UPSC Mains Exam – General Studies (GS) 2 Paper 3 Syllabus Civil Service

UPSC Mains Exam – General Studies (GS) 2 Paper 3 Syllabus Civil Service

Candidates appearing for General Studies 2 Paper for UPSC Civil Services should follow the below syllabus details can turn useful:

3.Politics Social Justice and
4.International relations.

For more details to route your destination to clear UPSC civil services General Studies 2 paper:

1) Indian Constitution:

  • Historical underpinnings
  • Evolution
  • Characteristics
  • Amendments
  • Important provisions and
  • Basic design.

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.

3) Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.

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

5) Parliament and State Legislatures

  • Structure
  • Functioning
  • Conduct of business
  • Powers & privileges and
  • Issues arising out of these.

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.

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

  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts
  • Powers
  • Functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

8) Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

9) Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and problems arising out of their structure and implementation.


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10) Development processes and the development industry

  • The role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

11) 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.

12) Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

13) Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

14) Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

  • E-governance
  • Applications
  • Models
  • Successes
  • Limitations and potential
  • Citizens charters
  • Transparency
  • Accountability and
  • Institutional and other measures.

15) The role of civil services in a democracy.

16) India and its neighborhood- relations.

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

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

19) Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Here are list of some Important Books:

The Constitution of India.
– An Introduction to the Constitution of India by M.V. Pylee.
– Introduction to the Constitution of India by Durga Das Basu.
– Select Constitutions by Anup Chand Kapur,
– A.C. Kapur & K.K. Misra. Fifty Years of Indian Parliament by G.C. Malhotra.
– Social Theory, Development Administration & Development Ethics by Mohit Bhattacharya.
– Our Parliament by Subhash Kashyap. Public Institutions in India
– Performance and Design by Devesh Kapur & Pratap Bhanu Mehta.
– Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri.
– India’s Foreign Policy Since Independence by V.P. Dutt.

Aspirants may also go through the useful ARC reports; fourth report on Ethics in Governance and the fifth report on Public Order should be more focused in order to gain an advantage. Articles from the planning commission and related magazines can be considered useful for preparation. Else wishes are with candidates to score well and shine.

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