1. How to prepare Polity?
  2. Election related
  3. Polity Answerkeys
  4. Rights Issue
  5. Land reforms
  6. Police Reforms
  7. Committee related
  8. Court Judgments / Controversies
  9. Theoretical concepts
  10. Bills and Acts

How to prepare Polity?

  • Polity means Indian Constitution and allied topics. You’ll encounter these MCQs in UPSC exams, Staff Selection and State service Class1, Class2, subordinate services, ACIO, EPFO and certain central PSU jobs.
  • Polity can be classified into two parts: Static theory vs. Current Affairs

Recommended book for Static portion: Depends on which exam you’re aim for

  • UPSC CSAT IAS/IPS
  • Combined Defense Services (CDS)
  • CAPF Assistant commandant
  • State PSC Class 1, 2
  • Only SSC Staff selection (SSC CGL)
  • State service Lower subordinate OR
  • PSU jobs in FCI/SAIL etc.
Recommended book

recommended book

All these books are available on flipkart, you can buy them by clicking links or photos below, and pay on delivery.

Laxmikanth English . Laxmikanth Hindi

Lucent GK English . Lucent GK Hindi

PS: Polity Topic hardly comes in IBPS, Banking sector exams so don’t bother much in that case.

To get strong grip over this topic, you must do Parallel study: e.g. once you read Parliament, immediately read state legislative assembly chapter. Similarly

union relatedthen immediately read state related
  1. President, VP
  2. PM, Cabinet
  3. Parliament (Budget, Committee)
  4. SC
  5. UPSC
  6. 7th Sch. Union
  1. Governor
  2. CM
  3. State legislative assembly
  4. High court
  5. State PSC
  6. 7th Sch. State, Concurrent

This type of reading / revision habit ensures UPSC cannot confuse you in tricky MCQs by interchanging state’s provisions with union provision and vice versa.

After this:

  1. FR, FD, DPSP. Provisions applicable to Aliens, NRIs, PIOs
  2. Amendment, 5th & 6th schedule areas, 370
  3. Finance commission => Planning Commission =>NDC
  4. Bodies: Statutory vs Constitutional vs executive: their structure, functions. You’ll find some in the India Yearbook (eg. NALSA, Wakf board), some in prsindia.org (Equal opportunities commission, unified financial agency) and so on.
  5. Since these bodies will also hurt @Mains level, you should prepare a ready revision note.

Additional static content:

(only for UPSC CSAT IAS / IPS exam)

  • NCERT political science- particularly for definition and concepts. what are the characters of democracy or hegemony? Mine or yours interpretation 7is irreverent in MCQ, whatever definition statements are given in NCERT = they’re correct for UPSC.
  • Selective reading Parliament Handbook click me. for some tricky MCQs related to speaker/dy.speaker, motions, Committees etc.
  • India Yearbook Chapter 2 and 3. (Although ministries and departments will change once Modi takes over. but other static like parliamentary Committees, NALSA etc. will remain one and same.)

Polity Current

  • Since this was an election year, most magazines and coaching material will be focusing on election related current affairs. It is standard procedure, should be done.
  • But don’t waste time mugging up trivial GK like which Constituency pulled highest vote etc. otherwise remaining three months will be spent only covering election.
  • Focus: facts, features, principles. e.g. VVPAT, why Voting totalizer machine needed, how does voters ink work, what are the deposits, when is deposit attached and so on.
  • Similarly, Hindu is giving ball by ball commentary on separation of Andhra – this Committee visited, that organization proposed xyz = again core facts/ features only.
  • Bills, Act: PRSindia.org
  • recent judgments like Transgender rights etc under Mrunal.org/Current

Here is the list of articles published so far (List last updated on 17th May 2014)

Election related

  1. Twin Nominations in Election
  2. Voting rights of Defence Personnel
  3. Primaries method- why #Epicfail in India?
  4. RPA Section 8 vs. Law commission’s recommendation
  5. Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)
  6. Indelible ink: Principle
  7. Booth Officer
  8. Benefits of registered political party
  9. Snatching Deposit
  10. RPA: Media coverage related provision

Polity Answerkeys

Of previous UPSC exams, with original MCQ, explanation and answer reference.

