COMBINED CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION-I

COMBINED CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION-I

GROUP-IA SERVICES (ASSISTANT CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS)

(PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION)

TOPICS FOR OBJECTIVE

UNIT-I : GENERAL SCIENCE

(i)Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper – Power of Reasoning

– Rote Learning Vs Conceptual Learning – Science as a tool to understand the past, present and future.

(ii)Nature of Universe – General Scientific Laws – Mechanics – Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy – Everyday application of the basic principles of Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser, Electronics and Communications.

(iii)Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides.

(iv)Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Human diseases.

(v)Environment and Ecology.

 

UNIT-II: CURRENT EVENTS

 

(i)History – Latest diary of events – National symbols – Profile of States – Eminent personalities and places in news – Sports – Books and authors.

(ii)Polity – Political parties and political system in India – Public awareness and General administration – Welfare oriented Government schemes and their utility, Problems in Public Delivery Systems.

(iii)Geography – Geographical landmarks.

(iv)Economics – Current socio – economic issues.

(v)Science – Latest inventions in Science and Technology.

UNIT- III: GEOGRAPHY OF INDIA

(i)Location – Physical features – Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate – Water resources – Rivers in India – Soil, minerals and natural resources – Forest and wildlife – Agricultural pattern.

(ii)Transport – Communication.

(iii)Social geography – Population density and distribution – Racial, linguistic groups and major tribes.

(iv)Natural calamity – Disaster Management – Environmental pollution: Reasons and preventive measures – Climate change – Green energy.

UNIT – IV: HISTORY AND CULTURE OF INDIA

(i)Indus valley civilization – Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas – Age of Vijayanagaram and Bahmani Kingdoms – South Indian history.

(ii)Change and Continuity in the Socio – Cultural History of India.

(iii)Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity – Race, language, custom.

(iv)India as a Secular State, Social Harmony.

UNIT-V: INDIAN POLITY

(i)Constitution of India – Preamble to the Constitution – Salient features of the Constitution – Union, State and Union Territory.

(ii)Citizenship, Fundamental rights, Fundamental duties, Directive Principles of State Policy.

(iii)Union    Executive,  Union         legislature  –       State Executive, State Legislature – Local governments, Panchayat Raj.

(iv)Spirit of Federalism: Centre – State Relationships.

(v)Election – Judiciary in India – Rule of law.

(vi)Corruption in public life – Anti-corruption measures – Lokpal and LokAyukta – Right to Information – Empowerment of women – Consumer protection forums, Human rights charter.

UNIT-VI: INDIAN ECONOMY

(i)Nature of Indian economy – Five year plan models – an assessment – Planning Commission and Niti Ayog.

(ii)Sources of revenue – Reserve Bank of India – Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy – Finance Commission – Resource sharing between Union and State Governments – Goods and Services Tax.

(iii)Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land reforms and Agriculture – Application of Science and Technology in agriculture – Industrial growth – Rural welfare oriented programmes – Social problems – Population, education, health, employment, poverty.

UNIT-VII: INDIAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT

(i)National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule – Indian National Congress – Emergence of leaders – B.R.Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O.Chidambaranar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose and others.

(ii)Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant movements.

(iii)    Communalism and partition.

UNIT- VIII : History, Culture, Heritage and Socio – Political Movements in Tamil Nadu

(i)History of Tamil Society, related Archaeological discoveries, Tamil Literature from Sangam age till contemporary times.

(ii)Thirukkural :    (a) Significance as a Secular literature

(b)Relevance to Everyday Life

(c)Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity

(d)Thirukkural and Universal Values – Equality,

Humanism, etc

(e)Relevance to Socio – Politico – Economic affairs (f ) Philosophical content in Thirukkural

(iii)Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Early agitations against British Rule – Role of women in freedom struggle.

(iv)Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political movements in  Tamil  Nadu  –  Justice  Party,  Growth  of  Rationalism  –  Self Respect Movement, Dravidian movement and Principles underlying both these movements, Contributions of Thanthai Periyar and Perarignar Anna.

UNIT – IX : Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

(i)      Human Development Indicators in Tamil Nadu and a comparative assessment across the Country – Impact of Social Reform movements in the Socio – Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.

(ii)     Political parties and Welfare schemes for various sections of people – Rationale behind Reservation Policy and access to Social Resources – Economic trends in Tamil Nadu – Role and impact of social welfare schemes in the Socio – economic development of Tamil Nadu.

(iii)    Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones of Socio – Economic development.

(iv)Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu.

(v)Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth.

(vi)Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various fields.

(vii)    e-governance in Tamil Nadu.

UNIT-X: APTITUDE AND MENTAL ABILITY

(i)Simplification – Percentage – Highest Common Factor (HCF) – Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).

(ii)Ratio and Proportion.

(iii)Simple interest – Compound interest – Area – Volume – Time and Work.

(iv)Logical Reasoning – Puzzles-Dice – Visual Reasoning – Alpha numeric Reasoning – Number Series.

