2020 Series Schedule


Package : IPB Subject wise only GS

Cost : Rs.4810 /-

Total Tests : 37

Test Name Syllabus Starts from date

TEST – 1 (SUBJECT)

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


Sources

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

02 Jan 2020

TEST - 2 (SUBJECT)

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

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


Sources

  • 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)

05 Jan 2020

TEST - 3 (SUBJECT)

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)

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


Sources

  • 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)

09 Jan 2020

TEST - 4 (SUBJECT)

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.

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


Sources

  • 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)

13 Jan 2020

TEST - 5 (SUBJECT)

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

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


Sources

  • 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)

17 Jan 2020

TEST - 6 (SUBJECT)

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)

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


Sources

  • India Physical Environment (NCERT Class XI)

  • India - People and Economy (NCERT Class XII)

  • Mapping – India

Current Affairs (August 10 – August 19

21 Jan 2020

TEST - 7 (SUBJECT)

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

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


Sources

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (August 20 – August 29)

25 Jan 2020

TEST - 8 (SUBJECT)

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

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


Sources

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (August 30–September 8)

29 Jan 2020

TEST - 9 (SUBJECT)

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.

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


Sources

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (September 9–September 18)

02 Feb 2020

TEST - 10 (SUBJECT)

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

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


Sources

  • Indian Economic Development (NCERT Class XI)

  • RAMESH SINGH – Indian Economy

Current Affairs (September 19–September 28)

06 Feb 2020

TEST - 11 (SUBJECT)

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.

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


Sources

  • Indian Economic Development (NCERT Class XI)

  • RAMESH SINGH – Indian Economy

Current Affairs (September 29–October 8)

10 Feb 2020

TEST - 12 (SUBJECT)

Ecology & Environment

1. Ecology and Functions of an ecosystem

  • Terrestrial ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystems

2. Environmental problems:

  • Climate Change

  • Acidification

  • Eutrophication

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Mitigation Strategies

  • India and Climate Change

3. Environmental pollution

  • Pollutants

  • Air pollution

  • Water Pollution

  • Soil Pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Radioactive pollution

  • E-Waste

  • Solid Waste

  • Bioremediation

4. 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

5. Conservation efforts: India and World

  • Institutional and Organizational mechanisms

  • Environmental Acts and Policies

  • Environmental conventions

  • Sustainable development Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment.

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


Sources

  • ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X (2018 edition – S.Chand Publications)

  • Biology – NCERT 12th – Unit 4

  • Shankar IAS – Environment

Current Affairs (October 9–October 18)

14 Feb 2020

TEST - 13 (SUBJECT)

Ecology & Environment

1. Ecology and Functions of an ecosystem

  • Terrestrial ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystems

2. Environmental problems:

  • Climate Change

  • Acidification

  • Eutrophication

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Mitigation Strategies

  • India and Climate Change

3. Environmental pollution

  • Pollutants

  • Air pollution

  • Water Pollution

  • Soil Pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Radioactive pollution

  • E-Waste

  • Solid Waste

  • Bioremediation

4. 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

5. Conservation efforts: India and World

  • Institutional and Organizational mechanisms

  • Environmental Acts and Policies

  • Environmental conventions

  • Sustainable development Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment

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


Sources

  • ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X (2018 edition – S.Chand Publications)

  • Biology – NCERT 12th – Unit 4

  • Shankar IAS – Environment

Current Affairs (October 19–October 28)

18 Feb 2020

TEST - 14 (SUBJECT)

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


Sources

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)

22 Feb 2020

TEST - 15 (SUBJECT)

Art & Culture

1. 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)

2. Sculpture -- Indian Sculpture and Different schools of Art

3. 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

4. Religion

  • Hinduism

  • Jainism

  • Buddhism

  • Islam

  • Christianity

  • Zoroastrianism

  • Judaism

5. Philosophy

  • Six Schools of Philosophy

  • Ajivika

  • Lokayata etc.

6. Indian Music

  • Classical Music

  • Hindustani Music

  • Carnatic Music

  • Folk Music Tradition

  • Modern Music

  • Personalities

7. Indian Dance

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

  • Folk Dances

  • Modern Dance in India

8. Theatre

  • Sanskrit Theatre

  • Folk Theatre

  • Modern Theatre

  • Personalities

9. Puppetry

  • History

  • Different forms of Puppetry in

  • People Associated with Theatres

10. Indian Cinema and Circus

11. Bhakti & Sufi Movement

12. Language & Literature

  • Indian Language

  • Classical Languages

  • Scheduled Languages

  • Indian Literature

  • Religious Literature

  • Secular Literature

13. Fairs, Festivals and Craft -Religious Festivals, Secular

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

14. Science & Technology

  • Ancient, Science & Technology

  • Medieval Science & Technology

  • Famous Personalities in

  • Ancient and Medieval India

15. Promotion and Preservation of Indian Heritage

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

  • Cultural Heritage Sites

  • Natural Heritage Sites

  • Important Institutions

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


Sources

  • 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)

26 Feb 2020

TEST - 16 (SUBJECT)

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.

