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Tests Schedule - 2020


Package : TEXTBOOK Based Approach

Cost : Rs. 10500 /- INC 18% GST

Total Tests : 38

This test is series is specifically designed keeping in mind the FRESHERS who for the first time decide to take up civil services exam and DON’T want to repeat any mistakes when it comes to reading authentic and correct sources for the UPSC Civil Services Exam. The Timetable is so carefully designed so as to EMPOWER a newbie to start from scratch and go on to attain efficiency that’s needed to score above cut-off marks in Prelims, thereby acquiring strong confidence before the D-Day i.e. actual Prelims 2020. This Test series which is based on BOOK-WISE approach, will help you complete basic books first in a comprehensive way (NCERTs). Then you will read and revise standard Textbooks by end of February 2020. This gives you much needed time to revise our tests and textbooks before Prelims 2020 multiple times. You MUST enrol from Day-1 to make use of this test series, which has helped hundreds of toppers to become civil servants across the country.

Test Name Syllabus Starts from date

TEST – 1

NCERT (class VI to VII)

  1. History – Our Past - Class VI

  2. The Earth Our Habitat - Class VI

  3. Social and Political Life – I

  4. Social and Political Life – II

  5. Our Environment - Class VII
  6. Science - Class VI and VII

Current Events (June 1 – June 14)

Map based questions - Region : India

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

 

15 Jun 2019

TEST – 2

NCERT (Class VII and VIII)

  1. Resource and Development - Class VIII
  2. Social and Political Life - Class VIII
  3. Our Pasts – II - Class VII
  4. Our Pasts - III (Part - I) - Class VIII
  5. Current Events (June 15 – June 24)

Map based questions - Region : South Asia

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CSP and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

 

25 Jun 2019

TEST - 3

NCERT (Class VIII and IX)

  1. Science - Class VIII
  2. Democratic Politics - IX
  3. Contemporary India - I - Class IX
  4. Our Pasts - III (Part - 2) - Class VIII
  5. Current Events (June 24 – July 3)

Map based questions - Region : West Asia (Middle-east)

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CSP and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

 

05 Jul 2019

TEST - 4

NCERT (Class IX and Class X)

  1. Science - Class IX
  2. Contemporary India - II - Class X
  3. Economics - Class IX
  4. Understanding Economic Development - Class X

Current Events (July 4 – July 14)

Map based questions - Region : East and South-east Asia

National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, Species, Environmental Laws/Conventions/Treaties/Bodies

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

15 Jul 2019

TEST - 5

NCERT (Class X and XI)

  1. An Introduction to Indian Art - Class XI

  2. Democratic Politics - X

  3. Science - Class X

Current Events (July 15 – July 24)

National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, Species, Environmental Laws/Conventions/Treaties/Bodies

Map based questions - Region : Central and Northern Asia

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

25 Jul 2019

TEST - 6

Revision Test

Test /1- 5 Syllabus

Current Events (July 25 – August 3)

04 Aug 2019

TEST - 7

NCERT Class XI

  1. Chemistry - Chapter 14
  2. Biology - Chapters 11-22 (under Unit 4 and 5)
  3. Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  4. Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

Regional and International Bodies, NGOs, Reports, Agreements

Current Events (August 4 - August 13)

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

14 Aug 2019

TEST - 8

NCERT (Class XI)

  1. India Physical Environment
  2. Indian Constitution at Work
  3. Living Craft Traditions of India - Chapters 9 and 10 (Class XI)

Tribes of India

Map based questions - Region : Europe

Current Events (August 14 - August 23)

Regional and International Bodies, NGOs, Reports, Agreements

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

24 Aug 2019

TEST - 9

NCERT (Class XI and XII)

  1. Indian Economic Development - Class XI

  2. Themes in Indian History - I

  3. Biology - Class XII - Chapters 1-7 (Under Units 5 and 6)

Current events (August 24 – September 2)

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

Tribes of India

Map based questions - Region : Africa

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

03 Sep 2019

TEST - 10

NCERT (Class XII)

  1. Chemistry - Chapter 16 - Class XII

  2. Biology - Class XII - Chapters 8-16 (Under Units 8, 9 and 10)

  3. Physics - Class XI - Chapter 5, 8 (Laws of Motion and Gravitation

  4. Physics - Class XII - Chapter 15 (Communication Satellites)

  5. Fundamentals of Human Geography

Current Events (September 3 - September 12 )

Regional and International Bodies, NGOs, Reports, Agreements

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

13 Sep 2019

TEST - 11

NCERT (Class XII)

  1. India - People and Economy

  2. Themes in Indian History - II & III

Current Events (September 13 - September 22 )

Map based questions - Region : North and South America

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

23 Sep 2019

TEST - 12

Revision Test

Test 1- 11 Syllabus

Current Events (September 23 – October 2 )

03 Oct 2019

TEST - 13

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. LAXMIKANTH –5th edition - Indian Polity- Chapters 1 to 7

  2. Introductory Macroeconomics

  3. TamilNadu History Textbook - Class XI - Chapters 1-3

Current Events (October 3 - October 12)

National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, Species, Environmental Laws/Conventions/Treaties/Bodies

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

13 Oct 2019

TEST - 14

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. LAXMIKANTH – 5th edition - Indian Polity - Chapters 8 to 16

  2. RAMESH SINGH (Chapters would be specified later)

  3. Tamil Nadu History Textbook - Class XI - Chapters 4-8

  4. Contemporary World Politics

Current Events (October 13 - October 22)

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

Map based questions - Region : Antarctica and Australia

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

23 Oct 2019

TEST - 15

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. LAXMIKANTH – 5th edition - Indian Polity - Chapters 17 to 26

  2. RAMESH SINGH (Chapters would be specified later)

  3. TamilNadu History Textbook - Class XI - Chapters 9-13

Current Events (October 23 - November 1)

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, Species, Environmental Laws/Conventions/Treaties/Bodies

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

02 Nov 2019

TEST - 16

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. LAXMIKANTH – 5th edition - Indian Polity - Chapters 27 to 35

  2. RAMESH SINGH (Chapters would be specified later)

  3. TamilNadu History Textbook - Class XI - Chapters 13-17

Current Events (November 2 - November 11)

Tribes of India

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

12 Nov 2019

TEST - 17

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. LAXMIKANTH – 5th edition - Indian Polity - Chapters 35 to 42

  2. RAMESH SINGH (Chapters would be specified later)

  3. TamilNadu History Textbook - Class XI - Chapters 19-23

Current Events (November 12 - November 21)

