We, knowingly or unknowingly, are bound by so much legislation. In our day to day life, we come across different laws.
Even a common man is now aware of many Bills, Acts, Rules and Regulations. Remember the nationwide protests regarding the ‘Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)?
As far as a UPSC aspirant is concerned, ‘important acts’ is a high-priority topic from which a lot of questions are asked in both Prelims and Mains.
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100 Must Know Acts for UPSC Prelims and Mains (General Studies Papers – I, II, III, and IV)
Take a breath and think for a while.
As a UPSC aspirant, how many Acts are you familiar with?
Didn’t you know many provisions of The Citizenship Act, The Right to Information Act, The Income Tax Act, The Goods and Service Tax Act, The Motor Vehicles Act, The Food Safety Standards Act, or The Consumer Protection Act?
When there is a crime, we read about the sections of IPC and CrPC in newspapers.
When it comes to the protection of the environment, we know that there are several laws such as The Environment Protection Act and The Wildlife Protection Act.
As future Civil Servants, UPSC expects IAS/IPS aspirants to be knowledgeable about all the important Acts/Bills/Rules etc.
Last year, from this topic, UPSC had asked 22 marks worth questions in Prelims and 65 marks worth questions in Mains.
Our newly released handbook ‘Important Acts that transformed India’, covers 100 must know Acts every UPSC aspirant should know about.
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I and my team have put a lot of effort to condense everything you need to know about an Act like – background, objective, main provisions, amendments, criticism, importance and impact – into a few pages so that it will be a real time-saver for all aspirants!
‘Important Acts that Transformed India’ is not just a compilation of bare acts!
‘Important Acts that transformed India‘ is an all-in-one book that covers all important Acts (laws) relevant for UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) General Studies Papers – I, II, III, and IV.
The book presents a unique approach that divides 100 must-know Acts topic-wise – into 12 Parts correlating with the subjects in the latest UPSC CSE Syllabus.
Each chapter (Act) is divided into – introduction, background, objective, main provisions, amendments, criticism, importance and impact.
Also, the complicated legal concepts are made simple and easy to understand.
Part I – Historical Acts: Modern Indian History and Freedom Struggle (GS I) 1
- The Regulating Act, 1773
- The Charter Act, 1833
- The Government of India Act, 1858
- The Government of India Act, 1909
- The Government of India Act, 1919
- The Government of India Act, 1935
- The Indian Independence Act, 1947
Part II – Acts for Consolidations and Reorganisations within the Country (GS I)
- The States Reorganisation Act, 1956
- The Northeastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act, 1971
- The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019
Part III – Acts for Meeting the Needs of Indian Societal Structure and Preserving Heritage (GS I)
- The Citizenship Act, 1955
- The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
- The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006
- The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006
- The Special Marriage Act, 1954
- The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958
Part IV – Acts for Welfare and Empowerment of Women (GS I)
- The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
- The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005
- The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
- The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019
- The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986
Part V – Acts related to Indian Polity, Governance and Judicial Structure (GS II)
- The Representation of the People Act, 1950
- The Representation of the People Act, 1951
- The Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959
- The Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996
- The Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985
- The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996
- The Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008
- The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971
- The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971
- The National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014
Part VI – Acts for Vulnerable Sections of Populations, Health, Education and Human Resource (GS II)
- The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015
- The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012
- The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016
- The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019
- The National Food Security Act, 2013
- The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016
- The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017
- The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009
- The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947
- The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972
- The Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008
- The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961
- The Code on Wages, 2019
- The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005
- The Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976
- The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013
- The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Part VII – Acts Promoting Transparency in Governance (GS II and GS IV)
- The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
- The Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003
- The Right to Information Act, 2005
- The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013
- The Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2014
Part VIII – Acts Addressing Issues Arising out of Economy (GS III)
- The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003
- The Comptroller Auditor-General’s (Duties, Powers and Conditions of Service) Act, 1971
- The Income Tax Act, 1961
- The Goods and Services Tax Legislation, 2017
- The Companies Act, 2013
- The Competition Act, 2002
- The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interests (SARFAESI) Act, 2002
- The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016
- The Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018
- The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002
- The Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999
- The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010
- The Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934
- The Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992
- The Essential Commodities Act, 1955
- The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
- The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957
- The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
- The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003
- The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985
- The Consumer Protection Act, 2019
Part IX – Acts Addressing Issues Arising out of Technology (GS III)
- The Information Technology Act, 2000
- The Telegraph Act, 1885
Part X – Acts Dealing with Intellectual Property Rights (GS III)
- The Copyright Act, 1957
- The Patents Act, 1970
- The Trade Marks Act, 1999
- The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999
Part XI – Acts Protecting Environment and Biodiversity (GS III)
- The Indian Forest Act, 1927
- The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
- The Environment Protection Act, 1986
- The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
- The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
- The National Green Tribunal Act, 2010
- The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001
- The Biological Diversity Act, 2002
Part XII – Acts Dealing with Security and Disaster Management (GS III)
- The Indian Penal Code, 1860
- The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
- The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
- The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
- The Arms Act, 1959
- The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967
- The National Security Act, 1980
- The Official Secrets Act, 1923
- The National Investigation Agency Act, 2008
- The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958
- The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897
- The Disaster Management Act, 2005
Really a Big Time-Saver!
One can imagine the time saved by this concise book.
Before the book ‘Important Acts that transformed India’ was available in the market, aspirants had to google hundreds of Acts, refer to multiple sources, and prepare notes. Even then, aspirants mostly get only the text of bare acts (which is difficult to understand).
This book not only presents the provisions of each Act in a layman’s language but also covers the background and critical analysis of each Act which will be extremely useful in the UPSC Mains Exam (written).
The Return on Investment (RoI) from this book is clearly very high!
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About the book: Important Acts that Transformed India
Important Acts that transformed India is a ready-reference book of the must-know laws for aspirants preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (Prelims, Mains, and Interview). It is equally valuable to all the legal students, academicians, and general readers who are interested in Indian Polity and Constitution.
“Important Acts that transformed India” (which deals with the legislature) is written as a sequel to my previous book ‘Important Judgments that transformed India‘ (which deals with the judiciary) – which was well appreciated by the aspirant community.
Apart from the 100 Must-Know Acts, The “Important Acts” book also covers:
- UPSC Prelims Questions from the topic.
- UPSC Mains Questions from the topic.
- Meaning of Important Legislative and Judicial Terms.
- Related bills, rules, regulations, judgments, current affairs etc in box format.
Bonus: Online Learning Materials (for those who order the book)
- Recent Bills in the Indian Parliament
- How is a Bill converted into an Act?
- Important Constitutional Amendment Acts
- The Acts recently in the news