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Date Test No. Topics Suggested Readings Newspapers, Journals
and Magazines
Sept. 14 Test-1 Culture & Heritage
The salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. Effects of globalization on Indiansociety Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
Social Justice
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.
Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
Related Current Affairs
For Society -
- NCERT - Indian Society (Class XI)
- NCERT - Social Change and Development in India (Class XII)
- NCERT Books on Art & Craft of Class XI & XII
- NIOS Book
-Class VIII
- NCERT - Law and Social Justice

+ Coaching’s Study Material

For Culture: Gazetteer of India (culture section)
- IGNOU Matter on Art, Culture & Painting
- For Society IGNOU
–ESO -12 : Society in India
- IGNOU ESO -16 : Social Problems In India
- Indian Society & Culture
- Nadeem Hasnain
- Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja
- Civil Services Chronicle Monthly Magazine & Value Additions

- The Hindu

- Ministry of Culture-

Documents & Reports

- National Museum Brochure

- Kurukshetra

- Yojana

- Economic & Political Weekly

- Selected Chapters of India Year Book

Sept. 21 Test-2 Modern History of India + Post- Independence Consolidation and Reorganization
Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors / contributions from different parts of the country. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. - their forms and effect on the society.
Related Current Affairs

– Themes in Indian History
- 2 -Class XII
– Themes in Indian History - 3- Class XII
– World History - Class XI

+ Coaching’s Study Material

– Modern India - Bipin Chandra
- Medieval India (IGNOU)
– Ancient India (IGNOU)
- Bipin Chandra—India
Since Independence (Penguin) Or
- Ramchandra Guha — India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy
- Modern Indian History - B.L. Grover

+ Coaching’s Study Material
- Civil Services Chronicle Monthly Magazine & Value Additions

- The Hindu

- The Indian Express

- Economic and Political Weekly

- www.

- www.

- Indian Culture Chapter of Indian Year Book

- www.
Sept. 28 Test-3 India & World Geography

Salient features of world’s physical geography. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Environment & Disaster Management Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment Disaster and disaster management.


Related Current Affairs

NCERT Books of
- Geography - Class XI
- Geography - Class XII
- Indian People & Economy – Class XI
- Oxford Atlas

+ Coaching’s Study Material


- General Principles of World Geography
- Charles Farro
- Physical Geography
- Goh Cheng Leong
- Geography of India
- IGNOU : MPA-018 Disaster Management
- 2nd ARC Report (Crisis Management)
- Ecology & Environment
     - P. D. Sharma
- World Geography by Majid Husain
- Report :

- Civil Services Chronicle Monthly Magazine & Value Additions

- Kurukshetra

- Geography and You

- Yojana

- The Hindu

- Hindustan Times



- The Hindu-Survey of Environment

- Down to Earth
Oct. 5 Test-4 Governance, Constitution, Polity
Indian Constitution- historical
underpinnings, evolution, features,
amendments, significant provisions and
basic structure.
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.
Separation of powers between various
organs dispute redressal mechanisms and
Comparison of the Indian constitutional
scheme with that of other countries.
Parliament and State Legislatures -
structure, functioning, conduct of
business, powers & privileges and issues
arising out of these.
Structure, organization and functioning of
the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries
and Departments of the

NCERT Books of

- Indian Constitution at
Work - Class XI

- India and Contemporary
World - Class X & IX

- Political Theory - Class XI

+ Coaching’s Study Material


- Governance in India
- Lakshmikanth
- Indian Polity &
- Lakshmikanth
- Introduction to Constitution of India - D.D. Basu
- Our Parliament – NBT
- Our Judiciary – NBT
- Our Constitution – NBT

- Civil Services Chronicle Monthly Magazine &
Value Additions

- The Hindu

- Hindustan Times

- Frontline


Government; pressure groups and
formal/informal associations and their
role in the Polity.

Salient features of the Representation of
People’s Act.

Appointment to various Constitutional
posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

Statutory, regulatory and various quasijudicial bodies.

Government policies and interventions
for development in various sectors and
issues arising out of their design and

Development processes and the development
industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various
groups and associations, donors, charities,
institutional and other stakeholders.

Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, egovernance- applications, models,
successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

Role of civil services in a democracy.

Related Current Affairs

2nd ARC Report (Right to Information, Promoting
e-Governance, Citizen Centric-Administration, Social Capital)

- New Horizons of Public Administration 7th Edition by
Mohit Bhattacharya ( Chapters : Good “Governance”,
Accountability, Civil Society and Governance, Right to Information, Participation and Governance , E- Govern)

- Sarkaria Commission Report

- Class-8th NCERT - Law and Social Justice

- Civil Services Chronicle Monthly Magazine & Value Additions

- Economic & Political Weekly

- www.

- Yojana

- Kurukshetra


- Rajya Sabha & Lok Sabha Channel

- India Year Book
Oct. 12 Test-5 Indian Economy

Indian Economy and issues relating to
planning, mobilization of resources,
growth, development and employment.
Inclusive growth and issues arising from
it. Government Budgeting. Effects of
liberalization on the economy, changes in
industrial policy and their effects on
industrial growth. Infrastructure: Energy,
Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
Investment models.