  1. CDS I 2014 Polity Section
  2. CDS II 2013 Polity section
  3. CAPF-2013: Polity related MCQs solved with explanation
  4. CAPF 2012 Polity section
  5. CSAT 2013 (IAS Prelims) Polity Section
  6. CSAT 2012 (IAS Prelims) Polity questions only
  7. 100 Mock MCQ Questions from the Static portion, Constitution of India

Rights Issue

General Studies Mains Paper 2 (Syllabus topic): mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections in India.

  1. Transgender rights, SC Judgment
  2. Section 376/E of IPC: Death Penalty in Shaktimill
  3. Manual Scavenging
  4. [Rights issue] Education: Government schemes, organizations, SABLA, NPEGEL, Jalmani, Bal Shree, mock questions
  5. [Rights Issue] Jarawa Tribes, Human Safari, Buffer Area, Tribal Commission, 13th Schedule
  6. [Rights Issue] Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011: Purpose, Benefits, Features, Deprivation index
  7. Rights of Persons with Mental illness and [Public Health] Mental Healthcare Bill: Features, Criticism
  8. Surrogate Mothers: Meaning, Arguments in favor and against, legal framework in India
  9. Right to carry cash and Right to be left alone
  10. Constitutional Provisions for Scheduled Tribes (rights issue for CSAT)

Land reforms

This for the topic included in UPSC General Studies Mains Paper 3 “Land reforms in India.” Also helps in the syllabus of political science, sociology and Geography optional subjects.

Police Reforms

  1. Relevance of NIA? (federalism/internal security)
  2. UID Biometric data= Not for solving crime
  3. National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC): Meaning, functions, Controversy
  4. National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID): Meaning, Use, Controversy

Committee related

  1. Ragging: Raghwan Committee report
  2. 2nd ARC: Ethics and Corruption (4th Report): Election Reforms, State Funding of Elections
  3. 2nd ARC : Disaster Management (3rd Report) Gist of Chapter 1 to 3

Court Judgments / Controversies

  1. CAG right to audit Private Telecom companies
  2. Cauvery/Kaveri Water Dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,History, 2012 flare up and future
  3. IOA Suspension from IOC, National Sports Code: controversy, implications explained
  4. Assam Riots and Bodo Accord : History, Reasons, Problems, Solutions
  5. Inter linking of Rivers in India : Benefits, Problems, China dispute etc.

Theoretical concepts

  1. Amicus Curiae: Meaning, Significance
  2. Delegated legislation: meaning, advantages, criticism explained
  3. Inner Line Permit (ILP) issue in Manipur: Background, implications, controversy explained
  4. Lobbying: Meaning, pro-anti arguments, Nira Radia, Gulam Nabi Fai, Wal-mart
  5. Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems (CCTNS): features, Benefits
  6. Judicial Impeachment, reforms, Judicial accountability Bill,Sri Lankan CJ Impeachment

Bills and Acts

These are old acts/bills. To find out their latest status, visit PRSIndia.org

  1. Juvenile Justice Act: features, Controversy post Delhi-Gangrape, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
  2. DNA Profiling Bill: Features, Applications, Criticism
  3. Citizens’ Charter Bill 2011: Salient Features, Issues, Criticism explained
  4. Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Schools Bill 2012 and Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE): Features, functions
  5. Indecent Representation of Women: IRWA Act amendment
  6. Chhattisgarh Food Security Bill 2012: Salient Features
  7. Public Procurement Bill 2012: Meaning, Salient Features, explained
  8. Article 371-J: Special Status for Hyderabad-Karnataka region (118th Constitutional Amendment Bill)
  9. [Economy] Land Acquisition bill 2011 : Salient Features, Pro Con analysis

Updated on 17th May with latest topic being Transgender rights.