- What is India Yearbook?
- Four sittings
- Important Chapters in India Yearbook
- How important is [Yearbook]?
- Download Link for India Yearbook 2011
- India Year Book is published by Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and is considered a “raam-baand aushadhi” for UPSC Preparation. It is actually named as “India” like India 2011, India 2012. India 2011 was published at the end of “year 2010 or at the starting of 2011, so it covered everything that happened in and until 2010. The complete name is India ABCD – A Reference Annual, where ABCD is the year of publication.
- (Mrunal Note: the same book available in Hindi under title “Bharat 2013
- It has lots of data and it is really hard to read it and the question of remembering anything doesn’t comes up. ;) So how to crack such a tough nut. Here is what I did? It is a very silly way but this is how I did it.
- There is one book available in the market called India ABCD At A Glance (based on India (Pub. Divn’ India mentioned above)) published by New Vishal Publication. It is again one book that you cannot read as it can be termed as notes of India YB. It throws so much data at you without any references that it becomes even hard to read it. So, this cannot be the solution either.
- Here is what I did to read India YB. As New Vishal’s India (henceforth known as NV) is a copy of India YB (Henceforth known as IYB), I tried to mix them both. So, here are the steps that I followed:-
|First Sitting||Take the points from NV and find the same line in IYB. Mark all such points in I using a Marker.|
|Second Sitting||Now start reading IYB and put away NV. Mark any extra points you thing would be relevant. Also, keep unmarking those points that you had marked from NV, if you think that information is redundant or not required.|
|Third Sitting||Read only the markings from IYB in this sitting. Definitely you will be reading some lines here and there but that is okay.|
|Fourth Sitting||Yahan tak agar pahunch gaye…to apne charan yahan post kar dena!! Hum natmastak ho jaaayenge!! ;) In this reading you will be referring only the markings alone|
India Year Book has data, which can overwhelm anyone. So, how to deal with it. Moreover, it has some chapters, which are not relevant, some are relevant for Prelims and Mains, some only for Mains, some only for Prelims, some are for relevant for Interview and some are relevant for Essay. I will try to put in details which chapter to be used for which part of examination and what to read from it –
|B||Lesser Important than A|
|C||Not important (If I mention only C, then it is not important for both Mains and Prelims). Otherwise I will provide details with the code)|
|1||Land and the People||A, E|
|3||The Polity||C for Prelims as you will be reading Indian Polity by Laxmikanth or some other book
B for Mains
|4||Agriculture||A for Prelims
C for Mains
|Traditional details, eliminate current data, facts and figures. Refer ES and Budget for current data|
|5||Art and Culture||A, E||Important from Essay point of view|
|6||Basic Economic Data||B||Just go through the trends|
|7||Commerce||C for Prelims
A for Mains
|8||Communications||A for Prelims
C for Mains
|11||Energy||A, E||Have an Atlas handy|
|15||Food and Civil Supplies||B for Prelims
D for Mains
|Focus on current, eliminate traditional details|
|16||Health and Family Welfare||A|
|17||Housing||C||Only current relevance and government programs|
|18||Indian and the World||B for Prelims
A for Mains
|19||Industry||A for Prelims
C for Mains
|Focus on traditional, eliminate current details|
|20||Justice and Law||A||Cover along with Indian Polity part of syllabus|
|21||Labour||D for Prelims
C for Mains
|23||Planning||A||Only interesting info|
|24||Rural Development||A, E|
|25||Scientific and Technological Developments||A|
|26||Transport||C||With Atlas, Focus on Railways, Freight Corridors, etc|
|28||Welfare||A||Be cautious while reading|
|29||Youth Affairs and Sports||A+|
|30||States and Union Territories||A||(Mrunal Note: Your own state is important for “profile based Qs” in Interview)|
|31||Diary of National Events||D||(Mrunal Note: won’t be of much use if you use an older edition like 2010 or 11)|
|32||General Information||B for Prelims
D for Mains
End of copy paste. Now input from my side
Apart from New Vishal, Many publication houses also release their own “remix” copy of India Yearbook for example Arihant Publication, Wizard, MnM etc. I call it “remix” copy because they contain some information from original IYB in tabulated and bulleted format.
- IYB is important but not an “end” in itself. Anything directly or indirectly related to Government schemes, Committees falls under the “Yearbook” category and is important for the “rights issue” under CSAT paper 1 and General Studies Mains Paper 1.
- In 2010’s GS (Mains) paper, Yearbook topic was worth 73 marks and in 2011’s paper it was worth 106 marks (To see the entire analysis of GS Mains Paper 2011, click me)
- IYB 2012 would have been printed somewhere in Dec 2011, and lot (polluted) water will flow through Ganga between Dec 11 to Oct-Nov 2012 when Mains will be conducted. Plenty of new topics, scheems, Committees will come in the mean time
- So along with the India Yearbook, you should also visit the websites of each ministry mentioned in the book and see what latest schemes, acts and Committees are formed. Also keep an eye on the Yojana and Kurukshetra magazines. (to download free issues of those magazines, see the left hand size navigation bar of my website)
- My articles in the [Yearbook] category can be accessed through this link: http://mrunal.org/category/yearbook
- Another important use of IYB is the regulatory bodies and other Advistory and executive agencies (for example Silk Development council, food and nutrition board and so on. Such bodies and their functions are scattered around IYB’s chapters. However, you can find the consolidated information about all these bodies in M.Laxmikanth’s new book “Governance In india (TMH Publication)
” Appendix 6 (Page A.55) and Appendix 11 (page 11.1).
- Same book of M.Laxmikanth, also available in Hindi, under the title “Bharatiya Shasan
- Until now, the Government used to upload (legally) free PDF file of India yearbook every year. But they haven’t done for India Yearbook 2012 (They intentionally did not upload the PDF, to force the UPSC aspirants to buy the hardcopy from market and the Revenue thus earned could be used to finance Air India.)
- Whenever you try to google and download IYB, most of the time you get a 3MB file with only 3 pages. But here is a working copy of India Yearbook 2011 (with 1200+ pages) so click me to download it