Map based questions - Region : Arctic

National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, Species, Environmental Laws/Conventions/Treaties/Bodies

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

22 Nov 2019

TEST - 18

Revision Test

Test 13-17 Syllabus

Current Events (November 22 – December 1)

02 Dec 2019

TEST - 19

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. India - 2020 (Publication Division) Chapters will be specified later

  2. LAXMIKANTH – 5th edition - Indian Polity - Chapters 43 to 51

  3. Goh Cheng Leong - Certificate Physical and Human Geography - Chapters 1 to 4

  4. ECONOMIC SURVEY - 2016-17 (Chapters will be specified later)

  5. CCRT - Art and Culture ( Visual Arts - http://www.ccrtindia.gov.in/visualarts.php)

Current Events (December 2December 11)T

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

12 Dec 2019

TEST - 20

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. India - 2020 (Publication Division) Chapters will be specified later

  2. LAXMIKANTH – 5th edition - Indian Polity - Chapters 52 to 61

  3. ECONOMIC SURVEY - 2019-20 (Chapters will be specified later)

  4. Goh Cheng Leong - Certificate Physical and Human Geography - Chapters 5 to 10

  5. CCRT - Art and Culture (Literary Arts -   http://www.ccrtindia.gov.in/literaryarts.php )

Current Events (December 12December 21)TEST

Map based questions - World

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

22 Dec 2019

TEST - 21

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. India - 2020 (Publication Division) Chapters will be specified later

  2. LAXMIKANTH – 5th edition - Indian Polity - Chapters 62 to 71

  3. Goh Cheng Leong - Certificate Physical and Human Geography - Chapters 11 to 15

  4. ECONOMIC SURVEY - 2019-20 (Chapters will be specified later)

  5. ICSE Environmental Studies - Class IX

Current Events (December 22January 1)

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

02 Jan 2020

TEST - 22

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. India - 2020 (Publication Division) Chapters will be specified later

  2. LAXMIKANTH – 5th edition - Indian Polity - All Appendices

  3. Goh Cheng Leong - Certificate Physical and Human Geography - Chapters 16 to 20

  4. ECONOMIC SURVEY – 2019-20 (Chapters will be specified later)

  5. ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X

Current Events (January 2January 11)

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

12 Jan 2020

TEST - 23

STANDARD BOOKS/SOURCES

  1. Goh Cheng Leong - Certificate Physical and Human Geography - Chapters 21 to 25

  2. ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X

  3. CCRT - Art and Culture (Performing Arts - http://www.ccrtindia.gov.in/performingart.php)

Current Events (January 12January 21)

National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, Species, Environmental Laws/Conventions/Treaties/Bodies

Questions based on UPSC past year papers - CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc.

Regional and International Bodies, NGOs, Reports, Agreements

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

22 Jan 2020

TEST - 24

Revision Test

Test 1-23 Syllabus

Current Events (January 22February 1)

02 Feb 2020

TEST - 25

Full Length syllabus test

Full Syllabus + Ministry Websites + Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later)

More Emphasis on Current Events

17 Feb 2020

TEST - 26

Full Length syllabus test

Full Syllabus + Ministry Websites + Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later)

More Emphasis on Current Events

27 Feb 2020

TEST - 27

Full Length syllabus test

Full Syllabus + Ministry Websites + Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later)

More Emphasis on Current Events

08 Mar 2020

TEST - 28

Full Length syllabus test

Full Syllabus + Ministry Websites + Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later)

More Emphasis on Current Events

15 Mar 2020

TEST - 29

Full Length syllabus test

Full Syllabus + Ministry Websites + Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later)

More Emphasis on Current Events

22 Mar 2020

TEST - 30

Full Length syllabus test

Full Syllabus + Ministry Websites + Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later)

More Emphasis on Current Events

29 Mar 2020

TEST - 31

Full Length syllabus test

Full Syllabus + Ministry Websites + Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later)

More Emphasis on Current Events

05 Apr 2020

TEST - 32

Full Length syllabus test

Full Syllabus + Ministry Websites + Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later)

More Emphasis on Current Events

12 Apr 2020

TEST - 33

Full Syllabus

Full Syllabus

19 Apr 2020

TEST - 34

Full Syllabus

Full Syllabus 

26 Apr 2020

TEST - 35

Full Syllabus

Full Syllabus

03 May 2020

TEST - 36

Full Syllabus

Full Syllabus

10 May 2020

TEST - 37

Full Syllabus

Full Syllabus

17 May 2020

TEST - 38

Full Syllabus

Full Syllabus

24 May 2020

TEST - 1

Ancient & Medieval India

Ancient History

  • Prehistoric period

  • Paleolithic

  • Mesolithic

  • Neolithic

  • Chalcolithic

  • Harappan / Indus Valley Civilization

  • Vedic Age

  • Early Vedic period

  • Later Vedic period

  • Mahajanapadas & Rise of Magadh

  • Religious Reforms

  • Iranian & Macedonian Invasion

  • Mauryan Age

  • Post Mauryan Age

  • Indo Greek Invasion

  • Indo-Greeks

  • Parthians

  • Shaka

  • Kushanas

  • Indo-Sassanian

  • Sungas

  • Kanvas

  • Satavahanas

  • Guptas Age

  • Sangam Age

  • Regional Kingdoms

  • Post Guptas Age

  • Harshavardhana

  • Pallava

  • Chalukya

Medieval History

  • Triparty Struggle

Prathiharas

Palas

  • Chola Empire

  • Turkish conquest of India

Ghaznavid

Muhammad Ghuri

  • Rajput states

  • Delhi sultanate

  • Slave dynasty

  • The Khaljis

  • The Tughlaqs

  • The Sayyids

  • The Lodhis

  • Mughal empire (Including later Mughals)

  • Maratha Confederacy

  • Southern Dynasties

  • Hoysalas

  • Yadavas

  • Kakatiyas

  • Vijaynagara

  • Bahmani Kingdom

  • Regional kingdoms

  • Religious Movements

  • Bhakti Movement

  • Sufi Movement

(Brief History, Salient Features, Social, Economics,

Religious and Cultural conditions of all the above)

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

Old NCERT

  • Ancient India – R S Sharma

  • Medieval India – Satish Chandra

New NCERT

  • Our pasts – I

  • Our pasts – II

  • Themes – I

  • Themes – II

TamilNadu History Textbook - Class XI

Current Affairs – June 2019

01 Jul 2019

TEST - 2

Art & Culture

Architecture

  • Cave Architecture

  • Temple Architecture

  • Indo-Islamic Architecture

  • Modern Architecture

( Under Indus Valley Civilization, The Mauryan Architecture, The Sungas, Kushanas, Satavahanas & Guptas, Post Guptas, Delhi-Sultanate, Mughals etc)

Sculpture -- Indian Sculpture and Different schools of Art

Indian Paintings

  • Pre historic painting & Cave paintings

  • Mural Paintings

  • Miniature Paintings - Pala School, Rajput Paintings, Mughal Paintings, Hill paintings etc.

