GS Main Test Series 2020
“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.”
Orient IAS announces the launch of its All India Test Series for CSM- 2020. This Test Series aims to provide an objective evaluation of each aspirant’s performance, which would lead to an overall improvement t in his/her preparation.
Objectives : The Test Series aims to provide aspirants :
- A simulated exam environment so that they are better prepared for the real challenge
- An opportunity to test their level of preparedness for the examination
- A sense of confidence so that they are sure of their success in the Main examination without any anxiety
- A- 26 Mocks on UPSC Standard and Pattern (8 Sectional + 8 FLT +10 Essay)
- B- 21 Mocks on UPSC Standard and Pattern (8 Sectional + 8 FLT + 5 Essay)
- Every test will be of 250 marks and 3hr. Duration
- Model answers will be provided for every test
- One to One discussion with students.
- Discussion on the best ways to attempt questions effectively and efficiently Special focus on enhancing test-taking skills of Civil Services aspirants
- Questions prepared by a team of selected candidates and seasoned academicians
- Flexible Module (candidates can attempt test as per their schedule)
- All India Rankings
Price: A- 18,500 + 18 % GST = 21,000
B- 16,500 + 18 % GST = 18,500
|Date of test||TOpics Covered
Marks: 250, Duration 3 Hrs.
|1001 M||13/10/19||Constitution, Polity, Recent Issues
· Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
· 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.
· Separation of powers between various organs dispute Redressal mechanisms and institutions.
· Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
· Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
· 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.
· Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
· Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
· Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
|· 12th NCERT – Politics in India after Independence
· Constitution of India by PM Bakshi
· Indian Polity by M Laxmikant
· Introduction to the Constitution of India : D DBasu
· 2nd ARC Reports
· Indian Express
· The Hindu
|907||27/10/19||Essay 1||· Socio/Political Essay|
|1002M||10/11/19||Paper 2 (Governance , Social Justice)
• Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, egovernance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
• Role of civil services in a democracy.
• Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
• Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
• 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.
• Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
• Issues relating to poverty and hunger
• 12th FYP
• Economic Survey
• Indian Express
|1003 M||24/11/19||India and World Geography
· Salient features of world’s physical geography.
· Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent);
· factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)·
· Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.·
Environment Ecology and Disaster
· Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment·
· Disaster and disaster management.
|· NCERT books XI, XII
· Orient Longman Atlas
· Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
· Geography (11th) – D. R. Khullar
· Geography (12th) – D. R. Khullar
|908||02/12/19||Essay 2||· Economic & Philosophical Issues|
|1004 M||09/12/19||Indian Heritage, Culture and Modern Indian History
· Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
· Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
· The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
· History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
· Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
· Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
· Effects of globalization on Indian society
· Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
· Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
· India’s Freedom Struggle: Bipin
· AL Bhasham: The Wonder that was
· Mastering Modern World History
· by Normal Lowe
· History of the world by Arjun Dev
· India after Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
|1005 M||14/12/19||Indian Economy
· Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
· Inclusive growth and issues arising from it
· Government Budgeting.
· Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
· Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
· Investment models
· Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers·
· Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.·
· Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
|· 11th NCERT: Economics: Indian Economic Development
· Economic Survey of India
· Report: Twelfth Five Year Plan 2012-17 Documents ( Planning Commission)
· The Penguin Dictionary of Economics
· India Year Book
· Indian Economy by VK Puri, Mishra
· Indian Economy Since Independence – Uma Kapila
· 2nd ARC Report (Strengthening Financial Management Systems
|1006 M||18/12/19||S&T and Internal Security
· Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life·
· Achievements of Indians in science &technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
· Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
· Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
· Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.·
· Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention·
· Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
· Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
· India and its neighborhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests·
· Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,
· Indian Diaspora.
· Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
|· NCERT -12th – Indian Society
· NCERT -12th – Social Change and Development In India
· Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja
· Modernisation of Indian Traditions by Yogendrasingh
· Economic Survey
· India Year book
· Yojna (Monthly Magazine)
· Twelfth Five Year Plan 2012-17 Documents (Planning Commission)
· This section essentially requires current sources, which includes Newspapers like Indian Express, The Hindu & Magazines like Science Reporter
· India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
· This section essentially requires current sources, which includes Newspapers like Indian Express, Mint, The Hindu, Websites like mha.nic.in ; pib.nic.in
|909||25/12/19||· Essay 3||· Science Tech & Current Based|
|1007 M||30/12/19||Ethics I
· Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
· Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
· Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
· Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
· Case Studies on above issues.
|· Stanford Encyclopedia
· Social Psychology by Baron
· Emotional Intelligence byDaniel Goleman
|1008 M||07/01/20||Ethics II
· Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
· Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; Ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
· Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
· Case Studies on above issues.
|· Ethics In Public administration: a
· philosophical approach- Patrick J.
· • 2nd ARC REPORT (Ethics in
· Governance , Refurbishing of
· Personnel Administration )
· • IGNOU : MPA-011 ( Ch : Ethical
· Concerns in Public Administration)
· • The Difficulty of Being Good by
· Gurcharan Das
· • 2nd ARC REPORT (Right to
· Information,, Citizen Centric
· Administration )
· • Ethics Integrity and Aptitude by
· Arihant Publications (Manual – GS4
|911||21/01/20||· Essay 4||· Complete syllabus|
|912||28/01/20||· Essay 5||· Complete syllabus|
|8 Full length tests + 5 Essay to be conducted post prelims, Schedule will be released on Prelims day|