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


Sources

  • 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)

01 Mar 2020

TEST - 17 (SUBJECT)

Geography

Physical Geography of the world

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Oceanography

  • Bottom relief Features

  • Ocean waves, currents, tides & Tsunamis

  • Temperature distribution

  • Salinity distribution

  • Marine resources

5. 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

1. 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

2. Indian Climate

  • Spatial and temporal distribution of temperature & pressure

  • Winds

  • Rainfall

  • Indian Monsoon

  • Mechanism

  • Onset

  • Variability

  • Rainfall distribution

  • Climatic Regions of India

3. Soils

  • Classification of Soils

  • Problems of Soil and Conservation

4. 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)

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


Sources

  • 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)

05 Mar 2020

TEST - 18 (SUBJECT)

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

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


Sources

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (December 8–December 17)

09 Mar 2020

TEST - 19 (SUBJECT)

Polity

1. Central Government

  • President of India

  • Vice President of India

  • Prime minister

  • Central Council of Ministers, Parliament

2. State Government

  • Governor

  • Chief Minister

  • State Council of Ministers

  • State Legislature

3. Judiciary

  • Supreme Court

  • High Courts

  • Subordinate Courts

4. Indian Federalism

  • Centre-State Relations

  • Inter-state Relations

5. Local Government

  • Panchayati Raj

  • Local Urban Government

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

9. 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.

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


Sources

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

  • LAXMIKANTH – Indian Polity

Current Affairs (December 18–December 27)

13 Mar 2020

TEST - 20 (SUBJECT)

Ecology & Environment

1. Ecology and Functions of an ecosystem

  • Terrestrial ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystems

2. Environmental problems:

  • Climate Change

  • Acidification

  • Eutrophication

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Mitigation Strategies

  • India and Climate Change

3. Environmental pollution

  • Pollutants

  • Air pollution

  • Water Pollution

  • Soil Pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Radioactive pollution

  • E-Waste

  • Solid Waste

  • Bioremediation

4. 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

5. Conservation efforts: India and World

  • Institutional and Organizational mechanisms

  • Environmental Acts and Policies

  • Environmental conventions

  • Sustainable development

  • Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment

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


Sources

  • ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X (2018 edition – S.Chand Publications)

  • Biology – NCERT 12th – Unit 4

  • Shankar IAS – Environment

Current Affairs (December 28–January 6)

17 Mar 2020

TEST - 21 (SUBJECT)

Ecology & Environment

1. Ecology and Functions of an ecosystem

  • Terrestrial ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystems

2. Environmental problems:

Climate Change

  • Acidification

  • Eutrophication

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Mitigation Strategies

  • India and Climate Change

3. Environmental pollution

  • Pollutants

  • Air pollution

  • Water Pollution

  • Soil Pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Radioactive pollution

  • E-Waste

  • Solid Waste

  • Bioremediation

4. 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

5. Conservation efforts: India and World

  • Institutional and Organizational mechanisms

  • Environmental Acts and Policies

  • Environmental conventions

  • Sustainable development Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment

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


Sources

  • ICSE Environmental Studies - Class X (2018 edition – S.Chand Publications)

  • Biology – NCERT 12th – Unit 4

  • Shankar IAS - Environment

Current Affairs (January 7–January 16)

21 Mar 2020

TEST - 22 (SUBJECT)

Economy

1. 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

2. 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

3. Capital Markets & Money Markets

  • Basic Terms and Concepts, Equity and debt Instruments

  • Primary market and Secondary markets etc.

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Infrastructure:

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

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


Sources

  • Indian Economic Development (NCERT Class XI)

  • RAMESH SINGH – Indian Economy

Current Affairs (January 17–January 26)

25 Mar 2020

TEST - 23 (SUBJECT)

Economy

Economic Survey

Budget


Sources

Current Affairs (January 27–February 2)

29 Mar 2020

TEST - 24 (SUBJECT)

India year book

India year book


Sources

Current Affairs (February 3–February 12)

02 Apr 2020

TEST - 25 (SUBJECT)

Economy

  • Economic Survey

  • Budget

  • India year book


Sources

Current Affairs (February 13–February 22)

06 Apr 2020

Full Length Test - 1

Full Length syllabus test

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

  • Ministry Websites 

  • Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later) More Emphasis on Current Events

10 Apr 2020

Full Length Test - 2

Full Length syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

  • Ministry Websites 

  • Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later) More Emphasis on Current Events

14 Apr 2020

Full Length Test - 3

Full Length syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

  • Ministry Websites 

  • Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later) More Emphasis on Current Events

18 Apr 2020

Full Length Test - 4

Full Length Syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

  • Ministry Websites 

  • Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later) More Emphasis on Current Events

22 Apr 2020

Full Length Test - 5

Full Length Syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

  • Ministry Websites

  • Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later) More Emphasis on Current Events

26 Apr 2020

Full Length Test - 6

Full Length Syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

  • Ministry Websites

  • Other Official National and International Websites (Break-up will be specified later) More Emphasis on Current Events

30 Apr 2020

Full Length Test - 7

Full Length

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

04 May 2020

Full Length Test - 8

Full Length Syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

08 May 2020

Full Length Test - 9

Full Length Syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

12 May 2020

Full Length Test - 10

Full Length Syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

16 May 2020

Full Length Test - 11

Full Length Syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

20 May 2020

Full Length Test - 12

Full Length Syllabus

  • Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance

  • Geography

  • History of India

  • Indian Economy & Social Development

  • Ecology & Environment

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs

24 May 2020