  • Folk Paintings

  • Modern Indian Paintings Personalities Associated

Religion

  • Hinduism

  • Jainism

  • Buddhism

  • Islam

  • Christianity

  • Zoroastrianism

  • Judaism

Philosophy

  • Six Schools of Philosophy

  • Ajivika

  • Lokayata etc.

Indian Music

  • Classical Music

  • Hindustani Music

  • Carnatic Music

  • Folk Music Tradition

  • Modern Music

  • Personalities

Indian Dance

  • Classical Dance forms in India – Odissi, Kathak, Kathakali, Mohiniattay, Sattriya, Manipuri, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi

  • Folk Dances

  • Modern Dance in India

Theatre

  • Sanskrit Theatre

  • Folk Theatre

  • Modern Theatre

  • Personalities

Puppetry

  • History

  • Different forms of Puppetry in

  • People Associated with Theatres

Indian Cinema and

Circus

Bhakti & Sufi Movement

Language & Literature

  • Indian Language

  • Classical Languages

  • Scheduled Languages

  • Indian Literature

  • Religious Literature

  • Secular Literature

Fairs, Festivals and Craft -Religious Festivals, Secular

Festivals (States & UT’s), Art & Crafts

Science & Technology

  • Ancient, Science & Technology

  • Medieval Science & Technology

  • Famous Personalities in

  • Ancient and Medieval India

Promotion and Preservation of Indian Heritage

  • Indian Word Heritage Sites – Tangible & non-tangible heritage, Tentative list

  • Cultural Heritage Sites

  • Natural Heritage Sites

  • Important Institutions

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Introduction to Indian art (NCERT class 11th)

  • Living Craft Traditions of India (NCERT class 12th)

  • Indian Culture by Nitin Singhania

  • CCRT - Art and Culture

Current Affairs (July 1 – July 10)

11 Jul 2019

TEST - 3

Modern India (Pre-Congress phase)

  • Fall of Mughals

  • Advent of Europeans

  • Coming of Europeans

  • Struggle among Europeans

  • Rise of East India Company

  • India under East India Company’s Rule

  • Administration

  • Political policies

  • Regulating Act of 1773

  • Pitt’s India Act 1784

  • Charter acts of 1784, 1793, 1813,1833, 1853

  • British Expansion policy: Doctrine of lapse, Subordinate alliance etc.

  • Economic policies and their impact

  • Agricultural policies

  • Famine policy

  • Foreign Policies

  • Social Policies

  • Education Policies

  • Religious policies

  • Indian Kingdoms in 18th century: Marathas, Punjab,

Mysore, Hyderabad etc.

  • Socio - Religious Reform Movements in the 19th and 20th CE India – Arya Samaj, Brahmo Samaj , etc.

  • The Great Revolt of 1857

  • Changes in Indian Administration after 1858 - GOI ACT 1858, Councils Act, 1861, 1892.

  • Growth of Political Ideas and Political Organisations (up to

1885)

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Our past III (Both part 1 & part 2 --NCERT class VIII)

  • Themes in Indian History – III (NCERT Class XII)

  • A brief History Of Modern India – Spectrum Publication

  • Struggle for India’s Independence – Bipin Chandra

Current Affairs (July 11 – July 20)

 

21 Jul 2019

TEST - 4

Modern India (National Movement)

  • Foundation of the Indian National Congress

  • National movement (1885 - 1919)

  • Moderate Phase (1885 – 1905)

  • Partition of Bengal and the Swadeshi Movement

  • The first phase of Revolutionary and Terrorist Movement

  • The Morley-Minto Reforms or the Indian Councils Act, 1909

  • The Lucknow Pact (1916)

  • The Home Rule Movement

  • National movement (1919 - 1939)

  • Montague-Chelmsford Reforms or the Government of India act, 1919

  • The Khilafat Movement (1920-22) and Non Cooperation Movement

  • The Left Movement

  • The second phase of Revolutionary and Terrorist Movement

  • Anti-Simon Commission Agitation (1928-29)

  • Nehru Report, 1928

  • The Lahore Session, 1929

  • The Civil Disobedience Movement

  • The Government of India Act, 1935

  • Provincial Elections and Formation of popular Ministries in Provinces, 1937

  • Freedom to Partition (1939 - 1947)

  • The Second World War and the National Movement

  • The August Offer 1940

  • The Individual Satyagraha 1940-41

  • The Cripps Proposal, 1942

  • The Quit India Movement, I942

  • Subhash Bose and Indian National Army

  • Rajagopalachari Formula & Desai Liaqat Plan

  • Wavell Plan and Simla Conference 1945

  • General Elections in India, 1945

  • Naval Mutiny: 1946

  • The Indian Independence Act, 1947

  • Other Dimensions

  • Tribal Movements

  • Peasants Movement

  • Dalit Movements

  • Women movement

  • Role of Press and Publications

  • Role of Business groups

  • Miscellaneous: Reforms / Acts / Committee, Congress Sessions, Governor –General Viceroys etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Our past III (Both part 1 & part 2 --NCERT class VIII)

  • Themes in Indian History – III (NCERT Class XII)

  • A brief History Of Modern India – Spectrum Publication

  • Struggle for India’s Independence – Bipin Chandra

Current Affairs (July 21 – July 30)

 

31 Jul 2019

TEST - 5

Geography (World Geography)

Physical Geography of the world

Origin and evolution of Universe Solar system

  • Geological History of the Earth

  • Geological Time scale Latitude and Longitude including important Parallels and Meridians

  • Motions of the Earth and their effects Inclination of the Earth’s Axis and its effects

  • Local and Standard Time and the International Date Line, Calendar

  • Eclipses - Solar, Lunar

Geomorphology

  • Interior structure of the earth

  • Rock

  • Landform Development

  • First order (continental drift theory, sea floor spreading, plate tectonics theory)

  • Second order (Mountains, Plateaus, Plains & other landforms)

  • Internal forces & their impact - Volcanoes, Earthquakes,

  • Folding, Faulting, Isostasy

  • External forces & their impact - Weathering, Erosion & landforms thus developed

