Flagship and Advanced Students – Get ready for the Advanced Test on 11th Dec

Flagship & Advanced students,

This blog is to give guidance to students about the first advanced test on Polity and Economics on the 11th of December. Advanced tests will not use basic sources such as NCERT’s (although some NCERT’s like old history NCERT’s are suited for advanced studying), they will instead be based on books such as Laxmikanth for Polity and similarly advanced sources for economics. First let’s discuss polity.


The syllabus will be the chapters 21-40 of Laxmikanth. If you are reading DD Basu the same information will be there. In fact if you see in the syllabus you will see some standard references and other sources too. Generally all books contain the same information, and students may prefer some particular book as they prefer an author’s style. The chapters 21-40 of Laxmikanth contain the following topics –

1.Central Government – Chapters 21-25 – Cabinet Committees, Parliament, Parliamentary Committees, Parliamentary Forums, Supreme Court

2.State Government – Chapters 26-33 – Governor, Chief Minister, State Council of Ministers, State Legislature, High Court, Subordinate Courts, Special Status of J&K, Special Provisions for some states

3. Local Government – Chapters 34 and 35 – Panchayati Raj, Municipalities

4. UT’s and Special Areas – Chapters 36 and 37 – UT’s, Scheduled and Tribal Areas

5. Constitutional Bodies – Chapters 38-40 – Election Commission, UPSC, SPSC


The syllabus here broadly covers chapters 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16 of Ramesh Singh. The topics are –

1.Basics of an economy – Chapter 8 – Indian Agriculture

2.Growth, development and happiness – Chapter 9 – Indian Industry & Infrastructure

3.Evolution of the Indian economy – Chapter 10 – India and the Global economy

4.Economic Planning – Chapter 15 – External Sector of India

5.Planning in India – Chapter 16 – International Economic Organisations and India

Current Affairs

Current Affairs for October and November.

We would like to remind students (especially those giving the exam this year for the first time) that the prelims this year has been preponed and hence the UPSC exam is in June and not August.

Students are strongly urged to finish their entire syllabus for the first time by January end. Main topics such as polity, economics, geography and history should be finished by December end.

The first reading will only introduce you to the topic, it is only after your 2nd and 3rd revision that you will start remembering and understanding these subjects. These revisions will also take you a few months.

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