How to prepare for GS under new pattern of UPSC
Indian Culture from General Studies covers Art forms, Literature and Architecture. Basic understanding and analytic ability is required and not just learn by heart information. Useful books have already been covered in previous articles but let’s discuss it topic wise.
Basic understanding comes from reading and constant revision.
Ability to analyze what you have understood from reading comes from writing answers and taking tests.
• History: NCERT Class VI, VII, VIII, XII.
• Freedom Struggle: Bipin Chandra’s Book if more than enough.
• Post-independence Period: Chapter 6 to 12 of Bipin Chandra’s book.
• History of the world: Any good book on Modern World History. Old NCERT World History Class-X
• Indian Society: NCERT Class 12
• Poverty and developmental issues: Newspapers and magazines.
• Physical geography: Goh Cheng Leong and NCERT Class-XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography
• Natural resources: NCERT Class XII (Geography).
• Economics: NCERT Class X, XII and XII
• Public Distribution System, Infrastructure – IGNOU Notes (easily available online) and Economic Survey – Chapter 11.
• Ethics, Aptitude and Integrity: Majority of candidates get confused as this a recently introduced paper and not much clarity is there. IGNOU has brought out notes on this by the name of Human values which is very good material. There is one other book from Law Ministry called Probity in Governance which is very good and you must look into it. For Code of Ethics, refer reports by World Bank and OECD (more than enough). However, if you need a single book, then Ramesh Arora’s book on Ethics on Governance is more than sufficient.
Don’t give a lot of (not saying 0 %) consideration on Budget, Elections, tricks or Political News or even Editorials for morals paper. They will kill your time. At the point when reading news paper, stay concentrated on central issues: Poverty, Growth, Development, Govt plans, Bills, Reforms, International Developments and so on.
Keep your assets restricted to whatever you can overhaul toward the end. Kindly don’t strive for humongous books or huge volumes of economy books.
Additionally don’t subscribe to different magazines or besides numerous daily papers. Read just those resources that you may have the capacity to revise toward the end. To revise a year’s material in most recent 1 month, make compact notes.
There is an important point to take note of while making notes and while writing answers in main exam also. Write only what has been asked and not everything that you know. Writing needlessly will only irritate the examiner and will also waste your time, precious time that can be used otherwise into different answers.