Climatology

  • Structure, Composition of atmosphere

  • Weather & Climate

  • Heat & temperature

  • Insolation

  • Heat Budget

  • Distribution of temperature

  • Temperature Inversion

  • Pressure and Pressure belts

  • Winds

  • Planetary winds

  • Seasonal winds

  • Local winds

  • Precipitation-Forms & Types, Distribution of rainfall

  • Air Masses

  • Cyclones and anti-cyclones

  • World Climatic regions

Oceanography

  • Bottom relief Features

  • Ocean waves, currents, tides & Tsunamis

  • Temperature distribution

  • Salinity distribution

  • Marine resources

Biogeography

  • Soils

  • Classification

  • Distribution

  • Erosion & Conservation

  • Biomes

World Economic and Human Geography:

  1. Natural resources and mineral resources and distribution of key natural resources across the world

  2. Agriculture and agro-climatic regions

  3. Industry and location factors

  4. Infrastructure

  5. World Population, density & distribution, races & tribes,

  6. settlements & migration

Continents - Major physical features, natural resources

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography (NCERT Class XI)

  • Fundamentals of Human Geography (NCERT Class XII)

  • Goh Cheng Leong - Certificate Physical and Human Geography

  • Mapping - World

Current Affairs (August 1 – August 9)

10 Aug 2019

TEST - 6

Geography (Indian Geography)

Physical Geography of India

Location

  • Latitude

  • Longitude

  • Physiographic division of India

  • Northern Mountains

  • Plains of India

  • Peninsular Plateau

  • Islands of India

  • Drainage System

Himalayan Drainage System

Peninsular Drainage System

Other small river system

Indian Climate

  • Spatial and temporal distribution of temperature & pressure

  • Winds

  • Rainfall

  • Indian Monsoon

  • Mechanism

  • Onset

  • Variability

  • Rainfall distribution

  • Climatic Regions of India

Soils

  • Classification of Soils

  • Problems of Soil and Conservation

Indian Flora & Faun

  • Forests and their distribution

  • Forest Conservation

  • Fauna

Indian Economic and Human Geography

  1. Agriculture typology and major Crops grown in India

  2. Agro-Climatic Regions

  3. Land Reforms and Land use pattern

  4. Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Aquaculture

  5. Water Resources- Availability and potential: Lakes, rivers, dams, power and irrigation projects, wetlands and interlinking of rivers

  6. Mineral Resources- classification and distribution

  7. Energy Resources- conventional and non-conventional resources

  8. Population and Growth trends - density, sex ratio, literacy, tribes and racial groups in India

  9. Rural and Urban Settlements- types and patterns

  10. Industries- types and their locational factors

  11. Transport and Communication -railways, highways, inland

  12. water transport, shipping and sea-ports, air transport

Map Based Questions from India (Location of state, city,

river, lakes, important places including Ramsar sites,

Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries and National

Parks)

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • India Physical Environment (NCERT Class XI)

  • India - People and Economy (NCERT Class XII)

  • Mapping – India

Current Affairs (August 10 – August 19)

 

20 Aug 2019

TEST - 7

Polity

  • Constitutionalism

  • Historical Underpinnings

  • Evolution & Making of the Constitution

  • Features and Significant Provisions

  • Political systems

  • Democratic & Non-Democratic

  • Parliamentary & Presidential

  • Unitary & Federal

  • Direct and Representative

  • Republic and Monarchy etc.

  • The Preamble

  • The Union and its Territory

  • Citizenship

  • Fundamental Rights

  • Directive Principles

  • Fundamental Duties

  • Amendment of Constitution

  • Basic Structure of the Constitution

  • Emergency Provisions

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (August 20 – August 29)

 

30 Aug 2019

TEST - 8

Polity

Central Government

  • President of India

  • Vice President of India

  • Prime minister

  • Central Council of Ministers, Parliament

State Government

  • Governor

  • Chief Minister

  • State Council of Ministers

  • State Legislature

Judiciary

  • Supreme Court

  • High Courts

  • Subordinate Courts

Indian Federalism

  • Centre-State Relations

  • Inter-state Relations

Local Government

  • Panchayati Raj

  • Local Urban Government

Other Dimensions

  • Official Language

  • Public Services

  • Tribunals

  • Special provisions for SCs, STs, BCs, Minorities & Anglo-Indians

  • Rights and liabilities of the Government

  • Authoritative text in Hindi Language

  • Anti-defection law

Political dimensions

  • Ministries and Departments of the Government

  • Pressure groups

  • Elections & political parties

  • Representation of People's Act

  • Election Process

  • Governance

  • Transparency & Accountability

  • RTI

  • Citizen’s Charter

  • e-Governance

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (August 30–September 8)

 

09 Sep 2019

TEST - 9

Polity

Constitutional Bodies

  • Election Commission

  • Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

  • State Public Service Commission (SPSC)

  • Finance Commission

  • CAG

  • Attorney general of India

  • Advocate general of India

  • Special officer for Linguistic Minorities

  • National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC)

  • National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)

  • National Commission for Backward Castes (NCBC) etc.

Non-Constitutional Bodies

NITI Aayog, NHRC, SHRC, CIC, SIC, CVC, CBI, Lokpal, Lokayukta, NCPCR etc.

International Institutions

UN, World Bank, IMF, WIPO, ADB, BRICS etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (September 9–September 18)

19 Sep 2019

TEST - 10

Economy

National Income Accounting:

  • Definition

  • Concepts: GDP, GNP, Market Price and Factor Cost, NNP, NDP, transfer payments, National income at FC, Personal Income, disposable income, factors affecting national income, net foreign facto income

  • Measurement of national income: value added method, income method, expenditure method, Application of various methods, Base year, GDP deflator

  • Debates around GDP and other indices

Money and Banking

  • Money

  • Definition

  • Functions and significance

  • Evolution of Money

  • Money supply in India and factors affecting it

  • Banking

  • Need of banks

  • Function

  • Commercial Banks

  • Central Bank:

Importance

Functions

Structure

Monetary Policy

Policy tools, (CRR, SLR, OMO, Repo and Rev Repo, MSF etc.)

  • Banking Reforms

Capital Markets & Money Markets

  • Basic Terms and Concepts, Equity and debt Instruments

  • Primary market and Secondary markets etc.

