Sunday, 12 June 2016

UPSC CSE Syllabus and Study Material of General Studies I (Paper II)


UPSC CSE Detailed Syllabus and Study Material of General Studies I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) (Paper II)

Syllabus for GS I (Paper II)

• 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 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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 in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Study Material of GS I (Paper II)

Indian Heritage and Culture

• Introduction

• Visual Arts
→ Architecture
→ Sculpture
→ Pottery
→ Paintings

• Performing Arts
→ Dance forms
→ Music
→ Theatre and Drama
→ Puppetry

• Miscellaneous Arts
→ Religion
→ Language and Literature
→ Cinema
→ Festivals
→ Philosophy
→ Foods
→ Handicrafts

Modern History

• Arrival of the Europeans in India
• British conquest of India
• Famous Battles
• Structure and Policy of British Empire
• Social and Cultural developments in India
• Revolt of 1857
• Rise of Indian Nationalism (1858-1905)
• Nationalist Movement (1905-1918)
• Struggle for Swaraj under Gandhi's Leadership
• Press under British rule
• British Education policy and growth of Modern education system
• Governor-Generals of India
• Freedom Movements
• Freedom Fighters
• India Post Independence

World History

• Industrial Revolution
• World war I
• World war II
• Redrawal of national boundaries
• Political Philosophies (Forms and effect on the society)
• Colonization and decolonization


• Introduction
• Diversity of India
• Role of Woman and women's organization
• Population and related issues
• Poverty and developmental issues
• Urbanization, problems and remedies
• Globalization and its effects
• Social empowerment
• Communalism
• Regionalism
• Secularism


• The Earth and the Universe
• Landforms
• Climate
• Continents
• Water
• Natural Resources and its distribution
• Factors behind location of industries
• Geological Phenomena

→ Earthquakes
→ Tsunami
→ Volcanic activity
→ Cyclone

• Geographical features and its changing face
• Biodiversity


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