GS 2 Mains: (Governance,Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)- Download UPSC Mains Materials

1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

Source: D D Basu (1st 5 chapters)

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2. 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.

Source: Laxmikant Chapters 12, 13 14.

Source: ARC Report
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3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

Source: Vision Handout

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4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

Source: Vision Handout

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5. Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

Source: Laxmikant

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6. 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.

Source: Laxmikant (Union Executive, Parliament of India, Supreme Court of India, Executive in the States,State Legislature, High Courts and Subordinate Courts, Local Government: Urban and Rural)

Source: Vision Handout

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7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

Source: Vision IAS handout

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8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of variousConstitutional Bodies.

Source: Part 7 of Laxmikant (Constitutional Bodies)

Notes Link 1: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzgwc9H2IfTcNmV3X05URjlZYUk

Source: Vision IAS handout

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9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

Source: Part 7,8 and 9 of Laxmikant (Constitutional Bodies)

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Source: Vision IAS handout

Notes Link 2 : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YJIXHJzDESUm1jcmN3YkxsMDQ

Source: Vision IAS handout

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10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Source: Vision IAS handout

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11. Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

Source: Vision IAS handout

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12. 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

Source: Vision IAS handout

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13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education,Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger.

Source: 12th Plan

Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5sDrG7K0n2PQV9xSjVZZVFsQlU

Source: Vision IAS handout

Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx0ZMfWNOUZpd19rSmlybTBJOTg

 

14. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models,successes, limitations, and potential; citizen’s charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

Source: Vision IAS handout

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15. Role of civil services in a democracy.

Source: Vision IAS handout

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16. India and its neighbourhood- relations.

Source: Rajiv Sikri (Read basic part from this book)

Source: Add current points from these current affairs magazine

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17. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

Source: 2015 All India Rank 38 Notes

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18. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

Source: Vision IAS handout

Notes Link 1: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04NTk3WnNVLTlOQVk
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19. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.

Source: 2015 All India Rank 38 Notes

Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2Complete

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