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)
Weighage Mains-2013: GS-1

Internal Security & Police reforms

How to prepare Indian Polity & Constitution?

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

  • 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:
  • 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 related then 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