 

COMBINED CIVIL SERVICES – I

GROUP – I A SERVICES (MAIN WRITTEN EXAMINATION) PAPER -1

GENERAL STUDIES (DEGREE STANDARD)

TOPICS FOR DESCRIPTIVE TYPE

SUBJECT CODE: 302

UNIT – I: HISTORY: MODERN INDIA

Advent of European invasion- Effect of British rule on socio-economic factors – Social reforms and religious movements – India since independence – Characteristics of Indian culture – India – a secular state – Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music – Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu – Political parties and populist schemes – National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule – 1857 Revolt – Indian National Congress – Emergence of national leaders – Growth of militant movements -Different modes of agitations – Era of different Acts & Pacts – World war & final phase struggle – Communalism led to partition – Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle.

UNIT – II: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Basic concepts of Science- Natural disasters and safeguard measures – Chemistry of ores and metals – Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides – Biochemistry and biotechnology – Polymers and plastics – Electrochemistry – Main concepts of life science – Nutrition and dietetics – Respiration – Excretion of metabolic waste – Bio – communication – Govt. policy /organizations on Science and Technology – Role, achievement & impact of Science and Technology – Energy – self-sufficiency – oil exploration –  Defence  Research Organization – Ocean research and development – Genetics – the science of heredity – Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Bio – diversity and its conservation – Human diseases, prevention and remedies – Communicable diseases and non – communicable diseases – Alcoholism and Drug abuse – Computer science and advancement – Genetic Engineering – Remote sensing and benefits

UNIT – III: INDIAN POLITY

 Constitution of India – Preamble to the constitution – Salient features of constitution – Union, state and territory – Citizenship – rights and duties – Fundamental rights – Directive principles of state policy – Fundamental duties  –  Human  rights  charter – Union executive – Union legislature – parliament – State executive – State legislature – assembly – Status of Jammu & Kashmir – Local government – panchayatraj – Indian federalism – centre state relations – Judiciary in India – Rule of law /Due process of law- Emergency provisions – Civil services in India – Administrative Challenges in a welfare state – Complexities of district administration – Elections – Election Commission Union and State -Official language and Schedule – VIII – Amendments to constitution – Schedules to constitution – Administration of Union and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu.

UNIT – IV: INDIA Vs FOREIGN NATIONS

India’s foreign policy – Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighboring countries and in the region – Security and defence related matters – Nuclear policy, issues and conflicts -The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the world.

UNIT – V: INDIAN GEOGRAPHY

Earth and universe – Solar system – Atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere – Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate – Water resources – rivers in India – Soil, minerals & natural resources – Natural vegetation – Forest & wildlife – Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheries – Transport including Surface Transport & communication – Social geography- population – density and distribution – Natural calamities – disaster management – Bottom topography of Indian ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal – Climate change – impact and consequences – mitigation measures – Pollution Control.

UNIT – VI: CURRENT AFFAIRS

National symbols – Profile of states – Defence, national security system and terrorism – World organizations and Pacts and Summits – Latest inventions on science & technology – Eminent personalities & places in news – Sports & games – Books & authors – Awards & honours – Cultural panorama – Latest historical events – Policy on environment and ecology – India and its neighbors – Latest terminology – Appointments- who is who? – Latest court verdicts – public opinion – Problems in conduct of public elections – Political parties and political system in India – Public awareness & general administration – Role of voluntary organizations & govt. – Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility – New economic policy & govt. sector – Mass media & communication.

UNIT VII: INDIAN ECONOMY

Nature of Indian economy ‐ Five ‐ year plan models ‐ an assessment ‐Land reforms & agriculture ‐ Application of science in agriculture ‐ Industrial growth ‐ Capital formation and investment ‐ Role of public sector & disinvestment ‐ Development of infrastructure ‐National income ‐ Public finance & fiscal policy ‐ Price policy & public distribution – Consumerism & Consumer protection ‐ Banking, money & monetary policy ‐ Role of Foreign Direct Investment ‐WTO – Liberalization, globalization & privatization ‐ Rural welfare oriented programmes ‐ HRD ‐ sustainable economic growth ‐ Economic trend in Tamil Nadu ‐Energy Different sources and development ‐ Finance Commission ‐ Planning Commission ‐National Development Council ‐ Poverty Alleviation Programmes

– Impact of global economy on India.

UNIT VIII: SOCIO ECONOMIC ISSUES

Population Explosion ‐ Unemployment issues in India & Tamil Nadu ‐ Child Labour ‐Economic Issues (a) Poverty (b) Sanitation‐ Rural and Urban (c) Corruption in public life‐ Anti ‐Corruption measures ‐CVC, Lok‐adalats, Ombudsman, CAG. – Illiteracy – Women Empowerment‐ Role of the Government Women Empowerment Social injustice to womenfolk ‐ Domestic violence, dowry menace, sexual assault ‐ Loss of cultural heritage due to economic development -Urbanization and its impact on the society ‐ Impact of violence on the growth of the nation – Religious violence, Terrorism and Communal violence ‐ Regional Disparities ‐Problems of Minorities ‐ Human Rights issues ‐ Right to information ‐ Central and State Commission ‐ Faith and conflict among legislature, executive, judiciary and media. ‐ Education – Linkage between Education and Economic Growth ‐ Community Development Programme ‐ Employment Guarantee Scheme ‐ Self Employment and Entrepreneurship Development ‐ Role of N.G.O’s in Social Welfare – Government Policy on Health.