General Studies 2 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of the below major areas : Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations. Detailed syllabus is given below:
General Studies 2 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains
2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States
3. Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure
4. Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
6. Dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions
7. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
- conduct of business
- powers & privileges and
- issues arising out of these
13. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
1. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
2. Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
5. e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential
2. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes
2. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
3. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests
5. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate
Reference Books for General Studies Paper 2 [Suggestions by ClearIAS.com]
The basic book-list recommended by many toppers is provided in the link IAS Books for UPSC Mains. If you need additional books/weblinks for reference, the below mentioned links might turn useful. Tip : You can search/buy online these books using the Flipkart/Amazon Search Box provided in this website. (Right Side Bar)
- Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
- Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
- Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
- India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
- The Constitution of India.
- An Introduction to the Constitution of India by M.V. Pylee.
- Introduction to the Constitution of India by Durga Das Basu.
- Select Constitutions by Anup Chand Kapur, A.C. Kapur & K.K. Misra.
- Fifty Years of Indian Parliament by G.C. Malhotra.
- Social Theory, Development Administration & Development Ethics by Mohit Bhattacharya.
- Our Parliament by Subhash Kashyap.
- Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design by Devesh Kapur & Pratap Bhanu Mehta.
- Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
- Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy
- India’s foreign policy – V P Dutt.
- ARC reports; special focus to the fourth report on Ethics in Governance and the fifth report on Public Order.
- India.gov.in for Welfare Schemes.
- Articles from Planning Commission Website.
- The Diplomat Magazine.
- Briefs on Foreign Relations from MEA.
Tip : Use reference textbooks selectively as the available time is limited.