General Studies- 2

Indian Constitution—evolution, historical underpinnings amendments, features,basic structure and provisions. Responsibilities and functions of the States and the Union, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, finances and devolution of powers up to local levels and challenges therein. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Correlation of the Indian constitution with that of different nations. Parliament and State legislatures— functioning, structure, powers, conduct of business & privileges and issues arising out of these. Structure, functioning and organization of the Executive and the Judiciary—Departments and Ministries of the Government; pressure groups and informal/formal associations and their-in

Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, functions, powers, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Government interventions and policies for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Development processes and the development industry —the role of SHGs, various groups and associations, NGOs, donors, institutional, charities and other stakeholders. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the States and Centre and the performance of these schemes; laws, mechanisms,institutions and Bodies constituted for the betterment and protection of these vulnerable sections. Issues relating to management and development of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Health , Human Resources. Issues relating to hunger and poverty. Important aspects of transparency, governance and accountability.

E-governance applications, successes, models, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability transparency and institutional and other measures. Role of civil services in a democracy. India and its neighborhood- relations. Regional, bilateral, and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Effect of policies and developing countries and politics of developed on Indian diaspora,India’s interests .Important agencies, International institutions and fora- their structure mandate.

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