourhood- 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- there structure, mandate.
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