UPSC Civil Services Mains General Studies Paper-2 Pattern and Syllabus Simplified

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam General Studies Paper -2 Syllabus Pattern and Topics Simplified

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam General Studies Paper – 2 Pattern and Syllabus Simplified

General Studies Paper-2 carries a total of 250 Marks.

There will be 20 questions in this paper.

There is no choice for candidates and all questions are compulsory.

Each question carries 12.5 Marks.

General Studies Paper-2 syllabus can be broadly divided into four main subjects. They are:

  1. Indian Polity & Constitution
  2. Developmental Issues
  3. Government Programmes & Policies
  4. International Relations

Details of above subjects can be simplifies as below for better understanding of topics:

Indian Polity & Constitution

Developmental Issues

Government Programmes & Policies

International Relations

Constitution- Historical underpinnings, Salient features, Amendments and Basic structureIssues related to social sector relating to health, education and human resourcesGovernment policies for development in various sectors and issues with their formulation and implementationIndia’s neighborhood relations
Comparison of Indian constitution with other countries’Issues related to Poverty and hungerWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the society and their evaluation; Various other mechanism for the betterment of vulnerable sectionsBilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India or its interests
Functions and responsibilities of Union and States; Center-State relations and challengesRole of NGOs, SHGs and various stakeholders in development processRole of civil services in democracyEffects of policies of various countries on India’s interests
Parliament & State Legislatures – Structure, Functioning and PrivilegesImportant aspects of governance- Accountability, Transparency, e-Governance, Citizen Charters.Indian Diaspora
Structure and functioning of Central and State governmentsImportant international institutions and agencies- structure, mandate and functions
Role of Pressure groups, NGOs and Civil Society in polity
Representation of People Act
Constitutional Bodies- Appointments, Powers, Functions and Responsibilities
Statutory, Regulatory and Quasi-judicial bodies

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