Major crops cropping patterns in various
parts of the country, different types of
irrigation and irrigation systems storage,
transport and marketing of agricultural
produce and issues and related constraints;
e-technology in the aid of farmers Issues
related to direct and indirect farm subsidies
and minimum support prices; Public
Distribution System- objectives,
functioning, limitations, revamping; issues
of buffer stocks and food security;
Technology missions; economics of animalrearing.
Food processing and related
industries in India- scope and significance,
location, upstream and downstream
requirements, supply chain management.
Land reforms in India.


Related Current Affairs
NCERT Books-
- Economics- Class IX,

- Indian Economic Development - Class XI

- Basic concepts related with Economic Survey & Budget

- FAQ of RBI Website
+ Coaching’s Study Material


- India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium

- Planning Commission: National Human Development Report

- Indian Economy: R. Dutt and Sundaram

- Indian Economy Since Independence

- Uma Kapila

- 2nd ARC Report (Strengthening Financial Management Systems)

- Twelfth Five Year Plan 2012- 17 Documents (Planning

- Annual Reports : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

- Civil Services Chronicle Monthly Magazine & Value Additions

- Economic Survey

- The Economist

- Economic Times

- Economic and Political Weekly

- Reports of Planning Commission

- The Hindu

- Yojana

- Kurukshetra

Oct. 19 Test-6 Science & Technology
Science and Technology- developments
and their applications and effects in
everyday life. Achievements of Indians in
science & technology; indigenization of
technology and developing new technology.
Awareness in the fields of IT, Space,
Computers, robotics, nano-technology, biotechnology
and issues relating to intellectual
property rights.
Internal Security
Linkages between development and spread
of extremism.
Role of external state and non-state actors
in creating challenges to internal security.
Challenges to internal security through
communication networks, role of media
and social networking sites in internal
security challenges, basics of cyber security;
money-laundering and its prevention
Security challenges and their management
in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
Various Security forces and agencies and
their mandate.
International Relations
India and its neighborhood- relations.
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and
agreements involving India and/or
affecting India’s interests.
Effect of policies and politics of developed
and developing countries on India’s
interests, Indian diaspora.
Important International institutions,
agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.

+ Related Current Affairs

- Envisioning an Empowered Nation: Technology for
Societal Transformation - A P J Kalam

- Current Developments in Technology + Relevant chapters of INDIA YEAR BOOK + FAQ of ISRO, NASA, the Nature, MoS&T, CERN etc.

- 2nd ARC Report (Public Order, Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution, Combating Terrorism)

- Contemporary World Politics

- IGNOU - EPS-07 International Relations

- MPS-001 India and the World - Foreign Policy of India by V. N. Khanna

- Indian Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect by Sumit Ganguly

- Science & Technology

- Chronicle Publication
- Science Reporter

- The Hindu

- Times of India

- Websites of ISRO, NASA MoS&T etc.

- Ministry of Home Affairs Report


- World Focus

- Frontline

- Websites of SAARC,
World Bank, etc.

- Reports of MoEA

Chronicle Year Book
Oct. 26 Test-7 Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Theory part

Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics
in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

Contributions of moral thinkers and
philosophers from India and world.
Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.


Case Studies
- Companion to Ethics : Peter Singer

- ARC 4th Report—Chapter 2-8

- ARC 11th Report— Chapters 1-6

- ARC 12th Report— Chapters 2-7


- Ethics by William K. Frankena

- Understanding Ethics by Torbjorn Tannsjo

- Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration: Concepts and Cases by Raymond W. Cox


- Michael Sandel

Value Addition Material of Civil Services Chronicle Magazine
Nov. 2 Test-8 Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude Applied Part

Public/Civil service values and Ethics
in Public administration: Status and
problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas
in government and private institutions;
laws, rules, regulations and conscience
as sources of ethical guidance;
accountability and ethical governance;
strengthening of ethical and moral
values in governance; ethical issues
in international relations and
funding; corporate governance.
Attitude: content, structure, function;
its influence and relation with
thought and behaviour; moral and
political attitudes; social influence
and persuasion.
Emotional intelligence-concepts, and
their utilities and application in
administration and governance.
Probity in Governance: Concept of
public service; Philosophical basis of
governance and probity; Information
sharing and transparency in
government, Right to Information,
Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct,
Citizen’s Charters, Work culture,
Quality of service delivery,
Utilization of public funds,
challenges of corruption.
Case Studies on above issues.

+ Case Studies
- Psychology (Class XI) - Select Chapters

- NCERT Psychology (Class XII) - Select Chapters

- Lexicon For Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

- Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration: Concepts and Cases by Raymond W. Cox

- Ethics and Accountability in Government and Business By Ramesh K Arora

- Ethics Integrity & Aptitude - Access Publications
Value Addition Material of Civil Services Chronicle Magazine
Date Test Area Test Area
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16 - Nov. Mock Test-11 Paper III Mock Test-12 Paper IV
23 - Nov. Mock Test-13 Paper I Mock Test-14 Paper-II
30 - Nov. Mock Test-15 Paper III Mock Test-16 Paper-IV

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