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GENERAL STUDIES – 1
Topics: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.- Indian History Congress; Guru Gobind Singh; Indian harvest festivals ; Classical language ; Bharati Script; Nagardhan excavations- findings on Vakataka dynasty
Topics: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events,personalities, issues– Bhima Koregaon anniversary ; Savitribai Phule ; Lord Curzon; Taanaji Malusare and the Battle of Singhagad ; Lala Lajpat Rai ; Topics: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. ; Commission to Examine Sub Categorization of other Backward Classes
Topics: Women and women related issues. – Women, Business and the Law 2020 ; Tougher law against sexual harassment at work
Topics: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues. – World’s fastest-growing cities; Time to Care report
Topics: 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. ; Northeast monsoon
GENERAL STUDIES – 2
Topics: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure; Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries. – State can regulate minority institutions ; Eighth Schedule; Curative petition; Private property is a human right: Supreme Court; Centre-state disputes and Article 131 ; Powers of Speaker under 10th schedule ; 71st Republic Day
Topics: 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. – Kerala becomes first state to pass anti-CAA resolution; Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal
Topics: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. – SC verdict on internet shutdowns; What is National Investigation Agency Act, and why is Chhattisgarh challenging it?
Topics: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these; Parliamentary Privileges; Legislative Council; President’s address to both Houses of Parliament
Topics: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act -Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System; Criminalization of Politics; Who is a star campaigner?
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Topics: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. -Zonal Councils; National Startup Advisory Council ; National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM); Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU)
Topics: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. – Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana ; Farm loan waiver ; Telcos seek open court hearing on AGR; Northeast gas pipeline grid project ; Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020; Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 ; Open Acreage Licensing Policy; Telecommunication Consumers Education and Protection Fund (TCEPF) ; Punjab’s new Right to Business Bill; China’s one-child policy ; Enemy properties ; What is shamlat land? ; Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971; Karnataka anti-superstition law ; India’s no-fly list
Topics: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders– Ranking of Aspirational districts
Topics: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes. -Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) ; Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-dhan Yojana; National Girl Child Day (NGCD)
Topics: Issues relating to development and management of Social sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. – Swacch Survekshan league ;Why is National Youth Day celebrated on Swami Vivekananda Jayanti?;What is H9N2? ;Rare diseases ; WHO Names Top 13 Global Health Challenges for the New Decade ; Coronavirus; ASER 2019 ; Pulse Polio Programme; What is a vaccine-derived poliovirus? ; NISHTHA– National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement ; Global Talent Competitiveness Index ; National Population Register (NPR); Neglected diseases
Topics: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other
measures. – NetSCoFAN; Top Risks 2020 , Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) , Corruption Perception Index 2019; Bhuvan Panchayat 3.0
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Topics: Role of civil services in a democracy. -What is the commissionerate system?
Topics: India and its neighbourhood- relations. – Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities ; Kalapani Territory ; Raisina Dialogue; India-Pakistan trade freeze hits thousands: report ; India helps Maldives tackle measles outbreak ; ICJ ruling on Rohingya crisis; Import duty on palm oil cut
Topics: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.– Hormuz peace initiative ; India-EU Broad Based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA); UAE has been declared ‘reciprocating territory’ by India; Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency of Seafarers
Topics: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. – Qassem Soleimani killing ; Iran nuclear deal ; What is Protecting Power? ; Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2020 ; Sikhs in US to be counted as separate ethnic group; US imposes new ‘birth tourism’ visa rules for pregnant women ; Oslo Accords ; West Asia Peace Plan
Topics: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. -UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN); Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference ; Nepal’s Seke ‘near-extinct’ ; ‘8 Wonders of SCO’ ; Henley Passport Index ; Global social mobility report; Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); Democracy Index 2019 ; What makes WHO declare a disease outbreak a public health emergency? ; World Sustainable Development Summit
GENERAL STUDIES – 3
Topics: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. India’s fiscal deficit
Topics: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it. -Small finance banks
Topics: 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 – Zero Budget Natural Farming; National Agriculture Market
Topics: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution Systemobjectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions;
economics of animal-rearing. – PM – KISAN scheme
Topics: Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management; Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)
Topics: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth– HSN Code
Topics: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. -National Infrastructure Pipeline; FAME-II Scheme. ; Ujala scheme; State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 ; Development Support Services For States/UTs (DSSS) For Infrastructure Projects; Infrastructure Investment Trust
Topics: Investment models. – Government Owned Contractor Operated model; Global Investment Trend Monitor report
Topics: 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. – Gaganyaan mission; Indian Science Congress; Project NETRA ; Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) Policy ; World’s most efficient lithium sulphur battery developed in Australia; Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) project ; Hyperloop ; NavIC; Polycrack technology
Topics: Awareness in space– Indian Data Relay Satellite System; Artemis Mission; GSAT-30 ; Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) ; EAO (East Asian Observatory); Accretion Burst Event ; Spitzer telescope
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Topics: Awareness in the fields of IT, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. – Black Box in an airplane ; ‘Virtual human’ ; NEONs; Block Chain Technology ; Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
Topics: Conservation related issues, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. – Supreme Court bats against transfer of community resources; Kerala to turn to Miyawaki method; Green Credit Scheme ; Open-loop scrubber usage in ships; What are CRZ rules?; Centre eases CRZ rules for ‘Blue Flag’ beaches; Australian Bushfires; Review of state and Central government water departments; Carbon Disclosure Project; Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) ; Biorock or mineral accretion technology ; Cheetah reintroduction project; Ramsar sites in India; UN’s new rules for ships in the Arctic region
Topics: Disaster and management. – National Disaster Response Fund
Topics: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security– Bru-Reang refugee agreement
Topics: 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– New and Emerging Strategic Technologies (NEST) ; Revised norms for data-led probes; Cyber Crime Coordination Centre; Juice jacking ; National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)
Topics: Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism. – What is a Blue Corner notice?; Govt signs accord with NDFB, ABSU to resolve Bodo issue
GENERAL STUDIES – 4
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
What is Merchant Discount Rate? ;Mani App; Senna Spectabilis ; Sangita Kalanidhi award; MiG-27 ; Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020; What is Extraocular Vision?; First-of-its kind turtle rehab centre comes up in Bihar; ‘Cyber Safe Women’ initiative ; Patola Sarees; Chinese paddlefish found in the Yangtze declared extinct; Bhitarkanika census on saltwater crocodiles; Smog tower; Bibi Ka Maqbara ; ‘Zo Kutpui’ festival ; Great Indian Bustards (GIB); National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) ; CISF ; What is the habitable zone; What is Epiphany festival?; Sea Guardians 2020 ; Operation Sankalp ; MILAN 2020 ; India’s borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh ; World Hindi Day 2020; Kolkata port renamed; Mission Purvodaya; Island Development Agency (IDA); Taal volcano; Saksham; Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) ; Yada Yada virus; Z Morh tunnel; Winged Raider; ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ ; About CICT; About Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) ; ELECRAMA 2020 ; Steppe eagle ; Submarine-launched ballistic missile, K-4 ; Vyom Mitra; Reciting preamble is compulsory in Maharashtra; Ophichthus kailashchandrai ; Web portal ‘GATI’ ; National Data and Analytics Platform (NDAP); Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar; Archaea; Hemorrhagic septicemia; Sagarmatha Sambaad; About Padma Awards; India’s first underwater metro ; Operation Vanilla;Nagoba Jatara; SAMPRITI-IX
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