Election, Representation of People’s Act

Judgement & Judiciary Related

Bills and Laws: Salient Features, Analysis, Criticism

Rights Issues

  • Slide-Guideline-Undertrial
  • SC Guideline Encounters
  • Slide-Policy-Mental-Health

Bodies, Reforms

Land Reforms for Mains GS1

Weighage in CSAT-2014: Paper-1 (Not part of Syllabus)
0%
Weighage Mains-2013: GS-1
4%

Internal Security & Police reforms

How to prepare Indian Polity & Constitution?

Weighage in CSAT-2014: Paper-1
11%
Weighage Mains-2013: GS-2
32%

  • 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 depends on which exam you’re preparing:
  • 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

Lucent GK English
M.Laxmikanth| Polity

9/11 Polity MCQs in CSAT-2014 could be solved from this book alone! highly recommend for UPSC Prelims, Mains, CAPF, CDS; SSC T1, BPSC & other statePSCs

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Lucent GK Hindi
लक्ष्मीकांत| राज्यव्यवस्था

उसी अंग्रेजी किताब का हिंदी संस्करण. भारतीय राज्यव्यवस्था एवम संविधान का त्वरित रिवीजन. UPSC-प्रारंभिक एवं मुख्य परीक्षा, CAPF, CDS, SSC-Tier1, BPSC, एवं राज्य सेवाओ के लिए

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Lucent GK English
Lucent’s| General Knowledge

Ready revision tables for History, Geography, Science, Polity, Economy, Sports & Computers. Useful for SSC Tier1, ACIO, BPSC & State services

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Lucent GK Hindi
ल्युसंट| सामान्य ज्ञान

उसी अंग्रेजी किताब का हिंदी संस्करण. इतिहास, भूगोल, राज्यव्यवस्था, विज्ञानं, खेल व् कम्प्यूटर SSC-Tier1, ACIO, BPSC एवं राज्य सेवाओ के लिए उपयुक्त. मनोरमा इयरबुक से बेहतर.

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PS: Polity Topic hardly comes in IBPS, Banking sector exams so don’t bother much in that case.
To get strong grip over Indian Constitution, 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/Polity

Answerkeys with Explaination for Indian Polity

  1. UPSC Prelims CSAT 2014 Polity Section
  2. CDS I 2014 Polity Section
  3. CDS II 2013 Polity section
  4. CAPF-2013: Polity related MCQs solved with explanation
  5. CAPF 2012 Polity section
  6. CSAT 2013 (IAS Prelims) Polity Section
  7. CSAT 2012 (IAS Prelims) Polity questions only
  8. 100 Mock MCQ Questions from the Static portion, Constitution of India
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Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

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135 Comments on “Polity: Archive of all polity articles written for UPSC, Staff Selection SSC, CAPF, CDS, State PSCs, Group discussions and interview”

  1. Mrunal Sir some of the pictures in the old articles are not ther please check and try to fix it …thns

  2. thanx for this wonderful blog

  3. do i need to study ncerts before starting laxmikanth

    1. hi Neha,
      i think yes you need to go through atleast once with normal reading and than one serious reading through NCERT books before starting any standard books indeed laxmikanth.

  4. I have one doubt.

    Article 4 of constitution says that law made under article 2 and 3 shall not be deemed as constitutional amendment.

    But when Dadra and Nagar Haveli,Goa Daman and Diu was added to “Union of India” constitutional amendment was made. Can you please tell me why?

    Regards,
    Rameet

    1. It was constitutional amendment,but it does not come under article 368,so it does not require special procedure of amendment..it can be done by simple majority

  5. Sir…..you r real mentor…..even students from rural area can be in touch with current momentum of upsc preprn with ur giudance….thanks a lot…

  6. sir plz write articles on
    1.what is gazete of india
    2.what is white paper

  7. 1. SIR,I M YOUR REGULAR READER.KINDLY HELP ME,AS I HAVE DIFFICULTY IN READING THIS BLOG IN ENGLISH.HOW I CAN TRANSLATE THESE PAGES IN HINDI. KINDLY HELP ME.
    2. SIR,PLEASE PROVIDE ALL STUDY MATERIALS IN HINDI. MANY HINDI MEDIUM STUDENTS WANT TO READ YOUR SITE, BUT THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO READ ENGLISH…PLEASE HELP

  8. Sir can u give some materials on salient features of representation of peoples act

  9. Hi,
    anyone has the link/notes for Representation of Peoples Act 1951. I could not follow the act as it is in the website.

    Thank You
    Sagar

  10. i m recently join ur site

  11. Mail me new posts

  12. This blog is a boon to many civil service aspirants.Thank u !

  13. Sir i have a confusion in this one..
    what is the difference between due process of law and process established by law wrt to Indian constitution ?
    I googled too much but doesn’t got satisfactory result
    So please explain this with relevant examples.
    Thanks a ton inadvance.

  14. Which ncert books too refer for polity?

  15. Sir,is it necessary to buy 4th edition of laxmikanth?i got 3rd edition

  16. Respected Sir/Madam,
    i have started study for computetive examination, please suggested me to which books are refer to civil service examination for pre & main examination.

    Thanking and Regarding
    Irappa Waggi

  17. Sir, i have just started preparing for civil services exam. i couldn’t find the old ncert books. i need the soft copy of the old ncert book ‘Indian democracy at work – issues and challenges’. i couldn’t find it in the net. Can u please send me the link if it is available?

    1. Dr chitra the old ncert books not avilable on the net i have a zerox of it if u have a problm u will contact delhi there are avilable it !! In soft copy
      i have a link for u..examrace.com

  18. Can any1 explain the meaning of this line from polity by M Laxmikant, “they are appointed by the president by warrant under his hand and seal on the recommendation of…….”

  19. Sir,actually I want to know some more explaination of topics of syllabus ,like topic is sangh and rajyo ke karya aur uttrdayitava so in this topic what I have to read,plz sir if u have time so reply me,like thisthis I want full explanation of topics,thanx

  20. sir will u please post some articles for internal security and for paper 5

  21. ooh’its a policy

  22. Thanku for u support sir.

  23. Happy deepawali mrunal sir nd team.

  24. fantastic website providing a range of topics the beautiful thing which i witnessed in this site is that one gets the idea about the areas on which to focus upon i love mrunal study material on indian economy for general stidies but please sir update the topics like GAAR, DTC , GST ,RUPEE DEPRECIATION AND ALWAYS PREPAPARE A LIST OF TOPICS in the begining of eaxh section on which we aspirants have to focus

  25. can any1 explain wat is opinion and exit polls?

    1. Hi,

      Opinion Polls are conducted before the elections.
      exit polls are conducted on the day elections are happening by asking the voters who have voted.
      Though the publication of exit poll results during elections are banned.

      reference Laxmikanth
      please correct me if I am wrong.

  26. which other books we hav 2 refer other than lakshmikanth for mains

  27. Do we have a material which consists of Comparison of Constitutions in a tabular form?

  28. Hi Mrunal,

    I wish to start preparing myself for 2014 CSAT.
    I need your guidance.
    I am bit struck up where to start from. Could you please answer me and guide me abit regarding the premlims and the things required to manage

  29. Plz put the concept and issues related to the judicial appointments commission bill 2013

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