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GS (Mains Test Schedule)

  • Indian Polity – I
  • International Relations-I
  • Social Justice

Indian Polity

  • 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

International Relations

  • India and its neighborhood- relations.

Social Justice

  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • World History - I
  • Concepts in Geography
  • Society

World History

  • History of the world will include events from 18th century to World War – I

Concepts in Geography

  • Salient features of world's physical geography.
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geograpical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.


  • 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.
  • Indian Economy-I
  • Science and Technology
  • Disaster Management


  • v  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.
  • v  Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

Science and Technology

  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life  (from December 2016  to June 2017)
  • 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.

Disaster Management

  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Ethics, integrity and aptitude-I
  • Case Study

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

  • 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.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Case study on above issue
  • World History - II
  • Indian Geography
  • Modern Indian History
  • Indian Heritage and Culture

World History

  • History of the world will include events from World War – I

Indian Geography

  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

Indian Heritage and Culture

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Modern Indian History

  • 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.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • International Relations – II
  • Indian Polity  - II
  • Governance

International 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.

Indian Polity  - II

  • 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


  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;
  • Citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • Internal Security
  • Indian Economy-II
  • Environment and
  • Biodiversity

Internal Security

  • 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.

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.
  • Land reforms in India
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.

Environment and Biodiversity

  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
  • Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
  • Case Studies

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • 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.
Paper – 1 Full Syllabus
Paper-2 Full Syllabus
Paper -3 Full Syllabus
Paper – 4Full Syllabus
Paper – 1 (Forenoon)Full Syllabus
Paper – 2 (Afternoon)Full Syllabus
Paper -3 (Forenoon)Full Syllabus
Paper- 4 (Afternoon)Full Syllabus
Tamil LanguageFull Syllabus
English LanguageFull Syllabus
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Tamil Literature
Paper – I (Full Syllabus)
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Tamil Literature
Paper – II (Full Syllabus)


  • All tests will be for 3 Hours duration.
  • Each paper will be for 250 marks.
  • Tests will be on Sunday.
  • Answer booklets will be provided.
  • Model answers will be discussed in detail by Experts after every test
  • Individual paper evaluation with effective feedback.
  • Personal mentoring by expert faculties.