​​​​​​​Inflation and Employment

  • Inflation

  • Definition

  • Inflationary Gap and Inflationary process

  • Inflation Cycles: Demand Pull Inflation, Cost Push Inflation,

  • Causes of Inflation

  • Inflation Control measures

  • Unemployment

  • Types of Unemployment: Structural, Seasonal, Frictional, Cyclical

  • Nature of Unemployment in India

Government budgeting and Fiscal Policy

  • Budgeting

  • Evolution of Budgeting

  • Institutions and Laws

  • The Union Budget: Components - Revenue Account,

  • Capital Account, Measures of Government Deficit etc.,

  • Weaknesses in the Budgetary Process

  • Fiscal Policy

  • Public Finance - Role and Importance,

  • Public Expenditure - Revenue and Capital, Development and Non-Development

  • Public Revenue

  • Sources of Revenue

  • Taxes

  • Classification - Direct and Indirect, Specific and Ad Valorem

  • Social and Economic Objectives of Taxes

  • Public Debt

  • Deficit Financing

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Indian Economic Development (NCERT Class XI)

  • RAMESH SINGH – Indian Economy

Current Affairs (September 19–September 28)

29 Sep 2019

TEST - 11

Economy

External Sector and Currency Exchange rate

  • Balance of Payments: Definition, Current and Capital Accounts, Convertibility

  • FDI, FII -- issues, challenges etc.

  • Foreign Trade of India

  • Trade Policy

  • Product wise trade

  • Region wise trade

  • Subsidy boxes

  • WTO related issues

  • and India

  • Intellectual Property Rights

2. International Trade and Bodies:

IMF: Purpose and

Objectives, Organization and Functions, Working and

Evaluation, IMF and Underdeveloped Countries, SDR's,

Reforms etc.,

World Bank

Bilateral and Regional Cooperation

3. Agriculture:

  • Recent trends in Agriculture Sector

  • Cropping System and Pattern;

  • Agricultural Marketing and Reforms

  • Agricultural Research;

  • Sustainable Agriculture;

  • Animal Husbandry

  • PDS

  • Farm distress and government initiatives

4. Industrial Sector:

  • Industrial Policies

  • Licensing

  • MSME

  • Labour Reforms

  • Companies Act

  • Make in India, Skill India

  • Challenges in Industrial development

  • Organised and unorganised sector

  • PPP

  • Investment models

5. Initiatives by the govt.

  • Government policies

  • Five year Plans: Priorities and Performance, Issues

  • related to planning

  • Economic Policies till 1991

  • Economic Reforms since 1991: End of license Raj, Liberalization, Privatisation and Globalisation

6. Infrastructure:

IT, Communication, Urbanisation, Transport, Mining, etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Indian Economic Development (NCERT Class XI)

  • RAMESH SINGH – Indian Economy

Current Affairs (September 29–October 8)

09 Oct 2019

TEST - 12

Ecology & Environment

Ecology and Functions of an ecosystem

  • Terrestrial ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystems

Environmental problems:

  • Climate Change

  • Acidification

  • Eutrophication

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Mitigation Strategies

  • India and Climate Change

Environmental pollution

  • Pollutants

  • Air pollution

  • Water Pollution

  • Soil Pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Radioactive pollution

  • E-Waste

  • Solid Waste

  • Bioremediation

Biodiversity

  • Basic Concepts

  • Plant and Animal Diversity

  • Marine Organisms

  • Threat to Biodiversity

  • Protected Area Network: National parks, Wildlife sanctuaries, Biosphere reserves, Reserved and protected forests, Conservation and community reserves, Village and panchayat Forests, Private protected areas, Conservation areas

  • Biodiversity Conservation efforts

  • Indian Biodiversity ad conservation efforts

  • Bioprospecting

  • Biosafety

  • Biopiracy

Conservation efforts: India and World

  • Institutional and Organizational mechanisms

  • Environmental Acts and Policies

  • Environmental conventions

  • Sustainable development Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X

  • Biology – NCERT 12th – Unit 4

  • Shankar IAS – Environment

Current Affairs (October 9–October 18)

19 Oct 2019

TEST - 13

Ecology & Environment

Ecology and Functions of an ecosystem

  • Terrestrial ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystems

Environmental problems:

  • Climate Change

  • Acidification

  • Eutrophication

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Mitigation Strategies

  • India and Climate Change

Environmental pollution

  • Pollutants

  • Air pollution

  • Water Pollution

  • Soil Pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Radioactive pollution

  • E-Waste

  • Solid Waste

  • Bioremediation

Biodiversity

  • Basic Concepts

  • Plant and Animal Diversity

  • Marine Organisms

  • Threat to Biodiversity

  • Protected Area Network: National parks, Wildlife sanctuaries, Biosphere reserves, Reserved and protected forests, Conservation and community reserves, Village and panchayat Forests, Private protected areas, Conservation areas

  • Biodiversity Conservation efforts

  • Indian Biodiversity ad conservation efforts

  • Bioprospecting

  • Biosafety

  • Biopiracy

Conservation efforts: India and World

  • Institutional and Organizational mechanisms

  • Environmental Acts and Policies

  • Environmental conventions

  • Sustainable development Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X

  • Biology – NCERT 12th – Unit 4

  • Shankar IAS – Environment

Current Affairs (October 19–October 28)

29 Oct 2019

TEST - 14

Ancient & Medieval India

Ancient History

  • Prehistoric period

  • Paleolithic

  • Mesolithic

  • Neolithic

  • Chalcolithic

  • Harappan / Indus Valley Civilization

  • Vedic Age

  • Early Vedic period

  • Later Vedic period

  • Mahajanapadas & Rise of Magadh

  • Religious Reforms

  • Iranian & Macedonian Invasion

  • Mauryan Age

  • Post Mauryan Age

  • Indo Greek Invasion

  • Indo-Greeks

  • Parthians

  • Shaka

  • Kushanas

  • Indo-Sassanian

  • Sungas

  • Kanvas

  • Satavahanas

  • Guptas Age

  • Sangam Age

  • Regional Kingdoms

  • Post Guptas Age

  • Harshavardhana

  • Pallava

  • Chalukya

Medieval History

  • Triparty Struggle

Prathiharas

Palas

  • Chola Empire

  • Turkish conquest of India

Ghaznavid

Muhammad Ghuri

  • Rajput states

  • Delhi sultanate

  • Slave dynasty

  • The Khaljis

  • The Tughlaqs

  • The Sayyids

  • The Lodhis

  • Mughal empire (Including later Mughals)

