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:
- Indian Polity & Constitution
- Developmental Issues
- Government Programmes & Policies
- International Relations
Details of above subjects can be simplifies as below for better understanding of topics:
Indian Polity & Constitution
Government Programmes & Policies
|Constitution- Historical underpinnings, Salient features, Amendments and Basic structure||Issues related to social sector relating to health, education and human resources||Government policies for development in various sectors and issues with their formulation and implementation||India’s neighborhood relations|
|Comparison of Indian constitution with other countries’||Issues related to Poverty and hunger||Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the society and their evaluation; Various other mechanism for the betterment of vulnerable sections||Bilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India or its interests|
|Functions and responsibilities of Union and States; Center-State relations and challenges||Role of NGOs, SHGs and various stakeholders in development process||Role of civil services in democracy||Effects of policies of various countries on India’s interests|
|Parliament & State Legislatures – Structure, Functioning and Privileges||–||Important aspects of governance- Accountability, Transparency, e-Governance, Citizen Charters.||Indian Diaspora|
|Structure and functioning of Central and State governments||–||–||Important 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||–||–||–|