  • Maratha Confederacy

  • Southern Dynasties

  • Hoysalas

  • Yadavas

  • Kakatiyas

  • Vijaynagara

  • Bahmani Kingdom

  • Regional kingdoms

  • Religious Movements

  • Bhakti Movement

  • Sufi Movement

(Brief History, Salient Features, Social, Economics,

Religious and Cultural conditions of all the above)

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

Old NCERT

  • Ancient India – R S Sharma

  • Medieval India – Satish Chandra

New NCERT

  • Our pasts – I

  • Our pasts – II

  • Themes – I

  • Themes – II

TamilNadu History Textbook - Class XI

Current Affairs (October 29–November 7

08 Nov 2019

TEST - 15

Art & Culture

Architecture

  • Cave Architecture

  • Temple Architecture

  • Indo-Islamic Architecture

  • Modern Architecture

( Under Indus Valley Civilization, The Mauryan Architecture, The Sungas, Kushanas, Satavahanas & Guptas, Post Guptas, Delhi-Sultanate, Mughals etc)

Sculpture -- Indian Sculpture and Different schools of Art

Indian Paintings

  • Pre historic painting & Cave paintings

  • Mural Paintings

  • Miniature Paintings - Pala School, Rajput Paintings, Mughal Paintings, Hill paintings etc.

  • Folk Paintings

  • Modern Indian Paintings Personalities Associated

Religion

  • Hinduism

  • Jainism

  • Buddhism

  • Islam

  • Christianity

  • Zoroastrianism

  • Judaism

Philosophy

  • Six Schools of Philosophy

  • Ajivika

  • Lokayata etc.

Indian Music

  • Classical Music

  • Hindustani Music

  • Carnatic Music

  • Folk Music Tradition

  • Modern Music

  • Personalities

Indian Dance

  • Classical Dance forms in India – Odissi, Kathak, Kathakali, Mohiniattay, Sattriya, Manipuri, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi

  • Folk Dances

  • Modern Dance in India

Theatre

  • Sanskrit Theatre

  • Folk Theatre

  • Modern Theatre

  • Personalities

Puppetry

  • History

  • Different forms of Puppetry in

  • People Associated with Theatres

Indian Cinema and

Circus

Bhakti & Sufi Movement​​​​​​​

Language & Literature

  • Indian Language

  • Classical Languages

  • Scheduled Languages

  • Indian Literature

  • Religious Literature

  • Secular Literature

Fairs, Festivals and Craft -Religious Festivals, Secular

Festivals (States & UT’s), Art & Crafts

Science & Technology

  • Ancient, Science & Technology

  • Medieval Science & Technology

  • Famous Personalities in

  • Ancient and Medieval India

Promotion and Preservation of Indian Heritage

  • Indian Word Heritage Sites – Tangible & non-tangible heritage, Tentative list

  • Cultural Heritage Sites

  • Natural Heritage Sites

  • Important Institutions

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Introduction to Indian art (NCERT class 11th)

  • Living Craft Traditions of India (NCERT class 12th)

  • Indian Culture by Nitin Singhania

  • CCRT - Art and Culture

Current Affairs (November 8–November 17)

18 Nov 2019

TEST - 16

Modern India

  • Fall of Mughals

  • Advent of Europeans

  • Coming of Europeans

  • Struggle among Europeans

  • Rise of East India Company

  • India under East India Company’s Rule

  • Administration

  • Political policies

  • Regulating Act of 1773

  • Pitt’s India Act 1784

  • Charter acts of 1784, 1793, 1813,1833, 1853

  • British Expansion policy: Doctrine of lapse, Subordinate alliance etc.

  • Economic policies and their impact

  • Agricultural policies

  • Famine policy

  • Foreign Policies

  • Social Policies

  • Education Policies

  • Religious policies

  • Indian Kingdoms in 18th century: Marathas, Punjab,

Mysore, Hyderabad etc.

  • Socio - Religious Reform Movements in the 19th and 20th CE India – Arya Samaj, Brahmo Samaj, etc.

  • The Great Revolt of 1857

  • Changes in Indian Administration after 1858 - GOI ACT 1858, Councils Act, 1861, 1892.

  • Growth of Political Ideas and Political Organisations (up to

  • 1885)

  • Foundation of the Indian National Congress

  • National movement (1885 - 1919)

  • Moderate Phase (1885 – 1905)

  • Partition of Bengal and the Swadeshi Movement

  • The first phase of Revolutionary and Terrorist Movement

  • The Morley-Minto Reforms or the Indian Councils Act, 1909

  • The Lucknow Pact (1916)

  • The Home Rule Movement

  • National movement (1919 - 1939)

  • Montague-Chelmsford Reforms or the Government of India act, 1919

  • The Khilafat Movement (1920-22) and Non Cooperation Movement

  • The Left Movement

  • The second phase of Revolutionary and Terrorist Movement

  • Anti-Simon Commission Agitation (1928-29)

  • Nehru Report, 1928

  • The Lahore Session, 1929

  • The Civil Disobedience Movement

  • The Government of India Act, 1935

  • Provincial Elections and Formation of popular Ministries in Provinces, 1937

  • Freedom to Partition (1939 - 1947)

  • The Second World War and the National Movement

  • The August Offer 1940

  • The Individual Satyagraha 1940-41

  • The Cripps Proposal, 1942

  • The Quit India Movement, I942

  • Subhash Bose and Indian National Army

  • Rajagopalachari Formula & Desai Liaqat Plan

  • Wavell Plan and Simla Conference 1945

  • General Elections in India, 1945

  • Naval Mutiny: 1946

  • The Indian Independence Act, 1947

  • Other Dimensions

  • Tribal Movements

  • Peasants Movement

  • Dalit Movements

  • Women movement

  • Role of Press and Publications

  • Role of Business groups

Miscellaneous: Reforms / Acts / Committee, Congress Sessions, Governor –General Viceroys etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Our past III (Both part 1 & part 2 --NCERT class VIII)

  • Themes in Indian History – III (NCERT Class XII)

  • A brief History Of Modern India – Spectrum Publication

  • Struggle for India’s Independence – Bipin Chandra

Current Affairs (November 18–November 27

28 Nov 2019

TEST - 17

Geography

Physical Geography of the world

Origin and evolution of Universe Solar system

  • Geological History of the Earth

  • Geological Time scale Latitude and Longitude including important Parallels and Meridians

  • Motions of the Earth and their effects Inclination of the Earth’s Axis and its effects

  • Local and Standard Time and the International Date Line, Calendar

  • Eclipses - Solar, Lunar

Geomorphology

  • Interior structure of the earth

  • Rock

  • Landform Development

  • First order (continental drift theory, sea floor spreading, plate tectonics theory)

  • Second order (Mountains, Plateaus, Plains & other landforms)

  • Internal forces & their impact - Volcanoes, Earthquakes,

  • Folding, Faulting, Isostasy

  • External forces & their impact - Weathering, Erosion & landforms thus developed

Climatology

  • Structure, Composition of atmosphere

  • Weather & Climate

  • Heat & temperature

  • Insolation

  • Heat Budget

  • Distribution of temperature

  • Temperature Inversion

  • Pressure and Pressure belts

  • Winds

  • Planetary winds

  • Seasonal winds

  • Local winds

  • Precipitation-Forms & Types, Distribution of rainfall

  • Air Masses

  • Cyclones and anti-cyclones

  • World Climatic regions

Oceanography

  • Bottom relief Features

  • Ocean waves, currents, tides & Tsunamis

  • Temperature distribution

  • Salinity distribution

  • Marine resources

Biogeography

  • Soils

  • Classification

  • Distribution

  • Erosion & Conservation

  • Biomes

World Economic and Human Geography:

  • Natural resources and mineral resources and distribution of key natural resources across the world
  • Agriculture and agro-climatic regions
  • Industry and location factors
  • Infrastructure
  • World Population, density & distribution, races & tribes,
  • settlements & migration

Continents - Major physical features, natural resources

Physical Geography of India

Location

  • Latitude

  • Longitude

  • Physiographic division of India

  • Northern Mountains

  • Plains of India

  • Peninsular Plateau

  • Islands of India

  • Drainage System

Himalayan Drainage System

Peninsular Drainage System

Other small river system

Indian Climate

  • Spatial and temporal distribution of temperature & pressure

  • Winds

  • Rainfall

  • Indian Monsoon

  • Mechanism

  • Onset

  • Variability

  • Rainfall distribution

  • Climatic Regions of India

Soils

  • Classification of Soils

  • Problems of Soil and Conservation

Indian Flora & Faun

  • Forests and their distribution

  • Forest Conservation

  • Fauna

Indian Economic and Human Geography

  • Agriculture typology and major Crops grown in India
  • Agro-Climatic Regions
  • Land Reforms and Land use pattern
  • Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Water Resources- Availability and potential: Lakes, rivers, dams, power and irrigation projects, wetlands and interlinking of rivers
  • Mineral Resources- classification and distribution
  • Energy Resources- conventional and non-conventional resources
  • Population and Growth trends - density, sex ratio, literacy, tribes and racial groups in India
  • Rural and Urban Settlements- types and patterns
  • Industries- types and their locational factors
  • Transport and Communication -railways, highways, inland
  • water transport, shipping and sea-ports, air transport

Map Based Questions from India (Location of state, city,

river, lakes, important places including Ramsar sites,

Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries and National

Parks)

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography (NCERT Class XI)

  • Fundamentals of Human Geography (NCERT Class XII)

  • Goh Cheng Leong - Certificate Physical and Human Geography

  • India Physical Environment (NCERT Class XI)

  • India - People and Economy (NCERT Class XII)

  • Mapping – India & World

Current Affairs (November 28–December 7

08 Dec 2019

TEST - 18

Polity

  • Constitutionalism

  • Historical Underpinnings

  • Evolution & Making of the Constitution

  • Features and Significant Provisions

  • Political systems

  • Democratic & Non-Democratic

  • Parliamentary & Presidential

  • Unitary & Federal

  • Direct and Representative

  • Republic and Monarchy etc.

  • The Preamble

  • The Union and its Territory

  • Citizenship

  • Fundamental Rights

  • Directive Principles

  • Fundamental Duties

  • Amendment of Constitution

  • Basic Structure of the Constitution

  • Emergency Provisions

Central Government

  • President of India

  • Vice President of India

  • Prime minister

  • Central Council of Ministers, Parliament

State Government

  • Governor

  • Chief Minister

  • State Council of Ministers

  • State Legislature

Judiciary

  • Supreme Court

  • High Courts

  • Subordinate Courts

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (December 8–December 17)

18 Dec 2019

TEST - 19

Polity

Central Government

  • President of India

  • Vice President of India

  • Prime minister

  • Central Council of Ministers, Parliament

State Government

  • Governor

  • Chief Minister

  • State Council of Ministers

  • State Legislature

Judiciary

  • Supreme Court

  • High Courts

  • Subordinate Courts

Indian Federalism

  • Centre-State Relations

  • Inter-state Relations

Local Government

  • Panchayati Raj

  • Local Urban Government

Other Dimensions

  • Official Language

  • Public Services

  • Tribunals

  • Special provisions for SCs, STs, BCs, Minorities & Anglo-Indians

  • Rights and liabilities of the Government

  • Authoritative text in Hindi Language

  • Anti-defection law

Political dimensions

  • Ministries and Departments of the Government

  • Pressure groups

  • Elections & political parties

  • Representation of People's Act

  • Election Process

  • Governance

  • Transparency & Accountability

  • RTI

  • Citizen’s Charter

  • e-Governance

Constitutional Bodies

  • Election Commission

  • Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

  • State Public Service Commission (SPSC)

  • Finance Commission

  • CAG

  • Attorney general of India

  • Advocate general of India

  • Special officer for Linguistic Minorities

  • National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC)

  • National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)

  • National Commission for Backward Castes (NCBC) etc.

Non-Constitutional Bodies

NITI Aayog, NHRC, SHRC, CIC, SIC, CVC, CBI, Lokpal, Lokayukta, NCPCR etc.

International Institutions

UN, World Bank, IMF, WIPO, ADB, BRICS etc.

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (December 18–December 27)

28 Dec 2019

TEST - 20

Ecology & Environment

Ecology and Functions of an ecosystem

  • Terrestrial ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystems

Environmental problems:

  • Climate Change

  • Acidification

  • Eutrophication

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Mitigation Strategies

  • India and Climate Change

Environmental pollution

  • Pollutants

  • Air pollution

  • Water Pollution

  • Soil Pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Radioactive pollution

  • E-Waste

  • Solid Waste

  • Bioremediation

Biodiversity

  • Basic Concepts

  • Plant and Animal Diversity

  • Marine Organisms

  • Threat to Biodiversity

  • Protected Area Network: National parks, Wildlife sanctuaries, Biosphere reserves, Reserved and protected forests, Conservation and community reserves, Village and panchayat Forests, Private protected areas, Conservation areas

  • Biodiversity Conservation efforts

  • Indian Biodiversity ad conservation efforts

  • Bioprospecting

  • Biosafety

  • Biopiracy

Conservation efforts: India and World

  • Institutional and Organizational mechanisms

  • Environmental Acts and Policies

  • Environmental conventions

  • Sustainable development

  • Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X

  • Biology – NCERT 12th – Unit 4

  • Shankar IAS – Environment

Current Affairs (December 28–January 6)

07 Jan 2020

TEST - 21

Ecology & Environment

Ecology and Functions of an ecosystem

  • Terrestrial ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystems

Environmental problems:

  • Climate Change

  • Acidification

  • Eutrophication

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Mitigation Strategies

  • India and Climate Change

Environmental pollution

  • Pollutants

  • Air pollution

  • Water Pollution

  • Soil Pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Radioactive pollution

  • E-Waste

  • Solid Waste

  • Bioremediation

Biodiversity

  • Basic Concepts

  • Plant and Animal Diversity

  • Marine Organisms

  • Threat to Biodiversity

  • Protected Area Network: National parks, Wildlife sanctuaries, Biosphere reserves, Reserved and protected forests, Conservation and community reserves, Village and panchayat Forests, Private protected areas, Conservation areas

  • Biodiversity Conservation efforts

  • Indian Biodiversity ad conservation efforts

  • Bioprospecting

  • Biosafety

  • Biopiracy

Conservation efforts: India and World

  • Institutional and Organizational mechanisms

  • Environmental Acts and Policies

  • Environmental conventions

  • Sustainable development Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment

10% Qs based on topics covered in any of the previous tests

Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics


References

  • ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X

  • Biology – NCERT 12th – Unit 4

  • Shankar IAS - Environment

Current Affairs (January 7–January 16)

17 Jan 2020

TEST – 22

Economy

National Income Accounting:

  • Definition

  • Concepts: GDP, GNP, Market Price and Factor Cost, NNP, NDP, transfer payments, National income at FC, Personal Income, disposable income, factors affecting national income, net foreign facto income

  • Measurement of national income: value added method, income method, expenditure method, Application of various methods, Base year, GDP deflator

  • Debates around GDP and other indices

Money and Banking

  • Money

  • Definition

  • Functions and significance

  • Evolution of Money

  • Money supply in India and factors affecting it

  • Banking

  • Need of banks

  • Function

  • Commercial Banks

  • Central Bank:

Importance

Functions

Structure

Monetary Policy

Policy tools, (CRR, SLR, OMO, Repo and Rev Repo, MSF etc.)

  • Banking Reforms

Capital Markets & Money Markets

  • Basic Terms and Concepts, Equity and debt Instruments

  • Primary market and Secondary markets etc.

Inflation and Employment

  • Inflation

  • Definition

  • Inflationary Gap and Inflationary process

  • Inflation Cycles: Demand Pull Inflation, Cost Push Inflation,

  • Causes of Inflation

  • Inflation Control measures

  • Unemployment

  • Types of Unemployment: Structural, Seasonal, Frictional, Cyclical

  • Nature of Unemployment in India

Government budgeting and Fiscal Policy

  • Budgeting

  • Evolution of Budgeting

  • Institutions and Laws

  • The Union Budget: Components - Revenue Account,

  • Capital Account, Measures of Government Deficit etc.,

  • Weaknesses in the Budgetary Process

  • Fiscal Policy

  • Public Finance - Role and Importance,

  • Public Expenditure - Revenue and Capital, Development and Non-Development

  • Public Revenue

  • Sources of Revenue

  • Taxes

  • Classification - Direct and Indirect, Specific and Ad Valorem

  • Social and Economic Objectives of Taxes

  • Public Debt

  • Deficit Financing

External Sector and Currency Exchange rate

  • Balance of Payments: Definition, Current and Capital Accounts, Convertibility

  • FDI, FII -- issues, challenges etc.

  • Foreign Trade of India

  • Trade Policy

  • Product wise trade

  • Region wise trade

  • Subsidy boxes

  • WTO related issues

  • and India

  • Intellectual Property Rights

 International Trade and Bodies:

IMF: Purpose and

Objectives, Organization and Functions, Working and

Evaluation, IMF and Underdeveloped Countries, SDR's,

Reforms etc.,

World Bank

Bilateral and Regional Cooperation

Agriculture:

  • Recent trends in Agriculture Sector

  • Cropping System and Pattern;

  • Agricultural Marketing and Reforms

  • Agricultural Research;

  • Sustainable Agriculture;

  • Animal Husbandry

  • PDS

  • Farm distress and government initiatives

Industrial Sector:

  • Industrial Policies

  • Licensing

  • MSME

  • Labour Reforms

  • Companies Act

  • Make in India, Skill India

  • Challenges in Industrial development

  • Organised and unorganised sector

  • PPP

  • Investment models

Initiatives by the govt.

  • Government policies

  • Five year Plans: Priorities and Performance, Issues

  • related to planning

  • Economic Policies till 1991

  • Economic Reforms since 1991: End of license Raj, Liberalization, Privatisation and Globalisation

Infrastructure:

IT, Communication, Urbanisation, Transport, Mining, etc.

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References

  • Indian Economic Development (NCERT Class XI)

  • RAMESH SINGH – Indian Economy

Current Affairs (January 17–January 26)

27 Jan 2020

TEST - 23

India year book

India year book

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References

Current Affairs (February 3–February 12)

03 Feb 2020

TEST - 24

Economy

Economic Survey

Budget

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References

Current Affairs (January 27–February 2)

13 Feb 2020

TEST - 25

  • Economic Survey

  • Budget

  • India year book

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References

Current Affairs (February 13–February 22)

20 Feb 2020

TEST - 26

FULL LENGTH TEST ( COMPLETE SYLLABUS )

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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08 Mar 2020

TEST - 27

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS )

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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15 Mar 2020

TEST - 28

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS )

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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22 Mar 2020

TEST - 29

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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29 Mar 2020

TEST - 30

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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05 Apr 2020

TEST - 31

FULL LENGTH TEST

(COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

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12 Apr 2020

TEST - 32

FULL LENGTH TEST

(COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

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19 Apr 2020

TEST - 33

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

26 Apr 2020

TEST - 34

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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03 May 2020

TEST - 35

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

10 May 2020

TEST - 36

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

17 May 2020

TEST - 37

FULL LENGTH TEST (COMPLETE SYLLABUS)

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

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Mains Self Study Test (10 Questions) - Based on Above Topics

24 May 2020